Interview with Stephanie Draven, author of It Stings So Sweet

Posted March 4, 2013 by Shari in Interview / 0 Comments

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Sophia Rose: Why did you choose this particular time period for your novella stories?

Stephanie: My mission is to write very smart books for very bad girls and Flappers were the original bad girls of American history. I wanted to write about women trying to understand their sexual natures in a time when womanhood itself was being reinvented.

Sophia Rose: If you lived in the Roaring 20’s, would you have been one of the daring women like the Flappers or one of the shy traditional girls?

Stephanie: I like to think I’d have been a daring Flapper…but I’m not sure I could have pulled off those gorgeous dresses!

Sophia Rose: Each of these heroines in the story were avant guarde in their own way: a woman who married beneath her, a poor girl who became a box office queen, and a working girl who organized a union.  Have you done anything even on a smaller scale of that nature in your own life or have you known someone personally who was this type of woman?

Stephanie: I have been fortunate to know many impressive women who broke the mold. As for me, I think I was always a rebel trapped in the mind of a traditionalist. But I will say that I was voted Most Likely to Start A New Feminist Movement in high school, so that has to count for something.

Sophia Rose: Personally, I was taken aback by the wilder sexual fantasies and exploits of the characters and I think it’s because I imaged people were more repressed in historical times, but then I remembered bits and pieces from the era (must do more research). The story was full of authentic bits which made me wonder about your research for the book.  Tell us about your research.

Stephanie: If you think you were taken aback, imagine my surprise when I stumbled over a vintage stag film that has since been digitized and put online. I had no idea what I was getting into when I clicked that link, but what I saw largely confirmed what I know to be true. Anything two (or more) people can think of to do in bed together has been done before.

In many ways, the 1920s were less sexually repressed than the decades that would come after it, and that is borne out by the kind of movies that were being made in Hollywood. Some of them pornographic even by today’s standards.

Sophia Rose: This story had a unique format.  What made you choose to write it with the three separate, yet interwoven stories?

Stephanie: Partly, they just came to me that way. But once I’d written one of them, I knew that I wanted the other stories to weave together to make a coherent novel. I know it’s billed as a collection, but I really think of it as a novel in three parts.

Sophia Rose: What’s next up for you when it comes to writing projects?

Stephanie: I’m working on some new ideas, but I think if I start up with yet a new genre, my agent might kill me. But I have started to love working with a lighter tone in romance.

It Stings So SweetIt Stings So Sweet
by Stephanie Draven



They vibrated with incendiary Jazz. They teemed with sexual abandon. The Twenties were roaring and the women–young, open, rebellious, and willing–set the pace and pushed the limits with every man they met…

In the aftermath of a wild, liquor-soaked party, three women from very different social classes are about to live out their forbidden desires.

Society girl, Nora Richardson’s passionate nature has always been a challenge to her ever-patient husband. Now he wants out of the marriage and she has just this one night to win him back. The catch? He wants to punish her for her bad behavior. Nora is offended by her husband’s increasingly depraved demands, but as the night unfolds, she discovers her own true nature and that the line between pain and pleasure is very thin indeed.

Meanwhile, Clara Cartwright, sultry siren of the silent screen, is introduced to a mysterious WWI Flying Ace. If Clara, darling of the scandal sheets, knows anything, it’s men. And she’s known plenty. But none of them push her boundaries like the aviator, who lures her into a ménage with a stranger in a darkened cinema then steals her jaded heart.

Working class girl Sophie O’Brien has more important things on her mind than pleasures of the flesh. But when her playboy boss, the wealthy heir to the Aster family fortune, confronts her with her diary of secret sex fantasies, she could die of shame. To her surprise, he doesn’t fire her; instead, he dares her to re-enact her boldest fantasies and Sophie is utterly seduced.

One party serves as a catalyst of sexual awakening. And in an age when anything goes, three women discover that anything is possible…


StephanieDravenSTEPHANIE DRAVEN is a bestselling, award-winning and RITA-nominated author of historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Her newest project, IT STINGS SO SWEET is a collection of 1920s historical erotic romances that celebrate sex, women, and the Jazz Age. Her most recent novel with Entangled Publishing, IN BED WITH THE OPPOSITION, is a mix of humor and sex-appeal set against the backdrop of a zany political campaign inspired by the career of Baltimore legend William Donald Schaefer. Both novels are fun departures from her more serious Greek mythology-inspired series for Harlequin’s Nocturne line, the debut novel of which was nominated by Romantic Times for Best First Series. The series has earned critical praise for its originality and awareness of social issues and garnered the 2012 SWIRL award for excellence in multi-cultural romance literature as well as the CataRomance’s Reviewers Choice Award. Writing historical fiction about Cleopatra’s daughter as Stephanie Dray, she won the Golden Leaf Award for SONG OF THE NILE. Stephanie is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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