A Sexy Interview with Violet Ivy



1. How did you get started writing erotica?

My writing isn’t erotica as such. That’s bodice-ripping fiction. Although at times mine is quite steamy, it’s all real. There have been so many amazing experiences from my years of working in the sex industry that I don’t need to make anything up. I have several friends who know what I do and love to hear tit bits about my fun experiences at work over wine or dinner and they encouraged me to share my stories with a wider audience. Hence Violet Ivy the author came into being.

2. What is the single most annoying thing that makes you want to scream about erotica today?

The standard rich, good looking hero and the quirky, shy, bumbling heroine who somehow catches his affections. Ever been out in the real world lately? 50 Shades of Grey is the perfect example. That was just a Mills & Boon with repetitive spanking scenes…yawn! But good for her, she made a fortune out of it.

3. What book are you dying to read this summer?

I’ve just finished rereading the Armistead Maupin ‘Tales of the City’ series. This is my third read. I love the unique characters. The tele-series with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis was amazing too. Some things never get old. Next I’ve got my Lonely Planet. I’m off to Europe in two weeks. I love my job. The clients pay my expenses and I get to have a working holiday.

4. Favorite ice cream flavor?

This is a hard one….butterscotch chips in vanilla…..choc mint….rocky road….the list goes on.

5. Cheese burger or sushi?

Time, place and circumstance. Trying to be healthy noon on a Monday sushi. Hungover Sunday morning sushi just isn’t going to cut it is it? Cheeseburger every time.

6. Name three things on your desk right now.

Laptop, diary, phone….but also a dildo review I’m commenting on, car keys – I’m just about off to see a client, and big mug of hot chocolate – yum!

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7. Plotter or pantster?
I live out of my diary. Once an entry is in there it’s in concrete. I can’t let my clients down or I won’t be successful. However my downtime is my own. I’m always up for wine, dancing, gym, beach, shopping. Life is short!
8. What kind of characters do you love to write about?

I have met the most amazing people in my travels. My second book ‘Sex and Sexuality – The Interviews’ is where I talk frankly with 21 diverse individuals about their views on sex. A transgender bondage and discipline Mistress, a slave, a gay guy, a bisexual girl who works on phone sex lines, another high class escort, a couple of my clients, a brothel Madam, a street walker and her client, a guy who works in an adult sex shop, a nudist, a guy who’s into trannies…and so forth. Writing that book really expanded my horizons. It will for anyone who reads it too.

9. Open your newest book and tell us what is happening.

I’ve just finished writing ‘Cougar’ which is another interview book. Mature ladies (cougars) and their younger gentlemen (cubs) candidly answer questions about their desire to have sex/relationships with age varying partners. I had pigeonholed ideas of both and was right with a couple of them but pleasantly surprised by the myriad responses to my questioning. Some just want to get laid as often as possible by any means, others are truly looking for long term, committed relationships. Very interesting reading indeed. It’s due for release early 2014.

10. What is next for you, writing wise?

I’m half way though writing my next book which is a ‘How To’ book. Everything from how to put a condom on without using your hands, how to get out of a bad date, how to have a threesome without one person feeling left out, how to get back out there after a divorce/breakup, how to deal with a stalker to how to do a fisting. A massive range of how to’s from someone who has been exposed to every aspect of sex and fantasy on the face of the planet!

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Lucky Girl – How I survived the Sex Industry

By Violet Ivy



The intimate autobiography of an international call girl. Scary, funny and bizarre stories recorded for your amusement, edification or simply for interesting dinner conversation.

The sex industry is clouded in mystery. It has to be to some extent or it wouldn’t survive. But in this age of internet porn, buying pubic hair trimmings online and wife swapping parties it’s about time the veils of mystery were taken down.

For moralists, let’s visit the chicken and the egg scenario. Which came first the prostitute or the client? If there were no clients then obviously there would be no sex workers. But what if there weren’t any prostitutes? Would guys wank themselves silly to porn? Harass their post-menopausal wives? Frequent bars trying their luck? Or hassle the secretary and risk being charged with sexual harassment? Would statistics for rape be on the increase? Is prostitution a necessary evil in our society? Don’t mindlessly believe and quote information spoon fed to you by friends, family or the media. Make an educated decision.

Although it was never my intention to get into this industry, I’ve travelled the world, had incredible experiences and bought several properties. I won’t have to rely on the government pension when I retire.

My closest friends are co-workers, madams and clients. Brilliant people who I would never otherwise have had the good fortune to meet. I will never regret my decision to enter this field. It has not always been a bed of roses, but when I compare it to what my life might have been; cleaning job, shitty boss, marriage, perhaps divorce, mortgage, kids, living in the burbs, scraping by to give my kids a better life than I was destined for, I feel that I have been rescued…..thank God.

Money doesn’t make you happy? Tell that to someone thrown out of his house because he can’t make the payments or the mother who can’t afford Christmas presents for her kids again this year. I’ve been poor. Money equals choices. Options of how to travel on this journey we call life. Did I make some mistakes? Sure! But there’s not too much I’d change. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Money gives security. Poverty causes ulcers. Financial hardship can also make you compromise yourself in ways that being a sex worker never will.

