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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Author Interview: Victoria Cannon
Whipped Cream is pleased to bring you Victoria Cannon, whose Child of Fallen Angels was released from Dark Roast Press. It is a fictional account of gray magic and I asked Victoria to tell us a little about it.
Careful what you wish for...
When Diana discovers the world of magic, her wishes don't go quite as planned. Each wish ultimately comes true in some shape or form, but not without a price. Leaving a trail of people in her path, Diana searches for true happiness within love.
Diana's first lover, Amy, introduces her to this new world, but Amy warns Diana that a love spell is not something she should try because true love, after all, should conquer all without any interference from magic. Amy's failure to adhere to her own advice causes a path of destruction. When circumstances lead Diana to try one anyway, Diana's world now turns upside down as well. Innocent people, however, get caught up in Diana's circle of disaster. With Diana's life now on the line too, Diana soon finds out if true love is really able to conquer all.
Victoria grew up in the New Orleans area before relocating to Maryland, but still considers herself very much a N'awlins girl.
"How do you personally distinguish between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography?" I wondered.
"Pornography lacks a good storyline. With erotica/erotic romance, there is still an intriguing story even if all the sex scenes were taken out of it," she explained. "Erotica is explicitly sexual literature. The focus is more about the sexual adventures or life of one person rather than a relationship between two people. Erotic romance focuses more a particular relationship or love interest. It has the 'happy ending' we all wish we had."
In fact, for her own stories, she holds herself to the standard that the story has to be able to stand on its own without the graphic sex scenes. But when it comes to her personal life?
"Sometimes you just want to fuck and there isn't necessarily anything wrong with that," she told me.
She knows when her own work is good when she needs either a cold shower or her lover next to her at multiple points throughout the story. She also likes hands on research.
"I'm a kinesthetic learner," she explained.
When it comes to what the public believes about erotica, Victoria thinks that it's underestimated how much people read it and enjoy it.
"I think it is slowly coming out of the shadows," she told me, "as more people start to embrace it and talk openly about it."
I asked her how she started writing erotica.
"I won't say any names, but basically the most beautiful man in the world built up a lot of sexual aggression in me and I needed an outlet before I exploded... Circumstances surrounding our lives prevented us from ever acting out on each other, but that's okay... I'll find him in the next life."
He also sent her the best text she ever got. "It simply read XXX. If only his tongue could have gone through the phone too..."
X is now her favorite letter.
Victoria doesn't limit her writing to just erotica. She has a non-erotic short story published once, with a theme of how a broken road can lead you to some of the best people.
"I didn't find it challenging to write at all," she said. "I like writing for different audiences or about different things. It keeps life interesting."
" What does your family think of your writing?" I asked. "Do they read it?"
"Hell yeah! My mom is ready to collaborate with me on some erotic stories. My children can read it in about ten years. I write a wide variety of stuff, though, so my family reads things off and on. When I was little, I use to send old fashioned letters via the post office to all my cousins and aunts. Writing has always been a big part of who I am even as a small child, so my family has always seen me as their little writer."
Her writing career has evolved as a way of dealing with life and communicating with others.
"It came from a lot of pain, loneliness, disappointment, education, humor, and dreams," she said.
On a personal note, if Victoria could be anyone she wanted, she would choose to be herself, "but nationally recognized as Zane/Noir's archrival when it comes to topping ebook sales," she said.
Victoria has three children, with a pair being full term twins. She told me she just paid $10,000 for a new fake belly button as a result of her pregnancy. It's no wonder, then, that if she had a pierce a body part she would choose her new belly button.
"Some people notice eyes. Other people notice asses," she explained. "I always notice stomachs first. Abs are very sexy!"
In men, give her the bad boys over the preppies.
"Give me the men with the long hair and tattoos and the felony record! And nice abs don't hurt either!"
For eating off those nice abs?
"Whipped cream, so you can lick it out the creases."
"What about other body parts?" I wondered.
"It depends. Sometimes I want chocolate. Sometimes I want strawberries. Being from New Orleans, I should try gumbo just for the hell of it one day. Sometimes a drizzle of wine running down a hot man's chest is fun to follow with your tongue."
She's willing to try any food once.
"You'd be surprised - the stuff that looks like it is the worse is actually the best. Sometimes I find the same concept with men. The ones you are less attracted to initially become the better lovers over time."
She can easily tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi and, with her being a Southern girl at heart, I was not surprised at her preference.
"Pepsi stinks," she said bluntly. "Coke has more of a fizz to it, and it tastes better. Even the Coke aftertaste is better than Pepsi. Who drinks a Pepsi Icee? It has to be Coke. Case closed."
"What is your strangest habit?"
"I'm constantly checking that I turned the faucet water off. Even with the OCD, I have flooded the bathroom twice in my life. Sometimes I get lost in my thoughts and just forget to turn the cold water off with the hot water."
When she's not writing, she loves to walk.
"I'm a walk-o-holic, which is why at 110 pounds I was mad as hell that three doctors said I still needed a tummy tuck," she told me.
She never paints her toenails, because she's fortunate enough to have toenails and fingernails that naturally look professionally manicured and she sees no reason to cover them up.
Finally, I asked Victoria, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"
"Do not give up! For every rejection letter, find something that you can improve. Writing is a lifelong journey. Even the best can always be better."
You can keep up with Victoria on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Cannon/107975685955053