An Interview With The Writer #1 Kilted Wookie

FullSizeRenderToday I launch my new project called ‘An Interview With The Writer’! (AIWTW)

My good pal Kilted Wookie very generously offered to be my first subject. If you haven’t already discovered his blogs, (he has provided links in his responses), I can wholeheartedly recommend you pop over and peruse them for quality erotica, opinion pieces, haiku and some really cool photography.

If you are a writer and would like to be featured here you can DM me on twitter or just leave a comment on the AIWTW page.


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The Kilted Wookie speaks…

So, let’s start at the beginning – which came first, writing or blogging? Can you tell us a bit about how it all began for you?

The writing came first. I wrote my first story way back in 2001. I’d been reading some stories at literotica.com. Some of it was excellent, some of it was dire. Sadly much of what was written by the male writers fell into the latter category. I decided that I could probably do better than that, so I decided to give it a try. The rest, as they say, is history.

The blogging came much later. I wrote a guest piece for Horny Geek Girl back towards the end of 2014. Around about the same time, she and Charlie Powell (of sexblog of sorts fame) were discussing the need for “more cock on #SinfulSunday”. Eventually, they persuaded me to take the plunge, and I posted my first submission to Molly’s meme in January 2015. The blog just grew from there.

What made you decide to focus on erotica?

No real reason. The stories I wrote seemed to be generally well received, so I kind of took that as a motivation to continue.

Do you see erotica as different to pornography? How so?

Very much so. With pornography you have the images; very little is left to the imagination. With the written word, you have the outline of the story as told by the writer, but you can use your imagination to supply your own imagery. You can put yourself in the story if you want, making yourself an “active” participant, or you can treat it as a voyeuristic experience.

Do you write from personal experiences or are your stories fantasy based?

A bit of both. There is generally a factual element to most of my stories. The degree of fact to fiction depends on what I’m writing. Obviously, I know what it feels like and tastes like to go down on a woman, I know how it feels when a woman sucks my cock, I know what it feels like to be have my cock inside her cunt, so I can draw on those feelings and sensations to flesh out my writing. Some of the scenarios my characters find themselves in also come from actual experiences. A lot though, is imagination.

Can you tell us about your writing process? What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

Generally, an idea forms, I toy with it in my mind for a period of minutes/hours/days until I have a good idea as to how I want it to work, then I just sit down and splurge. Most of what I write is done in one sitting.

The ideas come from different places; chats I’ve had with people online and in real life, posts that other bloggers have written, articles that I have read elsewhere, and the sex I have actually had.

Your blog is a great mix of fiction, opinion pieces and poetry. Which form of writing do you find most enjoyable? Why?

I enjoy it all. Each has its own challenges, and each has its own rewards. When I started out, my stories tended to be more, full-length, essay type. I would spend almost as much time developing the characters and the scenarios as I did describing the sex. More recently I’ve been working on flash fiction. This has its own challenges; trying to fit all the components of a longer story into around 500 words.

In a way, my haiku are quite similar. It is a very rigid and restrictive form. Trying to condense an idea into exactly seventeen syllables, that conveys the intended meaning and yet still, hopefully, arouses is challenging.

My thoughts and opinions are exactly that. They give the reader an insight into me and the way my mind works. I never claim to be representative of anyone other than myself. That’s the beauty of this community; there are so many views and opinions drawn from so many different viewpoints and experiences. We may not always agree with each other, we may not all like the same things as each other, but we can share our thoughts on matters to an audience that is generally receptive and respectful towards them

What, if any, aspects of blogging or writing challenge you?

I think, like everyone, coming up with new ideas. There are only so many words you can use to describe sex, so you need to set the context. It’s the setting and the characters that make the story. The “hard” bit is getting the scene set. Once you have that in place, the sex itself is fairly easy.

Yes, I agree, coming up with new ideas and new ways of describing sex can be very difficult. On a more personal note, have you found that your dyslexia has presented any specific challenges for you as a blogger?

Not really, no. Probably the most obvious manifestation is the high contrast theme I use on my blog. I appreciate that some people may find it a bit of a strain, but it makes my life a lot easier.

