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

Passionate People
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,080. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Passion is where you find it. Four stories of passionate people finding their way through the ins and outs of love, lust, and all that goes with it. From an anonymous sexual encounter to more outrageous interpretations of passion. Four different kinds of erotic stories told by four authors. A cross section of views as well as passions.
Stories of the Consortium
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,900. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Two female protagonists go body to body with alpha males of every description (bikers, cops, construction workers and rich industrialists) as they contend with a world of intrigue, passion, treachery and smoking hot sex. The three stories of series The Consortium (Personal Spy, Independent Contractor and Hot Imports)
Hot Imports
Series: The Consortium, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,940. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Smuggling, high finance, treachery, and love (of money and people) and outright lust combine in this third book of stories of the Consortium. Tara goes undercover in an import/export company to do some due diligence and finds some serious personal distractions.
Independent Contractor
Series: The Consortium, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,540. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Liz has taken the job of getting a border town construction project on schedule. It's a rough world and the only decent distraction is with the hot guys she works with, including a gypsy biker named Tom. Her incompetent boss gives her headaches, and an unusual desire to win Tom gives her a heartache as she struggles to prove herself at work, and win Tom's heart.
Personal Spy
Series: The Consortium, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,050. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
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. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
WHO CAN RESIST THE EROTIC ALLURE OF A FULL MOON? Lateenya takes a much-needed break to see lusty friends leaving Roger in charge. He and Tommy convince some lovely ladies to enjoy a cruise and hot sex under the full moon.
Shore Leave
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,510. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
A SAILOR ASHORE IS A LUSTY CREATURE. There's not much chartering work to pay the bills and Lateenya has to give ROger shore leave. Her brother finds him a job doing boat work for a couple. The woman is hot and wants Roger's skilled hands doing far more than boat repairs. And, as long as he's ashore, there are plenty of other women who enjoy the company of a lusty young sailor.
Swinging At Anchor
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,640. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
Two hot women hired Lateenya's boat for a charter, but they've brought along quite different ideas of what makes a good tropical sex fantasy. One of them very much wants to include Roger in the sex games. Can he and Lateenya find a way to satisfy them both? Keeping their lives interesting, a wild couple arrives with a business proposition—cruises for swingers. Best o
Gift Wrapped
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,060. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
When the knots of life have you tied up, a little casual sex with the right person can make things much better.
Sailing on a Lusty Breeze
Series: Fantasy Charters, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 19,090. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
He's doing his best to keep the owner's wife happy! Roger takes on a job crewing a private sailboat from Florida to the Caribbean with a professional couple who aren't getting along. He's all work and she wants to play. Seeing as she's hot, Roger is happy to make sure she enjoys the trip both on board and ashore, but it isn't all smooth sailing.
A Private Showing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Lori is a bored receptionist at a real estate agency. She has a wicked sense of humor and a strong desire for sexual exploration. Ben is a hot guy looking to buy an old house--just like the one Lori lives in. 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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
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.
Becky's Hunger
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,300. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » Interracial
Becky wakes to the realization that she has let her life drift. Now she wants to change things and see if she can satisfy her new-found hunger for passion and love.
An Encounter with Pure Pleasure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,670. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
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.
An Erotic Foursome
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,150. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
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.
A Week in Paradise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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: 7,510. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
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.
The View from a Darkened Room
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
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. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
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.