I am happy to announce that a first blog tour and a first author interview are now live on Ica’s World.
My first guest is Amazon best selling author Taabia Dupree. Taabia is a talented author with a healthy dose of humor and seven erotica books under her belt.
For those having difficulty pronouncing her name, Taabia humorously explains on her Facebook page: “Taabia is T AH Bee AH, just like when the doctor tells you to say ahhhhh or awwww. Put a T with the Ah then add a Bee and another Ah, put them all together and you get TAABIA.”
Taabia Dupree was born in the United States and grew up on the Eastern Seaboard. Her love of books and anything with words came from her parents. As a young person, Taabia read anything she could get her hands on, from cereal boxes, to the Encyclopedia Britannica, to the National Geographic, to the business section of the local newspaper. Yet some of her favorite reads came from writers; L’Amour, Tolstoy, Eddings, Tolkien, Hugo, Wright, Dickens, and Hemingway. In 1999, Taabia started writing erotic fantasies stories for online story groups. She self-published her first erotic story in 2011. Today, Taabia Dupree writes poetry and erotic short stories. Her books can be found in several genres, including coming of age, mystery & psychological-thrillers, fantasy, and paranormal. She’s currently working on a crime novella and a sci-fi fantasy novella.
Ica: Welcome to Ica’s World. I am so happy and honored to have you, Taabia. Tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer.
Taabia: Great question.
One thing I would want readers to know is that I am an avid reader. When I have the opportunity, I read a lot. Since writing full-time, I don’t get to read as much, but I long to have a break when I can sink my teeth into a great plotted out story.
Two, I am a pretty honest person. I have to bite my tongue sometimes because sometimes people really don’t want honesty. Ir refuse to lie to appease anyone. I may be quiet for the moment, and then let them know, it’s best I not respond because they may not like what I have to say. I respect everyone’s opinion, and their right to say whatever they want to say, as long as it is not an attack on me personally or my character.
Lastly, as a writer, I have found in this industry it’s not just competitive, it’s brutal. There are so many bullying writers out there that attempt to rob a person of their dignity to make themselves feel good. I think that’s cowardly and pathetic. We all are out here doing our best to become the best writers. There are men and women out there who believe not only are they superior to others, but they browbeat other writers to puff up their own chest. If they took a look in a truth mirror, they would see the shallow person that they really are, and possibly the child that was bullied so long ago.
Ica: Hmm, I agree. Taabia, you write erotic fiction. When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
Taabia: I wrote stories with my best friend early in my teens, but I really didn’t get started sex scenes until I was in college. The stories were of my crushes, baseball players, actors, or whoever was the flavor of the day or week. I remember how in the Harlequin books there were never the bedrooms scenes that show everything, like sexual details. Detailed images would pop into my head about a picture or scene, and I wanted to write about it and tell my side of the story. In the late nineties, I started up a few groups on sexual fantasies. I made my own website told stories in the groups. I had many followers and participants in my fantasy stories. I used members to help my muses.
Ica: That’s very interesting. Now, we’re all dying to hear about your Cathouse series. Tell us about it.
Taabia: The Cathouse Series started out as one book, no series. Then I fell in love with the idea of a whorehouse, if you will, and I wanted to create interesting characters for each book. The books are short stories, to entice the erotic fantasy world of readers.
Book 1 – Tremaine and Paul, I loved writing. The picture shows the two lovers on the bed, and the guy, Paul, his face says so much. I wanted readers to see what I saw. There is a story there, but I wanted to add a little more to give them something to hold onto, other than the fabulous time Tremaine and Paul have in bed.
Book 2 – Boss Joe. This guy is a gem. He is erotic, sexy and knows what he wants. He runs the Cathouse, and as the name says, he is Boss Joe. I think readers are going to be introduced to their new book boyfriend. Boss Joe comes out in this May at the end of the blog tour.
Ica: Most likely every writer experiences a writer’s block. Have you ever had one? How did you handle it?
