10 Things I Can't Live Without: Dalia Daudelin

 1. Chicken. I could eat chicken all day every day, especially with buffalo sauce.

 2. Anything sour, like raw lemons.

 3. Tumblr

 4. Rooster Teeth

 5. Sailor Moon

 6. Political conversations

 7. Being controversial

 8. Caring for wild birds

 9. Evening walks

 10. Drawing silly doodles


Bio: I am a 24 year old erotica author who's made her mistakes and learned from them. I work with my fiance to write the best stories I possibly can while also giving women a safe outlet for their more "taboo" desires.

Links:
Website: http://daliadaudelin.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/daliadaudelin
Author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dalia-Daudelin/e/B00BXL6XBA/


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How to Write Erotica: 3 Tips with Pandora Box

  • Tip #1: Write. This is advice you'll hear from everyone in every genre, but I believe it particularly applies to erotica - your aim is not to create perfect characters in beautifully-constructed worlds (though both of those are obviously a plus) - you're building sexual tension, and then releasing it by rubbing body-parts together. Write, write, write. Turn your brain off and let your fingers flow - you'll learn more the more you produce, and no matter how bad you are to begin with, it's capable of getting *someone* off.
  • Tip #2: Publish. I'm a perfectionist. If I could, I'd rewrite every story for the rest of my life, not putting it out in the world until it's a masterpiece…but if you want to make money from this, you can't allow yourself to indulge. I limit myself to one draft, and then I get it out there. Write as much as you can, and publish all of it.
  • Tip #3: Don't do anything except #1 and #2. It's so easy to get sucked into the world of social media and marketing and reading guides on how to blah blah blah…write, publish, then write some more. If you're writing smut, it's all about volume. Write what sells - follow the trends, and if it does well write a sequel - but don't spend your time on anything else.

(also give yourself time off from time to time)


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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How to Write Erotica: 3 Tips with Veronica Hardy

Tip #1: Read a lot of Erotica and Romance. Find out what you like. Find out what you like to write. Find out styles that you like. Find references that you want to use in your writing. 

Tip #2: Write. Don’t just think about, talk about and plot about writing. Put yourself out there. It isn’t easy but as soon as you do, you will feel accomplished and happy that you did.

Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to revise. Edit what you write, hell sometimes scrap what you write, start over and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We all make them. 

 

Bio:
Veronica Hardy is a young woman in her mid twenties that enjoys reading romance, erotica and other fantasy works. She has a small micro farm, knits and sews. Veronica is a radical homemaker and a teacher by day but spends her nights knitting tales of lust and debauchery rather than shawls. She makes her home in the city of bridges with her husband, two dogs and one very pesky cat.

Links:
Look for more exciting works by this budding author here on Amazon or on her social media websites. You can reach her at https://www.facebook.com/Veronica.R.Hardy or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VeronicaRHardy .

Blog: http://veronicahardy.blogspot.com/


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10 Things I Can't Live Without: Dora Livingston

My girls

My laptop

Coffee

Reddit

Habaneros

Amazon (!)

SmutWriters

My Friends

My imagination

Chocolate

 


Bio: Dora Livingston - I am almost 32, widowed (two years) with two lovely daughters. I had been doing romance and science fiction writing for fun since I was in high school, but nothing too serious. After my husband's death I turned to reading erotica since I didn't feel like bringing another man (or woman) into my life while my girls were so young - but I needed something to help me stay warm at night. Of course after reading for a while I found myself writing, and I'm afraid I have a rather active imagination! As my youngest just finished first grade, I am now getting more serious about my writing - erotic and otherwise - and hope to become a full-time writer sooner than later. Happy to answer any questions about my stories or my writing style/habits.

Links:

Find Dora on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DoraErotic


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How I Write Erotica: Pandora Box

Who are you, what do you write?

My name's Pandora Box, and I write taboo erotica by the boatload, specialising in mind control and incest.

What hardware do you use?

I used to live off my iPad and Logitech Tablet Keyboard - I'd take them into a cafe and write all day. But since I got back into using Scrivener, it's all about the Macbook. I used to use PC exclusively, but the way that all the apple products sync up is something I've found extremely useful, and now I don't even think I could go back...

What software and websites do you use? For what?

On the iPad: iaWriter. It's perfect for making sure you don't get distracted. I also use focusboosterapp.com (I work in pomodoros) wherever I am.

On the Mac: it's all about Scrivener. I use it to write in, to redraft in, and export from. My cover artist uses Photoshop, and the website wordcounttool.com is great if you're working out of notepad. I also use fiverr.com - I have a VA over there who does my non-Amazon publishing for me. It's cheap and saves me from having to go through the upload process on four different sites.

How does this setup help you write?

I'm extremely achievement-driven, so Scrivener's constant updating of my word-count really helps me keep on track. I also like to bounce between stories, so having all of my works in progress in the same project (and just a click away) really helps.

What would be your dream writing setup?

What I have now is ideal, but I'm really looking forward to Scrivener for iPad. If that can sync with the Mac version, it'll be a game changer for me.

 


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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Erotic Author Interview: Tonya Kinzer

Today we are joined by author Tonya Kinzer!

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Ellen:  Are there any new authors that you'd recommend?

Tonya:  There are so many wonderful erotic authors, not all of them new but in the last few years, a few I’ve met online are Lori King, Kellie Kamryn, Malia Mallory, Gem Sivad, Cassandre Dayne, Rae McCartney,  Steve & Brenda Woody Tindle, Nichelle Gregory just to name a few…and YOU of course! LOL

Ellen:  What did you want to be when you grew up?

Tonya:  Hmmm…I think I always wanted to be ‘The Boss’s Pet’! Working in an office environment is something I’ve always wanted and that’s where I’m at….running my own offices and I love it! *wink*

Ellen:  How and when did you start writing?

Tonya:  I’ve been writing for over twenty years. A few years ago, my husband is the one who encouraged me to just do it…self-publish my stories and get them out there.

Ellen:  Tell us about your prior works.

Tonya:  My prior works are the four books in The Boss’s Pet series and a separate book, Master’s Email. Readers have written requesting I add a few more books about Alexis and Cole so I’m considering that!

Ellen:  How did you feel when you finished writing your last release?

Tonya:  Finishing a book, long or short, is exhilarating and you want the world to enjoy the read. Yet, as bad as we want everyone to enjoy it…there will always be a few who leave comments that it’s the worse book they’ve read. That’s just how it is. Understanding that is hard but it WILL happen no matter how good the book is. I like helping authors get the word out to readers about their new books so do keep that in mind.

Ellen:  What are you working on next?

Tonya:  My current book will be finished soon and is an erotic western, Come Tame Me, book one in my Wild Fillies series. I’m close to being done and then the edits need to be done for a release before the end of July…a month later than I wanted. I hope for the book tour in August so please watch my website and subscribe to my newsletter. Once this book is done, I’ll be writing book five in The Boss’s Pet series.

Ellen:  What 5 things should an author do to improve his/her career, besides writing well?

Tonya:  That’s a tough one! I have things I do and these aren’t in any order but…teach yourself what you need to know about formatting if you want to be self-published, learn how to create book trailers, authors need a website to be visible, stay in touch with readers and be available for them. I’m techie and am always wanting to learn more so I can create better covers, ads, web banners, trailers, etc. I know I spread myself thin between writing, designing and running our offices but I love it.

Ellen:  Do your characters do things you wouldn't?

Tonya:  That’s the fun of writing…to make my heroines do things I wouldn’t or can’t. I’m a strong emotional person and create my heroines and other female characters along those lines.

Ellen:  Do you do things they wouldn't?

Tonya:   I don’t think I write shy characters but at times, I can be shy. Meeting new people for the first time isn’t a favorite thing to do but online, I can be as bold as I want.

Ellen:  Some people are probably tired of this topic, but what differentiates porn and erotica? Is there a difference?

Tonya:  That definition is different for each person. A reader won’t find a lot of vulgarity in my writing nor a story without romance somewhere between the lines. To me…porn is writing about a sex act without plot, romance or feelings and showing the raw, vulgar parts of sex that can be written just to get the reader off as fast as possible. Readers really do want to care about your characters. Some titles out there turn me off right away….why would you do that?

Ellen:  What is the hardest part of being self-published?

