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'09 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Digital Publishing & Print
Common Myths of Epublishing
Ebook Formats and Devices

by Louisa Burton
Compelling Characters
Point of View, Part I
Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
Keep it Simple
Keep Your Writing Real
The Importance of Pacing

Literary Streetwalker
by M. Christian
New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
Meeting & Making Friends
Thinking Beyond Sex
Selling Books
Walking the Line
e-book, e-publisher, e-fun
Still More E-book Fun

Shameless Self-Promotion
by Donna George Storey
Our Journey Begins
Pitches and Bios
Websites, Blogs & Readers
Publicists, Press Kits and...
Viva the Internet
Adventures in Cyberspace
Promoting In the Flesh
Make Your Own Movie
Bigger is Better
Looking Back, Planning Ahead

Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Questions to Ask Yourself...
Tough All Over

The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
Practice Makes Prefect
5 Books for Fiction Authors
Poetry In Motions
Six Serving Men
Ashley Lister is Anal
Stealing Ideas
Celebrating Poetry

2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister

Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
A Year of Living Shamelessly
Adultery, Exhibitionism ...
John Updike Made Me Do It ...
Story Soup: Forbidden ...
Lessons from Amazon
Naked Lunches ...
Erotic Alchemy
Secrets of Seduction
Are You a “Real” Writer?
Don’t Fondle My Sentence

Cracking Foxy
with Robert Buckley
The Passionate Taphophile
Havens on Earth
A Knight Without Armor
Magic Carpet Rides
Getting Hammered
Keep It Quiet
Hang Around for a Spell

Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Worked Up About Why
Worked Up About Why, Part II
All Worked Up About Porn
The Catholic Church
Purity Movement
The National Crisis
The Future
About Homosexuality
Public Indiscretions

Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Premature Ejaculation
Auctioning Off What?

Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Who's Who Around the Table
Ritual Sex
Mixed Legacy
The Spectrum of Consent
Drawing the Line
Marriage without the Hype
The Distracting Smirk
Innocent Guns
Gardens of Earthly Delights

Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Anneke Jacob
D L King
Kristina Lloyd
Lisabet Sarai
Mitzi Szereto
Portia Da Costa
Shanna Germain
Sommer Marsden
Susan DiPlacido

Guest Appearances

Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

Between the Lines

Ashley Lister talks to Lisabet Sarai


As She's Told

This month celebrates 10 years of Lisabet Sarai’s erotic fiction.  Back in April 1999, Black Lace books (the Virgin Publishing imprint of erotic fiction written by women for women) published Lisabet’s first erotic novel: Raw Silk.  Since then she’s repeatedly revisited the novel (Incognito, Ruby’s Rules, Exposure etc), made a name for herself with her sultry short stories (Butterfly, Vows, Incurable Romantic—and countless other), and even worked as an editor/anthologist (Sacred Exchange and Cream: the best of the Erotic Readers and Writers Association).  Lisabet kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk a little about her passion for erotic fiction.

Ashley Lister: Before we begin properly, could you please advise our readers how they should correctly pronounce your surname?

Lisabet Sarai: Well, since I concocted the name myself when I was searching for a pseudonym, no pronunciation would be strictly incorrect! However, when I pronounce it, the first syllable rhymes with “fa” (the fourth note in the musical scale) and the second with “lie”. Stress is on the second syllable. 

Ashley Lister: Congratulations on your anniversary of a decade in erotic fiction publishing.  It’s quite an achievement for any author to remain in a genre for such a length of time yet you still manage to produce stories that are well-crafted, explicit and exciting.  How do you manage that with such consistency?

Lisabet Sarai: Thank you, Ash!  For one thing, I don’t write full time. I have a fairly demanding day job, so my writing time is precious. I try to make it matter. I’m selective about what calls I’ll respond to, or what publishers and editors I will work with. Since I can’t generate the quantity produced by some erotica authors, I try to focus especially hard on quality.

I also enjoy challenging myself by attacking new sub-genres, but with an original twist. I just published my first erotic vampire story, “Vampires, Limited”, in the Black Lace Lust at First Bite collection. (Well, actually, my story “Prey” might also be classified as vampire erotica,  but that’s really outside the mainstream.) My vampire is rather non-traditional. He’s not ancient, he’s not predatory, and he can venture outside in the day time. He also offers a new explanation on how one becomes a vampire.

“Shapeshifter” erotica is currently very popular—were-wolves, were-bears, were-stallions and so on. I decided to take the genre in a new direction. My new novella Serpent’s Kiss, due out in May, is my initial attempt in this area.  My character shifts from human form to half-snake/half-bird—the form of a Mayan god. 

Lately I’ve been working with ePublishers. Their notion of a short story is a work ten to fifteen thousand words, complete with chapters! This has taken some adjustment on my part, since most print anthologies will not accept anything longer than 5K.  Paradoxically, the experience has made it easier for me to produce short works, but more difficult to pack an entire story into the limited word count. I think I may need to rejoin Storytime and focus on writing Flashers again.   

