Below you will find the actual link and transcript from interviews Beth has done:
May 21st, 2008 Interview with Allie Boniface
Welcome to Writers' Wednesday! Today I'm featuring erotica/erotic romance author Beth Wylde (yes, that means she writes the steamy stuff, so some of her links are R-rated...be forewarned). Enjoy!
Beth, and thanks for being here today! Can you tell us about your latest writing project or published title?
got several things going on. My first release from Torquere Press, Switching Sides, came out in April. It's f/f erotica. In May I just had another release, from Phaze, that was supposed to be for an anthology, but they asked me to lengthen it so it could be published as a stand alone title.
It's called The Big Four-0h! and it is m/f/f/m erotic romance. I also just signed a contract with Phaze for an adult fairytale rewrite titled A Little Taste of Red. It's based on the Little Red Riding Hood story
but it is definitely not for the kiddies or the faint at heart. Very steamy!
Congrats on your writing success
- that's a busy spring! So what advice would you give to new writers just starting out?
Write, write, write.
Then don't be afraid to submit. We all get rejections and that's okay but you'll never get anywhere if you don't try. Also(and
I'm speaking from experience here) do your homework and check out the publisher before you submit. I've been caught in one
that was closing and one very poor publishing house. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Check with other authors and people who
have worked there. See if they are happy. If you get a lot of bad reports then steer clear. A bad publisher is much worse
than having no publisher at all.
Very true! OK, what kinds of books do you like to read? Who is your favorite
Love paranormal and erotica and if they are combined then that's even better. I'm a big fan of the
werewolves and the vampires. I also love the f/f stuff. I just started reading some m/m but what I've read I've enjoyed. I'd
love to see more of the big publishers take on the f/f stuff. Not sure I have just one favorite. I love Kim Harrison and J.R
Ward for the paranormal. I've also really enjoyed Cassandra Gold's m/m and Jolie du Pre and Megan Rose for the f/f writing.
Cass is in my critique group and she rocks.
What do you find most difficult about writing? What do you find
most exciting or rewarding?
Most difficult is definitely finding the time to actually sit down and type things
out. My three kids and part time job keep me busy, not to mention keeping things together when I'm at home. I often write
things out longhanded, the kids don't seem to mind me sitting down with a notebook but they hate to see me at the computer.
Then at night I try to type things out or use my dictation software to save my wrist a little wear and tear.
exciting is finding out what my characters are going to do next. I often get the ideas for a story, the basic intro and stuff
but from there on out I kind of wing it and the characters tell me their next moves. A lot of times the story goes somewhere
I didn't plan to go but I have to give my characters free range or the story stops dead.
The most rewarding has to
be getting a good review, especially when a reader emails me and tells me they loved my book. It makes it all worthwhile.
do you balance writing with the rest of your life?
Not sure I ever do balance it but I do the best I can.
The writing is something I love to do and something that I have to do too. It keeps me sane. I have all these ideas running
around in my head and I have to get them out.
Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do
I think all writers suffer from block at least once in their lives. My problem usually comes from
trying to force the story. If I relax and let it flow where it wants to I'm usually okay but when I try to bend the storyline
in a certain direction I almost always get stuck or end up hating what I wrote. I also have an amazing critique group that
helps me out. Brainstorming is wonderful when you do it with people that understand you. If all else fails I walk away or
switch to a differnet project until inspiration strikes again.
Fun question, now: what is your favorite movie?
Did it inspire your writing in any way?
My favorite movie of all time is The Lost Boys. I watched
it over and over again and I think that is what got me into the vamps and other paranormal characters so much. One of my favorite
genres to read is paranormal romance or erotica.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us today, Beth.
Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
I can be found online in a lot of places. For info about
my writing, great chat events or sneak peeks at my stories check out my website:
http://beth-wylde.tripod.com/ or my yahoo group where I host monthly events and often offer up free goodies http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bethwylde/
I have yahoo IM at b.wylde and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to my guestbook and other things such as my Myspace page can be found on my website.