Tonya:  The hardest part is having to do all the stuff on your own to get your book out there such as your covers, blog tours, ads, banners, promo, formatting, uploading, being a wife, mother and boss. Luckily, I have a spouse who considers my writing to be as important as I do!

Ellen:  If you like [Author/Book] , then you might like my book. Complete that for us.

Tonya:  Fifty Shades of Grey….as wells as other Dom/sub books out there and there are MANY! Readers need to explore more behind their bedroom door, regardless of whose book you read. Experiment or the bedroom gets stale and you’ll always wonder ‘what if’ – read the info online, be informed, and understand that there is more behind a Dom/sub relationship than what you read or see in the videos. A relationship starts with total trust because if you allow a partner to blindfold and restrain you, you have to trust that they have your safety in mind before anything.

Erotica Author Interview: Pandora Box

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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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Pandora loves hearing from her fans - email pandora@mynaughtybox.net or send her a tweet!


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Erotica Author Interview: Dora Livingston, newbie author of Backcountry Bondage

Today we are joined by new erotica author, Dora Livingston, author of Backcountry Bondage.

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Ellen Dominick: You're a new erotica author. When did you begin, and why?

Dora Livingston: I had been doing romance and science fiction writing for fun since I was in high school, but nothing too serious. After my husband died a couple years ago, I turned to reading erotica since I didn't feel like bringing another man (or woman) into my life while my girls were so young – but I needed something to help me stay warm at night. Of course after reading for a while I found myself writing, and I'm afraid I have a rather active imagination! As my youngest just finished first grade, I am now getting more serious about my writing – erotic and otherwise.

ED: How difficult has the self publishing process been for you?

DL: From a technical standpoint I think it has gotten very easy. Sites like Amazon and B&N have a desperate need for new material, and so they have worked hard to make sure there is little standing between your idea and publication. Free tools like LibreOffice (MS Office-like suite) and Paint.Net (easy to use Paintshop-like graphics editor) mean you don't have to spend much to do so either.

ED: What will be your definition of success? What are your self publishing goals?

DL:Like a lot of writers, my definition of success is that folks read my work, and let me know they've enjoyed it. My goal is to be successful, and to be able to eventually do this full time.

ED: What is your writing process? How do you get ideas? How long does it normally take you to write a story?Do you research? Any quirks?

DL:For me it usually begins with a day dream – either when I'm a little bored or when I first wake up in the morning. I have my laptop setup as my alarm clock, and so I can usually jot down my idea before I lose it in the morning rush – or pull it out and jot it down during the day. Most stories take me about a week, although I occasionally will get one written up in one session and then put it aside – and then spend the next two days editing it :-)

ED: Do you finish terrible books, or do you give up?

DL:Depends on why I got the book/story in the first place. If I thought it would be fun and it turned out not to be, then I don't see the point in wasting my time. If I am reading it for my job, I just suck it in and get it over with.

ED: What did you want to be when you grew up?

DL:My first memory was of wanting to grow up to be an astronaut – Sally Ride had just recently made her trip. When I discovered some of the physical work required for that, I dreamed of being a writer or a poet. So in one sense I'm coming back to what I wanted to be originally.

ED: What book would you recommend to your first time readers? Why?

DL:In terms of one of mine, I think (hopefully correctly) that I get better with each new one. So I'd suggest “Evelyn Seduces Her Boss”. If it's for someone who is new to erotica I'd suggest not just picking one book or story. Think about what turns you on, and then sample a few stories that cover that interest or kink.

ED: What are you working on next?

DL:Right now I'm switching between two works. One of them is a series of morning interludes – basically different stories of how to wake up “the best way ever”. The other is a story about a young man starting college who runs into an interesting young lady as a waitress at a cafe near campus, but then she doesn't remember him the next day.

Thanks again for the chance to talk with you and your readers!


Blurb: Diana and Rick are on vacation in the mountains. Before they left, Diana had told Rick that she felt like something was missing, and Rick intends to fill Diana's needs - in every way possible. A seldom-used trail, a pair of padded handcuffs, and an Aspen switch lead to a spanking good BDSM romp that will fulfill Diana's dreams and more!


Bio: Dora Livingston - I am almost 32, widowed (two years) with two lovely daughters. I had been doing romance and science fiction writing for fun since I was in high school, but nothing too serious. After my husband's death I turned to reading erotica since I didn't feel like bringing another man (or woman) into my life while my girls were so young - but I needed something to help me stay warm at night. Of course after reading for a while I found myself writing, and I'm afraid I have a rather active imagination! As my youngest just finished first grade, I am now getting more serious about my writing - erotic and otherwise - and hope to become a full-time writer sooner than later. Happy to answer any questions about my stories or my writing style/habits.

Links:

Find Dora on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DoraErotic


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Erotica Author Interview: Dalia Daudelin, author of Booty Call of Cthulhu

Today we are joined by Dalia Daudelin, a young erotica author. She has written Booty Call of Cthulhu.

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Ellen Dominick: Tell us about your journey to become a writer.

Dalia Daudelin: Well, I started early in 2012, around March. Not with erotica, but with a really awful attempt at young adult fiction. It was the first thing I had written since high school, and truly awful in every way.

I took it down, and then soon after that I found a post on Something Awful, the second version of Delilah Fawke's AMA. It gave information on how to start writing and, knowing that if I actually tried I would succeed, I wrote my first erotic short. That was on my original pen name, one that I am slowly destroying. It was about mind controlled slaves, and had some good elements to it.

Then I started writing parodies and really stupid things like that. Internet memes and the like. Sales lagged. I asked on Something Awful for a catalog critique, and I received one. Since changing my pen name and putting more effort into my work, things have really picked up. Now I'm working on getting the community together, hopefully with seasonal group sales.

ED: What do you think is easiest to write, the first or the last line of a story?

DD: The first line, definitely. I still don't know how to write an ending that isn't super cheesy. “And Jessica lived with the tentacle monster happily ever after, with 3 monstrous children.” It just doesn't seem right!

Do you have things you need in order to write? (i.e. tea, cookies, podcasts?)

DD: No, though I do need to be full. If I'm hungry at all, I'll go insane. For music I prefer silence or instrumental music, like movie scores.

ED: I see you write tentacle erotica, which has a soft spot in my heart as an anime geek. How did you get into that sub-genre?

DD: I love H. P. Lovecraft! I've been a member of 4chan's /x/ for, well, probably 6 years now. That's their paranormal board. Horror and tentacles are both very fun to write, especially when you can make them sexy.

ED: So, what's the deal with the dildo bike? Where did _that come from?_

DD: I saw one porn of it, once, and became enamored! It's not my biggest kink, but the original versions of my dildo bike stories sold very well for a long time. So I think it's hot, and I guess a few other people do too!

ED: You say you want to bring awareness and enlightenment to women who are curious about sex. Could you expand on that?

DD: I'm not the sort of person who will go on for ages on feminist issues, for a variety of reasons. What I can say is that even I have a hard time accepting my own sexuality, still. There are women out there who beat themselves up for having rape fantasies, or for liking BDSM. I find that a very sad state to be in. If I can give one woman the kind of kink they like, aimed at them instead of men, then I've done my duty. 
ED: Describe your style of erotica.

DD: Well, they are short stories that meet a variety of kinks. They're quick and dirty smut, mostly.

ED: What is the hardest part of being self published?

DD: Being taken seriously while also not telling my family my pen name!

ED: What do you think of Amazon and other sites forcing limits on taboo erotica?

DD: I don't like it one bit, but the only thing people can do is adapt. Amazon is a huge monster, and no one author is going to get them to change their ways. 
ED: Tell us about your prior works.

DD: My first pen name was bad. Really bad. I never edited my work and really got into that myth going around now that erotic stories should just be “good enough”. Good enough doesn't mean they should barely make sense and have changing tenses.

ED: What book would you recommend to your first time readers? Why?

DD: This is a tough one. I'd say either Booty Call of Cthulhu or The Billionaire's Passion. BCoC was one of the most fun stories to write, and tentacle erotica is always an enjoyable read. Every person who has emailed me about it has said good things about it. As for The Billionaire's Passion, it's more romantic and has more story, but the sex still delivers some good kinks.