This industry eats its young and damages those not strong enough to cope. Every worker has a different personality, head space, upbringing, personal history and therefore experience. This book is a glimpse of mine. I am not advocating anyone join the profession. That is a personal choice.

When I started out I could never have imagined what my life journey would look like or where I would be now. I don’t even know where in the world I will be in twelve months. What I will be doing? Who I might be bonking, caning or smearing with hot wax? Exciting isn’t it? Carpe diem – seize the day. I’m a lucky girl.




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Author bio

Violet Ivy grew up on a small wheat and sheep farm in the outback of Western Australia. A spray of freckles across her nose, pigtails streaming down her back as she swam naked in the local creek to cool off during the endless summers.

Who could have predicted her transformation into one of the world’s most elite, international escorts? The wanton woman satisfying the needs and desires of the most affluent men and women of the globe.

Life was not always easy for Violet. Hers is a rags-to-riches story from the seedy brothels of the mining town Kalgoorlie to attending the Kentucky Derby and the Oscars on the arms of the most influential men on the face of the planet.

Violet continues to work in an industry that can either make or break it’s players. She has had to learn how to adapt and hone her expertise to climb to the top of her game. Based in Melbourne, Australia, where sex work is legal, she travels to far flung places, (if the money’s right), as either a courtesan or a fetish Mistress, fulfilling her clients’ needs and desires. Encouragement from friends and family to share her adventures led her to begin a series of books exposing the realities behind the veil of the oldest profession in the world. She introduces her readers to myriad bizarre, scary and hilarious people and situations she comes across in her travels.


Read what other esteemed authors are saying about Violet Ivy’s Debut novel…

‘From the opening paragraph to the final words I was hooked, no pun intended. Frankly there is no other book like Lucky Girl whether one reaches for Diary of a Call Girl or The Happy Hooker. Well, there is one comparison…the work of Nancy Friday who wrote in a similar fashion. When one writes about bondage and discipline it is necessary to keep in mind the sensibilities of readers who may not understand these matters. For me it was an eye-opener. Lucky Girl gave me an understanding of B&D that now makes complete sense to me. People should read this and understand the life and mind of a sex worker. It becomes obvious very quickly that not all are uneducated drug addicts who can’t hold down a job anywhere else. I look forward to the follow up books. Violet Ivy is a writer, and that is the highest praise any reviewer can give. To possess such talent suggests that Violet Ivy is indeed a Lucky Girl.’

Graham Whittaker, Author, The Girl from Kosovo


‘…gripped me from the start …very readable, an honest account of someone ‘who’s been there’. An important work worth publication.’

Ruko Kitamaru, Author, No Ice Cream in the Land of the Cannibals


‘I read every chapter and want more. A fascinating look into your world presented with straight forward honesty, warmth and colour. Such a fresh contrast to the drab, dark or dirty shades that the media and society paints your career. I’m completely fascinated to know more about Violet, she’s so real.’
K Malone, Author, Twell


‘I was interested in comparing this with Belle de Jour’s books which I read last year. Whilst I remember almost nothing of hers, I’m pretty sure parts of your diary will stay with me. You’re not afraid to tell it as it is; warts, unpleasant odours and all!’
Camac Johnson, Author, Hemingway Quest


‘A light and humorous but overall compelling biography….an in depth and revealing picture of the life of a sex worker, at the same time demonstrating that someone working in this industry has the talent and perspicacity to write a biography of this quality. Well done…..it’s really very good.’
Janet Holt and Helen Parker, Authors, The Stranger In My Life


What readers are saying about Lucky Girl – How I Survived the Sex Industry

‘Is this woman real? She must be. You couldn’t make this story up. I feel that I know her, the way she thinks, her motivations. Can’t wait for the sequel.’….Mel H, Birmingham, England


‘A real page turner.’…..George W, Ontario, Canada


‘More, more….more please! I got to the end and still wanted to keep reading. Fantastic!’ Irene K, Sydney, Australia


‘Very Belle de Jour.’ Fred C, Port Douglas, Australia


‘Good to see the Aussie perspective. You go girl! Can I take you out for a drink sometime? I know you’ve got more stories to tell.’ Dirk B, Brighton, England

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Sex and Sexuality – The Interviews

By Violet Ivy



Hold onto your hat. This interview book contains some ‘out of the ordinary’ friends I have met in my travels. And I mean way out there. It’s amazing how mainstream these people look when they are on the bus travelling to work. None of them have two heads or gills. And you would never pick their fetishes. It’s only when they choose to reveal them to another that their true nature is exposed. I meet a range of people due to my involvement in the sex industry. There is no way I can be judgemental after some of the kinky stuff I have done and enjoyed. Stones and glass houses. As long as everything is safe, sane and consensual.

