Monday, October 21, 2013

Shades of Pink Interview - Rose Caraway


After giving you teasers of the stories included in the Shades of Pink Charity Anthology in September, this month I'll tell you a little more about the authors involved. I interviewed them with questions about their contributions, their writing life, their works in progress...

Today, Rose Caraway

Kallysten - First, thank you very much for writing a story for this anthology. Can you tell us how the idea for ‘The Mother’ came to you?

Rose Caraway - Hello Everyone! It is such a treat to be involved in this charity anthology. My thanks go to Kristin Wilson, who first contacted me and volunteered her wonderful editing prowess for all of us that submitted stories. Very special thanks also go out to Kallysten for all the time and effort required in putting the Shades of Pink anthology together. 33 stories is a nice big anthology to be proud of!

The Mother was originally a dream I had sometime around last Thanksgiving and I intended to turn it into an episode for, The Kiss Me Quick’s erotica podcast. I wanted to release it as a Mother’s Day episode, but when Kristin Wilson contacted me regarding the charity anthology call, well, it was fate.

K - I’m a supernatural fan myself, and I liked how understated the supernatural elements were in this story, from Laura’s ability, which cause her to be labeled a witch, to the prophecies of Rowtag’s people. What are your views on writing a supernatural world? Does it speak to a sense of wonder in all of us or add spice to stories?

RC - Thank you, I love reading fantasy/paranormal/supernatural stories too. I think those kinds of stories feed our inner child-like selves that still enjoy letting our imaginations out to play. But this time my goal was to intentionally avoid the clichéd sparkles and wand-swirls of fantastical magic in my story. I didn’t want cutesy, either. I wanted a realistic, short-story adventure told in the most believable way I could manage.

Remember the witch hunts of the 15th and 16th centuries? Back, before the Age of Enlightenment and that good ol’ Scientific Method, the way our skittish, superstitious brains were taught to comprehend things that were unexplainable or unusual was to classify them as either good or evil; God’s Miracle or a Demon’s Curse. It is scary, nearly fantastically so, that hundreds of thousands of people were actually hunted down and executed for witchcraft. And that was the perfect historical time period for my lead character.

The story of a woman’s breasts predestined to save an original people from extinction is my story’s basic plot. The ability for a woman to nourish a child with her own body is truly amazing. But, in my opinion, the bonding that occurs; that wondrous fulfillment is a real kind of natural magic. Yeah, yeah… the hypothalamus produces oxytocin that creates those feelings of love and trust, but you have to agree that the resulting profound emotion of mother/child connectedness is magical. Well, in my dream it all started with this adoptive mother’s milk. I wanted her milk to be the natural, unexplainable, magical element. Then I threw in a chaotic shipwreck, added a little prophecy, tossed in a big, sexy savage and an icky bad guy… until… voilà!

K - Can you tell us about your two podcasts? I tried podcasting some of my stories myself – and I’ve been stalled for far too long on the current one – so I know how much work goes into that kind of endeavor. What is your process for a typical podcast? Is it different for audiobooks?

Such a great question! My podcasts are quite a bit different than most other erotica podcasts. They are performances, not just bouts of storytelling. I am not only recording my own stories but stories from other published erotica authors as well. Unlike the audio books I do, there is music infused throughout each and every story to build tension and excitement for the listeners’ enjoyment. The music is just as important as the words I read and Lurid Listeners around the world especially love this aspect of the shows.

It is no easy task. Running the podcasts is a full-time, two-person job and without my dear husband, The Kiss Me Quick’s and The Sexy Librarian’s erotica podcasts wouldn’t be. We are both dedicated to bringing free, quality erotica to any and all that want it, (of appropriate age of course).

K - Can you tell us about your current writing or narrating project(s)?

RC - You bet! Currently, Big Daddy (my hubby) and I are putting the final touches on another fabulous Cleis Press anthology edited by Delilah Devlin titled, Smokin’ Hot Firemen, Erotic Romance Stories for Women.
Then, over the next several weeks we will be recording our biggest podcast show yet, Halo Sex featuring two stories (a two and a half hour double-header, if you will). One of the KMQ’s favorite authors, Allen Dusk is returning to join forces with me in a special Nine Inch Nail’s presentation. Let me tell you, Allen and I are on pins and needles about this show! I will have an announcement on my web page for the official release dates.

And, speaking of Allen Dusk… I am set to record his fantastic Gritty Splatterpunk novel, Shady Palms just in time for holiday gifting.

Lastly, I am researching and writing my very first full-length paranormal novel, Wolfsbane in 2014. I will have WIP posts, character development notes, images, etc. posted on my web page for those interested in keeping up with that.

K - Thank you again for being a part of Shades of Pink. Any last word before I let you go back to your writing?

RC - Thank you so very much to Kallysten for putting this anthology together and to everyone out there that takes the time to donate for this cause.

Find Rose Caraway at http://thekissmequicks.com/

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