Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I have not done many interviews, but I've posted enough bio's that I'd hate to turn around and just post the same ole stuff, so, that said.
I love to cook and bake. I'm a sucker for animals. I love a good rain. Traffic and crowds are such a bummer! To me, sex is divine and should be experienced fully without guilt or shame. Humor is an absolute in any relationship I have. I think passion is a core element to all art, literature, and music. I talk to myself while doing dishes to work out dialogue for my books. Yes, I do get hot writing sex scenes (if I don't, something's wrong!). If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd be writing from wherever the dart had landed on the map - I love traveling and will seize the opportunity to do so every chance I get. I have been through the Panama Canal aboard a sailboat. And last but not least.yes, I still play with toys!
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
Ooh. Good question! I think Adita from my 2008 EPPIE Finalist, Woman of the Mountain. Who wouldn't want to be the living embodiment of a goddess of sexual pleasure and creation and to preside over rites of ecstatic worship? Okay.so it's not all peaches and cream, but hey, I can think of worse things to do or be, and at the end of the day, the payoff is nothing less the earth shattering!
Who or what influences you when you write?
I believe there are long-term influences and immediate influences. I know I've been influenced by other writers -- every writer is. I could list favorites all day of authors I learned something from reading. Some of my favorite writers are Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, Jane Austen, Stephen King, and Kem Nunn, but I could name dozens of others. Immediate influences are more interesting. I listen to music when I write but the music I listen too is often random. I love writing to the music on Pandora. If you don't know what Pandora is, and you like music, you need to find it! Art and movies are also huge influences for me. My erotic novella Inspiration, was heavily influenced by the Waterhouse painting, Hylas and the Nymphs. An extreme Japanese film helped in the creation of Woman of the Mountain, and my new release, The Passions of Pearl, in part owes its setting to the HBO series Deadwood.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I'd love to! The Passions of Pearl is due out in February 2008 and is a hard boiled fairytale parody where someday (everyday really) the prince comes.
This is an unedited excerpt:
Pearl is a housekeeper in a boarding house full of very interesting men... Plates and flatware were always first to be delivered to the dining room, left in a neat stack at Ira's end of the table. But as Pearl entered the kitchen again, a familiar chiming began to play in her ears, soft and rhythmic, a whispered throb of desire. Bowls and a few of the mugs found their places on the long table as she turned, giddy, almost dancing back to the kitchen. Warm honey flowed in her veins, thinning quickly with each step, her pussy pulsing with the chimes. How her nipples ached, how she longed to have a man suck on them as Monty had.
But she wanted even more.
Swaying as if drunk, Pearl reached for two of the mugs. Sumner's mug was the most fantastic of all the vessels, its outside surface a mosaic made of small bits of smooth, broken tile. She always loved Sumner's mug, for his above all the others reminded her of dreams--broken color, nonsensical design and endless imagination. And in her other hand, the unmistakable chips and repair cracks of Slowball's oft dropped, knocked, and smacked, blue ceramic mug. Pearl smiled and wantonly rubbed the mugs against her stiff nipples, especially enjoying the bumpy path of Sumner's mug on her right nipple, but also appreciating the way the large chip in the base of Slow's seem to grab her left and tug it along on the trek down. Pearl groaned and wove her way back into the dining room, one thought buzzing in her head above all others. She really needed a good fucking.
The sweet music that swirled around her was joined by a deep harmony as natural as.
Sound asleep, lying across the dining room table, Sumner sawed away at slumbering trees.
And it was a tall tree that drew Pearl's lustful gaze.
A tent had formed in Sumner's britches, his cock pressing against the material of his trousers as if it were about to burst through the thick material.
Pearl tiptoed to the table and put the mugs down. She didn't know why Sumner was home so soon, but she knew if Ira caught him asleep on the table, the curmudgeon might flog the poor young man to death. She reached out to shake Sumner awake, but her gaze again returned to the stiff peak of his trousers. The others shouldn't be home for hours, and Pearl knew the best way to wake the sleeping miner. Careful so as not to rouse him yet, Pearl unbuttoned the flap of Sumner's pants . . .
Please tell us what you have planned next?
A couple of things . I'm more than halfway through an erotic supernatural fantasy that spans a few hundred years and I just finished a short story that is, I hope, the first of many stories about the escapades of a succubus, and I'm in the middle of a short erotic contemporary romance. And I have ideas for a couple more things.
What do you do for inspiration?
Maybe I'm lucky. Stories find me. They sneak up on me when I'm out for a walk, put a blade to my throat and say, "Write me!" My problem is always the time to write, not inspiration. To feed inspiration, I sometime use music, wine, meditation, and sex - not necessarily in that order.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Having the Internet is like living next door to the Library of Alexandria. In many ways, I most enjoy writing stories like Woman of the Mountain where the world is entirely mine and research isn't an issue. The two stories I'm working on now are history-intense though and I have been spending a lot of time looking up things like the location of the Fulton Theatre in 1927 (right on Times Square!). I do love doing that, because research breeds other ideas.
Recently I was researching a particular event - a battle - for the book I'm calling Rose of Portland, and I found the most beautiful legend of a pair of lovers who died for love, but died so horribly needlessly that my heart ached for them. That legend may find its way into Rose or I may end up using it in another story.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Live your life consciously and deliberately every day. Always take time to tell the people you love that you love them. Be happy. It's your duty and your right.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Best advice: Enjoy every sandwich. Worst advice: Don't swallow.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
There are lots of choices! My website at http://www.angelacaperton.com, my blog at http://blog.angelacaperton.com, I have an author forum at Coffee Time Romance. Also, I consistently post to The eX Factor Yahoo group with news and excerpts as well as other Yahoo groups including Night Owl's new Yahoo Group! If you'd like to listen to a podcast of an excerpt from my EPPIE Finalist, Woman of the Mountain, check out the one at Nobilis Erotica: http://nobilis.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=244297 And like all writers, I hope someday my readers can find me on top the bestsellers lists!
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King