Why do you think the “Cum for Bigfoot” series has been such a wild success?
The longer I’m in this business and reading other people’s work, I’m beginning to realize that it’s this capture fantasy, where you kind of have this thrill about being kidnapped and ravished, but of course you would never want that to happen to you in real life. The danger of it, the dark quality to it and the taboo nature of it, I think that all appeals — and actually to mostly female readers. When I started writing erotica I thought I was writing for men.
Also, it’s campy and funny and I didn’t take it too seriously. Actually, I don’t know why any readers would read my book [laughs]. I think it’s just that it’s so out there, so out of the realm of possibility. That’s why these dinosaur erotica books are so popular and these tentacle books are so popular. The chances of you getting tempted by a tentacle are, you know, pretty slim. Why do we read books? So that we can go somewhere else for a while and experience something that will never happen to us.
Do you find your books arousing?
When I write them they do kind of arouse me. They’re so filthy, oh my god. I’ve gotten some emails and messages from people telling me that, uh, yeah, they’re enjoying my books and thanking me for a good time. …
So, what kind of a lover is Bigfoot, exactly? Tender or rough? Giving or selfish?
He’s surprisingly gentle. The women really, really enjoy everything he does to them. It starts out — I can’t call it rape because then I’ll get in trouble — it’s one of those forced seductions. It’s not really any worse than a bodice-ripper romance — although my stuff’s pretty detailed. I’d forgotten how raunchy it was until someone quoted back something I’d written and it was something to the effect of “semen dripping from eyelashes” [laughs].
Last week, Lizzie Crocker zoomed out on the trend:
[R]eally, how strange is this so-called “literary phenomenon”? Take Bram Stoker’s Dracula: through observing the Count’s gradual seduction of Lucy Westenra (and her resulting metamorphosis), we come to see that she desired him from the beginning. The lines are slightly blurrier in the original King Kong, but bold enough for critics to extrapolate a sexual subtext, so that an ape holding a blonde woman hostage atop the Empire State Building in Manhattan is an ape holding a blonde woman atop a giant phallus in Manhattan. The difference between the woman-falls-for-demon-beast storyline in fiction then and now is a matter of the implicit versus the explicit. Today, there are no limits when it comes to explicit language and content in self-published erotica.
(Image of cover of Cum For Bigfoot via Amazon)