Samantha Lierens proves that her oeuvre extends beyond erotic subject matter
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.”