Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Ann Cory. Ann enjoys writing erotic romance where she delves into the dark realms of paranormal, vampires, shape-shifters, time travel and urban fantasy, while adding excitement and spice to contemporary, ménage, BDSM, alternative, and historical themes. Her latest work, Witching Well, is now available from Ellora's Cave.
Ann has made up stories all of her life. "I used to make books for my stuffed animals. I’d write a story and illustrate it," she said. "From there I worked on the school paper, journal, and yearbook. I can’t think of a time I didn’t write."
She started our writing horror. "I still do though not as much," she told me. "But I wrote it every single day for over two years and I found myself in a dark place desperately needing a happy ending of some kind. I then started to write erotica but was told I had too much storyline going on. So I ended up finding my way into erotic romance. I enjoy being able to branch out into a wide range of genres and letting the muse have creative reign."
Her family is very supportive of her writing. "They know that if I'm happy—they'll be happy," she said. "Seriously though, I’m lucky that my family is proud of me and gives me a pat on the back when I need it. Hubster has read all my work. My son has read some of my horror writing, but that’s it."
I asked Ann what books she recommended for writers just starting out in writing erotica or erotic romance. "Book on character development, personalities, adding sexual tension, and character traits," she said. "Also books on dialogue, a good dictionary and thesaurus."
She has bookshelves of reference books that keep her busy when it comes to research. "I buy a new one each time I go to a bookstore. If I can’t find out something from one of the books, then I’ll look online. Of course there is also another kind of research I do, but I’ll refrain from detailing that one."
She told me that, to her, the distinguishing characteristic between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography is in the execution of the story. "Pornography in my mind is instant gratification without the storyline," she explained. "The sex is impersonal. In both erotica and erotic romance you have a storyline, characters with depth, and a different level of intimacy. Erotic romance allows you to go that extra mile, incorporate world building and delve into many different genres. I enjoy both the happily ever after endings and happy for now endings."
She also needs to feel a connection with the characters. "Without that connection," she said, "I’m not going to care whether they end up together or not and that defeats the purpose."
I asked Ann what food she considered the best for eating off another's tummy.
"Oh I’d love to see a whole fruit buffet on some hot muscled man," she told me.
Her favorite food is pizza, but her least favorite? The one she absolutely cannot bring herself to eat? Liver. "I refuse to eat it," she said. "It's just not happening. You can fix it however you like, dye it any shade you want, even sprinkle it with pizza smelling ingredients, but that stuff isn't going in my body. Besides, I already have one, thanks."
I asked Ann if she would share her most embarrassing moment with us.
"It's impossible to choose just one," she told me. "Okay, fine, but only because you twisted my arm. There was the time I got my hand caught in the VCR because I was pretending to be a mail carrier and it was the mail slot."
Ann enjoys pretending, because she also shared with me her strangest habit. "When I'm cooking or baking all by myself, I pretend that I'm a celebrity chef and explain step-by-step what I'm doing," she said. "I blame Food Network for that. I don't believe I claimed to be normal anywhere in this interview."
Ann's allergic to nail polish, so doesn't paint her toenails. "If I could wear it," she told me, "I'd paint them blue and add sparkly stuff on top and a butterfly decal."
She also informed me that her cousin can tie a cherry stem with her tongue. "She said it meant she was a better kisser," Ann said. "Of course I was younger and I don't know if she pulled a fast one or not, but I've admired her ever since."
Finally, if Ann could be anyone she wanted, her desire is simple.
"I'd be Johnny Depp's wife."
You can keep up with Ann on her blog, http://anncory.com/blog