When I began this project I had no idea how much fun it would be to investigate sex and sexuality from other viewpoints.  It’s been very educational too. Some of these people I already knew and others I sought out for their unique take on different facets of intimacy or simply what gets them off. All the names have been changed of course but their interviews, as bizarre as some of them seem, are one hundred percent real. The interviewees include a sex-change bondage and discipline Mistress, a real life slave, male clients, another high class escort, a brothel madam, a street worker, a man who loves transsexuals and carrots up his arse, a gay guy and a bisexual girl, a paraplegic and a nudist amongst others.

Read about their thoughts, feelings, attitudes and difficulties with regards to expressing their sexuality. Some just want to get laid as often as possible by any means. Others are attempting to find true and lasting happiness. The rest have specific needs that they struggle to meet. You may find a little piece of yourself in each of them.

This book could have been written a hundred times with different people being interviewed. Everyone you pass on the street has their individual preferences and past experiences. There are as many stories as there are humans in the world.

I am indebted to the interviewees as I could not have written these pages without their input. The real message of live and let live comes through the pages of this book. A lot of what is involved in their lives happens behind closed doors. A Mistress does not go into the local pub, in full leathers with a whip, looking for someone to flog. If that is your thing you have to actively seek it out.

Some of these interviews were easy to get. Others required me to search, beg, pay, travel, bribe and use any other means at my disposal to get the interviewee to accept my request. Enjoy reading their perspectives and maybe even learn a thing or two. At the very least you won’t be short of dinner party conversation for a while.


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Author bio

Violet Ivy grew up on a small wheat and sheep farm in the outback of Western Australia. A spray of freckles across her nose, pigtails streaming down her back as she swam naked in the local creek to cool off during the endless summers.

Who could have predicted her transformation into one of the world’s most elite, international escorts? The wanton woman satisfying the needs and desires of the most affluent men and women of the globe.

Life was not always easy for Violet. Hers is a rags-to-riches story from the seedy brothels of the mining town Kalgoorlie to attending the Kentucky Derby and the Oscars on the arms of the most influential men on the face of the planet.

Violet continues to work in an industry that can either make or break it’s players. She has had to learn how to adapt and hone her expertise to climb to the top of her game. Based in Melbourne, Australia, where sex work is legal, she travels to far flung places, (if the money’s right), as either a courtesan or a fetish Mistress, fulfilling her clients’ needs and desires. Encouragement from friends and family to share her adventures led her to begin a series of books exposing the realities behind the veil of the oldest profession in the world. She introduces her readers to myriad bizarre, scary and hilarious people and situations she comes across in her travels.


Below are what some interviewees had to say to Violet…

‘She was a petite, little thing and she liked group sex. The straighter they look the more kinky they are.’ ….Jack

‘There’s a feeling of shame….How did it get to the point where I have to pay for it?’ …..Shakespeare

‘Transitional and rooming houses are for the unfortunate in life….I saw stabbings. I saw a girl set on fire….She was conscious but too drugged up to help herself. She died.’ …Rose

‘I’ve been done once already….I was curb crawling in my car and I saw this hot chick with shorts on. Half her arse was hanging out… I called her over and she asked me what I was looking for, so I asked her what she was selling and she asked what I was looking for, so I said “sex”. Before I knew it half a dozen bloody coppers jumped out of nowhere with their badges and I was done.’ …Jeff

‘I didn’t change my gender. I just changed my body to match my gender. People confuse transgenders with cross dressers, drag queens and transvestites who change their genders for many purposes, either work or they just want to think of themselves as female. The look is on the outside. The word transgender used to be used to describe someone like myself but then the sex industry got a hold of it and now it is used for any chick with a dick. I call myself a sex change.’ …Mistress C

‘I’m Your slave Mistress…. I do house chores. I like being told what to do. Ordered around as a submissive.’ …slave

‘…a lot of gangster people like Crypts and Bloods and Black Power. I grew up around gangs.’ …Sebastian

‘He was an Asian lady-boy so he was very pretty. This was in Singapore. He presented as a female. I had him in the room before I even knew.’ …Frank

‘…I have met some very nice ladies who enjoy big dicks. Their husbands enjoyed watching.’ …Ron


What readers are saying about Violet Ivy’s new book Sex and Sexuality – The Interviews

‘Thank you for including the gay perspective in your book. It’s the best reasoning behind our lifestyle choices I’ve ever heard.’  Phil B, Sydney, Australia

‘This is much more than a book of smut. It’s an enlightening look into sex and sexuality from some pretty out there viewpoints. This book needed to be written.’ Sara M, Darwin, Australia

‘Every pot has its lid as my mother used to say. As out there as your kinky wants and needs may be you will find a sexual partner to fulfil them. Thank God for the internet.’ Pat W, York, England

‘I haven’t seen another book like it. Amazing how she gets the good stuff out of her interviewees.’ Debora A, Montana, USA

‘A non-discriminative look at some pretty bizarre characters. Are these her friends? What an interesting person Violet Ivy must be.’ Hal C, Chamonix, France

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Choose Your Shot: Erotic Choose Your Own Adventure from Christine D’Abo: The Interview


1. How did you first start writing erotica?


I’ve been writing erotic romance for a few years now. Originally, I hadn’t even considered the erotic angle. Sure I loved to read them, but at the time I wanted to write futuristic romances. Well, it turned out that my first book was hot enough for Ellora’s Cave to pick it up, and the rest developed from there. Over the years, I’ve expanded out from futuristics to contemporary erotic romance. I love both types of stories, but my contemporary books challenge me more as an author.


