Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Interview with Selena Storm

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Selena Storm.

Tell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
Personally, I really love spooky ghosts more than anything. I’ve always been a conventional horror fan, and it’s a really good mashing of the two. All my monster books feature a horror element.

What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
I go with Monster Erotica. Beast Porn could be anything with an animal, including shifters. Monster Erotica is more concrete.

If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
Paranormal would probably be the best fit.

Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
It’s certainly the taboo element, it’s so wrong that it’s right. It’s also something you simply can’t get out of video porn, which is nice.

Favorite sexy beast?
As much as I love writing ghosts, gargoyles are probably my favorite. Cold, hulking stone creatures!

What else do you write?
My post popular genre, and one I have so much fun writing, is gender swap erotica. Men becoming women, women growing penises. It’s outlandish, it’s fun, it’s sexy.

Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
I’d kiss Nessy, she seems sweet enough. I’d kill the alien, I’ve always had a phobia of aliens (I blame too much X-Files as a kid). Marry Bigfoot. I think he’d try to do right by me.

What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
It’s cliche, but write every day. Not just for profit, but for yourself. Writing is a great mental escape.

Anything else you’d like to say?
For people thinking of getting in to writing erotica thinking it’s an easy, quick way to make a buck – you’re in for a surprise. This is my full time job and has taken me a long time just to make enough to barely scrape by. You won’t get rich quick, but it’s a great way to have a little extra money.

About the Author

Selena grew up in Churchill, Manitoba though she currently lives in Toronto. She loves to live out her fantasies on paper and occasionally with the right people.

Selena spends most of her days writing erotica and hanging out with her bearded dragon, Rufus. You can follow her on twitter @Selena_Storm.

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Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Interview with Shauna Michaels

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Shauna Michaels.

_Slaking_the_Giant_Ground_Sloth3Tell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
Our stories are set in a sort of dystopian future where monsters and extinct beasts have repopulated the earth after a mass extinction event and the exodus of the wealthy. We’re building the world piece-meal as we go, but imagine the camp of Waterworld or Mad Max delivered in a tone that sounds like George R.R. Martin fan fiction, then graft on some seriously horny beasts, and you’re starting to get the picture.

As for the monsters themselves, so far we’ve published three stories. The first, Snowed in with the Yeti, is about a girl who accompanies her father on an expedition to find the yeti, only to end up lusting after the forbidden creature. The second, Taken by the Megalodon, features a woman out to revenge the death of her master at the hands of a Megalodon shifter, who proves to have a taste for heavy BDSM by the tale’s end. Our latest, Slaking the Giant Ground Sloth, is our first M/M story. It’s about a young man who must pass his village’s rite of passage, which involves “slaking” their guardian Megatherium. On the way his childhood friend gives him some lessons in loving. It’s Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” crossed with Christie Sims and Alara Branwen’s “Taken by the T-Rex,” but sleepier.

We have a lot more stories in the works, all of them in various stages of editing undress. Shauna’s currently drafting four tales that continue the story of Abigail and Haroon that began in Snowed in, and John is editing a story featuring a Kraken. Simmering in the files are stories involving all sorts of other beasts, including a snake-men novella and an epic bit of dragon erotica. Who knows when any of these will be done, though. Sometimes we think we’re too slow for the once-a-week pace of some of the highest selling monster-rutters. We both have day jobs and we both write other things, so the going’s slow. We do these stories for the pure fun thrill of it.

What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
“Monster erotica” suits us just fine. “Cryptozoological erotica” sounds like you’re trying way too hard to be professional and serious and forgetting the fun inherent in the genre. “Beast porn” sounds like it involves a camera or graphics program in some way. Unfortunately, a lot of the monster erotica we read for Monstertantra.com reads like it would have been better off as a video. Erotica to us should accomplish something else besides penetration. It should delve into characters and provide the sort of language play and imagery that grasp the reader’s imagination. There will be sex, of course, and hopefully it turns you on, but that’s not the only thing that should be happening in erotica.

