Interview with Xandra Fraser

Why erotica?
I have done a lot of writing, but not erotica. On December 26, 2013, I stumbled on an interesting article while reading news online. The story was about monster pornography and e-publishing. It’s a fun and fascinating read, and it focuses on a particularly important issue----censorship. Here’s the URL:

http://www.businessinsider.com/monster-porn-amazon-crackdown-sex-fantasy-bigfoot-2013-12

So I started thinking about erotica and writing. And then I got an idea. Then another. I had a story beginning to write itself in my head. The next day I wrote the first section of what became Being, Bondage, and Nothingness (the title, by the way, is a nod to Jean-Paul Sartre). As the story kept writing itself in my head, I had trouble getting to sleep at night and woke up early in the morning with whole paragraphs ready to go.

Of his stories, J.R.R. Tolkien said:

They arose in my mind as 'given' things, and as they came, separately, so too the links grew. An absorbing, though continually interrupted labour…yet always I had the sense of recording what was already 'there', somewhere: not of 'inventing'.

While I would not consider comparing what I was writing with the works of Tolkien – and I am certain the Oxford Don would never have approved of erotica as literature – I was having that same writing experience, recording something that felt like it was already there. My initial plan was to write ‘Anna’s Story’ as a short story somewhere in the range of 7000 - 8000 words. But as I wrote, more story appeared. ‘Anna’s Story’ became the first part of BB&N at more than 10,000 words. Within a month, BB&N was complete at 26,000+ words, a novella/short novel with a nice story arc.

When I wrote the previous paragraphs in March, 2014, I did not know how much more story would appear, but now (June, 22, 2014) the Anna saga has become two more novella-length books, extending the story, plus two related short stories. Eventually, I will edit the three novellas into a single novel.

Colin Wilson includes a Note to God of the Labyrinth at the end of the book wherein he mentions Sainte-Beuve’s reference to ‘books that one reads with one hand’. This Note is well worth reading as it is an extended discussion of the nature of pornography.

So why erotica? Turns out it’s fun to write and entertaining to read, even with two hands.
What about Bondage?
My firsthand experience of bondage is limited, but not non-existent. Simple restraint of hands and feet. As I started to write the first real bondage scene in BB&N, I wanted to make the actual task of tying up someone as realistic as possible, sort of step-by-step. As I wrote, I realized just how much work bondage could be---especially if your partner is being completely submissive, i.e., a rag doll. In the end, perhaps, and as my character Mark says, bondage is more of an art form than anything else.
What about samples and story presentation?
After poking around at Smashwords, reading the Style Guide, and sampling the writings of others, I decided the best approach to story presentation is to deliver the goods – at least some of the goods – upfront. Perhaps the fact that the first part of BB&N delivers the goods right away influenced my decision.

So no coy leading on without any fun and games before the end of the sample section.

You, dear reader, deserve to experience some of the erotic scenery before you pay out your hard-earned cash for a book. That way you can decide if the quality of writing, the tone and theme of the story, and the explicitness of the sex suit your tastes.
Speaking of writing quality, what about typos and other errors?
Nothing ruins my reading experience more than a typo or a poorly chosen word or phrase. Or forgetting which character is actually the blonde. I could go on. While it is hard for me to accept this fact, it is true: You can read and reread your writing and never find some of those typing errors. Modern word-processing software will not do it for you either. MS Word (e.g.) will not tell you that you have entered ‘for’ instead of ‘from’. You can give your work to friends and associates for review and correction; they will not find all the errors. Professional editors do not find all of these mistakes either; the world of published literature abounds with typos and such.

I want anyone who is willing to take the time (and possibly spend some money) to read my writing to have the best reading experience possible.

So, dear reader, if you should encounter a typo or misspelled word as you read my work, first, my apologies; but second and more important, please do not hesitate to send me an email with your discovery at xandrafraser@gmail.com. Thanks.

One of the wonders of e-publishing is that correcting typos and other errors is as simple as revising the text file and uploading the new version.
What are some of the other wonders of e-publishing (added June 22, 2014)?
Now that I have completed three novellas, two short stories, and have several more related story ideas, I have come to think of e-publishing as encouraging a different way to approach story-telling. The writer has the opportunity to develop a series of inter-related stories, in both short and long form writing, and to tell those stories from different perspectives.