It was only recently that I’ve wanted to push the envelope more and dip my toes into the world of erotica. It’s a different style of book from erotic romance with different reader expectations. I have no doubt some of my romance readers will be caught up by the change. I promise, I’ll be back to traditional (but kinky) romances in no time.



2. Tell us about writing an interactive story? Talk about hot!


Thank you!! This book was a personal challenge I’d set out for myself. I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid and had always wanted to write one. But I wanted to keep with the genre that I’ve grown to love – erotic romance. As I progressed with the story, I realized that Tegan’s story was as much about her sexual identity as it was about which hero she’d pick in the end. That’s why so many of the decisions the reader is faced with centers around sex.


The overall structure of the story was a huge thing I had to sort out. I’m not normally a plotter, but with each decision point I added in, I had to ensure that it would circle back around to a proper conclusion. I have an impressive flow chart that I had to create so I could keep things straight!



3. How many endings do you usually offer when you do an interactive piece?


This was my first attempt at an Interactive book, and at the time I was writing it there weren’t a lot of examples out there for me to go by. I wanted to have a few jumping out points for the reader, so they could have a certain sense of closure in the story. Given the nature of this book and my heroine, I decided to go with three heroes to choose from – a Dom, a sub and a switch. I wanted to give the book enough meat that a reader could come back to it a week, month, year from now and still gain enjoyment from Tegan’s adventures.



4. What are some of your favorite characters to write about?


I love writing about people who are strong willed, but are hiding a core of vulnerability. These people (both in books and in life) have the most interesting stories to tell. I want to know how they developed that outer shell. What kind of person would it take to break through and get to their core? These people are not weak, though their strength can often cause them just as many issues.


5. Heels or flats?


My default is flats, simply because I’m 5’ 11” tall. LOL! My husband is a bit shorter than I am, so we have a good giggle whenever I have to put the heels on.


6. Sushi or cheeseburgers?


Sushi!!! I usually make it a point of going out for sushi every month, more if I can find a willing victim…err partner to go with me.


7. Tell us about some of your pet peeves in erotica today.


The biggest thing that bothers me is the prevalence of stereotypes, especially when it comes to kink. All submissives aren’t weak, or have issues, or are doormats. They can be CEOs, firefighters, cops, and wanting to submit to someone in the bedroom doesn’t make them a pushover. Likewise, being a dominant doesn’t make you an asshole or a bitch. They do have a sense of humor and can enjoy romantic comedies along with anyone else.


Personally, I try to avoid that and show a different side to my characters. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I have to try harder.



8. What advice would you give someone who is considering working on a choose your own erotic adventure story?


Plan!! I can’t stress this enough. And write down in an outline which links go to which chapters. You will need this to save your sanity when it comes to edits and production. It would have saved me so many tears…


9. Do you have an excerpt you would like to share?


I’d love to! Here’s a little bit from the opening chapter, showing Tegan as she approaches the club for the first time in a year.


The lineup was less organized than what she would have expected, but far less crazy than she would have imagined, given the significance of the evening. Like many of the club’s members, she’d been devastated when she’d learned of the attack on Josh and the subsequent fire that had destroyed much of the inside of the building. Mavericks was one of the few places she could let her guard down and be herself. Even now as she stood outside, wearing her black corset, leather skirt and high heels, she wasn’t scared to let anyone see her.

It had taken her a long time to come to that level of peace when it came to her sexual preferences. She’d been uneasy in her own skin growing up, not fully understanding the mixed signals her body continued to send her during her awakening sexuality. And while her parents were awesome, she couldn’t imagine going to her mom with questions like, “I get aroused when I pinch my nipples really hard and slap my own ass. Is that normal?”

Thank God for the internet.

Still, that was years ago and she now knew not only what she liked, but exactly where to go to scratch the various itches she developed. Wouldn’t her coworkers freak if they realized what she liked to do on a Friday night.

Tie me up. Tie me down. Turn around and let me flog you.


The crowd continued to buzz as the line grew. Tegan found her spot quickly, chatting quietly with some of the others she recognized from before the fire. Even as she laughed about the crappy remake that was the current big release in the theaters, her mind was distracted. She couldn’t imagine they’d have made too many changes to Mavericks during the rebuilding. While Josh was known for his creativity, he’d also prided himself on consistency. Not that Josh was running the club anymore—which still felt weird to her—so things were definitely up in the air.

Her anticipation stretched tight from the waiting, making her squirm. There were so many possibilities and with her imagination she couldn’t help but make the possible scenarios more elaborate with each passing moment. Were there new rooms? Equipment? Would she find someone who’d be willing to play with her?

