It’s my pleasure to welcome the amazing D. L. King to A Hopeful Romantic. I’m especially honoured that she took the time out of her whirlwind tour of England in the wee hours after a fabulous reading in Blackpool to let me ask her a few questions.
KD: Welcome to the UK, D.L.! It’s such a pleasure to have you here. Can you give us a quick update of your plans for this visit? I know there are some fab events happening, and we’re all very excited.
DL: Hi KD, thanks so much for having me. It’s half two a.m. so I can’t be held responsible for the understandability of this post, but I’ll do my best. The reading in Blackpool at the No. 5 Café was brilliant! Ashley Lister put it together. He, Remittance Girl and I each read three pieces. Actually, Ashley had to teach a class, so he had Vicky Ellis fill in for him. She read two of his pieces, and she was amazing. He made it back for the final piece from his upcoming novel, Dragon Desire. There was an open mic, as well, and the place was packed. What a great night.
I’m returning to London in the morning—it is the morning…yeah, well, later this morning. Here’s the rest of my UK schedule:
70 Wardour Street, Soho
Saturday, November 24, 2012
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
We’ll have a discussion about editing and publishing erotic fiction. This is a round table discussion, so please come and participate!
57 Hoxton Square (Corner of Hoxton Square and Coronet Street)
Tube: Old Street
Saturday, November 24, 2012
6:30 to 8:30ish
Yes, I’ll be rushing right over there from Soho! We’re going to be talking about new attractions to kinky sex and dipping your toes into BDSM. How do you seduce your partner into playing the games you want to play in bed, or elsewhere? This is a “Women Only” class and requires reservations.
Sh! Women’s Emporium (Same directions as above)
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
6:30 p.m. to ?
This is the big blow out. Help me celebrate my last night in London. I’ve published 17 UK writers in my various anthologies; nine of them will be joining me at Sh! for the biggest reading they’ve ever hosted! Many of these people I haven’t had the opportunity to meet, so I very excited. Who’ll be there?
Janine Ashbless, Jacqueline Applebee, Jacqueline Brocker, Essemoh Teepee, Ciara Fin, K. D. Grace, Remittance Girl and NJ Streitberger and me. Possibly more, although we’ll have to wait to see.
We’ll be reading from Where the Girls Are, The Sweetest Kiss, Carnal Machines, Voyeur Eyes Only, Seductress and even from my super-secret, won’t be released until April, Under Her Thumb!
KD: Wow! What a way to spend your time in the UK! And in such fab company too! I can hardly wait! I see from your blog that your visit to the UK is a mini book tour for your exciting new anthology, Seductress: Tales of Immortal Desire. Can you tell us a little bit about this anthology and what inspired you to edit an anthology of tales about succubi.
DL: That’s exactly it; it’s an anthology of succubus erotica. I’d gotten addicted to Richelle Mead’s succubus series and then addicted to Lost Girl (originally a Canadian television show, now being produced by the Sci Fi channel in the US and thought we needed to have a book of succubus erotica. Here’s an added bonus about succubus erotica: succubi, by their very nature, are dominant, so succubus erotica tends to be femme dom erotica. Cool, huh?
KD: This is totally cool! I’m especially fond of succubi too, since one figures prominently in my latest novel. I’m very excited about this anthology! Tell us, D. L. why do you think the dark, the paranormal and things that go bump in the night mesh so well with the erotic?
DL: Jeez, you really expect me to THINK at 3 in the morning? Well, OK. I think all those things, including sex are mysterious and exhilarating. They make our pulse race and excite our senses, so when you put two of them together, they tend to enhance each other. I know that seems simplistic, but if I weren’t so fried, I could discuss the relationship for quite a while. Maybe I will at one of the venues—or maybe not, but it would be a good discussion, don’t you think?
KD: Definitely a great discussion! And it was rather mean of me the throw it at you in the wee hours when it deserves to be savoured. Sounds like you’re here in the UK to work, DL. Will you be making any time for a little fun too? If so, may I ask what?
DL: Oh, yeah. I plan to check out Portobello Market in Notting Hill. I’ve never been in London during a market day before. I’ve also got tickets on the Eurostar to Paris. I’ve never been to Paris and plan to spend a day wandering, taking pictures, eating and drinking. I really hope it isn’t raining… I also want to catch up with friends, have some good food and drink and just enjoy London. I don’t know what else I might get up to, but I’m sure I’ll find plenty to do.
KD: Sounds like the perfect way to spend your down time! Looking down the list of delicious goodies you’ve penned or edited, I’m struck by the variety – everything from steam punk to erotica for couples. Dare I ask what type of erotica is your favourite?
DL: That’s easy: femdom erotica. But I really can’t say I’ve written anything I haven’t liked. I suppose I’m most comfortable with femdom because that’s who I am, though. I’ve got my first anthology of femdom coming out this spring; April 9, to be exact, which happens to be the day before my birthday, so what a great birthday present. I’m really excited about the book, Under Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female Domination. It’s hot! But I’m also excited about my latest call for submissions for the exact opposite: Slave Girls: Erotic Stories of Submission. Check out the call at the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (http://www.erotica-readers.com).
KD: What’s coming up next from D.L King?
DL: Oops, well, I guess I just answered that question… I’m also working on the third book in the Melinoe series. This one’s called A Slave of Melinoe and it’s Adam’s story. If you’ve read the books, you might remember his a Mistress Susan’s boy. Can’t tell you when it will be out, but I am finally working on it. I’ve got a lot of new stories coming out soon in books edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Alison Tyler and Maxim Jakubowski. I guess I’ve been busy lately.
Anyway, thanks for posting my ramblings and I hope people will come out to the various venues in the next few days. I think we’ll have a lot of fun.
KD: Thanks for stopping by, D.L. Can’t wait to see you in London soon!
About D. L. King:
D. L. King spends an inordinate amount of time reading and writing smut in her New York City apartment and postage stamp sized garden. She is the editor of Seductress:Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire, The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, the Independent Publisher Awards Gold medalist, Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica and the Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica. D. L. King is the publisher and editor of the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed. The author of dozens of short stories, her work can be found in various editions of Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, as well as such titles as One Night Only, Power Play, Lucious, Hurts So Good, Fast Girls, Gotta Have It, Please Ma’am, Sweet Love, and Frenzy, among others. She is the author of two novels of female domination and male submission, The Melinoe Project and The Art of Melinoe. Find out more at dlkingerotica.blogspot.com and dlkingerotica.com.
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