WATCH OUT: Lisa Fox
Welcome to another edition of Watch Out. Take a seat and enjoy your stay. This week I have a fantastic author joining me. If you have not heard of Lisa Fox, stop, and take notice. She is one to check out.
For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.
I’m just a simple girl really. I like champagne and chocolate cake and Hugh Jackman. Preferably all together. I enjoy shoe shopping and researching the origins of demons. On occasion, I’ll leave my house and venture out in the sunshine, mostly to replenish my coffee supplies. I can usually be found chewing on a cinnamon stick ever since I quit smoking.
My first novella, Sculpting a Demon, a paranormal/erotic romance, was published in August by Ellora’s Cave. I have another title with them, a Christmas Quickie called Santa’s Sleeping Beauty, probably coming out in December though I don’t I have the official release date yet.
I am totally and completely loving every minute of being an official, real-life published author and I hope it never ends.
Can you tell us a little about your current release Sculpting a Demon?
I submitted it for the Alluring Arts themed stories, so it centers around a sculptress who does a love spell and in the process manages to summon a mischievous and outrageously sexy fallen angel. Mayhem of course ensues as well as lots of hot demon sex. It was a really fun story to write and I cannot express how happy I was when it was accepted.
The publishing industry is constantly changing; do you think that eBooks will one day make paperback books nonexistent?
I hope not. EBooks are great and convenient and everything, but I love having bookshelves. It is one of my ambitions in life to have a spectacular library in my home. It is something I work on building constantly.
Which do you prefer eBooks or paperback?
Other than that library thing, I don’t really have a preference. Both have their advantages. Sometimes I want to savor them individually, hold them against my chest and feel the weight of them in hand. Other times, I want to pack a plethora of them in my bag and enjoy having them all with me, ready and waiting for me to touch the screen and bring them to life. That’s just the kind of girl I am.
Have you ever or would you ever write yourself as a character in your books?
No. Absolutely not.
And yet, even as I say that, I know that my characters are made up of pieces of me, sides of me, reflections of me. So while I would never intentionally cast myself in one of my books, aspects of me, of who I am, are always present in my characters.
People say that you should write about what you know. Do you follow that path with your writing?
My first instinct was to make a joke with this one, but the more I think about it, the more I think I do write what I know. I do an extensive amount of research when I am working on a project so while I’ve never met a fallen angel for example, I do feel I know quite a lot about them. I think I have to know as much as I can about something in order to write about it believably and truthfully.
What is the one thing readers might be surprised to know about you?
I have a really hard time making up my mind. Sometimes it takes me hours to decide what I want for lunch and by the time I do decide, it’s time for dinner.
Actually, maybe that isn’t all that surprising.
One thing that I’ve heard over and over is that an author should have a web site. Do you think having a web site is important to an author and their presence on the internet?
It’s essential. I can’t even imagine how someone could not have a web presence. The internet is such a beautiful thing. It lets us to talk to readers and other writers and share so much. How could anyone not want to be a part of that?
Your favorite part of being an author?
The whole act of writing. The process of creation. It fulfills me like nothing else.
Actually, maybe that’s not entirely true. I love getting covers. Beautifully crafted covers with my name on them and pictures of super hot men. Yeah, that’s definitely my favorite part.
What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?
I’d like to say because I am so damn fabulous, but I think the real answer is that my voice sets me apart from other authors. Every author has a unique voice and I hope that mine is appealing enough for people to want to read more from me.
Is there a genre you have not tried to write but would like to in the future?
I love supernatural stuff and I’d love to create some really quality horror, but currently everything I write turns into some form of erotic romance so I think I am going to stick with that for the moment.
Is there anything you are currently working on that you can give us a taste of?
I just started edits on my Christmas Quickie, Santa’s Sleeping Beauty so I don’t have an official excerpt to share yet.
