Lady Smut is a blog post for intelligent women who like to read smut. On this blog we talk about our writing, the erotic romance industry, masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and whatever makes our pulses race. Here’s a bit more from the authors: Madeline Iva, Liz Everly, C. Margery Kempe, and Elizabeth Shore.
The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires,
Genre: Erotica/erotic romance
Book Blurb: Four sexy, edgy tales of paranormal encounters that will leave you shivering in the night.
Please tell us how the idea came to you for (THE LADY SMUT BOOK OF DARK DESIRES). Please include all the fun details.
MADELINE IVA: All of us were wondering how to celebrate the first anniversary of LadySmut.com. Liz had this awesome idea for a story where the vampire comes through the computer—and I just loved that idea. I tried to come up with something to match it, and out came one word: Sexsomnia. Then I had to run to the computer and look it up to see if it really existed.
So we were talking about these story ideas and then decided that maybe we should do an anthology. Elizabeth Shore and I were one day talking about when/if we should set a deadline for when the stories should be written. The same day we get an email from Liz saying her story is done. Eek! We hadn’t even started ours. Then C. Margery Kempe is like, I’m done too. So we scrambled to write our stories quick like a bunny.
Liz’s agent, Sharon Bowers, was willing to represent us, Liz (mostly) put together the proposal and in no time at all we had two offers. We went with Harper Impulse because we love their vibe. Our editor Charlotte Ledger and her crew – along with all the other Harper Impulse authors are truly sweet and amazing people. We lurve them.
Give us some insight into (place name of your heroine or hero here). What’s a bit of her back story?
MARGERY KEMPE: Christina of “The Lying, The Witch and The Wardrobe” comes from a family of witches that have passed down lore in their old New England farm orchard for generations. People always think that magic will solve all their problems, but really it’s just another thing that can bring on complications. Returning to your home town after losing your job doesn’t get much less magical.
Who is (JENNY in SEXSOMNIA) to (TURNER)? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?
MADELINE IVA: In ‘Sexsomnia’ the heroine Jenny is super-shy. She’s lusting after Turner, a hottie biologist, while they’re at this summer academic institute and Turner--who’s got it together--is receptive. But, alas, Jenny has no game. She turns into a spaz around him and can’t deal. So she gives up. The big question Jenny needs to discover the answer to is: who is she having sex with at night, when she wanders out of her room asleep? There are several possibilities. Turner is the one possibility that doesn’t make her cringe until she wants to die. If it’s him, it would also solve the mystery of his strange behavior whenever they meet up in the elevator.
Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?
Who is (BRENNA in BRENNA BANG’S IMMORTAL LONGINGS) to (XANDER)?
LIZ EVERLY: In “Brenna Bang’s Immortal Longings,” Brenna is a highly successful vampire romance author who is suddenly visited by a real vampire. He comes through her computer. The hunk of a vampire she writes about in her books is Xander and the vampire she meets takes that name—though she never figures out his real name in the story. Sparks fly between them (of course), but he’s reaching out for her help because of a murder case that is making vampires look bad.
Is (LADY SMUT BOOK OF DARK DESIRES) included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?
LIZ EVERLY: We are a group blog and we hope to do more anthologies. Also, I plan to write some follow-up novellas or novels to my story (what ever form it takes) and I know several of the other individual writers are planning something, as well.
Can you share anything about the (pick any choices that pertains to your story - evil/ magic/ mystery/ paranormal or fantasy beings) in the story? What’s unique about them?
LIZ EVERLY: My Xander and his vampire community have a successful Internet gaming company. So they have mastered the virtual world. And they have also learned to travel through Wi-Fi signals and modems. So along with the other more typical vampire powers, they are tech savvy, as well as sex-savvy. ;-)
MARGERY KEMPE: The goblins are very mysterious. Christina really only knows them from children’s books and of course her copy of Rossetti’s Goblin Market. But are they anything like the books? No one knows anything except the disappearance of her ancestor. The secrets lay hidden within the wardrobe sealed with magic.
Please share anything else about this story you’d like ~ maybe a difficult scene or character ~ someone or something not cooperating…
MADELINE IVA: I wrote a story that started off as contemporary and then takes a turn to the paranormal with an unsympathetic succubus character named Jennifer. One of our bloggers, Kiersten Hallie Krum, thought Jennifer was interesting and suggested her point of view be included. That sent my head spinning and now Jennifer has become one of those characters that will not behave.
What are you working on now?
MADELINE IVA: Well, this is almost a follow-up to the story above. Jennifer is now demanding her own story, etc. etc. So she’s making an appearance in the sequel, SEXSOMNIAC, which is coming out in February. She gets her own romance story in the fourth book of the series.
MARGERY KEMPE: I’m working on a series of fairy tales with erotic romance, but I may steal one of them for another LADY SMUT anthology if I can wait that long. I do love my fairy tales.
Would you share your writing schedule OR the best time of day / week to focus on writing?
MARGERY KEMPE: Always be writing (waits for Glengarry Glenross fans to chime in…crickets). I write in meetings when the discussion has nothing to do with me, while my students are working on in class projects, while I’m waiting for anything, at restaurants, in pubs, on the bus, on the train, on planes. Make time for everything else. Writing comes first.
What tip or advice would you give to an aspiring author?
MARGERY KEMPE: The ‘net is full of good advice and help, everything from how to guides all the way to how to publish it yourself if you’re of a mind to do so. The one thing you may not find is why. The only reason you need ‘why’ is because no one else can tell stories the way you do. Your voice is worth getting out there.
Where can we find you? List all of your links.
Quickie Quiz Getting to know
Madeline Iva, Margery Kempe, and Liz Everly…
2 Things you do to relax:
MARGERY KEMPE: well of course sex is one…
Cat or Dog or other:
MADELINE IVA: Dog, dog, dog. I have two of the cutest tiny dogs on the planet. They almost die of boredom each day while I sit around and write, but they are very consoling when I’ve had a crappy writing day.
MARGERY KEMPE: Both. My gorgeous kitty Kipper died unexpectedly this fall, but my brother’s dog Connor has been very sweet to me because he misses him too. They were pals.
Favorite places to write:
MARGERY KEMPE: in bed in Dundee, where tea magically appears by my side.
Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t:
MARGERY KEMPE: India!
MARGERY KEMPE: I should probably not say ‘martini’ should I? Um, sidecar?
MADELINE IVA: Banana blueberry smoothie with one tablespoon of maple syrup and one tablespoon of cinnamon. I use water instead of rice milk or yogurt to keep the calorie count down and sometimes I throw in a few almonds. Yummers!
LIZ EVERLY: Coffee, as dark and strong as possible.
Favorite season ~ why:
MARGERY KEMPE: Autumn. Always looking forward to October Country.
Car OR Plane:
MADELINE IVA: Train, baby. Always take the train!
LIZ EVERLY: Train, then car. Plane has become the last resort for me.
MADELINE IVA: Charlotte Stein!
LIZ EVERLY: Sylvia Day
MARGERY KEMPE: One?! Jane Austen.
MARGERY KEMPE: Now I can say martini!
Lace, Denim, or Leather:
MARGERY KEMPE: silk
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