SilkWords is the go-to source for interactive romance and erotic fiction.
With gorgeous custom covers and a clean, sophisticated design, the SilkWords site offers a secure, upscale reading environment. In addition to content on their web site, they offer stories for purchase in the standard e-book formats.
SilkWords is owned and operated by a full-time mom with a background in genetics and an RWA RITA-nominated, multi-published sci-fi romance author.
Their technology guy and site designer was the founder of Microsoft Xbox Live.
SilkWords features two formats that allow readers to choose how the stories will proceed.
Pick Your Path:
Will she or won't she? With which man (or woman) in which location? With Pick Your Path romance, you decide. Romance and branched fiction are made for each other, like picking your favorite flavor of ice cream...positions, partners, and paraphernalia, oh my!
Readers vote at choice points and decide how the story will continue. These stories are a great way for readers and authors to connect. It’s exciting to be part of a developing story!
Genre: Contemporary Hot Romance
Date of Publication: January 31, 2015
Word Count: Reader-vote story
Cover Artist: Indie Designz
Who knew traveling home from a business trip could be so interesting?
Will Nicole choose dinner with the sexy international businessman (sure to lead to naughtiness), or sandwiches with the adorable humanitarian (definite boyfriend material)?
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was little, I never thought about being a writer – I just wrote! Writing was always the fun hobby. I decided that I wanted to pursue music at a pretty young age and now work as a classical musician. The opportunity to publish came along through SilkWords and I jumped at it!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I always thought of myself as a writer, but more of a hobbyist. It wasn’t until college and grad school that writing became a bigger part of how I identify.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest story with SilkWords is “The Man in the Midnight Train” – it’s a reader choice story, which means that the readers get to determine the path the story will take! The story is a steamy contemporary romance with some intriguing twists, and I’m very interested to find out which choices are popular.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
SilkWords, a fantastic Seattle-based organization!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
For SilkWords stories, usually one to two months. I get an idea, flesh it out a little, and then do a diagram with all of the story options. Then I’ll do a first draft, polish that up, and send it in to my editor. The advantage of writing branching stories is that you have discrete chunks of story to work on, so setting writing goals is easy.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
More romance, certainly! When I’m not writing romance I write sci-fi, fantasy, and fairy-tale retellings.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
The beauty of writing short stories is that you have a lot more flexibility in genre. I’ve written a western, a sci-fi, and a contemporary spy thriller for SilkWords in addition to this latest story. I’m sure I’ll settle into a genre sooner or later, but for now I’m really enjoying being able to try my hand at a couple different things.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I do a lot of writing on the bus, actually! I have a decent commute every day, and it’s exactly the right amount of time to plunge in and write about five hundred words. Plus, by the time I get to my stop, I’m right in the swing of things so it’s really easy to write for another couple of hours at home.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Write the book. Titles are my kryptonite.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
It depends on the story and what sort of feel I want – if it’s historical, then I’ll look through common names of the time, or if it’s fantastical or futuristic I’ll look for names that aren’t too weird but that fit the time and place of the story. A lot of the time the name will just come to me.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Name first – and usually, when I get a certain name a personality comes with it.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Les Miserables. No idea how many times I’ve read it – maybe five or six? I think it was the first book that ever made me cry. The story is so moving and the language is just beautiful.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I actually wrote a blog post [http://www.elinordiamond.com/2014/01/wednesday-culture-hobbit.html] about this! In short, it depends. Movies and books are very different mediums, not just in scope and length and physical limitation, but also in how the audience experiences them. Books require more work on the part of the reader, but they can also be more subtle in how they get information across. Since movies are limited to a couple hours, they have to be much more direct in terms of how they’re telling a story. However, movies are able to do so much more in terms of visual and audio cues, and they can pack a lot of information into those cues without having to spell it all out. So I think it’s important for the director to be aware of all this, and also to realize that the movie has to stand on it’s on merits, not just on the things for which the book is beloved. The first Harry Potter movie is a prime example of a really slavish rendition of the book – they got everything looking just right but it really felt very flat, like there was no life in it. When directors started getting more leeway in later films, they got better. The Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite book-to-movie success stories – I know a lot of people don’t like it but I thought Peter Jackson and his team did a brilliant job of creating the world and telling the story. Yeah, it wasn’t exactly like the book, but they definitely captured Tolkien’s vision, and that’s what’s really important in doing an adaptation.
Your favorite food is?
Dark chocolate. Possibly nutella. Mac & cheese is a close runner-up.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters and Men, and Florence + the Machine are my favorites at the moment – I really like that raw, modern folk sound. In the world of classical music, I love the Romantics: Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Beethoven and so on. And Bach, of course. Always Bach.
Your favorite Author is?
Victor Hugo is one of my favorites, along with Tolkien. I love the world and awesome female characters that Steven Brust creates, and Robin McKinley and Madeleine L’Engle are my go-to fantasy/spec fic authors. Terry Pratchett and PG Wodehouse tickle my funny bone…and I could probably go on, but I’ll try to restrain myself!
Elinor Diamond is a writer, classical musician, and geek aficionada currently dwelling in the Seattle area. The Man on the Midnight Train is her fourth story published with SilkWords. When not composing romances, she enjoys writing genre fiction, poetry, and fairy tale retellings.