Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
The mystery juice. I have a lingering cold (cough cough) maybe that will cure it. Lots of antibodies in moldy fruit.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a prominent figure in the Leather/BDSM communities. I hold an International title (Women’s International Leather Legacy) that is connected to the LA&M so I get to work very closely with the women of my community—past, present and future women, which is very exciting for me. I am a whip fanatic and along with my butch dyke daddy type partner I own a company called Owhips that sells singletails. I get to travel the country teaching classes on everything from genderfucking and Trans issues to Leather History and specialty whip cracks and throws as well as a few other subjects. CBT is my favorite form of entertainment aside from my guitars.
I’m an extreme extrovert except when I’m not, which is often. I like chocolates, Moscato and walks on beaches until the gulls start shitting. I check out around that point and head back to a balcony. I am allergic to meat. No, it is not an excuse from an apologetic vegetarian; I really am allergic. I once fell off a cliff in Colorado and have a tendency to sleepwalk. I think that covers it…
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
What forces brought you over to the GLBT Genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?
I also write a lot of het romance under a pseudonym, so for me, writing lesbian erotica is coming full circle. I’m definitely lesbian, and that is where my desires really lie. I love the way I can take paths I might not have taken in life and have the characters who do take them with me come out with fresh knowledge and having had a good time.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
I just had a gorgeous Godiva macaroon with chocolate dipped bottom so sweets are a pass at the moment. I’ll take some pretzel crumbs if you have them though…
How many hours a day do you spending writing?
Honestly, it varies. Some days I write 10,000 words in a few hours, other days I struggle for twelve hours to write 2,000. I travel a lot, so for me, writing is mostly done at home or in airports or on planes. It depends on so many variables I can’t even hazard a guess. This week, I have not written at all because we are out at a friend’s lake house swimming and tubing and getting our asses sunburned. I suppose this interview is as much as I have written in seven days.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
If I am in the grip of something, I go with it and work out the bugs later. Sometimes, slowing down puts the ideas running through my head effectively to rest which sucks really hard.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
It depends. Sometimes, it just shows up wholly formed, and other times, I have to really work it out, and then change it as I go to fit the storyline or to fit the outline.
Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?
Yes, but not in any published work. It’s the story I am working on right now, which will be a full-length novel, but it is not romance or erotica. I love to write horror and have sold a few pieces over the years so I am working on a horror novel with a character that is definitely someone I honestly love.
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
Yes, of course. I close the laptop and beg a friend to borrow their lake house, lol. See, there is a reason for my sloth. Seriously, I stop. I don’t try to write through it, though I know people that works for. It just makes mine worse; it frustrates me. I tend to go out a lot when it happens, seeking new experiences or something to shake me visually or aurally.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Either upstairs in the living room because I can hear my partner if he needs something or in our downstairs, which is a full-on dungeon complete with custom benches, crosses, stocks, gyno table and built in cages. And whips, paddles, canes, floggers, all sorts of yumminess which makes it a great place to write.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
No, I don’t need to. I write at conferences and people will come into my vending booth and ask me what I’m writing. I also put my writing down a lot to teach people how to use a whip or to beat someone with one or to let my partner hit me with one, so being disturbed is not an issue for me; it gives me a break, and I need them, to be honest.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
I am totally goofy. Everything makes me laugh.
What question is your most frequently asked as an author?
“If I do a scene with you, are you going to write it about it later?”
What are you working on now?
A horror novel/coming-of-age tale.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?
I try really hard not to seal myself off in a hermetic bubble. I can do that, even at conferences. I get a little withdrawn after a lot of travel and tend to want to stick close to home, not leave the house. At conferences, I will go to my room and close the door, ignoring everyone, and forgo parties, etc if I am tired or withdrawing. It makes me feel tired and dulls my thoughts, so I take long walks and go out even though I would rather not. I also try to stay open to new stuff, because it is far too easy to get comfortable and not look up when I just come off seven weeks of travel and all I want to do is curl up and write.
I spend an unimaginable amount of time watching people play and fuck, so at home, I like to try new stuff, too, which can really work to keep things going.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?
There have very been few books I ever met that I did not like.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.
Um… hmmmmm… I own a human pony. Does that count as to me being a Horse Trainer? I’m sure she thinks it does…
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
We are renovating an old family property in Florida as a DIY project and in our spare time. It has brought me a lot of joy and tears, honestly, but it has been a lot of fun, too. I never thought I would like scraping off old wallpaper, but I honestly do. Maybe it satisfies my masochistic side. I do a lot of yoga, read, cook—I love to cook and missed being able to on the road so much I started taking crock pots, electric skillets and blenders on trips where we drive instead of fly. I make a mean grilled ricotta, nutella and banana sandwich as well as lentil soup and stir fries in my room. The maids hate me.
Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?
YES! I was recently in the Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies anthology! My story “She’s the Boss” is in there, and I hope to have some other things in to the great team at SMP soon!
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
I’m also on Fetlife as angelwrong.
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!
Sure—oh wait—you want me to do dishes? Damn… I am going to need those cookies after all. Chocolate chip please…