Cafe: We’ve got a special treat for all you futanari fans out there! This is our very first interview with a writer, and it just so happens to be an excellent, futacentric one!
If you consume futa media of all sorts, you may have heard of our guest: author Ashe Valenti. We’re super excited to speak with them and get a bit of perspective on the genre. Ashe, thanks for agreeing to the interview, how are you today?
- Ashe: Thanks so much for the interview! This is my first one and I’m a little nervous, but also super excited! I’m very well thank you, a little sleepy (it’s 5:30am here in Australia. I like to write in the mornings before work) so I’m brewing some coffee as we speak!
Cafe: Aha! I understand: Gotta have that coffee!
We’re going to get right into it here, but before I ask any specific questions, tell us a little about yourself and your work. Don’t be shy, we love details!
- Ashe: Ok! I’m Ashe and I write futanari erotica. I’ve been writing erotic stories for a while, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve started selling it at places like Amazon. I absolutely love futanari, and while I’ve written all sorts of romantic and sexy stories in the past, futa is what I like best!
About myself? I work as a therapist in the real world, but of course it’s my dream to one day write full time.
I’m a morning person as you can tell! When I’m not working or writing, I like being lazy and watching movies, TV shows, documentaries (especially about animals, or true crime).
Cafe: Awesome! How many novels/stories would you say you have up for sale, more or less?
- Ashe: I have ten books right now, not including the comics I’ve worked on with the talented RedRobot3D. My latest book, a collection of stories called “Fun With My Futa Neighbors” has just been released.
Cafe: That’s pretty impressive! I’ve read a few of your stories and they’re a lot of fun!
Yes, we’re excited about the RedRobot piece (‘Riding Service’, I believe): writing for comics is a ton of fun, and it’s been really cool to see 3DX creators partner with writers.
Okay, here’s a question I love to ask both artists and writers who focus heavily on the genre: why futanari? What’s the draw for you, and when did you first discover you were a fan?
- Ashe: Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you thought they were fun!
I love futanari because it’s lesbian erotica with something extra. I also love that in a futa story, there’s the chance for that wonderful surprise moment when a character learns the woman they are with has more than they expected.
Also, as a writer, the female perspective is what I have experience with and what I write best, and futanari erotica lets me play with both the female and the futa perspective (which is a lot of fun!)|
I first learned about the futanari “idea” in high school, and it didn’t take long for me to become a fan!
Cafe: Yes, futa as a genre is quite fluid, which is probably why it’s so popular in the erotica and 3DX community.
Speaking of which, do you enjoy 3DX content? What sort of futa media do you consume on your own, and does it play into any of your inspirations?
- Ashe: I think fluid is a great way to describe the futa genre and why it’s so appealing!
I do enjoy 3DX art. Honestly I love just about any futanari art and media, so long as the artist or artists show love and care for what they create. Futa art definitely gives me inspiration, even something as simple as a shy or longing expression can influence how I create characters or write scenarios.
Cafe: That’s great to hear! I always find it inspiring when artists using different mediums can inspire each other: it’s a very symbiotic process and some of the best products I’ve ever seen come about that way.
On the subject of your creative process, I know that it can be challenging for artists and writers alike to create new characters and stories. I personally tend to enjoy stories and 3DX sets that have a bit of plot to them, but it doesn’t always come easily. Could you tell us a little bit about your process and how you go about forming all that?
- Ashe: Sure! Different stories come together in different ways, but often I like to start with a character being motivated to some action. For example, in my latest book, “Fun With My Futa Neighbors”, there is a story about a girl named Saff who is motivated to develop a more positive body image of herself. To achieve this, she signs up as a nude model for art students in a town far away from home. While she’s there, she meets a fellow nude model who happens to be a futanari, and as part of the “challenge” of accepting and loving her own body, she gets intimate with the futa in front of the art students!
