Sa­man­tha Lierens proves that her oeu­vre ex­tends be­yond erotic sub­ject mat­ter

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

BET­TER NOT read on if you are of a sen­si­tive dis­po­si­tion. This item re­lates to Sa­man­tha Lierens and her suc­cess­ful ca­reer as an erotic nov­el­ist. But don’t get too ex­cited — she is swap­ping her usual fo­cus on stock­ings and sus­penders for ki­monos and karaoke in her latest work.

The 36-year-old, who writes un­der the pseu­do­nym Tabitha Flyte, has pub­lished four erotic nov­els. Now she has re­leased a book some­what less likely to cause your rabbi to splut­ter. A First Karaoke Song­book (Traf­ford Pub­lish­ing) is a con­tem­po­rary love story set in Tokyo and cen­tred on a karaoke con­test. It has been de­scribed, she says, as a cross be­tween Mem­oirs of a Geisha and The X-Fac­tor.

So, why the change? “In my early 30s, I was more in­ter­ested in sex, but now it’s more about ro­mance and do­mes­tic life,” ex­plains Ms Lierens. “There is a bit of hanky panky in the book, but not much.”

She lived in Ja­pan in her 20s, and was in­spired to write a story based on her time there. “I found a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the Ja­panese cul­ture and my Jewish life: no­tably the im­por­tance of fam­ily. When writ­ing the book, I drew on my own back­ground to de­scribe the Ja­panese back­ground.”

She first started writ­ing erot­ica 10 years ago. “I wrote a fiction book, sent it out and the pub­lisher sent it back say­ing the sex scenes were very good. I went out and bought a Black Lace novel and thought: ‘I could do that.’”

Her de­but work, Tongue in Cheek, was pub­lished in 2000. Three oth­ers fol­lowed. So where does the Southend-based writer get her ideas? “Some­times what I write shocks my­self,” she ad­mits, “and I al­ways go red when I read stuff back. ‘What? She did what to him? How is that pos­si­ble?’ But I try not to edit my­self too much. Ev­ery­one should let their imag­i­na­tion go wild once in a while.”

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