My current publishers
are Torquere Press: http://www.torquerepress.com/
and Phaze at: http://www.phaze.com/
February 12th interview on cafeplanet on Myspace
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Chatting With Author Beth Wylde
Current mood: mellow
Category: Writing and Poetry
Good morning dear readers. Today, Cafeplanet is very pleased to welcome author Beth Wylde.
Good morning Beth and thank you for joining us in the Cafe today.
I see that you
won The REC F/F author of the year award for 2007. Many congratulations. How did you feel when you received this
I was absolutely blown away because i didn't even know I was nominated for it. Winning when I didn't even try to
pimp for votes felt so good and it really validated things for me when I needed it the most, especially after some
extremely nasty problems with my previous publisher.
Switching Sides is due for re-release this
April. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Oh yes, I'd be glad to. Switching Sides is the first F/F story I ever wrote and I'm so glad it's found a good
home at Torquere Press. www.torquerepress.com
Here is the blurb for it and the release is scheduled for mid April:
Girl meets boy...boy dumps girl...girl meets girl.
Elizabeth is the wild girl on
campus, known for her loose reputation and her inability to keep a man. She strikes out once again with her newest boyfriend
Brad when she finds out that he's gay. Now Elizabeth is pretty sure her luck at finding true love has run out, until she meets
up with Kara.
Kara doesn't hide the fact that she's a lesbian or that she has a definite interest
in Elizabeth. The only question is, is Elizabeth interested in Kara? After a bit of persuasion and an extremely hot night
spent in Kara's dorm room, Elizabeth is about to give her the answer she's been waiting to hear.
Where did your initial idea for this story come from?
It actually started out as a m/f story but my male lead character was being a total jerk. (Probably because
I was a little irritated than night and not really in a guy-liking frame of mind. LOL) So Kara, one of the background characters
stepped forward and took the lead. My first F/F story was born and I enjoyed it so much it definitely won't be my last.
of all your characters, which would you say is your favourite female and why?
I love Kara from Switching Sides. She can be caring but tough as hell all at the same time.
I also love Tara from my werewolf story Full Moon Madness, which is unavailable right now, cause she's a definite Alpha female.
I like my women tough. No wimpy heroines for me.
What qualities do you like your female characters to posess?
They have to be tough, I tend to put them in some bad situations and they have to be a bit hard
to be able to survive, plus there's just something hot about a strong, brainy woman. They do have a soft side to them
and they tend to fall in love unconditionally too. My women are often complex characters and I wouldn't have it any other
Do you give them any of your own traits?
LOL I'm hard headed as hell so I guess the answer is yes, I do. A lot of them tend to be stubborn and opinionated which
I've been called on more than one occassion in my life.
What three women do you most admire in the world?
Not sure I can name just three. There are so many powerful women in the world that deserve admiration. I think any woman
that works hard and tries to elevate herself in life is worthy of praise.
Do you ever sneak friends
and family into your stories as characters without them knowing?
Yes I have a bad tendency to write characters based on close personal friends. One of them will be featured in
my Phaze release in May and I even used her name. I finally emailed her and told her about it. She laughed and said, "cool!"
are the four most important items that you keep on your desk?
A calendar, cause I am hopelessly absentminded and have to keep track of chat and other important
dates. My computer is the most important because without it I would never be able to organzie my thoughts. My printer because
I proofread things better when I print them out. And a notebook with pen for those times when the kids won't let me type and
I have to work in longhand.
What does your writing area look like?
A disaster area. LOL There are papers everywhere. It's total chaos. Often you'll find snacks
there too cause I'll eat at my desk if I'm smack in the middle of a project and can't tear myself away. I'm also a total internet
junkie. I need to be able to live at my desk. Quite often you will find little kids toys on it too to occupy the child or
children in my lap while I'm trying to write.
How do friends and family feel about your writing?
It varies. Mom and dad don't know because I know they wouldn't approve of the subject
matter. My friends are awesome though and totally supportive. Some of them even proofread and critique for me. Without my
friends and their support I couldn't do what I do.
Has your life changed much since you became a writer?
