Veronica Frances is the pseudonym for a creative writer, residing in New York City. She has had a love of tickling for her entire life. She enjoys singing and writing songs. She also writes non-fiction and poetry.
Her latest book is Tickling Daphne H.
One of the things that made me begin writing Tickling Daphne H. was my disbelief at the lack of tickling material out there. In movies in particular, there is so little about tickling. Tickling scenes are usually short, and tickling in the media is generally sparse. I felt the world needed a real juicy story that was based primarily on tickling.
And of course, my tickling fetish provided plenty of inspiration. J
What other genres do you write?
I also write poetry and non-fiction
List two things that surprised you as you were writing your novel?
1. One thing that surprised me is that I developed a rather large crush on Dave, one of my main characters. He is so romantic and sensual, very much like my dream guy.
2. Another thing that surprised me were the characters. They sometimes left me sitting there with my mouth hanging open. I would find myself pleading with them not to do something, but when they wanted to get unusually naughty or just abandon their senses altogether, I just had to blush and go along for the ride.
How old were you when you first started writing?
I started writing around the age of ten.
What other creative abilities do you have?
I am a singer-songwriter.
Do you have a favorite spot where you like to write?
I like to write in the living room by my computer, especially late at night when it is really quiet.
What’s your favorite thing about being a writer?
Bringing what is churning deep inside me onto the page. There is something very exciting and liberating about taking an inner vision or feeling and successfully bringing it outside myself, where it can then become a true work of art.
What is your least favorite thing about being a writer?
My least favorite part of being a writer is the marketing part of it. When I am writing, I am so entranced in the story and the characters. I am creating. That is what writers are meant to do. The marketing part of things takes a lot of time and can sometimes take my focus away from starting another project, or completing projects I have already started.
Is there anything about writing that you consider to be bittersweet?
The insomnia I get when a new story dances around inside my head, begging to come out. Sometimes I just want to get some sleep, but my writer’s mind won’t let me. On the one hand, it is annoying because I don’t get enough sleep, but it is also so exhilarating to be inspired and feel my creativity coming alive inside of me. It feels sometimes like I am getting high off of my insomnia and all that creative energy. Bittersweet indeed.
What is your writing style? Do you like to outline or just write as you go?
I like to write as I go and be constantly surprised by my characters and all the wild situations they find themselves in.
What important messages does your novel convey?
That people are not straight white lines. They are zigzaggy, colorful beings with all kinds of desires. What seems inappropriate to one person might be totally acceptable to another and what repulses one person might arouse another. Life is not black and white and neither are fetishes. Fetishes are often taboo and misunderstood, but for some they are necessary for emotional survival.
Another message is that if you remain true to yourself and all your idiosyncrasies, even if they are embarrassing or unpopular, you can still find your soul mate and your true inner happiness. You might even be able to spice up your marriage or relationship by letting go and being more open with your partner, by exploring the things that might take you out of your comfort zone, but that are necessary for personal growth.
Good communication and openness are essential for the characters in my book, and I believe as human beings, we need a lot more of those qualities in our lives.
What is one of the biggest compliments you have received about your book?
One of the biggest compliments I received came from two different readers. They both told me that certain parts of my book made them feel like they were watching a Stanley Kubrick film.
What are you planning on writing in the future?
I am continuing to write erotica and more books about tickling and other fetishes. I am working on two different projects right now. One is a short story and the other is a really long novel that is somewhat on the gothic side.