The answer to that last question better be an unequivocal yes. If nothing else, Mavericks would give her the chance to find the right person, someone new or someone familiar. They’d find that spark, a connection that she’d hoped would last beyond a night.

Because if truth be told, she was getting tired of being single. The year away from the club had shown her that. It wasn’t simply enough to have a place to go and have kinky sex. She was looking for the right man to go with her. More than that, she wanted to share the rest of her life with him. Her work friends only saw part of who she was. Likewise, her Mavericks friends. There had to be someone out there who would want to know all of her. Who’d want to curl up on her couch and watch cheesy action flicks before going off to the bedroom for some kinky fun.

She just had to find the right him.



10. What is next for your writing projects?


My next release is Club Wonderland, a BDSM contemporary novel that plays on the themes of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a direct follow-up to Sexcapades and we discover what happens to Petra’s friend Alice when she disappeared.

I’m also a part of the Carina Press erotic holiday anthology. My story, Naughty Nicks (stripper Santas!) appears in the Seasons of Seduction anthology.

If you are interested in any of my upcoming releases, you can check out my website or follow my Facebook Fan page.


Choose Your Shot: An Interactive Erotic Adventure is now available at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N.


Thank you Christine for popping over to talk about how exciting interactive erotica can be. As soon as I saw the story, I remembered how much I loved this type of book as a kid and now with my love of erotica, I can’t put it down.  I love your books and can’t wait to find out how my ending will turn out! Thank you for being a woman with the courage to tackle such a project! Your fans are going to thank you. There is nothing better than interacting with a story and falling in head first.

Polly Frost: Deep Inside

Deep Inside


If you enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, you’ll love Deep Inside by Polly Frost.

“I haven’t taken my pills for two days. I put them under my tongue and only pretend to swallow.”

“Two days? But aren’t you—”

“Dangerously oversexed?” she says. “You bet!”

A dominatrix with a discipline problem. A nervous virgin tempted by an unearthly sacrifice. Lust-crazed Viagra addicts. A seductive serial killer. A sexual psychic who can foresee other people’s erotic adventures. And a street cop hooked on alien ecstasy…

The sensual men and women in this sizzling collection are all in search of the ultimate sexual high. No plain vanilla sex here; driven by insatiable desires, they push their bodies and souls to the limits, exploring the outer reaches of eroticism. From arcane sexual rituals to the heights of Hollywood decadence, Deep Inside breaks every taboo as it takes you inside the throbbing flesh and twisted urges of the kinky, the depraved, and the supernatural.

Turn down the lights and enter a new realm of exotic and forbidden pleasures.

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Please welcome the amazing Polly Frost as she talks about her life, erotica and her book Deep Inside.

1. How did you get started writing erotica?


I started writing erotica in 2002 largely because it was considered a risky writing career thing to do. Most writers, if they do erotica at all, do it under a pseudonym. But I’m one of those artists who, if you tell me I shouldn’t go there in my work, I will. I don’t take risks in real life, because I like to save up taking risk taking for my art.


I’d been writing humor that was published in places like The New Yorker and The New York Times. That was great, but you’re always restricted as to what you can write.


I was also drawn to doing erotica because of the way I started out as a reader — the 1960’s and 70’s was a time when respected and established literary figures like Philip Roth, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Jack Kerouac and Kurt Vonnegut didn’t shy away from sex in their work. And the big pop novels like Valley of the Dolls and Peyton Place were drenched in sex.


It bothered me that literature took this turn in the 1990’s when publishers no longer wanted to do those kinds of books. How can you write truthfully about the world and not write about one of the most powerful forces in it — sex? Put it all together, and you have me, wanting to cause a fuss with some sex writing.


2. Tell us about “Deep Inside” and why men and women have loved it.


Men tell me they like it because it’s so unabashed about being a turn-on. There are exploitation-movie elements in it. There’s action, and there’s humor, and there’s heat. They don’t feel like they’re drowning in female fantasies and romance-needs.


Women who have loved it are gals who dig raucous stuff with humor and sexiness, and who get off on that. There’s a lot of hot fantasy in it, but it’s definitely not romance for daydreamers! Plus: it’s very cinematic, and who doesn’t like that?


Plus a lot of it is funny. The usual assumption is that laughter breaks the erotic spell. I wanted to show that laughter can actually heighten the eroticism. Works for me, anyway! And many people have told me how relieved they are to be allowed to laugh while getting turned on.


3. What do you think separates how men and women appreciate erotica?


The cliche is that women are more romance-oriented and men are more action-oriented. I think it’s a pretty accurate cliche, and I did my best in my book to come up with plenty for both sexes to enjoy.


