I have Zoe Blake here today. We know you want to get to know your favorite authors better. We sometimes manage to pin them down and get all the dirty details.
Now, Zoe, tell us about “Chosen to be his Little Angeline”.
“Chosen to be His Little Angeline” will actually feel like two books in one. The book opens at a naughty country house party. Our Hero focuses in on our out-of-place Heroine immediately and claims her as his own. For the first half of the book, they will participate in the erotic revelry of the party. Then the Hero will take the Heroine to his estate where he will initiate our reluctant Heroine into age play.
Can you tell us what you are working on now?
I am working on my fifth Victorian age play novel. This one will have a unique twist not found in my previous books. The Heroine is a lady and on equal footing with the Hero.
Can you tell us how many books you have written total?
Are you working on anything right now?
Yes, I am working on my fifth book. It is also a Victorian age play. This one involves a spoiled Lady who is essentially forced into an age play marriage with a Duke by her parents.
How much of your stories come from real experiences?
They are all from my naughty, twisted little imagination.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Starting. I usually have the entire story worked out in my head before I write the first word but sometimes it will take weeks before I get the time to sit down to actually write! Usually I will resort to extreme measures. I ensconce myself in a hotel room for a few days and do not emerge until I have at least 8,000 words. After that the rest just flows.
What do you like to read?
I love the classics. Austen, Bronte, Collins, Hardy, Wharton. They are wonderful for inspiration and to get a great feel for historical detail and dialogue.
Do you have any advice for new writer’s trying their hand at erotica?
When writing an erotic scene, take a moment and think about the five senses. If you were experiencing that scene, what would it taste, smell, sound, feel and look like? Don’t just say they were on a silk coverlet. Describe the cool, soft feel of the silk. Don’t just say there was a fireplace in the room. Describe the crackle and popping sound of the log as the flame hits it. Write your scenes as an entire sensory experience and your readers will be more drawn into it.
Are you a morning or night person?
What is this “morning” you speak of??
What books have most influenced your life most?
I absolutely adore “Gone with the Wind” both the movie and the novel. In fact, I recently took a pilgrimage to Atlanta to walk in Ms. Mitchell’s steps to help inspire my own writing. The highlight of my trip was seeing the typewriter she used to write her iconic book.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Jane Austen. I love her use of witty dialogue.
Do you use a pseudonym? If so how did you choose it?
Yes. I think “Zoe” is the perfect blend of sophistication and fun while Blake is the name of my favorite poet, William Blake.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Well, as a quirky inside joke, all my nannies are named after something religious. Mrs. Pew, Mrs. Chapel. It just sorted of happened that way and I am running with it. As for the other characters, I research websites that list British titles and old family names for inspiration.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I’m an age play author. I’m already tipping the scales of the titillating taboo so I would say if there is a subject, I have not come across it yet!
What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
Wouldn’t it be fabulous to own a dressing gown ensemble like the actresses from the 1940s! Those glorious silk robes with the sweeping trains complete with delicate feather topped slippers. I would glide about my condo holding a martini saying “Darling!” to everything that moved!
And for fun, tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
I write my books while sitting on an exercise ball.
Thanks for joining us today, Zoe. (Now get back to work on that next book!)
Claimed by a powerful lord who chose to make her his little one. She was never given a choice. Naïve and innocent, Angeline agrees to attend an infamously risqué house party full of the ton’s elite. All the common seamstress knows is it is finally a chance for a grand, passionate adventure.
Lord Blackhurst felt a fierce need to possess and protect the child-like woman from the moment he laid eyes on her. After learning she is brought to the party to be a “virgin” sacrifice for the amusement of the other guests, he seizes her as his own. When Angeline insists on placing herself at risk by foolishly engaging in some of the naughty pursuits of the party, Blackhurst takes her, against her will, to his country estate. Forced into a nursery, Angeline is subjected to daily enemas, diapers, spankings and dreaded training sessions in Papa’s play room.
Can she learn to love this powerful lord and his need to master her through submission?