Movies like Beauty and the Beast and Wonder Woman have been making waves in box office. Sexy scribe Liz Adams is here to tell us how she’s managed to work fairy tales and superheroes into her erotic stories as well. The writer, hailing from the San Francisco/Bay Area, is the author of the award-winning erotic Wonder Woman-inspired novella Ariel’s Super Power of Love. She studied music and creative writing in Los Angeles and worked as a freelance model before making her writing her career. In her spare time, she cuddles with her spouse on the couch to watch her favorite shows and often they work together doing hands-on research for her books.
Read on as Liz dishes on the genre she wrote before romance, her problem with great books, and her Sherlock Holmes #writergoals!
(Stay tuned at the end of this interview for a few FREE treats from the author!)
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I always look for the road not taken. When my choices are left or right, I look up. I suppose that’s reason enough to never drive your car behind mine. Also, whenever I can, I keep things simple. For example, in the wise words of Doctor Who (paraphrased): Why am I here? Because I’m nowhere else.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I love the hands-on research. As my fellow erotica author Chloe Adler so accurately put it, “You write a little, you go to bed. You write a little more, you go to bed.”
I also love putting my own spin on fairy tales and superhero stories. For example, Ariel’s Super Power of Love was a lot of fun and sexy as hell imagining what her love life and sex life was like. I also had a great time packing in riddles and poems in my novel Alice’s Erotic Adventures Through the Mirror (inspired by Through the Looking Glass). It won first place for Best Erotic Paranormal/Fantasy!
Tell us about your latest project.
I’m working on a series of erotic Sherlock Holmes cases: The Case of the Ripped Bodice, The Case of the Invisible Lover, and others!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my readers told me they couldn’t put down my stories and hated having to stay up so late. Loved that!
~”…whatever you do, stick with your writing.”~
What drew you to writing erotica?
I started out writing thrillers. Then, at a RWA (Romance Writers of America) meeting, it was time for the Good News announcements. Bella Andre (who was writing erotica at the time) said, “This past year I made over one million dollars.” We cheered. The lady sitting beside her, Tina Folsom, stood and said, “Well, I didn’t make a million dollars, but I did make over six hundred thousand dollars.” We cheered. When I found out that they were writing erotica, I said, “Wow! I’m in the wrong genre!” Lol! The truth is, I always found the idea of writing erotica appealing but resisted it…until that RWA meeting.
Which books have influenced your writing style the most?
The trouble with great books is that they’re too great to learn anything in the way of writing well. The stories just read too smoothly. It’s the amateur writers that have taught me the most. When I critique their writing, I see something that doesn’t work and I ask myself, “Why doesn’t it work?” I learn the most that way.
Share a piece of your work that showcases your writing style best.
Here’s an excerpt from my award-winning Alice’s Erotic Adventures Through the Mirror:
The tiny voices came back, buzzing in Alice’s ears.
“You will always be alone.”
“You will always be unloved.”
“You will always be ignored.”
Alice swatted them away.
The blind man cleared his throat. “Now about your ‘be’ problem. I can train those voices to speak much sweeter to you.”
“You can?” Alice swatted at the invisible sounds. “How?”
“Why, with honey of course.” The gentleman with milky eyes stepped to within a breath of her. “No voices are sweeter than those from honey be’s.”
Alice smiled. His breath reminded her of childhood breakfast honey. She inhaled and closed her eyes to enjoy his scent. He brushed his hands up her arms, placed his hands on her shoulders, and gently guided her to face away from him.
She opened her eyes.
He traced his fingertips along her shoulders to the tied lace of her dress behind her neck. “May I remove your dress?”
Was this a necessary part of her journey? What had the queen said?
Bugs and critters are to be greeted,
To show how you deserve to be treated.
Alice nodded. She wasn’t supposed to get rid of the voices that bugged her. She had to retrain them. That’s what this Heart Whisperer could do for her. Besides, the man was blind. It wasn’t as if he’d see anything.
“Yes,” Alice said.
The lace loosened at her neck. He guided the stretchy waistline past her waist. Her dress pooled at her feet.