Definitely. My brain seems to think up story ideas 24/7 now and that's fine with me but it makes
sleep very difficult when your mind never turns off. ^_^ I've also discovered so many new books and authors I wouldn't have
found otherwise and formed both a critique group and a writer's group strictly for the F/F genre that I think will be accomplishing
some amazing things in the near future.
Do you have any WIPs that you can tell us about?
Hmmm. I am in the middle of two antho projects. One strictly with a GLBT BDSM theme and another
with a strictly Lesbian Erotica theme. I'm thrilled with the way both of them are going and hope to have more info for readers
in the near future.
When you're not writing, how do you like to spend your time?
LOL You mean there's life outside of writing? I like spending time with the kids and I love reading or
chatting online too.
Apart from writing, what are your other passions in life?
My family is my first priority and I'm a major bookworm. My kids cringe when I spot a bookstore because they
know I'm going to be there for a while. I love to travel too and hope as the kids get older I can do more of that.
lastly Beth, what does 2008 hold for you?
Thank you for joining us Beth. We wish you much sucess in the forth coming year.
Thank you for having me. This has been a lot of fun.
REC's 2007 F/F Author of the Year
Take a walk on the "Wylde" side
My essay for Jolie du Pre's True Erotic Tales Series #2 in The Blushing Ladies Journal:
...flesh on flesh...heavy breathing...hands
reaching...muscles clenching...backs arched...bodies straining. The scents of sweat and sex filling the air as two consensual
adults strive to reach the ultimate goal. Climax!
Nothing gets me hotter than a well written sex scene. Some people
prefer the visual stimulation that an adult movie can provide but for me the biggest thing I need to have stimulated is my
mind. The use of sensual language to describe a scene of absolute carnal abandon can get me heated up faster than a good round
of lengthy foreplay ever could.
Soft and sensual or hot and heavy. Whether it's a girl's first
time or a couple's fiftieth, a gentle introduction to intercourse or some seriously kinky BDSM. No matter the situation or
the gender. I like it all if it's done right.
The same goes for when I'm writing a love scene. It has to keep the story
moving and add something to the overall plot. Sexual tension is good too. Sometimes I enjoy it more if I've had to wait for
As for my turn offs, once again it's the written word. If it's distasteful to me you won't find it in one of my
books. I write what I like. Funny nicknames or overly technical language can turn me from hot to cold in seconds flat. I'm
not looking to read a medical dictionary or sappy dialogue where the author is terrified to call a cock a cock. I need a writer
willing to push the envelope. One that can use believable imagery and prose to pull me into the moment until not only the
character is on the verge of coming but I am too.
My third and newest interview:
Beth Wylde recently opened up her warm and welcoming loop to other authors for two weeks of fun-filled
theme days. I enjoyed being there, and I was glad that she agreed to an interview so that I could find out more about her.
LB: I always like to hear about first sale stories. Tell us about yours. How did you celebrate? What things
surprised you as you went from signing a contract to release day?
Beth: Sending out a submission is
the hardest part of being an author. The writing is easy--it's the waiting to find out if it is accepted that's hard. I opened
up my email after 3 months of waiting and found an acceptance letter and a contract. I think I just stared at it for about
10 minutes before I realized what it was. I was excited, shocked and nervous all at the same time. I ran into my room and
jumped into bed with my hubby, bouncing up and down and shouting about becoming a published author. He kind of looked at me
like I'd gone insane. I think it frightened him. LOL It was wild.
The editing was a surprise. My editor was tough and
that's great but I just didn't expect it. I know better now and I'd rather have it that way. Behind every good author is an
even better editor. They do a hard and mostly thankless job.
LB: Yes, they sure do. For me, editing a blurb
is sometimes the hardest part... to get it just right. I love the opening to your blurb for Switching Sides: Girl
meets boy - Boy dumps girl - Girl meets girl. Share with us the inspiration for this story and tell us what other f/f tales
Beth: I didn't start out to write a f/f story actually. I was in a grumpy mood
and the story was really frustrating me. Elizabeth's date was being an ass. I got so mad and started man-hating a bit, Kara
just showed up and said, "Kick out Brad, it's my turn." The story flew together after that. There is just something very sensous
about two women being together. I have a sequel in the works for Kara and Elizabeth which will delve quite a bit onto the
world of BDSM.