We both have talked openly about our mental health issues; do you find your creativity can be affected by your mood?

It seems to be something that is very prevalent within our particular community. I think my mood is very central to who I am and, yes, it does affect me. When I’m particularly low, the ideas don’t come and, even when they do, the motivation to translate them on to screen in written form just sometimes isn’t there.

On the other hand, because it is so prevalent in our community, my fellow bloggers and Twitter pervs are all wonderfully supportive. I suspect, because we are so used to taking and being open about something as “taboo” as mental health, it perhaps makes us more able to speak openly about subjects like sex, sexuality, kink, etc. There again, I could just be talking bollocks.

Yes! You make an excellent point there, we are a very open and honest bunch in the kink community. I think ever so slightly differently; that perhaps it is because we are so open discussing sex that, in comparison, mental health might seem not as taboo to us as to the more vanilla community. But yes I agree that the support offered is incredible.

Given that you enjoy kink and aspects of D/s, have you any specific kinks or fetishes? Do they feature in your writing? (And before you say it… we know about your love of all things boobtastic!)

I do find it easier to write about the types of sexual activities that I enjoy, be it D/s or “vanilla”. In a way, when I’m writing about these things, I am mentally doing/reliving them, so it’s much easier to write about things that I enjoy and am comfortable with. Given that, as I said before, there are elements of fact in pretty much all of my stories, I guess it’s probably fair to say, if my characters don’t do it, it’s probably something I don’t do, or don’t particularly enjoy doing either.

As for fetishes, I do have bit of thing for glasses.

*Pushes her specs up and wiggles her eyebrows…  👓

You are a keen amateur photographer; tell us how you got into this hobby. Do you think you have a distinctive style?

I’ve been taking photos for as long as I can remember; it’s a bit of an addiction. The advent of the phone camera has only fuelled it. There is probably hardly a day that goes by where I don’t see something that has me reaching for my phone to capture it.

I think digital photography has maybe made us a bit sloppy. We can just point, shoot, and if it doesn’t work, delete and try again. There’s no limitations of only having 12/24/36 exposures on a film to play with. On the other hand, such freedoms allows us to be more experimental; it doesn’t matter if we take 20 crap photos to find that one that we like. And, of course, we can now see our results instantly; no more waiting several days to get them back from the chemist. So, yeah, I doubt I’d have taken the sort of photos I post on #SinfulSunday or my Tumblr Blog if I were still relying on the local chemist to develop my snaps.

As for style, the one thing that I do is to work almost exclusively with available light. I try to avoid using the flash wherever possible. I’m trying, as much as I can, to capture the image as I see it in its “natural” conditions.

Haha! Yeah I remember the thrill of picking up newly developed photos too and hoping they all came out well. And yep, thank fuck for instant and private processing… I cannot imagine my Sinful Sunday contributions would be very sinful if I had to send them away!

I know, like myself, you participate in several blogging memes, but do you have any that are particularly close to your heart? Why so?

I am really enjoying the Click Click 365 project that I am participating in with my fellow photographers, F dot Leonora, Exposing 40 and The Other Livvy. I am, of course a huge fan of #SinfulSunday because of the way it promotes body positivity and for the sheer quality of the images that the participants post each week. Then of course, there is our very own Food For Thought Friday, which is a lot of fun trying to think up questions and I really enjoy reading the responses of the bloggers that take part.

Ah yes, our wee baby, F4TF! I am really enjoying the Click Click 365 blog and I must say Sinful Sunday is one of my very favourite memes, for exactly the same reasons you gave.

What do you read for enjoyment? Have you any hobbies outside of writing and photography?

I think it’s fairly obvious that I am quite passionate about rugby. I am also an avid reader, mostly science fiction and fantasy, but throw in some good crime drama too. The authors in my book case include Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, David Eddings, Ian Rankin, Christopher Brookmyre, Ben Aaronovitch, Harry Harrison, Arthur C Clark and many others.

Tell us something new and surprising about yourself… something we do not already know!

