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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 with Mitzi Szereto

 

Mitzi Szereto

Most readers and writers of erotic fiction will be familiar with the name of Mitzi Szereto.  Mitzi is an erotic author in her own right, with the highly regarded M S Valentine titles to her credit, and she is also the renowned anthologist behind such titles as the Erotic Travel Tales anthologies, Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, Getting Even: Revenge Stories, The New Black Lace Book of Women’s Sexual Fantasies, and Dying For It: Tales of Sex and Death.  Mitzi’s latest title to hit the shelves is the re-release of her Cleis title In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed

Ashley Lister: In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed is more than a simple collection of erotic stories based around a loose theme of fairy-tale precedents.  It’s a collection of fiction with each story introduced by an explanation of the background and researched lineage.  Why did you approach the subject in this fashion?

Mitzi Szereto: I wanted to put the tales into some kind of context. People take fairy tales for granted; they’ve always been around, no one gives much thought to where they originated from. I thought it might be interesting to find out. However, for my book I didn’t want to only use tales that we in the Western world are familiar with – I wanted to expand into non-Western cultures as well, such as India and the Middle East. I’ve always enjoyed reading literature from that part of the world and thought I’d add a dash of more exotic spice into the fairy tale pot. As for the actual writing of my versions, I worked backward, in that I wrote the stories first, then I researched them. I didn’t want anything to influence the creative process. Or should I say the corruptive process!

Ashley Lister: Did any of the histories you encountered surprise you?

Mitzi Szereto: I wasn’t really aware that so many of the fairy tales we read or had read to us as children originally contained sexual content. Mind you, it was only in more recent times that they were turned into morality tales directed toward children, some with heavy-duty subliminal messages, such as “Little Red Riding Hood”. As we have seen, it wasn’t deemed suitable by those who wrote these new interpretations to retain the old sexual references. Oddly, they had no problem with violence and, in fact, in many cases actually ratcheted it up. But sex? That seemed to be a no-go area. In a way I’ve restored some of the integrity of the original tales, though I must admit, I really warped the hell out of them!

Ashley Lister: Aside from In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed, you are also the editor behind the very successful series of Erotic Travel Tales anthologies.  Why do you think readers find travel to be such an erotic experience?   

Mitzi Szereto: I think readers probably associate travel with eroticism because it’s the one activity that can take you away from routine and from your normal every-day environment. When you travel you can become someone else, behave as you might not typically behave, free yourself from your normal constraints. Nobody knows you. Now I’m not saying everyone who travels does this, but the opportunity is there – and so too, is the fantasy that goes along with it. Of course in today’s grim economy, you can simply stay home and read one of my Erotic Travel Tales books. It’s a lot cheaper, and you don’t have to worry about getting into trouble!

Ashley Lister: I know that recently you’ve been concentrating your efforts on Mitzi TV.  Could you tell us a little more about this project?

Mitzi Szereto: So glad you asked! Mitzi TV is an internet television channel I recently launched. It takes a quirky look at the offbeat and eccentric side of London, showing an aspect to the city most tourists and locals never get a chance to see or experience. Segments so far have included me joining in with some "locals" at a lively pub singalong; chatting about classic cars with Formula 1 racecar driver/BBC TV presenter Tiff Needell and couture shoe designer Jimmy Choo; prowling the city streets in pursuit of the famous Cockney delicacy, the jellied eel; hanging out in the English countryside with a local chapter of Harley Davidson riders; and visiting a teddy bear festival with my famous furry companion Teddy Tedaloo. And I’m lining up even more random madness as we speak! I’m now looking into sponsorship for the channel, which will be the next stage of business.

Ashley Lister:  Finally, can you tell us about your other projects?

Mitzi Szereto: Well, I have my blog Errant Ramblings, which covers a wide range of topics: from my experiences as an American expat in the UK, to social media, book publishing, the internet, music gigs, travel – pretty much anything and everything, including a few rants. It’s really more a series of personal essays than a traditional blog, and always with a bit of humour attached. I’m also starting up another internet venture, which will be a newspaper/blog hybrid. I hope to get that up and running before the year’s end. I’m quite excited about it and believe it will appeal to a wide audience. As for the book business, I have some ideas in mind, so I guess it’s safe to say that I’m juggling a lot of balls. Hmm… that sounds really wrong, doesn’t it?

Ashley Lister
November 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