If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
It would vary per story, probably, depending on the monster. Fantasy for dragons, horror for the Jersey Devil, Sci-fi for Grays. Often our stories, even those the two of us write outside of monster erotica, turn on premises, and those premises decide the stories’ shape, genre, and content. Categories’ main purpose seems to be marketing, and we try not to let it enter our drafting process. We try to just follow the story where it will go. Of course, that’s not entirely possible, because when you enter a story knowing it’s going to be “monster erotica” you know you’ve got to get some smut and some humor and some terror in there, or it just won’t fit the bill. We don’t truck in non-explicit monster erotica, so at some point there has to be an abnormally sized, throbbing sex organ.

Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
We started because the articles that made the viral rounds in the winter made the genre sound so profitable and fun. Maybe we haven’t written and published enough of it yet, or maybe we’re too slow, or maybe it’s just us, but it seems like there’s actually more money to be made in non-monster erotica, or even non-explicit indie publishing, especially with all the hidden filters that have been put in place. At least, we haven’t seen a ton of money yet. Some, but not a lot. It makes sense though. When you write monster erotica you set yourself two steps outside general fiction. First, the reader has to be interested in explicit erotica, and second, that reader has to be willing to read monster smut. If you’re writing strictly horror or sci-fi, where the dirty bits usually get glided over, you appeal to a larger fraction of the reading public. But who knows, maybe it will really take off for us at some point.

That’s just why we started though. Why do we keep doing it? One part stubbornness and seven parts enjoyment. We find the genre hilarious and thrilling, and it actually serves as a great testing ground for plotting, voices, and story shapes. The pressure always seems so low that when we go into one of these stories, we feel completely free and playful. That’s always a nice feeling, and if you can make a little money while doing it, well, hey, giddy-up alien cowboy.

Favorite sexy beast?
There’s so many to choose from, it hardly seems fair to pick just one. Gotta fuck ‘em all. At the moment it’s the giant ground sloth, the yeti, and the kraken, since those are the ones that we’re promoting, drafting, and editing stories about. But there are many more monsters we want to explore, and they’ll be our favorites next.

What else do you write?
It’s a secret! Our secret dream is to write and publish this our whole lives, and also write and publish other things, and then when we die have whoever has to execute our paltry estates discover we’ve been penning monster smut the whole time. Although, heaven help any children we may have.

But, in general, John veers more toward horror and sci-fi, and I veer more toward the “literary.” But we’re all over the place, and generally just try to work on whatever obsesses and enthralls us.

Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
Kill the Loch Ness, kiss the Grey, and marry the Bigfoot.

The Loch Ness would make a terrible husband or wife, always lurking around blurry in photos, hiding out underwater, shirking its share of chores, being non-humanoid. A Grey’s a wanderer, a traveler, a space-vagabond. Rolling stones honor no wedding vows, but it sure feels nice to be rolled over one every now and again. Bigfoot though? He’s a misunderstood romantic, a great ape-man lumberjack with a full-body beard, and I bet he mates for life.

What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
Not to listen to writing advice. When you’re writing you’re learning to channel a vision, to carry yourself and the reader from the first word to the last, and to make it pleasurable for the both of you in some way. There are best practices, things to keep in mind, and it’s good to learn some rules and think about them, but you must be willing to break them, especially once you’ve been writing for ten years like each of us has.

For example: lots of freshmen writing instructors tell you to avoid “to be” verbs. This is a great thing to try out as a writing exercise, and you certainly don’t want them in each and every sentence, and if they’re redundant you might want to cut them, but if you exclude them entirely from your fiction you’ll probably end up with stilted awkward nonsense. A plain and simple “is” or “was” or “are” here and there has a declarative authority to it that serves a real purpose. Denying yourself that tool is like saying you’re going to build a house but you refuse to use a hammer.

Anything else you’d like to say?
Only write in this genre, or in any genre, if you truly find it enjoyable in some way to do so. If you’re writing something solely to try to make money, it will show, and your stories will be lackluster. People might buy them, but your writing soul will slowly but surely shrivel.