4. Tell us about your show Bad Role Models and What I Learned from Them.


It’s a one-woman show I’ve created that I’m taking it around the country to theaters as well as to oddball venues, like horse rings and wineries. It’s autobiographical tales and reflections about how much certain bad role models have meant to me, from a hard-drinking horse trainer to a 50 year old husband of one of my mother’s friends when I was 17. I got more from these people than I did from any of the self-proclaimed goodie-two-shoes good role models I was supposed to be paying attention to. Don’t you get tired of all that baloney about “mentors” and such? I sure do. This show is my way of shooting a few holes in that. People tell me it’s funny and touching, and that it gets them thinking about their lives. In fact, many of the people who have seen the show have come up to me afterwards and told me all kinds of personal stories. It’s been very touching, in fact.


One of the key parts of this show is talking about my sexuality as a teenager. That was really scary for me at first, believe it or not. Here I was, someone who was used to writing and doing readings of my stories about people taking it up the ass from outer space aliens, yet talking about where I was sexually at that time, I just blushed and couldn’t do!


I was a teenager in the late 1960’s/early 70’s in Santa Barbara, which was an epicenter of Free Love Hippiedom. It was not unusual, for example, for me to see people openly having sex on the nearby beach. And I was doing free love things with hippie guys. I had a thing for vain California hippies — that hair and the way they never wore anything beneath their jeans! But I was only going to third base, so to speak, with all these guys. I was technically a virgin. Probably the oldest virgin at 16 in Free Love Santa Barbara! In other words, I was a ferocious free love cocktease!


I was very infatuated with a bad boy hippie art student. He was the one guy I really wanted to go “all the way” with and yet I was certain he would break my heart. He had other women and it wasn’t that I felt monogamy was morally right, it was just that I knew I couldn’t handle it, not with him. Plus we were basically incompatible since he was a country boy and I’m a city girl. I knew he would want to live on the land which was the absolute last thing I ever wanted to do.


Of course, the fact that he was a bad boy and we were incompatible on a living together level was precisely was turned me on about him, combined with the fact that he was very sweet and patient with me (no doubt because he was going off afterwards and having sex with other women!). But he took me to beautiful movies and talked to me about his art and brought over records of all kinds of music. I wanted to be an artist at that point in my life, but I wasn’t really doing art and he was.


I didn’t go all the way with him, yet when I did lose my virginity, I went all the way with other guys I didn’t care about. Go figure that one! Not that I would ever condemn empty sex!


When I was writing my show, it was a powder keg getting into that because I regretted never having had that experience with that guy. Yet I knew I had to talk about it in my show. If you don’t get at the truth of things, you may as well be talking to yourself, you know?


The interesting thing is that section is one that women really relate to in my show. I just performed it and a bunch of women afterwards wanted to talk to me afterwards about their own early experiences with guys, and with bad boys.


It’s very different, though, talking about my own sexuality at that time as compared to writing erotica. The characters in my erotica stories are not really me, they’re women I would love to be!


5. What are you working on now?


I’m focusing on performance. I’m very proud of “Bad Role Models.” People I trust tell me it’s the best thing I’ve done. So I’m devoting myself to getting better and better at performing it, and I’m giving myself a year to tour it around the country. No other writing at all — just performing and touring. It’s a funny stretch for me because I’ve always been a writing junkie. I’ve never before NOT been in the middle of a couple of different writing projects. In many ways, writing is what has held me together. It’s been like a drug. But “Bad Role Models” is something special, and I want to give it all my attention for the next year. Which isn’t to say I’m not playing with ideas and sketching things out! I’m reading, making notes, and gabbing about plans. I’m just not letting myself turn any of it into anything concrete until I feel I’m really done with Bad Role Models.


6. What three things must you have on your desk while you are writing?


Well, not “on my desk” literally, but …


Music is the most important thing. I always listen to music that fits the story, either music that the character I’m writing about would listen to or, in the case of my one person show, music I was listening to at the time I’m writing about. When I was sixteen it was the late 1960’s and I was really into The Moody Blues. I still love them! It was amazing how listening to their song “Nights in White Satin” completely propelled me back to the person I was at that time.


When I wrote the story “The Dominatrix Has a Career Crisis” in “Deep Inside,” I listened to a lot of heavy metal, because that’s what the main character would listen to. When I wrote the title story “Deep Inside” — which is about two women who make magical dildos — I listened to a lot of bossa nova, the kind of seductive Brazilian music that makes you lose your inhibitions. It really helps me get inside these imaginary worlds and characters.


There’s also always a wine glass on the desk. I do like to drink white wine as I write, I admit it. I suspect that saying this will assure me of getting indignant emails from readers saying I’m promoting alcoholism! But I gotta be truthful. I’m about 25 percent Irish, and that 25 percent 100 percent loves to hang out at bars and talk and drink. I’m sure that will also get me emails from readers saying I’m stereotyping Irish writers. But I have a lot of Irish writer friends and one thing that distinguishes them from the American writers I know is that the Irish are extroverts, and their poetry and prose comes out of the expansiveness and storytelling they naturally do at pubs and bars. Many of the American literary writers I’ve met or known are introverts and the way they drink and write is very different.


The third thing I absolutely need with me  when I write is my terrycloth bathrobe. This is probably the least sexy thing that any writer will say to you, Erzabet, but I need to be in my tattered old bathrobe to write.


