I'm Ellen Tevault. I mainly write GLBT and erotica fiction. I have wanted to publish with Circlet Press for years. I have tried several times and several stories over the years. After I received a rejection from Cecilia for Medusa's Mistress with a very indepth critique, I knew I was getting closer. Medusa's Mistress ended up being published in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2008 based on that critique. I have been published in almost 15 anthologies. I am so excited about my story, Transplant being published in Up For Grabs edited by Lauren P. Burka. At first I thought it was my first published transgender story, but then, I remember that I published a trans version of Cinderella, titled Genderella: A Sid and Ella Tale in Faster Than Light zine and my gay FTM superhero erotica story published in Ultimate Gay Erotica 2008.
I think that's all I can think of for the moment.
Thanks for the opportunity to chat with you. I'm open to questions. Shoot away.
Recently I was at a get together and two people cornered me about my writing. They wanted to know why as a lesbian I write gay erotica. They wanted to know if I have a lot of gay friends. My first thought was "Why? Do murder mystery writers have a lot of murderers as friends?" The reason I was so offended is because these two people are also writers. Usually writers know that writing comes from within. What inspires us isn't always based on superficial things. If they were readers, I would have understood their lack of understanding about what inpires writers to write what we write. I also receive this same attitude when people find out that I write erotica. As if sex is worst to write about than murder.
My best stories come from characters. When a character sits down next to me and starts talking to me about her story, I go with it. When I struggle with a story, it's usually because I'm trying to force a story onto a character and not listening to what they want the story to be.
I'm not transgender, but my story Transplant is a romantic erotica story about an MTF and FTM. Does the fact that I'm not transgender mean I can't write about characters who are?
Have writers who write about other worlds traveled to other planets? Writers have always created worlds beyond the one they live in, and readers have traveled with them to these worlds.
For the writers, what inpires you to write what you do? Have you ever been asked, "Why do you write that?" What was your response?
For the readers, ask me any question you wish to know about writing, inspiration, whatever.
I published my first gay male erotica story because I was trying to encourage my friend, Michael to publish some of his stories. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack before I convinced him to. His excuse was always that they took too long to get back to you, that it was too difficult to get published. My first attempt was published in Bearotica edited by Ron Suresha. It is out of print now.
Please include your email address in your comment below. They will be screened, so don't worry. On Saturday afternoon I will take all the correct answers, put them in a hat, and choose a winner. If you are within the U.S. you can choose whether to get an e-book or a hard copy from Circlet. Outside the U.S. will receive an ebook.
Are you ready? No, that isn't the contest question. LOL
What is my male pseudonym?
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