Interview/: Saskia Walker

I am so unbelievable honored to be hosting Saskia Walker here at The BBB for an interview. I read 'Rampant' her newest book to be released by Harlequin on 1 April 2010 and I fell in love. I fell in love the characters, the writing, the setting, and the author. I immediately put the book down and emailed Saskia and asked her to do an interview with me. I connect with this book on an entirely different level than I have ever connected with any book before, as much as I would have liked to. This book and this author are now nicely seating on my favorites lists and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with! So here is a bit about Saskia Walker before we get started:

I'm British by birth, but because of my parent's nomadic tendencies I grew up traveling the globe. I was an only child with a major book habit! I dreamed of being a writer since the age of 12 and finally began writing seriously in the late '90s. By then I'd got myself a BA in Art History, a Masters in Literature and the Visual Arts—and I'd worked in all manner of diverse careers—but the stories in my head simply had to be written!

Nowadays I live in the north of England—close to the beautiful, windswept landscape of the Yorkshire moors—with my real life hero, Mark. Mark supports my work through all its ups and downs, and runs the tech side of this website. He also manages to keep me sane and grounded when fiction threatens to take over

And on to the interview...

(BBB): So how did you get started writing? and what led to romance/erotica?

(SW): I started writing seriously around 1996, although I’d wanted to write fiction since I was a young teen. At first I was dabbling in fantasy and historical story ideas. Romance and eroticism were always part of it though, and I think that’s because I like to explore the way relationships develop. I began to sell my erotic short stories and things took off from there. At first it was contemporary erotic work that sold, but as my career developed I’ve been able to incorporate more elements of history, fantasy and the paranormal, i.e. many of the things I wanted to do from the outset.

(BBB): This may be to personal, if so feel free not to answer. Are you of the Pagan religious persuasion?

(SW): I do feel more in tune with paganism than any more organized religion. I was brought up catholic but around the age of eight or nine my parents took me to visit Stonehenge and the experience really stayed with me. It got me thinking about the importance of nature and the seasons. Nowadays we are so wrapped up with the technical world it’s very easy to forget our deep connection with the natural world. It’s something I love to explore in my writing, and it’s very exciting when readers respond to that, the way you did. :)

(BBB): How much research was involved for the writing of Rampant?

(SW): The book was originally inspired by a trip to Fife on the east coast of Scotland . We stayed in a cottage in a small fishing village and explored the area from there. It was so magical I simply had to write something set there! During the visit I learned about the history of witchcraft and persecution in Lowlands Scotland, and subsequently did a lot of reading around the subject for this novel. I had fun researching all manner of things for the story, such as what a deserted lighthouse would be like inside.

We visit Scotland pretty much every year anyway, and that’s partly about research for the writing. I also took some great online workshops with the Celtic Hearts chapter of the Romance Writers of America, alongside my own research. That extended my knowledge of the history of the Lowlands and the wealth of paranormal legend in Scotland . For the purposes of the story I built the nature magic around druid beliefs and neo-druidism, as well as drawing on occult practices and Scottish folklore.

(BBB): What is your fav food?

(SW): I’m all about spices and garlic. I love Mexican and Asian food. I also can’t resist dips—

Salsa, guacamole, and hummus. Hummus in particular is not safe in the house. If there is some here, it has to be eaten.

(BBB): Who are some of your fav authors?

(SW): I’m currently reading Kresley Cole, I adore her paranormal work. In erotica I don’t miss a Portia Da Costa or an Emma Holly book. An author who writes fabulous erotic fantasy is Janine Ashbless, watch out for her. Tanith Lee, Patricia McKillip, and Storm Constantine are long time fantasy favorites that I return to on a regular basis.

(BBB): Do you have any writing rituals?

(SW): Not as such, but I have this one little quirk—I cannot start my writing day until the dishes are washed. I'm laughing, because it makes me sound like a good housekeeper. I’m not! Believe me, I’m up there with the world’s worst, but apparently the dishes have to be done. It’s a good use of time though, because I’m often thinking about the writing I intend to do that day. Agatha Christie once said that the best time to think about writing is while you are doing the dishes, and I totally agree with her on that one.

(BBB): What do you like to do when you are not writing?

(SW): I try to get out of the house as often as possible. We’re lucky that we live close to the Yorkshire moors and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park . I’m particularly fond of visiting North Wales and Scotland , and we do at least one visit a year. I love being with my man, talking about books and story ideas. I also love reading, film, and comedy. I enjoy good red wine and live music.

