|Gemma in Benalmadena, Spain|
Just to tell your readers a little about myself, l am a freelance author from the UK who specialises mainly in erotic fiction. I’ve been writing in this genre for around two years and l have many self published books available (to those 18+) and also a few anthology inclusions with several publishers. Erotica isn’t my only genre but it is the only one l write in under the name of Gemma Parkes.
I started off this part of my career by sending several anthology short stories in answer to submission requests from different publishers. I was fortunate enough to have these first few accepted and this gave me the confidence boost l needed to self publish a few of my other titles.
I feel there is much to be gained by choosing to self-publish (it is a choice and not just something we only do if we get rejected!) for example I like to keep an eye on my daily sales. I can see at a glance what’s selling and what isn’t. This helps me to read the market and target my audience accordingly.
Of course the downside is that l spend far too much time editing (if that’s possible). For example I can spend a long time agonising over whether or not my characters would actually have the money to visit the particular wine bar/ restaurant I’ve put them in! It is difficult to be objective about your own writing and of course l do seek out opinions from time to time.
I don’t write full time yet but l would really like to, for me writing is a necessity. I have always written and my head is so full of untold stories that l can’t imagine a time when l won’t.
My latest novella is quite different for me. It’s called ‘A Wicked Game’ and it tells the story of a college professor who finds himself embroiled in an affair he started reluctantly.
A Wicked Game
A clandestine encounter between lecturers at Keywood upper college campus is witnessed by second year psychology student Lucinda White. Determined to make the most of this opportunity Lucinda embarks on a little blackmail, convincing senior lecturer Mr. Peter Caine that she will keep quiet about her discovery in exchange for a series of after college tuition.
But what does Lucinda really want? Is there more to this enigmatic girl than meets the eye?
‘A Wicked Game’ is a story of sexual desire and intrigue. Follow it through its many twists and turns until the story reaches its final climax.
This book is sexually explicit and intended for adults only.
Here's a little sneak peek!
“How long do you think she’d been standing there?” Amy’s voice was almost shrill in its urgency.
“Damn it, l don’t know! Hell Amy why didn’t you lock the damn door when you came in?”
“You could have locked it yourself if you weren’t in such a hurry Peter.” Amy reminded him testily.
Peter sat down in the large leather swivel chair and stared blankly at his office door. He wished he could will it to go back in time and lock itself against this embarrassing intrusion.
“I will sort this,” he said, “Damn girl shouldn’t be up this end of college in the first place, and she should have knocked.”
Ten minutes later, after sending Amy back to her own office, Peter had gathered his thoughts. He knew he needed to act quickly before the story was spread throughout the entire campus. He made his way down to the main reception where he spoke carefully to the college secretary, “Will you find out where Lucinda White is right now and tell her to make her way to my office please?” he said as pleasantly as he could before adding, “Immediately.” In a tone that left no-one in any uncertainty about his smouldering agitation. Then he headed back there himself to wait.
When Lucinda knocked quietly on the door just a few minutes later Peter was ready for her. He’d paced the room in an attempt to clear his mind and calm his nerves. It wouldn’t do to show fear.
He was pleased to find the girl quite contrite when he opened the door, her eyes were downcast and her posture slightly nervous.
“Ah Lucinda,” he spoke almost paternally, “Do come in and take a seat.” He gestured to the smaller of the two office chairs and watched as she sat herself down.
Somewhat demurely she straightened her skirt before raising her eyes momentarily as if trying to gauge Peter’s anger towards her.
Peter took the seat opposite her and rested his palms on his knees as he spoke very clearly and carefully.
“Now Lucinda, we seem to have got ourselves into an uncomfortable situation don’t we?”
“Yes sir.” Lucinda replied, her voice barely audible.
“Perhaps you can explain first and foremost why you felt the need to disturb me in my office during my lunch hour? Then you can explain to me why you didn’t knock before entering.”
The Wicked Game
Thank you so much for visiting, Gemma! The Wicked Game certainly sounds delicious, and I do so love a good intrigue!
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