Welcome Lilith K Duat to Silken Sheets! She’s here for an interview and to tell us about her tasty new release – Ecstasy in Chaos
Ourania and Pandemos, two aspects of the same goddess, dual aspects of all love. Together, they are Aphrodite. Apart, they oversee separate parts of love – of man and of woman. Yet the love they both seek for themselves is that of the war god Ares.
Finally, the time has come to decide which of them may claim Ares and become the true goddess of all love. In a contest of lust they must one by one select scrolls with the names of gods, monsters and man to prove their power over love. The rules are in place, challenge is accepted and may the best goddess rule.
Ecstasy in Chaos is a followup to Balance in Chaos and book #2 of The Mythophilia Series. It features explicit scenes of erotica and is for mature readers only. Reader discretion advised.
Adonis knew he was beautiful. He had been told that every day of his life. Gods had bargained and baited him and each other for his time, his presence, his voice or attention. Per a contract between Ourania, Pandemos, and Persephone, the queen of the Underworld, it was Adonis’ time in the sun. From first seed to first chill Adonis and The Loves played and lusted and pleasured each other; from first chill to first seed Adonis was a companion to Persephone in the dank halls of the Underworld.
He knew exactly who he was and his worth to the world.
On a day free from the wiles of the Aphrodites, he walked through the springtime grasses in the world below Olympus. As he stepped, seeds broke their petals and stems from their shells and reached up from the earth to bask in his loveliness. Birds sang his praises, deadly predators respectfully abstained from hunting his flesh. Even the very rocks Adonis skipped over the lake seemed to skip with extra form and grace, eking out two or three skips more than the water should allow.
It was at this glassy pool where Adonis saw another. He was knelt by the water, lounging on his hip, his back a graceful scoop of curiosity, his legs half-stretched over the bright spring grass, his palms buried and lost in their blades. He stared intently into the pool. Adonis approached quietly, his interest piqued as to what could be so enticing.
Adonis peered into the pool and gazed upon the other young man’s reflection. The reflection showed a soft face, with a hint of forlorn yearning in his baleful blue eyes.
Adonis was struck by the beauty. Never before had he seen anyone who even come close to his own perfection. He had heard the stories of Helen of Troy, but they were just that: stories. Stories were often embellished or changed. Yet his eyes could never deceive him.
“Oh, Narcissus!” The young man said to his own reflection. He reached to stroke the cheek below the water, but his fingers dipped below the surface and the image rippled until it broke. Narcissus wailed in despair. He jerked his hand from the lake as if it were filled with fire instead of mere water, and quibbled and moaned until the water settled and his reflection was again whole. As the surface grew more and more still, Narcissus calmed, until he was once more gazing placidly into his own eyes.
Available February 1st, 2016
- What inspired your main characters?
Well, Ecstasy in Chaos is all about ancient mythology, so it wasn’t so much being inspired as it was interpreting and reworking them in an respectful but interesting way. I didn’t want to be writing Hercules: The Legendary Porno. I didn’t want to go with the cliches, or if I did go with cliches make them just over the top enough to bring out something new.
- Where do you write?
Usually on my couch, with a nice cup of tea. I use Google Documents so I have access to my writing as long as I have internet. I also have a notepad for ideas when I’m out of the house, or I make notes in my phone if I have an idea at 3am.
- What is your best guilty pleasure? (By best I mean worst.)
I fucking love Hoarders. It feels so good to be able to admit that.
- You have to jump out of a plane w/ a holey parachute or edit your 100K MS by hand, what. do. you. do?
Edit. By god edit! It’ll get done eventually. But the torn parachute could kill me, then no one would get any smut! That would be a shame.
- If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
This is hard to answer without revealing my civilian identity because I am a well known fan of this person. Safe to say he is a writer, a poet, a singer, a musician, an actor and trail blazer. I listened to a few of his songs while writing Ecstasy in Chaos. I read one of his novels, adored it, then listened to the audiobook where he narrated and loved it even more. He has an amazing gift of language and knows how to twist up classic literature.
- What are your current projects?
After Ecstasy in Chaos, I’m going to be releasing a short contemporary Female/Female story, and work on a little werewolf short. Then maybe I’ll get back to another F/F horror-fantasy I started. But certainly I’ll return to The Mythophilia Series and start the third book in that series, which I have planned to be 5 books in total.
- Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
At the risk of sounding utterly insane: The Gods. I mean, once upon a time they were very real to people and they inspired or motivated their people. So maybe I received some of that mojo. Basically, I think they’d be pleased with what I wrote.
- Do you see writing as a career?
I do. Though I’m still carving my path, I take it very seriously. I devote the majority of my time to the various aspects of it: Writing, research, resources, promotion, networking, all of it.
- If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Good question. In the first outline there was going to be an encounter between a Valkyrie and an Amazon. But for the life of me I couldn’t make it work. I couldn’t figure out how to fit it, I didn’t have the motivation so I scrapped it. If I could go back I think I might have worked harder to get it in there. Also maybe I would have added the cat goddess Bastet somewhere.
- Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I feel I have a little bit of difficulty gauging where to draw the line. Is this scene going on too long? Would they get tired of doing this by now? Would this fatigue the reader? Is this fight scene too short? Too tiring? Too gory? Not gory enough?
- What was the hardest part of writing your book?
In Ecstasy in Chaos specifically, it wasn’t meant to be part of a series, until it was. Figuring out how to negotiate the plot with the previous book Balance in Chaos was tricky. Even trickier was figuring out how to work around the consequences of that first book for upcoming books in the series.
- Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
The initial idea for Ecstasy in Chaos was “Aphrodite makes a bunch of myths fall in lust.” I’m fairly confident in my mythology knowledge level, but I know some better than others. So I brushed up on Aphrodite and it turns out that there’s a school of thinking that there are two different Aphrodite! One who rules over love of males and gods, and one that rules the love of females and heterosexual love. Once I learned that the entire premise of my book, and the entire Mythophilia Series crystallized into something obvious. Of course Aphrodite -both manifestations- would think she was the true embodiment of love!
Armed with this knowledge, Aphrodite became a major player in the series. She’s barely mentioned in the first book at all.
Coffee/Tea? Tea. With milk and 2 spoons of sugars. Or, speaking Canadian, a Double-double. I like Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, English Breakfast and a nice Chai. I can’t tolerate fruity teas or iced tea.
Cake/Cookies? It depends. I think Cake/pie is a better comparison/rivalry. I guess I’ll go cookies because generally there’s easier access and more variety, but my favourite breakfast is black forest cake. It is a rare and wonderful breakfast indeed.
Coke/Pepsi? Pepsi. Or Crystal Pepsi. It’s coming back, you know. I can’t wait to relive my youth through carbonated sugarwater!
Heels/Flats? Flats. I can’t do heels I don’t have the patience.
Vampires/Werewolves? Growing up I liked werewolves best because wolves were my favourite animal. Also, vampires were everywhere, but werewolves not so much. But now I prefer vampires, despite what my future stories might make you think.
Cats/Dogs? I like both and have both. They both have their pros and cons.
Fly/Drive? Fly. If I’m going somewhere exciting I want to get there as fast as possible!