Today we are joined by prolific author, Pandora Box.
Ellen Dominick: What book has most impacted your life, and why?
Pandora Box: In terms of erotica: definitely the “Crossfire” series, by Sylvia Day. It was the first erotic romance that I couldn’t put down, and even though I write pretty dark and raunchy topics, I still managed to be shocked a few times. I think you can look at my work and clearly see a change that happened when I read Crossfire! God that book is sexy…
ED: What do you love to do in your down time?
PB: I don’t understand the question. Down time? What’s that?
As well as being an erotica writer, I’m an aspiring television producer, so it’s rare for me to have less than 5 or 6 projects going on at once. When I’m not doing that, I like to create board games, or - very occasionally - sit down and watch entire television series at once. I just finished the first four seasons of Parks and Recreation, I’m halfway through a rewatch of How I Met Your Mother, and when I get a chance I’m going to start on Boardwalk Empire.
ED: Tell us something that happened this year that really impacted you or your life.
PB: My partner and I are polyamorous, and earlier this year we really started to explore that - it resulted in a few broken hearts (one of them mine), a lot of conversations throughout the night, and ultimately a much stronger relationship! It was a hell of a ride, but worth every second of it.
ED: How did you come to the wild world of erotica?
PB: I first discovered masturbation after reading about it in an erotic short story - I’ve never been much of a porn person (although that’s changed since my partner introduced me to their collection…) and so when I wanted to get off, erotica was how I did it! From there it was a short step to writing it, which I was doing for years - just for fun - before discovering the world of self-publishing.
ED: It's almost an understatement to say that you're prolific. How to you manage to write and publish so much? Are you the erotica superhero?
PB: Not at all - I’m just good at sitting down and churning it out! I’ve just hit “publish” on ten new stories, and I’ve got another eight ready to go. My trick is simply that I can write fast - on a good day, I can get ten thousand words out easily, and I write clean - generally I only do one redraft before publishing. I only write what I think is sexy, so all I need to do is follow my fingers as they make my characters do extremely naughty things to each other.
ED: Are you a full time writer? If so, when did you go full time and how did you feel about it?
PB: I was lucky enough to be in a supportive relationship, so I’ve been full-time right from the beginning. For the first six months, while I built up my back catalogue and learned the tricks of the trade, I was mooching off my partner - now that I’m making a living from it, I’m working toward taking my turn at being the bread-winner in the relationship.
ED: Do your friends and family know you write erotica? If so, what are their reactions? If not, why not?
PB: I’m physically incapable of lying, so yes! Everyone knows exactly what I do - they’ve all been extremely relaxed about it. I’m already known as the sort of crazy one (polyamorous, occasionally blue-haired, zero inhibitions) so it wasn’t a huge leap. I eased into it by saying I wrote “fantasy” (which isn’t technically incorrect) before admitting that I write erotica. Now I go all out and tell people I write incest erotica, just because I believe in owning everything you do. If you hide something, it gives other people power - if you wave your secrets on a flag, it’s hard for others to try to use it as a weapon against y ou.
ED: What themes do you explore in your work?
PB: Incest and mind control! It’s rare for me to write anything that doesn’t include one of those, and the bulk of my catalogue involves both. I’m not attracted to my siblings in real life, but the abstract idea of a brother hypnotizing his sister and forcing her to be his sex slave…that’s what really pushes my buttons.
ED: What has been your biggest success? Your greatest disappointment?
PB: My biggest success has been the Hypno-Sis series - I was worried that it wouldn’t sell, but readers have kept coming back for more, and leaving me such positive reviews that I’m almost worried to continue it! It’s hit all the right buttons, and on my to-do list for next month is to roll up my sleeves and continue telling the story of a sister’s sexual limits slowly being pushed by her brother.
My biggest disappointment is definitely a story under my second pen-name (Lily Nibs) called “Innocence Corrupted”. I think it’s one of the hottest pieces I’ve ever written - I sat down with an idea at 6pm one night, and eleven thousand words later, it was 2am and the story was complete. Perhaps it’s the cover or the blurb, but only three or four people have bought it. On the plus side, no one has returned it, and I got one of my rare pieces of fan-mail from an enthusiastic fan begging for a sequel, so it’s definitely pushed some people’s buttons. I’m thinking of rewriting it as PI and seeing if it does any better as a brother/sister piece.
ED: What do you think of Amazon and other sites forcing limits on taboo erotica?
PB: I try not to think about it - it just gets me frustrated. When the filter got introduced, I was one of the few people who thought it was a good thing, that it would level the playing fields, and incest would no longer be forced to the back (of erotica, which is itself already forced to the back). It doesn’t really make sense to me - a woman getting gangbanged by ten werewolves in wolf form is fine, but a brother and sister can’t get it on without adding five letters (“Step-“)? Ridiculous. People want it…let them buy it!
ED: Do you have any advice for new writers?
PB: Don’t expect your first story to be good. And then don’t expect the twenty after that to be good either. The first twenty you write are to get the hang of it and work out what you like - only after that will you start to find your feet, and see what works for you. And the earlier you get in the habit of writing quickly and not being precious about every word, the better position you’ll be in!
ED: If you like [Author/Book] , then you might like my book. Fill in the blank.
PB: If you like the scene in Cruel Intentions where Sarah Michelle Gellar tells her step-brother he can take her ass, then you are going to love my entire catalogue!
Blurb:Pablo has recently discovered that his voice has the power to control the people around him. And so, naturally, he uses his power to breed his little sister, making her completely obsessed with the idea of him cumming inside her, filling her belly up with his seed, making her breasts swell with milk and making full use of her child-bearing hips…
Bio:Pandora Box is an ex-librarian who got sick of skimming through books for the naughty parts, and decided to write her own. She lives in Australia, where she cycles daily and watches every U.S. television drama she can get her hands on!
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