I have a submission in now that is bi themed. It's m/f/f/m but I haven't heard back about it yet. I
also have a m/f werewolf short in the works and another hot f/f tentatively titled Love on the Line. I'll post the
info on them when I get the acceptance or rejection notice to my yahoo group and website, http://beth-wylde.tripod.com. (The link to the group is on my home page.)
Below is a little taste of Switching Sides:
“I couldn't help but notice what just happened between you and Brad.”
I shrugged nonchalantly but the tone of my voice clearly reflected my
irritation. “Yeah, so?”
“Well, I hate to be the one to tell you this but he isn't interested
I frowned. “I think his reaction was a pretty good indication
Kara laughed even louder this time. “No, I mean he's not interested
in women at all.”
I stiffened thinking surely she wasn’t implying what I thought
she was. As she opened her mouth to speak I braced myself.
“He's gay. I thought you knew.”
I shook my head in disbelief while Kara scooted her chair sideways until
her leg was touching mine. “There's more.” I felt the undeniable sensation of her hand on my knee as her fingers
slowly crept up my thigh. She leaned over until her breath whispered across my ear. “You're also in a gay bar.”
If Kara hadn't had her hand on my leg I would have fallen out of my
chair. My gaze darted left and right, noticing two guys chatting intimately at the bar and three girls in close conversation
at a nearby table. The rest of the restaurant was empty.
Kara reached out with her free hand and gently cupped my chin, turning
me back to face her. “It's still early. It doesn't get crowded in here until around ten or so because the club stays
open until nearly dawn.”
As her fingers tightened their grip I suddenly realized how Brad must
have felt but I didn’t have time to dwell on it because Kara had more enlightening news for me. “The only reason
he brought you here was because he thought you were gay, too.”
I gasped audibly; shocked that someone might think such a thing about
me While it was true that I had a bit of a kinky streak in the bedroom that most guys seemed unable to handle it was obvious
that I wasn’t a lesbian. At least I thought it was. “I…I…I'm not.”
Kara shook her head and I shivered as I felt her long brown hair glide
over my shoulder and across my neck. The feeling was distracting and more arousing than it should have been. “Are you
My voice was raspy, whether with shock or desire at this point I wasn’t
Her hand moved higher until she found the inseam of my low-rise camouflage
capris and I swore I could feel my panties getting damp. “I said, are you sure?”
I nodded but my reply sounded weak, even to my own ears. “I like
Her fingers felt like magic between my legs and as she increased the
pressure just where I needed it I suddenly wished the cloth barrier between her hand and my pussy would disappear.
“That's fine,” she replied before leaning in and quickly
sucking my earlobe into her mouth. “The question is, do you like girls too?”
I started to say no when she pressed the palm of her hand hard against
my clit. I opened my mouth but nothing came out except for a loud groan. She smiled knowingly at me and something inside my
brain exploded. I suddenly wanted to know if her lips felt as soft as they looked and considering where we were I decided
to take a chance and find out.
I leaned forward, keeping my eyes open until the last moment and focused
directly on Kara. Her pupils dilated slightly in shock, and then appreciation, as our mouths met.
The first few kisses were chaste and timid. I was exploring totally
uncharted territory and felt very unsure about what I was doing. Kara noticed my hesitancy and took control. Her eagerness
to dominate aroused me immediately and dissolved the last of my inhibitions. When her tongue slid across my lips I threw myself
headlong into the kiss. I wasn't disappointed with my decision.
I've kissed lots of guys, and enjoyed most of them, but what Kara was
doing to my mouth felt almost obscene. I was so hot I couldn't sit still. I rocked forward in my seat and Kara's hand pressed
back against me, teasing and stroking me until I wanted to scream. I arched my back and broke away with a gasp. I was on fire
and I needed to cum so badly I was about to beg for it. Sudden applause halted my plea though and as I looked around I noticed
all eyes were on us. My face reddened in embarrassment but Kara just looked pleased. She threw a twenty on the table, grabbed
my hand, and pulled me out of the restaurant behind her.
