Please welcome Aurelia Evans here with a brand new interview and to talk about her new book.
First of all, please would you introduce yourself to anyone lurking here?
I’m a hopefully up-and-coming erotica writer (ever hopeful) with a penchant for the dark and supernatural. I’ve had lots of short stories in many fantasy and horror anthologies, such as Amber Dawn’s Fist of the Spider Woman, Kristina Wright’s Fairy Tale Lust, Mitzi Szereto’s Thrones of Desire, and D.L. King’s Seductress. In addition, two novels of the Sanctuary trilogy, Winter Howl and Cry Wolf, have been published by Totally Bound.
I presently live in Dallas, Texas, although I don’t ride horses or wear hats. I love cats and enjoy baking as much as I dislike cooking. I also make jewelry and work a flexible day job to feed my writing addiction.
What genre(s) do you write and how did you get into it/them?
I primarily write fantasy, supernatural, and horror. I enjoy writing things that could never happen. I figure that if I wanted to experience something that’s possible, I’d just do it myself. Fiction is my gateway into impossible worlds made possible. And because I carry a piece of the darkness with me at all times, most of my stories have a shadowy slant, even the romantic ones. Sometimes I go all out and give in to the impulses by writing straight-up horror erotica. You’ll see more of that from me next year.
Is there any genre(s) that you haven’t written yet which you would like to? If so, which genre(s)?
I haven’t written any straightforward erotic romance, nothing sweet, nothing within the realm of possibility. I have a few ideas of stories that might fit that bill on my list that I might take on one of these days. Also, I’ve never written a solely MM novel, and I’d like to do that, although I feel much more comfortable with female protagonists.
What do you think makes for a good hero and/or heroine?
I like reluctant heroes. I guess there are a lot of them, but I think that’s just because most heroes are the reluctant sort anyway.
Most of my protagonists are heroes by circumstance rather than choice. They’re heroes because they must be, because they’re good enough to be brave even when they think they’re cowards. They’re not going to just sit idly by while things fall to pieces around them if they have any chance of stopping it, no matter how little power they have (like Renee in Winter Howl) or how dangerous their power is (like Kelly in Cry Wolf).
What do you think makes for a good villain?
I like writing villains who consider themselves either extremely moral or more amoral than immoral. You know the rules: Don’t make a villain just evil. They need to have a reason, and they rarely think they’re evil, although they’ll sometimes know that they’re evil by other people’s standards.
On the contrary, they have rules, just rules that don’t match up with everyone else’s. In some cases, this makes sense, especially when they’re not human, like a lot of my villains. Why should they adhere to human rules when they’re not human themselves?
I think I’ve written a good villain when I start questioning my own moral compass, since I can entirely see where the villain is coming from. So when I’m scared of myself, I know I’m doing something right.
Which do you find easier to write: series or standalone stories?
A few years ago, I would have said standalones. Then the series bug bit me at some unknown point, and now I can’t seem to stop, even when the series stories aren’t directly linked by timeline and characters the way the Sanctuary trilogy is. I’ll write a few standalones eventually so as not to exhaust people. (And myself. I can’t deny I’m being selfish on that front.) You’ll start seeing more of me next year and the year after as I complete and start shopping out my series novels.
How do you keep disciplined in your writing?
It took a while to figure out a good discipline that kept up with my desire for prolificacy and to keep from being bored. I have a flexible daily quota, because things come up and if I’m too strict, I get stressed. However, I also have a weekly writing quota that’s much more set in stone. Usually, it’s at least 20,000 words a week, and I have to make up for it the next week if I don’t make it. This enables me to write quite a few long novels (because I haven’t quite mastered writing short ones…working on that) in one year. As a result, I feel productive, the demon in my head is satisfied with its imaginative feast that I provide, and I mostly get to stay sane.
Of course, I don’t get nearly enough sleep, and I imagine it’ll only get worse as I move on from school into my day job. I’ll have to sacrifice some TV show viewing during the week, but weekends should stay pretty much the same.