Blurb: Joanne Lagrasse is a newly graduated college student living the life. Well, if the life is sitting in your apartment all day trying to research monsters for a novel. The strange book her favorite professor gave her is full of ramblings by what must be a mad man, which makes for uneasy reading and a loner lifestyle.

She pushes herself to go out to the beach, though she takes the tome with her. When she decides to not heed her professor's warning and reads a chant out loud, she finds herself faced with a giant monster and its lewd tentacles, each one eager to fill her holes.


Bio: I am a 24 year old erotica author who's made her mistakes and learned from them. I work with my fiance to write the best stories I possibly can while also giving women a safe outlet for their more "taboo" desires.

Links:
Website: http://daliadaudelin.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/daliadaudelin
Author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dalia-Daudelin/e/B00BXL6XBA/


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Erotica Author Interview: Veronica Hardy, Author of the Naughty Nursemaids Series

Today we are joined by Veronica Hardy, author of the Naughty Nursemaid series.

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Ellen Dominick: Why self publish?

Veronica Hardy: I have always wanted to self publish romance and erotica. I feel like it gives the reader a closer sense of who their author is and it provides me with a very interactive forum with my reader to make my content fit with their needs.

ED: What are you reading now?

VH: I am currently reading the Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne . I love the way he portrays Atticus and Oberon. And the sex Atticus has with different deities is steamy.

ED: You say that you have a micro farm and you are a "radical homemaker." Can you explain what that means?

VH: Sure, but not without a lot of boring academic prose! A radical homemaker is someone who participates in a deep (local) economy by creating her/his own product using local methods. I have a small backyard farm in the middle of the city that provides most of my vegetable requirements and I also buy local from a three acre farm that is in the middle of my neighborhood!

ED: What do you wish you had done differently in the beginning?

VH: I am still in the beginning, this is only my fourth month of writing and publishing. I wish that I had gotten over my fear of being published sooner. I really enjoy it and could have been , providing my readers with even more kink!

ED: Many of your stories include kings, queens, or elves. What draws you to those subjects?

VH: I love historical content and mythological content. I have a degree in history but also studied folklore and the way it shaped and changed society. I feel like using a power dynamic of Kings/Queens/Nobles is very alluring. They are, after all, History's Billionaires. I also am a glorified nerd, so I have no problem relying on mythology like the Irish Pantheon which allows me to play with Elves and Fairies.

ED: Your current series features a lot of lactation. What do you think people enjoy about that kink?

VH: I think that Lactation and Nursing focus on a woman's femininity and their natural body, celebrating it and bringing it to the forefront of the story. It is also something that many individuals are curious about, and several people have told me since they have learned I was writing in the fetish that they have always been curious about what it would be like to engage someone in that way. There is something sexy about celebrating and exploring a woman's body after motherhood, even if she is submissive it gives her an aspect of power.

ED: What is the most surprising thing you've learned through your writing?

VH: I think the most surprising of all was how much I actually enjoy the challenge of creating a world from my own mind. Once you get to the special realm and head space where your characters live, it is hard to escape. I found myself for hours, in the rooms that Clara occupied, looking out her window over the garden, seeing a bluebird fly by a pale blue sky. I experienced her life. I love that feeling.

ED: Do your characters do things you wouldn't? Do you do things they wouldn't?

VH: My characters definitely do things I would never do. They are my exploration of fantasy ideas, thoughts and actions. They do a lot of things that I find to be alluring but am too shy to ever try. I think they would also do everything that I do. Though, I like to think that I do some things better than them!

ED: What do you hate to see when reading erotica? What do you love to see?

VH: I don't like to see flat characters. I want to experience life through the character's eyes, I want to feel what they ware touching, hear what they are hearing and experience their inner most thoughts. I love to see a well thought out, complex character complete with flaws and all.

ED: What 5 things should an author do to improve his/her career, besides writing well?

VH:

  1. Pay attention to your readers. I want to write what they want. I want to explore things they want to explore.

  2. Read as many books in any genre that you can. I am currently also reading an art history book on Orientalism in American from 1870-1930. It has provided a ton of inspiration.

  3. Interact with your fellow writers. It boosts your confidence. It creates an environment of collegiality and kindness. I love going to Smutwriters and learning about other people's ups and downs. It gives me the confidence to keep going.
  4. Try new things. Write things you wouldn't normally write, you might find you like it and that your readers want to read it. That is how Clara and Cailean came to be.
  5. Don't hide from your deepest, darkest desires. Chances are someone else wants to read about them.

Blurb:

Clara is masquerading as a Lady in order to fit into Cailean's world and be the Milkmaid he wants her to be. It proves to be a difficult challenge but one that comes with a certain king of power. Can she resist the temptations that await her or will she ravage the entire Kingdom?


Bio:
Veronica Hardy is a young woman in her mid twenties that enjoys reading romance, erotica and other fantasy works. She has a small micro farm, knits and sews. Veronica is a radical homemaker and a teacher by day but spends her nights knitting tales of lust and debauchery rather than shawls. She makes her home in the city of bridges with her husband, two dogs and one very pesky cat.

Links:
Look for more exciting works by this budding author here on Amazon or on her social media websites. You can reach her at https://www.facebook.com/Veronica.R.Hardy or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VeronicaRHardy .

Blog: http://veronicahardy.blogspot.com/


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Erotica Author Interview: William Cooper, author of Behind the Glory Hole

Today we're happy to talk with William Cooper, author of Behind the Glory Hole

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Ellen Dominick: Do you have any guilty pleasures?

William Cooper: Video games! I am completely addicted to playing video games. My Steam library alone has over 120 games in it. Then there's all the games I have for my PS3 and 3DS, not to mention all of my older consoles.

There are plenty of times when I've found myself playing video games when I should be writing.

ED: You write Twincest. Can you explain what that is and why you write it?

WC: Twincest is erotica or porn between twins. The most common twincest is lesbian porn with twin sisters. Straight men eat that stuff up. When it comes to erotica and erotic romance, twincest is generally between two male twins, occasionally with a male or female third added in.

I don't know why I write twincest other than I enjoy it. It's a good niche market that a lot of other people enjoy as well. Since there are so few books on the market, it's nice being able to fill that gap with my own stories.

ED: Many stores have strict guidelines on incest erotica. Has it been difficult for you get get your work published?

WC: My story is a bit different than other erotica writers. I didn't start out with self-publishing erotica. I started out publishing erotic romances with traditional e-pub houses. I started writing twincest erotic romances back in 2010 after I finally found an e-rom house that didn't automatically disqualify incest stories.

Since then, I've started to branch out into erotica rather than erotic romance, and finding a home for twincest hasn't gotten much easier. My choices are between self-pubing Smashwords and B&N or publishing through one or two epublishers.

ED: What do you think of Amazon and other sites forcing limits on taboo erotica?

WC: It's disheartening. When it comes to publishing, whether print or ebook, self-pub or e-pub, Amazon is where you're going to make most of your sales. With them banning incest and other "taboo" erotica, authors who write in those genres find themselves losing a lot of their sales.

Instead of just being able to write the stories we want to write, we have to spend time figuring out what we can write that Amazon won't kill on sight. That leads to a lot of "vanilla" erotic romance and erotica that's flooding the market. BDSM and uncommon kinks like lactation are the most risqué an author can get without being automatically booted out. And even those stories are filtered to death.

ED: Tell us about your relationship with Stiff Rain Press.

WC: I absolutely love Stiff Rain Press. Back in 2010, I went to my first industry convention - Authors After Dark. It was there I got to meet a bunch of the people in charge of Resplendence Publishing, a fairly large erotic-romance publisher. Unfortunately, they specialized in straight up erotic-romance without a lot of kink other than BDSM.

Last year when I was at GayRomLit, I found out that RP was opening a imprint that focused on erotica and kinky erotic-romances. I was thrilled! I cornered one of the women in charge of the press and pitched my idea to her. She was intrigued so I sent Brothers with Benefits to her that night when I got back to my hotel room. (Okay, so I was a little over eager... But can ya blame me? =P)

When their acquisitions editor emailed me back and offered me a contract for the book, I was so excited to be part of their team. Since then, I've loved working with everyone at SRP. They're all fans of erotica and have a lot of experience working with erotica and erotic romance. It's great having a publisher I can send my longer erotica pieces to so that I don't have to try and self-pub everything.

ED: Are there genres that you can't stand? Which and why?

