Bio: Amanda has been writing erotica since she was a teenager. She works full-time as an attorney in New York but her passion is providing erotica content of the highest quality. Amanda is working towards being the leader in stream of consciousness erotica.
Nymph Du Pave: What lead to your choice to write?
Amanda Chavri: I have to write. Ever since I was kid I always had stories going on in my head. My imagination is always running wild and I think I have to give credit to Disneyworld. After visiting 45 times I still want to go back and feel like a kid. I feel I need to write. The stories come to me and I need to get them down on paper and share them with the world. One of the first stories I began to write was an erotic story. It’s just in me. I have lots of ideas for non-erotica stories but right now I have to write what I am really passionate about and I am passionate about erotica.
NDP: What are your current projects?
AC: Currently I am working on finishing Asian Girl Gone Bad (AGGB) which is part of my Girls Gone Bad Series. Indian Girl Gone Bad was the first novel length work I finished and I have been dying to get on with the series. However, the allure of writing short stories has been too powerful. Instead of putting in the time to build AGGB I have put my energy into developing short stories that turn me on.
NDP: Do you see writing as a career, either current or future?
AC: I see it as a career. I want to keep improving my work and expanding what I am doing. I have no schedule. I have no set goal. I just know that I want to put my art out there for the world to see. I think realistically it won’t be a career until a few years down the line. I need to keep improving my craft and getting titles up to support a fulltime writing career.
NDP: Do you have a message or theme you want to get across?
AC: I don’t have any set message in my stories. I do like to inspire people. I like to help people perhaps see that they can do things. We are all artists. We have forgotten how to dream, build, think, and create art. We did all the time as children but eventually school beat it out of us and started to make us good little soldiers in the classroom.
In my current erotica work there is no real message or theme. I simply want the reader to get off. I want the reader to be shocked and titillated reading the words on the page. I want them to think about things they may not have thought about before. I want the dialogue to hit the person in the face and make them think to themselves, “That is fucked up.” I love the word play between my characters. I love humiliation and degradation when it comes to sex.
NDP: Is that something that is in all of your work, or just a particular line/series/piece?
AC: I try and make all my work shocking. I want it to be different. I want readers to think it’s all fresh and new which it is. I want to keep evolving.
NDP: Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
AC: Five years from now I would like to be writing for a living and doing attorney work as a hobbie. I’d like to have many titles up across multiple genres. I would like to be writing out of Miami, Florida. I love Miami. I love New York too but I love the colors and life of Miami.
NDP: What books have most influenced your life most?
AC: Romeo and Juliet is a fucking dessert to me. The words just drive me insane in how spectacular they are. I want to put words together like that. That’s a top book for me.
Fight Club had a great influence on me.
1776 is the best book I have ever read. I even bought a special edition copy that comes with maps and letters that were featured in the book.
Benjamin Franklin is another book I adore.
Count of Monte Cristo was an adventure.
Harry Potter for was a big influence. [J. K. Rowling] creates a world you want to live in.
But to actually answer the question I think Fight Club has influenced me a lot and was the biggest influence. Why does anything have to be a certain way? Let the chips fall as they may. Chuck really influenced my thinking in general.
The Four Hour Work Week really changed my life. Three weeks after reading that book I quit a terrible job I was in. From there it has been an amazing ride! I got a better job and then started to self pub since my stress was dramatically lower.
NDP: What was the best advice you have ever heard, read or been giving regarding writing?
AC: Just write. I would credit Konrath with that. I read his blog in a weird order. I started with the new stuff, went to the old, then to the middle, then to the beginning and finally I read through comments! I was all over the place. But the best thing he said was just write. I couldn’t find a quote exactly but I’m sure it’s there. I don’t want to write X and then promote X. I want to write X tell the world and then write Y. There will never be a Z.
I like to take some advice I learned in undergrad and apply it to writing and the writing business. A fellow student once told me how she doesn’t listen to other students’s questions. She said it confused her more than she already was or would confuse her when she wasn’t. I never forgot that. How I apply that to writing is that I simply just write. Today people hate adverbs. Tomorrow they will love them. Today people don’t like straight quotes, tomorrow it will be curly. I am positive most people don’t know anything including myself. Do what works for you. Do what you love. Don’t stay on discussion boards too long. They all become bitter boards.
NDP: What book are you reading now?
