Tuesday, August 24, 2010
An interview with N.T. Morley
As an editor of smut, I am generally able to turn down my libido while I work. Otherwise, you know. I'd never get anything done. I'd just sit at my desk, jerking off all day. Which, while not an unpleasant sounding scenario, wouldn't have given me such an extensive backlist. But there are authors who, well, pierce my glass ceiling. N.T. Morley is one of those writers. I will shuffle Morley's work to the bottom of my pile—virtual or literal—because I know I'll be taking copious "breaks" during the reading.
For Alison's Wonderland, N.T. wrote a new take on Beauty and the Beast. One reviewer wrote, "...believe me when I say that I have never read a fairy tale like this before. This short story is so deliciously, wickedly good! I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say this… this book is worth purchasing just for this story! It’s that awesome!"
Morley has stopped by to answer my standard, slightly silly questions:
1) Which fairy tale character would you most like to do and why?
Definitely Belle in Beauty and the Beast—which is why I chose this classic story to re-imagine for this volume.
2) If your fairy godmother or fairy godfather (I’m an equal opportunity fairy employer) waved a magic wand over your head and granted you three wishes, what would you be wearing during your wishing?
I’m going to say knee-high riding boots, leather jodhpurs, and a You've Been A Bad Girl, Go To My Room T-shirt, both because it'd be hot, and because that outfit seems to be the sort of thing that would invite a fairy godmother to take interest.
3) What would you wish for?
I'm going to assume the wishes have to be horribly selfish and I couldn't wish for world peace or the end of hunger or ethnic strife—because I guess anybody could wish for those, couldn't they. If I had to pick 3 selfish wishes, I'd want to be transported into 3 of my unwritten novels for roughly the amount of time it takes me to write them. And, perhaps most importantly, I'd like to get paid an advance for living each one of them.
4) Do you own fairy wings? A little red riding hood? Glass slippers?
If yes, please describe. Or send photos! Not a one, but I've been known to wear devil's horns on occasion.
5) What question would you most like to ask another author in the line-up?
I'd like to ask Alison if she has any ink in interesting places.
6) What would you like to tell readers about your story in Alison’s Wonderland?
I've always loved "Beauty and the Beast" because it's the distilled form of my favorite fantasy—a woman being taken out of her comfort zone and placed somewhere that she's totally out of control, but maybe in some way completely in control. The question of which is which—control or surrender—and which is desired, is what's so hot. But it's the wondering how far a character will TAKE either control or surrender that totally drives me over the edge. In that sense, "Beauty and the Beast" essentially represents the dynamic I relive in all my stories and novels over and over again.
7) What fairy tale would you love to tackle in the future?
I'm fairly content to keep rewriting this one in various mansions, limousines and goth clubs up and down the West coast. :-)
N.T. Morley has written more than twenty published and forthcoming novels of erotic dominance and submission. The author of such decadent classics as The Visitor, The Nightclub, The Parlor, The Limousine, The Circle, and The Appointment as well as the trilogies The Office, The Castle, The Library, Morley has also contributed fiction to such anthologies as Alison's Wonderland, Naughty Stories from A to Z, Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies For Couples, Juicy Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, and to the podcast Open Source Sex, as well as editing the double-anthology MASTER and slave available from Berkeley Books. Recent projects have included the forthcoming novels The Embezzler, The Adulteress, The Institute, and The Conservative.
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