Author Interview & Giveaway! Skye Warren Talks Wanderlust

Today we are super excited to have Skye Warren with us, author of the dark erotica new release Wanderlusta cross country journey of forced sexual discovery that kept me squirming and uncomfortably sympathetic. Hunter is one bad, bad boy…

For more of my thoughts on all things Wanderlust, check out my review.

Miz Warren is also giving away one ebook copy of Wanderlust to one random (and lucky) reader!

Now, let’s chat!


Who is Skye Warren? Who is the woman behind the words?

Skye: Hi there! Thanks to Letitia for having me on Romantic Book Affairs. Let’s see… Skye Warren is a woman, a lover, an optimist, a romantic, a scared little girl and a jaded cynic. Most of all, I’m someone who gets to do something I love, writing, for a living, and for that I’m truly grateful.

Why did you decide to write dark erotica? What do you think makes it so appealing?

Skye: Dark erotica is perverse…but not only in the taboo acts it depicts. Because when we read about captivity, we’re really pushing the bounds of our freedom. Can we thrive with boundaries? How much control do we really have over our own lives?

When we read about dubious consent, we’re really mapping the terrain of sex, venturing into the dark forests and distant lands. Some people tell us not to go, that we’ll fall right off the edge of the earth. But we are explorers, and we can’t heed them. We have to see for ourselves J

Wanderlust hit shelves April 15th. Please tell us a little about it.

Skye: All Evie knows about the world comes from books and her mother’s dark obsession with the news. Fed up with it, Evie strikes out on her own and stops at a motel her first night out. Where Hunter, a rugged trucker, kidnaps her.

Wanderlust is a story of pain and sex, of redemption and healing. Ultimately it’s a fantasy for those that like dark subjects in their erotic fiction, but I hope there’s enough depth to make a lasting impression.

Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

Skye: The truth is, I have a thing for truckers. They are almost the cowboys of modern times, gruff loners who cross the country. Why do they choose that work when they could stay in one place? That was my first idea for Wanderlust. There’s a certain mystique there. Add to that the sexiness of a powerful, rugged man and I was done for.

Was it hard to be inside Evie's head? Hunter's? (Sidenote: I would die for a scene in Hunter's point-of-view!)

Skye: Evie was definitely a complex heroine. She has been damaged in multiple ways, and yet she remains extremely innocent. Almost unbearably innocent for a young woman in a contemporary setting, but that’s the perfect setup for her rude awakening.

Hunter is a kind, educated man who has been stripped down to a wild animal. Was it hard to write them? Yes, but at the same time, those f-ed up characters are the ones that draw me.

(Sidenote: I’d love to but I’ve promised and sworn and levied my firstborn to get the Beauty sequels and last Dark Erotica book out this year, so I’ve got to deliver on that first.)

What was the most difficult scene to write in Wanderlust? Do you have a favorite scene?

Skye: I definitely spent the most time on the scene in the motel room that first night. It’s so important to their relationship and sets the stage for the story. You can see some of the setup for that in the excerpt:

“The man over there has paid for your meal. He’d like to join you.”

I blinked, not really understanding. The gentleness of her voice unnerved me. More than guilt—pity.

“I’m sorry.” I fumbled with the words. “I’ve already eaten. I’m done.”

“You have food left on your plate. Doesn’t matter how much you want to eat anyway.” She paused and then carefully strung each word along the sentence. “He requests the pleasure of your company.”

My heart sped up, the first stirrings of fear.

I supposed I should feel flattered, and I did, in a way. He was a handsome man, and he’d noticed me. Of course, I was the only woman around besides the waitress, so it wasn’t a huge accomplishment. But I wasn’t prepared for fielding this kind of request. Was this a common thing, to pay for another woman’s meal?

It was a given that I should say no. Whatever he wanted from me, I couldn’t give him, so it was only a question of letting him down nicely.

“Please tell him thank you for the offer. I appreciate it, I do. But you see, I really am finished with my meal and pretty tired, so I’m afraid it won’t be possible for him to join me. Or to pay for my meal. In fact, I’d like the check, please.”

Her lips firmed. Little lines appeared between her brows, and with a sinking feeling I recognized something else: fear.

“Look, I know you aren’t from around here, but that there is Hunter Bryant.” When I didn’t react to the name, her frown deepened. “Here’s a little advice from one woman to another. There are some men you just don’t say no to. Didn’t your mama ever warn you about men like that?”

If you could cast the movie version of Wanderlust, who would play Evie and Hunter?

Skye: I’m thinking Paul Walker for Hunter.

For Evie, I’d need someone who could look really innocent but also had a sensual edge. I think like Amanda Seyfried.