About the Author

Shauna Michaels is ½ of an erotica writing duo with her husband John, and the co-creator of Monstertantra, an online home for monster erotica reviews, releases, and news. She’s the author of such illustrious tales as Snowed in with the Yeti, Taken by the Megalodon, and Slaking the Giant Ground Sloth, which you can find at your friendly neighborhood ebook retailer. If you’d like to receive news of her latest releases and sales via e-mail, you can sign up for her list-serve here, and if you’d like to pitch a story for review at Monstertantra, feel free to e-mail john.and.shauna.michaels@gmail.com.

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Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Interview with Zara Zavaroni

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Zara Zavaroni.

Final CoverTell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
So far I only have one creature feature under my belt – Lust & Loch Ness: Loving The Monster. It is the first story in a proposed series featuring the love between a woman and her Nessie.

I have a hundred and one story ideas racing through my head at any given time. Right now I have only written of Nessie and his lover. By this time next week I could have self-published a classic love story featuring a woman and a were-chicken.

What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
I prefer ‘Monster erotica’. For me, ‘beast porn’ sounds a bit too much like a Tijuana Donkey Show.

If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
Good question! I love the word ‘bizarre’. Maybe ‘Bizarre & Beastly’? We’re back in Tijuana Donkey Show territory again, aren’t we?

Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
I think a quote from one of my favourite movies, Chasing Amy, best sums up my thoughts on why I write what I write and read what I read:

“Variety’s the spice of life. I like a wide selection. Sometimes I’m in the mood for nasty close-ups, sometimes I like them arty and air-brushed. Sometimes it’s a spread brown-eye kind of night, sometimes it’s girl-on-girl time. Sometimes a steamy letter will do, sometimes – not often, but sometimes – I like the idea of a chick with a horse.”

Of course, in my case, substitute ‘horse’ for Kraken, King Kong, or some such mythical beast!

Favorite sexy beast?
Godzilla! Okay, I will admit, he’s more cuddly than sexy. He would make you feel secure in those great big hands of his.

What else do you write?
I’ve only just started out self-publishing my short stories so there isn’t a lot of my work out there at the minute. With the exception of Lust & Loch Ness my most ‘out there’ story is a psychedelic erotica by the name of ‘Deflowered’. It revolves around a lonely young lady who wins a rather unusual bouquet of flowers at a fair.

My other stories are more conventional couples’ erotica pieces. The story I am most proud of is ‘Taken By Her Trainer’, a lesbian romance with a very steamy encounter in a sauna. Rowwrr!

I have a full length hardboiled detective erotica set in the Los Angeles porn scene that I’m working my way through slowly, but surely. I also have a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style erotica in the works that I’m very excited about. It’s some way off being published however.

Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
Kiss the Loch Ness Monster (that tongue!)

Kill Bigfoot (think of the rug you could make out of him!)

Marry a Grey Alien (the places he/she could take you!)

What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
I’m martyr to procrastination. Chuck Palahniuk has some great advice on conquering this with what he calls his “egg timer method of writing”:

“When you don’t want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half hour) and sit down to write until the timer rings.  If you still hate writing, you’re free in an hour.  But usually, by the time that alarm rings, you’ll be so involved in your work, enjoying it so much, you’ll keep going. Instead of an egg timer, you can put a load of clothes in the washer or dryer and use them to time your work. Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur. If you don’t know what comes next in the story… clean your toilet. Change the bed sheets. For Christ sakes, dust the computer. A better idea will come.”

Anything else you’d like to say?
I love interacting with fans and fellow writers. I really appreciate this opportunity to reveal a bit more about myself and discuss my work. If the readers of your fine blog want to keep up-to-date on my writings, or just want to say ‘hello’, they can find me at the following wretched hives of scum and villainy:

www.twitter.com/zarazavaroni

http://zzavaroni.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/zara.zavaroni.9

http://www.pinterest.com/zarazavaroni/

About the Author

Zara Zavaroni has been writing erotic short stories sporadically for the last 10 years, but only self-publishing since March 2014. With 5 stories available so far, and 1,000 ideas whirling around inside, Zara constantly worries that she doesn’t write enough. When not hunched over a laptop, Zara enjoys cheesy horror movies and Dundee United Football Club, which is terror of a different kind altogether!

