Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Interview with Malia Mallory

Hello Malia!

Welcome and thanks for being today's “Pick” Let’s get dirty!

Thank you so much for hosting me today!

Please share a little about yourself, your works and what got you into writing.

I started self-publishing my writing last year. I've been writing on and off for a long time but only got serious recently. In previous careers, I've been both a proofreader and a copy-editor and these skills have been very useful.

I've had this idea for working my way through the ABCs thematically for quite a few years. I had opportunity to take some time to do this so I dove in.

My blog tour centers around my series called The ABCs of Erotica. So far, I've published A is for Anal, B is for Beach, C is for C*ck Ring, D is for Domination and R is for Revenge. A through C are also available as a combined volume.

I have also written a few stand-alone stories including Santa's Backdoor Baby and Mia's Cop Craving. I'm working on the sequel for Mia's Cop Craving as well as a steampunk erotica novella entitled Clockwork Caning.

What was the best part about writing The ABC’s of Erotica?

I really enjoy hearing from people that they were entertained by a story I wrote. I also like the feeling of satisfaction I get when a story is complete.

What was the hardest part about writing The ABC’s of Erotica thus far?

I find it difficult to find the time. I am a terrible procrastinator. I need to be more disciplined about putting aside specific blocks for writing. It is so easy to fritter away time.

Which character was the hardest to write about and why?

I think maybe Mistress Ven is the most difficult. She is a Domme that is featured in both C is for C*ck Ring and D is for Domination. Her tastes are not really my personal tastes so I really have to think about her thoughts and actions when I write. In addition, I want to make her likeable which can be very challenging. I have to make sure I show that she does acknowledge and care for her submissives. I think it would be easy for her to come off as one-dimensional or even mean if I were not careful.

When you decided to run with the idea of the ABC’s of Erotica into a series how did the groupings for the letters come out?

You know it actually isn't quite clear yet. 26 doesn't really divide evenly. Many of the stories that I feel have significant enough plot and length, I'm releasing as separate pieces. However, I do plan to continue to bundle some as well. Some bundles will have three stories and some will probably have four stories.

Can you tell a little about some of the future letters in the series without giving too much away?

The letters are in various stages of completion. For example, H is for Handjob is done, but I've been primarily using it as a prize in blog hops (three this month!). A is for Anal is available many places as a freebie and I'm giving B is for Beach out to people who sign up for my mailing list. Y is for Yearning is pretty finished as well.

Some of the others are partially complete. This would include M is for Masturbation and E is for Erection. I really intended to go in order but clearly I've been skipping around. I have a full list of the planned titles on my web site. I do end up making some changes at times. For example, R started out as R is for Rubenesque since it was a BBW erotica story. However, when it was finished, many beta readers commented that the focus was really on the revenge aspect. They were right and I renamed it.

Did the plot and characters work out as you wanted or did they shape the book as you were writing?

It goes many ways. Sometimes I have a theme I want to use like V is for Virgin, writing about a first time sexual experience. Then I have to come up with some characters and plot. For others, I had a story outlined and then had to figure out where to fit it in. For example, the story that is now Y is for Yearning used to be S is for Seduction. It didn't fit there as well I decided to change it.

H is for Handjob was easy to place because the focus was on that particular act and I had a fleshed out idea for it. With that story, I had to figure out how to round out the plot and get the characters into the position I wanted.

Tell about the fantasy in that inspired you to write that tasty tidbit in B is For Beach.

I have personally always loved the beach, particularly at night. During the day, it tends to be hot and crowded. At night it is wonderful, cool breezes, crashing waves, moonlight on the water and privacy. It has always struck me as a very romantic atmosphere.

And finally my Fun questions:

Plotter or pantser?

I've written posts about this. I'm a pantser…who is desperately trying to become more of a plotter. I'm hopeful that a little prior planning will help me be more productive during my writing time..

Early Bird or Night Creature?

I am more of a natural night owl. However, now that I don't work third shifts (and haven't for years), I've had to conform to a more normal work schedule. I am definitely slow to get started in the morning. My peak productivity is usually in the late morning.

Which Character are you most like?

I think perhaps Erica from B is for Beach is a character that is perhaps a bit more like me than say Mistress Ven. I certainly dated a lot before I got married so I can identify with the whole first date thing. I also do love the beach at night and it isn't hard to imagine having such an encounter with the right person.

White, Milk or Dark chocolate?

Milk chocolate :-)

Coffee Tea or other?

I don’t care for coffee. I will occasionally drink some herbal tea. I primarily drink water, juice and milk. I have to admit I also drink diet soda….but I'm really trying to stop.

Music or quiet while working?

I like to listen to classical or instrumental music while writing.

Favorite place to sit and write?

Honestly, I don't really have a good workspace. I would like to be a desk with everything I need and minimal distractions. Where I am is in the living room.

Computer or good old pen and paper?

At the moment, I write by typing directly on the computer. Sometimes I use pen and paper to make notes or outline. I would like to try to utilize some voice recognition software to see if I can become more productive.

Pick your poison (alcoholic drink of choice when going out)

When I did drink alcohol, I tended toward sweet drinks. I haven't been drinking for a while since I'm expecting.

Thanks for stopping in Malia,and Congrats on the addition to your family!! It was great to be able to pick your mind and talk dirty about the series! I’m looking forward to the rest and your other works as well!

About Malia Mallory:

Malia Mallory is the author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which includes so far A is for Anal, B is for Beach, C is for C*ck Ring D is for Domination, and now, R is for Revenge. The ABCs of Erotica covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released Mia's Cop Craving and Santa's Backdoor Baby. She has hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and AllRomance Books.

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