Today I'm presenting an interview of romance author Elizabeth Black.
Latest Book: Purr – A "Puss In Boots" Twisted Fairy Tale
New Dawning Bookfair: http://tinyurl.com/purr-ndb
Amazon Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/purr-kindle
Elizabeth Black's erotic fiction has been published by Romance Divine, New Dawning Bookfair, Circlet Press, Ravenous Romance, Excessica, Xcite (U. K.), Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, Scarlet Magazine (U. K.), Ravenous Romance, Torquere Press, and Fanny Press. Her fiction ranges from very erotic romantic paranormal comedies to darker erotic horror stories. Her werewolf novella "Feral Heat" was Romance Divine's current #1 bestseller at AllRomanceEbooks in late 2009. She won "Best Short Horror Story" with the Preditors and Editors Poll Awards 2008 for her short erotic horror story "Sweet Spot", published by Whiskey Creek Press Torrid in its "Monster Mash" Halloween anthology. An accomplished essayist, she was the sex columnist for the pop culture e-zine nuts4chic (also U. K.) until it folded in 2008. Her articles about sex, erotica, and relationships have appeared in Good Vibrations Magazine, Alternet, CarnalNation, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Sexis Magazine, On The Issues, Sexy Mama Magazine, and Circlet blog. She also writes sex toys reviews for several sex toys companies.
On a fun note, she has also worked as a gaffer (lighting), scenic artist, and make-up artist (including prosthetics) for movies, television, stage, and concerts. She worked as a gaffer for "Die Hard With A Vengeance" and "12 Monkeys". She did make-up, including prosthetics, for "Homicide: Life On The Street". She is especially proud of the gunshot wound to the head she had created with makeup for that particular episode. She also worked as a prosthetic makeup artist specializing in cyanotic blue, bruises, and buckets of blood for a test of Maryland's fire departments at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport plane crash simulation test. Yes, her jobs are fun.
Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: My favorite character in "Purr" is my main character Muca. She's everything I strive for. Plus she's a cat shifter. I love cats. Four of them allow me to live with them. I always wanted to create a cat shifter because felines are so amusing and sensuous. Muca is a cheeky little kitty with my personality. She lives in the moment and she's a hedonist. She's also the kind of woman I find attractive, down to the red hair. I'm most often attracted to brunettes but I save room for redheads. I like powerfully-built women with large breasts and broad hips. Being bisexual, I always screate characters to whom I'm attracted.
Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: I have several hobbies I enjoy. I'm a homebody who loves to watch movies, especially horror movies. I like atmospheric, moody movies such as "The Devil's Backbone", "Ring", "Dorm", "The Haunting" (original), "The Legend Of Hell House", and "The Changeling". Torture porn like "Saw" bores me to tears. I'm an avid reader, mostly of horror and mystery. I like gothic romances like those written by Phyllis Whitney, Daphne du Maurier, and the Bronte sisters. I also like gardening. I have a sweet little herb garden outside my living room window. I live in an apartment so I can't have a full blown garden but I'm allowed to plant in front of my window. I live on the ground floor so that makes it easy. I currently have mint, pineapple sage, sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, lemon balm, bay laurel, and scallions. We're moving to a house soon so I can once again plant a huge garden. I'm looking forward to that. When it's not too hot I love to walk on the beaches and along the cliffs near the ocean. I live a few blocks from the ocean in Massachusetts.
Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: I have several strong points. A big one is that I'm regimented. I have a schedule I keep to every day. I come up with some off-the-wall ideas that I incorporate into my stories. Some of those ideas come from news reports, my imagination, my past, and things I run into in my life on a daily basis. I'm also prolific. I've written scads of short stories and several novels. I'm about to begin working on my sequel to "Feral Heat", a m/m romance set during the WWI Christmas armistice, and a horror novel. I have plenty to do!
Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: I don't have one favorite although "Gone With The Wind" is at the top of my list. Scarlett O'Hara is one of my favorite characters. She's a survivor and she doesn't give up. She goes after what she wants and often gets her way. She's a huge role model for me. Other favorites are "Thunder Heights" by Phyllis Whitney, "Jamaica Inn" and "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier, and "Haunted" by Heather Graham. I like gothic romances.
Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: Steampunk. I've read it, mostly in graphic novel form, and I love it, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to write it. That's this year's challenge. I'd also like to try my hand at slipstream and bizarro. Slipstream is a type of science fiction of the strange. I could easily write a slipstream erotic romance if I could figure out a plot. "Lost" was slipstream. Bizarro is just plain weird. The weirder the better. It's a branch of horror that sometimes mixes erotic elements with the weird and horrific.
Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: Facebook by a long shot. I have made lots of professional contacts on Facebook and I've gained plenty of readers. Facebook is very chatty. I can post links. I can promote myself. I can post videos and pictures. I've made some pretty decent friends. I'm probably one of the few people who uses Facebook to promote myself professionally rather than keep up with people from my past. I have friended people from my hometown and from high school but I know mostly people new to me.
I also like blogs and chats. I found that guest blogging and inviting writers to guest blog on my blog gets me lots of traffic and new readers for not a lot of work. I prefer loop chats to live chats because most live chats are after 8 PM EST and I'm often exhausted by then. Plus loop chats are permanent. People can always see my posts in groups. I get lots of readers and fans that way too.
Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
New Dawning Bookfair – Publisher
Muca was a kitty with a little something extra. Not your ordinary Puss In Boots, she shifted into human form to entice all she met. She aspired for her master to become the richest and most respected man in the land, but her job was cut out for her. He was but a lowly cobbler whom she tried to pass off as the Marquis of Carabas in order to convince the local farmers to trust her against a cruel ogre who tormented them. Would the farmers believe her, and would they find her charms as alluring as she found theirs?
EXCERPT: WARNING - X-RATED
Francesca knelt before Gyorgy, fiddling with his slacks until she lowered them to the ground. He stepped out of them as he pulled his shirt over his head. He wore no under-garments. The powerfully built man, who towered above her, pumped his erect cock with one hand while he fondled Francesca's ample breast with the other. His long, black hair fell across his chiseled features, not quite masking his aroused expression. Milk from Francesca's breast trickled down his arm to drip on the floor.
"Come here," Muca growled. "I want to lick your arm."
She purred as she ran her tongue along his warm skin, tasting the sweetness of Francesca's life fluid. Gyorgy held his cock to her mouth, fisting her hair with his free hand.
"Here, taste this."
His cock tasted of olive oil, rosemary, and juniper. One of her favorite food combinations that made her mouth water so much drool rolled down her chin. He thrust in and out of her mouth with such abandon she almost didn't notice the pair of strong hands that kneaded her calves. Tibor knelt between her legs, massaging her skin until it tingled. When did he remove his clothes? I had no idea he was naked.
She writhed on the comforter, as aroused by his passion as she was by her own. Gyorgy grasped her face between his palms and guided her mouth to his cock once again. Restrained and at their mercy, she gave in to helplessness and deep arousal as both men worked on her most sensitive spots. Gyorgy worked her breasts as he thrust into her mouth, and Tibor buried his tongue between her folds. She tightened deep inside, needing one of them to enter her.
When Francesca held up the glass dildo, Muca wondered if the lovely mother had read her mind. Hands slick with oil, Francesca lubricated the dildo and then with a smile, slowly penetrated Muca. Ah, she warmed it! She knows how to pleasure me.
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Purr Info Page, Contest Info, And Excerpt:
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Also look for my new novel "Don't Call Me 'Baby'" coming out in the fall, 2011. Published by Naughty Nights Press, this book is a contemporary novel set in the go-go 1980s. It's about a young, college aged woman exploring her sexuality with multiple partners, older men, younger men, ménages, bondage, and looking for love amid the chaos.