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Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Eve Hugo

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Eve Hugo.

titleTell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
My stories center around Alex Kind, a young adventurer who finds out her father was a kind of God, and part of an order of Gods and Monsters called the Dusk Kind.  Once she’s awakened to this, she starts investigating her past and meeting all kinds of strangers.  The aim of the books, which are novellas really, is to combine interesting stories and characters with sexy, sometimes tongue in cheek erotica.  Another goal is to focus on monsters that come from the lore of other real world cultures.  I picked El Chupacabra and Kaala Bandar first because they’re really some of the more recent monsters to show up in world monster lore.  They’re something someone might have heard of, or read about on the internet, but don’t know a lot about.  In other words, they’re open to interpretation, but not completely foreign to readers.  My next stories will contain more obscure monsters, along with a few familiar faces from monster pop culture, hopefully with a new spin.

What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
I like Monsterotica, Paranormal Romance and Monsterporn.  They all have a kind of wink-and-nod quality to them that says that I understand this isn’t Tolstoy.  On the other hand, I’m advertising Live Nudes, but I’m trying to deliver a little fine dining along with it.  The characters hopefully have a depth that builds from book to book.  The second book is perhaps a little more dramatic than one would expect from their monster porn, but the hope is that by delivering a compelling story between monster love scenes, it’ll bring readers back.

If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
Probably Monster Adventure Sex Horror Drama.  Or MASHD.  I could go with “GET MASH’D TODAY!” as my subtitle 🙂

Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
I read it because it’s fun.  I write it because it’s even more fun.  Some folks out there are doing some really strange and interesting things.  I’m not just talking about making out with Bigfoot, which, parenthetically, was the first I’d ever heard of.  I mean, if you don’t count Vampire and Werewolf romance like Twilight, there’s still a broad spectrum of monster erotica out there.  I read a story a little while back about a gingerbread man who wakes up, makes a gingerbread woman, and they have little sexy frosting adventures.  It had a really cute and fantastical ending.  It wasn’t the kind of thing that would get me going, but it was fun to read, and an interesting way to look at the world.  It really broadened what I thought monster erotica could be.

(Here’s the story! The Secret Lives of Gingerbread People by Sara W. Martin. – Celia)

Favorite sexy beast?
It’s hard to say, but so far the most interesting to me has been Alex’s father from book 2, if not Alex herself.  He had some interesting naturalistic powers which made thinking about the kinds of things he could do while making love really fun.  By the end of book 3, Alex can do something really fun things too-things like ghosting through doors and pushing the minds of regular people.  It’s interesting playing with the morality not of the sex itself, but using powers to enhance or influence it.  That’s where some of the drama comes from.  When does it become immoral to seduce a normal when they are unable to resist you?  Alex will struggle with that more and more as time goes on, as the rest of Dusk kind tries to persuade her to disconnect from her humanity.

What else do you write?
I write fiction mostly, and I’m working on a science fiction book that’s somewhere between Neal Stephenson and George RR Martin in form and style.  It’s at around 85,000 words now, and about half done.  There are probably too many characters in it, but I love them all.

Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
Kiss Ness, kill Bigfoot, and marry Grey Alien.  Nessy lives in a gorgeous loch, likes to swim, and the people around there seem to love him.  Bigfoot seems too anti-social.  I’d kill him with kindness and probably smother him with too much affection.  In the end, he’d leave me and seek solace in the forest. I imagine that much later, we could be the kind of friends who occasionally get drunk and regret it the next morning during silent breakfasts.  The Grey Alien is almost certainly the bad boy of my dreams.  He’s got the cool space ship, travels, is open minded enough to date ladies from another planet, and probably probes in the best way possible.  Can you imagine the view from his orbital bedroom?  And those big eyes you just lose yourself in?  Sigh. Put a ring on it.

What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
Read everything and write every day, even if you think what you’re writing is crap.  Keep writing.  You can go back and edit later.  Write through the bad ideas. Write through the writer’s block.  It’s the only way you’ll get better.  Also, never take the climax away from your protagonist.  I don’t mind teasing a little though. 🙂

Anything else you’d like to say?
“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun” and “I’d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six”.  The first quote was Katherine Hepburn, and the second quote is Ice Cube.   They’re both saying kind of the same thing to me.   Break the rules, or be broken by them. That’s dangerous, but it’s the only way to live.

