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Author Interview with Don Luis De La Cosa

Author Interview with Don Luis De La Cosa

What ambitions do you  have?
To make an honest living as a writer of erotica };)
How did you end up being an erotic writer?
I see this question a lot, and I always try to answer it well. I started writing erotica because I was wholly disastisfied with the quality of the writing I saw produced in the genre. I don’t write for the ‘mainstream’, I’m not certain if I really am able. What I do write is for the people who truly enjoy pushing the envelope in terms of physical experience – cyberpunk, sci-fi, vampirism – which has suddenly seen a resurgence thanks to the ‘Twilight’ series – steampunk, pirates… I’m actually slightly turned off by ‘vanilla’ style eroticism.
What are the most important components that go into making good erotic fiction?
I went to a class once offered by the eminent sex educator and all around kinkstress supreme Midori, and she was describing a very Fabio-esque style abduction scene. About how the perfectly proportioned man with the flowing hair ravished the women in just the way she enjoyed/had always dreamt about being taken. After that she said “that’s not an abduction scene, that’s a vacation!” And it’s true. Hotness, eroticisim, sexyness is in the unexpected, the strange flirtatious dangle of a shock of hair that falls across someone’s face as they look out from under heavy eyelashes (male/female/or alien), someone’s perfume you’ve never smelled before that suddenly inundates your senses, the brush of someone’s skin against yours, the way their voice trembles your earbone… All of that has to be captured creatively, utilizing the infrequently plumbed depths of descriptive dialecticality at our disposal by delving directly into the dictionary.  Ahem. Story telling has been around for centuries. But doing it well requires a craftsman’s (or woman’s) touch, the patience and specificity of a scientist, and a slight sprinkling of spirit dust.  It’s my stern belief that if you’ve never read ANY classics, or mythology, or sagas, or any of the canons of whichever country of which you’re a citizen, you probably shouldn’t start writing stories. Not that you need to be a classics scholar, mind you, but it should be required that people at least make a cursory study of what storytelling means, and actually know a few before they sit down to write.
If you could have any celebrity pictured carrying one of your books who would you choose and why?
Monica Bellucci, Angelina Jolie, Mika Tan, Eva Angelina… there’s a longer list, but those are the women – they just exude sexual confidence, prowess, and an inherent brilliance. They might know a few things about what turns them on personally.
Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Mario Vargas LLosa, Laura Esquivel, Rachel Maddow, Laurence Fishburne, Geoffrey Rush – people whose performances or presentation have demonstrated they have a measure of gravitas, aside from hard won wisdom and intelligence.
What makes you cross?
Bad storytelling, ad hoc analogies, insipid behavior, vapidity, the NeoCon, NCLB, bloggers who imagine themselves a Shakespeare because their online journal represents the million monkeys with a million typewriters, and the cadre of criminally insane who suggest that climate change isn’t happening…

What’s the best thing that has happened to you in the last 12 months?

Due to the marvels of modern medicine, I no longer have any pain in my leg.

IPhone or Blackberry? Or neither?

Palm. But likely trending towards Blackberry next. iPhone goes on the list of things that makes me cross.

How do people who don’t know you react when you tell them you’re an erotic author?

Normally, when I tell people that I’m an erotica author, I’m in a venue that caters to like minded individuals, and so it’s either not a surprise, or I’m busily scribbling down details about how they can find my work online!

How do you like to relax when you’re not at work?

Captain Morgans and 7Up. But usually after working out, martial arts training, walking the dog, playing with the cats, cooking, journaling, designing… and of course, sex, weather permitting!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t keep in your head what you can keep in your pocket. And conversely, don’t keep in your pocket what you should keep in your head!

DON LUIS DE LA COSA

Also find me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/donluisdelacosa
Facebook fan page: http://is.gd/aZxcN
Spirit Lovers from Xcite Books
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March 26, 2010 - Posted by | Author Interviews | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for Rude Words, for a wonderful experience!

    Comment by Don Luis de la Cosa | March 26, 2010 | Reply


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