Interview with Blair Erotica

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up traveling, living and going to school in various places in Asia and Europe and the US and never outgrew the passion for new places. Of course my perspective is a mish mash of cultures and attitudes. Influence is an elusive beast.
When did you first start writing?
When I learned to read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been an independent person and enjoyed doing things my own way. I also make decisions quickly and the tedious and time-consuming pace of traditional publishing is appalling.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By being there when I first was sorting out distribution, Smashwords gave me a fairly quick and easy way to start. As I've learned more about the ins and outs of dealing with the various outlets, I like working with them even more. I spend more time writing and less having to worry about uploading and the large number of formats and special concerns of each distributor.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing lets me explore ideas and situations. That is sheer joy for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Unfortunately, I don't know my fans well enough to provide a meaningful answer, except to say that having fans, readers, encourages me to continue publishing.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on several things at once, but the project looming ahead is to complete an erotic steampunk novel about the designer of an airship.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are too many to list, but I will mention the wonderful lyrical quality of Milan Kundera's work (and his attention to exploring existential questions) and the evocative settings of Somerset Maugham.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I travel and absorb and think about writing, and read and make love and revile in being alive.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. Not in the least. I think it was a script for a sock puppet show some friends and I put on when I was about eight. The hard part was copying out scripts for each player--I hated (and still do) repetitive chores.
What is your writing process?
I start with characters and situation and see where it goes. When I finish a draft, I try to let it rest, perhaps get beta readers to review it, and then go over it again.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story must have been The Jungle Books (other than the silly readers written for children). I was astounded at how I could see what it was like to live among the animals. Wow!
How do you approach cover design?
Awkwardly. I have a somewhat heavy hand, not deft at all with visual media. I am shifting over to using people who do this well, although many of the pros I've checked out are far more cookie cutter in their approach than I am, and I tend to favor originality and an artistic aesthetic to caricature.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It is nearly impossible to narrow it down to five and the five change. Currently, thinking on my feet, THE CASUARINA TREE (Somerset Maugham), SOUTH OF THE BORDER, WEST OF THE SUN (Murakami), BURMESE DAYS (Orwell), THE ART OF THE NOVEL (Kundera) and perhaps TROPIC OF CANCER (Miller). Each taught me a great deal, although in the case of Murakami I would be hard pressed to say exactly what it was.
What do you read for pleasure?
So many things. Isabel Allende, Barbara Kingsolver, James Jones, John Cheever, and always trying new authors on to see how they can twist the light.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a luddite, I'm afraid, and a rather poor one at that. Living on the go, I haven't caught up with the devices and all e-reading is on my laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I wish I knew. I go in all directions. Gave up on Facebook as an inordinate waste of time and effort--a black hole. My mother told me not to play in black holes and it I think that as I live my life I should try taking her advice at least once.
Describe your desk
It varies. Basically, my laptop is my desk, plus or minus a cooler (especially in the tropics), sometimes a printer... and lots of pads of paper. I write longhand at times. If I didn't hate typing so much I would write all my first drafts in longhand. But I do hate typing.
Published 2013-09-01.
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Books by This Author

Personal Spy
Series: A story of the Consortium, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,980. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Tara is an ex cop failing as a private investigator; Bobby is an ex cop succeeding as one. Now he wants her, both as a woman and to be his personal spy in an industrial espionage case. Taking the job, she finds that Josh, the target of her investigation, is suspiciously straightforward and deliciously sexy, making her investigation take a strange turn.
Fantasy Charters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,850. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Four stories of erotic adventures on a charter catamaran in the tropics. With the lure of the salty sea, a sexy crew, and balmy nights under clear skies, a fantasy charter promises many things. How about sailing to a secluded private bay for erotic adventure under a full moon?
Erotic Encounters
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,030. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies
The caress of a stranger, a spontaneous threesome, immersion in a private place dedicated to erotic pleasure and exploration of the meaning of erotica are the themes of these stories. A business woman looks for erotic pleasure as a reward for doing her work well; two different kinds of artists explore what erotica is and how to represent sexual experience and erotic feelings in an exciting way.
Full Moon Cruise
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,520. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
When the Captain's away, the crew will play. Lateenya goes to Beggar Island for business and pleasure, and Roger and Tommy find two older women who fall for the idea of a cruise under the full moon with these two young guys. Lateenya takes some time to enjoy herself with friends and a very dark stranger. Book Four in the Fantasy Charter Series
Shore Leave
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,510. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Book three in the Fantasy Charters series. When charters are few and the ones available seem dull, a little shore leave and some part time work on a boat in the marina lead Roger down erotic paths. The work becomes exciting when the captain's wife, Anne, decides that fun with Roger is the perfect way to spice up her marriage. Tommy and Debbie join in to help Anne fulfill some fantasies
Swinging At Anchor
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,640. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Lateenya and her mate Roger are trying to make a go of a fantasy charter business in the Caribbean. When two hot women come aboard with quite different ideas of what makes a good tropical fantasy, trouble brews. Book II of the Fantasy Charter Series
Enjoy the Ride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
When Janice breaks up with Jeff over his affair with another woman, he insists that she needs to learn to separate the ideas of sex and love. Her girlfriend Nattie agrees with him and convinces her to go to a party where she meets people who make the lesson more than a little exciting and not all that hard to learn. An erotic short story.