I keep disciplined because I know that if I don’t, I don’t do so well. Writing is an actual need for me. My brain needs exercise, and real life isn’t stimulating enough. Writing novels means a lot of problem solving, and that means lots of mental exercise. It’s nice. Exhausting, but necessary.
What are the best and worst things about being a published author?
I’ll start with the worst, because the best is worth it. The worst thing about being a published author is being on someone else’s schedule. I’ve figured out what works for me, but when someone else is signing your paychecks, they get to decide when things are due, and sometimes it’s not always what you know is best. For those unpublished authors out there, put together a whole trunk of ready stories before sending them out. If you want to write a series, have the first three written. It’ll give you some wiggle room.
Another bad part is that the numbers start to matter, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of writing for the market rather than for yourself for additional validation. Self-publishing makes writing for yourself a little more viable, so don’t be afraid to write for yourself sometimes when you and the market don’t always overlap.
The best part, though, aside from the validation that someone has confidence in you enough to put in the time and effort to publish your books, is seeing your words in print. Nothing beats it. I have a shelf of my novels in my room, and I love looking at them. It’s not quite the same in ebook form, but scrolling through your author’s pages works, too.
Also, I’m hoping to get to the point where I have fans. It’s not an attention-seeking thing. Like most writers, I’m a total geek, and I love to geek out about my own stuff as well as other people’s. Hard to do that if you’re the only one who’s read it. 🙂
If you were a shape-shifter, what animal would you be?
I write about dogs in the Sanctuary trilogy, but I’m a total cat person and understand cats better than dogs (and people). I’d probably do really well as a cat. And they seem so peaceful when they’re sleeping. Also, purring. Purring would be awesome.
If you could have any magical power at all, what would it be?
I already feel like I have empathic powers, and they kind of suck. (I know I don’t actually have them, it just feels like I do sometimes when I’m getting the stressful fallout of someone else’s negative emotions.) I’m pretty sure telepathy wouldn’t be any better, because I don’t actually want to know what other people are thinking, even though I think I already do (which also sucks, by the way).
Telekinesis, however, would be cool. You could even make yourself fly. The only downside is that I’d probably become as lazy as a koala if I could close doors and pick things up with my mind.
What is your favourite kink to read/write about?
Hands down, my favorite kink is power disparity. Age disparity kind of plays in this, but my very old people tend to be immortal or at least supernatural to the point of age being irrelevant except as a way to gather power and cunning. I’m extremely fond of very powerful people becoming smitten with significantly less powerful mortals.
Also, there are different kinds of power. Just because someone doesn’t have a lot of practical power doesn’t mean that they are powerless. I examine those questions of power in the Sanctuary trilogy, since Renee of Winter Howl doesn’t have any, and Kelly of Cry Wolf has too much.
What do you like to do to relax when you aren’t writing?
I watch bad horror movies. They’re very inspirational, actually. It’s like a mental roller coaster, which releases a lot of tension at the conclusion. Unless my bad horror movie actually turns into a good one, and then I can’t sleep at night.
I also watch a lot of procedural shows. They tend to be less emotionally taxing than involved plot arcs like Lost. They act as a kind of palate cleanser.
Who are your favourite authors when reading for inspiration?
I’m a big fan of Stephen King, Cherie Priest, and Seanan McGuire. I like good storytellers. I’m still building up bookshelves, including virtual ones, which is harder to handle because I don’t have an ereader yet. Also, I’m very inspired by how prolific they are.
What is your favourite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I have an intense fondness for villains. Voldemort, Hannibal Lecter, Scar, Dracula, Loki…Give me a dashing smile, unrestrained arrogance, a pitiful backstory, and no redeeming moral virtue, and you have me.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Start writing now. Time is only going to be a more precious commodity the older you get. That, and you’ll probably feel better sooner. Seriously, I do not do well when I’m not doing something writing-related.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
In the coming months, I’m going to be tackling several series to the effing ground! ARRRGGGHHH! That’s my warrior cry. There’s a demonic circus, erotic horror romance series (yeah, you heard me), an urban fantasy demon/angel/battleground series, and an elemental series that looks to be a lot less grim than the first two, so it should help keep me upbeat.
