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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Author Interview with Ann Mayburn
Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Ann Mayburn, who has a new book out today from LooseId, an erotic science-fiction romance --The Breaker's Concubine.
I asked her to tell us a little bit about her new work.
Prince Devnar of Jensia is goaded into raiding the wrong space ship, springing a trap that captures him for use as a Royal pleasure slave, a Concubine, on Kyrimia. He vows to do everything he can to escape and keep from forming a psychic bond with his captors that would render him absolutely and totally in love. This proves difficult to do when the female Breaker assigned to turn him into a Concubine, Melania, is the epitome of his perfect woman.
Melania has been raised and trained to help reluctant and abused Novices to break through their personal blocks and attain the ultimate prize of becoming a Concubine. When she is given Devnar to train, she finds herself in danger of doing the forbidden and falling in love with her Novice. This angry, scarred, and utterly seductive male tests her self-control like no other.
Devnar and Melania find themselves at the heart of a galaxy wide political battle that will test a love that they must not acknowledge, and cannot live without, to its very limits.
Ann decided to start writing in June of '10 after the premature birth of her third son.
"He was born at 31 weeks, nine weeks early, and it was a very rough delivery. I lost a great deal of blood and had some touch and go moments," she told me. "While I was recovering from my c-section, without my baby, I had a lot of time to think. In my morphine pumped induced state, I considered all the things that I'd done and what I still wanted to do."
She realized she'd had a lot of fun in her life and that marrying her husband and having her children was a joy she could never fully explain, however one thing she'd always wanted to was write a book.
"I've always been a heavy reader," she said. "My husband used to moan at my monthly bills from the bookstore, and I have an over-active imagination. The trouble was focusing my ADD 'Oh look a squirrel, oh look a penny' self to sit down and write."
Basically, she decided one day to stop making excuses about why she couldn't do it and sat down and did.
"My muse went into overdrive and I have more ideas than I have hours in the day. Blessed was the first novel I wrote and the first draft was a hot mess. After joining up with critique groups, reading articles, talking with established authors, I cleaned it up a ton and ended up selling it to Liquid Silver Books."
Ann didn't actually set out thinking she would write an erotic romance—she just wanted to write a good romance and discovered that, for her, a good romance always included plenty of hot, detailed sex.
"I never understood why romance authors would write these fabulous stories all building up with exquisite detail to some really short and crappy sex," she said. "The sex scenes of any book should be given as much care and imagination as the rest of the story."
She feels that the public sometimes thinks reading erotica is like reading the script of a low-budget porno movie.
"If you take out the sex in a porno you have nothing more than a pizza guy saying he had a delivery for a pizza with extra sausage," she said with a wink. "If you take the sex out of erotica you still have a fantastic plot that could be read on its own."
Ann's favorite erotic book is one she calls "an oldie but goodie," the Sleeping Beauty series by Ann Rice.
"It was my first taste of erotica," she explained, "and will always have a fond place in my heart."
Her favorite erotic author, though, is Cherise Sinclaire.
"I love her!" Ann exclaimed. "Her books are filled with emotion and super yummy heat. Plus, she writes about BDSM in a way that makes it not so scary and accessible to the average woman."
"What is the most embarrassing sex scene you’ve ever written?"
"Honestly, nothing I’ve written embarrasses me. That’s not to say I’d talk to you in line at the grocery store about what type of butt plug works the best for massaging the prostate on a man, but I don’t share the stigma that most Americans do about sex. An action movie can show someone being tortured in great detail and that movie will get a PG-13 rating. If a romantic love story with no violence shows a hint of nipple, it is automatically rated R. How silly is that?"
Part of her attitude comes from her mother, who has been a labor and delivery nurse for 30+ years and who is pretty open about sex and sexuality.
"She likes to joke that the other nurses and midwives she works with are an earthy bunch, and they often share tales that would make my ears turn red," Ann said. "That said, I never, ever want to know that my mom or my brothers read one of my erotica works. Why? Uh, ‘cause she’s my mom and they’re my brothers. That would just weird me out. My sisters have read my books and I love them for their willingness to try new things."
Her husband supports her 100% in her writing, even though it drives him up the wall when they are watching some porn together and she pauses the movie to take notes for an upcoming story.
On a personal note, she told me that she's had her tongue pierced and loved it —up to the point where she bit on it while chewing and cracked her molar.
"I used to be able to tie a cherry stem around the barbell piercing in my tongue." She laughed. "Wouldn’t the moms at the PTA meeting be thrilled by that little trick?"
She does love body piercings, though, especially nipple rings on men and functional penis piercings.
"One of my ex-boyfriends had the base of his cock pierced with a thick silver hoop. Whenever we had sex doggy style the hoop would hit my clit and...well, I’m sure you can imagine my reaction," she said with a smile and a wink.
She also likes to eat honey off a tummy or cock, but would never eat it off a woman's pussy.
"Seriously kids, don’t do that at home," she warned. "Sugary foods like honey, popsicles, and lollypops are a sure fire way to give yourself a rather nasty yeast infection which is sooooo not sexy. Use toys, use lotions and potions designed for oral sex, heck use a popsicle made out of water, but don’t put sugar in your honey pot."
Finally, I asked, "What advice do you give authors wanting to write erotica?"
"Write what turns you on! Who cares if the flavor of the week is space clowns from the planet Boobula with tentacle penises. If you try to write about it and it doesn’t make you hot, your readers are going to know. More importantly, it will make writing that story a chore and nothing will make your muse take a vacation quicker than boring her."
You can keep up with Ann on her blog, http://annmayburn.blogspot.com.