Tell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
I started writing erotica on a dare with my friend, Abigail Myst. I’ve read the genre and always wondered if I could do that. Writing explicit sex scenes is surprisingly difficult. There is nowhere to hide on the page. Over a bottle of wine, we decided to take the plunge. We made a list of bang-able monsters and scenarios and literally rolled a dice to find out what we would be writing. I got job interview with a lake monster, which is my first story, The Lady of the Lake Monster. Abigail got camping with Frankenstein’s Monster, which became Slut of Frankenstein. We wrote both stories at my kitchen table, while consuming lots of tea, popcorn and wine (not at the same time.)
What surprised me the most was how much fun it was writing monster erotica, so I carried on. My next story was Prisoner of Pan’s Desire Part One and Two, which features a super villain who was mutated via lab accident into a satyr. I’ve long thought super villains were more interesting than heroes and my main character, Dora, grows to appreciate a truly bad boy.
What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
I like “monster erotica”. It’s a good term, accurate yet broad enough to encompass variety. I also like “monster porn”, which is brazen, just how I like my smut.
If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
Probably erotic science fiction/fantasy or erotic paranormal.
Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
I’ve always found the villains and monsters to be more interesting than heroes in stories. Heroes are dull. They only react to events. They’re never pro-active. Villains, though, they are men forging their own destiny and bend the world to their will. Who really has more power: Superman trying to stop Lex Luther’s latest plan or Luther who makes Superman leave his date with Lois to rescue a bus full of orphans? What is it like when the man who can make the world take notice, takes notice of you? I just want to melt, the idea is so hot.
When it comes to classic monsters, I like a powerful creature to have a moment of tenderness or passion. My monsters do tend to be more human than beast. I should push at my boundaries though and let things get hairy with some really funky monsters.
Favorite sexy beast?
Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! It’s the best of both words: the sexy mad scientist and the lusty brute. I’m a complicated woman. I want to be intellectually stimulated and then stimulated so hard I can’t walk the next day. Plus, lab coats are sexy.
What else do you write?
I like blending genres. Boundaries are made to be tested. Mainly I write science fiction and adventure but I dabble in mystery and horror. When it comes to a story, I throw a little bit of everything I like in the pot and let it simmer. I’ve always loved the Toni Morrison quote, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I want to write the type of books I love with quirky humor, adventure, steamy and meaningful sex, genre blending, time travel, romance, pirates, monsters, ghosts, spooky houses, lost treasures, grim seriousness and not-so-serious business.
My next erotica project is more noir and pulp inspired, full of wicked women and rough men. My current non-erotica project is a horror story revolving around a small town unspeakable-spider-elder-god cult.
Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
Kiss Nessy because I’m only monster bi-curious. Sorry, girl. I am really torn between Bigfoot and the Grey Alien. Bigfoot is warm and good for snuggling but the Grey can take me on an interstellar adventure. As much as I think Bigfoot is better in the sack, I have to put him down, after a thoroughly debauched last hurrah. Marriage with the Grey Alien is purely political. I want the stars and he can give me that. All that probing would be fun.
What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
I am in constant fear of sounding like an arrogant fool when talking about writing advice, but here goes:
Every time I sit down at the keyboard, I remind myself of the fundamentals: show, don’t tell; no qualifiers; the story starts on the first page, not page twenty; never use three words when one will do; if you show a gun on the mantle in the first act, then it must go off in the third; and, finally, revision, revision, revision.
I also believe that many people say they want to write a book “someday.” Someday will never arrive. Do it now. Be shameless. Make mistakes. Use all the clichés and cardboard cut-out characters, just write because writing a bad rough draft still leaves you with a rough draft.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you inviting me to be interviewed on your site. This was fun. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my writing.
About the Author
Nancey Cummings has a long commute via train into the city every day. She uses the time to fantasize and writes down her fantasies in a notebook, the rest of her fellow commuters blissfully unaware. When she’s not writing, she enjoys video games, horror movies and anything involving time travel. Nancey lives in an old house with her husband and two cats who have complaints with management.
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