Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Vonda Norwood, author of erotica comedy stories PICNIC, PLAYING THE COACH, OWNED, INDIE AUTHORS MAKE BETTER LOVERS, THE LAW MAN, EROTIC THE DOOR ON THE LEFT,WELCOME TO MY CHAMBER and IT’S IGLOO TIME, BABY, and welcome her to my blog.
Q: For how long have you been writing?
A: Marcia Carrington, thank you very much for this interview. Since the 3rd grade. My first project was me re-writing a Flintstone’s anniversary episode. I don’t recall what I wrote. I remember preferring my version over the one I watched.
Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?
A: I love this question, and hope you do not mind my lengthy reply. But first, I want to state; I consider everything I have published at this point, to be short stories, not books. Some people call ‘em novels, books, ect… I don’t. To answer your Q: Indie Authors Make Better Lovers, was inspired by a group of marketers who wanted me to feel like a slut for writing the short story, Facebook Breaks Up Marriages.lol. Somebody was under the impression I’d feel ashamed if people thought I wrote about sex. That story’s not erotica. They didn’t read it, they assumed, and then spread rumors, because I didn’t want them to promote me. I was shocked, because people told me they would shy away from my pornography. I hadn’t ever written a sex scene. I was confused, and then very angry. What I do, or do not, is up to me. I had nothing to prove, but I did want to vent a lil frustration. I asked myself, “Why sex? Why do these weirdos think I’d be all intimidated if the world thought I wrote about sex?” I couldn’t find an answer. So I asked myself another Q, “What kind of sex story do ya wanna write?” and then I wrote, Indie Authors Make Better Lovers, which turned out not to be a sex story, but a story about communicating with a man with whom I wanted to have sex. The story’s sexy and funny. I had a great time redirecting my anger, and becoming all about the salacious. I learned that I needed to learn how to detail sexual encounters, before I could write a sex story. I thought it would be quite easy, but nope!
Side note: “Facebook breaks up marriages.lol” is being rewritten, and will be released shortly after my novel, “The Law of the Jungle.”
Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?
A: I wish! I could write, write, and write if life I could pay my bills.
Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?
A: I don’t much enjoy reading. LOL Sorry. Now every writer has a reason to hate me.
Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?
A: I am my favorite author. Sounds conceited, I know, but I can’t help but be totally obsessed with my stories and my characters. I just am. I talk about Hemingway, and I believe each day, because of his story, The Old Man and the Sea, I get know the importance of how to relate my story in a manner that creates a feel for my readers to experience, rather than telling them, what is. Two authors; Jay Squires and Mike McNeff, gave me advice, which I use now to craft what I write. I could never thank them enough for their tutelage.
Q: I found PICNIC to be a vivid, highly entertaining story, with a well-balanced combination of erotica, and comedy that meshed well together. I also liked the central character, who was true to life, and very sympathetic. What inspired you to create this story?
A: Thank you. I’m happy to know you enjoyed the story. Balance, it usually comes to me as writer’s block. I cannot write that which does not belong. I can try, but it’ll be really stupid, and usually take me a few weeks to realize it. Which reminds me of why I wrote PICNIC. I was editing another story, totally engulfed when a family member yacked about a picnic. Annoyed, I couldn’t get the q out of my head… A freakin picnic? I didn’t want to go, less think about going. “Maybe I should write a story all about somebody not liking picnics.” = PICNIC was written. 😀
Q: Amongst your stories, is there one which is closest to your heart, and why?
A: Closest to my heart is the story I am in the middle of writing. My characters are living, they are doing, and I gotta make their story make sense. I love it 😀
Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or currently on the air?
A: My favorite show, or movie, depends on what theme my mind is temporarily entertaining. I view, read, and listen to all forms of entertainment, and can appreciate aspects of each thing, but I favor whatever I, at that moment, am being entertained by.
Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?
A: My ideal life would be: Alone with my laptop, coffee pot, and music maker. I’d do nothing but write, exercise, shower, and repeat til I fall asleep.
Q: You are a versatile writer in terms of genres, tackling stories in the erotica, and comedy genres. Would you like to write stories in any other genres?
A: Currently, I am editing an adventure drama, and trying to balance comedy so it doesn’t take over. If I win, this story shall be amazing. I couldn’t imagine writing a horror story, but there was a time when I couldn’t imagine writing erotica, so I’ll never say never, and write whatever story I feel to write.
Q: Are you left-handed, or right-handed? Being a left-hander, it is interesting to see how many writers are either one or the other, or ambidextrous.
A: I am right handed.
Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?
A: My releasing has been hampered by illnesses, car accidents, family needs, and then my laptop died. But at least I haven’t become homeless, this time! LOL Real life sure can bite.
My releases shall be:
1) The Law of the Jungle; an adventure drama.
2) Facebook breaks up marriages.lol; a romantic comedy. Newly edited.
3) All my short erotica stories, already published, re-published together and in printable version, including Alison’s Diary.
4) New erotica short stories, (Title to be announced upon release) a collection of humorous, and some dramatic tales highlighting sexual fetishes. These stories freakin tickle the heck out of me. I think my fav’ drama is “Leverage,” and my fav’ comedy is, “Reason.” I can’t even think about Reason without laughing, and then feeling, “Aw.” In this collection, I actually do put two naked people into a closet. LOL I LOVE WRITING!!! This collection will be released in a printable form.
5) My erotica drama; Murtagh McKnight. When I think of that shadow man I get chills… The really good kind. 😀
I am certain you will join me in thanking Vonda today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Vonda, she is available on:
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