She brings wicked sex and whodunit mystery to the written page.
Erotica with a side of murder, her website’s tagline says.
Logan just plain kicks ass. A woman who does it all – a wife, a mother and a business professional. She’s finance by day, sex vixen by night. Logan possesses a sense of humor and a rawness that radiates invigorating. And her writing grabs you from the very first sentence. Literally.
Logan describes her writing as being far from erotica romance; her writing about sex and crime covers, “all the base emotions that happen in between – greed, jealousy, wrath, lust. Always lust.”
Doesn’t that just intrigue you? It does me!
Her first book The Money Shot: A Danny Diamond Erotic Mystery debuted on Kindle last week for its surprise launch! And it is a must read. The paperbook launch is January 15, 2016.
Because I have been working hard and am at the tail end of finishing my true crime book, I have not been reading as much as I would like… but I have started The Money Shot and Logan delivers!
I actually started The Money Shot on an airplane. The mystery had me at the edge of my seat. And the sex did too! Something about starting an erotica book on an airplane… had I not been flying solo this trip, it would have been a mile high club flight, no question about that.
What I love about Logan’s writing, aside from her alluring writing style, is she writes 1940’s Noir. I think I was born in the wrong era. I should have lived in the 1940’s since I am intrigued by the time, the cars, the fashion, the hats and the shoes, the seduction of vintage glamour. Anachronism…Logan and I share this in common.
I had the honor to interview Logan Black and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Q: When did you become a writer?
LB: I was 8, I think. My Little Pony didn’t tell the exact stories I wanted to see, so I decided to write my own. If I remember correctly, mine were a bit grimmer. I think I killed off Starlight. That bitch had to go.
Q: What made you desire to write erotica?
LB: Well…sex is fun, right? So writing about sex should be fun too. At least, that was my thought process initially. And it was fun for sure, but it was also hard. Writing about sex utilizes all the same basic skills as other types of writing, but there’s a big learning curve for all the other bits. Stuff like learning how to be sensual without telegraphing too much, or getting the right diction down, or learning how to walk the line between erotica and porn. You go into it thinking, “Sure, I could do that,” and then wind up thinking, “How the fuck did I get myself into this mess? Who am I, and what have I done with my pants?”
Or maybe that was just the tequila.
A less flippant answer is that when I was 11 or 12 I found an old erotica paperback at my grandmother’s house. I didn’t know exactly what I’d found, but I did know that reading it made me want to touch myself, and that was FUCKING AWESOME. I’d been writing the My Little Pony murder porn from an early age (see question 1 above), so it wasn’t that big of a stretch to move into actual porn. Though that didn’t happen until much later.
Q: Tell us about The Money Shot.
LB: The Money Shot can be best described as “Film Noir erotica.” Think about the old Film Noir classics from the 40s and 50s–Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, The Big Sleep, Night and the City. Now throw in a heaping helping of explicit, kinky sexsex, and you’ve pretty much got the gist of The Money Shot.
But just in case you need a little more detail, here’s the book blurb:
“When your partner is murdered, you’re supposed to do something about it–even if he is a useless drunk. But for private detective Danny Diamond, it’s a little more complicated than that. He’s been sleeping with his partner’s wife.
The womanizing detective is a ready-made fall guy for the murder. To make matters worse, the new widow thinks they’re an item now. His secretary is full of “I told you so’s,” the police are knocking on his door, and a vicious pornographer is convinced Diamond has a set of negatives he’s never even heard of.
The key to unraveling the mystery and saving his own neck lies with his newest client, the beautiful heiress Patricia Carlyle. Patricia is dark and mysterious, the attraction between them electric. She knows far more about sex than any upstanding rich girl should, but is it just a smokescreen hiding an even more disturbing secret, or is she the genuine article?
The detective who swore he’d never be tied down to one woman finds himself ensnared by the heiress’s many talents. But if he lets his libido do the thinking for him, he may not make it out of this one alive. As he digs past the glitzy veneer of post-WWII Los Angeles, he uncovers a sordid world of sex, lies and greed–and with it, a “money shot” worth killing for.”
Q: What gave you the idea for this backdrop?