Not that this approach has not been used in traditional writing/publishing. In the Alexandria Quartet, Lawence Durrell recounts essentially the same story line in four books from different perspectives and in different styles. A sort of prismatic shattering of conventional literary technique. E-publishing facilitates experimentation with this approach.
Published 2014-06-22.
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Books by This Author

The Cop and the Nanny (A Tentacles of Chaos Story)
Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(5.00 from 1 review)
Detective James Arbuthnot is on the case again. One last interview to close out the file on Anna, the woman who disappeared, is now home again, and, of course, everything seems to be back to normal. The nanny. He just needs to talk to her. Get her side of the story. But it will be another interview gone wrong. Sexually explicit. You have been warned.
Mark and the Nanny (A Tentacles of Chaos Story)
Price: Free! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Mark's world has been turned upside-down. His wife, Anna, has disappeared. He is the only suspect the police can find to focus on. He's hired a live-in nanny to take care of his two daughters. What is the nanny up to? Is she the one who is visiting him at night? And if not the nanny, then who? Mark's story in his own words. This story is graphic in nature and is intended for adults only.
My Favorite . . . Martian?
Price: Free! Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Adults Only – Explicit Content. It's 1958, and strange things are happening in Los Angeles. There is a funny novelty song playing on the radio. Do the lyrics hint at something deeper, darker, more bizarre?
My European Vacation (The Nanny Blogs – Part 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,530. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
From the Publisher's Note: Here are more posts, actually one long narrative, broken up into several posts, from The Nanny's Blog. Judging from the dates, these posts follow the first set I published under the title Joyriding with the CEO. The nanny recounts her unconventional trip to Europe in the company of the CEO she calls John and some of his colleagues. The story is better if she tells it.
Joyriding with the CEO (The Nanny Blogs – Part 1)
Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » General
From the Publisher's Note: I found an interesting blog on the web...written by a nanny...(who) has had interactions with the wealthy and privileged in Silicon Valley...While the author may be a real nanny, these blog posts are about her “other” activities – bondage, kinky sex and sex toys, tormenting and satisfying the rich and powerful.
A New Year's Eve to Remember
Price: Free! Words: 3,200. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
It's New Year's Eve. She's been stood up by her boyfriend. Now what? Some champagne, a bubble bath, and then, maybe, it's time to put new batteries in that old vibrator. But something unexpected joins her in the bathtub and it really does become a New Year's Eve to remember. This story also appears in the collection Happy New Year! – A Porn Story Anthology. Look for it at your ebook retailer.
The Succubus Confesses – An Inquisitor Meets His Maker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,020. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Zuzanne claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors. An Inquisitor Meets His Maker recounts Zuzanne's effort to find her sister amidst the chaos of a 17th century witch hunt.
The Succubus Confesses – A Paean to Priapos
Price: Free! Words: 7,640. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Ancient, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Zuzanne claims to be a daughter of Lilith, one of many sisters. She has lived among humans for millennia, receiving nourishment from the vital life energy generated by human lovers, but also giving inspiration to their endeavors. A Paean to Priapos recounts some of her early life, an awakening to awareness of the god Priapos, and her experiences at a Roman orgy at the villa of Tiberius Caesar.
The Cop and the Secretary (A Tentacles of Chaos Story)
Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Detective James Arbuthnot is just trying to do his job – close out the file on an investigation that is no longer relevant. The woman, Anna, who disappeared, is back home; everything seems to be back to normal. Then Karen opens the door of her condo. Arbuthnot thinks she's pretty but fat. Karen decides to give the officer a different perspective – and an experience of the power of the Other.
The Professor and the Sex Goddess
Price: Free! Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
From the Publisher's Note: We apologize for the lurid title. Our only excuse is that we wanted to capture the reader's attention and did not believe the formal title of the MS as we received it would be sufficient... the original title promises... a dry, academic read. The MS came to us through an unusual – and possibly not entirely legal – channel... we will not reveal that source...
Being - Beyond Good and Evil (The Tentacles of Chaos - Book 3)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,430. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
The story of Anna, her family, Karen and Evelyn, concludes, at least for the present, as creatures of the mysterious Being attack the people of this world through erotic dreams. To protect her family and friends, Anna must come to terms with a decision she made. Anna finds the link in her past that connects her with the Being and uses it to fight the alien creatures.
Being in Time, Bound in Space (The Tentacles of Chaos - Book 2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,170. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
The story of Anna, her family, and the nanny, Aimee, continues as Anna returns home from a lengthy captivity. She must deal with the nanny who has seduced her husband and with the police who have many unanswered questions. Anna reconnects with Karen to understand their mutual experience of the Being. And Anna tries to uncover events in her past that might explain why the Being chose her.
Karen’s Story - A Dream of Tentacles
Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Anna has been having strange, erotic dreams---being bound and held captive by an alien creature with many tentacles and being probed and fondled by its appendages. Anna has invited Karen to spend the night so that, perhaps, Karen might experience the dream too. Karen wonders if Anna’s suggestion is actually a disguised invitation for a lesbian hook-up. In either case, she’s interested.
Being, Bondage, and Nothingness (The Tentacles of Chaos - Book 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,580. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
All is well in the life of Anna and Mark, a successful, happily married couple with two young daughters, except Anna has strange, erotic dreams. At least they appear to be dreams. Perhaps there is a real creature fondling and probing her in the darkness. Then Anna disappears leaving Mark to figure out how to move forward with his life and care for the children. And deal with the police.