Welcome Author and Editor, D.L. King to the Eden Community Interview!

LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Welcome Author and Editor, D.L. King to the Eden Community Interview!

Those of you who attended the Naked Reader Book Club meeting last Tuesday evening might remember when I said keep an eye out for more D.L. King! For anybody who couldn’t make it to the meeting, D.L. took time out from her trip to Las Vegas to chat with us about her book, The Sweetest Kiss.

What does the inside of D. L. King’s head look like and where does she get those ideas? After years of education and careers in other arenas, what inspired her, ten years ago to begin typing away at her keyboard—and what took her so long to get there? Can writing erotica be considered a revolutionary act?

In elementary school, D.L. King took vocational aptitude tests twice. The first time, she wanted to be a doctor and so the test reflected an aptitude for science. By the second time she took the test, she'd decided she wanted to be a writer and, amazingly, the test suggested she’d be most suited to a career in letters.

Perhaps what it truly revealed was a talent for manipulation that serves her well as an erotica writer. Years later, she's pulling our libidinous strings with, in her words, hot, kinky, dangerous, smutty, erotic stories—stories that will give you ideas... make you wet... make you hard... make you hard and wet.

King’s path to erotic writer has not been straight or narrow. She's achieved both an MFA in Photography and a Masters in Education and works in neither field. She's been a Girl Scout, a chemical analyst, a teacher, a legal secretary and an administrator. Not until about ten years ago, did she sit down at the computer and begin writing a novel—“for no apparent reason.”

Since then, King had published two novels and a few dozen short stories, and edited two erotic anthologies. She’s published and edited Erotica Revealed, a website dedicated to reviewing erotic writing and maintains her own blog. When one of her anthologies, The Sweetest Kiss, was selected as a featured title for the October 2010 Naked Reader Book Club, we immediately wanted to know more about the woman behind this wickedly titillating collection of vampire erotica—and we're thrilled she's agreed to join us!

Do you have questions for D.L.? This is your time to interview her!

Ask as many questions as you’d like; you can even post about and link to the Interview from your blog if you want to. Feel free to share your thoughts!

And there are prizes!

D.L. will be giving away awesome prizes for her three favorite questions! We’ll be announcing the winners on this thread, on November 10th.

The prizes are...

1st Prize: A copy of D.L.’s Book, The Sweetest Kiss and a $50 Eden gift card!

2nd Prize: : A copy of D.L.’s Book, The Sweetest Kiss and a $25 Eden gift card!

3rd Prize: : A copy of D.L.’s Book, The Sweetest Kiss!

The interview is open for questions from today (October 28th ) – November 3rd.

Everyone, please join us in a warm welcome to D.L. King!
10/28/2010
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gone77 gone77
Welcome to the Community Interview, D.L.!
10/28/2010
Illusional Illusional
Hello!
10/28/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Welcome, D.L.! I'm so excited about this one
10/28/2010
Mocha98 Mocha98
Welcome to the community!
10/28/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Welcome! I look forward to reading the questions and answers
10/28/2010
Kindred Kindred
Welcome! Looking forward to another great interview
10/28/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I love seeing the answers coming in on this one already!!
10/29/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Cool!

Welcome!
10/29/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
43 questions in about 24 hours - wow! I hope D.L. can keep up with all of us
10/29/2010
Victoria Victoria
Awesome Welcome, DL!!!
10/29/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
D.L.'s already given us lots of great answers - and even some advice for aspiring writers - don't miss out on this one, all!
10/30/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
59 questions posted and only a few days left!!!
10/31/2010
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
up to 83 questions...wow!
11/01/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
up to 83 questions...wow!
We're certainly keeping her busy and I'm floored by how well she's keeping up!
11/01/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Not much time left - if you have questions, make sure to get them in!
11/02/2010
Victoria Victoria
I'll bet she'll hit 100
11/02/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Victoria
I'll bet she'll hit 100
We're well over 100 now!!!

Last day to ask questions!!!
11/03/2010
D. L. King D. L. King
Hi Everyone!

Whew, that was really something! I understand I broke the record for number of questions received. Yes, that was evident by the vast number of typos I made answering them all.

I had a great time. You guys ROCK. But that means I had a pretty tough time coming up with winners for my favorite questions. Actually I had a couple of pages of favorites, but I had to pare it down. I couldn't come up with just three, though, so I'm afraid there will be a tie for third place. It's too bad 'cause that means Eden Fantasies has to give away a fourth prize... So, without further ado:

1st Prize goes to Tucker Cummings for her question, "The image of vampires in popular culture has been in a state of flux since Bram Stoker. Which interpretation of vampires in books, film, or TV has been most intriguing to you, and what do you think our pop culture obsession with vampires says about us as a culture?"

(I got so wrapped up in the first part of the question, I'm afraid I never actually answered the second part. Here's what I think in a nutshell: I think we're very youth-obsessed and immortality and sex appeal really strike a chord.)

2nd Prize goes to Bob Modern for his question, "Have you found that blending erotica with horror, steampunk or other genres of fantastic fiction opens new possibilities for exploring erotic themes or reaching a broader readership?"

(Thanks for tying the two books together and bringing an expanded readership into the mix!)

3rd Prize, in no special order goes to Mocha 98 and Madeira for their questions, "If HBO came to you and asked you to make a sitcom or series off of one of your books, which one would it be and why?" and "Erotica is often discounted by literary fiction writers, and as a genre there's a lot of poorly written work out there. Yours however stands out as the perfect balance of literate work, with beautiful language and hot sexy wank material. It reminds me of Stephen King's saying that "even popular novelists care about the language in their way" and you clearly care about the language. How do you think you manage to combine meaningful artistic expression with sex so fluidly?"

Thanks Mocha 98 for bringing HBO into the spotlight. Who knows, maybe someone in their acquisitions department is reading... And thanks Madeira for all your flattery. See, flattery does get you somewhere...

Love you guys,
D. L. King
11/10/2010
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