Nadlee Thims is an erotica author that blossomed in a cotton field out on the Mississippi Delta. She currently lives in California, but misses the south and has every intention of getting back to her roots…at some point. She has never forgotten home and the family and friends that encouraged her to take the opportunity to make her dreams a reality – to be a best selling author.
Nadlee has been writing her entire life. Mr. Montgomery, however, will be the first published work to her credit. Nadlee is looking forward to an exciting career as an erotica author. She loves meeting her readers/fellow authors, and making new friends.
In addition to making friends, Nadlee enjoys all the beautiful things – tulips, butterflies, sunsets, beaches, and mountains. But, she also appreciates the material beauty as well, particularly shimmery things and lingerie. There is just something very pretty about satin, silk, lace and ribbons, isn’t there? Another favorite for Nadlee is shoes. Without the sexy, smoking hot shoes, what would the point of satin, silk, lace and ribbons, right? But, of all the beauty in life, her very favorite is people.
Nadlee draws inspiration from so many things. She sees the world through a different lens. There are a lot of sexy things in the world: stubble, baseball caps, blue jeans, facial expressions, mannerisms, but more than anything, the eyes! Nadlee is fascinated with how people move through life, noticing the subtle, sexy things they do, without realizing they’re doing anything at all. Then, she starts writing, with a passion for showing those little nuances to the world in a big way. Could you have been an inspiration for something in her stories? Possibly. She encourages you to read and see if you identify with anything in her words. That could’ve been you!
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How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Most of the time, my characters tell me their names long before I know them. For example, yesterday, the name “Willow” popped into my head. I have no clue who Willow is yet. But, I’ve seen this happen time and again. A name comes, then, the character starts blooming out of the middle of that name. Jackson Montgomery is a prankster. He didn’t tell me the whole truth at first. You’ll see when you read Mr. Montgomery – he’s a prankster, that one! I kept trying to talk Elizabeth Roundtree into being someone else. She wasn’t having it. So, these names just come. It bothers me a lot when it is a name I like and that character ends up being an antagonist. So, whether I like the name or not, these characters tell me who they are, all the way around. They decide who they are going to be. I can’t imagine looking through name books. It wouldn’t do me any good. I’d forget the names and if not, I’d still have stubborn characters that insist that they know who they are.
If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I don’t know, but I heard rumor about a male version of Hooters. I’d wash dishes in that place, if I had to. Whatever I had to do to be around hot guys without shirts. The only way that deal would be off is if they wear tight shorts. Uh…not my thing. But, I have a feeling that it’s a really good thing I like to write. Either that or I’d work in a lingerie store. It would be like working for silk and lace. Which is great, until the mortgage company fails to understand. Yes! I better just keep writing.
Do you write naked?
Yes! When I sit in a nice bubble bath, it’s like an invisible force field. I can lock the world out and just have peace and quiet. The visions play and the words come out. Erotica has to be sexy. It’s tough to write sexy if you’re sitting in the middle of chaos and mayhem.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
I would never write about abortion. Even answering this question, I feel compelled to put my opinion out there. I don’t know the right answer in that case. I just know where I stand with it, personally. And, I’m thankful to your moms for making the choice she made so that you could be here, reading this answer. That is one amazing woman. Call your mother and tell her I said thanks for choosing life!
What would you want your tombstone to say?
This best selling author came, saw and now, she’s taking a little nap. Should you see her get up again, give her a computer and get ready for one hell of a story!
What genre are your books?
Mr. Montgomery is an erotica. There is a lot of steamy sex with a story intertwined.
What draws you this genre?
With so many genres, you have to walk a fine line. If you put too much of this, it doesn’t fit into this genre, but it doesn’t quite have enough to fit into that genre. With erotica, there are a lot fewer lines that you don’t cross, in terms of content. Those lines don’t appeal to the masses, and they certainly don’t appeal to me. So, you discover that the reins have been taken off and you can run wild. If a particular scene gets down and dirty, so be it. You’re writing erotica. That’s ok to do with erotica. You can write amazing sex scenes and still have a beautiful story. It’s a lot less restraint and a lot less minding your p’s and q’s. It’s a freedom for the writer. That freedom results in hot, steamy books for the readers. Erotica readers know what they’re getting into. So, the gloves come off, you write it as you feel it and in the end, you’ve got a naughty, good time for the readers.
How much research do you do?
