Inspired to create erotica from her experiences in role-play, Alison writes fun and kinky fantasy with a dash of adventure. Sizeplay, body-worship, and well-equipped women collide in sensual episodes of wholesome but fetish-rich indulgence.
Alison is 28 years of age and living in the Seattle area.
When did you start writing erotica books and what was your inspiration for it?
I first wrote to self-publish in college, around 2016. I was an active text-based roleplayer in the World of Warcraft community who had created a lot of romance and fantasy slice-of-life stories with friends and was drawn to the idea of finding readership for the type of fluff I enjoyed so much to write.
What was your first book that you wrote?
My first published story was Faerie: A Lesbian Micro/Macro Erotica. In this story, the home of an artist living near the forest’s edge is invaded by a tiny and cute intruder. Size difference and size play have always been favorite fixations of mine, and I love considering the altered perspectives and experiences of characters that are fairy-sized, or large like giantesses.
Why did you decide to become an author?
I always desired to write in some form and did most of my writing privately in roleplay contexts. But even there I created for my guild and made storied events that inspired me and assured me that creating in this form was suited to my passions. I have recommitted to my writing over time as I have been encouraged by finding readership on Amazon and returns enough to support me as I create. Presently I am trying to push my writing all the more intensely in the hopes of being able to reduce my hours at my day job and focus on creating more.
Do you have a writing routine?
Presently I write before and after work at my part-time job. I don’t have a strict routine but push myself to write as often as I can, usually in sessions of around two thousand words.
What has been the high point of your career?
I feel I am presently at the high point of my career, and while my earnings are not high presently, I feel my writing in the near future will bring me to benchmarks of success that will be personally satisfying to me. I have a lot of writing to do still, but have gotten over other hurdles that were limiting the amount of publishing I could do, such as insecurity about my writing, family issues, and access to cover images.
What are your favourite stories to write?
I love to write fantasy stories in paradisal, happy spaces, that none-the-less have their hint of mystery and adventure. I write about happy and wholesome characters that get into surprisingly kinky fun together. Specific topics that are always a favorite of mine are height difference, monster girls, and femdom.
What makes your heart race as a reader, and also a writer?
Specific moments of intimacy and closeness always catch my attention. I can be held by a single moment for days if it’s presently correct, often just the way a character looks at the other, or something unique about how they show their feelings and affection. I like the little details that bring you into the scene, as though the author had lived it. I love descriptions of the little changes in the body, like goosebumps or shivers.
What is your favorite book that you have written?
My favorite so far is my new book, In the Way: A Giantess Erotica. It’s a fun fantasy mini-adventure featuring my favorite kink and a big, beautiful nature goddess.
What is your best selling book, and do you know why it sells so well?
My series Squireing for a Futa Centaur Dame was my most successful to date, though I believe my recent publications may overtake it. The protagonist, a jousting champion and centauress, looks a little bit like Daenerys of Game of Thrones, at least on the cover. I always suspected that added to the appeal for some vague reason. The story also likely drew readership due to its particularly kinky content regarding a taur humanoid, and because it had multiple episodes and a fair bit of adventure story to accompany the lewd bits.
How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?
I love writing one-offs, and being as free and fun with my writing as I can. Still, I always want to be working on a story that I know will find its readers. I take inspiration from what I know I can do and what I’ve experienced as hot in the past, particularly through testing the waters in Roleplay. Fantasy and monster girls afford me a great abundance of material to draw on. Considering the unique qualities of the characters always leads to a fresh story, though there’s always so much left undone, and many of the ideas deserve more time than I can give them on individual bases.
What’s the secret to a strong title and great cover art?
In making my covers and titles, I always try to make something that will clearly convey the content of the book. I want clicks to translate to sales so I try to have my books truly be what they say they are on the tin: making good on the promise of the cover. And likewise, I want a cover that can hint at the fun I have in mind for the book. Specifically, I am always looking for subjects for the cover that fit the kind of characters and dynamics I want to explore in the text.
Do you enjoy hearing from readers?
Very much so. Even when I get the odd strange message! It’s fun for me as a beginning author to get feedback and responses from my readers. I try to take the negative feedback well too and produce better content as I grow in my ability as an author and become acquainted with reader expectations.
Which authors inspire you?
J. R. R. Tolkien comes to mind. I just adore Lord of the Rings and admire that level of commitment to a fantasy world. I hope to one day build my own world that’s of wonder in the style of Tolkien’s fantasy. I was definitely also inspired to write by all the young adult authors that I read growing up, like Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, and Jonathan Stroud who wrote the Bartimaeus Trilogy.
How much of your work is based on personal experience versus fantasy?
It’s all fantasy! But since I’ve always been a roleplayer, I’m no stranger to putting myself in the shoes of the characters and living vicariously through them. Even in dealing with faeries and monsters, I try to remember the inner personhood of each character and how their living experiences would affect them.
Do you friends and family know that you are an erotic author? If so, how did they react when they found out?
They do not know! And one of the barriers to my confidence in writing was wondering what I’d even say to explain the money if it ever started rolling in! But I figure I can just admit to writing ’embarrassing, non-specific romance books’ and leave it at that. I could never tell any of my real-world friends or family about the actual content of my stories. They’re between me and the anonymous eyes of the internet alone. Succeeding in my erotica writing would also really make me want to write and publish more family-friendly, full-sized novels, that I can proudly show off under my own name. But I’m putting that off in favor of works that might give me shorter-term returns. I am counting on my writing to alleviate my financial situation, and if I reach an increased level of passive income, that would only enable me to do more.
What mistakes have you made in your career?
I don’t consider my prior publications mistakes, but of course, you notice much that could have been done better on review. Some of my stories are great but simply turned out too short and leave readers disappointed. It’s hard to add text into the middle of a story once it’s done, so I do regret the stories that didn’t quite get plotted out well enough to satisfy most readers. Sometimes I get bad reviews on old stories but I try to just let it motivate me to make each publication better than the last.
What have been your personal triumphs?
I consider myself a fairly prolific writer. I’ve written about faeries, mermaids, centaurs, satyrs, slime girls, robots, anthro bunnies and hyenas, sharks, and many other women of fantasy and myth. It makes me happy to dip my hand into a bit of everything and give my take on so many different types of characters. I am proud of my books because they’re unique and fun escapes. Even if imperfect, I know there will always be more to tell, and that some readers will be overjoyed with the specific types of stories I make.
What advice would you offer a writer who wants to embark or a successful erotica career?
I would encourage anyone with the interest to start out right away by publishing something. A short story of five to six thousand words is a great accomplishment and suitable to many genres, and once it’s done, the barrier to publication is worn away and I feel most people will experience increased confidence in their work and benefit from getting some feedback and reviews. If you get serious about it, consider the long-term life of your stories and your publication account. Follow the TOS and think about the title, subtitle, and tags of your story, and how they can get your book in searches for potentially years to come. When you’re not on the top 100 lists you rely on coming up in searches and so those words will always be important to the life of your book.