About the Book:
When Ming E has a bad sexual encounter with a client, she decides to walk away from the only job she has ever known. Faced with an impossible situation of what to do with her special talents as a sex worker, she then embarks on an adventure that sees her try out various aspects of the sex industry. Ming crosses paths with a Christian couple looking to consummate their marriage, a woman who satisfies fetishes, a Dom, and an ethical porn director – and this has her rethinking what her true intentions are.
Which path will she choose and will she eventually find something that leaves her feeling more fulfilled?
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I’ve always loved to read, in childhood it was more comics. When I was a young child, my mum used to read to my sister and myself, if it was a weekend sometimes, she’d forget the time and stay up reading late into the night, once we all stayed up till 1 am while she read Lord of the rings. I read a range of genres growing up however I didn’t write that much but I was creative in different ways I’ve done improvisation for years and loved coming up with improbable and slightly weird scenarios with other people. I kind of got into writing via blogging I’d had a number of difficult relationships.
I am neurodiverse and feel this marks me out for people who look for someone that they think is manipulatable or people whose own life was not fully sorted (I am still friends with people in the later camp). I wrote a blog about being in emotionally/verbally abusive relationships, I got good feedback from people who read the blog, which was one of the things that made me pursue writing. I deleted the blog as I thought I could use the material for stories, I thought it would be more honest (I felt I could be more candid writing the happenings as a fictional scenario, it’s also more about the emotions and reactions rather than the happening as these are open to interpretations; the real world is more open to interpretation than the fictional one) and interesting as material for fiction.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I am not generally good in the mornings I sometimes write in the mornings but I am more likely to start writing from the afternoon onwards. In terms of place; anywhere I am not disturbed, normally in my room at my desk.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
For the first book as its erotica/woke porn my ideas came from in part my own experience but only in small part. The story follows a sex worker and as I’ve had no experience of the field, I used YouTube shows which depicted sex workers for inspiration. For the whipping scene I used Victorian erotica.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
For the first book I published I had an idea in my head but I started writing and it started changing. I am also writing a series of short stories now and one of them seems to be sticking very much with the plan. For the second short story I have discussed a lot of ideas with my sister who also writes (currently on strike/suffering writers block).
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
The first book is erotica/woke porn, I was drawn to writing erotica as I like the idea of the challenge of writing sex scenes. I also feel like I have a bit to say on relationships and would like people to think what constitutes a healthy relationship and what doesn’t. And I hear that sex sells (I think I missed the EL James zeitgeist). I am into exploring ideas and feel sex work raises a lot of interesting questions e.g. Why do people end up in sex work? What do sex workers feel about their jobs?
In the second book I hope to explore more in terms of sex work e.g., society’s view on issues related to sex work and views on sexuality I am planning to have book two and three really explore the area of LGBTQ+, I’ve only introduced an LGBTQ+ character in the first book. The books also deal with the issue of what it means to be a strong female and its partly about finding yourself.
I have other books that are overtly political. For writing these books I’ve taken my inspiration from recent events and government policies in the UK now.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Picturing characters using known actresses/actors is not part of my creative process however if my readers would like to picture someone when reading my book, I have suggestions for the main lead characters. I have a number of characters so I’ll just talk about the principal characters which are three women in the sex industry and one who’s left but helps out former and current sex workers.
For the main character I would use Ramon Young. The choice of ethnic minority actresses is somewhat limited come on let’s do some broader casting. The women who left the sex industry is someone who’s kind of geeky and doesn’t know how to make the best out of her appearance, I could picture the She’s all that star Rachel Leigh Cook (at the age she is now) I think she could easily play the out of place awkward geeky character in glasses.
In terms of the other sex industry people, we have one middle aged woman so maybe someone like Helena bonham carter to play the women who caters to fetishes. I picture the dom as potentially being in her early to mid-30s and I picture her as a fairly slim women so maybe someone like Keira Knightley or Dakota Johnson could play her.
The last main character we encounter is the female ethical porn director she’s black. In the book she’s around her mid-30s so Michaela Coel as I am a huge fan of Black Mirror which she was in. She’s also nearly mid 30s and a director herself so I think she’d be a great candidate for playing a director.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I’ve been known to read about 14 books at once, but I can only keep about 7 stories in my head at one time.
I am a huge fan of the classics and of dystopian fiction. Some of my favourite classical authors are Jane Austen and Arthur Conan Doyle; I’ve read all of the Sherlock Holmes series and I loved the dramatization with Benedict Cumberbatch, there’s also a Russian soviet version which is amazing and is really close to the spirit of the book, the guy playing Holmes (Vasily Livanov) was great he even received an MBE for his portrayal of the character. In terms of dystopian fiction, I’ve read Orwell, Atwood and Huxley. I think that dystopian novels are interesting in that they tell us a lot about the human condition and they make us feel better about our current miserable existence (UK under Boris Johnson).
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I am actually reading a lot of poetry at the moment. I joined twitter to promote my writings however while on twitter I started to realize how useful poetry is in honing your writing, you really can’t waste words, the structure has to be quite tight I think its good training for story writing. I am also reading No et Moi which is about my level French wise and is a book which deals with quite a serious subject but in an easy to digest way.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
1984 is my favourite book as it addresses themes which are always current e.g., manipulation of language. It is the book that I feel furthered my interested in politics. I’ve been interested in politics since my teens even before my first protest at the age of 19. I used to read about political issues in women magazines like Marie Claire. As well as being an interesting book in terms of issues I feel 1984 is a great character study, I love how the main characters were developed and the interplay of relationships.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
As mentioned before writing poetry is great to hone succinctness.
Also, in terms of the whole show don’t tell; there are actually books where you can find examples of body language or sensations which are associated with certain types of emotions e.g. books such as 1000 character reactions.
If you are self-publishing, you’ll need to start advertising your work prior to releasing it. You’ll need to create a blurb which really catches people’s attention, sites such as fiver have people to write them for you. Don’t waste money on asking people to advertise your book on social media (a lot of the time it’s people just tweeting your book and its one in a long line of many other books) it will get lost in the noise. The best bet in terms of advertising your work is to search for blog writers who review for free in your genre, there are a number of writers who will do free reviews because they have a deal with book sites and get paid to direct traffic there.
I can’t give any advice re traditional publishing as I’ve never tried that route.
Make sure that someone doesn’t have the same pen name. Only after publishing did I realise someone had the same pen name and I now can’t get a Goodreads profile.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
My twitter is @DeeViantWriter
My facebook is www.facebook.com/people/Dee-Viant/100072844990050
I don’t have many friends on facebook as I have kept myself anonymous to most people who are close to me, but you’re welcome to join my facebook friends.
About the Author:
Dee Viant loved to read growing up and dreamed that she would be an author; however, she abandoned that dream in favor of something safer. Amid the pandemic having more free time, she decided to revisit that dream. In her free time, she likes to debate (argue), play music, read and believe it or not geek out. When choosing the name she was unaware that there was an author with the same name on Amazon. Ming E Finds Her Sweet Spot is in fact her first book.