Tell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
Most of my monster stories are about werewolves, followed by minotaurs and dragons and some tentacles here and there, and the occasional oddball that doesn’t fit with those others. I’ve written stories with futanari wood nymphs that lactate honey and four-armed alien beasties and all sorts of other things. Most of my longer stories have a romantic plot line- the main character is initially frightened of the monster but discovers a human, vulnerable side to them under their rough exterior, or discovers that someone close them, like their husband, is a monster in disguise.
I mainly write short stories under ten thousand words, but I have three novellas out: Night of the Monsters (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CA4IO98), The Devilish Devices of Doctor Dionysus (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EOA19I4), and the newly published Werewolf Pirates! (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JFICW8G) My first and so far only novel, Luna Holdings (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GD1C4F4), came out last October and has earned itself a small following, despite (or maybe because of) a pretty strange premise. I’m currently working on another one, though I can’t say when it will be done.
What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
Monster erotica, I suppose. The monsters have animal characteristics, but it’s just that- characteristics. At heart they’re manly men, turned up to eleven.
If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
Paranormal erotica or erotic horror. I usually don’t use the erotic horror label just because my work isn’t really horror so much as fantasy that’s a little rough around the edges.
Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
There’s a kind of real romance to it that I enjoy, even if I don’t call myself a romance writer despite writing tons and tons of love stories. The monsters don’t hold back and play games. If they want the heroine they make it very clear and when the barrier is broken between them there’s this really hot, really intense moment of giving in.
My heroines are usually unsatisfied in some way. Their new husband hasn’t touched them sexually or their partner is reluctant to fulfill their desire to be a little rougher in the bedroom or they just feel unsatisfied with the regular guys all around them and then here comes the monster who’s rough and tough and, pardon my French, more than willing to fuck the shit out of them… but is also really lonely and sad and needs a companion. Monsters can be the ultimate boyfriend. I like being pampered as much as anybody, but sometimes a girl just needs it fast and rough, you know?
There’s something about the physical aspect too. I see my monsters as sad and beautiful. In their own way they’re as hurt and vulnerable as the heroine. She needs somebody who’s not afraid of hurting her, who treats her as a person and doesn’t put her up on this bullshit pedestal that holds her to an impossible standard, and he needs somebody who isn’t afraid of him, who can look past appearances. I often write my monsters, especially werewolves, as these beautiful, strange, elegant creatures that are both beast and man and more than the sum of their parts.
They don’t get up and leave after the deed is done, either. My favorite part of the story is often the afterglow, where the heroine is stroking her werewolf’s fur (or is transforming herself) or escaping with him on his alien spaceship or what have you and they’re really happy together now, freed from their fears. I guess you could say I like the idea of spooning with the werewolf as much as getting pinned down and taken for a ride.
If I can be really honest here, my fascination with monsters goes way back and I saw them as sympathetic when I was young, and as I grew up that sympathy turned into a more, ah, carnal interest as I got older. It’s a romantic thing really, in the grand old sense of the word “romance”. Monsters are sad, monsters are scary, monsters don’t fit in the world and just want to be accepted. Don’t we all?
Favorite sexy beast?
Werewolves. I like werewolves a lot. I like the idea of being with this warm, affectionate partner that’s very protective and I can get into that mood pretty easily and write that kind of story from the heart. I write a lot of stories where the heroine gets a love bite during the sex and winds up turning into a werewolf herself, which usually means sprouting ears and a tail. Sometimes I even present lycanthropy as sexually transmitted, kind of a metaphor for the heroine’s sexual awakening.
I just think it’s adorable, and the whole idea of the werewolf and his mate type thing can be rough and yet so cute and endearing at the same time, and there’s this idea of the interplay and the heroine releasing her own inner beast and taming this monster with her sexual prowess.
What else do you write?
I’ve dabbled in many things. Most recently I’ve been dabbling in gender swap and transgender erotica, and I have a few lactation stories out now; I’m just getting my feet wet with those and plan to do more in the future. Of all the different genres I’ve been writing in my second favorite is definitely the gender swap, because there’s this element of humor and magic to it and some of the stories are a little bondage-ey but they’re still fun and sexy in way that’s hard to capture with other subject matter. I usually only write something if I “get it”, either I find the idea arousing myself or if I can understand why someone would.
I come back to the futanari (woman with a penis) theme a lot. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have one. I’m pretty sure I’d end up running around poking people with it.
I also write a lot of male/male erotica. I write way more of it than I actually publish.
Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
This is a tough one.
Kill: Grey alien. I’ve written two stories with greys, and I thought they were okay, but I’m personally terrified of them.
Kiss: Bigfoot. I’m up for a one night stand but I don’t want to live in the woods.
Marry: Loch Ness Monster, but only if he turns me into a cute mermaid or something, I don’t want to drown. I bet the Loch Ness Monster is hung like the Loch Ness Monster.
What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
Two things: Stephen King says to write, you must read. He says a writer should spend an equal amount of time writing and reading, so if you have an eight hour work day, that’s four hours writing and four hours reading. I don’t schedule it that rigidly, but I read a lot and I read more than just the type of material I’m writing. Ideas are everywhere.
Secondly, write more. I can’t remember who, but somebody said you should write a million words before you try to publish anything. I would only change that by saying, don’t hide it. You can’t grow as a writer until other people have seen your work. No one will see it like you, and you can’t see it like them. I even miss some pretty boneheaded typos that way. Do go for the million words, though. I keep track, and since January I’ve written almost a half a million words. If I total everything I’ve written and published so far it’s almost two million words and that’s not counting unpublished material going all the way back to when I was a teenager.
Seriously, the best advice is go for it. Write write write and write some more, and if at first you don’t succeed, write more.
Anything else you’d like to say?
I am perpetually astonished and grateful that my work has been so well received. I cherish every review, even the critical ones, and I love hearing from my readers.
About the Author
Natalie Deschain has been writing and publishing erotic fiction since 2012. The author of over 120 short stories, three novellas and a novel, she lives with a cat, a boyfriend who looks at her funny when she asks him to howl for her, and a really expensive mechanical keyboard that is on the verge of breaking from all those words. She can be reached at nataliedeschain.com or on twitter @NatalieDeschain. Sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/Myfxb