Tuesday, February 7, 2012

An Interview with Eliot Hastings

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Eliot Hastings you’re not an easy person to find online. What would you like readers to know about you?

I live in Warwickshire, my interests include Architecture and History and I am lucky that I live in a country steeped in history so that I am able to follow a favourite hobby which is visiting historic buildings and Cathedrals.

What made you decide to write Forbidden Pleasures, Forgiven Desires?

I started writing short stories as a hobby years ago and never thought I would be published. But when I read some of Ken Follett's work it inspired me to expand my ideas and develop my characters. It is also a lot easier for writers to get published these days and that was a big factor in bringing the books to fruition.

If there was a movie version who would you imagine playing Peter, Lisa and Suzy?

Not sure about the male lead but perhaps Catherine Zeta Jones as Lisa, and I think Angie Everhart would be ideal for Suzy.

Why did you choose to set your stories in the '70s?

The two central characters of the first book Amanda and Kathryn meet in 1972 when they are at school, they remain close friends and they appear in most of the series bringing them up to the current time. The 70s and 80s were exciting decades in many ways and in the first book of the series, which will be published later this year, I wanted to try and capture some of those experiences and feelings. In the remaining books (including this one) the stories are mostly set in the present time.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, do you have a favourite artist or style of music that inspires you?

Yes I do, I have a very broad taste in music, I listen mainly to Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Folk. I get inspiration from artists like Arcade Fire, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, and for mood music I like to listen to Led Zeppelin, Genesis, MJQ, Bach, and Kate Rusby. A favourite I first heard (and sang) as a child is Allegri’s Miserere.

Who are your favourite writers? Do you have a favourite erotica writer or book?

My favourite writers are Ian Mortimer, Ken Follett and Robert Ludlum. My favourite erotica writer is Anne Rice, and The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy.

What can readers expect from you in the future?

The conclusion of this story will be published in February, the original story has nineteen characters and there are currently eight books planned for the series.


Peter was an assertive man, in complete control of his life and work. But in his closest relationships he was a natural submissive, and he had been searching for a dominant partner for as long as he could remember. Dissatisfied with his relationships, he had sought the services of a professional Mistress. Lisa enjoyed her work as a sadistic Dominatrix, exploiting his masochism and they soon became good friends. It seemed as if he had everything he needed, and his search was over. Then he met Suzy and fell in love with her, they were brought together by a quirk of fate. She had her own agenda, but there was something unspoken, something below the surface that drew them together, but would she love him? And if she did, would he be able to live a life denying his need to be dominated?

Forbidden Pleasures, Forgiven Desires is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US, All Romance eBooks and many, many more.


Eliot Hastings is a technical author and began writing short stories as a hobby some years ago. He is an engineering graduate and lives in Warwickshire, his interests include Architecture and History and he considers himself lucky to live in a country steeped in history. It allows him to follow two of his favourite hobbies which are photography and visiting historic buildings and Cathedrals. Eliot is into motor sports and music and he is a regular at race meetings and gigs up and down the country.

Catherine Zeta-Jones photo by Georges Biard, Creative Commons license

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