Can you tell me a little about the genre where you are writing
My work contains a lot
of fantasy. There's also a lot about children in my writings,
although what's been published have been more of that directed
to the adult audience. I think my publisher (Dead End Street
LLC) was looking for something in the erotica genre when I ubmitted
my first story, and it just happened that that story was one
of the "juicey" ones.
If you're wondering if I write
under a specific genre, well the answer is "no"..but
I have an open attitude about sex and erotogenic-role choices
between consenting adults, and this is reflected in my writing.
What did you find first
write your book or seek out an agent or a publisher?
Wrote the stories...first
started seeking out a publisher about eight years ago, and at
that time I stuck mainly with magazine editors & pubs 'cause
what I was writing at the time was short fiction. But these folks
all turned me down.
When my beloved one (hubby) got
us hooked on the internet he suggested I try some of the non-vanity
ebook publications, and that's how I found Dead End Street. I
sent in a story just for the heck of it (I don't ordinarily ignore
writers guidelines) and they asked to see a few more stories.
Well, I guess they liked what they read, because they decided
to publish the stories as a collection.
I know you write under
a pseudonym is there a reason why you chose Maria Osborne Perry
as your pen-name?
Its not quite a pseudonym...I
use my middle name Maria because there's so many in my family
who share my first name and really, I felt one or two of them
just might not want to be asked, "are you the erotica author?"..and
I include my maiden name, Osborne, as I know there's already
a lady author out there by the name of Maria Perry...and Perry
is my married name of which I'm proud to use. When I found out
I was going to be published I played with the idea of using some
exotic-sounding pen-name like "Taboo" or "Erotique"
(maybe I'll hold onto those two in case I have another daughter..hee-hee).
What does your daily
writing life look like?
Ah, goddess..well, I
usually write in the afternoons when the older kids are available
to watch the four & three year old. I try to squeeze in the
housework and other daily living necessaries during the other
hours. My husband is my task-master; he makes sure I stick at
least to my writing routine, and he loves to cook, which helps
What are you writing at the moment?
A novel implementing
the Norse legends of the swan-maidens and the vampire priests
of the dark god, Loki. Set in a fantasy realm as well as Saxon
Germany in the time of Charles Martel and the crusader Boniface.
Not exactly what would be termed a romance, its more of an erotic
storytale with dark characters as well as a heroine and hero.
I grew up in the South;
my dad was in the Air Force and we traveled around a lot due
to this. I live now in East Tennessee with my husband Robert
and four children -Evelyn, Byron, Autumn and Wolfgang and our
cherished lady cat, Whitey.
I am an ordained minister of
the Universalist Life Church as well as a priestess of Freya
and practice the Seith path; its much like the Tantric religious
practices (and no, it has nothing to do with the invented Sith
religion of "Star Wars" fame!)
I have been a homemaker as well
as a priestess, and believe the role of homemaking and childraising
are two of the most important and honorable jobs a woman can
endeavor .. and look forward to the day when women can again
say to the world "I am a housewife" without fear of
reproach from her peers who have elected to work outside the
I started writing when I was
a kid; wrote a lot of poetry and a couple of novels -nothing
that should see the light of day!- but I found writing the best
way to express my innermost thoughts and feelings even then.
During my first marriage I contributed editorials of a local
newspaper, The Kingport-Times News, for which I received the
Star award for excellence in communication, and started writing
For eight years I submitted stories
to editors and publishers; with only two interested replies ..
one rejection came when the publisher apologized, saying his
art staff were arguing over how to illustrate the story (it was
a magazine much like Heavy Metal). The other kind rejection came
from Marion Zimmer Bradley, who wrote me personally when she
returned my submissions. She said that while the stories didn't
fit what her magazine's editors were looking for she enjoyed
them herself and suggested I extend them to novel length.
(I didn't do this, as I feel
the stories were complete in themselves, but was felt quite honored
she enjoyed them).
Maria! Thank you for
a most informative interview. I look forward to reading your