Interview with Vanessa Wu

1.         Tell us a little bit about yourself. How does your day go? What keeps you writing?

I usually get up at 5 a.m. to start writing. I stay in bed but I prop myself up on pillows, flip open my laptop and just start typing. In the morning my imagination is very vivid and I write almost without effort. As the day wears on it becomes much harder. In the evening, after a day at work, my imagination is completely wrecked.

The reason I go on writing is that I would simply be too unhappy if I stopped. It is one of my deepest pleasures. In fact I carry a small notebook with me throughout the day and I slot in some writing during my lunch break and at other times. Otherwise I would simply forget everything. It’s amazing how much you can forget!

If I stopped writing, I think my day would be empty and I would feel that the most important part of me was hibernating or even dead.

2.         What brought you to writing erotica? What do you love about it?

I’m fascinated by the way people interact and I imagine all kinds of encounters. The most intimate kind is the erotic one. I’ve always wanted to lift the curtain on that part of life and go beneath the surface to explore sexual relationships. I think there are a lot of dramas there. I also enjoy writing about my own sexuality. When I was growing up in China, sex was a taboo topic. It was never mentioned. There were certain places where I could get underground books and movies but mainstream media was heavily censored. You couldn’t even see kissing in a movie. If two characters were about to kiss the scene would be cut. So it was very liberating for me to come to the West and discuss sexual topics openly. Writing about them at first was very hard. I think it is hard for everyone. But once you release that part of yourself, your creativity blossoms and you feel much happier. I am now much, much happier than before I started writing erotica.

3.         What are you working on now?

Currently I’m working on a full-length erotic novel. It follows the fortunes of two Chinese students in London called Penny and Jessica. Penny is very promiscuous. She is addicted to sex and enjoys sleeping with different men. Jessica is a virgin. She is very guarded and suffers a few traumas on her journey of sexual self-discovery. The two go on holiday with a female tutor who takes them under her wing. Drenched in the sensuous sunshine of the balmy Mediterranean climate, the three women embark on different romantic adventures that leave each of them changed forever.

4.         What is your—or your character’s—favorite erotic book? Sexy movie? Sex toy?

The book I admire most is The Lover by Marguerite Duras. It was also made into a movie. The book is short but very literary, which is off-putting for some readers. The movie is more accessible and illuminates the book in a beautiful way.

A more contemporary writer I love is Nikki Magennis. Nikki is a poet and very sensitive in her use of language. Another writer I admire, who I think could give classes in how to write anything, is Kristina Lloyd. What makes her so special is her ability to make each sentence resonate with emotion.

As for sex toys, much as I like sentences to resonate, I don’t like vibrations against my skin. However, I have a very nice blindfold made of black silk.

5.         What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do? The top thing on your personal bucket list?

The one thing I’ve always wanted to do is write a novel, not just any novel, but a novel I’m proud of that expresses my true nature. I’ve written several but, until recently, nothing that I wanted to share. I am, however, very proud of Love Has No Limits. With this book I have accomplished my goal. I don’t intend to stop now, though. I feel like a gate has been opened. My way forward is clear.

6.         What’s your personal romantic (or erotic) fantasy?

The idea of Viggo Mortensen reading one of my books consistently gets me excited.


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2 Responses to Interview with Vanessa Wu

  1. Kylie Scott says:

    Hi Josee and Vanessa, great interview. Really interesting with the differences between China and the West. Congratulations on Love Has No Limits and yes, Viggo Mortensen is always worth getting excited about.

  2. Sessha Batto says:

    A fantastic interview with one of my favorite writers – it’s great to get a peak inside Vanessa’s mind !

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