Friday, May 18, 2012

Malia Mallory Answers "Are My Characters Autobiographical?"

Today, Malia Mallory visits my little corner of the blogosphere to discuss her characters. Welcome, Malia!
Are My Characters Autobiographical?
      Sometimes my fans ask me how much of myself I put into my characters. The answer is not a simple one. Do my heroines have some traits in common with me? Yes. It's almost impossible not to put something of yourself into your writing. However, there are many differences between myself and the heroines in my stories.
            For example, Mia, in Mia's Cop Craving, has a cop fantasy and, though I have certainly seen many hot policemen in my time, I never had a special affinity for them. Mia decides to fulfill her fantasies and goes looking for special cop to help her. This would not be characteristic of my behavior and, in fact, isn't characteristic of Mia's behavior either. She is generally more reserved. However, her fantasy has become so all-encompassing that she is compelled to try to fulfill it. Mia's stories are really about her bringing the sensuality in her mind into reality.
            Grace, in R is for Revenge, works in an office. In my day, I've had many different kinds of office jobs. I certainly drew on this experience to flesh Grace out. She also has a terrible boss, and I have certainly been there as well. However, she becomes romantically involved with her new boss and that is something I have never done.
            Mistress Ven is character of mine who is featured in several stories, including C is for Cock Ring and D is for Domination. She is a female Dominant. She is one of my characters who is probably the least like me. She is strong and assertive and I do like to think I am both of those things, but her tastes are quite different from mine.
            I think writers in general must draw upon their personal experiences to bring their writing alive. After all, we are always told, "Write what you know." This is good advice, but it could be limiting. A good writer should also have a healthy dose of imagination. You do have to be a little careful though. If you build your own world, you pretty much can do anything you want. However, it can be very jarring to the reader if you take significant liberties with the world as we know it. It's a balance, and sometimes it takes a healthy dose of research to bring your writing alive.
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Malia Mallory is the author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which includes so far A is for Anal, B is for Beach, C is for C*ck Ring D is for Domination, and now, R is for Revenge. The ABCs of Erotica covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released Mia's Cop Craving and Santa's Backdoor Baby. She has hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and AllRomance Books.

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Excerpt from Mia's Cop Craving

He brushed her lips with his. "Mmmm, you'd better point me to a flat surface."
Her hand fluttered in the direction of the hallway and she gasped as he swept his arm under her knees and picked her up. His legs covered the distance quickly, and it barely seemed a blink before they were in her bedroom.
Lights from the street bathed the room in a slight glow and Rogan laid her on the coverlet. He smoothed her hair back from her face and climbed onto the mattress beside her.
"Mia," he whispered, “tell me what happens in your fantasy."