WC: I'm personally not a fan of BDSM. I've read a few books with it and it's just not my thing at all. Rape fantasy books and dubious consent are also no-goes for me. I don't personally care if other people read or write them, but I don't want anything to do with the subjects.

ED: Is there anything that you haven't written about that you really want to?

WC: I've written a lot of brother-brother incest, and I've seen a ton of step-siblings and step-parent stories. Part of me wants to try a father/son story (or step-father/son). I like pushing boundaries, and since straight pseudo-incest is so common and popular, I wonder how male/male pseudo-incest would go over.

(I'm pretty sure my editor at SRP is cringing right now going "Oh great, now I'm probably gonna have to read that.")

ED: Is it hard to continually write new and exciting sex scenes? How do you do it?

WC: A great and wise horny woman once gave me great advice for writing sex scenes. Watch a lot of porn. That seems to work pretty well for me. Occasionally I'll have porn on one half of my screen and an open Word document on the other half. Then I'll try and write out the scene as I watch it unfold. It's good practice for learning new and interesting ways to describe sex acts. It also helps you focus on the little details instead of writing the same old sex scene over and over again.

ED: Do you have any advice for new writers?

WC: Write. Don't spend all your time reading or trying to find tips for writing. Just sit down and write. Sure reading and finding writing tips will help you, but nothing is going to improve your writing except practice.

So every day, sit your butt down and write something. It doesn't have to be long and it doesn't have to be amazing. But write something every day and try to learn something from the experience.

ED: Pick 6 words that describe your last release.

WC: Brothers, glory hole, public sex, HOT.

(I feel like I'm writing out keywords for Amazon! =P)

ED: What are you working on next?

WC: I've got a ton of projects in the works right now. Cabin Boys is a short brothers erotic story that is in edits with Stiff Rain Press. For His Love is a novella length erotic-romance with Asian best friends that's in edits with Resplendence Publishing right now.

As for books still being written? I've got an M/F erotica short about two people having sex on the back of the bus, another twincest book that focuses on glory holes and group sex, an M/M/F book about sex parties, and a series of M/M books that focus on sex in public places.

What can I say? I like to keep busy. =D


Blurb:
When Lance finds out that the anonymous person on the other side of the glory hole is his brother, he's unsure how to proceed. How can he look his brother in the eyes again without remembering what happened?


Bio:
William Cooper has been writing and reading since he was little. In 2010 he took the first step toward publishing a book and hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s two men who met in college or brothers who have been in love their entire life, William loves to tell their story for everyone to read.

Links:
Find William Cooper at these links: Website: http://www.WilliamACooper.com
Smutwriters Profile: http://smutwriters.com/authors/william-a-cooper/
Smashwords Catalog: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RogueCooper


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How I Write Erotica: Leona D. Reish

Today Leona D. Reish joins us for the very first installment of the How I Write Erotica interview series. It's a little different than your normal interview. If you're a writing geek like me, I think you'll enjoy this in depth look into how one erotica author gets the job done. 

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Who are you, what do you write?
I am Leona D. Reish; self-proclaimed vampire and author of attraction. A scribbler of sensuality and sin. A titillating typist of the finest fantasies known to… me.

I write a broad range of erotically charged stories from contemporary realist BDSM and not-so-contemporary 17th century romance to traditional fantasy styles bent and worked into my own design, including both demonic and monstrous races. “How vile and cruel!” You might think, but that’s where I start to do things a bit differently. My demonic races are a bit less fundamentally evil and not a singular unanimous force from hell, if still driven primarily by the ‘deadly sin’ of lust. My monstrous races are – at least currently – more the thing of myth watered down through generations to give a parallel of human empathy while being fundamentally “different”.

The point in this is, if subtly, to convey that no matter how detached from those around them someone seems, how different and even like a monster the world makes them feel, there is someone that loves every last one of those quirks. That lover alone lets the power of their character show for better and worse. Those sorts of characters full of vivid vulnerabilities and strengths, wild passions and often-literal claws are much more interesting to write and relate with for me than something more interested in wealth of property than wealth of emotion.

What hardware do you use?
As a writer, one of the biggest deals is the keyboard. Without that, you’d be in trouble. I have a Razer BlackWidow mechanical keyboard to that ends that I bought primarily to compliment large amounts of writing. Sure, it’s cool for gaming too but I justified it for improved typing.

I also wear ‘Gunnar’ computer glasses to prevent eyestrain from long sessions of working at a computer. They neutralise the harmful blue light from the computer screen, and also slightly sharpen and magnify what I’m doing. Whoever you are, if you spend a lot of time around computers, I’m not going to sales pitch expensive glasses but do take care to rest and adjust your eyes.

With a background in visual arts and reading, eyesight has always been very important to me. I worked with the local County Blind Association for a time and got to learn a good deal about partial blindness. 100% is very rare, but perfect vision can deteriorate in areas of the eye enough to cause issues and be classed as legally blind. Technology hasn’t really been developed around the sort of consumption time people put in or safety against such things, so it comes down to self-moderation.

It’s funny because if you’d told me I’d be saying things like this some ten years ago and I’d think you were crazy. Health and comfort really is important though, especially when writing. If I end up with a migraine from screen glare, all momentum and mood gets shot. The glasses also put everything in a fancy yellow tint, so I tend to feel like I’m playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution again. I know I asked for this though, because I bought them. Game reference, don’t mind me.

Literally topping this off, I have a lovely 7.1 surround headset that – for better or worse – blots out all external sound. Quite big, comfy pads, so when I crank system volume up to 50% for some heavy orchestral backing music, I’m not going to hear anything. There could be a fire and I’d just think “Damn, I’m on fire.” in a horridly ironic productivity sense. Okay, no, after my talk about safety that’s not actually a concern, but I won’t hear much else.

Notes are some of a writer’s most important and often least appreciated hardware devices. On and off I’ll make a concerted effort to fill out at least one A7 sized card with ideas I’ve gathered through the day before sleeping. It can be some interesting plot hooks or just revelations about how many ways I could go with what I have in mind and how great it feels. Confidence is something to keep hold of in whatever form.

Great ideas can come from anything and anywhere, so always have notes, and always have a sharp, active mind. That’s as true for writing as it was for graphical art. The two are so intertwined that when asked how to be a better graphic designer, Chip Kidd is quoted as saying “Two things–Learn how to do crossword puzzles, and learn how to write.” I may have gone about it a bit backward but I’ve always had a love to write alongside visual arts.

So eventually I’m good on notes, I have something solid in mind and my playlist is good to go. I probably don’t have any coffee or tea, depending on the hour, so we’re screwed. Anyone who tells you the kettle is not a holy grail is either lying, not British, or I don’t even know. I come across people that amaze me all the time.

Anyhow, spec wise my computer is pretty decent, averaging 7.5 on the Windows Experience panel. It plays Skyrim on Ultra whenever it isn’t crashing to desktop. It’s a good system for my being a gamer at heart, but also means I can run everything at once, have twenty browser tabs and 250mb photoshop files open and it doesn’t care. For internal storage I’ve a 120GB solid state boot drive and 2TB HD for all the rest.

Outside the case and on my desk I run a dual monitor setup. One 24”, other 17” for messenger programs and other background tasks. It lets me keep things separate, but if anyone says something, I can quickly glance over without having to tab and sort through which taskbar button it is. Things are backed up and saved to the external network drive connected to the router so I can access it from any system on the network and 4GB USB drive in the shape of Diablo’s soulstone with skull dock from Diablo III Collector’s Edition that keeps backups of files for when I’m out with the laptop.

Laptop itself is a pretty straightforward dual core thing that throws a fit if you try to boot anything that looks like a modern game on it. Gets the job done fine for writing, reading and fits in my laptop bag snug, so it’s okay when it has any battery life in it. That’s always the bane of a laptop, though.

What software and websites do you use? For what?
I’m very traditional and a bit no-fuss in this regard, so it gets simple here. For writing, I use Microsoft Word 2013. It’s considered pretty much the default option that everyone in the industry uses. I quite like the tools and utilities it has, which smoothly translate into properly formatted ebooks.

I gave Scrivener a look, but whether it’s my interest to just get on and write, the fact that I can keep track of notes without it fine or that it flat out told me “this isn’t an end-all manuscript writer, you’ll probably still need Word to finish” that I gave up on it straight away. I’m all for ingenuity and convenience, but it can get to a point where it’s not doing the job I want anyway, or not worth the time to get down and learn when I could be writing.

