Megan Hussey is a feminist erotica author known for writing paranormal-based fantasy romances and for her leadership of the Playgirl Posse, a group that supports Playgirl, PlaygirlTV, as well as the concept of quality erotica for women. She is also the administrator of FemPower, a multimedia women’s erotica project. Many of her stories revolve around fantasy characters such as mermen, and strong, real woman heroines.
What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)
I’m all about sequels lately; my newest release is “Angel on Fire: The Second Book of Nuit,” (Phaze) and I’m working on Naked Siren, the sequel to Wild Sirens (Class Act Books). As is the case with most of my work, the heroes are all delicious babes with fins or fangs attached! 🙂
Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback? Nope; e-readers are great, but there’s something so personal about holding a paperback in your hands and turning the pages.
If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why? Probably Carlotta Wilkes from Under Cover of the Night: The First Book of Nuit (Phaze); she shares my attitude and sense of humor, and she lives in a strip club/bordello for women, surrounded by delicious men. Now that’s the life!:)
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet? Mysteries. I was a huge Agatha Christie and Sue Grafton fan as a kid and always wanted to publish my own mystery; probably the closest I’ve come is “Of Power and Passion,” an erotic thriller I wrote for Midnight Showcase Fiction’s Thrilled and Blue Noir 2 digests. My heroine Jacquie, one of my favorite characters, is a tough private eye with an eye for hot gentleman, who helps out a female politician embroiled in a sex scandal with a male escort (doncha hate it when that happens?:)
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process? My research ranges from a single look at a Florida sunset to some in-depth reading about the lives of people in Ireland and renaissance and Victorian England, which I did for my stories “Kissing the Barney Stone,” “Prince of Wood,” “Silk Enchantment” and “Behold the Beauty” (Midnight Showcase), “Passion’s Tapestry” (Blade), and “Prince of Dreams” (Noble Romance).
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing? Reading and watching movies, especially Playgirl DVDs
What is the one era you would love to go visit and why? Victorian times; I could wear pretty dresses and challenge Victorian-era sexism in one flail swoop!
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to. I can’t pick a favorite, but probably my merman stories are closest to me; those would be “Wild Sirens” (Class Act Books), “Passion Storm” and “Azure Masquerade” (Midnight Showcase), and “Rest Ye Merry Mermen” (LuLu). I’ve always been fascinated by the merman legend.
What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality? Abigail Copeland in Wild Sirens is a strong feminist journalist who is a real wiseacre and loves the beach and the sea, just like me. Marie in “Graphic Sexuality” and Juditha in “Prince of Dreams” have a vivid imagination, and are funny and good-natured and caring, as I always try to be.
Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out? In the words of the great Alfred E. Newman, “What me, worry?” Actually, I’m biting a few stray nails over the second Nuit book because the first one won some awards and great reviews; I really did my best to top myself with the second one and hope people enjoy it just as much.
How much does reader response mean to you over your books? A lot; I adore my fans and have my own Siren’s Call reader’s group, plus my Playgirl Posse. They always raise me up and make me feel like a star, and I love ‘em.
What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them? I hope they get an invigorating, enjoyable fantasy and feel empowered at the same time. My heroines are always very realistic and I address important feminist issues, so the ladies can relate.
If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h? I’ve always dreamed of seeing a film of “Behold the Beauty,” my reverse Beauty and the Beast story. My heroine Agnatha, a strong, renaissance era woman and healer, could be played by Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett. My hero Beausoleil, a handsome prince and the “beauty” of the story, could be played by Emmanuel Delcour, Martin Rolinski or Brandon Ruckdashel.
Who is your favorite author? I have many, including all the ones I work with, plus Dara Joy, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Connie Mason, Sabrina Jeffries, and Laurel K. Hamilton.
What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books? Speaking of Beauty, a blogger once launched a savage attack on the story; she was a Beauty and the Beast purist and preferred the Disney version, where the heroine gets abducted and the candles sing. She said I deserved to go to the hell for bad writers for penning Beauty—not what I would deem constructive criticism per say, but it gave the poor girl something to do.
What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time? Thelma and Louise. It was such an intelligent, empowering film, inspiring me at different times to laughter, anger, cheers and sadness.
The afore-mentioned chocolate, a portable DVD player, a stack of romance paperbacks, back issues of Playgirl magazine, and a hand fan (those tropical islands get blasted hot!)
Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it? Write and direct my own movie based on one of my books. And write a full-length novel.
What is your favorite snack? CHOCOLATE!!!!
What is your favorite color besides YELLOW? I know everyone love yellow. Yellow is hard to beat! I also love red and pink.
Boxers or briefs? The briefest briefs humanly possible!
Red Pill or Blue Pill? No experience with either, but red is my favorite color for just about anything!
List of eBooks:
- Noelle’s Nocturne – 2010 – Noble Romance
- Angel on Fire: The Second Book of Nuit – 2010 – Phaze Publishing
- Prince of Dreams – 2009 – Noble Romance
- All the Queen’s Men – 2009 – Melange Books
- Vampire Nights – 2009 – Melange Books
- Wild Sirens – 2008 – Steam Heat Erotica
- Passion Storm – 2008 – Melange Books
- Under Cover of the Night – 2008 – Phaze Publishing
- Graphic Sexuality – 2008 – Blade Publishing
- Passion’s Tapestry – 2008 – Blade Publishing
- Azure Masquerade – 2006 – Melange Books