As part of her blogtour for XOXO, Sweet and Sexy Romance, I’ve invited the sweet and toothsome Kristina Wright over for tea:

Welcome, dear Kris. As we’re in the UK now, we’re going to have afternoon tea. It will be decorous and sugary and fancy. With a cakestand and everything.  Please describe your fantasy afternoon tea – with fanciable Brit, time and location of your choice:

Oh! I love British tea! My very first UK tea experience was at Claridges in London,  so I would certainly love to return there, perhaps for my birthday in May. Oh, but who should I ask to join me? Well, certainly you, Nikki. We could spend many hours talking about writing and life, I’m sure. And I couldn’t go to London without inviting some of my favorite authors across the pond. I imagine spending time with you, Kristina Lloyd, Lucy Felthouse, Victoria Blisse and Saskia Walker would make for a lovely afternoon! I have a preference for black tea with those cute little sugar cubes (no cream) and while I like the petite sandwiches, I’m happy to skip those and move on to the scones. Oh, scones! I adore them.

I don’t think they’d let us into Claridges, but you can do what you like in fantasy, so okay. Now, if you had to choose between sweet and savoury …?

Do I have to choose? Sigh… sweet, I suppose. And now you have me craving a fat, lovely berry scone with Devonshire clotted cream (which cannot be found in the States, except in a preservative-laden form that lacks the luscious taste and texture of the kind I experienced in London. Ahh… I may need to book a flight soon…

Do it! And if you like scones, wait til you try deep fried mars bars.

Right, we’d better try for at least one Serious Question: How do you see erotic romance as a genre changing, evolving?

Erotic romance is a relatively new genre. When I started writing romance back in 1999, there really wasn’t an “erotic romance” subgenre. So it’s still evolving, I think, as authors push boundaries and the expectations of readers shift. Despite many authors feeling like the market is saturated (thanks to FSOG), I think there are readers who want more—and better—erotic romance stories and novels that have well-developed characters and plots they haven’t seen before. So while certain themes may be falling out of favor, I don’t think the popularity of erotic romance is fading. Quite the contrary, I think we’ll be seeing some exciting new books in the next few years.

and lastly … is a happy ending imperative?

No, I don’t think a happy ending is imperative to erotic romance, though the promise of a happy ending, or at least a happy-for-now ending, should be there. Otherwise, it’s not really an erotic romance. I have a preference for endings that leave us with a sense that even if the characters aren’t destined to be happy together forever, they are, at least, happy and in love in the moment. That’s romance to me—embracing the moment.

Thank you for having me, Nikki! I look forward chatting with you over tea and scones one day!

Cheers, Kris!

Get a hold of XOXO from Cleis Press, at The Evil Empire in the states, or here in the UK. And read more from Kristina at her website.