I’m saying that as someone who employs a lot of homemade language and notes, too. I tend to have those stored in a separate document pinned to the program’s recent documents list, the one you get on right-clicking the taskbar icon in Windows7. It’s quick and easy, lets me get back to writing without having to learn a new program’s similar functions.

As I use an external network drive and a USB drive, I don’t use much else like dropbox or Google Docs . If I’m out and about, I’m not going to be anywhere near a WiFi connection anyway. Personally moving files and having them accessible offline so I can boot up and write in the middle of a field isn’t a perk I’d get by putting files online. It’s like asking someone to hold onto your car keys all the time because then they won’t get lost. Sure, until that person is out of contact. I can carry them myself fine so I haven’t adopted that branch of technology.

Similarly, I’ve tried playing around with music players like foobar and iTunes but find them too fiddly and don’t give me information how I want it. Winamp’s compact design and ‘right-click enqueue in playlist’ function is just more appealing. For all people might swear by something, if it just isn’t appealing and intuitive without being obnoxious or situational, it’s not really for me. I just want to get back to reaching the finished product of publishing my writing for people already.

I do my own covers with Photoshop since that’s what I’ve always used since school days and when I was Graphical Director for a small Theatre company. Features, shortcuts and methods are very ingrained with that program.

Website wise, it can vary. Social media platforms like Google+ and Twitter I use primarily for interaction and updates, with a bit of advertising on the side to some great communities that would appreciate it. I know people who really aggressively use twitter as a completely different beast of following thousands and spamming out RT and book ads, and that’s cool, but not so much me.

I’m not an aggressive sort of people-finder. I want to come across as more of an approachable everyday person that writes enjoyable stories. Sort of author people can just come talk to. I write people, as people, for people, and love people. I’m not trying to be the wizard behind the curtain at all. The big driving force for me has always been to enrich and have an impact on people’s lives. If they could go past a poster or town banner of mine and get a smile from the design, great. There’s a much stronger potential and feeling for it with writing, especially erotica.

Point I’m making is every person I come into contact with through things like that is important and awesome for me. I really appreciate everyone that takes an interest in and enjoys what I do, even if that’s just reading this interview. This has been an awesome opportunity for me, too and I hope an entertaining read.

To get back on track; I frequent some image boards with segmented communities for any and all aspects of life from literature to Japanese culture and the wickedest of kinks. They can be quite inspirational in images, news or ideals. There is at least one example on my Google+ profile where I’ve found an image that’s really powerful and striking in the story it tells. Doesn’t necessarily inspire what I’m writing, it just feels good to have up.

You can find me on GoodReads a little, too. I’m still a touch quiet about posting there, though. It’s very big, ‘ask-for-invite’ and more geared towards readers than writers and authors I think, which is great in itself and a good way to connect but I’m cautious about posting as I run much more as a writer than reader in the field.

How does this setup help you write?
I went through a lot of things there, so I’ll try and get through this sharper.

Hardware wise, the mechanical keyboard means I can type for longer without feeling any strain, since that’s what they’re built for. They’re more responsive and need less force per keystroke than standard boards, so you can type for longer and maybe faster without fatigue. They are quite nice for gaming too but I mainly thought it’d be a great thing for writing more fluently with.

Same thing with the glasses; comfort and productivity in writing. It’s really important to stop yourself burning out or getting too tired in any line of work or leisure, which writing is privileged to fit into both of. The glasses reduce harmful blue light strain from the screen while also sharpening and slightly magnifying things. I can really feel it sometimes when I’m doing an edit pass. I’m staring at blocks of text so long that it feels like they should start blurring and turning into dancing elephants, but they don’t. It’s like the feeling of using 3D glasses in the cinema, once you’re used to it you can kind of “feel” the effect, rather than precisely see it. Maybe it’s just me.

Now, I mentioned some pretty heavy headphones and music player, and for good reason. I love having music to work with. Exactly what can vary from what mood I’m in, what I’m writing to just what radio stream I want to leave on. The only setback this has is when some powerful violin pieces come on, I’m incapable of writing for a good couple of minutes till I’m done appreciating it. I can really just zone out from all sense of time and enjoy writing for hours with good music on, it’s great.

What would be your dream writing setup?
Hm, dream setup. That’s a difficult one since, first of all, with my being pretty easy-going and with what techy stuff I already own, I’m quite happy already. I know this will queue some rolling eyes and laughter, but my dream is more to just get my stories out there and know people are reading and enjoying my writing rather than flashy hardware. Whether my mechanical keyboard is backlit or not –I think £30/$45 more expensive – the words, emotions and sexual intimacy I put out will end up the same.

If I can reach that goal and get books out there, the means to those ends are a bit secondary. It’s kind of the charm of books and writing; they’ve been done since long before and will continue to be done long after our concept of technology, and essentially nothing has changed about them on the fundamental level of what they do. They’re just lots of funny dark squiggles, but one glance at it and you’re in the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for hundreds of years. Maybe from a vampire that’s been alive for hundreds of years. It’s been said that writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. If you recognise the partial quote, you’re a fantastic person.

Still, there are some things I’ve been considering looking into. Being able to write anywhere is one of the charms and dreams of an author, but you’re quickly reined in by your hardware, for one. I think a laptop with a mechanical keyboard and a stronger battery, maybe two batteries, would be nice. I may go and do more open-air writing with it coming into the summer, but the problem stands that the battery only lasts around four hours. If I were to travel to any of the nearby cities and make a day of it, there wouldn’t be much time spent actually writing due to the battery. Without somewhere to plug in, it’d be about half-dead on travel time alone if I took a bus.

Wait, I know. I just ran out of tea. A damn kettle on my desk. Okay, no, that’d be a really bad thing next to a big electrical hub. I might consider investing in a wider L shaped desk I can throw blank papers across two lengths of and look important behind. A better book shelf doubling as a display cabinet type thing too. There’s never enough room for books, but at least a couple make a good base for the nightstand lamp.

All in all, while my setup can get quite techy in places, at the end of the day it can still be pretty simplistic. So long as it lets me get the job done, what really counts is what I have in mind and getting those stories to an audience. Whether I’m using the mechanical keyboard of today, thoughtform scribe of tomorrow or ink-pot & quill of yesterday, the squiggly lines on pages will find their readers and do the sort of magic books have always given us.

That’s what makes the dream.


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Daemonique presents a world of dark fantasy erotica, full of lust-embodying demons, - succubi, incubi and less human monsters – and the cursed Isle where they’re held prisoner. The story follows two paths through four volumes to a powerful, twisted end. On one hand there is the elven heroine Sylenna Lightstride, embodying the pure and righteous. On the other; Xianesh, a powerful and dangerously beautiful demoness who rules over a host of this underworld’s demons. Their paths intertwine throughout the course of Daemonique, dragging Sylenna deeper into sessions of sexual depravity and raising Xianesh’s attention higher into the world above. 

While Daemonique ends telling the story of these two opposed figures, what it opens is a fantasy world I’ll be returning to in the future to develop from all angles. Daemonique is not the last you’ll see of them; it’s the start of something much bigger.


Erotica Author Interviews: Chase Boehner, author of Erotic Escapades

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On today's installment of Erotica Author Interviews, we talk with our first male erotica writer! Welcome Chase Boehner.

Ellen Dominick:Tell us about that pen name of yours.

Chase Boehner: Chase Boehner is a pen name I came up with that serves many purposes. It has a few double meanings to add that sly smile to the reader and for me it represents my silly and fun side and lets me know to never take myself too seriously.

ED: Are there any new authors that you'd recommend?

CB: In Erotica, I recommend Elizabeth Woodham for erotica that engages your mind and senses. Chloe Thurlow for story and depth and in the field of Poetry I would recommend the just released Suadade by B.L. Ronan. It’s a deep and complex journey of finding herself through the love of one man and it is sizzling hot and tear-jerking dark at times.

ED: Tell us something that happened this year that really impacted you or your life.

CB: That’s easy, I started publishing and I haven’t looked back for a second. I find it highly addicting and when one is done I start stressing out about my next piece…lol

ED: What is your writing process? How do you get ideas? How long does it normally take you to write a story?

