Interview with Rachel Woe
This Saturday I’m setting before you an interview with a writer of erotica who I’ve been admiring since I first read a short story by her a year ago – a discovery I made when browsing the Bellesa site.
I love how getting virtual friends to share their roots, motivations and inspirations gives their writing a further dimension when I read it going forward – see what I mean for yourself.
What made you decide to write on an adult/erotic theme?
I’ve been fascinated by sex and sexuality since I was very young, and I was lucky enough to have a mother who never discouraged my reading tastes. I was always a writer, but I ended up setting creative writing aside for a few years to focus on school. Still, I continued to read for pleasure, and the one thing my favorite books all had in common was an erotic element. Eventually I found my way back to writing, and when I sat down to write my first story, it was an erotic one. I may branch out into other genres, but erotica will always be my home.
What draws you to the blogs you follow?
I like to follow blogs that can teach me something new, as well as those that appeal to my interests, whether the focus is erotica, sexuality, publishing, film analysis, or cooking/food. I particularly enjoy when the “voice” of the blogger is conversational, and if they can inject humor into their writing, I’m hooked. Sometimes I’ll even follow a blogger whose topic doesn’t pertain to my own personal interests (like soapmaking, for example) simply because I enjoy having their voice in my head.
What is your favourite type of adult toy?
It depends on what kind of mood I’m in. Usually I prefer vibrators to penetrative toys, but sometimes you just need to feel stuffed. I bought myself a Pink Bob last year, and I have to say, it’s been a lot of fun testing out all the different speeds and pulsations.
If you were sent to a desert island (with no power issues) name the adult item or film or book you’d take with you:
That’s a tough one. I think I would take my beloved copy of Enchanted by Nancy Madore, a collection of erotic short stories inspired by classic fairytales. Then again, if there are no power issues, I could just take my Kindle, which is chock full of so much delicious smutty goodness that I’d never get bored!
[Posy is … downloading this book right now!]
What’s your preference – naked or “dressed up” for sex? If dressed up, how so?
Naked. Definitely. I love the feel of skin on skin. Perhaps if I had more disposable income, I’d make shopping for lingerie a new favorite hobby!
Name a pivotal moment in your youth which may have set the path for your sex life:
When I was very young, maybe five or six, I was diagnosed with central precocious puberty, which meant my hormones were behaving as though I were a few years older. I’ve often wondered if this had something to do with my preoccupation with all things sexual from a young age. I thought about it constantly. I still think about it often, though now that I write about it professionally, I have an excuse!
I was lucky that my family had decent health insurance at the time, so I was able to seek treatment and prolong puberty enough that I could buy myself a few more inches in height (many people with precocious puberty barely make it to five feet), but I wish my parents had taken the psychological impacts more seriously. It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly why most of us turn out the way we do, but I find it hard to believe that having breasts at the age of seven wouldn’t have some effect on how I relate to myself and the world around me.
Name the fictional being or species you’d most like to have an encounter with:
Vampires. I’ve always had a sweet spot for the dark, broody, mysterious creatures of the night. I think it’s fair to say I was a little obsessed with them in high school. My very first attempt at erotic fiction was a vampire story. One of these days I’ll have to sit down and try writing another one!
Sexting – love it or hate it?
Love it if the person I’m sexting is responsive and enthusiastic. There’s nothing more discouraging than taking the time to craft a titillating message and receiving a meh answer in response. If I wanted to do all the work myself, I’d write a story.
If you watch porn, do you have a preference for professional or amateur?
It depends on what sort of mood I’m in. If I want to watch a scene from beginning to end, I’ll go for professional. Probably something on Bellesa, where the porn is super high quality and sex positive. But sometimes I crave the DIY-style intimacy of an amateur video, when I want to feel like a fly on the wall. Both types have their place in the pornscape.
Nominate your favourite “adult” film or book:
Secretary. Hands down, one of the quirkiest erotic films ever made.
Before you go, please advise us 1 sex blog which we should add to our reading list:
If you’re not already following Bellesa’s resident Smut Queen, Jayne Renault, you absolutely should. (http://jaynerenault.co/)
Thank you so much for sharing your more ‘private’ side with me and my Dark Darlings!
Thank YOU for having me, Posy!
Rachel is just one of the writers to collaborated on an anthology Chemical [Sex] V2 : Just One More which I am dying to read. It can be purchased from Amazon via this link, and soon it will be available from other distributors,
This Week on my Blog I have Shared:
Masturbation Monday & Kink of the Week : Paradise by the Dashboard Light
… and yes, I think I’ve coined a new phrase for sexy hi-jinks in the car! Read and see what I mean.