Interview with Lori Perkins
Lori Perkins has edited more than 25 anthologies, moat of which have been erotic romance.
This week’s free book is Spanksgiving; A Collection of Erotic Spanking Stories.
Perkins loves holiday-themed erotica anthologies (she’s edited a MILF anthology for Mother’s Day and a DILF anthology for father’s Day, as well Holiday Smut and even Superbowl Smut, among others).
What are your favorite books, and why?
1984, because it showed me a future of the past that scared me to my core, and now is frighteningly relevant.
Dracula, a wonderful, atmospheric horror story that still grips us.
Alice in Wonderland. I read this when I was 7 and really identified with smart-ass Alice, one of the few smart-ass girls I ever read then. I've reread it at least 20 times, and there is always something new.
Gone with the Wind. The book was actually better than the movie.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Washington Heights in New York City. I grew up in a diverse neighborhood, where Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants, rests in one of the few Catholic shrines in America. Washington Heights had more German Jewish Holocaust survivors than anywhere in the world (including Israel), so I have always been very aware of man's inhumanity to man on a daily basis.
It was also a neighborhood of many different stories. I became the publisher of the local newspaper when I was 22 because the local paper went out of business and I couldn't imagine our neighborhood without a place to tell our stories. New York is in my blood and I take it with me wherever I go and I always tell the small stories that make New York City the big city it is.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was in first grade. I wrote really bad erotica to pass around to my classmates in sixth grade. I've been writing for almost as long as I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Two Dukes are Better Than One (written with Jamie Schmidt under the Lorna James pseudonym) was inspired by Loretta Chase who said at a romance conference that she was afraid she was "duked out, " to which I replied, "dukes are like vampires. You can always reinvent the mythos." She asked me how. And I answered, "Duke ménage." And Two Dukes are Better Than One was born.
Describe your desk
A mess. Einstein would be proud. I have a paperweight from Margaret Mitchell's house in Atlanta, and another of an Alexander McQueen spiked heel from the Met.
What do you read for pleasure?
Memoir by awesome women (currently reading Katherine Graham's autobio). Stephen King because he always takes me on that ride.
November sees Mercury and Mars both going direct. Where communication might be improving, duck and cover from explosive anger that may erupt over societal issues. The new moon in Scorpio provides opportunity for transformation. Look deep inside yourself and figure out how you can help to benefit your community. If there's a need in your community, you can step in to fill it.
Jupiter provides energy of expansion so it's a great time to consider improving yourself through setting bigger and better goals for yourself.
Near the end of the month, the vibrations of the full moon in Gemini which is also a lunar eclpise, may give you itchy feet for travelling. However, if you are in North America, ignore the urge to travel and feed your desires by watching shows about travel or taking an online course about a topic you've alway been curious about but never tried. Learning a new language might be a great challenge for when the world opens up again for travelling.
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Thanksgiving needs a marketing do-over. It should be the sexiest time of the year when you consinder that we get four full days off from work, too much good food and drink, football, left-overs, binge-watching, and the intoxicating rush of shopping, either in the flesh or online, for presents for others and yourself. And maybe even a trip back home to rekindle old flames.
In this novella sequel to the Magic University series, Christmas Magic picks up the tale a few months after the end of The Poet and the Prophecy, at Christmas time. And who better to tell a Christmas tale than Frost? After the cataclysmic events that shook the magical world, it's time for Frost to come to grips with the changes in his magic and his body--with the help of the people who love him most.
Who doesn’t love some holiday smut? It’s one of the greatest pleasures of the season. There’s just something about the season that turns me on, and makes me think wicked good thoughts. I don’t know – maybe it’s the metaphoric possibilities – Santa’s lap, stockings filled with goodies, naughty or nice? Christmas just makes me feel giddy and nasty in a wholesomely bad way.