Wicked Fairy Tales Author Spotlight – Nobilis Reed
This interview is part of Wicked Fairy Tales Month at ForbiddenFiction.com. With the launch of our first anthology of erotic fairy tales, we decided to give folks more of a glimpse behind the scenes. So, to celebrate, we will have a drawing, author and staff interviews, and other fun bonus materials. For more information on this an the Wicked Fairy Tales anthology, see HERE.
A few years ago Nobilis Reed decided to start sharing the naughty little stories he scribbled out in hidden notebooks. To his surprise, people actually liked them! Now, he can’t stop. The poor man is addicted. His wife, teenage children, and even the cats just look on this wretch of a man and shake their heads. The best that can be hoped for is to just make him as comfortable as his condition will allow. Symptoms include two novels, several novellas, numerous short stories, and the longest-running erotica podcast on Earth.
What was your favorite fairy tale as a child and why?
My mom bought us the "McCall's" picture books when I was a kid, and they had some absolutely amazing illustrations. I learned to read on those books; my mom read them to me at first, and then I started reading them to her. My favorite was "The Three Dogs" about a man who gets cheated by a witch, and then uses the talents of his three dogs (Fetch-Me-Food, Shatter-Iron, and Eat-Em-Up) to get his revenge. I think part of the reason I liked it was the art, but I also liked the sense of justice that went with the story.
What is your favorite as an adult and why?
Does "Alice in Wonderland" count as a fairy tale? I think it does, at least. It has the right kind of absurdity and magic to it, and all sorts of really interesting characters. The scenes read like little short stories that can be enjoyed a piece at a time, but the whole thing still has a cohesion to it. I even like the Disney movie, though I have to admit that I'm particularly partial to the Bud Townsend version.
Most people think of fairy tales as children's stories. What makes a fairy tale erotic?
Bud Townsend would definitely have an answer for that! The themes that come up in fairy tales--lessons learned, tricks and deceits, transformations, and even coming-of-age, lend themselves well to erotic stories.
Would you describe for us your writing process?
First, there's my idea notebook. I write down every inspiration, no matter how silly or serious, often one to a page. When it fills up, I get another one, then copy them over, refining the good ones and discarding the bad ones. After years of this, my idea notebook has become a treasure trove of potential stories.
Since I write at least one new story a month for my podcast, I'm constantly writing new stories for that, and the idea notebook is a vital resource. When it comes time to write a new story, I go through it and see what appeals to me most.
When a Call for Submissions comes in that looks interesting, I first check to see if there's a story that I've podcasted but not published in print that would fit; that's what happened with "Elf Esteem."
Otherwise, I might start a new story for it, if it looks interesting enough, or if it comes from a publisher or editor that I particularly like working with.
How long have you been reading and writing erotica?
I have been reading erotica ever since I discovered one of my mom's books as a teenager. I've been scribbling in my own notebooks almost as long, though it only started becoming 'stories' about ten years ago. Since then I've been honing my craft and gradually building up a career.
How did you come up with the idea for your story (or stories) in the Wicked Fairy Tales collection?
Didn't you know? Story ideas come from Poughkeepsie.
by Nobilis Reed
Short Story (4400 words)
Genre(s): Contemporary, Lesbian, Fantasy, BDSM
When you're the only lesbian bondage slut in town, finding a partner isn't easy, especially when you've just broken up. But sometimes all it takes is a little magic to get back into the game. (F/F)
Also available in the Wicked Fairy Tales anthology.
More stories in development!