About the Author
Eve Hugo has probably lived a hundred lives, but the next incarnation will be the one that gets to brag about their last life.  She exists with the right number of pets somewhere near Seattle.  Fleeing is not an option.  Check out her website for links to her books on Amazon: http://evehugo.com/

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Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Jessica Satin

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Jessica Satin.

coverlowresTell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
My first erotica story is The Ravishing of Beauty. It’s inspired by the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast. Of course, the Beast in my story has some beastly tastes his Disney counterpart doesn’t. My favorite part is that Belle shares his tastes. They are a sadistically twisted couple.

I’m also working on Ravished by Hercules, which follows Hercules and Megara as they complete the twelve labors together while enjoying lots of intense sex. They encounter the Nemean lion, Lernaean hydra, Erymanthian boar, Cretan bull, and of course Cerberus, the three-headed dog. Each of the beasts plays a role in their love making, often in unexpected ways.

What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
I write fairtytale and mythological erotica, so beasts and monsters are natural parts of those worlds. I think any of the names for the category are great—monster erotica, beast porn, bestiality. I find it fascinating how different people define “bestiality,” such as it only qualifies if the beast isn’t sentient. Personally, I think it’s bestiality if the sex is between a human and a non-human creature, even if the creature is otherwise sentient like humans. Then again, it doesn’t truly matter to me how it’s defined, as long as everyone is enjoying themselves.

If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
Beastly sexy time stories. Jokes aside, I suppose I would call it beast erotica.

Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?

I’ve often wondered this, especially when I found out about dinosaur porn. I think there’s something very appealing about a powerful beast who has your life in his hands and chooses to give you great pleasure rather than kill you. It’s almost a parody of the large, dominating man.

I also think there’s an appeal to the fantasy—you could never have sex with dragons, bulls, or aliens, but in stories, you can imagine what it might be like. It appeals to both our eager sexual desires and the pleasure we derive from our imagination. There’s humor in it too—is it possible to take dinosaur porn seriously? It’s so fun and ridiculous.

Favorite sexy beast?
Are there any non-sexy ones? I’d have to choose dragons. Preferably Smaug with Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice.

What else do you write?
I’ve also written a new adult romance novel, but I think I might just make it sluttier and publish it as romantic erotica. It’s a Paris love story with a bad-boy James-Dean type man and some hot teacher/student action.

Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
Fuck Bigfoot (sorry, have to go there), kill the Grey alien, marry the Loch Ness Monster.

What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
Write every day. Even if it’s just for five minutes, committing to your story and your career as a writer is essential. It also feels so good to know that you wrote that day, even if it was just a little.

Anything else you’d like to say?
Love your imagination, let it take you places you never dared go before. I recently had a dream that I was in a sexual situation with the Nemean lion and a big white bull (Zeus in bull form, according to the mythology). It’s so liberating to explore uncharted terrain in your mind. Of course, reading some dirty, shocking stories can help with this too 😉

About the Author
Jessica Satin is a young woman living in a big city with her boyfriend and two fluffy cats. Her first erotic fairy tale, The Ravishing of Beauty (of Beauty and the Beast, of course) has met with rave reviews. Ravished by Hercules is coming soon!

Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaSatin. She loves hearing from her readers!

Jessica also posts a mix of dirty and beautiful photos and gifs on her Tumblr: http://jessicasatin.tumblr.com/.

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Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Interview With Dana Bowman

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Dana Bowman.

creatures cover copyTell me about your stories and the monsters they feature!
My stories have wandered all over the place, but I’ve discussed all kinds of tentacular creatures (including one that was really more of a machine), shifters, strange vampiric women who like to turn their victims into latex-wrapped creatures… I’d say my only real flaw is not having been able to sit down and really develop a long story line, just a few trilogies, like my three stories (so far!) with Catrine and the “Purloined Princess” set. Oh well! You have to follow your muse, I suppose.
That said, I’d say Lieselotte – the lady vampire I mentioned above – is my most original concept. I’ve wanted to do more with her…

What do you like to call your category? “Monster erotica”, “beast porn”, something else?
I’d say “monster erotica” is a good term – it’s helpful to the reader, and it’s rather alluring too. After all, “monster” doesn’t have to mean something gross… Frankenstein’s creation in the original novel was quite the romantic hero, in his way.

If there was no such category as monster erotica, what would you call your work?
I think I’d say erotic fantasy. Which can include science fiction, of course; sci-fi’s really just fantasy with (some of the time) more strictly defined rules. It also covers even my more “mundane” stories nicely- they’re erotic fantasies too, after all.

Why do you write and read monster erotica? What’s the appeal?
Mm. Well, I write it because it thrills me. There’s something about the strange and the monstrous that is attractive on some level… I think whenever we watch horror movies, part of us is always tempted by the monster. Even when it’s something utterly inhuman, there’s always a certain pathos that I think attracts us. And, of course, fear and arousal often seem to go hand in hand.

I read monster erotica for mostly the same reasons *grin*.

Favorite sexy beast?
I haven’t had the chance to write a story about them… but I’d have to say that the octopus would be the winner. I’m sure you’ve seen those old Japanese woodcut paintings? The obvious tension in the captive woman’s body, as well as those strangely expressive eyes and those glistening limbs…

What else do you write?
Mostly erotica! I have a few projects – mostly concepts – for more conventional novels… but I’m not sure how far they’ll end up going. Even so, I’ve written a lot of wide-ranging stories; I did a master collection, just for fun, and I’ve written a total of thirty-five on oh, all sorts of topics.

Kiss/kill/marry: Bigfoot, a Grey alien, the Loch Ness Monster
What an excellent question. This one has taken me a while.

But I think I’d kiss Bigfoot, in honor of dear Ms. Wade’s work, and also just to confirm to myself that he’s real. Besides which, I’d love to whisper to him just how popular he’d become – and I admit that he’d be someone that might be fun to do a bit more than kiss.

The Loch Ness Monster, I’m afraid I’d have to kill. I don’t really have any animosity to poor Nessie, but I also admit that he’s been sneaking around the old Loch for quite a long time. I’d arrange it, I think, so that we’d fake his death and return him to the sea, where he could swim happily in waters that weren’t so peaty, and find his own love. Or, at least, travel to Iceland and marry Bjork.

And I’d marry the grey. I know that’s a little unusual, but I feel that we should look at what they’re doing. They like to hunt beef – certainly. They’re rather promiscuous and assertive… certainly. But they’re also clearly interested in families, and in the inner beauties of those who they find. And I can forgive quite a few crop circles and battles with Will Smith if it means I’ll get to make love in a spaceship… Just don’t forget the probe, darling!

What’s the best writing advice you ever heard?
“If you do it a hundred times, you’ll find it hard. [No snickering from the peanut gallery…] If you do it a thousand times, you’ll find it easy. And if you do it ten thousand times, you’ll find it’s effortless.”

Less pithily: Write every day. Even if it’s just a little bit, even if it’s in stories you’ll never share. (I have perhaps fifteen stories that I stopped partway through, but every single one was fun to write and a creative inspiration.)

Anything else you’d like to say?
I want to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s read my stories. Whatever you thought of them – even if you returned them later – it is a profoundly humbling thing to know that someone has chosen you, yes YOU, to be the one they let into their heart (and other private parts). I couldn’t do it – if you’ll forgive the phrasing – without you.

About the Author

Dana Bowman is a crafty creatrix of darkly delightful tales of thrilling, sometimes twisted, often transgressive erotica. Follow her on Twitter at @TheDanaBowman and examine her offerings at http://www.amazon.com/Dana-Bowman/e/B009639G02/

Try out her compilation of nine stories of monstrous and exotic erotica – “Creatures of the Night”: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GULVMQE
Or a collection of thirty-four stories in “Dana’s Delightful Dirty Diary”: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K70X8UW

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Meet a Monster Erotica Author – Interview with Natalie Deschain

On #MonsterMonday, this blog features interviews with the people who write and publish monster erotica. Why Is Monster Erotica So Popular? Well, we know! Today’s author is Natalie Deschain.

werewolfpiratessmall - CopyTell 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

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