(BBB): How do you feel about the ebook/ereader era coming up? do you own an ereader?

(SW): Save trees, read an ebook! I’m a big supporter of ebooks. At the present time I think it’s ideal to have all options available for readers, but I’m doing more and more electronic reading myself. Sometimes I read on my PC, sometimes on a palm reader. I’m saving my pennies for a Sony reader.

(BBB): Can you share anything about what you have coming up or plans for the future?

(SW): I’m currently writing my second novel for Spice, THE HARLOT. Readers who enjoy the back-story about Annabel and her world in RAMPANT might enjoy THE HARLOT as well. Set entirely in Scotland in 1715, it’s about an unlikely pact between a man bent on revenge, and a harlot who secretly practices witchcraft. In part it’s a Pygmalion story—the hero tutors the heroine to seduce his enemy, but when they begin to fall for each other the situation becomes a tangle of erotic and emotional conflict, as you might imagine!

I’m also working on a series of three short novels for my epublisher called EROGENOUS ZONES. These are contemporary London-set novels about three psychic sisters. The first, MONICA'S SECRET, is about a heroine who can experience the sexual history of objects and people by touching them. You can imagine the situations that gets her into—especially when two gorgeous men attach themselves to her while they investigate fraud in the hotel where she works!

Long term, I hope to be able to keep writing and producing stories that readers will love as much as I love writing them.

(BBB): Who is your fav character in Rampant?

(SW): Favourites are so hard to do! I think I’d have to divide my affection equally between Zoë, Grayson, and Annabel.

(BBB): Zoë because it’s all about her adventure, and because she has to cast aside all her preconceptions about the paranormal. She’s a skeptic to begin with, and all of a sudden her life is filled with witchcraft, potent erotic magic, and a ghost who shares powerful erotic visions with her. Grayson has all the qualities that a woman could want in a sexy hero—strength, intelligence, passion, humility and loyalty, but as I was writing he also turned out to have a serene aspect because of his pagan ways, and I loved that. And then there’s Annabel...the first people to read the book said they adored this mischievous ghost, Annabel McGraw. She’s unruly, passionate, and mysterious, and her story unfolds across the novel. As I was writing, Annabel’s character became so much more significant in the story. I cannot help but love her. I had great fun with these characters and I hope that readers will enjoy them too.

(BBB): Thank you so much for stopping by today Saskia! It was an honor to interview you!

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  1. I'm really jealous of where she lives: by the moors in England?? Is there a better place to live...I think not. I'm planning on visiting Scotland sometime in the future with my mom. I've wanted to tour Scotland ever since I was a young teenager. I sounds so mysterious, edgy, and enormously beautiful!

    I also agree on her fav food spices: garlic...yumm. :)

    Thanks for the great interview and contest. Please enter me!


  2. I am a HUGE garlic fan! I get teased by my family all the time because I am so pale (they call me a vampire). So, anyways, they tease me about how I like garlic when I am a "vampire" since I soo white. LOL anywho, I would love to win and have a chance to read this book. :) Enter me please

  3. I must admit to not being a great fan of erotic literature but I am always very interested in well thought out and written books about old religions and their belief systems. Since this seems to cover paganism, about which I do not know very much, I would be interested in reading the book.

    If the giveaway is open worldwide,then please enter me. (South Africa)


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  4. aweosme post and ur right The Moors in England is beautiful this book sounds aweosme ty for the interview would loveto be a part of the give awya if its international sounds liek afantastic book

  5. I would love to visit the moors in England. Great interview.

    I follos

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  6. I love Mexican food too but I'm allergic to guacamole.

  7. I am so jealous of all your traveling! Your book sounds great! It's going on my wish list!


  8. Garlic is way underrated! They are so awesome!


  9. I was also 'an only child with a major book habit!' People couldn't understand why I was never bored or lonely.

    I also have happy memories of a childhood visit to Scotland and love reading books set there.

    You seem to love the wilder areas of Britain: the Yorkshire moors, Scotland, North Wales.
    Have you considered writing a novel in Cornwall?

  10. "Save trees, read an ebook!"

    I think exactly the same!!! Besides, e-book readers are so cool :D

    magabygc AT email DOT com

  11. Hi Saskia, big congrats on your new release. I found several excerpts and loved them all, and gave me such a wonderful intro to these characters. Great reviews so far too, and everything I read has me enthused about your story. Love paranormal romance, so thanks for the chance to win Rampant.


