Hold Me Together by Felice Fox is a self-published print and e-book novella (116 pages) that is intended for an adult audience. It includes questionable consent and issues of polyamory/open relationships. Released on October 27, 2013, Hold Me Together is the first book in a series about the men of Cameron Ranch.
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Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi, Denise! Thanks so much for having me as a guest on The Pen & Muse. I’m a country girl at heart, though I now live in a little hipster neighborhood in LA. Writing about love, hot sex and sensuality is incredibly important to me because I believe our bodies can be a much greater source of happiness than most of us allow—no matter what we look like. If something in one of these stories makes you think a little bit more deeply about what gives you pleasure, or makes you want to try something new, that would make me endlessly happy!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
HOLD ME TOGETHER, like all of my books started with a crazy thought…what would it take for a woman to be able to have as much sexual and sensual freedom as she desired, with people around her that supported the idea, and actually wanted the same for her, and for themselves? It’s a very broad idea, but like every romance novel, I wanted to see how these two (or more) people might come together under difficult circumstances and still find a happily ever after.
I knew the honeymoon scene would be difficult for some readers. The idea of dubious consent is acceptable to some, abhorrent to others. But I felt this was what it was going to take to get Holly to open up to the bigger picture and explore love in a new way, on her own terms.
How do you create your characters?
I like to write about women who are already sexually confident. They begin from a place of strength and then are challenged to embrace—or expand—into something completely new and unexplored. Something most people would never consider. Once they come into their own, I give them a partner who will appreciate that and allow them to experience even more.
When I ask myself ‘what would it take for this situation to evolve into an HEA?’ I also ask what kind of person could ‘go there’? What elements of her background will support and challenge her on this type of journey?
What inspires you and what got you started in writing?
I have always been a writer. When I was 6, I was leaving a restaurant with my family and bumped into my first grade teacher in the parking lot. It was surprising enough to see her outside of school, but then she said she had a gift for me in her car. She gave me a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends and told me she bought it because she saw a poet in me. I never forgot that moment, though I’m not really sure what I had done to make her say that.
I’m inspired by the idea of getting women to think about their sensuality in new, unexplored ways. Sex is a great source of happiness and our culture has it all bound up in unfair or unrealistic expectations. A lot of women in my generation were not raised to think of sex as their own—sex was for the pleasure of men primarily. They need and want it more than women. But that’s not true at all! So women and men both have this challenge of overcoming prejudices around sexuality.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write at home or a little café nearby. Somehow the white noise of the busy café focuses my attention. I love to do #1k1hr sprints on Twitter too, but I haven’t done that much lately.
I don’t need anything in particular to write, but I will on occasion sip whiskey when I write at night (thanks to Susanna Kearsley, author of ‘The Winter Sea’! She made whiskey sound very appealing and I ended up buying a bottle of Laphroiag which has lasted me a couple of years…).
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I am definitely someone who writes about what they love. Every one of my titles is very erotic and sensual, but is rooted in some other area of interest too. My first book, TAKE ME FOR LONGING, is about a bluegrass musician. I have been a huge fan of that type of music for years, which meant I could write the story from the inside and give readers a real sense of the music, the rootsy, down-home feeling.
As for HOLD ME TOGETHER, I love country music and though I live in the city now, in my heart I’m a country girl drawn to the rural life.
What do you like to read?
Mostly contemporary romance—I like it edgy and erotic. I’m also a big fan of time-travel romances, sci-fi and historical fiction.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
If you have the inclination to write, recognize that as a gift and honor it. Writing is a way to connect yourself with the divine, whatever you perceive it to be, so just get started. Whether you become a published, or bestselling author doesn’t really matter, so long as you are feeding your soul with that gift.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Denise!
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