Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi! I’m Regina Kammer. I was born and raised in southern California and one day hope to return. I write mostly historical erotic romance, but also write historical and contemporary erotica, contemporary romance, Steampunk erotic romance, and have dabbled a bit with Greco-Roman mythological romance. I write beta heroes and lots of LGBTQ characters some of whom are the aforementioned beta heroes.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I had an intense commute. Four hours a day, three days a week, via public transit. So I read. A lot. One of the books I read was an international bestseller. It was, to put it bluntly, simply terrible. I won’t say what the book was, but it was fraught with historical inaccuracies and a flat love story that made me cringe.
So, like a lot of nascent writers, I boldly stated, “If this writer can write a novel, then so can I! And I’ll do it better!”
I found the perfect opportunity to undertake such a pursuit with National Novel Writing Month in November of 2006. My novel was to be historical (Victorian) fiction with romantic elements.
While I was writing, something funny happened, something that apparently happens to a lot of fiction writers. My characters took on lives of their own, revealing aspects of their personalities to me that were completely unplanned, thereby changing the plot.
And then it got a bit weird.
They began demanding to have sex. In unexpected pairings. Almost none of which fit the standard romance novel stipulations.
I realized I was writing erotica, well, actually, erotic romance. And I loved it! I’ve never looked back.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I am working on Books 4, 5, and 6 of my Victorian Harwell Heirs series. My most recent release is my historical erotic romance The Westerman Affair, a tale of spanking and polyamory in the Victorian art world. It’s Book 1 of my new Art & Discipline series.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I like to read historical romance, fun romps with a touch of adventure, erotic to sweet. My favorite historical author is Madelynne Ellis, although I think she’s moved on to contemporary erotic romance nowadays.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
I’ll offer two pieces of writing advice:
1) Learn how to write deep point of view, eliminate filter words, and avoid head-hopping. Why? Stories written this way become an immersive experience for the reader. Plus, from an author’s perspective, once deep pov is learned, writing becomes so much easier.
2) Sex scenes (if included in a story) must be necessary to the plot and/or character development, and forward the momentum of the story.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? dark chocolate
Alpha, beta, or both? Beta
Wine, whiskey or punch? whiskey (or whisky)
Boxers, briefs, or commando? briefs (or drawers!)
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? cake
Top, bottom, or against the wall? yes
Cats, dogs, or exotics? dogs
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thanks for giving me a chance to be part of Love Romance Reads!