Gift Wrapped
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,250. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Madge wants to give Tracey to Jeff as a birthday present. She wants her to completely submit to Jeff, let him use her anyway he chooses. Agreeing, Tracey finds herself aroused and challenged by the wildest sex of her life.
A Night with The Skinny Girl
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
When the knots of life have you tied up, a little casual sex with the right person can make things much better.
Tropical Heat
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,370. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Three short stories of lusty people in a tropical paradise and finding hot sex and erotic adventure. They step out of their comfort zones to enjoy sexual adventure, romance and whatever lust leads them to; having sex with friends and lovers, strangers and multiple partners. Not for the feint of heart.
Sailing on a Lusty Breeze
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 19,090. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Roger takes on a job as a deckhand on Bart and Janet's yacht. They are busy professionals who want to take a break from the business world and patch up their relationship. Crewing for a couple of lovebirds as they sail the Caribbean seems like an easy gig, but when problems develop between the couple, and Janet decides that Roger might save her vacation, it all gets tricky and erotic.
A Private Showing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Lori is a bored receptionist at a real estate agency with a wicked sense of humor and a strong desire for sexual exploration. Ben is a hot guy looking to buy an old house. Lori knows just the place and proposes a private and exclusive showing. And although neither of them know it yet, Lori’s roommate Jean is about to become part of the deal.
Helga's Tropical Fantasy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,770. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Helga came to the tropics for adventure -- wild and crazy fun that she can't seem to find at home. She saved two years to get there and finds that the low season is dead, and her fantasy is dying with it. But a woman she met introduces her to Roger and he opens the door to the over the top sex she was dreaming of.
Beach Bum Delight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A tropical resort promises professional twenty-somethings a place to meet sexy people and play in fun and surf. Diane and Shelly go, looking for some fun, but corporate guys at the beach are still corporate. It takes a couple of hot beach bums to make the vacation start to happen.
Becky's Hunger
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,450. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Waking to a longing for sexual adventure, Becky finds that the man she is with isn't enough for her. She begins to assert herself, driven by a hunger for sexual experiences and finds that the people who excite her the most are the ones who push her outside her zone of comfort and overwhelm her senses.
Double Occupancy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Frank's trip to Asia will either make, or break, his career. It has already damaged his love life and it starts badly. His girl backs out of going and the airlines lose his luggage. But when the hotel screws up his reservations, his luck changes. A beautiful woman with a couple of wonderfully kinky twists in her attitude turn disaster into pure pleasure for at least one night in Bangkok.
An Encounter with Pure Pleasure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,670. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Alone in Tokyo, an extension of important negotiations gives Irene a free weekend. What she wants is to fill it with pure pleasure -- to be pampered and pleasured and restored before negotiations resume on Monday. Paris, who introduced her to the joy of spontaneous sexual encounters provides a connection and she is whisked away to a small rural spot that gives her more than she thought possible.
Seaside Lust
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,230. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Being invited to spend a week at a tropical resort in the Caribbean it an exciting proposition, but when you don't know the person that well, a bit unsettling. Although Inga thinks Sam has his head more in business than in romance, the chance is too good to pass up. And the promise of a sexy time beckons.
An Erotic Foursome
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,150. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
This anthology of four erotic short stories explores the human desire for arousal and sexual interaction. The unifying theme of these stories is that vital people enjoy pushing the envelope of human experience, finding new things that turn them on, and new ways to use that arousal. Three of the stories are available as separate ebooks, but When Plans Go Wrong is previously unpublished.
The Erotic Poet and the Nude Photographer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A collaboration between an erotic poet and a nude photographer provides an artistic challenge and sets the stage for a new erotic experience for them both.
New Paths, Open Doors
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,730. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Sherry wants her life to be something grand and adventurous. When Greg suggests a walk down new paths that lead to doors that open onto sexual adventure with multiple partners and voyeuristic pleasures she follows -- to her delight.
A Week in Paradise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Greg and Sherry exhausted their savings on a dream vacation--a one-week trip to a tropical island. When his back goes out on the first day, and the doctor puts him under heavy sedation, it looks like the end of the fun. With the help of Lena, who owns the bungalows, Sherry turns to Plan B, and finds that the erotic side of paradise is a lot more erotic than she ever imagined.
An Encounter With Paris
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,580. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
When a young businesswoman decides to take a few days off during a business trip to Paris, she is thinking more of a sexual adventure rather than sight seeing. She meets a gorgeous man named Paris in a sidewalk cafe, he sweeps her into an adventure that is more than she expected and she becomes addicted to the allure of a brief, passionate encounter. For adults only.
The View from a Darkened Room
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Kate has lost her boyfriend, her job and her confidence all at once. She needs to escape from her lonely apartment. In a rustic retreat she rents a bungalow with a darkened room and watches others as she gets a new perspective on what she wants from life.
Erratic Erotica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A beguiling mixture of erotic poetry, short stories and even a mini play inserted in the middle of a story. This collection explores various ideas and aspects of love, sex, sensuality and passion in a variety of literary forms.