AC: I am currently reading for the second time, Lynchpin by Seth Godin. I’m starting a new job soon and I want to remember things I picked up the first time I read it.
NDP: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
AC: Jason Jaxx has grasped my interest because of his tenacity and energy. Sometimes you’re having a bad day and you see Jason throwing out a positive tweet and it instantly picks you up. That’s important. It’s important to stay positive and remember life can always be worse. We have good [times] sometimes and we forget that.
NDP: What is the hardest part of writing for you?
AC: The hardest part is sitting down and getting to work. I love what I do. When I am at work all I want to do is get home and write. When I get home all I want to do is sleep! The hardest part is sitting down and writing and the next hardest part is rereading what I have already written. It’s hard to pick up your own mistakes. It’s hard to go through and make sure you aren’t missing something. It is all worth it but to me those are the hard parts.
NDP:Do you ever experience writer’s block?
AC: I do not but that’s not a fair answer. I sometimes sit down and force myself to write. But I also don’t sit down to write until something is laid out in my head. I’ve done that my whole life. When I had to write a paper or email I think it out first. I outline in my head. And since I am not sitting down until it is all mapped out (more or less) I don’t experience writer’s block. If I had to sit down everyday and write than I am sure I would get blocked. However, I do believe as I’ve heard others say that engineers and firemen etc, never get engineering block. Everything is always easier said than done.
NDP: How do you find inspiration?
AC: For my erotica I find inspiration simply in what turns me on. If I find myself going to the same video to finally finish my marathon of porn watching then I know that’s what I want to write about. For nonerotica the ideas I have just jump into my head. I get inspiration on vacation a lot. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s because your work mind is shut off, I am not sure. But several of my ideas have come to me while I was on vacation and while watching other work. Sometimes I see something I feel I can improve and create my own world for my characters to play in.
NDP: How do you keep the love of writing alive?
AC: I always have to write a funny Facebook comment or something on Twitter. My invitations to parties are known for being really long and full of unimportant information that hooks the reader. I keep my love of writing alive by not writing as if it’s a job. I don’t write because it’s Tuesday etc. I don’t put goals up for myself. That works for me. I learned a bit about that from the Zen Habits blog. Goals work for some people and they don’t for others. I love this. I need to do what works for me. What works for me is not writing every single day. And I don’t take myself too seriously. I am not looking to polish sentences into nothing. Aside from obvious mistakes and proofreading, noone can tell me something should be changed.
NDP: Have you learned anything from writing? What was it?
AC: I’ve learned I am an artist. I have learned there is a hurricane inside me that needs to get out. When I look at important events in my life it usually had to do with something I wrote. I’ve always been a writer. I’ve always expressed myself best through writing but it wasn’t until I uploaded on Amazon that I realized I am an indeed an artist. Sure, I’ve written a title called Occupy My Ass, but it’s art. It’s my art.
NDP: What do you feel are your strong points? What about things you’re working to improve?
AC: My strong points are that I get inside my characters heads. You feel what the person is feeling. My best quality in the outside world is building relationships. I think I build relationships between my characters and the reader.
I want to improve my output of longer works. I am sure I can work on technique as well but right now I need to get out more longer works for my fans.
NDP: Do you write an outline before every book/story you write?
AC: I do not outline but I have been writing short stories mostly. I think outlining is important and it depends on the individual. I do not outline but I think in the future I will.
NDP: What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily/weekly writing goal?
AC: I work as an attorney so my day changes constantly. I usually write at home with ear plugs and ear muffs on. I look ridiculous. Sometimes I write in the library but mostly at home. I do not set a goal. I just try to write when it comes to me and when it feels its been a while since I got a work up on Amazon. I don’t like to put additional stress on myself with goals but to each their own.
NDP: Do you have any advice for other writers?
AC: I give this advice for almost everything. Fuck everyone. No one can tell you you can’t do something. NIKE- Just Do It. Let the market tell you you are wrong. Some people think Twilight sucks but that didn’t stop it from selling. Same with Dan Brown and Rowling. Fuck everyone. Most people only know from their own experience and there is nothing wrong with that. Take the good leave the rest and just do it. Write. Remember that part in Jerry Maguire when he gets the Mission Statement photocopied and the clerk says, “That’s how you become great man, you hang your balls out there.” Sometimes you gotta show the world your vagina (or balls) and let the world decide.
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