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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ABA AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH BLACK

                                           
Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Elizabeth: First, thanks for having me here today, Kiki. It's such fun!

I have two favorite genres: erotica and horror. The two actually mix very well, especially atmospheric horror with sex thrown in. I suppose this combination is one reason I love paranormal erotica and paranormal erotic romances. My love for horror takes over. I like erotica better than erotic romance because there aren't so many rules. Characters are free to act and think outside the box, and the ending doesn't need ot result in true love or a marriage proposal. I prefer twists in my stories that surprise and entice my readers.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Elizabeth: When it comes to romance, I prefer gothic romance because I grew up with it and it combines my love of both romance and dark fiction/horror. I read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, and similar books. Phyllis Whitney, Daphne du Maurier, and the Bronte sisters are my favorites in this genre. My favorite book in this genre is Thunder Heights by Phyllis Whitney. It has the alpha male hero and the alpha male competition for the heroine's love. The competition is always so dangerous. Every time I read that book I imagine Oliver Reed in the role of Booth Hendricks. My God, what an alpha name! Booth! Dark and dangerous. So exciting!

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Elizabeth: That would be Gone With The Wind. Both the movie and the book. Scarlett O'Hara has been a huge influence on me. She was a survivor who wouldn't let anything get her down. Nothing got in her way, and she broke conventional rules all the time. There is so about Scarlett that is very much like me that she became my heroine and role model.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Elizabeth: The best book I read last month was The Elementals by Michael McDowell. It's a haunted house novel set in the deep south. Very unnerving book that is perfect for people who like to be seriously creeped out. This book is also one of the best haunted house books I've ever read.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Elizabeth: It's been hard for me to read lately, especially print books, because I need new glasses. My eyes get tired quickly and I need to focus on something far away. I don't have an e-reader yet so I read e-books in PDF form on my computer. I like lots of short stories. The ideal settings for me to read are in the living room with my headsets on, in the bedroom in my bed with a glass of wine, and on the beach with either a huge iced tea or hot coffee. All three are easily accomplished for me including the last since I live a few blocks from the Atlantic ocean in Massachusetts.

Kiki: If pressed, could you choose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?

Elizabeth: Feral Heat is my favorite because my bisexual werewolves Sam Hightower and Grant Newsome are such fun. This book is also my best seller. Sam and Grant are in my new short story Filthy Leuker and my new freebie Fluffing The Master. I'm also working on a sequel to Feral Heat. So far there's no name but it will be set in a haunted theater. Sam and Grant are gaffers – electricians. They work lighting. Theater is chock full of superstitions and amorous pairings of all sorts. Cast parties can sometimes become glorified orgies, and my sequel will have all of this.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Elizabeth: I read well-written books in many genres, read articles written by well-known writers, and hang out with other writers and readers in social networking forums like Facebook and Kindle Boards. Mostly I just sit down and write. I'm at my most productive in the morning so I work on fiction and articles until I tire out. I don't wait to become inspired. I set the ball in motion and often invite the inspiration to play with me.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Elizabeth: It's ideal to make both the plot and the characterization strong so I strive for both. Since you asked, though, I must say my strength is my plot. I love twisted and amusing plots. I grew up reading books by O. Henry, J. Sheridan LeFanu, Ray Bradbury, and later Roald Dahl. Very twisted stuff. Put that on top of gothic romances and you get some unusual and quite edgy fiction.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.

Elizabeth: I make my living from my writing. In addition to writing fiction, I'm also a sex writer and I work as a copywriter for a British sex toys company. You don't want to know how many sex toys I own. LOL On top of all that fun, I've also worked as a gaffer (lighting), scenic artist, and make-up artist (including prosthetics) for movies, television, stage, and concerts. I worked as a gaffer for Die Hard With A Vengeance and 12 Monkeys. It was a real joy working on a Terry Gilliam movie. I did make-up, including prosthetics, for the award-winning television series Homicide: Life On The Street. I am especially proud of the gunshot wound to the head I created with makeup for that particular episode. I 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. Yup, I love my work. J

Elizabeth Black
It's Time For Hot, Screeching Monkey Sex!