Another way I like to form plots is to think about conflict. Good stories need conflict! For example, I started “Confessing to The Futanari Nun” with the idea that some people, especially within the church, see casual sex as sinful. What better way to create conflict than to introduce a devout woman struggling with her sexual urges to a caring but super-horny futanari nun?
Writing good plots in erotica isn’t easy, just like writing good plots in any genre. It’s part of the challenge, but very rewarding when characters in conflict end up having lots of sexy fun together.
Cafe: That’s a wonderfully insightful answer, thank you for that! A bit of conflict and personality always make for hotter sex, and putting the work in is definitely worth the payout!
Here’s another tough one that I think we could all use some advice on: How do you deal with burnout (if you ever experience it) and how do you stay motivated when you’re feeling tired or off beat?
- Ashe: I agree, sex in fiction is sooo much hotter if the characters have well-developed personalities.
Burnout is something I’m always trying to work through, especially since my real-life work can be mentally and emotionally draining. Distractions and changing things up helps sometimes. For example, if I’m feeling unmotivated by something I’m writing, maybe I’ll write a diary entry to myself, or I’ll jot down some stream-of-consciousness ideas for future stories, even non-erotic ones. I also create my own book covers, so spending a few hours listening to a crime podcast while putting together a book cover, even for a book I haven’t written yet, helps me focus different parts of my brain. Basically, giving the “futanari erotica writer” part of me a break!
Looking at futanari art doesn’t hurt either, haha!
Cafe: All great suggestions! Balancing work with play seems to be a recurring theme with creators who make consistent content; gotta have fun every now and then!
We’re getting close to the end, but I’m hitting you with the hard questions here!
Every creator, especially those of us who make an income with our work, faces criticism at one point or another. Sometimes it’s constructive, but more often it’s meant to be hurtful and it’s not very useful. How do you deal with negative feedback and how do you keep it from discouraging you? Any tips on when to know the difference between real critique and people just being plain mean?
Ashe: Oh gosh, I wish I could say I knew how to deal with mean or negative comments…
If a comment is flat-out negative and mean-spirited, often it’s because they went into it with the wrong expectations. For example, one reader was put off by the fact that I have no futa-on-male sex in my stories. In this case, there’s nothing I can do for them because I only write futa and female characters. Sometimes it’s better to let such a comment go and think “I’m not the writer/artist for them” and focus on what makes your work uniquely yours. That person will find what they enjoy in somebody else’s work.
In terms of knowing the difference between real critique vs. people just being mean, if somebody takes time to write more than just a quick, harsh comment, they probably genuinely want you to get better and there’s something constructive you can get out of their response.
Like any creator, I know I still have a lot to learn and I’m far from being where I want to be. That said, the highlight of my day is getting a message on Twitter or through email where somebody tells me what they liked about a book and what they’d love to see more of in the future. That makes me happier than anyone can know.
Cafe: “Focus on what makes your work uniquely yours.” I love that! What incredible advice, truly, thanks a ton for the insight.
Last question here: Do you have any long term plans or aspirations for your writing? Can we expect to see your work featured along with other 3D artists in the future, perhaps?
- Ashe: My plan is always to write as many quality books as I can. Like you said, the futanari genre allows for so much fluidity; the possibilities for stories are endless! I have so many ideas in my head all fighting to make it onto the page.
For sure, I hope to work alongside other talented 3D artists in the future.
Thank you for the interview!
Please check out Futanarierotica where all Ashe’s books are listed. Everything she has published (except the comic collaborations with RedRobot) are available on Kindle, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and Smashwords.
Cafe: You’re very welcome! It’s been a privilege speaking with you, and we look forward to seeing more fresh futa stories and collabs in the future!
Cafe: For those of you who are interested in reading some of Ashe’s high quality writing alongside some equally tantalizing images, Redrobot’s “Riding Service-Well Hung Edition” is available now in the NGP store!
It’s a full blown, expanded remake of the original, (110 pages!) featuring Esme Fontaine, a classy, independent business woman. She’s feeling a bit burnt out from the week, so she decides to order something nice for herself…and it’s more than just take out!