Francesca “Frankie” Parker is Montreal’s go-to tour guide for all
things seductive in the Underground City. Business is pleasure for the
charming, sophisticated, and tantalizing femme fatale. “Sexy Tourism
for Canada’s Fetish Capital” is what her card promises, and mon ami,
Toss the travel pamphlets you picked up from the agency and try to
hang on to your morals as Frankie takes you by the hand, leading you
deep into the Sin City of the North and your wildest fantasies. Tour
the absinthe parlors, dungeons and VIP nightclubs. Are you begging for
more? Montreal’s sexiest escort is the fixer and happily plays liaison
until your every desire is fulfilled. Sex shops, strip clubs,
burlesque festivals, and more await those who are willing to ante up.
If you haven’t developed a fetish yet, don’t worry – by the time
Frankie bids you adieu, you may have a hard time choosing a favorite!
She’ll go easy on you and begin with voyeurism. Watch and learn as you
explore Naked Montreal: Sex and the Underground City.
This is the first installment of a provocative new series by Laura
Roberts, author of The Vixen Files. The second, much-anticipated book,
Porn Stars & Peccadillos, is now available at Amazon.
Hi Laura. Welcome to All I Want and More Books. We’re glad to have you here.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Laura Roberts, and I write about sex, travel and ninjas – though not necessarily in that order. As of today I’ve written The Montreal Guide to Sex, 69 Sexy Haiku, The Vixen Files: Naughty Notes from a Montreal Sex Columnist, Naked Montreal (parts 1 and 2), Ninjas of the 512, Montreal from A to Z, and several quickies, and I’ve got lots more humorous, sexy stories to come, including a sexy murder mystery called The Case of the Cunning Linguist and a nonfiction book called Confessions of a 3-Day Novelist. In addition to writing, I also run the online literary magazine Black Heart (http://blackheartmagazine.com), and provide freelance editorial services for indie writers. You can find me online at http://buttontapper.com, and I live in sunny SoCal with my artist husband and literary kitties.
In this book, who was your favorite character to write and why?
Naked Montreal centers around the sexploits of Francesca “Frankie” Parker, so I found her the most fun to write, although I will admit that in part 2 I also had a lot of fun writing scenes with a character by the name of Randy LeRaunch. Randy is an aspiring porn star visiting Montreal from Texas, so he’s young, dumb and full of cum. He also thinks that simply having a big dick spells success in the porn industry, so he’s got another think coming – particularly when he goes off-script.
What 3 words would you use to describe your main characters?
Frankie is sophisticated, sassy, and just a wee bit jaded.
Can you tell us a little bit about this book? Maybe a little snippet?
Here’s a snippet from the opening of Naked Montreal:
Montreal is world-renowned for three main areas of cultural significance:
1. Fine French cuisine
2. Stunning old-world architecture
3. Total sexual deviance
Three guesses as to why I’m here. (All right, the fine French cuisine was a draw at first, but once you’ve tasted one pâté poutine you’ve tasted them all.)
Perverts. Prurience. Penis. So many great words start with P. You can find them all in Montreal, along with plenty of beautiful people to keep you company on our icy winter nights. The men and women of Montreal are said to be the most beautiful in the world, thanks to the diligent efforts of Les Filles du Roi – 17th century prostitutes sent by the king of France to populate, in perpetuity, the provinces of the New World. Or so the story goes.
Montrealers have always had a low tolerance for North American standards of propriety. In short: they certainly aren’t prudish.
So many P’s, so little time.
How do you go about picking character names? Do you have to get them just right and make sure they fit with the characters personality?
Oh, god, I am horrible about picking character names. I totally agonize over getting them just right, and most of the time I still feel they aren’t quite there. I’ll flip through phone books, search baby name sites, poll friends and family, and generally keep a running list of names that I could use. I always want something that’s memorable, but not too weird, and I hate using super common names but usually find myself writing “Sarah” and “Jake” as placeholders, for some reason. If anyone would care to analyze those choices, I would be very interested in knowing what that means!
We’re cover hussies. What was your first impression of this cover?
I must admit, I designed the cover of Naked Montreal myself, and I’m also the cover model. So I am completely biased here and think it’s awesome. But that sounds totally egotistical, so let me just add that I designed it myself and used my own photo mainly because I had no idea what should be on the cover of this book, and I knew it’d be safe to use one of my own photos as kind of a placeholder… and then it just stuck. I think it draws the reader in because it’s different than most erotic novel covers; it’s not suggesting sleaze in any way, but pleasure. And that’s really what I hope to convey with my books: plenty of erotic pleasure, no judgment.