7. Favorite ice cream flavor?


I’m not an ice cream person generally. I know! What kind of a woman am I? But I do love the wasabi ice cream at the Japanese ice cream boutique near us in Greenwich Village. It’s weird but it’s great. I have about three spoonfuls of it, get a little high on the flavor and fat, and then throw the rest away.


8. What type of character is your favorite to write about?


I love conflicted characters, ones that challenge my sympathies, ones that make me have to stretch my ability to understand their motivations.


9. Plotter or pantster?


I’m a plotzer. I let myself go crazy. I start out with some things on my mind, some ambitions for what I want to do, some characters I want to explore, and I just go nuts with it. Luckily I’m married to a man who’s very sympathetic to my imagination and who’s wonderful with structure. He goes through what I give him, detects the implicit narrative DNA in it, and helps me devise a story that will support and convey what I’m doing. It’s very organic. I’d kill him if it weren’t! Then I go back to work, and when I do my later drafts I’m a gnawer. I go by my intuitions about what I think the truth of the story needs, and I simply will not stop until I feel the story is complete. I’m pretty headstrong in that way. My husband sometimes think I go too far. But I always tell him that “too far” is where things start to get interesting.


The big difference between doing one-person shows and writing for the page, I’ve found, is that you develop theater through doing performances of it. You can’t sit in your room and polish the writing, the way you can with a short story or novel. With theatrical creations you simply don’t know what you really have until you take it on the road and do it in front of different audiences. Performing the show early on is where the “polishing” stage takes place.


10. What are some books that have influenced you as a writer?


I’ve been influenced by everything from philosophy to horror to cooking. If I have to narrow it down off the top, here are ten favorites:


1) The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman

2) Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust

3) The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

4) The Story of O by Pauline Reage

5) Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

6) Candy by Terry Southern

7) Psycho by Robert Bloch

8) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

9) Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child (who I once had the honor of spending a week with, cooking and interviewing her)

10) Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis


Thank you Polly for being on the blog today! My copy of Deep Inside is on my nightstand and ready to roll!






Coming, Ready or Not! An Interlude with Liv Honeywell


Please welcome the lovely and talented Liv Honeywell as she tells us about her smoking hot new book, Coming, Ready or Not! This one is scorching up my e-reader and fighting the Texas heat for which one is making me hotter! Take it away Liv!

1. Tell us about your new book.

My latest book is Coming, Ready or Not! Three Tales of Tease and Denial.

Here is the back cover copy and a short excerpt:

Meet Will and Abby. An ordinary couple that you wouldn’t give a second
glance at if they were walking down the street. Except they share a
wonderful secret and bond as they explore their Master/slave relationship.

This is a loving couple, full of good humour, but nothing in any
relationship is perfect and sometimes things go wrong. Even the strongest
will in the world can’t always obey and with that comes consequences…

Three vignettes, The Edge, Bad Girl, and Breathless focus on control. Can
Abby be taken to the edge of pleasure and not cross over? She wants to
obey and to hold on. But can she? And what will happen to her if she

Holding on has never felt so good…

Warning: This book is adults only. It contains adult language, caning,
spanking, face slapping, gags, a brief mention of anal sex and orgasm

Buying Links:

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/14aeYm2

Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/135xK03


I am not sure whether I am relieved or sorry when I finally hear your key
in the door. I put my hands behind my back and look down at the floor, my
stomach twisting in knots over what is about to happen.

I hear your footsteps enter the room and come closer. You sit opposite me
in the chair near the fire, resting a cane across your lap.

“I’m glad you remembered. I’m here, Abby. Have you got something you want
to say to me?”

For a long moment I am tongue-tied. There is so much I want to say and yet
the words won’t come.

You shift in your seat, waiting, and suddenly, almost without me realising
it, I begin to talk.

“Sir… Master, I’m sorry. I came without your permission and I’m so sorry.
And it’s not because of the punishment or because I want to come or
because you’re going to cane me. I’m sorry because I genuinely am, because
I want to do my best for you. I want to please you and I know I didn’t do
that the other day. I… please, Sir. Please will you cane me, please punish

You are silent through all of this. I can feel your eyes on me but you
give me no sign whether it is what you want to hear or not and let me
stumble through it.

More silence. Perhaps I’ve not said what you wanted. My tongue seems to
tumble all by itself to fill the silence.

“Please punish me, please cane me, Sir. I beg you.”

My face flames, not for the first time this week, in humiliation at having
to beg.

The rest of what I say is incoherent but it seems to be enough. You lean
forward and stroke my hair and my cheek.

“Very nice. Thank you. Now, head on the floor. Get that bottom in the air
for me, Abby. And don’t forget to count the strokes.”

You stand and walk behind me, whipping the cane through the air as you go,
and I tense at the sound.

I also have another book out on 12th July – The Journal, co-authored with
Domitri Xavier about a slave who does something absolutely forbidden. She
looks in her Master’s private journal. What will it cost her? Will it be
everything…? There’s a short excerpt below from that one :).

