Here, we sit down for a second interview with Erzabet Bishop (see the first interview here). She was kind enough to give us a glimpse of what lies ahead for the Erotic Pagans series; how she went about creating and publishing her new urban fantasy, Sigil Fire; and and how she came to write for Club Rook and Silkwords.
Eternal Haunted Summer: When we spoke last autumn, you had released two volumes in the Erotic Pagans series. Since then, Yuletide Temptation has also come out. Can you give us a hint as to what lies ahead for this series?
Erzabet Bishop: I am in the process of outlining the next EPS novella and working beyond the holiday context. I want readers to be able to pick up a witchy little snack any time of the year they want and feel like they can relax with some friends, a familiar place, and a series that will grow with them through their lives. I would love to hear from readers what things they want to read about in the series.
EHS: Congratulations on the publication of Sigil Fire! How did you come up with the idea for an urban fantasy centered around a succubus and a vampire/tattoo artist?
EB: That is an interesting question! Sigil Fire started out as an entry into a writing contest for a themed anthology. The story wasn’t a fit, so I reworked it and submitted it as a nine thousand word short story for the Ylva Halloween anthology last year. They saw the shell of a larger work and poked and prodded me until it was nearly thirty thousand words.
Fae and Sonia are like a recurring dream in my head. I had to write their story — there’s still more to come, too!
EHS: Fae may be a vampire in Sigil Fire, but she started out as blood witch. How and why did she change?
EB: Fae wasn’t given much of a choice. With her heritage, she was going to be a witch. Her mother was strong in witchcraft as most of us know it — herbs, incantations, love of nature. Her father lent her some darker gifts, hence the blood magic. She became vampire when she was taken and turned. Not by her consent. The combination makes her lethal — and very prepared to deal with the entity threatening Sonia. He is a lot closer to her than she knows.
EHS: Elemental Passions: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit is a joint publication between you and Rhavensfyre. Was this a case of the title determining which stories to include, or the stories shaping the title?
EB: A little of both I think. Roxy let me know what they were working on and wanted to know if I would be interested in putting together a story. “Pomegranate” was supposed to be only eight thousand words. It sort of grew into the beginnings of an epic fantasy series. Part two is already forming in my head. Myth, magic, and a war with the Fae. I think that Roxy’s artwork and the subject she gave were the seeds for the piece and it flourished.
EHS: “Pomegranate” centers around the Greek Goddesses Persephone and Demeter. What draws you to those Goddesses in particular?
EB: I seem to write about them a lot these days. My short story in Potnia: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Demeter also features the same dynamic duo. They are a mother and daughter struggling to find common ground. They each want to be loved and have success for their family. It just doesn’t always end up the way they intend, as with real life. It’s messy. In this case you have a twisted myth and a daughter trying to find the truth about who she is. She loves her girlfriend Hayden, but she’s got some dark secrets of her own. This story has some deep emotional undertones and a pretty intense sex scene. In the second book I want to explore more of the Fae and how a deal between a Fairy Queen and a Goddess went so horribly wrong as to alter myth-kind as we know it.
EHS: “Pomegranate” is listed as the first story in the “Myth and Magic Series.” What other tales are you planning?
EB: Well, the story will continue. Hayden and Persephone’s romance will grow deeper and they will each have a part to play in the new mythology. Persephone has altered things with her blood infiltrating the Pomegranate and the Underworld will never be the same.
There is also a story in the works with an urban fantasy theme for Sci Spanks 2014 that will be a longer piece. Witches … magic and mystery … I am noodling out the plot sequence as we speak and will continue to wade in deeper as the night goes on.
EHS: Your short story “As You Wish” is included in Bossy: Five Productive Tales of Lesbian Lust. Did you answer a general call for submissions, or were you invited? And would you recommend Ladylit publishing to other writers?
EB: This was a private call and yes I would very much recommend Ladylit to other writers. I have done a series of private anthologies with them and later this year will have an erotic collection published. Their specialty are erotic stories with f/f pairings. I love taking the various calls and seeing what I can learn from them. Like Sweat for example. I learned about roller derby and am a total fan girl now.
EHS: I have to ask: who the heck came up with the idea for Sci Spanks, and how can folks get involved?
EB: Lol. Ana Vitsky is the Goddess of spanking fiction. She can wield a wooden spoon like no tomorrow and is always taking mine away, dang it all. I came across her books as a reviewer for BDSM Bookreviews.com and have followed her career. She throws some fun parties during the holidays and I swear the only reason I stayed sane last Solstice was her blog and all the wonderful people that hang out daily for their dose of holiday cheer or co-miseration. She runs Ana’s Advent Calendar and most of her works are lesfic (lesbian fiction) or f/f pairings. She does some age play and some wonderful spanking pieces that have made me want to write a few myself. I highly recommend popping over to her parties if you are over 18. You can win some great prizes and meet many new authors to fall in love with.