BOOK BLURB:

Don't Call Me Baby is a fast-paced, quick-witted, sexy novel about a young woman exploring her sexuality and the cultural morés she collides with on a daily basis. It's 1983 in Maryland and Catherine Stone is sex on wheels. She plays the field the way men have done for aeons. Not content to strive for her MRS degree like so many young women her age, she seduces men of all stripes - married college professors, theatre students, virgins, complete strangers who intrigue her. She has already cost one man his job. But she asks herself lots of questions on her search to enjoy her sexuality. Why don't other women enjoy their sex as much as she does? Why do so many women and men look down on sexually free women, calling them sluts while sexually free men are called studs and Lotharios? She bucks at the double standards!  Catherine has made no commitment to any man. She's free to explore and she gladly does so. No man can tie her down and no woman's judgment will stop her from playing the field to her heart's content. Does she meet her match in a new man who introduces her to sexual bliss she had never before experienced? When she tries multiple partners and bondage for the first time as a submissive, she believes she's found the sexual bliss she is looking for - and with a man who not only introduces her to the fineries in life but also cares about her like no man ever has before.

EXCERPT:

Once the waitress left with their orders, Catherine relaxed in her chair and surveyed the restaurant. Mostly middle-aged couples sat at the tables, but a few businessmen rounded out the restaurant. A handsome, middle-aged businessman with salt and pepper hair stared at her a bit too long - something she was used to and encouraged - and she smiled at him. He gave her a warm smile in return and went back to talking to his lunch partner.
Feeling warm and a little frisky, she slipped one foot out of her Candies shoe and rubbed her toes against Brian's pants leg. He jumped a little, since she startled him, but she ran her big toe up his calf and rested it on his knee. The tablecloth was long so no one in the restaurant could see the mischief she was up to.
“You stop that. Someone will see.”
“No one will see a thing with this long tablecloth, and so what if they do? I want to play.”
“You always want to play. Now behave yourself before we get kicked out.”
“No one will kick us out, not with the good money you're spending. Just relax and enjoy my foot.”
She slid her foot up his inner thigh until it rested just in front of his crotch. Her big toe tapped his cock, which was already erect, not to her surprise. She had a happy talent of making Brian hard at the drop of a hat, especially when they were out in public pretending to be civilized people.
The waitress came by with their drinks and Brian took a big sip of wine to fend off the arousal Catherine could plainly see on his face. His forehead glistened with sweat and his cheeks glowed with passion that grew with each nudge of her toes against his erect cock.
“It's a good thing I wear tight briefs. You're so bad, you know that?”
“Of course I'm bad. You wouldn't have me any other way. Why don't you feel me up? No one will see.”
In a moment she felt his bare foot against her smooth calf. She spread her legs apart enough for him to access the sweet spot between her legs. Taking in a big whiff, she smelled like sex, squirming in her seat as she felt her arousal come on all over again. She giggled a little too loudly and caught the attention of that very handsome middle-aged man at the adjacent table who licked his lips as he looked at her. She tossed her head, making her curls bounce as she gave him a sexy smile. He smiled in return and tipped his wine glass towards her. Leaning back in her chair, she eyed him up while she felt Brian's foot move farther up her leg until it rested at the top of her thigh. She spread her legs farther apart and guided his foot with her hand to her molten pussy.
“My God, you aren't wearing any underwear!”

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Naughty Nights Press releases Don't Call Me Baby on September 30, 2011. Please visit my blog, web site, and Facebook page for updates, buy links, more excerpts, and reviews.

Don't Call Me Baby Web Site Page
http://elizabethablack.blogspot.com/p/dont-call-me-baby.html

Elizabeth Black - Blog and Web Site
http://elizabethablack.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Black - Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/elizabethablack

Elizabeth Black - Amazon Author Page
http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Black/e/B004A6O1S2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1


9 comments:

  1. Wow, what an interesting interview about Elizabeth Black. I didn't know she did some work for major motion picture films.

    She's more than just interesting. Great interview!

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  2. Brilliant interview and I am right with you as far as Gone With The Wind is concerned. I love the book, I love the movie!
    Good luck with Don't Call Me Baby!
    *bites n kisses*

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  3. Thanks for having me here today, Kiki. It was a pleasure. And thanks for the great comment, Ray. I really appreciate it. :)

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  4. Ahhh, what better to have then two of my favorite writers together on one blog! I think both of you ladies are marvelously interesting and I love the way hour minds work! Especially when you put those ideas down on virtual paper. ;)

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  5. Spectacular interview and fabulous excerpt Lizzie-

    And Don't Call Me Baby is right up my alley- adding to TBR and review list
    Dawne P

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  6. Sorry I'm so late to the party :( Great interview Liz and Kiki. I have friends in theatre and the movie business in special effects as well, so it was interesting to hear you talk about what you do in that regard! love the excerpt and can't wait to read it!

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  7. GWTW! Rhett Butler: The Alpa King of the Universe!
    Great Interview! Always nice to know more about you!
    Liz

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  8. Everyone, thanks for the wonderful comments! I know you're going to love DON'T CALL ME BABY. The book is available now at Smashwords. Here's a link:

    https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/89239

    See you on the web!

    EB

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