Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I'm a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.
S.P. Aruna’s latest book is the erotic thriller, Girl Within Girl: An Erotic Thriller: Book 1: Unraveling.
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Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet
Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind control and torture.
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I'm Shelish: I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
S.P. Aruna: Trying to take care of our home - not only the house, but the land around it, all our trees and plants and the vegetable garden - a never ending, sometimes even herculean endeavour, but it's all fun. Well, not all.
I.S.: When did you start writing?
S.P.A.: Only last year. I never thought about writing before then. Something just hit me, and nagged at me until I sat down and started typing.
I.S.: As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
S.P.A.: I don't think I arrived at my pivotal point yet. I hope so soon!
I.S.: If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
S.P.A.: I would go to Brazil because I've been made to believe the people there recognize the value of sensuality. My interest is erotica, so I think I could learn a thing or two there.
I.S.: If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
S.P.A.: Oh my God, extra time! Probably just chill out. And of course, write more.
I.S.: Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
S.P.A.: I've already mentioned Brazil. But Cambodia, where I live, could also be a good setting - the plot might be a poor country girl seeking opportunities in the big city and all the ordeals she has to go through.
I.S.: Back to your present book, Girl Within Girl, how did you publish it?
S.P.A.: I used BookBaby publishing platform, it seemed easy enough. My novel is dark erotica, so a self-published eBook was the way to go.
I.S.: In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
S.P.A.: For this book, my only journeys were within books, both through space and time. Time was important since the plot was based on things that we know happened in the past.
I.S.: Why was writing Girl Within Girl so important to you?
S.P.A.: When I found out about the mind control program conducted by the CIA, and the specific case of Candy Jones, I knew I could do something along those lines that would be both entertaining and informative. I would imagine that most of your followers may not know who she was, so allow me to give a brief summary. Her real name was Jessica Wilcox and when she was engaged by a modeling agency (co-owned by ex-president Gerald Ford by the way), she changed her name to Candy Jones. She became the second most popular pin-up model among US servicemen during World War II, second only to Betty Grable. However, under hypnosis, it was revealed that she was a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA. She had another personality called Arlene Grant whenever she went on a mission. There's a book on it. I thought it would be an entertaining introduction to a topic few people are aware of.
I.S.: Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
S.P.A.: Usually in the comfort of my own home, during the evenings. I just relax and let my mind wander. I also get inspiration from extraordinary true stories - like they say, truth can be stranger than fiction.
I.S.: Any final words?
S.P.A.: I just want to tell your audience a bit about Girl With Girl and what might make someone want to read it.
The book is dark erotica, yet a thriller at the same time, and the story weaves in and out of three lives of the same woman, each one full of unknown consequences, keeping the reader on edge as to what is going to happen next. In short, there is an entertainment element besides the sex scenes in glamorous situations - there is a strong plot, something not easy to find in erotica novels.
Another aspect of the story which would appeal to many readers is the ability to escape out of the ordinary humdrum of our lives.
Each of us has multiple sides to our personality. On top of that, many people have fantasies of being someone else and of doing things that go outside the boundaries of our day-to-day existence. For Katrina Novack, she can accomplish these things through her alter-egos of Cherry Cummins, the freelance photojournalist who travels to exotic places and meets many famous people, and Anisa Grant, a kick-ass spy assassin who succeeds in her missions through cold calculation and ruthless execution.