Recently I made a public call to Indie Authors requesting to interview them for a special spotlight series on Holistic Fox Creative. This call is ongoing – please see my post about Looking to Feature Indie Authors here.
I’m really excited to share with you the first of many in this series – Indie Author, Porsha Deun.
Please note that Porsha writes Erotic Fiction, so be mindful that the audience for her work should be 18 and over.
I first met Porsha through Instagram where she shares highlights of her life, publishing process, book design, and the inner workings of her creative mindset. The most compelling part of what Porsha shares of her life and work, to me, has been how her radiant personality shines through each social posting. She is real, she is raw, and she lends inspiration to the community through her words and ambitions. She’s able to show these parts of herself while adding in unique humor and witty style.
It’s a real pleasure to have this chance to get to know her better. I just know that you’ll love her too – so remember to show your support for Porsha by sharing this interview and checking out her work. Read to the end to see where to find Porsha on various networks!
See Porsha’s Books here: Love Lost Series
Spotlight Interview – Porsha Deun
Born and raised in Flint, MI, author Porsha Deun took her writing seriously in 2015. She started with Love Lost while unemployed after graduating from Davenport University with a B.B.A. in Accounting. Three years and two accounting jobs later, her debut novel, Love Lost, was published.
“Though you stand as one, you stand for thousands.” – James Baldwin
What life experience first led you to know that you are a writer?
It took me some time to realize that I had a writer within me, though I knew I had a clear creative side and an overactive imagination. It wasn’t until I had been unemployed for a few months after getting my accounting degree that I began to explore it.
How do you come up with your ideas?
Well, my first novel (and subsequent sequels) came to me in a dream. The other stories I’m working on either came the same way, from random conversations, part of a song lyric, or my imagination getting away from me after seeing a random motorcyclist on the road!
I heard that one Porsha! It was hysterical the way you presented it. For those of you interested in what this is about – see Porsha’s Instagram post here about the interesting thought-stream that occurred after witnessing a motorcyclist wearing a unique helmet.
What is a typical example of your daily writing practice?
Though I try to write every day, reality is I don’t. I work four days out of the week and am lucky to get any writing done on those days. On my off days, I try to schedule how long I will spend on each story I’m actively working on I usually have three: one I’m editing, one I’m writing, and one I’m just taking notes and writing random scenes on.
What would you say is the most common trap new authors fall into?
There are three actually.
One, you do not have to get your novel done in a couple months or a year like some authors do. It took me three years to write, edit, and publish my first.
Two, your first draft will always suck. That’s just writer’s life. The magic happens in polishing it up.
Three, social media writing communities are GREAT, but it is so much more important to build an actual fan base. Remember that in the content you put out. Your readers will not want to see 8 out of ten of your tweets being directed to the writing community.
How do you publish your works?
I self publish. I used KDP for paperback and Kindle, Google Play for Google Books, and Draft2Digital for all other eBook platforms. I’m thinking of doing a special edition hardcover as a giveaway. I may use Barnes & Noble Press for that.
I’ve discussed at least one of these on my post about the top 3 free Self-Publishing options, but I’m going to have to look in to the others you’ve mentioned!
How do you research for your writing?
Google is a dear friend.
It is clear from what people you know have to say about you and your work, that you have many dear friends!
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I love erotic fiction, especially with Alpha males. I read other genres too, but I love erotic fiction. But I noticed some common themes in the most popular stories that began to bother me.
(1) The Alpha males were all emotionally stunted due to trauma in their childhood that was never properly dealt with and they turned to Dominance to ignore it.
(2) The main female character’s life was substantially upgraded due to the romance (Cinderella theme).
(3) There was very little inclusion of People of Color. I want to change those narratives, as well as make BDSM more realistic and less taboo without that contract nonsense that no one in the lifestyle uses.
What is your latest work about? What have you learned from writing it?
My soon to be published Love Lost Forever, is the sequel to my first book, Love Lost. I’ve learned:
- The various outcomes of falling down the stairs with a butcher knife in hand,
- BDSM-friendly couples therapists are not easy to come by, and
- There are a crazy few out there that enjoyed my first novel so much that they keep asking me about the second! Who knew!
What’s the most important thing you could tell readers about your book/work before they read it?
If the subject of sex bothers you, don’t pick it up. There’s lots of sex and power exchange, along with some kink. But there is a good plot, or that’s what my very religious grandmother told me after reading it!
What is one of the most crucial experiences from your life that has inspired your work?
That’s easy: Falling in love with a guy who was never going to love me back.
What’s the biggest hurdle or challenge you’ve had to overcome as a writer?
I hired a line editor for my first book. I got it back, made most of the suggested changes that didn’t change the voice of the book, and published it. Not once did I think I would need to line edit after the paid line editor. Three months after my book had published, I was reviewing some scenes for a couple of readings I had been booked for. Out of the three scenes I picked out, there wasn’t one without a grammatical error in it. I realized grammar wise, my book was trash. I had to stop the work I was doing on the second and third books in the series to go back and re-edit the first book. I had to push all my timelines back (the second book was originally supposed to be out no later than early May, it was moved to late June). Needless to say, I was ticked off. I rallied and got it done. The story is all the better for it.
If you could go back to when you were just getting started as an author, what advice would you give yourself?
You can do this.
Is there a topic or genre you’d like to write on that you haven’t yet?
I have plans for an erotic fantasy, an adult fantasy with witches and stuff, a sci-fi, and a thriller.
How many WIP (works in progress) do you currently have?
Oh geez. Nine or ten.
How do you handle negative feedback or constructive criticism?
It is all something to grow from. Whether it is tougher skin or where you can improve as an author.
What part of your creative process requires the most energy and effort from you?
EDITING! Writing the first draft and the re-write of the second draft aren’t that taxing on me. But editing…EDITING. I’d rather format than do that but several rounds of editing are needed first!
Tell us about your support system? How have those who support you in your work helped you along the way?
I have some girlfriends that always ask me how my writing is going. I actually dedicated the second book to them. There are writing community groups on Facebook that I’ve used a lot. I found beta readers there when my former writing BFF dropped the ball on me for my second book.
What’s the most emotionally uncomfortable scene or topic you’ve ever written?
In the second book, the MC has an awkward discussion about BDSM and power exchange with one of her teenage kids. I don’t have kids but I can imagine both of their embarrassment when Alise found him practicing to use a flogger on a pillow. Then Alise had to have that same discussion with her husband and inform him that their oldest now knows they have a power exchange relationship.
Is writing your full time “job” or do you have other work?
I’m an accountant for a nonprofit by day, writer by whenever I’m not sleeping or spending time with family.
For Our Readers and Your Fans, Name a book that has:
-Inspired you as a person or a professional.
-Made you laugh.
-Made you cry.
-Changed your life.
Please tell us where to connect with you-
Author Profile on Goodreads: Porsha Deun on Goodreads
Author Profile on Amazon: Porsha Deun on Amazon
Author’s Website: www.porshadeun.com
Facebook Page: @porshadeun
Thank you so much Porsha for taking some time to share about your writing process, your thoughts, and your experience as an independent author. And of course, thanks for sharing your erotic fiction series with us as well! It’s been a pleasure learning about you and the things that have motivated you to pursue your passion for writing!
I encourage everyone reading to support this amazing woman in her creative endeavors! Please visit her links, check out her books, and leave reviews and encouraging feedback for her across networks. This helps indie authors get noticed through increased traffic and commentary. Be sure to leave a comment here as well! Thanks for joining us for Porsha’s spotlight interview!