Muffy Wilson: a conversation I’ve been looking forward to…
I’ve known Muffy online for some time, yet we never really spoke to each other. Our genres seemed, on the surface, very different, yet when I actually read one of her books (I’ll review it here, tomorrow), I found out, much to my surprise and enjoyment, not only that Muffy and her co-author did a great job writing a difficult story, but that there are LGBT elements. I was impressed. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to her responses to my questions. Enjoy!
Who is Muffy Wilson in her own words?
I am a wife, mother, daughter and sister first and an author of provocative romance about love, sex, hope and passion second. I was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers, I was the youngest, the family “princess,” indulged and pampered. My father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required our family to travel extensively. I spent her formative years in Europe and ‘came of age’ in France (a state of affairs that gave my father much cause for concern one loooong summer on the Italian Riviera!) which forged my joie de vivre and love for books, writing and education.
~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion
What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for?
I am a simple person. I would like to be remembered as a good person, loving wife and nurturing mother. I never met a stranger nor turned anyone away that needed help. And I have tried hard to learn from my mistakes but I am not always successful in that endeavor!
What got you into writing?
An old boyfriend from high school. We reconnected after all these years and he writes self-help books. I took a significant departure from self-help to provocative romance.
Are you a full-time author or do you have a day job as well, and if so, what do you do?
When I first started writing fiction in 2010, I was still working but I have since retired and devote most of my free time to writing and anything that will keep me from doing any housework!!
I’ve only read one of your books, Cheerleaders in Heat, that you’ve written with Chrissy Laurence. Would you say that book is typical for your writing?
Not at all. Cheerleaders in Heat is my one and only co-authored work. It was a story outline by another author, CK Laurence, who writes murder mysteries. She was interested in dipping her toe into the erotica pool and asked me to look over her outline. It was a fun storyline and one that I totally immersed myself in. I would write a chapter and send it off to her, she would edit and finalize it and before too long we had a book! But, my style is nothing like this book. Erotica requires a delicate hand or it becomes repetitive and boring. I had one reviewer that described my typical style simply, “Reading The Para-Portage of Emily made me feel like I was reading Jane Austen or one of the Bronte sisters, if they had written erotic romances.” http://amzn.to/1OVC5uy
You had me laugh out loud several times, particularly when you paraphrase the word penis in all kinds of fun/weird ways. Is that still a “necessity” of the genre or are you and Chrissy just having fun with the trope? Do you know how many synonyms for penis you’ve used? I certainly had never heard “eroco-throbber” before…
You know, my mind is a fun place to reside, sometimes! Necessity? No, there are no rules to erotica—especially this kind! I have no idea how many synonyms I used, or where they even came from, but when one is writing a book like this, the limit is only one’s imagination. I do have to admit, I surprised myself! Some of the terms threw me into real fits of laughter!
There is an extremely violent scene in the book. In mho, violence is frequently used in BDSM for instance, but this goes way beyond. What was your reasoning behind that scene?
It is a pivotal scene for Cherie, and the other girls really too. They are all on a downward spiral of self-destruction: drugs, alcohol, indiscriminate sex with each other and any number of partners all having begun with a simple decision to try Internet dating. Beautiful women often become wall flowers because most men are intimidated by them. These girls are lonely and looking for love. Making bad decisions never ends well. And it doesn’t for them. That scene is at the heart of Cherie’s journey.
There’s a lot of drug use in this story, and you certainly demonstrate the pros and cons of it. Would you say drugs are common in erotic literature?
No, not in my books. Perhaps in more raw work or BDSM themed stories, although I do not see that often. Drugs are part of the underbelly of society. I do not believe over-indulgence in anything is good for anyone, but I am not passing judgment. Drugs and alcohol are directly linked to the decision making process. They were fundamental to this story.
One of the things that gave me the greatest pause in the book are the gender roles, and I need to talk to you about this, hear your reasoning. Juan is a real pig, if I may say so, but Sampson isn’t much better. As a modern man, I’m appalled that heterosexual males are still portrayed so traditionally, which also implies that women are cast in the traditional role of the weaker gender. Is that something that comes “naturally” to you or is there intention behind it?
