Interview with Sprite
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Hmm… not as easy a question to answer as you’d think! I’m imagining my book shelf, wondering what or whom I’d choose if I was trapped on a desert island and was only allowed the works of 10 writers. Some of my most cherished books aren’t necessarily my favorite authors – rather, they have memories attached to them that put them a step up, so, I am just going to choose the books I’d be able to read over and over without growing tired of them, or thinking, really? I chose this one over that poor gentleman who was clinging to the side of my life boat? Wow, do I feel bad now. So… the list.
Jacqueline Carey – she writes a series of books that takes place in an alternate Europe in a somewhat renaissance era, with a little magic, a lot of political intrigue, and tons of adventure. Oh, and I should mention that they are the most sensual works of non-erotica I have ever read. Her world depicts how sexuality should, ideally, be seen, not as shameful and dirty, but as beautiful.
Lewis Carroll – yes, he pretty much only wrote the a pair of books, Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, but I have read them over and over and honestly, a majority of my story ideas pop up from within the pages, even if it’s not even recognizable.
Shakespeare – really, despite the archaic language, the stories are so rich, both with humor, whimsy, drama, and emotion. My complete works is so worn that I can’t even read the cover, which is as it should be.
Neil Gaiman – simply because he takes ideas and goes in directions that surprise me each and every time.
JRR Tolkien – says the girl who reads and writes because her daddy read her the Hobbit, a chapter at a time when she was young. It’s why I read and why I write.
Alice Sebold – her novels, of which I’ve only read 2 of the 3 (and none of her poetry – yet) struck an emotional core within me that very few do. Lucky and The Lovely Bones. Read them and see if they don’t change your world a little. Or, in my case, a lot. (yes, I am making a long list but this IS a writing sight, primarily, after all!)
Bill Willingham – he writes comics. Scratch that. He writes ‘Fables’ which IS a comic – for 100 issues now. He re-imagines what it would be like if all the fables that ever existed were real people who fled Europe centuries ago and took up in New York State, trying to co-exist along side the mundane world. In it, Snow White is the true power behind the Mayor (Old King Cole), Cinderella is a spy, Bigby Wolf is head of security, and there is farm situated far from prying eyes and run by Rose Red, where all the fables who can’t pass as human live. He’s also written a novel about the Pied Piper. Truly amazing literature.
John Steinbeck – yep, some of the classics are classics for a reason. East of Eden is a powerful book about the choices we make, and it resonates to this day. Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, Grapes of Wrath (which is a very timely read, considering the state of affairs in this country), Sweet Thursday, the Pearl… need I go on?
Charles Dickens – Another classic, but one that was written as a serial in its days and more accessible then people might think. I got lost in David Copperfield on during my sophomore year in HS and I think it kept me from getting into more trouble then I did. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also favorites. One day, I will read those I’ve yet to pick up, like Bleak House. One day.
Charles DeLint – once again, fairy tales come into play. He created a city, Newford, that could be any city – in it, creatures from myth and magic, who are always just out of sight unless you look closely – mostly short stories, but also a number of novels – oh, he tends to write from a perspective that is my female-centric. I actually prefer his short stories, which he has 5 or 6 collections out now.
There, I think most lists go to 10, and I just hit my 10, so I’m stopping now.
I think I just sort of answered this? Any or all by the above authors.
The book that changed my life
Hmm… there are many different answers here, none of them wrong. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings are why I write, Alice in Wonderland opened up the world of possibilities inside my head, Lucky (Alice Sebold) changed the way I looked at an event in my life that I still struggle with… duh! It just hit me. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I’ve read this so often that my copy disintegrated earlier this year (Santa forget to bring me a new one, btw). I’m not a huge fan of Hunter S. Thompson. He was a bit of a nut and a little scary but this one book… it made me realize that you can live by your own rules, that reality is what you decide it is, that you can be as crazy, either writing or living out your life, as you wish to be – you can push things beyond the limits, far far beyond, and you don’t have to apologize to anyone for it. for a long time I lived the life he lives in this book. Crazy sex, drugs, doing things that made no sense and yet made perfect sense in the moment.
I’ve lost a lot of that over the last 5 years, but there’s still a part of it inside of me yearning to come out, and every once in a while, it does. It’s freedom, to me. Even when I had no permanent home, was going hungry, was aimless, there was a feeling of freedom in my heart, and Fear and Loathing was, in a sense, my wingman and tour guide through it all. It was a long strange trip, one that I probably will never undertake again, but one that made me who I am today.
What are you currently reading
I just finished Return to Oz by Frank L. Baum and am about to start Ozma of Oz. It’s research, I swear to god! That said, I’m enjoying them quite a bit!