LB: 7 or 8 years ago I was on a bit of a Noir binge, reading as many of the old classics as I could get my hands on–Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, mostly. In the midst of reading The Maltese Falcon I was struck with just how sexy and brazen the whole thing is. So much sex and depravity lurks just beneath the surface of the text, either in the “fade to black” scenes or in the subtext of what is said. To me, it was just begging for an erotica treatment.
The book initially started as an erotic retelling of The Maltese Falcon, but then it morphed into a story of its own. Noir fans will notice that there are a lot of similarities, especially early on, but The Money Shot comes into its own shortly thereafter.
Q: Do you have a favorite character out of the book and why?
LB: My favorite character is Eileen, Diamond’s secretary. She’s foul-mouthed and spunky, and she doesn’t take any of his shit. Well, most of the time, anyway. I think I identify with her the most because 1) her personality is a lot like mine, and 2) she’s a young woman trying to find own way in an era that did not encourage such things in young women. I dig that.
Eileen is also my mea culpa to the female readership out there. The protagonist (Diamond) is an asshole and a misogynist, but I didn’t feel that I could write the story any other way due to the setting and the Noir overtones. It had to be a male protagonist, and he couldn’t be a soft, sensitive guy. Eileen is a foil to him in many ways, and a breath of fresh air.
I’m actually thinking of doing some stories or part of a novel from her POV, but that’s way in the future.
Q: Why 1940’s noir? And what made you interested in writing crime mysteries?
LB: Because I was tired of the same old rehashed erotic romance plots. Not all the sex out there is the “happily ever after” variety. Sometimes (a lot of the time), it’s intensely unhealthy–obsessive or damaging even. And that can be sexy as hell. An element of danger always makes sex more exciting, right? So let’s throw in a murder plot and make it really dangerous while we’re at it.
It’s also fun to take an idealized era of American history, peel back the veneer of mom, apple pie, and wholesome boys and girls, and dig into the dark underbelly of sin, greed, and lust that lurks beneath. The HEA (happily ever after) is a pipe dream, and Noir gives me the chance to explore the other side of that coin.
Q: Any projects in the works right now? What is your next book?
LB: The only project I have now is getting this book launched. The ebook “soft” launch has already happened, but the big go-live happens January 15, 2016. There’s a lot of work to be done until then, and my day job and family don’t give me a lot of free time.
But after that, I have ideas for a prequel, a sequel, and some short stories I’d like to work on. Maybe I’ll work on cooking up another kid too? We’ll just have to see.
Q: As an erotica writer, what are you hopes for your readers to take out of your erotica novels?
LB: First and foremost, I hope people will get off on it. I mean, that’s why we read erotica rather than other non-sexual books, right? We want a cheap thrill. So if my work can help them achieve that, then I’m a happy girl. If my writing can get someone laid? Even better. I know it’s gotten me laid by the hubs more than once, LOL.
But beyond that, I would love it if The Money Shot introduced a few readers to the classic Noir authors like Hammett and Chandler and MacDonald. When I love something, I want to share it with others, and Noir is no exception.
Q: What advice s a woman would you give your younger self about sex and womanhood?
LB: Get a good vibrator and cherish it!
Haha, I’m kidding. Well, not really. A good vibrator is a must. It would definitely be in my zombie apocalypse survival kit. But seriously, I would tell my younger self to keep an open mind about sexuality and to actively explore more. When I was younger, I was a lot more closed off than I am now. Using the vibrator example, I hadn’t even used one until my husband bought me one for our honeymoon (I know, right? For shame!).
For so long I was afraid to let my freak flag fly. Once I figured out how to do that, I wished I’d done it out sooner. Life is too short to not live it fully and authentically. Once I figured out what “authentic” was for me and actually did it, I can’t tell you how much happier I was in my own skin. My writing is an outgrowth of that, but it encompasses so much more. I look back on the time I wasted trying when I was younger, and I have to shake my head. But then again, there are some truths that no one can tell you. You just have to figure them out on your own.
Q: How can readers find you and read more about you and your work thus far?
LB: You can find me on my website, http://www.authorloganblack.com. I have Facebook and Goodreads accounts, but your best bet is to hook up with me on Twitter @loganblackauthr. That’s my social media platform of choice, and I’m on there just about every day. Oh, and if you’d like to check out The Money Shot, you can get a copy over on Amazon.