I just love having all these guests. Dropping in today is Katherine Wyvern, fellow Evernight author. Before I jump into the interview, don’t forget today is your last chance to comment for a chance to win copies of Vanessa Kelly and VK Sykes books (scroll down to last Monday’s interview).
Now, on to Katherine!
I have been writing more or less since I can remember, mostly poems and short fantasy stories, with the occasional technical article in between, mostly in Italian. I began writing erotica, in English, some seven or eight years ago.
That changes a bit seasonally. In winter, given my rather unusual, wood-elf’s lifestyle, I am mostly busy surviving. Finding and splitting firewood, fetching water, when there is water, melting ice when there is no water, shopping groceries in the valley, which on foot takes a while, etc. In summer there’s also the kitchen garden, and street music. In all seasons there’s my art, and my zoo, which includes a horse, two cats, a dog and husband, all of whom demand daily feeding, care and entertainment. Maybe in my next life I’ll stick to goldfish. The juggling is done by sheer love and gallons of coffee.
Black Carnival is an erotic novel set in a sci/fi setting of fairy-tale beauty, the city of NeuVenedig. It is part of a larger tale that occupies much of my thoughts and daydreaming, and that develops in a slightly plottier sequel, White Sands, which I hope to finish shortly. The main character and narrator, Ivory, is an artist and a bit of an alter ego of mine, and I tried to write up a sensual storm in a rich and somewhat poetic prose, because that is how I see and “live” the world.
I like to joke that my genre is Romantic Erotica, rather than Erotic Romance, because I cannot deny that the erotic aspect is quite predominant in my stories.
I believe that the wonder of erotic love is among the greatest that are given us to enjoy and I don’t think it makes a lesser (or even despicable) subject for literature (or art and photography, for that matter), quite the contrary. It’s a subject that gives great scope for lyric, descriptive passages, and emotional involvement, stirring some of the strongest, deepest feelings in the human soul. I find that beautiful and indeed noble.
I do not plan to change genre, but I have already written and illustrated a very different fantasy book that has not yet found a publisher.
Why not sweet andsour? As in sweet-sour pork with pineapple and green pepper? It’s my favorite dish.
Oh, chocolate. Vanilla, pffft.