I'm inspired by...
Wow. You expect a short answer? Loaded question. By everthing. By my past, my present, the possibilities of life, by people, music, art, stories, dreams, nature, technology… no, there is no simple answer. By life, perhaps, and everything that touches me, good or bad. Lame answer, perhaps, but the best I can do.
I started writing because...
I had to. I found that there were stories inside of me, worlds I wanted to grab onto and hold, and remember, so I started – I think I was in 5th grade when I tried to write a ‘Hobbit Book’. It was awful, but it fanned the spark. They got better, even though I am never quite satisfied with them, the stories. Still, once in a while they are so close to perfect. One day, perhaps, one will be. Then I can quit!
Aside from writing, what occupies your time
Working, of course. I wait tables. Not a glamorous job, but it puts food in my cat’s bellies. I like to draw from time to time, or doodle might be a better term for it. Pretty good doodling, I think, but no more then that. Listening to music usually accompanies my day and baking/cooking is a great joy. Also, at times, when it’s not raining (3 to 4 days a year) I putter in my back yard garden and pretend I have a green thumb. Reading, obviously, and spending time with my beautiful girlfriend – we like to watch movies, play games, and have sex, not necessarily in that order.
How did you get in to writing erotica?
Simple. I started reading it and, at some point, thought to myself – I can write better then that, so I set out to prove it. I think I’ve done a pretty good job in doing so.
What's your favourite writing genre and why
As far as categories in Lush? Reading, I tend to lean towards the BDSM/bondage stories. Writing too, to an extent. The reasons are that those are the things that turn me on normally.
Where do you get your creative juice/story ideas from?
My own imagination as well as real life. To be honest, most of my stories are either things I want to experience, or have elements of my own personal experiences. The kitty girl stories, for example, are all true, and things like Blondie’s Wild Ride and the Sunday Bus Ride are loosely based on real events, although I’ve taken great liberties with them so that they would be good stories. Others, like Dangerous Games, are pure and simple masturbatory fantasies.
Oh, and for those curious, yes, I do often masturbate to my own stories, often while writing them – if I don’t find them hot, why should I expect anyone else to? In fact, if I get to the point where I’m not wet while writing erotica, I shelve the story until I find it turning me on again, be that a few hours, days, or weeks.
What are your turn-ons?
BDSM, bondage, watersports, control, humiliation, incest if well done (and mostly siblings, rather then parental), well written stories and characters, though, are the key – a story, no matter what the genre, is only as good as the person telling the tale.
What are your turn-offs?
I will be cliché here, and say badly written stories. Oh, yes, the typical stuff, scat, snuff, violence, but really, there isn’t any genre that I can’t enjoy if it is well written – some like very vanilla ones won’t turn me on as much, but they won’t turn me off, either.
Music I frequently listen to
Ok, genres pretty much cover everything. Like everyone else, I can find artists I like I pretty much every kind of music, and one’s I don’t care for. If push came to shove, my top 10 list of artists would be as follows, not in any particular order.
Muse – my gf calls it a mixture of Rush, Queen, and Led Zepplin as performed by a pop group. I don’t have a better description. 5 cds out, and they don’t have a single bad one, or even a bad song, in the bunch.
Emelie Autumn – industrial Victorian goth with a hint of burlesque thrown in – she writes, sings, plays mad violin, and is drop dead gorgeous. Opheliac is easily her best CD. Run, don’t walk, to itunes!
Tori Amos – although I like most of her cds, the first 3 will never be matched by anyone. Her words paired with (mostly) just a piano speak to my heart like nothing else. I feel like I have partial ownership in so many of her songs – somehow, she was channeling me when she wrote them. Silly, but true.
BT – omg, he’s amazing – classically trained trance artist with a good ear for melodies.
Zion I – my homies, a local legend in my hometown and some of the best hiphop ever made. Deep Water Slang is the CD to get started with.
Ani DiFranco – feminist and humanist musings about life, love, politics, culture, and people. She’s never compromised. At heart, she’s a folkie, but she’s never been one to be pinned down, taking on trappings of rock and jazz here and there. Dilate is my personal fave.
The Orb – Trance-dub for the unapologeticly stoned. Go with U.F..Off – the hits – it’s a good sample, and seaminglessly mixed.
Sasha&Digweed - DJs – for those curious, I used to DJ a bit, just for fun, and they are the reason I wanted to learn – that, and everyone loves a DJ – The Northern Exposure series are the best examples of Trance ever put onto disc.
