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Super Heroes of Smut: Sally Bend

Super Heroes Of Smut: Sally Bend

Welcome to another installment of “Super Heroes of Smut”! Today, my guest is the ultra-fabulous erotica author, Sally Bend. I got to know Sally on the Twitter through a mutual friend of ours, Giselle Renarde. Besides being a fantastic writer, Sally is a voracious reader and book reviewer.

Before we move onto the interview, let’s get to know Sally Bend via the officially official author bio:

Sally Bend is an author, editor, columnist, and reviewer. Although shy and polite (she is, after all, Canadian), she loves to boldly and boisterously express herself through stories that bend the binaries of gender and sexuality.

Her fiction incorporates a wide range of styles, from dark horror to quirky erotica, with her favorite themes being the acceptance of gender identity and the exploration of submissive sexuality.

When she’s not reading, writing, or wandering the forest, she can be found online at http://sallybend.com.

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Oleander Plume: Thanks for being here today, Sally. How long have you been writing (erotica or otherwise)?

Sally Bend: Believe it or not, I’ve been writing for almost 20 years now, and used to have quite a following under several pen names that I will reveal neither under penalty nor promise of torture (LOL)! I’ve been working on being a so-called serious novelist for about the past 5 years, and started self-publishing erotica 2 years ago as a means of honing my craft and getting some much-appreciated feedback. Writing can be a lonely business, but releasing my stories into the wild was the best thing I could have done for mental health.

OP: Do you outline, or just sit down and start writing? Tell us about your writing process!

SB: Oh, I am very much a planner. It usually starts with a concept that I will daydream about for a few days, following by naming the main character. It’s silly, I know, but I need that name to anchor the story in my imagination. For short stories, I’ll keep a notepad open with a point-form outline, but for novels I have a whiteboard in my library/office where I will draw out a plot diagram to keep me on track. When it comes to editing, paper-and-pen are the only way to go – the more red ink on the page, the more comfortable I feel with tackling that final edit.

OP: Is there a sub-genre of erotica you haven’t explored yet but would like to?

SB: Well, I just published my first m/m erotic story with Alpha Surrender, so that’s one I can cross off the list. I have a really fun monster erotica idea in mind for the second Futanari Moans adventure, and I really want to tackle an erotic fantasy – something with elves, dragons, unicorns, magic, and all the rest. I love steampunk erotica, but I don’t know that I’m quite ready to tackle that yet.

(Note from Oleander: I just read Futanari Moans and the Mummy’s Hand (Job) and it was tons of fun!!)

OP: When you sit down to read a book, what makes you keep reading? Also – what makes you slam a book shut (or throw your Kindle across the room)?

SB: Growing up, I used to think story was all that matters, but I have come to realize it’s the characters who either pull me in or push me away. A strong character (someone I can either admire or relate to) will keep me reading through any editorial issues, and past any plot holes. Second to that, sheer imagination delights me, and any story that manages to surprise and amaze me will earn a place in my heart. As for what makes me throw my Kindle across the room, that would be heavy-handed religious or political messages that overwhelm the story.

OP: While writing, what is right next to you? AKA: describe your work space. 

SB: We just moved to a new house this summer, so I now have a lovely private office with a gorgeous wall of books behind me, a delightful closet full of lingerie on one side of me, and a small window with lovely pink curtains on the other side. My desk always has three things on it – a tube of lipstick, a red pen, and a bottle of Coke Zero.

OP: Can you tell us about your latest work in progress? 

SB: I do have several shorter works planned out, but I’m working on a final (hopefully) rewrite of a full-length novel that I am really excited about. It’s a paranormal romance that I am hoping to place with an LGBT-friendly publisher that I adore. It started as a horror novel, but I made a significant change to the core relationship and the romance just blossomed. It is a dark, suspenseful, imaginative story, but the love at the heart of it makes me smile every time I open the file. All I will say is ghosts are real, some are lonely, and some are very, very angry,

Isn’t she great! You can learn more about Sally at the following links:

Friend me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mxsallybend

Follow me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bibrary

Friend me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MxSallyBend

Follow me on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/mxsallybend/

Follow me on Tumblr: http://mxsallybend.tumblr.com/

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