2. What are your favorite erotic stories to tell?

I’m in the BDSM lifestyle so my favourite stories to both read and write
and male Dom/female sub stories, with a happy ending. I love the dynamic
between the characters and the fact that, although the Dom does hurt the
sub physically, it is because she wants that, even needs it and there is a
deep connection and a loving relationship.

3. What is your favorite m/f or f/f and why?

Oh too many to mention. My favourite romantic comedy is While You Were
Sleeping with Bill Pullman and Sandra Bullock. I love the humour and Bill
Pullman’s growly voice works wonders ;).

Although they aren’t BDSM erotica, I really enjoyed Rosanna Leo’s series
on the Greek Gods about what happens when mortal meets God and they
develop a relationship. Very hot!

Out of my own books, I do have a soft spot for Will and Abby from Coming,
Ready or Not because I love their humour and the genuine affection and
love they feel for each other, but I think The Journal is the most
personal so far. I pretty much wrote heart and soul into that one, though
how much of it is me and how much is the character is for me to know and
you to guess :).

4. Flogger or paddle?

Flogger every time. I like the paddle, but the flogger can be painful,
sensual or sometimes both depending on what you do with it.

5. Chocolate or angel food cake?

Chocolate! Didn’t even need to think about that one 🙂

6. Sushi or cheeseburgers?

Blech! Just the idea of sushi makes my skin crawl so it’s got to be

7. What is the hottest scene you have ever written?

Oh good question! I think the scenes in Coming, Ready or Not when Will is
taking Abby right to the edge but not letting her have release.

8. What advice would you give an author just starting a novel length work?

I think whether you plot every last detail before you start or pants the
whole thing it really doesn’t matter as long as you write the way that
works best for you.

The best advice I ever heard was ‘you can’t edit a blank page’. So true.
Just write and don’t try and edit as you go, because editing uses
different parts of your brain and you pull yourself out of the flow of the
story if you try and edit as you go along. Allow your first draft to be
the biggest pile of rubbish you’ve ever seen, if that’s how it turns out.
That’s okay. That’s what first drafts are for. Because then you have
something finished that you can edit and polish and fix :).

9. What are your pet peeves in reading erotica?

When it’s clear people are writing something they know very little about
and when they use the wrong terminology. It’s not ‘her dominate’, it’s
‘her Dominant’, for example.

10. Open your book and tell us what juicy things are happening.

This bit is from The Journal. It’s right at the beginning of the story
when she has no idea whether her Master knows what she has done:

I kept my hands behind my back and walked over to him, my high heels
clicking on the hard wood floor. I dared not look at him, but I so wanted
to. Perhaps for reassurance that he wouldn’t hurt me, although I knew he
would; perhaps to see if the gentleness in his voice was there in his
eyes; perhaps to search for something, anything in his expression to tell
me what he was thinking.

He lifted a hand toward my face and I tried not to flinch, but he merely
stroked my hair, twining his fingers through the length of it. I began to
relax, leaning my head into his hand, until he grabbed a handful of hair
close to my scalp and pulled hard, and I couldn’t help letting out a small
squeak of surprise.

“This is no time for making such noises,” he said, still so calmly, so
controlled, and I bit back the sound, unable to rid myself of the feeling
that this was the calm before the storm.

His fingers gently covered and closed my eyes, and then I stood quietly
while he tied my hands behind my back. Now I couldn’t even see what was
coming, and even if I could, I was helpless to prevent it.

He clamped his hand firmly over my mouth, stopping even the chance to
protest, as his other hand explored my body, stroking and caressing – over
my breasts, across my hips, between my legs. I blushed as I realised he
must know how aroused I was.

He released my mouth and inspected my body with both hands, squeezing my
breasts and my bottom, stroking my face, touching between my legs once
more. I moaned softly and he covered my mouth again, muffling any noise I
might make.

Was I not to be allowed even the slightest sound? To have to keep silent
no matter what he might do to me? The thought of his control made me
shiver and I swallowed hard, trying to hold back a sudden rush of desire.
I tried to still myself, wondering if he had noticed.

Of course. Of course he had. He noticed everything. I wondered if it would
make a difference to what he would do. If it pleased him that I couldn’t
hide my reactions or if I would be punished for moving, however slightly?

He stepped away from me and I waited for what would come…

Liv’s Bio:

When not writing about delicious, hot male dominants and the female subs
who love them, I’m usually doing something craft-like, reading, baking,
eating the results of said baking, and attempting to satisfy the demands
of His High and Mighty Dominance (the cat!). My first story, Imagine, was
published with Silver Moon Books last year and Coming, Ready or Not is my
first solo book. The Journal, co-written with Domitri Xavier, is out on
12th July.

Coming, Ready or Not! is available from Amazon US – http://amzn.to/14aeYm2
and Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/135xK03.

You can follow me on my blog – www.liv-honeywell.com, Twitter –
http://www.twitter.com/LivHoneywell or Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/LivHoneywellErotica and my Amazon page is here: