Intimate Conversation with Pynk
Pynk is the best-selling author of four erotica titles and one anthology. Pynk won the 2008 YOUnity award for Fastest Rising Literary Star, and Disilgold.com's Most Outstanding Author of the Year award for 2009.
Grand Central released the first Pynk novel, Erotic City, in November 2008. Erotic City was voted one of the Best Reads for 2008 by Black Expressions and was a finalist for a 2009 African American Literary Award in the category of erotica. The second title, Sexaholics, about four women addicted to sex, hit the shelves on March 23, 2010, and was released to critical acclaim, particularly for the tragic and gritty depictions of sexual addiction, and was voted among the 2010 Best Books by the Sankofa Literary Society.
The third book, Sixty-Nine, is about three sexually repressed women born in 1969 who vow to go beyond their own self-imposed limits at the age of 40. Sixty-Nine was nominated for a 2011 African American Literary Award and was a Top 20 Black Expressions Bestseller. Pynk jointed together with five bestselling authors, contributing to the hot anthology, The Heat of the Night, which was released in February, 2012 under Peace in the Storm Publishing. The December 2012 novel by Pynk tackles the topic of politics and the call-girl industry in New York City. It's called POLITICS.ESCORTS.BLACKMAIL.
Each steamy Pynk title is set in a different city - Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and the 2014 title, Sin in the City, is set in Las Vegas. Allow yourself to live your sexy dreams responsibly through the words of Pynk, whose characters are sure to make a fictional appearance in your city soon.
BPM: What topics does your latest book address? Why?
My latest book, Politics.Escorts.Blackmail. tackles the topics of: powerful men who risk it all by cheating, why men and women choose to be escorts, and whether or not the infidelity of a famous person is any of our business. Is "conduct unbecoming" in a politician's marriage an indicator that the individual isn't trustworthy outside of their marriage? Similar to the sex scandals in today's headlines, I tackle the goings-on of what happens between escorts and influential, wealthy, powerful, married men and women. I wanted to show what can happen from the escorts' point of view.
BPM: Who does your work speak to?
My erotic works speak to women who've felt guilty about sex all of their lives, yet are now brave enough to read about the fictional activities of women who are addicted, sexually repressed, swinging, escorting, etc. I show women what can happen in a world they may never experience, and take them behind the doors and between the legs of my characters. I want women to lighten up and know that they can enjoy sex, read about sex, talk about sex, and get to know their bodies without feeling guilty.
BPM: You are humbled by:
I'm humbled by readers who write to me and share their emotions about my works and take the time to tell me how my stories have touched them, and entertained them, and who admit that they, too, have thought of SEX as a dirty, forbidden word. My readers humble me.
BPM: Three artists on your playlist:
Three of the artists on my playlist are Charlie Wilson, Jaheim, and Keyshia Cole.
BPM: What writer would you consider a mentor:
I consider Eric Jerome Dickey a mentor, hands down. He's taught me to let me characters surprise me. I've given him the title of craft-master. He works hard at learning about the craft and executes the process like no one else. I learn from him by reading his works.
BPM: Your fondest childhood/college memory:
My fondest childhood memory relates to an English teacher who in 7th grade, told me and everyone else in my class, that I should be a writer, that I am gifted, and that the level of writing she's seen from me was far beyond my years. That was a defining moment that I'll never forget. (Thank you, Ms. Eckelstein)
BPM: If you weren't a writer, you would be:
If I wasn't a writer I'd be an interior designer or a race car driver. I still might try both! Watch out :)
BPM: Do you view writing as a gift or a career:
I view my love of writing as a gift that led to my career. In 1999, I looked back and realized that the jobs I had, which involved writing, made me most happy. I remembered my English teacher's words, and sat down to write my first book. Fifteen books manuscripts, I haven't looked back.
BPM: What you know for sure:
I know for sure that we are all here to discover our gift(s), our purpose, and then find a way to give back. We're here to love and be loved by loving ourselves first, and then sharing that love with others.
BPM: Life's greatest teacher is:
Life's greatest teacher is hurt, pain, disappointment - it's all in divine order and makes us stronger. Turn your mess into your message! I know I have.
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