Um, well, I have brown hair, brown eyes, I’m about 5’10”, strong/stocky build, I have the requisite number of legs, arms and heads, and I can play the trombone.

Haha! Well I did not know that! There appears to be no end to your talents Wookie!

Thank you so much for being my first ‘An Interview With The Writer’ featured blogger, and for responding with such interesting and honest answers. Mwah!  💋


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Scouting For Interest…

So… I have had an idea. (Yes, it happens every now and then!)

I thought perhaps it might be cool to have a feature here where I interview fellow bloggers I like.

I like the idea for a couple of reasons:

  • I think you all know how much I love to share great writing when I find it and I am very much in favour of us all helping each other out in terms of helping to promote each other’s work. This could be a neat way to help introduce new readers to other writers, yeah?
  • I am a nosey, (I could say curious, but let’s be real here), person! I love to ask questions and get to know more about people. I think it would be fun to discover more about the bloggers I admire. I won’t pry too deeply but I’d like to think I will reveal a new aspect to each person I talk to.

I am not sure how frequently I would do an interview, I guess it depends on willing victims, (sorry, participants)!

I have done it before, if you’d like to read it!

So… over to you!

What do you guys think? Would you enjoy this new feature? Would you be interested in allowing me into your private world? Let me poke around inside your mind, exploring and uncovering your motivations, inspirations, desires, fears and fantasies?

I promise I will be gentle!

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Stuck

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Fuck off Linus…

I am stuck.

Creatively.

I have an erotica series on the go that I love, perhaps too much, because I have become obsessed with the details of my character’s backstories to the detriment of my actual storytelling. I find myself online daily, researching cities and states in America that they could have come from, grown up in or travelled to, wanting to ensure that my plot makes logical sense.

It has crippled my writing.

I have the ending of the story more or less formulated in my head, along with a few sub plots and additional characters and storylines. But can I get them down on paper? Nope!

I think I know why…

I started the series on my blog as a private joke with a friend but soon fell in love with the characters and the “feel” of the story.

I secretly, (takes deep breath), would love to make this story into a novella, maybe more. If I am to achieve this, I think I need to stop blogging it, for two reasons at least.

Firstly, I would want people to want to read it in its entirety and why would they bother if they have read it already on the blog?

Secondly, and much more importantly, if I stop blogging the story I will feel freer to just fucking write it and can delay the worry about the geographic and practical details later when I redraft it.

Am I crazy to think I could do this? Make my little story into something bigger?

The thought excites and terrifies me at the same time.

Is that a good sign?

Have any of you guys out there taken on the same challenge and if so do you have any tips or advice for me?

I will appreciate any and all suggestions!

So, I guess the next instalment of Heat will be the final one on this blog.

For a while anyway, until I figure out if it can be anything more or not.

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My “Filthasaurus”

Any writer of erotica knows the constant struggle to avoid cliché whilst describing the sex act. It’s all too easy to find oneself using cringe worthy terms such as “waves crashing over me”, to portray the orgasm.

EL James stands out in a category all of her own when it comes to God-awful descriptions…

I just gotta share some of them with you, if you are drinking a coffee or tea put it down now before you spit it out laughing.

  • “He smiles… leaving me a quivering mass of raging female hormones.”
  • “My very small inner goddess sways in a gentle victorious samba.”
  • “He’s my very own Christian Grey flavor Popsicle.” “Hmm… he’s soft and hard at once, like steel encased in velvet, and surprisingly tasty…”
  • “I’m losing all sense of self, every atom of my being concentrating hard on that small, potent powerhouse at the apex of my thighs.”
  • “His pointer finger circled my puckered love cave. ‘Are you ready for this?’ he mewled, smirking at me like a mother hamster about to eat her three-legged young.”
  • “INSIDE ME” I gasp, and all the muscles in my belly clench. My inner goddess is doing the dance of seven veils”
  • “His lips are parted – he’s waiting, coiled to strike. Desire – acute, liquid and smoldering, combusts deep in my belly.”
  • “My insides practically contort with potent, needy, liquid desire.”

Jesus!

