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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


FictionCraft
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
Ideas
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
Myths
Graduation


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
Jail-Baiting
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
Retro-Shame
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 Anneke Jacob

 

As She's Told

Anneke Jacob is an author of erotic fiction, renowned for putting her characters through the most punishing power exchanges.  With Owned and Owner, [Pink Flamingo Publications will soon release an updated version of
the book] Anneke created a science-fiction fantasy world where men and women live on different planets.  Her heroine, Etrin, is convicted of a “crime of irresponsibility” and elects to take the seldom chosen punishment of being transported as a slave to the men’s planet.  Events which begin a story of female submission and male domination that is literally out of this world.

Ashley Lister: Where did you get the idea for Owned and Owner?

Anneke Jacob:  It came out of what you might call a very rich fantasy life.  My dominance/submission fantasies have always needed a reasonably plausible background, something that made all the rest possible.  What interests me is relationships, and in the case of d/s novels, the power differential and what that means to the characters.  There are some very specific parameters for that differential.  It has to be absolute, it has to be genuine – no games – and it must be consensual.  As you can imagine, that leaves a really narrow gap through which to manoeuvre my plots.  I created the world of Owned and Owner to meet all those parameters – a place where a woman could go by choice, to be legally owned.

Ashley Lister: On the publication of Owned and Owner you said, “I wanted to write about the most extreme power exchange I could imagine that was nevertheless consensual. I wanted to write about real, multidimensional characters, capable of tenderness and a touch of humour as well as pain.”  Do you think Owned and Owner managed to do all of that?

Anneke Jacob: Yes and no.  I think Etrin is a fully-realized character.  But the character of Garid has had to struggle to rise up out of his pulp-fantasy roots.  Looking back, it’s clear that there was too much cliché Master about him from the start, although I certainly tried to get into his head.  I’m in the middle of a revision of Owned and Owner now for Pink Flamingo, which will be bringing it out again soon.  Garid will be a little more rounded in the next edition.

Ashley Lister: Owned and Owner shows a high level of erotic imagination, but it’s also rich in the detail of the character’s responses and reactions to the erotic situations in which you’ve placed them.  How do you get yourself into the mindset of characters reacting and responding in such a fashion?

Anneke Jacob: That’s a preoccupation in all of my writing.  The mechanics of bodies intersecting is great fun, but very limiting.  I spend a lot of time occupying my characters’ minds (and other places).  What would I be feeling, and how would I react if I were them?  How would I process these experiences?  What would my fears be, my longings and obsessions?  Easy enough for me to do when I’m occupying the mind of a female sub; when it’s a male dom it’s another story; I have to sort of turn myself inside-out.  My second book manages it much better than the first, but that took a lot of work on my part. 

Ashley Lister: Over the past couple of years I know you’ve been very busy working on As She’s Told.  Would you care to explain what the story is about?

Anneke Jacob: As She’s Told is about an extreme, loving, creative – and consensual – dominant/submissive relationship, set in contemporary Toronto.  It’s about a couple of caring, thoughtful individuals who happen to have some highly unusual sexuality, and want to take that as far as it can realistically go.  This time I let my characters struggle with the question of how to create an absolute power differential within the context of a society that doesn’t support it.  The solution they come up with is essentially on an emotional level, though locks and hardware have a lot to do with it.  The increasing intensity is lightened by some playfulness, humour and intelligent conversation.  All the erotic action is embedded in the ordinary world of work and friends and music, and sometimes these cross over.

Ashley Lister: I’ve enjoyed reading As She’s Told (please see my review).  It’s an epic story that beautifully captures the relationship of a consensual couple involved in extreme S&M practices.  Aside from the erotic – which is always very erotic in your writing - you’ve also considered practicalities, societal attitudes and one hundred and one other contemporary issues that would hamper most “regular” couples from enjoying this style of relationship.  How much thought and planning went into these extraneous details?