Maybe heterosexual males and females are locked in a time warp of tradition. Society has pigeonholed women quite traditionally and we are no longer. And these girls are hardly weaker. Frankly, they are all pigs. Their lifestyles are nothing that I would ever embrace nor encourage. But, it does exist. Sampson is the closest thing we have to “normal” in the book and he is just a decent guy from Oklahoma with little to no experience in the fast lane. He is mildly simplistic, yet endearing in his role as a hero football quarterback. Not much more traditional than that!
Cherie, for all her initiative, is extremely traditional, longing for her knight in shining armor. Has het literature not progressed beyond Jane Austen romance? Or is there something else going on?
Funny you should mention Jane Austen! Romance is a fairytale and we want to live in them in one way or another. I think we all do. This is entertaining reading—a diversion. But, it has to be rooted in some sort of reality based experience. Tradition is a touchstone, I think, for people. We all want love, acceptance, to be honored and share ourselves with someone. It is a natural progression in coupling.
Tell me about Randi. As a character, I found her most intriguing, at least until she is beaten to a pulp. After that, I lost all interest in her, as she basically stopped thinking and became a docile puppet. Is there a reason for her change in behavior?
I found Randi very interesting, too. And I was torn about making her the focal point in the book, but it was not about her. Her role was as a catalyst and then she would most naturally fade as she recuperated from her injuries.
With regards to the sex, I am not an expert here, but I’ve done some research with female friends, and they all agree that squirting several feet away is extremely unusual for women. Is that a fetish you explore, a trope, or just a coincidence that it happens multiple times throughout the book?
More trope than just coincidence. It is a rare phenom but one men seem to fantasize about. There are different schools of thought that it is simply urine and really has nothing to do with sexual expression while others insist it happens to them regularly. It was totally indulgent. I received several emails from people about that specifically, which I found very fascinating. There are books on Amazon about the subject, so I did do some research
You’ve written other books. Is Erotica the only genre you write in? And if yes, how do you keep doing it? I got bored after one book… How often do you need to take masturbation breaks (if any)?
OMG, that was funny! You surprised me with that one!! Actually, in the beginning most of what I wrote was short stories and I took plenty of masturbation breaks! Now my books are more story than sexual content. I get bored with the repetition and in truth, our lives do not revolve around sex but are complimented by it. What is more important is the human bondage that precedes a sexual liaison that I find most interesting. Like you, I have branched out but sex is still a fundamental part of the human condition after all, people are enigmas.
Finally, what can we expect and look forward from you in the future? Plug away…
I finished a 20k story for Indulgence, a Valentine’s Day anthology sponsored by the Erotic Author’s Guild due out in February. A very sexy little number that is about a one-night stand that really evolves I call, Consenting Hearts. Then I am scheduled for another anthology sponsored by Gina Kincade of Naughty Nights Press due in the spring with a BDSM theme. Between those two commitments, I am writing my father’s memoire and two sequels: one to The Para-Portage of Emily, a paranormal love story spanning a century and then the other to Moonbeams of Unintended Consequences, an interracial love story in which children figure prominently as healers weaving their charm and love throughout. One child, Lily, has a rare condition that requires a live liver donor and people have been eager to find out what happens to her. So, next year I expect to be very busy—again!
Thank you so much for having me visit, Hans. This has been one of the most interesting interviews I think I have ever done! And fun, too. I so appreciate your thought provoking questions. Clearly you read Cheerleaders in Heat and you know how important that is to an author, that someone actually picks up our work and sits down to read it. It doesn’t get any better’n that!
Blessings from Florida ☺
Coming Soon ~
Fall 2015 ~ A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the War A Memoire of Lt.Col. Joe Lyle Jr
Feb 2016 ~ Indulgence by the Erotic Authors Guild Anthology
Mar 2016 ~ Naughty Nights Press Anthology with Gina Kincade
May 2016 ~ Sequel to The Para-Portage of Emily
July 2016 ~ Sequel to Moonbeams of Unintended Consequences
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Well, Muffy certainly took “plugging” to a whole new level, so I’ll just leave it at that. I hope you found this interview as interesting as I did. I can certainly mirror Muffy’s genre journey. I got tired of Erotica after one book. 🙂 But I agree with her, sex is certainly an integral part of our lives and if it’s needed to further the plot, I’ll include it in my books. I just recently wrote a scene where Jonathan… No, I won’t tell you. You’ll have to wait until March next year! 😉
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