The fact that this woman got published and had her work made into a film, starring my very own Love God Jamie Dornan, in no way makes me despair. Nope! That’s not steam you see hissing from my ears. 😤😡😤

Avoiding cliché is not our only problem as erotica writers, however. We must also be mindful of the words we chose to use for certain body parts. Not long ago, I was happily, (aka hornily), reading a piece of erotica until the dreaded words, “his swollen member” leapt off the screen.

That was it… Dry as a prune. Instantly.

Member?! Really!?! Of what? The ‘I-just-vommed-in-my-mouth’ club?

I was chatting to a fellow writer last week and we came to the conclusion that we desperately need a thesaurus of filth… A filthasaurus maybe?

So, with that in mind… I offer you what my depraved little brain has come up with so far. Please do add to it… This could be fun!

The male anatomy

I do like using the very plain and simple word, penis. It is short, (hopefully not IRL!), and to the point.

I often use the word testicles too, although balls is a great term too. I remain unsure about sac. It’s kinda…empty feeling?

I have used the words ridge, frenulum, (simply because I cannot think of any other word for that specific part of the penis), base, glans and tip during descriptions of BJs, (which, incidentally, are some of my very favourite scenes to write!).

At times, a stronger word is called for, such as cock, which is my favourite term to use. It’s sexy as fuck, in my opinion. “I swallowed his pulsating, hard cock…” yeah!

Then there is dick… Which I find a bit soft, (pardon the pun).

Shaft will work in a pinch, although staff must never be used!

Erection is acceptable in my book, as is length or his thickness or girth.

Prick sounds small, as does willy, wiener and pecker.

Drill, tool and screwdriver are all things that belong in the shed, not in an erotic story. They can however, be allowed in the bedroom… for playtime!

Beef? Nope!

Little Richard was suggested to me, which made me laugh out loud. Hmmmm, “his eyes, dark and hooded with desire as he took my hand and guided it slowly down to his hard… little Richard”. See? Aren’t you just shaking with desire now? No? Laughter then?

If you want a good giggle click http://www.quora.com/What-are-slang-terms-euphemisms-for-a-penis.

 

The female anatomy

Again, I have no issue using the anatomical terms vagina, vulva, labia and clitoris. They all sound perfectly acceptable to me, even in a sexy context.

It’s a good idea to shorten the word clitoris to clit for a little extra punch.

Pussy is fine… If a bit on the cutesy side for hard erotica.

Cunt of course is the female equivalent to cock… A gloriously filthy, hard, little word that never fails to work. And so very satisfying to say!

I find entrance and opening to be very useful terms when describing penetration of any kind.

Hole… this word has a great dehumanizing quality to it that makes it appropriate for a story where humiliation, objectification and demeaning are central themes.

Lips, folds, crevice, slit are all good words to describe the female genitalia but snatch, slash, flange and minge leave me cold, not hot.

Nub is a good word when clit has been used already, to avoid repetition.

A buddy of mine calls it the taco, which I find hilarious. In terms of food analogy, I favour clam, personally.

Then there are the other female body parts… breasts. I don’t think I have ever used any other words for them.

I dislike the word tits immensely. Boobs is too comical for erotica. Every other slang word I can think of for breasts are distinctly unsexy… funbags, hooters, ta-tas, jugs… all nasty.

Nipple; I cannot think of any other word I would use here. Areola I guess, sometimes, if I am being über specific.

Check out the full list of alternatives to out lady parts at http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=vagina&defid=2278413

Let’s not forget the anatomy shared by both sexes…

Ass, asshole, arse, bottom, bum, butt, cheeks, behind; all perfectly acceptable in my opinion, but I would shy away from ever being as anatomically correct as anus. I simply do not think there is a way to make that word ever sexy.

The OH suggested the glorious phrase, “up the shitter”, which I, respectfully, opted to never use…

Then there are the various phrases used for the orgasm itself…

I prefer to use the word coming over the spelling cumming, simply because, for me, cum = porn and I do see a difference between porn and erotica, (call me a snob if you like!)

We can describe them as eruptions, waves, explosions, floods.

