The Writing Life is pleased to welcome author, Emmanuelle de Maupassant.
Emmanuelle has lived in Eastern Europe, Africa, Central Asia, South America, the UK and the USA. She began her writing career (under an alternative pen name) creating travel guides for well known publishers, Dorling Kindersley, and her travel and culture-themed articles have appeared in such editions as The Times (UK), Passport Magazine, Escape Artist and Where Magazine.
What is your book’s genre/category?
‘The Gentlemen’s Club’ is a work of literary erotica, written in ‘Victorian novella’ style.
What are the story’s themes?
The nature of desire and of freedom; whether we are ever satisfied; and how far confines are set by society and how far by ourselves.
How did you come up with the title?
While the story does feature an actual ‘club’ – where the protagonists meet – it also refers to the Victorian context of a ‘man’s world’ (from which women are excluded).
What inspired you to write this book?
I sought escape: freedom of expression not otherwise possible.
What is your favourite part of writing?
Letting words tumble.
What is the most challenging aspect of writing?
You’re laying yourself bare, which can be chilling. You discover parts of yourself you aren’t prepared for.
Who are some of your favourite authors and which have influenced you?
I’m in love with the rich language of Angela Carter and Michel Faber, and admire the fearlessness of Sarah Waters, Fay Weldon and Donna Tartt: they tackle all that discomforts us.
Do you have a favourite place to write?
I tend to write on the sofa, with my laptop on my knees, and the dog under my elbow.
Tell us something personal people may be surprised to know?
I often wake with the dog’s bottom in my face. She’s a cheeky terrier and likes to wiggle her way up from the bottom of the bed. My husband has her wet nose and morning breath. We love her inordinately.
What surprises or learning experiences did you have during the publishing process?
It’s been strange and marvellous to see reviews being left for my book: I’ve realised how much the reader provides their own interpretation. No one reads the ‘same’ story.
Any advice or tips for writers looking to get published?
Self publish! Why let others censor your vision or tell you what ‘the market’ supposedly wants.
Extracts and musings may be sampled at: www.emmanuelledemauspassant.com
Where can we find your book?
What’s next for you?
I’m writing Volume Two in the ‘Noire’ series; and a collection of macabre folk tales, inspired by the superstitions and customs of Eastern Europe: ‘Cautionary Tales’.
Also, I’ve sketched out some Gothic themed erotic short stories, and a more modern collection, to be called ‘Tales of Sex, Death and Absurdity’.
I’m working on another novel, set in Moscow, soon after the dissolution of the Soviet States: ‘The French Ambassador’s Wife’.
And, I have plans for a parody of cozy 1920s fiction, entitled ‘The Mystery of Fang Rock Castle’.
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Emmanuelle, thank you for chatting with me at The Writing Life. I wish you much success with your writing.
ABOUT ELEANOR PARKER SAPIA
Puerto Rican-born novelist, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Eleanor’s careers as an artist, counselor, alternative health practitioner, Spanish language social worker and a refugee case worker inspire her stories. She is a member of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, PEN America, and the Historical Novel Society. When Eleanor is not writing, she facilitates creativity groups, reads, and tells herself she is making plans to walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela a second time.
A Decent Woman is Eleanor’s debut novel, set in turn of the nineteenth century Puerto Rico. The book was selected as 2015 July Book of the Month for Las Comadres & Friends Latino Book Club. Eleanor is the mother of two adult children and currently lives in West Virginia, where she is writing her second novel, The Island of Goats.
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