<laughter> Well, uh… I’m going to say none. I do no research. I just happen to write this stuff by accident. We’ll go with that.
Where do your ideas come from?
That’s a good question. It’s kind of like a lightening strike. A thought flashes in my head and I think about for about thirty seconds. If I think I can develop it, I go for it. If not, I let it go. Then, I sit down and as I write, some odd little something happens. I used to fight those odd little somethings. Now, I’ve learned to leave them in because those odd little somethings are usually setting up something fun later in the story. So, really, sometimes I look down the road and see where I’m going. Sometimes, I just trust the story to take me there. If I know where I’m going, it’s a lot more stressful trying to force the story in that direction. So, I just let it play. Where it comes from, I truly don’t know. But, I’m very thankful that it does come, wherever it comes from.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
In terms of sitting and staring at a blank page, no. I have the opposite issue when the page is blank. Thirty thousand ideas all want to be my next story. So, on days when they just won’t stop, I open a new page and I start writing enough that I can come back to it later. Across the bottom of my monitor right now, I have thirty-six partial stories waiting to be written.
Having said that, I do get writer’s block in terms of I’ll be three-quarters of the way through a story and I’ll stall out. I sit there and stare at it and my passion for that story leaves. The vigor that got me three-quarters of the way through dies and I stare at the page like it’s a stranger to me, all of a sudden. It’s like staring at foreign language. The familiar feeling I had – that bond just breaks somehow. I do have stories that are sitting in my “story cemetery” in case someday I can look at them and find the drive for that story again. That hasn’t happened yet, but that’s a lot to just throw away.
Then, there is another strange thing that happens. I’ll fight myself for days, trying to figure out where a story gets off track. I get frustrated and get up and walk away. I come back to it and I can’t stand it. I get up and walk away, again. I do this for days. Then, I’ll find a word that if I add an “s” to the end of it, the whole thing is back on track and I’m off and running again. This happens a lot. This is different than when the passion for a story just leaves. This is different because you want it. You still want to fix this story. You still have thoughts for it. You just can’t get there from where you’re sitting. You can’t figure out where it went wrong, it just is, somehow. That’s when I’ve learned to realize that sooner or later, I’m going to find where that damn “s” is missing. I just have to wait for it to jump out and wave at me. Until it does that, I’m stuck.
Any tips on how to get through dreaded writer’s block?
<laughs> Add an “s.” In all seriousness, if the page is blank and you’ve got nothing, take a walk. Stop trying to force anything. Go listen to the wind. Watch the leaves dance in the trees. Watch a mound of ants. Do anything to let you mind off the hook. It’s like when a ring is stuck on your finger. If you relax your finger, and pull the ring off, rather than trying to pull your finger out of the ring, you’re more likely to get that ring off. It’s the same thing with your brain. Instead of trying to pull ideas out of your brain, you just need to relax and let something else pull the ideas from your brain.
Why do you think other well-written books just don’t sell?
I know of a few books that are amazing. The authors are really great people. Yet, those books are silent and sullen. Some of the authors have book trailers and have all kinds of memes. Yet the book does nothing. I think this is largely because readers love to compliment authors. They tell them fifty billions times how great they are. They sit on their perches, waiting for the very next book from that author. And there is nothing wrong with that. But, the key to everything in the literary world seems to hinge on reader reviews. What author is going to say, “Hey, don’t read my book. It’s a real pile.” None of them are going to say that. They wrote it. Of course they love it. But, if they are the only ones talking about it, I think it looks funny. Readers want their favorite authors to write more. They’re proud of themselves because they tell their friends. That helps a lot. But, I really don’t know that many people that pull a book up online while I’m talking about it. Then, I doubt they remember when they are at their computer. So, the intention is there and it’s very sweet. However, someone that is ready to order the book and is one click away, is usually reading the online reviews. The reviews help the people that are there and ready to order. So, I think if you have an author that doesn’t pummel their readers and demand reviews, you have a really great author, with really great books that don’t sell. If you’re an author that doesn’t pay for reviews, you have an author with really great books that don’t sell. So, on that note, I think reader’s reviews, literally, make or break an author. So, any reader – any book – any author – if you really want to help your favorites, please write a review for them. Those reviews are like magic author food. It helps them grow big and strong, very quickly. Readers are author’s “Great and Powerful Oz.” Tell the authors, for sure. We love that. But, don’t forget to write the review on Amazon, too.