CB: My process is pretty simple. I write what I’m inspired to write from a single idea that enters my head to something somebody might say. I have taken suggestions and incorporated them into my stories and also a bit of real life. The writing takes an indeterminate amount of time. I write around a full time job, family life, and just work it in when I can. Sometimes, if I am stuck on one story, I will start and finish another before returning to the previous one.

ED: What do you like about writing? What do you hate?

CB: I love the creative process of writing. That’s why we do it anyway, to create something from ourselves to share with the world. As for what I hate, that would have to be the endless promoting you need to do after you have published a piece. I had no idea when I got into self- publishing that it would be 30% writing and 70% promoting. Getting your work out there and seen by the right customers is a beast of a burden at the best of times…lol

ED: You're very active on social media. How and why do you use it?

CB: I use it to create an awareness of myself as an author. My name is a brand and I work on trying to create an expectation when people read or hear my name. I also try to promote and help other authors and bloggers because I firmly believe we are all sailing in the same boat and working together helps keep us afloat. I don’t believe in tearing anyone down and on my blog most of my posts have to do with featuring other authors. My posts vary from Author Spotlights and Interviews to the rare editorial piece from me and finally to featuring posts that are designed to benefit anyone currently self-publishing or thinking about it.

ED: Tell us about your prior works

CB: They are all erotica of course. With Beginnings my idea was to create a husband and wife couple that are happily married but have this incredibly giving and open sex life. This book was designed as a very brief glimpse into them and their bedroom and the respect and love they share. And although with it being my first attempt at writing erotica, it still gets many generous compliments that I am thankful for. It will be special to me because it’s my first try and I also look back at it and see how much I had to learn. The characters connected with an audience and so began The Allen and Allie Sex Adventure Series. This series is light on drama and meant to be fun escapism fiction.

With The Room being the Allen and Allie follow up book I felt the need to really push myself and enlarge the world and give the readers a much fuller erotic experience. The book is my longest yet and introduces new characters into this lighthearted, sexy universe. Popular characters Jake, Natalie, and Dana were introduced in this tale and will be mainstays in The Allen and Allie Shorts.

Teaching Her, Pleasing Them was my first short to introduce a little light conflict. Nothing major, just a catalyst to some hot and sexy fun. Cassie reveals to her best Friends Angie that she is lacking in a certain skill. Angie ropes her husband Dale into the plan to help teach Cassie what she needs to please her boyfriend Brad and the lesson starts from there. My challenge in this tale was to write convincingly from a female pov. It was something I enjoyed so much I will keep returning to that style.

Sharing Kate: Lust, Love Rediscovered ended up being another step forward for me as I introduced Carter, Kate’s boyfriend who is having issues with Kate’s request for a lifestyle change. In this short I really tried to convey Carter’s insecurities and how they threatened his love for Kate. He has to make a decision and live with the consequences and in the process learn a bit more about himself.

Keeping Kara was the most fun to write. It came out of a personal challenge to me from a friend and fellow writer b.l. ronan. She wanted me to write and ultimate womens fantasy piece and she gave me the elements to include in the story. Once challenged it all opened up to me and the parts I needed to connect became a natural extension of the characters. I wrote a story I was really happy with and had two of my toughest beta readers tell me to go back and fix it and add more depth. I thought about giving it a big old man cry and then sucked it up because they were right and went back and made a more cohesive and flowing narrative. Trish and Brandi, thank you ladies!!!

ED: How did you feel when you finished writing your last release?

CB: My last release is the collection Erotic Escapades. Most people would see this and think what an easy release, just throw it together and Bam!, finished. This was not the case at all. As with anything I do I want to give my customers the best quality product I am capable of producing because I owe it to them and their decision to spend their hard earned money on my product. What they get is something more however, because the best I am capable of putting out is nothing compared to the actual end product with the help and aid I receive from those around me. It’s a big list from Aphrodite, Trish, Dianna, Brandi, Beth, Ashley, Brandon, Amy and a handful of others. These people spend a lot of their time helping me and my end product look professional. That goes from the Cover Photo from Amy@darkroomdivas.com to the cover model A.A. Harris, a friend and incredible woman to the final design by Aphrodite Smiles. From there I had the generous foreword from my great friend b.l. ronan and formatting and editing help from friends Trish and Dianna. Brandi, Brandon, My wife Santina and others all proof read and tell me where I need to be better and then after all that it finally comes together is a saleable version. You may notice by that list that my life is greatly enhanced by the women in it. It’s true gentlemen, a good women or a small army of them behind you help make you into something better than you would be by yourself.

ED: What are you working on next?

CB: I just wrapped up my first genre blending short The Need. It is my first foray into Erotic/Horror and will be published through Bitten Press. It is a story I am very excited about and again shows a progression in my developing ability. Now my sights are set on the third Allen and Allie and two new stand-alone shorts with two new characters being introduced.

ED: What's the worst writing advice you've ever heard?

CB: To not write at all. If you feel the need to do so, then scratch that itch and get it going.

ED: You're pretty rare in the erotica world as a male author. Has the community been welcoming? Have there been any barriers to overcome? Do you think you write from a different perspective than female authors?

CB: Oh the community! Well the community has been nothing short of the most incredibly supportive group of people from fellow authors to fans that I have ever experienced. It’s truly an ongoing love affair with the people that just humble you daily with their openness and willingness to be of help. As far as barriers they are mostly technical. Learning how to promote and be visible through all the various social media circles is no small feat. I definitely write from a male perspective. I am told from many female readers that my voice is refreshing and it’s a lot of fun seeing sex through the eyes of a male writer. The women in my books are realistically written but I try to keep a base honesty throughout each and every piece and that honesty is through a male lens…lol

ED: Why do you think people read erotica? What do you love to see when you read erotica?

CB: The same reason they read anything else, to either escape life for a bit, to be taken on a journey, to see the world differently. The answer will be different for everyone. It may be as simple as to relieve a certain need they have pent up or to fill a void they have in their own life. I like to imagine people just need the fun and adventuresome nature that erotica provides. When I read erotica I like it to be couples focused or have a strong female lead. I do not enjoy victim fiction or fiction that is based degradation. I like my characters to be honest and loving and to have fun sharing and experimenting. That’s the fun escapism io look for when reading erotica.

ED: Tell us a little about your blog and interview series. What interview should readers defiantly check out?

CB: The blog was something I was fervently avoiding. I was completely intimidated by the whole concept of blogging. I read that an author absolutely has to have a blog so I braved it and went forward trying different blog sites. I found most of them confusing until finally a friend recommended blogspot. I got on and it was an easy site to use and www.chaseboehner.blogspot.com was created. Now the problem was content. I didn’t want to set up a blog and be an endless pimping machine for myself so right away I knew I wanted to feature other authors and keep giving back to the community that has been giving to me. I did my first interview on a whim and from there the page views grew and I have never looked back. Now I also do Author Spotlights and feature a lone book of theirs I think readers will enjoy and I have the very rare editorial. I have been fortunate to have some great guests over and I don’t see that stopping in the future. As far as the interviews, I think they are all worthy or I would not have asked the author to provide one. I leave the reader to decide for themselves who they enjoy the most.

ED: I think indie publishing requires you not just to be a writer, but a marketer and a business person. Do you agree? How do you feel about that?

CB: That is 100% correct. If you are not familiar with social media than as an indie author you better get acquainted quick if you want to be noticed at all. It is not recommended but absolutely essential. The great thing about is you get to interact directly with fans and that is beyond awarding and makes all the evils of the promoting machine worth the hassle. I love talking to my fans and many of them I give exclusive sneak peeks to in thanks of their continued support.


Erotic Escapades
By Chase Boehner

Blurb: Erotic Escapades to Tease, Tantalize, and Entice. Start a fire and keep it burning with these hot, sexy shorts, a collection of my first five erotic works. Inside you will find characters and sensual stories for your reading pleasure, perfect for a little extra foreplay.


Bio: Chase Boehner is my pen name. I wanted something playful that represented my writing style. I write erotica to turn you, the reader, on and to hopefully add that little something to your day that was missing. My main focus is couples erotica and series writing. I hope that my readers can connect with my characters on a more naughty level but see that they are creations of love on my part.
My stories are designed to be quick, sexy reads that can be enjoyed solo but are best when read with that special someone. When I write I picture you and your hottie of choice using my stories as that extra bit of foreplay.


