FIFTY Shades of Grey helped Gracemere's Patricia Voois see things in black and white.
A trained nurse, she had been toying with the idea of writing her own novel for several years.
After reading the sexy offering from E.L. James, she finally decided it was time to harness her own creativity.
The result was the erotic romance, Punished into Submission, which she self-published under the pseudonym of Holly Carter.
"Once I got hold of my story idea, I couldn't not write it," Patricia said.
"I've always had a very out-there imagination.
"I can't really explain how it works. It is just something that happens, something that you have to do."
Patricia believes that E.L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy probably inspired a host of would-be writers to take the initial leap into the literary world.
It has paid off for her and it is also reaping rewards for cancer research.
Punished into Submission is included in an anthology entitled Wicked: A Naughty & Nice Collection, which features nine full-length novels by indie authors.
All proceeds from sales of the e-book go to Cancer Council Australia.
It went on sale at the weekend and is currently sitting at No. 12 on Amazon's best-sellers page for anthologies.
"It is great," Patricia said of the fundraiser that she initiated in light of her grandfather's ongoing battle with prostate cancer.
"It shows us that people are getting behind our cause. We want to raise as much money as we can. Every one of the authors is close to someone who has been affected by cancer."
Patricia, 28, is currently writing three other books.
"I was a big reader and then turned into a writer," she said.
"I never thought I would publish my work but I am so glad I did. It's amazing to think that someone in London knows my story.
"It makes me feel proud that I've accomplished something like this."
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An excerpt from Punished into Submission:
"I looked to the bed and agreed that sleep was first priority. Curse those nightmares for keeping me awake at night. The pit of my stomach hurts at the thought of having to sleep alone without Sailor holding me close.
"Shivering, I pushed those thoughts away and stripped off my clothes before climbing into bed. Sleep needed to take me again, and it needed to take me peacefully and pleasantly. Sleeping during the day was more successful than sleeping at night; bad things happened in the dark."