Ashley Lister: Reflecting on your career as an author over the past ten years, which of your personal publications would you rank as the most satisfying—both on a personal and professional level?

Lisabet Sarai: My personal favorite novel is Incognito, mostly due to the interleaving of past and present. I’ve always been fascinated by the Victorian era. In that sense my heroine Miranda mirrors my personal interests. I’m also very proud of my short story collection Fire, though it hasn’t been as popular as some of my other works—largely, I think, because it’s a bit more “literary” than the sort of short stories that are currently in favor. When my husband read it, he compared me to O. Henry! I was extraordinarily flattered, though I am not sure that the comparison is deserved. Finally, with all due humility, I think that Cream was one of the best erotica collections to appear in years. It was a privilege having the opportunity to expose some of the talent that hangs out at ERWA to a larger readership.

Ashley Lister: I recently read and enjoyed Exposure.  In this story you’ve deviated from the typical limitations of the genre and created a noir style narrative that is fun and sexy but also has the threat of a darker side.  Could you explain a little about Exposure and tell us if that edginess was deliberate?

Lisabet Sarai: Very deliberate. I actually wish I could have made it blacker, cranked up the tension and the foreboding another few notches. In fact, it’s pretty tame compared to the typical crime novel. I’ve only read a few erotic thrillers—the work of M.J. Rose comes to mind—so I didn’t have much in the way of models.

I’ve never been very comfortable writing dark erotica. My view of sex is so positive, I find it difficult to meld it to negative themes. So Exposure was definitely a challenge.

Ashley Lister: Aside from your extensive publishing history of fiction, you’ve also read and reviewed many, many titles over the past decade.  Are there any titles that particularly stand out as favourites?

Lisabet Sarai: Well, I obviously tend to remember the things that I’ve reviewed fairly recently. High on that list, I’d include Donna George Storey’s Amorous Woman and Helen Madden’s Demon by Day. Oh, and I have to mention Andre Aciman’s wonderful Call Me By Your Name. Looking back, I also remember being astonished and aroused by Julie Hilden’s novel 3. It must be more than five years since I read it, but I still recall its intense eroticism.

Ashley Lister: After you’ve finished celebrating this anniversary, what do you intend to write next?

Lisabet Sarai: I’d like to write a sequel to Raw Silk. I actually began this project about five years ago, but then my publisher Blue Moon folded and I lost interest. Now Raw Silk has been republished and I have a whole new target readership: the erotic romance community. Furthermore, I would like to think that my writing has improved since that first, breathless foray into the world of erotica.

Raw Silk now sounds stiff and cliched to me, at least in parts. I’d like Tiger Marks (working title) to be more graceful and mature, while still retaining the erotic intensity. And I want to use the book to further explore the dynamics of BDSM,  which continues to fascinate me.

Visit Lisabet Sarai at: Lisabet Sarai's Fantasy Factory

Ashley Lister
April 2009

"Between the Lines" © 2009 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.

About the Author:  Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, Swingers: True Confessions from Today's Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753511355), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashley's non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica.  Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto.  He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.
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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
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Cry Wolf
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Heaven or Hell
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House of Wicked
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The Office: An XXX Parody
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This Ain't The Partridge Family
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'09 Book Reviews


A Slip of the Lip (ebook)
Review by Jean Roberta

Best Women's Erotica '09
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Bottoms Up
Review by Ashley Lister

Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Review by Kathleen Bradean

Girls on Top
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In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed
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Libidacoria (Poetry)
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Licks & Promises
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Like a Thorn (ebook)
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The Mile High Club
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Nexus Confessions: Vol 5
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Nexus Confessions 6
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Oysters & Chocolate
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Playing with Fire
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Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
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Up for Grabs
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A 21st Century Courtesan
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The Ages of Lulu
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Amanda’s Young Men
Review by Kristina Wright

As She's Told
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Bedding Down
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Brushes & Painted Dolls
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Cassandras Chateau
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The Edge of Impropriety
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Review by Kathleen Bradean

Free Pass
Review by Ashley Lister

The Gift of Shame
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Kiss It Better
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The Melinoe Project
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The New Rakes
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Ninety Days of Genevieve
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Obsession: An Erotic Tale
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Sarah's Education
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Seduce Me
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Lesbian Erotica

Lesbian Cowboys
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Night's Kiss
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Where the Girls Are
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Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
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Boys in Heat
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The Low Road
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Personal Demons
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Ready to Serve
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The Secret Tunnel
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Best Sex Writing '09
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The Big Penis Book
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Erotic Encounters
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The Forbidden Apple
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Hollywood’s Censor
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Lady in Red
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Live Nude Elf
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Live Nude Girl
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The Other Side of Desire
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Scripts 4 Play
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