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Erotica Author Interviews: Fierce Dolan, author of Journal of a Lycanthrophile

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Today we're honored to speak with Feirce Dolan, author of Traveler Through Darkness, Gigolo Seduction, and Journal of a Lycanthrophile.

Ellen Dominick: Who are your favorite authors?

Fierce Dolan: My favorite authors range all over the place.  I keep a running list of them on my website, though to name a few, Storm Constantine, Lucy Felthouse, Neil Gaiman, Kim Hornsby, Ann Mayburn. And to keep it classic, I really enjoy Anaïs Nin.

ED: Describe your style of erotica.

FD: My ideal style is edgy , pansexual, genderfluid, with an element of magick thrown in.  I write stories that come to me and worry me until I write them down.  Some contain all of those elements, and some contain only a few. My erotica seems to attract readers who want to be psychologically engaged with the characters, not just aroused by them, and I find that's the erotica I enjoy reading most.  I'm not out to just write about sex, I want to engage readers in their lust for reading about it. I want the words to be the sex in my erotica.

ED: You have self published before, but your next work is published by Decadent Publishing. How are the two processes different? Why did you choose both of these paths?

FD: Indeed, they are very different publishing paths.  I went both routes because my last release was the first in "The Scattered Dark Series," intensely hardcore fetish paranormal, which few publishers thrill in.  A publisher was interested in the first installment, Journal of a Lycanthrophile, and is who suggested expanding it into a series.  As we went deeper into talks about it, I realized I wanted to develop it a different way and never proceeded to contract. As an indie release, it's taken some time for "Journal" to trickle to its readers, but it's gotten good support, and not surprisingly, a few raised eyebrows.

I've published with Decadent a few times, and they are wonderful. They're great to work with, their editorial support is outstanding, and the relationship they form with their authors is unlike others. I intended to write for their premier line, "1Night Stand" from the beginning of my work with them last year, though The Fangirl's Dream, coming out later this year, is my first attempt in that line.  I've written a stand-alone book with them, as well as one in their "The Edge" series.

Indie publishing is different from traditional publishing in that the final word (pun) comes down to me. I go the full range of engaging others to prep the final draft, hiring editors to go through a three-revision process, and finding promotion for indie books.  I treat them with as much care as a publisher would, and if I couldn't do that I wouldn't publish indie.  The difference with a trad publisher is that they have the final word, which fortunately has worked out well. It's a good feeling to know that so many eyes are on board to make the manuscript its best. There is less pressure, financially and time-wise in trad publishing.

ED: Do you have any guilty pleasures?

FD: You won't tell, will you? I know you won't.  I like watching Revenge, because I love the interior design on the sets!  I also recently got sucked into Downton Abbey.  What masochistic lives people in that era lived!   I also have been known to sing to Ke$ha in the car.  I know, but you said you wouldn't tell.

ED: What's the worst writing advice you've ever heard?

FD: Write when you feel like it.  Rubbish, absolute and total shite. If you really want to grow as a writer, you have to be willing to push your own boundaries.  Most of us are self-employed, in terms of incentive,discipline, management, motivation, morale.  You can't wait until you're in the mood to write. It's like a well that you have to keep primed.  The more you write, the better you become at it. We can't wait for inspiration any more than we can wait for a paycheck. Write and the inspiration will come.

ED: How do you know when a scene is working?

FD: When I'm excited to write a scene, I know it's working. It can be challenging to sustain that enthusiasm through an entire manuscript in one pass (or eight), though on a scene-to-scene basis, I get that clarity. Likewise, I'm pretty clear when a scene isn't working. I may not like to cut it, and there will likely be tears and gnashing of teeth, but I know.

ED: Why do you write homoflexible and gender neutral characters? Can you explain what that means?

FD: I guess at the base of it all, I don't like assumptions.  Culturally, I think we've seen what assuming gender can do, along with prescribing orientation.  I want to write outside those boundaries.  I relate to the world as more than my biogender, and I'm interested in writing characters who accomplish that.  I like characters whose sexuality is unclear, and who are confident in creating new relationship structures.  I like poly relationship dynamics, unconventional gender roles, expressions of sexuality that transcend mere sex.  I hope as I become more established in the genre that I will gain more freedom and experience in writing with that flexibility. I also hope that publishers will become more open to characters beyond trope.

ED: What are you working on next?

FD: A few of things are coming up.  The Fangirl's Dream, from Decadent Publishing will be out this year.  It's a fun installment in the 1Night Stand line, definitely the lightest erotica I've ever written, yet still tackling some deeper personal truths, along with a few pop culture trends.  Also, this year Book Two of The Scattered Dark Series will come out.  Its working title is Alpha, and it's a little more emotionally involved than Book One, perhaps a little less kinky, yet just as dark as the first. I'm wrapping up writing Book Three, now, though I don't expect its release this year. I've also got a short fetish piece called Message in a Bottle, that should be out in late 2013, and a novella based on a heartbroken intersexed romantic.

ED: Pick 6 words that describe your last release.

FD: Dark, gritty, sad, raw, unique, intense

ED: Your latest release involves werewolves. What inspired you to take up that topic? Is writing a paranormal story very different from writing a more realistic one?

FD: I was inspired to write a shifter story that's not pretty, and this one definitely isn't.  I'm really interested in shadow subjects, and I'm always amazed by how every decade or so, we re-invent shapeshifters as more romantic abusers.  I wanted to write ones that were more animal, and humans that were less humane. I do think that if you have a good feel for the rules of your universe, paranormal (and fantasy) writing is more forgiving. I actually feel more constrained writing contemporary erotica. I don't feel as free to fall back on instinct and intuition as is possible in magickal stories.


Blurb: Jesse Holloman has a fetish for justice and a kink for werewolves. Together, his passions spiral into a world of pain, shadow desires, and an even more sinister, secretive sort of shapeshifter—the kind that changes without shifting.


Bio:
MezzoFiction author, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn't hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi. In summary: Fierce writes all kind of dirty things that you shouldn’t read, ever

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Erotica Author Interviews: Jen Harker, author of Transsexual Tales

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In this installment of Erotica Author Interviews, we talk with Jen Harper. She is an author of  transsexual, tentacle, and paranormal erotica. She is also a co-creator of Dominant Other Press.

Ellen Dominick: Who are your favorite authors?

Jen Harker: I'm a big fan of Jessi Bond, Raminar Dixon, Delilah Fawkes, and Nicolette Allain.

ED: Did you celebrate when you sold your first book? How?

JH: I celebrated my first sale with some Thai food from the local take-out joint.

ED: Tell us about Dominant Other Press.

JH:Dominant Other Press is a small publishing imprint created by myself and Ophelia Upmoore. When we started we wrote a lot of BDSM themed erotica, and we still do, though she's branched out into longer fiction and I'm dabbling in the paranormal stuff. 

ED: You have 49 titles out on Amazon since January 2012. How are you so prolific?

JH:Frankly I'm a little obsessive when it comes to writing. When an idea takes hold of me, it won't let me rest until I've gotten it out of my head and on paper.

ED: Tell us about your latest release.

JH:My latest release is a collection of transsexual stories titled Transexual Tales. I have a lot of transgendered friends, and they're constantly bemoaning the state of trans erotica. I wrote this to get some trans-friendly stories out in circulation.

ED: Who has been your favorite character to write? Why?

JH: My favorite character so far is Gerald, the mythographer studying urban legends in the Slenderotica series and All Aboard the Man Train. He's a lot of fun to write.

ED: What book would you recommend to your first time readers? Why?

JH:I recommend Sheriff's Gay Revenge to my first time readers, simply because it's free. There's a no-risk investment right there. If you like my style, you can find links to all my other work in the back of the book.

ED: What do you think is the future of erotica?

JH: The future of erotica is constantly in flux. That's what makes the genre so dynamic. Even though the fans don't change, their tastes do, and they have an endless hunger striving to be satisfied.

ED: Where do you see yourself in 4 years?

JH:Four years is a long time in this business. I'm hoping to see more outlets for readers, and easier ways for them to find and identify the erotica that gets them off. The more power we give them, the more books they'll buy, and that's good for everybody.

ED: Do you have any advice for new writers?

