17 September 2012
What inspired your favorite story you've written for Mischief and why is it your favorite?
My favourite short story so far for Mischief is 'The Auction' (in Shameful Thrills), which was inspired by ... *looks furtive* ... the Mad Max movies. I just liked the anarchic adrenaline-fueled desert settings, and the feeling that anything could happen.
My novel Red Grow the Roses was inspired by the folk song Green Grow the Rushes-O. One line per chapter.
Felix Baron, author of petite novel Look at Me!
My favourite novel is always the one I am working on. In this case, The Secret Lives of Wanda Mitty. It's due for publication next April. The inspiration is obvious.
Chrissie Bentley, contributor to The Visitor, Confessions, Submission, My Secret Life, Sex & The Stranger, At Your Mercy, Shameful Thrills, Exposure, Improper Conduct and Girls Girls Girls and Underworlds
I have a really soft spot fort 'Revenge,' my contribution to Exposure; partially because it was my first foray into male homoerotica (not an area I’m especially experienced in, lol), partly because there were some autobiographical elements that I’d never written about before, but mostly because it still makes me laugh. It’s a real “go, girl” story, especially as have all met guys like Bill and Butch.
My favorite story I've written for the Mischief line thus far is 'Music Morris Made,' which is featured in the collection, Across My Knee. The inspiration for that story, I have to say, comes from my genuine love of music, rhythm and writing about spanking.
The main character, who is a voyeur, listens to her neighbor Morris issue his girlfriend Jill nightly spankings, and these are like drum solos to her. She is entranced by them, challenging herself to guess his tools and eventually wants to make some music with Morris herself.
Also, I was a band geek in high school. ;)
The story 'Stranded' in At Your Mercy, because I took something I'd read about - a woman stiffing another woman for a lunch date, leaving her stranded - and turned it into something sexy, where Jessie's boyfriend leaves her abruptly in the middle of a meal, with no wallet or phone, and she has to work off the bill with the hot owner, Colin, in the kitchen. I loved describing their meal, because there's something so sensual about food scenes, and I like setting stories in restaurants or other public places because there's an air of exhibitionism when there's sexual tension crackling, even if all you're doing is sharing a meal. There's also the tension of her not being totally sure whether Jake's done it on purpose, but the idea that he's offered her to Jake adds a layer of extra naughtiness to the story.
I have heard film directors and actors being asked this question about their favourite film and they always seem to answer that it’s the one they’re currently working on. I always found that answer so annoying. Ha, now faced with it myself I can see why they say it. Perhaps it’s because you have to throw your heart and soul into the creative process, otherwise what’s the point? And so what you’re currently working on is always the favourite.
Currently I’m working on At Her Feet: What Happened When She Took Control due out March 2013. I drew inspiration from many places, as I’m sure is the case for most authors. But one of the things that compelled me to write it is the idea of something that has in the past been a source of negative emotions like anger, shame and fear in one’s life, if taken, tweaked and embraced can become the source of powerful eroticism. I really like the idea of turning a negative into a positive and the learning and growth that can come from this self-reflection.
Rose de Fer, author of Lust Ever After
My favourite (so far) is my petite novel Lust Ever After, a kinky retelling of Bride of Frankenstein. I'm a lifelong horror fan and Bride is one of the all-time classics. The Bride herself is only onscreen for a couple of minutes at the very end but it was enough to make her an icon for more than 70 years. And yet no one had ever really exploited the erotic aspects of the story. Andy Warhol's Flesh for Frankenstein is certainly rude but ultimately too zany to be erotic. And the 1985 version with Sting and Jennifer Beals is frustratingly coy and takes itself too seriously when it should have been a brilliant exploitation piece. I love Hammer's Frankenstein Created Woman but even that one doesn't really focus on the relationship between Frankenstein and his creation. All this pent-up erotic frustration had to go somewhere so I purged it by writing my own version of the story, the version I wanted to see. Well, one of them anyway. I have so many variations on this theme I could probably write it all over again!
I've always had a thing for mad scientists. The idea of a man who is not only one's master but one's actual creator is the ultimate submissive fantasy for me. I also love the Victorian period so I set my version in a glamorous Hammer Films version of 1881. So many of my pet obsessions went into this one and it was an absolute joy to write. I'm not sure what Mary Shelley would make of it but I'd be very surprised if James Whale didn't approve.
That's a tough question. If I'm talking short stories, I think I'd have to say 'Tea Dresses' in Too Fast For Love,. It was inspired by a few hours in the local thrift store. The story is the epitome of instant attraction and acting on your gut instincts. Throw in an almost thugish handsome guy and some pretty vintage frocks and what's not to love?
Debutante, my petite novel, was inspired by an article I read about a housewife who purchased a strap-on dildo and experienced such a tremendous, sexually charged surge of power that, almost overnight, she metamorphasized into a porn star. Her husband gave up his job and together they created a thriving porn site featuring her, always in her strap-on, dominating men.
I loved writing 'Heavenly Shades,' a vampire story from Underworlds — the image of Colin Farrell in Fright Night sinking into the pool, the haunting refrain of Twilight Time rolling through my head...yeah, I really felt that one. Haven't quite been able to let it go, and keep wanting to write a longer version.