Guest Post: An Unexpected Fashionista Goes Wild by Tilly Greene

Posted February 11, 2013 by Shari in Book Tour / 0 Comments

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An Unexpected Fashionista Goes Wild
by Tilly Greene

My name is Tilly Greene and I’m going to share something not many people know about me.  First of all, I’m your typical beach bum chick.  I am happiest when I’m wearing shorts, t-shirt and a fab pair of worked in thongs.  Secondly, from high school I went straight to, wait for it, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.  I made it through the interview process and remember sweating bullets while someone went through my portfolio.

mannequin to be used in Tilly Greene articleIt was totally nerve-wracking, but I survived and was accepted for the design tract.  So there I was, first day, all eager beaver to get designing when my eyes were opened wide.  Yes, I’d gain the skills for designing, but that could only be found through sewing.

Um, sewing?

I don’t sew.

Well, I stuck it out because I wanted to be a designer.  At one point when I was seriously struggling I wrote a letter to Calvin Klein asking for his advice.  The man actually wrote back and included a quarter, which I assume was for the stamp.  It must of worked because I stayed until they looked at my final first year project and discovered it was an unmitigated failure.  Cat was out of the bag, I couldn’t sew a straight line.

Funny little side tidbit: the muslin dress that was my project still hangs in my mom’s garage.  I see it every time I go home and remember, but never regret.

Anyway, despite this setback and my personal clothing choices, I never lost my love for fashion and am a keen devotee.  Yes, I get copious amounts of magazines, follow dozens of designers on Pinterest and various blogs, and religiously watch award shows for the fashion aspect.

Now, without a doubt all of you have heard the advice for writers to write what they know.  Some authors treat this as a strict edict, but I don’t.  For me it’s more of a loose ideal to keep in mind when writing.  Recently I changed things up and used the age old advice in a more specific way and added a few twists for good measure.  From the creative collaboration came Leather Bride.

Let me explain.

The heroine is an accountant with a love for leather and bondage who also happens to be the designer’s muse … there’s the main fashion link.  The idea that a person, place or thing can inspire another’s creativity is something I understand and enjoyed playing with.  Now leather fetishism is a fashionable twist I added to the erotic romance for extra drama and a load of erotic toys alongside the special attire sends it into the seriously scorching range.

The fashion industry is made up of a multitude of people with a variety of jobs and much of it is never seen.  Very little is off limits to my pen.


I loved bringing together my love for fashion, bondage and writing, and hope you enjoy the wicked results.  Not many people expect to find a confirmed beach bum who is a diehard fan of fashion, but here I am.

Tilly Greene

Scorching romances full of twists, turns and ties.



Leather Bride by Tilly GreeneLEATHER BRIDE by Tilly Greene

Contemporary Erotic Romance + Fetish, Exhibitionism and Bondage

There are two things on Mimi’s mind—her lover Rick, and how he’s finally given in and bound her. Everything is wonderful until a mysterious trip calls him away.

Mimi tries to back out of walking the runway at the Safe, Sane and Consensually Wild fashion show, where she and her lover were set to model leather goods. She’s the muse behind the collection and the designer, her friend, won’t hear of her not modeling.

A misunderstanding threatens to tear them apart, but a fashion show could bring Mimi and Rick closer together.

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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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Tilly Greene
9 years ago

Thank you so much for having me today, Shari … it was a fun write and if anyone has any questions or comments, let them fly, I’m around 🙂


Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
9 years ago

That is an interesting background interest to draw from for writing. At least, I’ll know that your h/h will be styling. ;D

The leather fashion show in your story sounds intriguing. Thanks for the post!

Tilly Greene
9 years ago

It was my pleasure Sophia and yes, they are styling … in a wickedly kinky sort way 🙂