Here’s the information on Sci Spanks:
Would you like free stories, fun, and a chance at over $1,000 in prizes? This summer, you can participate in a short story extravaganza! Award-winning authors of dystopian, paranormal, urban fantasy, speculative, and science fiction will showcase stories for your enjoyment. Chat with your favorite authors, meet new-to-you authors, find great new books, and meet new friends!
Sci Spanks Featured Authors: Anastasia Vitsky, Anne Ferrer Odom, Carole Cummings, Cathy Pegau, Erzabet Bishop, Eve Langlais, Eva Lefoy, Jessica E. Subject, Kate Richards, Kathryn R. Blake, Leigh Ellwood, Louisa Bacio, Maren Smith, Natasha Knight, Olivia Starke, Sue Lyndon. And introducing guest blogger, Ami Starsong!
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EHS: What is Silk Words?
EB: Silk Words is a site for romance readers where you can choose your own romantic or erotic adventure. It’s all about the choice. My story is about a girl who gets left alone at a fetish convention and what she does as she wanders the halls in search of her friend. Lots of choices … just have some ice water on hand. The site has something for everyone who likes a touch of romance-erotica, steampunk, sci fi, sweet, not so sweet … It’s a wonderful journey and I am hard at work on my next CYOA. It will be an erotic vacation resort with a toe curling list of activities.
EHS: Club Rook is very unusual. Not just the concept (an erotic women’s club built over a portal to Hell), but also the multimedia format. How did you become involved with Club Rook, and how are all of its various parts coordinated?
EB: I kept seeing Mariel Cove, it’s sister publication, popping up in different places. It held some Pagan elements and was also a serial. I was intrigued. What was a serial and how did one write for it? Then I saw the opening for writers for Angels of Anarchy, their parent company, and jumped at the chance. It has been an exciting journey. I now write two characters for the Club Rook storyline and will be writing for Mariel Cove and Off Book. All three are in the serial fiction format, which basically means you get a fresh new story every week with a team of authors writing for your reading pleasure. The main plot is outlined and you fill in the character and give it life. I love that aspect of the work. It keeps me writing every day and now every Monday I look to see if my new little “baby” is live and kicking.
The coordination part is fairly simple. As a writer, you are given a guideline of who the character you are playing is supposed to be. There are scenes and you act them out like an actor on screen — only on paper. All of the parts weave together for an awesome read every week. It is sexy, supernatural and a whole lot of fun.
EHS: The erotica section in book stores (and online) seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. What do you think drives the interest in these books?
EB: They provide escape from the humdrum of everyday life. While not everyone is going to don leather and hang out at Club Rook in real life, they can visit with characters they grow to love. They can pretend, just for a little while, that they can be whoever it is their heart desires and then put the book down and go do the laundry or make dinner. Reading frees the soul. More and more women want that spice put back in their lives. Men, too. The world is full of stress. Bills to pay, kids to shuttle around, jobs to go to and come home from (traffic!), chores that never end, family obligations … you name it. Picking up a book is a breath of fresh air. It helps you cope whether it’s erotic fiction or a mystery novel. It is the air that I breathe.
EHS: Which genre have you not yet written for, but that you alike to try? Mystery? Science fiction?
EB: I have wanted to try my hand at mystery and a full out middle grade novel.
EHS: Which book fairs, conventions, or other events will you be attending in the foreseeable future?
EB: I will be speaking at a local bookstore about putting pen to paper and making your dream come alive. Yes, I am at the beginning of my journey, but if I can help even one new author find a foothold from something that’s helped me, then that is all I could hope for.
About Erzabet Bishop:
Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She is a contributing author to the Silk Words website with her Fetish Fair choose your own romantic adventure stories, Elemental Passions, Potnia, A Christmas To Remember, Taboo II, Club Rook: The Series, Sweat, Bossy, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Unbound Box, Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs, Holidays in Hell, Corset Magazine: Sex Around the World issue and Man vs. Machine: The Sex Toy issue, Smut by the Sea Volume 2, Hell Whore Volume 2, Can’t Get Enough (upcoming, Cleis), Slave Girls, The Big Book of Submission (upcoming Cleis), Hungry for More (upcoming Cleis), Gratis II, Anything She Wants, Dirty Little Numbers, Kink-E magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Shifters and Coming Together: Hungry for Love, among others. She is the author of Lipstick (upcoming), Dinner Date, Tethered, Sigil Fire, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation. She lives in Texas with her husband and furry children, and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects, and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.
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Ylva Author Page: http://www.ylva-publishing.com/ylva-verlag-e.kfr.–erzabet-bishop.html
Unbound Box Dessert Comes First Flash Fiction: https://unboundbox.com/magazine/blog/posts/dessert-comes-first
Liz McMullen episode: http://www.thelizmcmullenshow.com/lbs_episode18/
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