LB: Sounds hot! In a review for Switching
Sides, Joyfully Reviewed notes, “If you have not read any female/female stories but are willing to try one, I would
highly recommend this story as a great one to start with.” Erotic romance readers have embraced M/M with open arms.
Is F/F getting the same buzz--and sales--in your opinion? Do you feel lesbian erotica gets a fair shake with review sites?
What F/F titles would you recommend to someone wanting to try this genre [besides yours, of course ;)]?
I think f/f is often overlooked. A lot of the publishers, especially some of the bigger ones, will accept m/m but not f/f.
I'd love to see that change. I love writing it. Most review sites have been very fair about Switching Sides, though
some wanted the story to be longer. I was set to a certain length for the story though because originally it was only available
in an anthology.
Jolie du Pre has a new book out that she edited titled Iridescence:Sensous Shades of Lesbian Erotica.
It's an anthology containing some of the hottest and most well written f/f stories that I've ever read. I also like Lara Zielinsky
and Megan Rose. There are a lot of good lesbian erotic anthologies coming out now. You just have to search for them.
You’re also written a hetero werewolf novella called Full Moon Madness, which you’re now hoping to expand
to novel length. Can you share any hints about the parts you’re reworking? Any future paranormals in the works?
I'm focusing a lot on the intro, trying to give the story a lot more depth and emotion plus some much needed background info.
I have an adult fairytale I just completed that is Werewolf themed as well. It's an adult rewrite of the story of Little Red
Riding Hood. Now I just have to proofread it and find it a home. I'd love to do a vamp themed story too.
You’re stuck on a deserted island with only food, water, and five books. Which five books do you hope they are and why?
Only five? I might not survive. LOL
- At least one by Laurell K. Hamilton.(Anita Blake themed preferably because she kicks
ass and the guys are delicious.)
- One by Diana Gabaldon (Anything in the Outlander saga. Yay, Jamie)
- Shelley Laurenston
(Any of her Magnus Pack books. Shapeshifters and hot sex, who could ask for anything more?)
- J. D. Robb (Any In Death
book. The outcome is always a shock and the action is non-stop. The fact that Dallas' man is a serious hottie is another selling
- Charlaine Harris (Something from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie gets into all kinds of trouble and
Charlaine's writing is top notch.)
LB: You are given one year anywhere in the world to go write the book you’ve
always dreamed of writing. Where will you go?
Beth: The place is easy. Scotland. Somewhere remote
and away from any city where I could write in peace. I love Scottish highlander stories, any man that can pull off a kilt
is the bomb. I'd love to stay in an old castle too, to add to the atmosphere. It would definitely be a ghost themed book but
I have no idea about a title. I'm usually more than halfway through the story when the title comes to me.
Thank you so much for letting me pick your brain! You can find out more about Beth at her website, where she offers Author
and Publisher Spotlights (I'm in her Author Spotlight for October--check it out if you get a chance). Plus she's got a MySpace
and of course her fun Yahoo loop.
Beth: Thank you - this has been such an enjoyable
My second interview. This is currently available is Sapphire Phelan's September newsletter.
If you don't suscribe to it you should!
(Now enjoy an interview with paranormal and f/f author, Beth Wylde)
1. What inspired you to begin writing? How old were you when you actually
wrote your first story or poem? I've actually been writing since I was very young. My first poem was written in second grade
and my first fiction piece at about age 12. (It was a vampire story. No cuddly bunnies for me. Too many episodes of The Munsters
and Scooby-Doo to write happy little fluffy stuff) I didn't start writing the erotic stuff until after I was married and discovered
books by authors like Emma Holly and Laurell K. Hamilton. That's when I decided I wanted to pursue getting my work published.
2. What genres do you write in? Do you like one over the other? What
was your most favorite one to write? I write both paranormal romance and lesbian erotica. I like them both actually. The paranormal
lets me able to be more creative with the world building but the f/f lets me get a lot wilder and kinkier when it comes to
the sex scenes. My favorite story is still my first f/f erotica, Switching Sides.
