What happens when you combine the steam and lust of your favourite modern romance with the charm and eloquence of the classics? Well, in some cases you get a very inappropriate bedtime story but most times you get a fresh take that fills in all the gaps old English propriety deemed too heathen to write in.
Enter the Erotic Mash-up! And to introduce it to our readers we at Piatkus are publishing Jane Eyrotica, an exciting new re-telling of a treasured British classic. The story is laced with scintillating and steamy scenes of lust and hunger, as wild and unpredictable as the wild moors the Brontë sisters are so famous for. It reads with an air of mystery and secrecy, two things of which our author Karena Rose knows much about.
When faced with the opportunity to interview this lively and (so I hear) luscious young lady I found myself in a bizarre situation. Her private life of mystique meant she couldn't just walk into the the Piatkus offices!
In fact, Karena is so mysterious that her interview was conducted through a smokescreen of silky veils, whispers and oriental screens. Happily, she came off as anything but shy and certainly someone Piatkus would follow to a speakeasy. Read on below for some of the highlights of our interview (and for some exciting news of the upcoming Jane Eyrotica competition)!
What inspired you to start writing?
I’m always traveling and my mind has a tendency to wander. As a teacher of belly dance and a burlesque enthusiast, I enjoy being creative and I see writing as an extension of that. I love to play with my writing – I treat it like a performance.
Do you have any more erotica mash-up projects in the pipeline?
Oh yes! I am currently working on The Great Gatsby Unbound which is as fun and steamy as it sounds! Gatsby’s gigantic Gothic mansion just screams opulent, seductive sexual encounters.
Did you enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey?
I love the fact that E. L. James has made erotica mainstream. It’s so important that we embrace it instead of turning up our noses and reading it behind closed doors. People can be totally open about it now and I think that’s wonderful.
Describe Jane Eyrotica for us in one line?
Burning, raw, arousing love with corsets and a mad wife in the attic.
What do you think hard core Jane Eyre fans will think of this novel?
I hope that they will find it exciting and think it a respectful adaptation that withholds all of the delicacy of the original, whilst spicing things up with additional sizzling scenes. The chemistry with Jane and Mr. R was already there, I just took it a step further.
Who is your favourite character?
It doesn’t get sexier than Mr. R, with his brooding, mysterious moods and shock of dark hair.
What is your favourite book, and why?
Jane Eyre was a firm favorite when I was a teenager. I thought Mr. R was delectable and Jane was such a strong, independent woman living within the confines of her era. I jumped at the opportunity to write this!
What is your favourite pastime?
I teach belly dance and in my spare time, I love to perform burlesque. Both fulfill me creatively as well as giving me an acute awareness of my body and its needs.
What do you look for in a man (or a woman)?
A good time.
What do you read when you’re not writing?
Anything I can get my hands on – I am open to all new experiences. I love to try and test as many different things as possible, and that goes for everything, not just books.
What has been the lamest pick-up line a gentleman has ever asked you on the ballroom floor?
“If your left leg was Thanksgiving and your right leg Christmas, can I visit you between the holidays?”
Drink of choice?
A Woo Woo.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always knew that I would be doing something creative. I love to use my body to express myself.
Train, plane or automobile?
I’ve done it all.
Jane Eyrotica is published on the 1st of November! If you want to grab a free copy, be sure to participate in the upcoming competition.
How to Enter:
Log onto Twitter on the 1st of November and answer this question: ‘If you could write an erotica mashup, what would it be?’
That's it! Just share your thoughts with us on publication day using the hashtag #eroticamashup and we'll pick one lucky winner to recieve a free copy.
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