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Quintette of Questions: Tamsin Baker

Quintette asks writers five quick questions: and the first interviewee for Adventurous Hearts is Tamsin Baker!

Tamsin Baker

Impossible Desires1.     What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest erotic romance is Impossible Desires, and to be honest it was titled within the first two pages. The characters both have (especially the hero) what I would consider impossible desires for the era, so it was named pretty quickly.

2.     If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

I suck at these questions!… ahhh.. I love Rachel Weisz and she would be a great Eleanor. For Patrick… Hmmm. Let’s go with Chris Pine.

3.     What five words best describe your story?

Daring; Strange; Passionate; Short; Romantic

4.     Who is your favourite fictional couple?

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall/Fraser, most definitely!

5.     What song always makes you cry?

Hmmm, Hallelujah is a pretty good one. And my favourite song is Same Love which brings a tear to my eye on a regular basis.

About Tamsin:

Tamsin BakerTamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who only discovered erotic romance ten months ago. Before that she read sexy romance, skipping the plot and looking for the ‘good bits’. Since then she has written and obtained thirty contracts of varying lengths for her erotic romance and erotica novels. She absolutely loves reading and writing it! She has two other jobs, kids and a hubby too – but writing is a passion that she has to indulge for fear of insanity.

M/M is a passion of hers so even when she writes ménage, there is always an M/M story. She particularly enjoys writing female dommes, but she loves experimenting in all genres. She is learning to write and read more, one step at a time. Soon, she’ll have stories published in every sub-genre of erotic romance – well that’s her aim anyway.

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Would you like to answer a Quintette interview? Email me at nmharrisheart@gmail.com!

Heart Beat #1: Swinging and Labioplasty

This weekend, The Age provided a couple of interesting articles about love and sex in The Good Weekend and Sunday Life.

Reclaiming the Vagina by Melissa Jacob explores attitudes to the vagina and labioplasty, and what could be a backlash against ‘designer vagina’ surgery. Women’s attitudes to this part of their body have fascinated me since seeing the Greg Taylor exhibition, C*nts and Other Conversations some years ago. Because of its position on the body, women rarely see their own genitalia, let alone other women’s, except as ‘tidied up’ and altered (either surgically or through photoshopping) versions in pornography.

Taylor’s plain white porcelain sculptures of around 150 vulva were oddly liberating to view, and even empowering. The nature of the sculptures, which were mounted at eye-level on the gallery wall, became conceptually separate from sexual titillation (well, for me) and could be viewed instead in aesthetic terms. The lines and folds reminded me of trees and rivers, each unique and perfectly normal, sometimes even beautiful. Seeing such a variety of shapes and sizes of the vulva, divorced from sexual function, was a strong reminder that our bodies are fine, that there is a wide range of ‘normal’ and society generally should stop being so squeamish and judgemental about so many aspects of the human body, and women’s bodies in particular.

The Sleepless Nights blog also talks about the Taylor exhibition (which had moved to MONA in Tasmania by then) and has some images of the sculptures in question, if you’re interested.

In other news, more of a relationship nature, Ian Rose wrote Adult Games, about his thoughts on a ‘friendly proposition’ he and his wife received. I generally figure that games of this nature need to be approached with complete openness and scrupulous honesty, because without very clear and honest communication it could all go very pear shaped, very quickly.  If truly informed consent between adults can’t be achieved, maybe it’s best to stick to erotic fiction after all.

Do you have links to articles about relationships, sex, romance and related books? Send ’em here!