3. What is your latest or forthcoming book? Tell us something
about it, with a blurb, maybe even an excerpt to tease. When does it come out? I've got two submissions that I'm currently
waiting to hear back on so nothing definite for release at this time, though I'm hopeful. The minute I hear about either of
them the news will be posted on my website http://beth-wylde.tripod.com
I will give you just a taste of my most recent sub. It's a m/f/f/m
foursome titled, The Big Four-Oh!
I turned my head to the side and caught sight of myself in the closest mirror. With my long black
hair pinned up in an intricate waterfall of curls, my make-up expertly applied and my risqué outfit on I looked more like
a professional stripper than a forty year old housewife on her birthday. It was a look I thought I could get used to.
I kept my eyes on my ass as I wiggled it from side to side, watching it sway in a sexy way that
made me grin even more. "I look pretty good at forty, even if I do say so myself."
The water in the bathroom shut off as my best friend called out. "Abigail are you talking to
yourself? You know that's a sign of senility and insanity."
I yelled back. "No it's not. Forty is not old and you're only considered crazy if you answer
I heard her laugh and suddenly the door swung open to reveal Candice wearing nothing but a towel
and a smile. She took one look at me and whistled her approval. "Dave is going to have a stroke when he sees you." She stepped
up against me until my arm brushed against her full breasts. "You look good enough to eat."
She traced her right hand down my arm, lingering at the bend on my elbow where she knew
the skin was extra sensitive. The look she gave me was full of sexual hunger and I shivered as I got instantly hot and wet.
I moaned out loud, I couldn't help it, and Candice giggled like a schoolgirl at my reaction. It reminded me that
she had more experience in the bedroom with both women and men and I knew right away she'd been the perfect choice
as our third.
4. What are you working on now?
An f/f story for a lesbian anthology about two lovers that have
been separated by work and have decided to relieve some sexual frustration over the telephone.
An adult fairytale rewrite of Little Red Riding Hood.
5. What kind of book or subject would you like to write someday?
I'm a huge vamp fan so I'd love to do a vampire story.
6. Name all other publishers you have published with or will
be publishing with. Give us their website links. Switching Sides will be republished with Torquere Press on April
19th, 2008. http://www.torquerepress.com/
7. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write and submit. If you don't take the risk of having your stories
rejected you'll also never take the risk of getting your writing published.
8. Now for something fun. Chocolate or vanilla? Erotic or inspirational?
Favorite color. Commando, boxers or brief in a man? Favorite paranormal being? Favorite mythological being? Do you like science
fiction, fantasy or horror? All time favorite actor? Actress? All time favorite book? Favorite TV show? Favorite
What makes you laugh out loud? If you could go anywhere in the universe
where would that be? A secret fetish?
How about chocolate and vanilla! (I like to mix things up every
once in a while)
Red and black.
A tight pair of boxer briefs on a well built man with an impressive
package. (Just the thought makes me want to drool)
Werewolves and vampires.
Demons. So naughty and so much fun to play with.
All of them.
James Marsters as Spike.
Eliza Dusku as Faith.
No way can I pick just one. I have a huge collection and I love every
one of them.
Buffy the series or Angel the series. I loved them both and miss them
The Lost Boys. (It was the movie that made me like paranormal so much.
(Yes, I'm showing my age here. ^_^)
My children. Motherhood is often frustrating and challenging but my
kids are the best thing to ever happen to me in my life and I love them all dearly. When I'm sad they can always cheer me
up and make me smile.
A place where war is illegal and no one can hurt or kill anyone else.
(Sigh, I know this place will never truly exist and it's frightening)
Shhhhh. That's why it's called a secret.
9. What's your author website URL? Give us any MySpaces or blog links
My website is http://beth-wylde.tripod.com/
My yahoo IM addy is b.wylde
My yahoo group, where I host monthly chat events, post excerpts and
often do contests for free goodies and books is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bethwylde/
My email is email@example.com and I love to hear from readers.