Male ejaculate can be spunk, come /cum, load, semen, jizz, cream, seed, (creepy, in my opinion).

I would love to know what euphemisms you favour when writing erotica, so please do feel free to flood my box (!) with a multitude of filth and depravity!

Fun fact: I should share with you that I typed this on my iPad as I sat in the waiting room of the Doctor’s surgery, very carefully angling the screen away from the little old lady seated next to me. The things I do to keep you lot entertained!

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Interview With The Writer

My good friend and soul sister Felicity Johns, over on The Dark Night Chronicles, released her debut eBook Erotic Passsages on Februrary 11th. It is a deliciously dark collection of erotic poetry and prose from her blog, along with a few previously unpublished gems tucked away in there too. It makes a perfect gift, for your beloved, or for yourself!

It is available here for the bargain price of €1.99! Do yourself a favour and go get one! Thank me later!

To mark the occasion, I offered to interview Felicity and share the transcript. I think it makes very interesting reading and gives us an insight into the lady behind the screen. Enjoy!


Felicity, first of all, congratulations to you on the successful release of your eBook, Erotic Passages. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed today!

Thank you, Kat, and thanks for having me!

You’re very welcome! You have many fans that would love to know more about you. Lets get started!

When did you first start writing? What drove you towards it?

Writing began as journaling for me, when I was in my mid-teens. I used to hand-bind my own diaries, using scraps out of my mother’s sewing basket for the covers. I’d fill them up with your typical teenage angst, vents and fantasies. That turned into poetry in my late teens. I honestly don’t remember where it switched over, it was like a gradual metamorphosis. My earliest short stories were fan fictions based around favorite TV shows. My aunt actually encouraged me from there.  The drive, I think, was just a need to express the frustrations of being the eldest of a large family. It was a way to scream about injustice quietly.

Ah yes! I was an avid diarist during my teens also! I found them a few years ago and cringed!

So Felicity, who are your favourite writers? What genres do you enjoy?

I enjoy romance, and love Catherine Cookson. Hard-boiled crime, like James Lee Burke and Robert B. Parker – Burke inspires me through the poetry of his imagery. His stories are hard, gritty, but his imagery is simple yet intensely beautiful; Parker’s dialogue always gets me. He can move a story and reveal a character with crisp, plain dialogue. I just finished Deliverance by James Dickie, amazing! I enjoy Stephen King, as well. Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire and The Violin really inspired me, though I find her more recent writing too self-indulgent.  And I am always on the lookout for new authors in a variety of genres. I love my Kindle! It gives me the kind of access I’ve never had, living in a rural area.

How or where do you find your inspiration? Can you talk us through your process?

Wow. That’s a tough one. It’s usually something very simple, like a word. Or a phrase. Just the way it sounds, and the picture it invokes; whatever it is that I see or hear, that is what I write about. I try to take everything I write down to the bare bones of the emotion behind it. Sometimes I feel like I succeed, and sometimes I miss it in entirely! As far as process, many times it is just a feeling, a frustration, something that I have to get out where I can examine it, or live it vicariously through a character. In those cases, I just start writing and see what happens.

That’s very interesting, I think writers are always interested in how other writers write… that sounds like a tongue twister!

So, to expand on that, what made you focus your writing on erotica?

The short answer? I love sex! The longer answer? For me, eroticism is a very basic, identifiable human experience, and a springboard for the deepest of our emotions. No matter what I’m writing, I want it to be felt. And I’ve always just had an instinct for pulling that out of my characters. I really don’t know how, or why, to be perfectly honest!

You? Love sex?! I think that will come as a great shock to your fans! Haha!

As you read other people’s erotica, are there any words or phrases you think are over used or that make you cringe? I know I have my pet-hates for sure. If I read “his member”, “his manhood”, or the word “panties” I gag, and not in the good way!

LOL Yes, there are definitely words/phrases that turn me off, and aside from ‘his puckered mancave’ ;). My biggest pet peeve is ‘cum.’ If I’m reading erotica, even really well done stuff, and I see that word, I’m jerked out of the story. For me, cum is sort of akin to ‘porn slang.’ It’s a challenge to write erotica without using over-used words – in fact, the biggest one for me. Sometimes I get completely stuck on what to call that cock when I have to mention it 10 times, without being repetitive. Also, if you’re writing an explicit sexual scene, I don’t like to ever see the word ‘love’ attached to a body part. Yuck!