Ex-Girl – best described as operetic pop space punk made my 3 cute japanese girls into anime. Must be heard to be believed.
Lamb – Youtube the song “Gorecki” – it’s the most amazingly beautiful song ever –the first time I heard it was as the sun was rising after a long night of partying – it turned my world upside down in a good way.
Ps – Hot by Avril Lavigne holds a special place in my heart as does Only You by Tiesto. Oh, And NIN!
My favourite work of art is
One piece? Wow. I Like Dali, as much because of the man as the art. It’s surreal and imaginative and it makes me look at everything I try to create in as many different ways as I can. Nothing is so sacred that you shouldn’t try to fuck it up, just to see what happens when you do.
The Lord of the Rings series is my all time favorite movie. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid , Tangled, pretty much all the Pixar and Disney Animated films get watched over and over. Oh, and Amelie.
Which websites do you regularly visit
LushStories! Really, there are other websites? I tend to check out a few others that have a selection of erotica on them but, honestly, I don’t really spend that much time on line – 90% of it is on Lush (no, I am NOT kissing ass, it’s true!). The reason why? The community – I have friends here whom I enjoy socializing with. Other then that, I use the internets for email.
What would be a perfect weekend for you
I can be a homebody, or have become so over the past few years. Time with my gf, my kittens, is precious to me. That said, a romantic weekend with a night of very dirty sex was the first thing that popped into my head just now. Being tied down and abused one night, followed by walks in the garden while holding hands the next morning, and cuddling by a warm fire that evening while at a bed and breakfast in the countryside, preferably with a four poster bed and lace curtains appeals to me. So does spending the weekend as her kitty girl/sex toy!
Ideal holiday destination
Paris. I spent 3 days there just before I joined Lush. My grandparents lived in France and immigrated to the USA shortly after WWII ended. I had always wanted to visit, but I’d never gotten a chance until now. It’s the most romantic place in the world, at least for me – I was in heaven the whole time and I want to go back and spend weeks, months, years, travelling the width and breadth of the entire country one day.
At home I cook
Yes, I do. In fact, I do all the cooking at home and enjoy it. We are both vegetarians, so it makes it easy, although my partner has decided to give up sugar too, which means I don’t get to make as many dessert items as I’d like (yes, I agree, she is nuts!).
The hardest thing I've ever done was
Get on with my life after being raped. Sorry to be a downer about that, but 5 years later, I am still dealing with it. Just writing that phrase brings tears to my eyes, and pain. The nightmare have grown fewer, but they are always there, lurking, waiting for me to put my guard down, and I’ll be the first to admit it colors my reactions to the male population in unpredictable ways, for which I am truly sorry for those affected.
Most surprising thing people could find out about you
I am shy. Not like, mind numbingly shy, where I hide under the couch and won’t talk, well, sometimes…. those who know me really well know that my second home is under our dining room table embarrassingly enough – when my gf is out of town, that’s where I sleep – see? Two embarrassing facts for the price of one.
Honestly, it takes some effort to relax around people for me. I should mention that I have a bit of a stutter when I get nervous, and that I often talk with my hands, to the point that I forget to vocalize things and converse with my own, unique to me, sign language, something my girlfriend can sometimes translate, and sometimes not. Being online is a great equalizer for me, it forces me to communicate in ways that I am more comfortable with – the written word.
I don't like talking about...
Which part of ‘I don’t like talking about’ didn’t you get? Honestly? I don’t talk about growing up much, maybe a little to LadyX, whom is, in a strange way, part of my childhood (we were raised in the same city, not all that far from each other, although 8 years apart). Being raped. Until now, I think that I have only admitted that to a total of 3 people here. Maybe 4.
What I find amusing is
I like sort of quirky humor. Not the Will Ferral kind of stuff, but dry and/or dark humor. Also, I get a kick out of watching my kitties. They are just too cute for words when they get into things and are playful.
What I don't find amusing is
I hate practical jokes. I think they are mean. I might like to tease people a little, but it’s always good natured. I don’t like to make fun of people, or laugh at them, nor do I like to be the butt of such things myself. I can get unreasonably bent out of shape about this, so you’ve been warned.
If I wasn't me I'd like to be
The supreme being whomever he/she/it is. I’d fix this mess of world, or maybe just scrap it and start over. My other answer is a Disney Princess, mostly Ariel from the Little Mermaid. Another secret about me is that I sometime dance around the house in full princess mode while cleaning, singing Disney songs and wishing there were cute animated animals singing along.
I often wonder...
About too many things to even try to list here… thank you, good-night!
Thanks Sprite for you time. We thoroughly recommend you have a read of Sprite's work.