Erik Moore is here with us today.

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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?

I think I’ll stick with tea, chai if you have it.

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

By day, I am a mild-mannered computer programmer, but at night, I’m a masked vigilante, fighting crime with my unique superpower of being able to control another person’s actions from the comfort of my couch with nothing more than a piece of molded plastic with strategically-placed buttons.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

“Seriously? They want to print that piece of crap?” (I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my writing at the time.)

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 think it was a combination of the force of electromagnetism and the forces of COBRA that really tipped the scales. And by ‘electromagnetism’, I mean the questioning and discovery of my bisexuality, and by ‘COBRA’, I mean the frustrating lack of representation of bisexual characters – particularly male bisexuals – in fiction. I try not to force my stories or my characters to represent a particular flavor of the QUILTBAG; I just tell the story and let the characters be who they end up being. Usually, I find that the story will only work with a particular set of characters.

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’ll go with the mystery ones. We all need a little mystery in our lives.

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How many hours a day do you spending writing?

Not as many as I’d like. There always seems to be something else that distracts me from writing. Damn you, YouTube!

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I revise repeatedly as I write. It’s a bad habit that I’m trying to break myself of, because it means I end up working on a single scene for days at a time, and the rest of the manuscript never gets written.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I have to have everything plotted out at least on a scene-by-scene level, just to keep the pacing tight. I have a tendency to ramble, otherwise.

Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?

Current favorite right now is Susan Runningwind from To Pierce the Sky. She’s just not a character type that is often seen. At 45, she’s older than most female romantic leads, but because of her circumstances, even at that age, she’s a virgin, so there’s a really compelling mix of wisdom and naivete about her that I just really fell in love with while creating her.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

For me, the block happens when I over think things, or when I get too focused on the forest and not the particular tree in front of me. It can be paralyzing to try and hold the entire scope of a story in your head at once; the trick for me is to break it down into as small a part as possible and block out everything else except what I need to accomplish in that small fragment.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

My home office is usually where most of the work gets done. I wouldn’t exactly call it comfy, because if I get too comfortable, I can’t write at all.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

Oh, yes. I get distracted far too easily, so I know that any little thing that comes along is very likely to derail me completely.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I like very geeky humor, puns and wordplay, well-executed satire, or sarcastic observational humor. The Callahan series by Spider Robinson excels at all of these and are among my most frequently re-read books. I also love the stand-up of Eddie Izzard, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, and the late, great George Carlin.

What question is your most frequently asked as an author?

That one.

What are you working on now?

Right now? This interview. In general? An episodic serial dealing with nanotechnology and the black market that will inevitably rise when such improvements are available only to the rich.

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?

Ha. I wish writing was how I made my living. No, I still have to slog through a day job for that. Writing is an escape for me. I’m actually not sure how well I could even manage it if it were my primary method of income. How would I escape from the stresses of work then?

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?

Science fiction and urban fantasy are my two favorite genres. Spider Robinson, William Gibson, Jim Butcher, and Simon R. Green are mainstays in my library. I’m also a fan of the more recent Star Trek novels.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.

Astronaut scientist who trains and sells horses. In SPACE!

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Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Annoying interviewers by providing smartass answers to their questions.

Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?

My most recent release was a flash fiction piece in Gay and Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies, but I’m also very proud of the story I co-wrote with S.L. Armstrong in the Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs anthology that centers around a bisexual, polyamorous BDSM triad adding a fourth person to their family.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

I think sharing my browser history is a little personal for a first date. I swear it’s all for research!

I mean, um… @ErikRMoore on Twitter, and blogging at http://erikrmoore.wordpress.com/

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!!

Thank you for the invite. It’s always nice to find people who will let me prattle on without calling security. I’d be happy to help out. I’ll wash, you dry?

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Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs by Erzabet Bishop, Alex Whitehall, Verity Blackthorn, Kathleen Tudor, Erik Moore and SL Armstrong


Title: Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 115
Characters: Multi-Characters
POV: 3rd, 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holidays, Paranormals, Fantasy, Erotic Romance, Gay, Lesbian, M/F
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Ah, the holidays. Gifts and songs. Tinsel and lights. Whips and chains? That’s right. This holiday anthology is all about BDSM, filled with characters who know that sometimes it’s Nice to be Naughty. This collection of five stories includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and straight couples (and moresomes) that share a common desire for the kinkier side of sex: sensual bondage, sexual domination, and genuine, loving submission. And what better time to explore this dynamic of giving and receiving than the holidays? ‘Tis the season, after all!