I’m a blunt person. I like blunt language. So I use ‘cock’ and ‘clit’ and ‘asshole’ whenever possible. The goal is to not pull the reader out of the story, and just call things what they are.

You know what? I agree about the word “cum”! I hang my head in shame to admit I’ve felt pressured into using it a few times, but it never sits well with me. And I agree also that it is a challenge to select the words that are ‘just right’, whilst not repeating the same one over and over. I find it can sometimes be difficult to write without slipping into cliches, e.g.: waves of pleasure crashing over me, blah, blah, blah…

The Dark Night Chronicles and Erotic Passages both contain prose and poetry; do you prefer one writing form over the other? Is one easier or more natural for you?

I prefer prose. When it works, I’m always happier with the prose. But poetry is ‘easy.’ I don’t have to think to write poetry, it just, comes out.

Right! I find that some days it flows out effortlessly and others it’s like giving birth. Those are the days I shut the Mac Book down!

As a writer myself, I base most of my work on myself and my own experiences. How much of you is in your characters and stories?

Haha! Good question!  There are bits of me in every character I write… for instance, a certain experience or feeling that springboards a story, or a secret desire. Some characters are closer to the reality of me than others, but they all exhibit a part of me. And I can look back, years later, at a story and be instantly transported back to everything I was feeling and going through when I wrote it. Like certain smells do for some people.

Perfectly put Felicity! I totally understand that and experience that too.

Given that you focus on short stories, have you ever considered attempting longer work? Would you write a novel or novella?

I have considered a novella, yes. I have no real interest in longer works, as my attention span is short… my thing is to capture as much emotion in as few words as possible; I start losing my focus when I have to stretch the words. The thought of 50,000 words on one topic? No way!

I have thought of taking a series of short pieces and weaving them together into a longer work though. We’ll see if anything comes of it!

Like the Adam and Felicity series?

Yes, I have considered re-working it, once the story is finished, into it’s own complete piece.

I loved Erotic Passages and I certainly have my favourites in there. Do you have a favourite child? What stories or poems are closest to your heart and can you tell us why?

Thank you very much!  I’d love to know your favorites, as well!

The Third is my favorite. It just flowed, I wrote it quickly, and lived out a fantasy in it… and I feel very close to the characters, Elliot especially.  They feel genuine to me. I also love the atmosphere, the physical location, the horses… Everything about it just worked for me.

As far as poetry, I’m fond of Climactic, again, because I felt I expressed intense emotion with minimal words.

My favorite flash fiction piece in the book is True.

I love True too! My favourites are Woman, The Gift, and I LOVE the Carolina stories! Love them!

Have you another project you are working on and can you give us the scoop as to what it might be?

I have three cloth-bound volumes of poetry I wrote as a young adult. I am hoping to compile the best poems from those, and from TDNC into a volume of just poetry.

That is certainly something for us to look forward to!

Now for some quickfire fun questions!

Favourite sex position? Cowgirl! Sometimes I even wear the hat 😉

Haha! Funnily enough that’s mine too, along with the reverse mode!

What part of a man, (body or personality), turns you on? Shoulders/chest and Sense of humor

I’m a hands and arm girl, show me a defined forearm and I melt! I agree with you about humour. Plus the ability to have a real conversation!

Does size matter? No

Hmmmm…

Who would be your celebrity “free pass”? Paul Gross

Jamie Dornan, Chris Helmsworth, Norman Reedus… I could go on!

Would you sleep with someone you didn’t find attractive for $1,000,000? No!

This one I take the 5th

That was fun Feli! Did you enjoy it as much as I did?
I did! I think you missed your calling! 😉
I will offer you the last word… Anything you want to say?
Many thanks to everyone who has supported me on this amazing journey.

Thanks again sis! Now… Go! Write more filth!


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