JH:Write! Don't worry about marketing until you have your skill and your library of work where you want it to be. For now, just keep writing, keep publishing, and don't give up.

Blurb for Transsexual Tales:

Sometimes love and lust can be more than meet the eye, as in these three stories of erotic transsexual romance.

Transsexual Burlesque 

Jerry goes to a Burlesque club with some co-workers, and immediately falls for beautiful torch singer Alexandra. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that Alexandra is biologically male! Unable to deny his attraction to the beautiful transsexual, he asks her out... but can he go through with it?

Transvestite Party Foul

Terry doesn't discover that the hot babe he hooks up with at his costume party is actually his classmate Josh until after he's gotten off. By then it's too late -- will he reciprocate, or will Josh tell everyone what happened?

Post-Op Reunion

Harold hasn't seen his best-friend since high-school, and when they meet again he discovers that Carl has become Carla... and a beautiful woman at that. After the drinks and stories start flowing their mutual attraction is undeniable... but how far are they willing to go, and what does this mean for their friendship?

Bio:

Jen Harker is a writer of short erotica living in the Pacific Northwest. She likes roller derby, body art, and the kink scene. A sensualist at heart, she writes stories inspired by her own erotic adventures, and those of the people she is intimately acquainted with. When not writing she busies herself working, playing, and seeking out new and stimulating inspiration.

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Erotica Author Interviews: Leanna Harrow, author of Killing the Desire

 Leanna Harrow. One hot mama.

Leanna Harrow. One hot mama.

Today in the inaugural post of Erotica Author Interviews, I'm lucky to talk with Leanna Harrow.  I'll also be reviewing her book, Killing the Desire next week.

Ellen Dominick: You have a unique story, tell us a bit about it.

Leanna Harrow: I have four children and when the youngest turned 18 last year and decided he was going off to college, I decided I was going to do something I'd always wanted to do but never had the time....write! I never thought it would be in the erotic genre as I am quite vanilla on the surface, but an incident online with a "catfish" gave me the inspiration for my first book. I had it written in a month. I wrote my second the next month and self published them. I started promoting the ones that were done and went to work on the third which was the sequel to the first. To say the least, I was a busy girl! 

While doing all of this, one day, I got an email from the acquisitions editor at Eternal Press, via LinkedIn of all places, asking to read my manuscript to "Killing the Desire" (the second book). I promptly sent it off with a laugh (I was just waiting for my first rejection letter!) and two days later, I got a letter of acceptance with a request for any other books I had! 

By that time, I had finished the sequel to my first book "A Beautiful Liar" I sent the editor A Beautiful Liar and then "Maggie's Men" as soon as it was finished in October and they accepted them as well. I had written and self published all three of them between April and October of 2012 and and all three of them were picked up by Eternal Press in early November! It was quite the whirlwind. I just got the acceptance letter for "Maggie's Misery" The Final Chapter in the Maggie West Series and my fourth book in eleven months, yesterday!

As grateful as I am to Eternal Press, I was a self published author first so, I swore to myself that I would do all I could to help and promote my fellow self published and Indie authors!

ED: Describe the moment when you realized Eternal Press was going to publish your books.

LH:It was surreal. I know people always say that, but it really was. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry. I think I did both! It was definitely a day I will always remember. I was, for the first time in my life, totally speechless! lol

ED: You're a mom, how do you balance work and childcare?

LH: Well, all of my kids are grown now...they are 27, 25, 23 & 18. I have grand kids now and they are much easier to handle beacuse I can send them home! I was a single mother for most of my life and it's not easy to work and care for children! Anyone who cares for children knows that you don't have to work outside of the home to have a full time job! Anyone doing both deserves a medal AND a raise!

ED: What's the best book you've read this year?

LH:It's almost embarrassing to say... but I have not had time to read anything this year other than Autumn Leaves by Barbara Winkes and it was wonderful! I need to learn to make time for myself, I've never been any good at that!

ED: Who has supported you in your writing?

LH:I have the most awesome kids who have all supported me completely. They have brought me coffee, asked if I've eaten, asked if I need anything from the store, put up with my moodiness...they are just... awesome! I also have a small group of author friends at Eternal Press that I have grown quite fond of that encourage me and even egg me on once in a while, which I don't need, I can get into trouble on my own lol...They are a great source of inspiration and strength ;)

ED: What is your writing process? How do you get ideas? How long does it normally take you to write a story?Do you research? Any quirks?

LH:I don't really have a process  but I do have many quirks lol An idea just comes to me, I sit down and start up the Dragon Naturally Speaking...which was a gift from one of my awesome kids-in-law! I have horrible Rheumatoid Arthritis.... at 46... and he got it for me for Christmas to make the process easier on me...my doll baby...you know who you are ;) 

I choose a couple of songs that fit the tone of the book and put them in the loop and they play over and over in my headphones until the book is done...It takes me about a month if I don't get into a mood and decide I don't want to write or get one of my hair brained ideas that takes me away from writing...like doing book trailers for other authors for super cheap...or recording my short stories for sale...you know how the creative brain works..it has a hard time letting you sleep, ya know? hahaha

ED: What has been your biggest success? Your greatest disappointment? 

LH:My biggest success? That's easy...my children and grand children. My biggest disappointment? Don't have any. I live life like this...no expectations, no disappointments. I have spent the last two years learning to forgive and love the inner peace it brings...I have never been happier. I think I'm the only person on the planet that can say I don't regret one thing in my life..."If I had not walked every step of my path..I would not be where I am today and though I may not be exactly where I'd like to be, I'm happy where I am"...and yes, you may quote me lol

ED: Tell us about the first piece of erotica you ever wrote.

LH:The first piece of erotica I ever wrote was my first book "A Beautiful Liar". I am going to tell you a secret now...I don't read erotica lol I have read 2 erotic novels in my entire life. One when I was 15 and the other for a review for a friend! I know, I know...my daddy always told me...I'm a wing nut lol

ED: What book would you recommend to your first time readers? Why?

LH: I would suggest "Killing the Desire" because it is an erotic thriller full of twists and turns...it stems from my fascination with murder, mayhem and serial killers...lol I told you, I'm not right. If you are a romance nut, then The Maggie West Series is for you..it will start being released in May ;) The character of Maggie West is based on...well, me. She is as close to me as you can get...until the sex on camera starts...I have way too many body issues for that lol

ED: What are you working on next?

LH:I am currently working on "Why Not to Anger Erotic Novelists" lol It's a story about three women who write for a publisher that can't stand one of the male authors who is a narcissistic, egotistical jackass. When they finally have the chance to meet up at a publisher sponsored event, they seize the opportunity seduce, drug and take their revenge out on him...camera rolling of course ;) The names have been changed to protect the er...innocent lol

ED: Do you have any advice for new writers?

LH:My advice to new authors is to NEVER give up on your dream. If it can happen to me, it can happen to ANYONE! I am living proof that dreams really do come true!

ED: Thank you for sharing with us!

LH: I'd like to thank you Ellen for your time, consideration and patients in putting up with me for this interview! I am truly honored!!

Blurb for Killing the Desire:

Rose never believed in love—her mother’s words in her head saw to that. Becks Harlow wanted Rose to protect her heart from the pain of love. When her mother is brutally murdered, Rose turns to the one man she thought could help, Detective Dave Mason. He was in charge of her mother’s case. Little did Rose know, Detective Mason would soon be in charge of her body, heart, and soul. She also suspects he killed her mother!

Bio

Leanna Harrow grew up on the Central Coast of California where the beaches were pristine and the sunsets were spectacular. She attended the school of hard knocks as traditional schools had too many rules and regulations. She raised four children who turned out happy, healthy, productive members of society. Each of her children grew up to possess her independent spirit and headstrong ways but are all awesome people.

For all of her love, time, and devotion, Leanna’s children have repaid her with the ultimate gift of grandchildren. They are her favorite past time and at present, she has four of them. Leanna’s sure that the future holds more of them.

Her hobbies include cooking huge meals for her extended family, a good game of billiards every now and then, reading a good book—as well as writing one, writing poems that pop into her head at the most inopportune times, listening to music as many hours a day as possible and people watching, especially men!

Leanna lives in North Carolina and is very single

Check Leanna out on her Website, Blog, Publisher Page, Facebook, and Twitter.


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