Here’s an author interview from Elizabeth Cage.
Find out what she had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
By accident! I was writing short stories for an excellent small press magazine called QWF (Quality Women’s Fiction) and had produced a piece of work which was a bit too rude for the mag so the Editor, Jo Good, asked if I had considered writing erotica. I hadn’t but it sounded an interesting idea so I sent the story off to Forum magazine. The editor there, Elizabeth Coldwell, liked it but thought it wasn’t explicit enough so I rewrote it, resubmitted and it was published. And it kind of went on from there… So I am forever grateful to Jo and Elizabeth for setting me on the path to my erotica writing career – thanks both!
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
A short story I wrote some years ago called Road Rage, because it was great fun to write
(later published by Xcite). I also wrote an article on female masturbation which I was pleased with, and some erotic poetry that has been published, plus my interview with Nawashi Murakawa, the renowned Japanese Rope Master. http://www.nawashimurakawa.com/media.html
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Life. Lovers. And my imagination.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My friends, partner and colleagues know – I told them. But not my family.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I always wanted to be a writer.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I felt pleased to have produced a whole collection of my stories called Kissing Velvet which Chimera published. Once more, I am grateful to the Editor, Adrian Wilkins, for his support and for giving me the opportunity.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
It varies. If I am working to a deadline (usually the last minute!) that tends to motivate me. However, when I was working on Kissing Velvet, there were times when I closed my eyes and fantasised, or thought about especially erotic experiences I had to get myself in the zone.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
If a piece of work is rejected, send it out again until it’s accepted. This may involve editing and rewriting but don’t give up. And always make sure you have several pieces of work out there, constantly.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I don’t generally have this problem. A bigger problem is actually getting down to the hard graft of putting the ideas on to the laptop and making them take form.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I don’t really have a favourite but because of my sexual personality, I have always found the combination of vampires and erotica really sexy, and I also enjoy bondage and S and M stories.
- What are you working on at the moment?
Lots of things – short stories for anthologies and I would also like to write more articles, as this is something I have neglected for time reasons.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
The collection for Chimera. Much harder than I realised to produce a whole volume of new work in the rather ambitious timescale I set myself! However, I have had some lovely reviews and feedback, and when one reader said it made her go and masturbate after reading it I was delighted – job done!