I also have a dark erotica novel that I hope to put out this year, and a vampire serial that I still need to figure out what I’m going to do with.
Then, of course, I have the last book in the Sanctuary series that I intend to write at the end of this year.
Please tell us about your latest book.
My latest book, which came out at the end of March, is the second book in the Sanctuary trilogy, Cry Wolf. It has a different protagonist than Winter Howl, although I’ll be coming back to Renee in the third book, Call for Blood.
Blurb: As a werewolf and witch, Kelly belongs to neither pack nor coven, making her a perfect addition to the ragtag collection of dogs, humans and canine shapeshifters at the Chambers Dog Sanctuary.
After recently being transformed against his will, Malcolm—one of the Sanctuary residents—wants nothing more than to shed his werewolf skin and return to his shapeshifter pack. Kelly tries to help him accept his new wolf nature, but then some of the shapeshifters discover Salvation, an organization that claims to cure magical hybrids. Kelly has long since made peace with lycanthropy, which tempers her volatile magic, but when Malcolm begs Kelly to accompany him for one last attempt to resume his old life, she agrees for his sake.
Upon arriving at Salvation, however, the already shaky balance of her life becomes even more tenuous, forcing Kelly to decide which part of herself, wolf or witch, she loves—or fears—more.
Excerpt: (Kelly challenges Malcolm’s werewolf. Always fun.)
“What are you playing at?” he growled.
Kelly’s hands were white in the moonlight. She caressed his face, brushing him as softly as ribbons, her hands whispering over his skin.
“That wasn’t so bad, was it?” she whispered.
He abruptly let her go, shock bleeding the silver in his eyes to dullness. Kelly just couldn’t let that happen. She kept herself afloat, rising and falling a little above him as though she rested on water.
“I don’t want…” he began.
But then she lowered herself onto him and he met her mouth halfway. Kelly felt like she was burning, so close to another werewolf again. Her skin seared where he touched her, and from his groans, she knew he suffered the same fever. He wouldn’t know where it had come from or what drove him. He didn’t have to know. He just had to follow where that instinct was taking him. That was what the night—every night—was for.
They fought with their mouths and tongues and teeth as though they were still the wolves. They vied for dominance and both won. He was finished transforming back, but his arms were long and strong around her. When she caught his lip between sharp teeth, he groaned, eyes rolling back.
She kissed his neck. She sensed his quivering desire for her to bite down, but she would save that for another night, because there were parts of him that were far more needful at the moment, and Kelly had not yet hunted. She was hungry.
“What have you done to me?” Malcolm asked breathlessly. His body arched up to meet her as she moved her lips down his body and dipped her tongue into his navel. The blunt head of his leaking erection left a smudge on her chin.
“This is you,” Kelly said. “All of you.” There were times when it was appropriate to go slow, to tease, to lick, to take one’s time, to make one’s partner go completely out of his mind, and Kelly hoped she would get that opportunity in the future, because by her estimation, his cock was as wonderfully sculpted as the rest of him. But she was hungry and hornier than she had been in a good long while, and she needed a good, long cock down her throat. She moaned in delight as she tasted him, strong, savory flesh filling her mouth. Malcolm cried out over and over again as she wrenched pleasure from him.
When she raked her teeth over the stretch of hypersensitive skin, he shouted, a mixture of an aroused growl and a helpless human scream, a sound that went right to the center of pleasure that pulsed through her body, but she didn’t touch herself. The blissful stimulation of him moving in her mouth, sliding over her tongue, and oh, the taste of him…
Where can we find you and your books on the web?
Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/cry-wolf
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Cry-Wolf-Sanctuary-Aurelia-Evans-ebook/dp/B00JBJ850S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1396034212&sr=8-4&keywords=aurelia+t.+evans
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cry-Wolf-Sanctuary-Aurelia-Evans-ebook/dp/B00JBJ850S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396034409&sr=8-1&keywords=aurelia+t.+evans
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cry-wolf-aurelia-t-evans/1119045861?ean=9781781849996
All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-crywolf-1464792-140.html