In Holidays in Hell, Jonas is an incubus searching for one final soul to finish out his contract, but as a self-styled connoisseur, it has to be the right one. But when he finds the beautiful Holly Pendleton, Jonas is struck by her innocence and puts his own eternal comfort in jeopardy to protect her. Then, shapeshifting Ellis learns from his new master William about the traditions and true meaning of First Day, stories kept from him by his spiteful former master. The day of celebration becomes even sweeter when Ellis opens his presents and receives the Gift of the Familiar — and then has William try it out on him!

For New Year’s Eve, Ebet is afraid she’s Pushing the Line by bringing her girlfriend Meg home to meet her family for the first time. Meg is confident things will go fine, but Ebet is a mess, so Meg steals them away and proceeds to give Ebet something else to focus her energy on — her. Next, all that submissive Jeffrey wants from his mistress Athena is the Gift of Self, for Athena to recognize Jeffrey’s true identity as Jessie, a self-described “woman with a penis”. Athena is scared and confused at first; she loves her slave-boy, but isn’t sure that she can accept this a change this big. Finally, in The Sub’s Gift, the submissive Kyle gets an early Christmas present from Ryan and Amber, his Master and Mistress. But when that present turns out to be a sister-slave, Kyle wonders about his place in this new dynamic.

Review:

Holiday in Hell by Erzabet Bishop

Jonas is a starving lust demon who made a bad deal to collect souls with another demon named Baal. He is one soul short of being released from his contract, but Baal keeps interfering. Then Jonas meets Holly, a Christmas shop clerk, who stirs Jonas’s passion like never before. Can he devour her soul while having her pleasures?

A demon who loves the holidays? Who knew. Jonas is a surprisingly complex character for such a short story and for being an incubus. Holly is a widow and still holds much sorrow in her heart, but Jonas awakens dormant desires within her. But when the truth comes out about who he is and what he wants, she has to make a choice—to run for her life or to face the possibility that for Jonas it isn’t about harvesting a soul. This is a good story, with intriguing and sympathetic characters, a world of soul collecting monsters, an actual plot—though one that we don’t get into all that much—and some sexy dominance and submission under the Christmas tree. Not bad at all.

Gift of the Familiar by Alex Whitehall

Ellis is a snow leopard shapeshifter and a familiar to his magical master, William. Ellis’s former master was cruel, but William is loving and true. A celebration of First Day to honor the creation of the world and the bond between magical men and familiars is about to show Ellis that he can trust William in every way—including some sexy submission in bed.

The passion between Ellis and William is undeniable, tender, and oh so sweet. I liked these two a lot. Ellis is in for a learning curve, and William is prepared to show him everything he could ever desire. Unused to being given love, let alone gifts, Ellis wants to please his new master, and William provides the means. The holiday is a fascinating mythical setting, and there could definitely be more stories set in this fantastic world. And there’s a whopping amount of sex here for such a short tale. I liked this story.

Pushing the Line by Verity Blackthorn

Ebet is taking her girlfriend Meg back home to mountain country to meet her family for the first time. These people are racist, sexist, thorough jerks all around, but they’re family. Ebet is rattled to the extreme, so Meg gives her a whole bout of sex to distract her. And as a Dominatrix, Meg is not one to take things lying down, anyway.

Ebet is a frantic personality, and only submitting to Meg’s heavy hand of pain-pleasure keeps her calm and centered. There’s some interesting snow play here. Meg is a strong, fierce personality who is able to take what others throw at her, and still keep a smile on her face. I liked her a lot. There’s some cuddling and fingering by a bonfire, and then Meg really lets loose and describes in lurid detail of erotic imagery what she plans to with Ebet when they return home. That makes up for Ebet’s family being so judgmental. Not a bad story.

