Today’s contributor interview is with Alison Tyler, author of the story “Tightly Tucked” in Do Not Disturb: Hotel Sex Stories.
How did you come up with the idea for your story in Do Not Disturb?
“Tightly Tucked” was inspired by a couple Sam and I traveled with in Europe. Although the woman was on vacation, she could not relax. Every second of the day was planned out. And this was in Amsterdam—where relaxation is sort of a law. Ultimately, Sam and I cut the trip short and took a train to Paris. We returned to Amsterdam without our friends and had a much happier time. If happier is another word for debauched.
Were you inspired by any particular hotels?
Really, I was focused on hotel stays in general. I’m fascinated by the type of people who really like to sprawl out and enjoy all parts of their visit versus the types who can’t ever seem to unwind. I have to say, I was a bit envious of your recent stay at The Fairmont. I’ve never spent a night there, but what a classic hotel!
Is there a part of a hotel that you think is the sexiest?
The beds at the Paramount. The pictures over the beds are just lovely.
A good bar can be key, too. Or a place where you slip someone else your key. (I adored The Whiskey at The Paramount.)
What’s been your favorite hotel experience (x-rated or not)?
After wake-up sex, strolling in a fairly disheveled manner downstairs to snag a cup of coffee before slipping back upstairs for pre-lunch sex. The Triton in San Francisco has a delightful lobby and an early a.m. coffee cart. It’s as if they know just what you need.
What do you think a hotel needs to make it a “sexy hotel?”
A sexy bedmate.
Is there a specific hotel you’ve stayed in which you recommend, and/or a hotel you want to stay in, and why?
I loved the Prinsen Hotel in Amsterdam (we had one of the rooms on the top floor, and we had a room overlooking the flats) and the Lutetia in Paris (for our honeymoon). But my favorite hotel is The Paramount in NYC.
What’s next for you?
Hmmm. Now, I’m craving a night of pampering at some 4-star hotel. But on the publishing agenda, I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Junking” was accepted for Virgin’s collection called Liaisons.
Read more of Alison Tyler on her blog.