  12. It's kind of sweet and funny that she cannot start writing until she has done the dishes :)
    And I am a major garlic fan too. Dishes prepared and eaten by me include voluminous proportions of garlic!!
    But about the ereader,I have to say I am not too keen about it. I mean I practically eat and sleep books! Holding a book in my arms,hugging it,browsing through the pages,the smell of the paper-so many other things will no longer be available if it's an 'ereader world'. However,I do agree that we need to save paper...but...books are...well...BOOKS!! :)

    And thanks so much for the giveaway! I would love to win a copy!

  13. wow! I love england! The ebooks are better but i used to read normal books i cant leave them !!!

    SHes a cool girl! really!

  14. I'm a big fan of spicy food and garlic. I love foods that you remember long after you've eaten them. And I truly believe that the eating of spicy foods helps write steamy books. At least that sounds reasonable.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  15. What a great interview. And I after reading the review, I can't wait to read RAMPANT!

    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  16. Wow, what an interesting interview. Thanks for stopping by, Saskia!! Just the thought of where you live makes me want to hop on a plane. I've always wanted to see England and Scotland . . . maybe when the kids get a little older. :-)

  17. Saskia, I would have loved to travel all over the world but that was not to be. I was born, raised and live in Georgia.. But I love it here. Just prefer a warmer climate. LOL, all yr round. I did visit England and Scotland in April 2002, but we were moving so fast It is like a blur now. Have to dig out my album so I can ck it again. I do remember enjoying riding the train from London to Avimore Scotland & stayed a week then train to Liverpool to see the Beatles exhibit and train again to south west England for wk where we rented car and went so many places. It was an exciting trip. Thanks for stopping by and this terrific giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  18. I love trying new authors, so count me in. I too would love to travel to Scotland one day and am always jealous of the authors who do so :)

    Congratulations on your release!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  19. Hi Saskia,

    what's your favorite scene(s) on this book ? did you find it difficult to write ?

    i'm sooo want to read your book :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  20. Personally I only do the dishes when I am forced to or I am procrastinating. I tend to get my writing ideas during class, in the middle of a boring lecture...or an interesting one, sometimes.

  21. I envy people who have had the chance to travel and live in a lot of places.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  22. Wow, thanks for all the lovely messages, I'm having great fun reading your comments here. Monica had terrific questions for me, she made it easy.

    CallMeKayla: they tease me about how I like garlic when I am a "vampire" since I soo white.

    Kayla, I get that too ;)

    Buddyt: If the giveaway is open worldwide, then please enter me. (South Africa)

    Yes, I’m happy to post worldwide so please do enter wherever you are.

    EvaSB: I was also 'an only child with a major book habit!' People couldn't understand why I was never bored or lonely.

    You’re never lonely if you have a book, right! :)

    EvaSB: Have you considered writing a novel in Cornwall?

    Eva, yes! Cornwall is another truly magical place. I've written a novella set in Cornwall that you might enjoy. You can find a taste of the novella here:

    Joder: I truly believe that the eating of spicy foods helps write steamy books.

    You might have something there! A great excuse for more spicy food, at any rate ;)

    Mariska: what's your favorite scene(s) on this book ? did you find it difficult to write ?

    I’m happy to say the book flowed for me, Mariska. I think partly because I’d been thinking about it for a long while beforehand, planning scenes, thinking about Fife and its history, and letting the characters come alive in my head before I began the writing. Favorite scenes – oh, that’s hard! There’s a series of erotic visions across the book, where the heroine sees into the past, and I think the visions would be some of my favorite scenes. For me it’s about getting that surprise view into another time, truly magical.


    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Saskia, what was your inspiration for this book? Is this subject always been something you were interested in?

    P.S. I posted this giveaway on my blog today:

  24. Wish I was clever enough to write a hai-ku. Oh well...

    Love the salsa comment. Seems like the food angle really got us salivating for more! ;)

    Would love to win the book! Sounds like great reading.

  25. What an interesting lady! I am with her on the dips :)
    Thanks for the great interview. I look forward to looking up her work as well as her favorite authors.
    Please enter me :)
    wags_2468 at hotmail dot com


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  27. I enjoyed the interview. I've never been to England so I love it as a setting in books. So much history and very romantic.

    alternate email from blogger
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  28. Saskia Walker is a new author for me, so the interview was extra enjoyable.

