Long and Short Reviews welcomes Megan Slayer, the LBGTQ alter-ego of erotic romance author Wendi Zwaduk. Her latest book, Fallen, is about a fallen angel.
"She’s not your average kick-butt angel. She’s actually pretty meek. She’s wandered the earth looking for her use in the world. Being a fallen angel, she doesn’t even have her wings. Writing about her wings and how she gets them back was a lot of fun. I got to do a bunch of research. Want to kill a demon? Lop his/her head off. Yep. I learned that in my research. Who knew?"
She currently working on the next in her Glow series.
"Glow? Sounds like a strange title for a series, you might be saying to yourself. You’d be right. But the punk band in the series calls themselves Glow. I’ve been able to write each band member’s story and I’m in the midst of writing Slash and Hiram’s love story. As much as I’ve loved writing their stories, I’ll be sad when the series ends," she said. "It’s my first ever series and I love the characters."
Wendi wanted to write LBGTQ stories and, even though her mother doesn't care, Wendi was afraid her dad would drop dead. So, she decided to write them under a pseudonym: Megan Slayer. Megan is actually her middle name—and Slayer?
"Well, I managed to fry three computers in the space of a very short time. My best friend informed me that I was the slayer of computers. The name sort of stuck. Megan needed a last name and Slayer was it," she explained.
"Do you ever suffer from writer's block?" I wondered. "If so, what do you do about it?"
She snorted. "Okay, I’ll answer this completely honestly. I listen to music to get me into the mood. Why? The parts where I tend to get writer’s block is when the characters want to get frisky. I have to be in the mood to write it and to do that? I use music. And I look at pictures that will inspire me. You know what I mean," she said with a nod and a wink.
Most of her titles are song titles. She doesn't deliberatel set out to write a story based on a song, but there have been a lot of songs that she's thought Hey, that would be a great story.
"I usually get my titles in the middle of the book; however, by the time I’d gotten to the end of Fallen I still didn’t have a title. Livia, the angel, snorted. 'Um, Fallen?” I thought, duh. And it was even funnier because I’d had the Sarah McLachlan song of the same title going through my head at the same time. Poof! Title."
She has to have noise going on when she writes—otherwise she won't get anything accomplished. She will usually have the television on (even if she doesn't have an idea what's playing) or itunes running on her laptop. And, with the laptop, her writing space is wherever she happens to be: the RV, the living room, the front porch on the swing.
"One of my favorite places to write is standing at the kitchen counter. Why? I can write in between loads of laundry, jotting down little notes, keeping pets from being themselves on my floor and watch the TV if I need another distraction," she said, then added, "I didn’t say I got a lot of writing done, just that’s where I like to write."
"What is your strangest habit?" I asked.
"Depends on who you talk to. I don’t think my habits are strange, but some might. I capitalize some of the letters when I write letters and lists. I have to alphabetize my CDs and make lists in my itunes according to what I’m writing at the time. Maybe those are strange. Who knows?"
"How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?" I wondered.
"Porn is sex for the sake of sex. Can be any grouping with any type of toy or furniture. Erotica is the sexual journey of the character. Erotic romance is a story with a heavy dose of romance involved. The characters are sexual individuals and the story holds up without the sex, but the sex certainly enhances the tale."
She told me that there are too many writers who write excellent erotic fiction to count, but there are a few she really enjoys.
"KA Mitchell writes fantastic characters that are so plain, they are exciting. Brannan Black writes paranormal stories I can’t put down. If I see a Mychael Black story on the coming soon page, I’m liable to snap it up. Always feel like I’m in a new world when I read his work."
Mitchell is her all time favorite because even though the characters are ordinary, Mitchell writes in a fashion that makes Megan remember them long after the book closes. Her favorite book is Regularly Scheduled Life by the same author.
"I was a teacher for a while and the scenarios in the book are very real," she explained. "The emotions are even more vibrant and I wanted to know more about them after the book closed. I wanted to know about them in the next book that wasn’t even about them."
"What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?" I asked.
She laughed. "I don’t know if it's weird, but I’ve gone to strip clubs in the name of research. And toy shopped. I also found out it’s possible to make a dirty book/toy store worker blush when you tell them you’re buying items in the name of research."
Finally, I asked, "What are you passionate about these days?"
"Making sure that what we teach our kids is the same things we practice. If we want our kids to not cut in line, we shouldn’t be shoving through the store to get what we want. If we want our kids to respect our elders, then we should show those same elders respect. Kids model what we do. How are they going to model this if we aren’t modeling what we tell them to do? I’m also passionate about the right to marry whoever you want to marry. Elliot Garfield in The Goodbye Girl said it best: 'I will bring home anyone or anything that I choose, including a one-eyed Episcopalian kangaroo if that happens to be my kinky inclination.' Let people be themselves. Sheesh."
About the Author: When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.
When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.
Currently hanging out every Wednesday and Friday at the Menagerie Authors site, hunting Hotties for the Saturday posts, and working on the next great story brewing in her head!
The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always needs them. So be nice to Jeremy or he will bite--on command.
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Also blogs at: http://menagerieauthors.blogspot.com/
Livia was cast out of heaven for the crime of falling in love with a human. So what’s a fallen angel to do when she meets the man of her dreams? Falling certainly has its perks.
Ty didn’t expect the angel at his party to be fallen or to have a murky past. He also didn’t expect her to end up in his arms. Now he’s not about to let the past stand in the way of their future.
Contains a Fallen Angel, A College Student smitten, and lots of hot sex with a little kink thrown in for fun. But it's not all giggles and heat. There's an unruly Demon determined not to go down without a fight.
Fallen – Changeling Press
Buy Link: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1755