Gift of Self by Kathleen Tudor

Jeffrey is Athena’s loving submissive of many years—but then a personal revelation shakes Jeffrey to the core: He is a woman with a penis, a woman inside the body of a man. That explains why he has always loved cock-and-ball torture. The realization is painful, but he confesses to his Dominatrix, wishing to be called Jessie and to be a woman at home and treated as such. Athena’s confused reaction hurts Jeffrey a lot, and he foresees the end to their relationship if she can’t deal with this new “him”.

For a short story, this had amazing psychological depth. Jeffrey’s inner turmoil and shift toward a new self is shown in painstaking detail. With born again parents, he never really got the chance to explore who he is as everything was forcibly repressed. Only with Athena can he be himself. But now that he wishes to be a she instead, at least on the inside and in terms of what to wear, Jeffrey fears losing the only woman he loves. Athena is finely attuned to Jeffrey and appears as a loving partner. Having to come to terms with her sub having gender issues, Athena manages to show us what she’s made of. By far, this was the best, strongest story of the bunch. Highly recommended!

The Sub’s Gift by S.L. Armstrong & Erik Moore

Kyle has been the beloved submissive of Amber and Ryan for years. Though they have played with other subs in the past, only Kyle has remained. He’s had bad Dom experiences in the past, so when Amber and Ryan bring home for the holidays a gift for him—Kimber, a sister-slave—Kyle doesn’t know what to think. Is he being ousted by the new arrival?

Kyle has his insecurities, but Kimber is sweet, kind, and sexy. Amber and Ryan know Kyle intimately and have found him the perfect sister to complete their foursome relationship. I liked that all four people have distinct characters despite us getting the story only from Kyle’s perspective. Having been rejected before, Kyle is an insecure sub. Amber and Ryan are a couple, Amber a strong personality and Ryan the militaristic Dom. With her little girl behavior, Kimber pairs up with Kyle, showing him how wonderful their faux brother-sister bond can be. It’s Christmas and it’s also time for an orgy, and the presents are plentiful. I liked this story a lot. This is a wonderful conclusion to the anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies Interviews Piper Vaughn & Erik Moore

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Tell us a little about yourselves.

[Piper]: Hey, all. My name is Piper Vaughn. I’ve been writing since I was a young kid, but I’ve only been published since 2011. I have several solo novellas and short stories out, as well as multiple co-written novels, all M/M romance, and plenty more projects in the works. For those unfamiliar with my work, I’m probably best known for my free novella, Wanting, and One Small Thing, a contemporary romance co-written with M.J. O’Shea. 🙂

[Erik]: I’m Erik Moore. I’m a relative newcomer to writing original fiction, but I cut my teeth in the fanfiction world for a number of years previous to this. I currently have two solo short stories in publication: The Direction of Greatest Courage, a bisexual M/M/F polyamorous romance, and To Pierce the Sky, a F/F werewolf story, along with a co-authored piece with S.L. Armstrong in the Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs BDSM anthology called A Sub’s Gift.

Storm Moon Press’ Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies anthology just released April 12th. What are the names of each of your short story contributions, and what are they about?

[Piper]: The name of my story is “Three Strikes”. Here is a little blurb I wrote for it:

Jeremy Saitou is on his third and final strike. His manager, Shawn, would love nothing more than to send him packing. Shawn hates everything about the guy, especially Jeremy’s insolent mouth. Sure, Jeremy is exactly Shawn’s type—hot, pierced, and tattooed—but no one else has ever annoyed Shawn more. So, when Jeremy offers Shawn the use of his body in exchange for one last chance to save his job, Shawn immediately shuts him down, even as everything in him screams for him to say yes and finally put Jeremy in his place.

As a manager, Shawn can’t in good conscience accept Jeremy’s offer, but he does grant Jeremy the same chance he would any other employee—one last week to get his act together and prove his dedication to his job and the company.

The very last thing Shawn expects is for Jeremy to start pursuing him in the days that follow. Now, it’s impossible to separate the lies from the truth. Is Jeremy really interested… or is he just doing everything in his power to make sure he still has a job at the end of the week?