What does writing mean to you?
Wow, that’s a difficult question. Writing is pretty much something I can’t not do. I have pretty strong opinions about most things, and I need a creative outlet to keep me sane, so writing just comes naturally. I’ve always kept a journal, first as part of my school assignments for English classes and later as a means of private (and sometimes public) self-expression. I like writing both fiction and nonfiction, because they require different skills and help me express different thoughts and explore different topics from lots of angles. Writing is both an art and a skill, so being a good writer is both about creativity and workmanship, and I try to bring both to the table no matter what I write. I don’t like to read things that are well made but soulless, and I don’t like to read things that are very soulful but poorly crafted. It’s all about balance, really. So ultimately, writing is about combining all of my skills and experiences to create something unique and powerful, and hopefully entertaining for readers as well.
What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope readers feel like they’ve learned something new from my books, and that they’ve been entertained by the ride. I’m sure every writer also hopes that her readers will talk about her books because they loved them so much, but you can’t please everyone, so I just hope that the people who will enjoy my books get a chance to read them.
If you had a technology free day, what would you do?
I would love a technology-free day! I work from home, so I can be a little picky about when, where and how I use my technology (like no checking email before 8 AM, or after 9 PM), but if I stayed away from technology altogether, I’d like to go on a walkabout. I just reviewed this great book about hiking the California coastline, right on the beach, and that sounds like a lot of fun. I’m not a huge beach-goer, as I’m not a tanner, surfer or much of a swimmer, but I like walking on the beach. Eating some shrimp tacos overlooking the ocean as the sun sets would be a perfect end to the day.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on several different things at once, always, but right now I’m working on finishing up my nonfiction book, Confessions of a 3-Day Novelist, as well as my sexy murder-mystery, The Case of the Cunning Linguist. I’ve been pondering writing another ninja novella, but I haven’t got the plot details hammered out yet, so that one’s still in the back of my mind, too.
Sexiest feature on a man? His smile. Please note I did not say “smirk.” A genuine smile lights up a room, especially when it’s on a man you’d like to take home with you.
Boxers, Briefs or Commando? Boxer briefs!
What is on your night stand/dresser? A copy of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (aka The Dread Pirate Roberts), a neon yellow notebook that glows in the dark so I can always locate it when inspiration strikes, a clicker pen, a cock ring and a vibrator.
Hairy chests or smooth? I like a trimmed chest: not wild and wooly, but not entirely smooth, either, so I know I’m with a man – not a boy!
Cowboy or businessman? Artist Entrepreneur.
Tattoos or piercings? Yes, please!
Secret talent? I can play the flute and the piano, and a couple of power chords on my husband’s guitar.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Dark chocolate and a well-made café au lait in terms of food, and watching videos for old Joey Lawrence songs on YouTube if you mean incriminating musical selections.
Celebrity crush? The Rock and Marky Mark are two of my faves. I like ‘em buff and I cannot lie.
Night owl or early bird? I used to be more of a night owl, but now I’m more of an early bird. I like to get up before anyone else so I can scribble notes to myself – although this makes my cats think 5 AM is the perfect time for breakfast. D’oh!
Twitter or Facebook? Twitter. Facebook is the devil.
Pinterest or Instagram? I do like to snap photos (usually of my cats), but pinning is also fun. I’ll go with Pinterest, since there’s just so much more to look at in a glance, and it’s a little more interactive.
Ebooks or paperbacks? I do love the feel of a good paperback (or hardcover, in certain cases), but I really love the convenience of thousands of books in one ebook reader (or iPad). I call a draw on this one.
Is there anything else you like to add?
Thanks for having me on the site! And if you’d like to download a copy of Naked Montreal: Sex and the Underground City for just 99¢, head to Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/357095) and use the coupon code WR22U through December 31.
As the author of the “V for Vixen” sex column, Laura began her career chronicling Montrealers’ sexcapades, which are collected together in
her book, The Vixen Files. Blending real-life observations with fictional fantasies, she’s also penned The Montreal Guide to Sex, 69
Sexy Haiku, Ninjas of the 512, and parts one and two of her serial novel, Naked Montreal. She’s currently working on part three of the
series, along with her latest novel — a sexy murder-mystery entitled The Case of the Cunning Linguist.
In addition to her writing career, Laura helms the literary salon Black Heart Magazine (http://blackheartmagazine.com) while
simultaneously leg-pressing sumo wrestlers and sipping coffee. She lives in an Apocalypse-proof bunker in sunny SoCal with her artist
husband and their literary kitties.
My social media links are:
Thank you Laura for coming by the blog and answering our questions.