I did write a fun little short story recently that won a competition which netted me not only publication in an anthology, but also some super fabulous vibrating panties. You can read the entire thing for free right here: http://www.eroticstoriesandtoys.com/TheNaughtyDiceGame.htm
Here’s a little excerpt to get you started:
The Naughty Dice Game
By Lisa Fox
The colorful plastic dice bounced twice and then came to stop. Garrett, Ryan, Deb and Sara simultaneously leaned over the coffee table to read the outcome in the flickering candlelight. The purple die showed the word, “Closet.” The blue one had, “Toes.” The pink one said, “Hump.”
“Fuck that,” Sara said, crossing her arms under her breasts. “I am not humping anyone’s toes. That is not happening.”
“Why not?” Ryan asked.
Sara glanced over at Ryan. He sat inches away from her on the couch, looking totally hot and oh so very delicious. His dark brown hair was fashionably messy and the button-down shirt he casually wore revealed the slightest hint of his broad chest. His jeans were tight, snug around his muscled thighs. Every time she looked at him, she was hit with a powerful punch of sheer lust right in the groin. It wasn’t even wetness exactly, just pure, unadulterated animal desire. He was that beautiful. She’d wanted Ryan pretty much ever since she met him at Deb’s last get-together, but it was precisely because he was so beautiful that she’d never been able to work up the courage to approach him. She’d been so happy when Deb found the naughty dice tucked away in the master bedroom, probably left there by the last people to have rented the beach house, she’d very nearly squealed. Finally, she’d have a chance. But this was too much. This was feet. “I hate feet,” she said with an exaggerated shudder.
“I think I have sexy feet,” Ryan said, teasing her.
“How nice for you,” Sara said, both amused and repulsed.
“Damn it Sara, are you going to do it or not?” Garrett asked.
Sara rolled her eyes. Garrett was such a barbarian. Always demanding. Always impatient. She really didn’t know what Deb saw in him and she most definitely didn’t understand how they managed to stay together for over a year. “Not,” she said.
“Then you lose your turn,” Garrett said.
“Stop it,” Deb said. She looked at the dice on the coffee table and picked up the purple one. “We should get rid of this one.”
“What’s wrong with it?” Ryan asked. He reached for his beer, found it empty, tossed it in the trash and then grabbed another one out of the case underneath the coffee table. They had been drinking warm beer for hours now, ever since the power went out. Ryan had suggested earlier that if it was going to be warm anyway, they might as well keep it close and everyone had promptly agreed.
“It’s only got locations on it.” She turned the die over in her hands. “Are you going to go outside?” she asked, showing Ryan the word.
He glanced at the window and shook his head. The pounding rain was audible through the thick glass.
Deb nodded with unmistakable satisfaction and put the die aside.
“Now that we’ve finally decided that,” Garrett said. “Can we get on with it, please?”
“One more thing,” Deb said. “Let’s have a one minute limit on performing whatever it is we roll.”
“A one minute limit?” Garrett asked. “No way!”
“Garrett,” Deb said in a fake sweet voice. “If we don’t set a limit, you and Ryan are going to be out of the game waaaaaaaaaay before me and Sara.” She shifted in the overstuffed chair she lounged in, reached over and patted his cheek. “You boys just don’t have the stamina to compete with us girls. This is really more for you than it is for me.”
Sara dissolved into helpless gales of laughter.
“She’s right,” Ryan said, and took a drink from his beer. “Why waste it all on one roll anyway?” He picked up the dice, shook them in his fist and tossed them on the coffee table. They read “Stroke” and “Ass” and Ryan smiled. He stood up and held out his hand to Sara.
What is the one pet peeve you have when it comes to publishing?
I don’t have any yet. So far, it’s been a really great experience. Ask me again in a few years and maybe I’ll have one or two to share.
Any advice for new writers out there?
I’m pretty new myself, so I don’t know that I am in any real position to offer advice. Read your contract thoroughly. Negotiate hard for what you want. No matter how many times you get rejected, keep writing, keep submitting. Always listen to good music when you write. Always have fun.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
I am conveniently located all over the Internet and any one of these links is a good place to find out all you could ever want to know about me.
Titles from Ellora’s Cave: http://www.jasminejade.com/m-645-lisa-fox.aspx