[Erik]: My story is called “Tele-Romance”. It’s the story of two women named Rebecca. One’s a bit of a workaholic, always putting in extra hours at the office, and the other’s rather more laid back, to the point of sometimes working from home. In her bed. And, well, the second Rebecca takes it on herself to help the first Rebecca learn to relax.

What theme in each of your erotic shorts sets them apart from the rest? Is there something special you put into it that readers should look forward to?

[Piper]: I haven’t read many of the others, but mine has a bit of an enemies-to-lovers theme. Shawn and Jeremy clash right off the bat, but under their mutual dislike lies a really intense attraction on both sides. Readers can expect that see even more of that intensity when they finally come together, so to speak. 😛

[Erik]: For the Rebeccas, it’s all about the anticipation. The creation of the fantasy and the building of that sexual tension. It’s not even foreplay yet, nothing physical, just the complete mental seduction that starts to break down the inhibitions. The brain is the body’s biggest erogenous zone, and it’s so often neglected. And that’s what these two are really after.

Do you have your own coffee break fantasy from a menial job? What about that secret flame for a co-worker? Any work-related tidbits from your lives you can share in celebration of your book release?

[Piper]: Right now I’m a SAHM, but I did have a couple of crushes when I was out there in the working world. One of those was a manager I worked with back in high school. He wasn’t much older than me at the time, and we messed around a bit. The most we ever did at work was sneak a kiss in the bathroom, though. To date, he’s the best kisser I’ve ever had the pleasure of making out with. But don’t tell my husband that. 😉

[Erik]: Well, for the past several years, I’ve telecommuted full-time, but for the ten or so years where I did work in various office environments, I can honestly say that I never found myself crushing on any of my co-workers. The few times that I had an initial attraction to a co-worker, their personality was invariably so abrasive and unbearable that it completely killed any kind of crush.

What’s television show comes up most at your water cooler conversations?

[Piper]: Well, as I said, I don’t work outside of my home right now, so there aren’t any cooler convos to speak of. But I do have a few shows I love. The ones I follow regularly are Teen Wolf, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead.

[Erik]: Most of my conversations with co-workers stay pretty much on topic, since they’re mostly over IM, but one or two of my fellow developers also enjoy Doctor Who, so discussions can sometimes stray in that direction.

Where can readers find the two of you?

[Piper]: They can find me at http://pipervaughn.com, which has links to all my other social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

[Erik]: The wild Erik Moore is remarkably elusive and not often observed outside of his natural habitat. However, the particularly vigilant have spotted him at times at http://erikrmoore.wordpress.com/ or as @ErikRMoore on Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies – Now available from Storm Moon Press for $3.99 (ebook)

Ah, the allure of the office romance. The sly smiles across the room as you wonder if anyone else knows. The danger of being caught by the boss. The thrill of those stolen moments in the copy room or supply closet. It’s this feeling that we’ve condensed, distilled, and captured in the short shorts of Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies. We’ve compiled thirteen brief tales of men and women getting it on with a co-worker or a boss in a steamy office romance.

Some of them are established and have been sneaking around the office for some time, like Lori Hunt and her P.A. Ms. Lovell in She’s the Boss or Tom and Neal in Personal Assistance. Others, like The New Guy‘s Greg and Eli or the awkwardly-named Rebecca A. and Rebecca B. from Tele-Romance are just beginning to experience the allure that can come from keeping the secret. Nor are such trysts confined to the office itself, spilling out into stairwells, copy rooms, gyms, and even computer server rooms. Whatever the case, though, they’re sure to arouse your imagination, and maybe even leave you looking at your own co-workers a little bit… differently.

Gay & Lesbian Coffee Break Quickies includes:
Skype Wars by Rob Rosen
Hands On by K. Piet
One Week by L. Alonso Corona
Working Lunch by Ann Anderson
Personal Assistance by K. Lynn
She’s the Boss by Angel Propps
The New Guy by John Amory
Stair Walking by Harper Bliss
1-800-BOREDOM by Raven de Hart
Fair Play by Anna Hedley
His Nonexistent Coffee Break by Lor Rose
Tele-Romance by Erik Moore
Three Strikes by Piper Vaughn