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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Kate Belle

Please welcome Kate to our blog today. She shares with us the her most romantic moments as well her turn ons!

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi All, I’m a debut Australian erotic fiction author. My name is Kate Belle and I live in Melbourne, Australia with my high-maintenance family of partner, 8yo daughter and some extremely neurotic pets. Thanks for having me here.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
In February Random House’s new Random Romance digital romance line released two of my erotic e-novellas, Breaking the Rules and Bloom. These are the first in a series featuring the charismatic and handsome Ramon Mendez, a passionate lover of women who is changing women’s lives one passionate encounter at a time.

Of Spanish extraction, this hot-blooded man has more animal magnetism than most women can handle, and a body to match. Ramon loves women and has studied ancient sexual practices such as Tantra, Karma Sutra and Taoism. As a result he is a masterful, generous and wise lover who understands how to unlock the sexual potential in women’s bodies and minds.

Ramon seduces women who have hit a troubled romantic spot in their lives, taking them on a journey of sexual awakening. Once he has his object of desire in his arms he holds nothing back, driving his lovers into a state of ecstatic bliss.

But there is a mystery about him. He makes it clear to his lovers that he isn’t interested in relationships. He helps them sort out their problems so they can move on while he remains happily single. One can’t help but wonder why? And will there be a lover one day who finally captures Ramon’s elusive heart?

Where do you get your inspiration from?
During my twenties and thirties I was quite into New Age things and developed in interest in ancient sexual practices like Tantra and Taoism. These ideas introduced me to the immense power and range of female sexuality. I’ve also always loved erotica and wondered why the much of the published work I read never seemed to reflect the breadth of sexual pleasure women’s bodies were capable of experiencing. It seemed to me that the female sexual experience had to be justified in some way by making it socially and morally okay. I decided I wanted to write stories where women experienced sexual empowerment with a lover who really knew what he was doing. Ramon is essentially the perfect lover. Okay – he’s a fantasy – but he’s a lovely fantasy. He provides the women he loves with the freedom they need to discover who they really are sexually.

How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
My characters (or perhaps it’s me?) can’t seem to help themselves. If they’re not coveting each other by page 4 and tearing each other’s clothes off by chapter 3, I know something’s wrong. I’m not squeamish when it comes to the act of sex. I want to get right in amongst it – right there with what the characters are thinking, feeling, doing – so my erotic fiction is pretty explicit. Actually, I think I might be better at the sex bits than I am at the romance bits. Wonder what that says about me?

What’s your biggest turn on?
Restraint. Physical or emotional, it doesn’t matter. There’s something about holding back, about feeling compelled but in some way unable or forbidden, and the tease and temptation that comes with that. It ramps up the imagination and the anticipation to the point of explosive. Unrequited love is one of the greatest passion lighters I know of.

What trait do you find the sexiest?
Confidence. There is something about a man who is sure of his place in the world, sure of his feelings and capabilities, that is endlessly sexy. It might also be called charisma, I think. Confident men exude it and I fall all over them like a silly, love-sick teenager.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I’ve only just become a full time writer and I couldn’t bear to do anything else. Writing is like breathing to me, I have to do it to live. This has been my dream since I was in Primary School.
Last year I was working part time in the public service when the state government introduced massive job cuts. I nervously put my hand up. My voluntary redundancy package offer arrived the same day as the publishing contract for my novel, The Yearning, which is due out in Aust/NZ in April/May. Grinning like an idiot, I signed both contracts and sent them straight back. Thanks for asking, but I’m not going ANYWHERE.

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
I wrote about this on my blog for Valentines Day. You can check it out here ( ). It’s a great story. Put it this way, it happened five years ago and my beloved is still getting mileage out of it.

Kate is a woman of many passions who juggles her pens with the rest of her life. She holds a tertiary qualification in chemistry, half a diploma in naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. Kate believes in living a passionate life and has ridden a camel through the Australian desert, fraternised with hippies in Nimbin, had a near birth experience and lived on nothing but porridge and a carrot for 3 days.

Kate lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, juggling her strange, secret affairs with her male characters with her much loved partner and daughter, and a menagerie of neurotic pets.

Twitter: @ecstasyfiles

Thirty-six-year-old Emma’s life looks as perfect as could be. She loves her solid, straight-laced husband Gary, who has given her three beautiful, if spoilt, children and a secure life. But something is missing. Gary hardly notices her anymore and she feels frumpy and invisible. Her friend, Lisa, talks her into joining a social boot camp class at the local gym. Emma immediately recognises their instructor as the gorgeous runner she sees each evening while walking her dog in the park. He introduces himself as Ramon Mendez. In spite of herself Emma is besotted.

Before long her mind is filled with guilty fantasies of him. One evening, when things at home have become too much to bear, she bumps into him alone in the park. An opportunity presents itself and no one need ever know. Ramon promises and delivers everything that’s missing from her marriage – passion, romance and excitement – but Emma must discover if they are the things she really wants. 

Purchase Bloom on Amazon and check out a sample chapter at Random House

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