Hi! I’m Sam Schooler. My six talented co-authors and I will be stopping by various blogs until Halloween to celebrate the release of our spooky-sexy dark erotica antho Bump in the Night. It’s also Riptide’s second anniversary, so if you tag along on this blog tour, you have plenty of chances to win an awesome, super-sized prize pack full of sweet (and naughty) goodies!
A big thanks to my host 3 Chicks After Dark for having me, and thank you to everyone for stopping by to hang out with me!
Heidi and I decided to interview each other with seven lucky questions each, so here are Heidi’s seven to me and my answers! Keep an eye out for her interview with me, too!
1. I’m an experienced co-writer, but as I understand it, you’re new to this game. How was the whole process for you? Anything that surprised you?
Oh man, I was totally unprepared for what writing with Heidi was going to be like! I’ve done a lot of cowriting over the years, but it was all roleplay-style—I wasn’t experienced in writing the same characters as my partner, or in both writing the same paragraph. Heidi and I jived well during the whole plotting and researching phase, but when it came to the writing, I was a little shy at first. It was nerve-wracking knowing that Heidi was sitting on the other side of the Google Doc, watching me write in real-time (and sometimes editing lines as I wrote them, which I ended up doing to her once I worked my courage up!), but once the shyness faded, I ended up loving it.
I would say I was most surprised by the mind-meld that happened during the latter half of the story. I would think a line and before I could write it, it would appear word-for-word, like I was thinking for Heidi’s hands. That’s how you know you’re hooked into a good cowriting partnership!
2. “Blasphemer, Sinner, Saint” is set in Victorian England, so we did a bit of research as to the setting and the period. What was your favourite thing you learned?
I am a HUGE Jack the Ripper buff, so I’ve done a lot of reading about 1880s-1890s Whitechapel, but when it came to research for BSS, the queer aspects of Whitechapel blew me away. Lots of our research revolved around male prostitutes, and in the course of researching how common queer sex was, I stumbled on this:
HOW COOL IS THAT?! I have it sitting on my desktop, waiting for me to write a story about it.
3. Okay, this question might be a little personal. Writing sex with a co-writer . . . sexy, or all business?
Depends on the cowriter. ;D
In all honesty, I don’t tend to get turned on when I’m writing sex in general, and it’s the same with a cowriter. I will say, though, that while we were writing the sex scene in BSS, I walked away from my computer to get a drink, and when I came back Heidi had started writing some dialogue that involved a lot of “please Master” and I damn near dropped my drink. Way to hit one of my kinks right over the head!
4. Of the story’s three leads, who do you sympathise most with, and why?
David, by far. David is the “saint” of “Blasphemer, Sinner, Saint,” and it’s for good reason. The son of an alcoholic father, David was raised with our other main character, Tobias, in Tobias’s father’s home for orphan boys. David and Tobias fooled around when they were younger, and when Tobias’s father found out that David was prostituting on the side to help keep his family afloat, he kicked David out. Tobias has since repented and believes what he and David did was sin, and that David is an unrepentant sinner, since he remains a prostitute to get the money to send his younger brother to school.
What Tobias doesn’t understand is that David’s financial situation simply doesn’t allow him the luxury of another trade. For most of the story, Tobias berates David, telling him about all the opportunities he could have taken to “better” himself, and the class divide between the two of them provides as much friction as Tobias’s homophobia and hypocritical bigotry.
Aside from sympathizing, though, of the main three characters, I think Mr. Ashmedai is my favorite. Do I sympathize with him? Not so much. Do I like him? Hell yes. What a gloriously clever purveyor of awful he is.
5. Any thoughts on writing erotic horror versus erotica? Do you approach writing sex in a different way, or does the subject matter do most of the heavy lifting?
I do approach it differently, yeah! Embarrassing story time! When I was a junior in high school, I wrote a short story about a writer who believed he needed to do method research about his main character, a werewolf. It culminated in him eating the heart of a recently murdered man, and the way the cannibalism scene was written was paralleled to an orgasm scene, and it was visceral and sexual and, well, the punchline is that I had to read it out loud to my class.
When I’m writing erotic horror, I focus more on body words—flesh, blood. I’ll use words like raw, slick, torn. . . There’s a certain violence to the phrasing, really. Where, in erotica, I may say that someone is bent back over the bed, spread out supine and waiting with sweat beaded on their skin, in erotic horror I’d say that they are wrenched at an angle over the side of the bed, arms thrown out, spread like a sacrifice, the red flush at the hollow of their throat begging for the attention of teeth.
6. Neither of us has read the other stories in the anthology yet. Which one are you most excited to sink your teeth into?
“Resurrection Man.” Laylah Hunter and I were in Torquere’s vampire anthology, Masks Off Too!. Theirs was my favorite in MOT!, and I’m expecting greatness from them this time around, too.
7. Would you ever make a deal with the devil? For what?
I’m no Winchester! I don’t think I’d trade my eternal soul—or, uh, other things—for anything. Except maybe a limitless supply of iced caramel lattes.
About Bump in the Night:
Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.
Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.
By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing gift certificate! Entries close at midnight, EST, on November 2nd, and one grand prize winner will be contacted on November 3rd. Contest is valid worldwide.
About Sam Schooler:
Sam Schooler was born on a Saturday in Cincinnati, Ohio, raised by a geek, and was recently released into the wild. A university student, a journalist, and a Tumblr addict, she is most comfortable at night, basking in the healthy glow of a laptop screen. She loves queer romance in all its forms, and has found a home in writing both contemporary and speculative New Adult stories with a focus on queer characters, trans* characters, mixed-orientation couples (or threesomes, or foursomes…), and badass ladies. She can often be found crying over TV shows and comic books, and she is known to passionately campaign for the preservation of the Oxford co
mma. She has associative prosopagnosia. Jeremy Renner played her in a movie once.