    I also enjoyed reading the review for Rampant and look forward in reading it.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  29. I haven't read anything by this author, but I am incredibly jealous of where she lives. I have visited Scotland and am going back next year as a dear friend of mine lives there. I absolutely love going there and I love the stories and history of Scotland.

    Please enter me into this contest.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

  30. I love mexican an asian food too. I love nachos with cheese and guacamole, they're my favourite!


  31. Congrats on the release. Your book looks really good and I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  32. Ooh, so many dip, spice and garlic fans. Seems like this thread has turned into a bit of a nibbles party. :)

    Thanks for all the comments!

    Saskia, what was your inspiration for this book? Is this subject always been something you were interested in?

    Hi Just Peachy! Yes, I've always been interested in ghosts and witches. The inspiration came when I visited Fife in Scotland. The area has a history of witchcraft, and that really set my imagination going!

  33. Thanks for sharing! This is amazing insight into the newest author to be added to my TBR list!

    Kate Leger aka YzhaBella
    mleger0546 (@) rogers (dot) com

  34. Thanks for posting the interview! I look forward to reading Rampant, especially after reading the review!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  35. I love Emma Holly's Prince series!! But I've never heard of Portia Da Costa though...

    Re-posted your contest at


    mischivusfairy-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

  36. Hi Cherry! Thanks for posting the link. If you like Emma Holly and romantic erotica I'm sure you'd love Portia Da Costa's books. You'll find her site here: with lots of excerpts.

  37. Ooh, how fantastic!

    I actually have a question I've been curious about for a while. How does your family react to reading all those hot and heavy (LOL!) scenes in your books. Does it get awkward?

    Thanks for this!
    Love, Hannah
    xoxosweeet(at)yahoo(dot)com (Three e's in sweet!)

  38. Hi Hannah!

    I don't get any hassle, thank goodness. :) My parents are pleased for me and tell people what I do, but they do get a bit embarassed when people ask them exactly what sort of fiction I write. They aren't ashamed, they are aware things have changed, but they don't want to have to describe it in too much detail. ;o)

    My Real Life Hero loves what I do, and he's the important one. ;-) His mother adores what I do! She reads all my work eagerly and tells all her friends about it.

    I'm very lucky! Thanks for the question!

  39. Thank you Monica for featuring Saskia Walker, I ahven't heard of her before, but this interview definitely piqued my interest and put her and her novels on my TBR list.

    I LOVE Scotland and every novela nd story set there, and to see that besides one of my favourite magical places, it is historical (another favourite of mine!) and steamy, wow, I CAN'T WAIT to read Rampant and The Harlot!! I've always been a fan of the Pgymalion and My Fair Lady, I just love this premise of thementor and the student developing feelings for each other and the hard, older tutor falling for the younger inexperienced student. *sighs* So this book sounds as if it were written especially for me lol ;-D

    I'm also a Hummus lover Saskia, can't stop until it's all eaten, good thing it is healthy! ;-)

    Thanks for the recommendation I will ahve to check out Portia Da Costa's books, sounds like something I will enjoy :-)

    Thanks for the interview and for the giveaway Saskia! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  40. I'm reading Kresley Cole right now too. My first book by her but very good so far. Thanks for the contest.


  41. Waving to Stella and Bookie!

    Bookie, I'm a Kresley Cole addict. I'm not complaining. ;-)

    Stella, your comments about Pygmalion made me smile. I'm working on The Harlot now. My heroine is very wayward, bawdy, and clever too, so she runs her "tutor" ragged. I'm having too much fun with it. :)

  42. All of my ancestors are from England and I am in the process of doing research I would love to get back to England and walk the same streets where my ancestors lived.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  43. Hi Saskia!!

    I am very interested in your upcoming EROGENOUS ZONES books. They sound intriging! I do hope they turn into a bit longer book than a small novella..I love books I can sink my teeth into. We know Monicas power...what will be here 2sisters powers be?


  44. Hi 409cope, family history is fascinating, isn't it!

    Hey Froggy! Monica's sisters, well one of them becmes psychically linked with a man whose life she saves after a car crash (she begins to have visions into his life) and the other can communicate with ghosts. They are all 3 slightly different, and it is their unique skills that bring them into contact with new and interesting men in their lives ;-)

  45. Thanks for the contest and great interview! I love that she has pet peeves like washing the dishes before starting her writing for the day...I think a lot of us have vices like that!

  46. i visited your site and it was good enough than othere site that i visited before.

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