Friday, September 17, 2010

An Interview with Alison Tyler

Hey! That's me! I mean, *I'm* me. I mean, here's my A's to my very own Q's. Oh, wait. But what about the required lead-in? Hmmm. Here we go: I've worked with Alison Tyler for years now. Sure, sometimes she drags her feet when I toss out the theme for a new anthology. And yes, she can require a bit of coddling here and there—but who doesn't need their hand held every so often. Basically, what I'm saying is that, gosh, I can't imagine putting a book together without her.

1. Which fairy tale character would you most like to do and why?

I'd like to be done by the King of Hearts. That's no surprise to anyone, is it? He did beat the Knave full sore, after all. And I think I have a healthy share of naughty Knave in me.

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?

My outfit of choice—my uniform, if you will—rarely varies: favorite jeans of the moment, t-shirt emblazoned with a snarky saying, killer boots. For wishing, I'd simply upgrade: scarlet velvet jeans, tight red t-shirt, blood red patent leather boots. I might throw in a leather collar or leather cuffs with chrome hardware.

3. What would you wish for?

Here's a sneak peek into how I'd waste my wishes. (See, I wish these almost daily—even without a fairy god type person asking me what's on my mind.) I'd wish for health for my family. I'd wish my far-flung friends lived closer by. Especially because for wish #3, I'd love to share good food and good stories with good friends around my dinner table for years to come.

4. Do you own fairy wings? A little red riding hood? Glass slippers? If yes, please describe. Or send photos!

Do I own fairy wings? Hell, no, I don't own fairy wings. What kind of stupid question is that? Who came up with the Q&A...oh, wait. Sorry. No, I do not own fairy wings. Or a riding hood. I'd crash in glass slippers. But I adore the concept of playing dress-up, even if my own fantasy wardrobe is far more limited to latex, PVC, and leather.

5. What question would you most like to ask another author in the line-up?

I have a fun story to share rather than a question to ask. One of my friends went through a brutal break-up last year. She told me she never thought she'd have sex again. She was done. She was through. She was hanging out the closed sign. And then she read Alison's Wonderland, and she felt something, well, stir. So, she wanted me to let you all know that your words brought her to place where she can actually envision opening herself up once more to the messy, crazy, not-always HEA world of real life love and sex.

How's *that* for the power of fairy tales?

6. What would you like to tell readers about your story in Alison’s Wonderland?

My story, "Rings on Her Fingers," is based on a rhyme rather than a true fairy tale. Although I believe I turned a simple sentence into a modern, slightly gritty L.A. love story, complete with a happily ever after. And what can I say? I've had a thing for ink for a few decades now.

7. What fairy tale would you love to tackle in the future?

If Mr. Thomas Roche is listening, I'd like to try to co-write a fairy tale with him. Any fairy tale, with each of us taking on one persona. I'd happily write Beauty to his Beast, Cinderella to his Charming. Snow White to his, um, Seven Dwarfs. (No, that would be pushing things.)

Alison Tyler is the author of 25 naughty novels and the editor of 50 frisky anthologies. Her work has appeared in more than 100 anthos—as well as in magazines such as Penthouse, People, and Playgirl. Her first anthology of fairy tale-themed erotica was published by Plume in 2004. Currently, she's drinking a cup of coffee and trying to figure out what to wear to work.


Now, I'm done. I know there are a few writers missing from the Q&A line-up. But I'm not much of a nag. If new A's come in later, I'll happily post them. Until then, I did want to announce a winner of all the Fairy Tale Swag I've been collecting throughout the past few months! So give me a minute (or possibly a weekend) to shake my eight ball, and then I'll be back to announce the winner!


P.S. See you on Monday!