Author Interview - Tanith Davenport


Today I am very pleased to have a wonderfully gifted author pop over and say ‘Hi!’


Everyone, meet Tanith Davenport!




  1. Where do you call home?

Yorkshire. I’m originally from Lancashire, so get many jokes about being from the wrong side of the Pennines, but I absolutely love living here.


  1. Are you a city dweller or a country bumpkin?

I love the country – my father was from Dorset – but I have to admit I’m a city girl. I love being able to order pizza whenever I like and always get a signal on my phone.


  1. What is you most indulgent pleasure?

Reflexology. I’ve no idea if it works or not but I love a good foot massage.


  1. Coffee, tea or a cocktail, like me? *screams* “WAITER! Slippery nipple, please!”

Cocktail. Preferably a Mojito.


  1. Are you a Masterchef?

Oh God, no. I could burn water. That said, I’m not bad at roast dinners, since all you need to do with those is put things in the oven at the right time.


  1. What was your first job?

Working in the student union bar when I was at university. I found it surprisingly enjoyable, although part of that was due to the fact that students tended to be friendly – we could really hurt their record if they gave us any grief. I didn’t fully appreciate this until I took a summer job working in a local nightclub, where the patrons were allowed to be as rude and violent as they liked and we had to put up with it.


  1. Favourite place in the world that you’ve visited? Mine is the local chocolatier – she does such good work.... *salivates*

The Amalfi coast. I spent a week there with my jaw constantly dragging on the floor in awe at the beautiful scenery. Plus it was the only place I’ve ever been where you could get lemon tiramisu.


  1. What is your favourite type of hero?

It used to be alpha-male sports players, but lately I’ve been writing a lot of adorable nerds. There’s something about sweet nerdy guys that I just can’t resist.


  1. And how does this mix with your favourite type of heroine?

I like heroines who take charge and don’t need rescuing, so it’s good to let them rescue the hero for a change (although they may occasionally have a submission kink in their spare time!)


  1. Do you prefer love at first sight between your characters, or do you make them work for it? *bwhahah!*

Lust at first sight, maybe – the rest they can work for! I can’t get behind insta-love.


  1. It has been said that “Men like to watch their porn, while women like to read it.” Do you agree with this?

It fits a lot of men I know, certainly. I find a lot of porn quite boring, to be honest – it’s all about the graphic images. For me, good erotic writing includes feelings, both physical and emotional – those are what are truly exciting.


  1. How long have you been writing for?

I’ve been writing most of my life, but I only began writing with a view to publication six years ago. My first novel was published in 2011 and I haven’t stopped since.


  1. What made you put your pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) in the first place?

I had always wanted to be a writer, but the onset of my 30th birthday spurred me on to start my first novel.


  1. Why do you write what you do?

It chose me, to be honest. My first novel focussed very heavily on kinks and orientation; I initially tried to sell it as women’s fiction but was advised to switch to erotica as “this is one of the best erotic scenes I’ve ever read!” With a compliment like that, what can you do?


  1. Care to share one of your character inspirations? Mine is Gerard Butler *sighs* soooo dreamy...

My favourite one is Tom Felton. I have a thing for slim blond men.


  1. Do you research for your stories, visit the places you write about or do you simply go off the hoof?

I love researching for my writing. I can’t always visit the places I write about, although if I can, I will, but if I can’t then I’ll do as much internet-searching as possible to ensure I get a feel for the location.


  1. What is your favourite book of all time?

I’m not sure I’ve got one – it changes all the time – but a long-standing favourite is “Emma” by Jane Austen. Emma Woodhouse is a wonderful character.


  1. What is the fan/author interaction moment that you’ve experienced so far?

I had someone email me and say “Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m talking to Tanith Davenport!” That was quite special – I was sitting in front of my computer in my dressing gown looking about as ordinary as you can imagine, and someone’s thrilled to be emailing me – it certainly gave me a lift.


  1. How do you expand on your craft? Do you attend writing conferences etc?

I do when I can, although I don’t always have the time or the spare cash. I try to prioritise Eroticon in particular, as it’s probably the only conference I’ve attended where nobody has looked askance at me for writing erotica.


  1. How is your bookshelf organised? Alphabetically or in total disarray, like mine!

I don’t even have a bookshelf – I have an extremely large pile in the attic!



Tanith Davenport began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme. Her debut novel "The Hand He Dealt" was released by Total-e-Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.

Tanith has had short stories published by Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. Her paranormal novella "I Heard Your Voice" was released in October 2012 as part of Total-e-Bound's anthology "Haunted By You".



I HEARD YOUR VOICE is out now!


Tamar Steele’s life was never supposed to be like this. A sensitive working with a team of paranormal investigators, she is trapped in a loveless relationship with the team’s medium, Reed James, who believes that having sex on haunted ground enhances paranormal activity. Tamar maintains their partnership for the sake of the crew, forcing herself to ignore the burgeoning sexual tension between her and fellow investigator Jason Bray.

Until one night when, alone and bored, Tamar sings to herself and is knocked to the ground by an invisible force. Somehow she is able to invoke spirits with the power of her voice. And one particular sexy, matchmaking spirit is determined to turn her life upside down.

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