Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Interview with a sex toy designer (and fellow erotica writer!)

Today’s interview is unusual to say the least! We have the lovely Tabitha Rayne visiting us. I know Tabitha because she is a fellow author and has been to some of the writing events I’ve attended. But Tabitha is SOOOO much more than just a writer – in fact she has designed a sex toy!

Hi Jennifer – thank you so much for having me here at your lovely blog I’m delighted!

For those who haven’t heard of me (and there will be many J ) I’m Tabitha Rayne – I write all sorts of erotic stories from romance to pure unashamed filth, paint nude portraits and take part in quite a few writing memes – which is always inspiring. I also designed a new kind of sex toy for women.

Tell us about your toy – what’s it called? What does it do?

Well it’s called the Ruby Glow and the tagline is ‘pleasure for the seated lady’. It’s a saddle style non-penetrative vibrator which can be used hands-free and seated. As to what it does - I’m hoping it gives ladies a lovely orgasm J
(what a terrific idea! JD)

I am sure everyone out there is wondering how on Earth you came up with the idea for Ruby Glow….. tell us more.

I’m sure many of your readers will agree, Jennifer, that erotica is an arousing genre! Not only when you are reading, but also when you are writing – a fabulous perk of the job. Sometimes though, this feeling of arousal can become problematic if it gets in the way of finishing a scene – if you have to dash off for a little ‘privacy’ to alleviate tension. This can break flow in your writing – so I was pondering this, thinking that there must be a toy out there that you can pop on your seat, grind around to orgasm then carry on. I looked but couldn’t find any. So I imagined the type of shape that might work and made up many models.
(I love it! JD)


How then did you go about getting it made?

Luckily for me, I showed my friend Andrew what I was up to and he said he would fund the idea to get some prototypes made up – if we could make other ladies come then it might be worth pursuing. I bought up lots of clay, plaster and dental silicon and got to work.
(hahahahaha! I have this wonderful image of you up to your elbows in clay and plaster. JD)

I asked some of my closest writing buddies to take part in the initial testing to see if I was just crazy. Luckily, some of the ladies found it a very stimulating experience and went on to help me improve the design. It’s not easy finding the words to ask someone to try out a sex toy… thank goodness I have some very open minded friends!

I’m part of the Brit Babes who have been absolutely amazing in their support and enthusiasm for this toy – I could not have done it without them.

The toy went through about a year of research and testing before I approached Rocks Off with the idea. I know they get people with new designs all the time so are reluctant to take on anything unless it is truly unique or different in some way. When I brought them my research and the fact that I had support and evidence of the product’s efficacy, they decided to take a chance and make the Ruby Glow part of their sex toy range. I am beyond thrilled by this and it launched in October 2015.
(Three cheers for Rocks Off! JD)

Who else can use it?

So this is one of the most important points – it’s not just for us horny erotica writers! It can be used in many ways and because it is non-penetrative and can be used through clothing, it may be good for those who struggle with traditional sex toys. Because your bodyweight does the work, rather than holding it, if you are weak in the wrists or can’t quite reach to operate sex toys, this might be perfect for you. I have suffered in the past with crippling arthritis and knew while I was designing the Ruby Glow that it would have been really useful for me at that painful and frustrating time in my life.
(That’s really interesting because I find it difficult when I want to lay back but have to be a contortionist in order to use a particular toy. JD)

Here’s my Ruby Glow page on my blog where you can find out more and watch my video all about it.

Who did your product research (hehe!)?

Well, a lady never kisses and tells but… the product has been endorsed by the Brit Babes (Emmy Ellis Grace Marshall K D Grace Kay Jaybee Lexie Bay Lily Harlem Lucy Felthouse Victoria Blisse) and there is a download link to a free erotica collection on every Ruby Glow Box! I also sent some out to get feedback on the final designs and got some amazing words and encouragement from people like Oleander Plume and Jaye Shields.
(Lucky people! JD)

Have you included it in any of your stories?

Not yet, but it does play an important role ‘backstage’ – teehee! It has featured in my sexy photos for Sinful Sunday – nothing explicit you understand – just the blissful afterglow J

Have you got any more ideas for sex toys?

I do have many more ideas but it is quite a long and involved process – Ruby Glow has been two years in the making. My new designs have to go through the same rigorous processes before I can present them for consideration to Rocks Off. One of my recent ideas had to be ditched as at the last minute, I found something similar online already. It’s a balance and you need a lot of patience.

Now, the most important questions - where can we buy Ruby Glow and how much does it cost?!

Oh how I love saying this: The Ruby Glow is available from all good sex toy retailers! :D – still have to pinch myself!
Here is a handy list of the biggies:

£39.99 and some folks offer free P&P

Finally, let’s remind everyone you are an erotica author. What’s your latest book?

Ooo well, I’ve been so busy with the Ruby Glow my writing has taken a bit of a back seat, but I’m delighted to say that I do indeed have a new book out! It’s called Figs and is available for early download from Pride Publishing. It’s official launch date is May 10th. It’s a saucy short fruity threesome romp.

Thank you for taking part, Tabitha. That has been fascinating and congratulations – although I should slap for your hand for not asking me to try it out! LOL

Thank you, Jennifer, for letting me take over your lovely blog! X x



  1. Thank you for having me Jennifer - this was really fun x x

  2. Wow. This was a fun interview. An unexpected twist. Nice to meet an author who has done stuff other than write and made a name for herself. Good for you, Tabitha! Wishing you big success and lots of sales :)