What is the most unusual resource you have ever used while writing?

Skye: I had to do a lot of resource about Niagara Falls for Wanderlust. If you’ve read it, then you’ll understand J There’s a lot of trivia facts, information from past and present, and also stories surrounding the falls, like the myth of the Maiden of the Mist. So I read a lot of travel guides for going there and one man’s vacation diary as he hiked the trails in the Niagara Falls National Park.

Can you share with us what you're currently working on? Or what we can expect from you next?

Skye: One of the first books I published was a short story titled Beauty Touched the Beast. It is a sexy, erotic story between a scarred man and the college student who cleans his house. I made it free and considered it a little gift to my readers or a tease for them to read my other works.

Well, it did better than I could have imagined. It was consistently ranked in the top free erotica lists for over a year. And I continue to get mail from new readers every week who want to read more of Blake and Erin. I’m so thrilled to be finally doing that.

Beneath the Beauty comes out at the end of May, followed by at least two more short sequels. I’m also excited, as an author, to be trying something new with serials. I think it will be really fun to follow the story this way, especially due to its origins as a short story.

If you haven’t read Beauty Touched the Beast yet, you can read it for free on Amazon or All Romance.

Thanks again for having me!


About the Author

Skye Warren writes unapologetic erotica, where pain and sex and love collide. She has been called “a true mistress of dark and twisted erotica” and her dark erotica series has reached the bestseller lists at Amazon and been a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

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Can love come from pain?

Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her—including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she’s been looking for right beside her.

Wanderlust is a dark erotic novel which explores dubious consent, captivity, and power play. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.

“A truly pleasurable, albeit gritty, raw at times shocking, disturbing and addictive read” – TotallyBooked



One randomly drawn reader will win a digital copy of Skye Warren’s Wanderlust! Open Internationally. Please follow the Rafflecopter widget directions and terms and conditions. Giveaway ends at 12:01am on 4/27/13.

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  1. Definitely going on my to be read list! Looks like a great book.

  2. I like this genre bc it is a chance to step away from what I normally read! Love it! Thanks for the chance!

  3. I like the excitement of erotica!

  4. I'm adding it to my TBR :)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Although I have some dark erotica on my to read list, I haven't attempted any of them yet.

  6. I like to read and feel the emotions that come out of dark erotica.

  7. I like the thrill that these books give me. It feels good to walk on the wild side without actually taking the risks in real life.

  8. I have never read dark erotic I have always been a little nervous to try a book with that theme...But I have heard of this author and I have also read reviews regarding her other books so I am interested...

  9. Loved the idea of forbidden fantasies. Things you don't get in a to of other books. Things that will set a book apart. Thanks for the giveaway

  10. How the story pushes you from your comfort zone. DaMaris

  11. Seeing the characters find themselves while being pushed to (and past) their breaking points

  12. Dark Erotica is my fav genre! It's raw, gritty, forbidden and sends my thoughts and emotions on a roller-coaster ride! I love how the plots are so captivating and unexpected! These mindfucks are priceless and SO DAMN GOOD! Kudos to all the Dark Erotica authors! It takes balls to write these stories and wow, I love how they are so breathtakingly bold and beautiful! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I have Wanderlust high on my TBR list!

    Tess xx


  13. I like to find the good in the dark.

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  14. I love the way it makes my heart pound and palms sweat! It's the forbidden fantasy we all have inside us. Thanks for the giveaway ladies! That was a great interview.

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. Dark Erotica isn't all vanilla, it keeps you on the edge of your bed...

  16. Dark erotica is a stretch for me, but I have read a few books in that genre..and I loved them! They totally pushed my boundries in a good way, made my think, kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next dark, forbidden turn of good! This one looks just as good, thank you for the chance at winning :)

  17. The thrill, emotions and the pure rawness of it. Thanks you for this giveaway!!

  18. Oh man, I love when a book has me questioning my morals after. I have only read a couple but since it is such a stretch for me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them because they definitely kept me on my toes!

  19. I love Dark Erotica because it takes me away from my comfort zone with all the raw and forbidden stories.

  20. I love the raw emotion that comes out in it. It's not a perfect world and everyone is not TV perfect. Dark sides are real and it's nice to see that even people who make the wrong choices can end up in the right place.

  21. I love that it's outside the realm of normal!
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  22. Dark Erotica adds spice to your life. Love it!

  23. It is outside my line of thinking! It's not just the same old story, that I have been seeing lately!

  24. I like how dark erotica pushes the envelope so i can experience things i wouldn't do in real life

  25. I read Wanderlust and loved it! It was totally not what I normally read but I'm so glad I did! My review!

    1. Thanks for sharing Christine! Totally agree :)


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