Anneke Jacob:  I did a lot of planning, and rewrote some of the contemporary details more than once as they got out of date.  There was some conflict in my mind about just how much of that I should get into; after all, people use erotic reading as an escape from daily life, and why not?  Grim and depressing books are something I avoid more and more; I wouldn’t write one myself.  But I’m also convinced that real people are sexier than cardboard cutouts, and real people live and interact in the real world. 

Ashley Lister: You’ve taken your readers to the ends of the universe with Owned and Owner, and now you’ve taken them to the extremes of submission and domination that Anders and Maia enjoy in As She’s Told.  Where do you plan to take your readers next?

Anneke Jacob: <laughs>  Ashley, I have no idea.  Much as I love science fiction, whatever it is will be contemporary, because I loved the opportunity in As She’s Told of integrating the flotsam, street corners and voices of my daily life.  Putting snow shovels as well as whips in my characters’ hands, and having them clear the walk while someone waits….

Ashley Lister
February 2009

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"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.
Websites: www.ashleylister.co.uk / ashleylister.blogspot.com



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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
Review by Byrdman

Cry Wolf
Review by Spooky

Faithless
Review by Spooky

Heaven or Hell
Review by Oranje

House of Wicked
Review by Diesel

The Office: An XXX Parody
Review by Spooky

This Ain't The Partridge Family
Review by Spooky


'09 Book Reviews

Anthologies

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

Best Women's Erotica '09
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Bottoms Up
Review by Ashley Lister

Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Frenzy
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Girls on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed
Review by Ashley Lister

Libidacoria (Poetry)
Review by Ashley Lister

Licks & Promises
Review by Ashley Lister

Like a Thorn (ebook)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Mile High Club
Review by Ashley Lister

Nexus Confessions: Vol 5
Review by Victoria Blisse

Nexus Confessions 6
Review by Victoria Blisse

Oysters & Chocolate
Review by Kristina Wright

Playing with Fire
Review by Ashley Lister

Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
Review by Ashley Lister

Up for Grabs
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Novels

A 21st Century Courtesan
Review by Donna G. Storey

The Ages of Lulu
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Amanda’s Young Men
Review by Kristina Wright

As She's Told
Review by Ashley Lister

Bedding Down
Review by Victoria Blisse

Broken
Review by Ashley Lister

Brushes & Painted Dolls
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Cassandras Chateau
Review by Ashley Lister

The Edge of Impropriety
Review by Kristina Wright

Exposure
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Free Pass
Review by Ashley Lister

The Gift of Shame
Review by Victoria Blisse

Kiss It Better
Review by Ashley Lister

The Melinoe Project
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Mortal Engines & The ...
Review by Ashley Lister

The New Rakes
Review by Ashley Lister

Ninety Days of Genevieve
Review by Victoria Blisse

Obsession: An Erotic Tale
Review by Kristina Wright

Sarah's Education
Review by Ashley Lister

Seduce Me
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Lesbian Erotica

Lesbian Cowboys
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Night's Kiss
Review by Jean Roberta

Where the Girls Are
Review by Jean Roberta

Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Boys in Heat
Review by Vincent Diamond

Faewolf
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Low Road
Review by Jean Roberta

Personal Demons
Review by Jean Roberta

Ready to Serve
Review by Vincent Diamond

The Secret Tunnel
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Shuck
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Transgressions
Review by Vincent Diamond

Non-Fiction

Best Sex Writing '09
Review by Kristina Wright

The Big Penis Book
Review by Rob Hardy

Erotic Encounters
Review by Rob Hardy

The Forbidden Apple
Review by Rob Hardy

Hollywood’s Censor
Review by Rob Hardy

Lady in Red
Review by Rob Hardy

Licentious Gotham: Erotic...
Review by Rob Hardy

Live Nude Elf
Review by Rob Hardy

Live Nude Girl
Review by Rob Hardy

The Other Side of Desire
Review by Rob Hardy

Scripts 4 Play
Review by Ashley Lister