Taabia: I always thought writer’s block was some punishment caused by my muses, lol. The times I have had trouble writing, never had anything to do with my muses not talking to me, it was more of me not listening to my muses. The best way to handle writer’s block is not to stop writing. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with the story at hand. Start another story. Write about what’s going on with your neighbors, or something that is going on in your household, or at your job. Sometimes your muses may need a jump start like a car. Give it something to feed off of, and it will take it from there, it usually works.
Ica: Excellent advice. Taabia, I’m sure every author has his/her very own and unique habit. What’s the one habit you are guilty of doing too often while writing?
Taabia: The one thing I am guilty of when writing is playing on Facebook instead of writing. I procrastinate, and that is in a nutshell.
Ica: Some time ago you started a Facebook Page – Writers Against Bullying. Do you wish to talk about this? What determined you to start this page?
Taabia: This is a sour topic for me because I do not believe that anyone should be bullied. Like most people I was bullied, but not to a point it damaged me in any way. However, I did bully someone thinking it was the right thing to do, be that one person who was in charge. When I found out how I hurt that person feelings, I became that person’s bodyguard and protector against any other bullies. At the time, I was clueless, I thought self-importance was more important than what I was doing, calling her names. When I saw her almost cry, and I couldn’t understand how my words could hurt her, it kinda shook me up. I didn’t like that feeling. I walked her home from school and made sure no one messed with her because she was one of those kids that other children picked on. I learned that it wasn’t right no matter who I thought I was, to hurt someone else’s feelings just because. It really got to me, and I felt awful. I never bullied anyone after that, ever.
As I got older, I made sure there were no bullies around, and I did not tolerate people who thought they could push me or any of my friends around. I got into a lot of arguments growing up. I guess you could say ever since I learned about empathy, I have fought for the underdog.
When I heard about a few cases where kids were being bullied to the point of suicide, I wanted to do something, so I created Writers Against Bullying. Why not get a bunch of writers together who could stand up for the same cause? What I found out as I started talking to writers, there were just as many bullies within the writing community as there were in the school systems. That outraged me, and then I asked writers to commit to the cause, let’s see authors stand up against bullying. I asked them to take the Selfie Challenge. Authors/Writers would take a picture of themselves and put a caption on a piece of paper or whatever they wanted, and state they are against bullying. I had several authors take the challenge. I was a pleased writer at the moment the pictures started coming in, and very proud of the writers who wanted to participate. I even asked non-writers to join, and some stepped up to take the challenge and sent me pictures. What was more impressive to me, was those who came forward and told their stories, of being bullied. I may not have done a lot with this group yet, but I am nowhere near done. It’s important that bullies understand, no matter who you are, or how important you think you are, bullying isn’t acceptable.
Ica: I agree; bullying shouldn’t be acceptable to anyone. Unfortunately bullying still goes on in spite a significant increase in awareness, than say, five years ago. But it’s very kind and brave of you to share your experience and awakening, if you will. We all have our own share of mistakes, but as long as we learn from them and try to help others – which you did – mistakes are not necessarily a dark side of us; they can stimulate our wisdom and our depths.
Taabia, thank you so much for being here and sharing your work and your thoughts with us.
Taabia: Ica, thank you for having me on your blog. It was a pleasure, and I hope you will let me come back and share more about myself, and what’s new with my writing.
Ica: Sure thing. For more information about Taabia’s work and contact information, please refer to the links below.
Taabia’s Amazon page and list of her books – http://www.amazon.com/Taabia-Dupree/e/B006OU1YIW
Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/taabia-dupree
Smashwords (You could enjoy a free book) –https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TaabiaDupree
Interact with Taabia on Social Media:
Author’s Page on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Taabia.The.Writer
Twitter – @1Erotica4U
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/taabia/
Taabia’s Blog – https://taabia.wordpress.com/ Erotic Blog with her Books, Erotic Pictures, Person of Interest, Adult Poetry, Contact Form, and there are other fun things to check out.
Taabia’s Website – http://taabia.us School of Erotic Dreams – This site has Alpha Men, John Quinlan Exposed, Taabia’s Books, and a Contact Form.
Ica: And now, please stay tuned and enjoy Taabia’s blog tour. If you have any questions about the Cathouse series, Taabia’s work, or any questions really, now is the time to ask her. Your comments are most welcomed.