It's been a weird and busy week. Last night I posted three articles/three different blogs and I'm at it again this evening (not three thank goodness). I'm prepping for tomorrows post. I can't seem to keep up. I've been writing like a mad woman, trying to fulfill my other obligations, while running the funny farm I live in. I've got two kids, the cat, the business, the home, my hubby, friends and family that all need my undivided attention. Anyway, everyone has been pretty understanding that I need space and I'm in my groove. Once the author interview is up, it's back to the final edits of my next novel. Enough of my babbling! The blitz continues and today I'd like you to welcome erotic author, Elise Hepner!
Love the book cover, by the way. Who is, Elise Hepner? Tell us all about yourself.
Well, there’s an existential question, haha. I live in MD with my husband, my spoiled spastic kitty and two ferrets who run the house and take my shoes and hide them. I always write at least three projects at once and while my brain should explode I’m super organized, so it never does. I’ve had a long time crush on Christian Bale since his Newsies days and he inspires most of my hero’s in some form or another. Oh, and I write delicious, kinky smut. A lot of it.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
When I wrote my first book from a scholastic book making kit my grandmother got me for Christmas when I was six or seven. It involved a talking dirt bike who traveled cross country to get pizza.
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I was big into Gone with the Wind and a lot of historical fiction at the time. I was kind of a lonely kid. So, I sat in my room for hours making this awful, handwritten, soap opera epic saga on those big notepads you get in grade school that are wide ruled. I figured if so many other people could do it, then so could I. I wrote six books, a series, from grade 4-7 and I still have them. They are AWFUL. Everyone breaks up and gets back together with everyone in this horrible, friendship incestuous mess. But I have Margaret Mitchell to thank for them.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
The dirty thoughts in my head. I normally come up with the sex first or the sex scene or a basic sex act and then it’s on.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
It kind of chose me, which, I know, sounds lame. But I’ve always been interested in human sexuality and once I got to college it really flourished into something bigger. When I took Women’s Studies courses sex was a very controversial topic and it made me want to branch out in terms of my reading until I landed on erotic and found my calling.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Always the sex or idea for the sex and then the plot. Title is normally last and characters come about a third of the way through the first chapter.
What's the hardest part of the a novel, for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? And why?
Middle, since I’m a pantser I always get caught smack dab in the middle of any situation and get dumbfounded for a few weeks. Eventually, I figure it out, but sometimes I just let the book percolate for a month or two and work on another one. I think I have issues with finishing a book too because the middle is always where I need to wind down to a resolution and then I get nervous and want to keep writing forever.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Well, *cough, cough*, I’ll just go with a solid maybe.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I found it really difficult at first because I’d never envisioned writing in an erotic genre and at the time I’d had limited sexual experience. It felt bizarre writing all these things without doing them, like I was lying and it was forced. But, eventually that went away with practice. I made myself write a new one every day for a few months and eventually cock became one of my favorite words. Now, I try and get into the character’s head and then come up with the weirdest scenario that they would accept and appreciate but would push their boundaries.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
When I write it, I want it all to hang out there. Every sordid, desperate, raw detail. I’m a very stream of conscious writer, so for the most part it all goes on the paper.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
Most of them are fiction but a lot of them look like Christian Bale or David Moscow. Or Shades from The Wonders. Mmmm…men are yummy.
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
I really enjoyed writing my nymphomaniac cougar in The Little Plaid Skirt Saga. I’d really like to revisit her mainly because she’s so opposite from me.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My latest release is Party Games coming sometime soon from Ellora’s Cave. It’s a menege set in 1940’s RI in an old resort hotel where there’s been a black out and people have decided to play a wicked game of Sardines.
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
I have a few those in the works right now and I’m unsure of release dates. But I never stop writing for long, so expect a few different things from me in the future.
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
I’ve written nine shorts for Excessica, I have a novella coming out with Ellora’s Cave, and I’ve been published in Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and published by Cleis Press.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Hopefully still doing what I love with a large backlist at Ellora’s Cave and maybe some print in there for good measure. I’d like to write a HQN Blaze at some point.
Elise Hepner Erotica/Erotic Romance Author
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ONE MORE RUB – Elise Hepner
Flynn has been cursed for over a century for a social slight he never committed. A voodoo priestess hexed him and forced him into a teapot where he could only be summoned by the rub of a woman’s palm. Once free, he grants these women three sexual favors—and cuts off his own emotions in the process. Unable to break free from an invisible cage of lust and sex to fall in love again, he’s resigned to being a sex object and nothing more.
Helena has been house sitting far, far away from her complicated past in England— including her former childhood sweetheart, who wasn’t satisfied when Helena didn’t want to be barefoot and pregnant. She’s resigned to leave behind the complications of men and sex. She hopes that logic will win out over her unreliable emotions—but she’s put to the test when she accidentally summons Flynn from his teapot prison.
Thanks so much for stopping by BRB, Elise - it was great to have you! I wish you all the best! Friday will be the last interview day for the blitz week - Stacy Kennedy will be here. She is the final contributor to the anthology - 'Kissed from Beyond'.
Then sweeties, I'm taking the weekend off for some much needed rejuvenation of the little grey cells. I will be posting on Monday as per my normal schedule, actually everything will go back to normal. LOL
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!