Veronica Frances is the pseudonym for a creative writer, residing in New York City. She has had a love of tickling for her entire life. She enjoys singing and writing songs. She also writes non-fiction and poetry.
Her latest book is Tickling Daphne H.
Q: Thank you for this interview, Veronica. Can you tell us what your latest book, Tickling Daphne H. is all about?
Tickling Daphne H. is the story of 21-year-old Daphne Hamilton, a young woman who is very confused about her feelings regarding tickling and being tickled. She really doesn’t want to deal with it and wishes she could just ignore the issue altogether.
Unfortunately for her, her boyfriend Dave has an insatiable tickling fetish. Poor Daphne is in the most uncomfortable situation of having to face her feelings about tickling. Her stepmother, father and crazy aunt also have tickling fetishes. What is she to do? Can Daphne learn to face her true feelings about tickling, or will she remain trapped within the walls of her own ambivalent, hysterical laughter forever?
Daphne has a good heart and a loving nature, but she can be a bit of a brat at times. Her sometimes childish and overly defensive behavior causes those around her to just want to tickle her more and more, in order to hear her adorable laughter come out from underneath her defensive shield.
Dave is kind, romantic and very handsome. His love for Daphne is boundless, as is his need to tickle her. Even though he is loving and nurturing, he is also mildly dominant and often a slave to his very own tickling fetish.
Carol is Daphne’s stepmother. She has a hard time controlling her tickling fetish and needs a good tickling every now and then. Harold is a loving father and husband who will use whatever means necessary to get his wife back into his bed after a long dry spell.
Aunt Debbie, Carol’s sister, has no boundaries when it comes to tickling and brings quite a few surprises and lots more tickling into the Hamilton household.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Even though I see parts of myself in Daphne, the characters in my novel are for the most part from my imagination.
Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?
At the beginning, I always think I know where the characters and plot will lead me. The characters end up surprising me, taking my imagination to places it never thought it would go. The plot changes as I write. Things happen that make my jaw drop to the floor. The most fun part about writing fiction is not always knowing where the characters and plot will lead me.
Q: Your book is set in New York City. Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?
I love New York City and felt that it was the perfect location for the eccentric Hamilton household.
Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?
No, I really didn’t feel the need to make the location the most important thing in my story. I think the characters would have thrived in any location and the characters are the main focus of my novel.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
It is a very sensitive and ticklish moment, as Daphne has her armpits shaved, while an aroused Dave secretly watches from the closet. Will he find the courage to show himself, or will his tickling fetish keep him a prisoner, hidden in his safe little place in the closet?
Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?
From the chapter, Daphne’s introduction to erotic tickling:
Part of her was afraid that if he tickled her, it would feel too overwhelming and that she would just end up pulling away from him again. Or, would tickling really be the gateway to sex, and was she truly ready to enter that gateway?
Q: Have you suffered from writer’s block and what do you do to get back on track?
If I am currently working on an important project and get stuck, sometimes I just sit down and write a poem, or a bunch of random thoughts. A simple poem or short story can often get me back on track. Other times, music really helps me get back into the groove of things if I haven’t been inspired to write for awhile.
Q: What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?
I would listen to more music.
Q: Which already published book do you wish that you had written and why?
I wish I had written Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller. I would love to have been able to write such a detailed book about my favorite singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon & Carole King. I love the way the author entwined all their lives together, delving deeply into a generation of music, fearless self-expression and creativity.
Q: What kind of advice would you give other fiction authors regarding getting their books out there?
Be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to get your book noticed, but it is important to keep believing in yourself and to not give up when things don’t move as quickly as you would like.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Veronica. We wish you much success!