The man drew his fingers across her naked shoulders and fiddled her bra straps. “And this?”
She reached behind, unclipped the cotton bra, and let it slide off her arms and drop to the ground.
He whispered, “Are you wearing anything else?”
Alice stepped out of her shoes to be barefoot. “No.”
She’d been panty-free ever since she awoke as a flower in the garden.
“Then let’s get started, shall we?”
She took in a deep breath and exhaled. “Yes.”
“As you may have noticed from the scent of my breath, my saliva is made of honey. I can help the voices be drawn to your sweetness, but you too must absorb the honey and make it be a part of you.”
Alice curled her toes with anticipation, feeling the cold earth at her feet. “What do I need to do?”
“Let me kiss your body and coat you with honey. I will say certain phrases and you must repeat them. Do you understand?”
Alice’s nipples hardened. This wasn’t cheating on Jack. It was just a dream.
She figured out the answer to the queen’s riddle. Treat yourself sweetly.
This Heart Whisperer was the key to unlock that door. He was a necessary part of her journey.
“I understand,” she said.
“May I begin?”
Alice shook her body loose and closed her eyes. “Yes.”
The first kiss at her shoulder dripped warm and thick, her skin sensing a droplet crawling down to her breast. A second kiss to the same shoulder. Then a third.
Alice kept her eyes closed and resisted the temptation to brush away the tickle of drops, some sliding down to her breast, others down her back.
He whispered, “You will be respected.”
He kissed the crook of her neck. She had to tilt her head to let him reach. Goosebumps rippled along her arms and legs.
“Say it,” he said. “You will be respected.”
Alice nodded. “I will be respected.”
The honey on her shoulder cooled in the minty fresh air, tightening fast and sticky against her skin.
He pressed his lips to her other shoulder, honey spilling from his kisses. The voices around her would soon no longer be hurtful. A sadness clumped inside her gut. Over the years, Alice had become used to those hurtful voices. Their familiarity had in some twisted way kept her company. Soon they would be gone, that family of hurtful voices. Droplets of the honey cried down her chest, mourning the end of those voices.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Ask yourself: “How can I change my readers’ lives?” The more your story has changed a reader’s opinions, beliefs, or lifestyle, the more likely they’ll tell all their friends about your writing. Otherwise, the book is just a fun read not worth mentioning to anyone.
- Write, publish, and repeat. The secret of the three? Repeat!
- The saying goes, There are three rules to writing great fiction. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are. Inevitably, you’ll have some readers who’ll trash your work. It’s okay to be sad, angry, and upset by their mean comments. But whatever you do, stick with your writing. Never give up. Keep going!
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
Wow! What a question. I hadn’t considered it! I love Chloe Thurlow’s erotica. She manages to find some controversial topics to write on and her sex scenes are anything but standard. She always somehow spins innovation in her sex scenes and word choice. The good news is that I feel comfortable reaching out to her. We’ve reviewed each other’s work before. Maybe I’ll reach out to her and see if she’s willing to give me some pointers.
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
Whenever I write my sex scenes, I make sure to add something out of the ordinary. For example, maybe the couple flips a coin to see what kind of sex play happens next. Maybe the couple has sex in a library and only the woman knows they’re being watched and she keeps it a secret between herself and the voyeur. In the above excerpt, honey is involved. Sweet!
(Also, when writing, I often have trouble keeping my hands to myself…)
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Besides Chloe Adler and Chloe Thurlow (Hey! Two Chloes! And neither’s real name is Chloe!), I’d like to give a shout out to my writers group Wet Ink: Mika Lane, Marie Johnston, and T Bella. It’s amazing how well they write. I don’t learn much from their writing, only from their critiques.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
Ten Sherlock Holmes cases, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Alice in Wonderland (Part 3 in my series), a Freaky Friday Hansel and Gretel, and an Agatha Christie-type Ten Little Indians version of Snow White and the Seven Miners (Snow White is a hired assassin who must figure out which miner turns into a dangerous wolf during orgasm). All but the Sherlock Holmes tales have been written!
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