Elizabeth Black

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 24, 2011

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Don't Call Me Baby | Elizabeth Black | Naughty Nights Press (NNP) | Contemporary | Erotic Romance | Sep 30, 2011


DON'T CALL ME 'BABY' is a fast-paced, quick-witted, sexy, novel about a young woman exploring her sexuality and the cultural mor‚s 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.

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.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica Romance

Please tell us your latest news!

My latest novel Don't Call Me Baby is contemporary erotic romance set in the go-go 1980s. I envisioned my heroine, Catherine Stone, as a sexually free woman who collides head-first with the prudish sexual mores of her time. Even though this is the 1980s and women obtained The Pill, the second wave of feminism is at its peak, and women work in careers that give them real independence, things are not that much different from earlier times. Women are still judged negatively if they are as sexually free as men. It's the slut v. stud double standard. Plus some men at that time thought that "sexually free woman" meant "available to me at any time", and that was definitely not the case at all.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The main advice I have to give is don't give up even in the face of poor sales, bad reviews, and multiple rejections. It takes time to build a following. Many writers have seen a bump in sales even from a bad review, so don't gnash your teeth over them. Even the best writers get rejections from publishers and agents so you aren't alone. A writer writes because she must.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

Hopefully soon it will be a new laptop. I use an old iMac that's on its last legs. I've always used Macs. Safer, especially when it comes to all the sexually-oriented sites I visit. Otherwise, my favorite objects are my "Myst" coffee much and my Lara Croft mouse mat. I also have "Tomb Raider" and "X Files" coffee mugs. The "Myst" universe and "Tomb Raider" are my favorite games. Yes, I'm a geek. Finally, my ultimate favorite object is my bottle of liquor, whether it's champagne or sweet red vermouth. By Christmas that's likely to change to Benedictine, mead, Grand Marnier, or Campari.

Please describe your writing environment.

I'd send a picture but my writing environment looks like the tornado bypassed the trailer park and headed straight for my desk. LOL

I just cleaned up part of my writing environment so it looks less like an episode of "Hoarders". Heh heh. Here's what's on my table:

* My computer, which is held together by spit and gaffer's tape.

* My cell phone with my Gigi (from "Kiki's Delivery Service") phone charm hanging from it.

* My Lara Croft mouse mat and mouse. "Tomb Raider" is one of my favorite games.

* My Myst coffee mug. "Myst", "RIven", "Exile", and "Uru" are some of my favorite games. I just started playing "Myst Online: Uru Live" again. If anyone else plays and wants to join me, my avatar's name is Raewyn (Pronounced "Rain". It's Welsh.) and my KI number is 14037093. Shorah! Lehnah biv kehnehn tehnehsh ehrthbantee meh keelehntee.

* A vintage Kemple Wheaton Lace and Dewdrop juice glass I use for drinking sweet red vermouth. I like vintage and Depression glass, and a write needs her liquor. * Cat treats and a water bottle to keep the cats OFF my keyboard!

* Lip balm, massage oil, a massage stone, and a massage candle for when I'm relaxing. * Pen and pencil.

* Four TV remotes. I really need to consolidate.

* My printer.

* My treadmill which is right next to my work station. I use it daily so I don't look like Jabba the Hutt from sitting in front of a computer all the time.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

My husband has been my best supporter. We've been together for eighteen years and he knew all along I'd make it as a writer. My royalty checks and other money I make from writing help to pay our bills. He gets as excited as I do when I have new releases, get new acceptances, and get invited to writer's conventions. He also props me up when I'm down from rejections and suffering from writer's block. He doesn't saddle me with all the housework and cooking either, nor does he bash my work as "writing smut". I also have two male friends, both of whom are writers, who have been an immense amount of support. One is a doctor working on a female sexuality book and the other is a retired astrophysicist who writes science fiction. Both of these men have been incredibly supportive and delighted at what I write.

Do you like to mix genres?

I write more than erotica and erotic romance. I also write horror, dark fiction, and mystery. I've dabbled in writing science fiction. I like to combine erotica with horror and the paranormal, so yes, I mix genres quite frequently. Some mixed genre stories of mine are "Unfolding Her Wings", "Sweet Spot", and "Like A Moth To A Flame". All three are a combination of erotic romance and erotica with either horror or science fiction. They are also short stories published in anthologies. You may find them listed in my "Short Stories" category on my web site. The last one will appear in the "Partner Swap" anthology soon to be published by Xcite Books in the U. K. My web site is located at http://elizabethablack.blogspot.com.

What inspires your writing?

Ha ha! I find inspiration all over the place. My personal life and my very vivid imagination inspired "Don't Call Me Baby". I came of age and went to college in the early 1980s, and I've wanted to write about that era for a very long time. I also read strange news sites like Fark and the human sexuality forum on Topix.com. My penchant for strange news shows in my rather bent fiction. I may be twisted but I'm always fascinating and very sexy.

Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?

I am an affiliate with a couple of sex toys companies, and I've given away sex toys as contest prizes. I usually give away two - one for a woman and one for a man. I have a lot of male fans and readers in part because of my love for dark fiction and horror. Plus the guys love the sexy stuff. :) The lat time I gave away sex toys I gave away a Tenga male masturbator and a glass dildo. The winners were thrilled!

Aside of my unusual prizes, I'd recommend writers visit forums and talk to the readers. Get to know them. Carry on conversations. Readers hate promo dumps unless they're in places where they're expected. Some forums will shout at you if you outright advertise your books without engaging the readers first. Yes, it takes time and effort to engage readers but you'll have more success than if you spam Yahoo groups with promotions.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

I have four cats, all related. They're either sleeping next to me or helping me type on my keyboard. Hence the water bottle next to my computer. I don't even have to spray them. I just hold up the bottle and shake it. Cats go scattering. They often walk up to me on the couch and demand petting so it's a nice break from writing to play with the kitties for awhile. One cat - Lucky - lets me know he wants attention by sitting on my table directly in front of my monitor so I can't see the screen. And he stares at me until I pay attention to him. Smart cat.

I've included most of my cats in my stories. Beowulf appears in my paranormal erotic romance novel "The Haunting Of The Sandpiper Inn". Oreo appears in "Tales Of Lust And Longing". Koala appears in my WIP mystery/family saga novel "Secrets and Lies". If you'd like to see photos of my menagerie, they're located here on my old blog: http://trishwilson.typepad.com/blog/friday_cat_blogging/

Hey, did you know that a group of kittens is called a Kindle? Even the kittens are related to books. :)

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Edgar Allan Poe, since I grew up in Baltimore. I've been to the Poe House and his grave several times. Sadly, the house is about to close down because of budget cuts in Maryland. I know Poe had a wicked, wry sense of humor to go with his darker fiction. My favorite writer has long been Poe because I love his tales of mystery and imagination. And his comedies rock. Bet you never knew Poe wrote comedies, did you? Since he lived and died in Baltimore, he's special to me.

Take care of luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.
--Dorothy Parker

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Amazon Author Page | Naughty Nights Press | Google Bookstore | Fictionwise | Bookstrand | AllRomanceEBooks

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