introducing Electra Shepherd

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I don’t often have interviews on this blog, but today I’m making an exception. I met Electra Shepherd this past summer, in the middle of Hurricane Irene. My family was holed up in our cabin on the shore of Roxbury Pond in western Maine. The wind was howling, the trees were swaying, the pond was rising, the roads were flooding, and the power was out. We were huddled up in bed, using candles for light to see, with a bucket of pond water near the toilet in case it needed to be flushed.

In walked Electra. She picked up my laptop. She said, ‘Hey, does this have any charge in it?’

It did. She opened it up. And by the light of a Yankee Candle, she started writing.

The result is LOVE MACHINE, ย an erotic science fiction romantic comedy novella about a woman who falls in love with a big blue robot. It’s out now, from Ellora’s Cave, and in honour of its release, she agreed to do an interview with me.

Who are you?

I’m a carbon-based lifeform with some interesting attachments.

Tell us about your debut novel, LOVE MACHINE.

It’s about good-time girl Cally Morgenstern. Cally’s father was a genius who invented many things before he died, including house robots to take care of his children’s every need. Cally, who knows the family genius genes have passed her by, is more interested in meeting hot real men than hanging out with tin ones. But one night, during a snow storm, she can’t hook up with any of her play partners. And when her vibrator runs out of batteries, house robot Blue offers to take its place.

Blue is six foot three, immensely strong, bald, and (obviously) blue. Following some recent adjustments by Cally’s geeky sister Ilsa, he seems to be rapidly gaining a personality. And, it turns out, he’s very curious about human sexuality. Cally decides to teach him everything she knows about sexual pleasure.

Even if she has to build him a few necessary parts in the process…

Why robots, Electra?

Robots are sexy. They will not rest until their Prime Directive is accomplished! And what if their Prime Directive is giving you sexual pleasure? Yeow!

If you agree (or even if you don’t), you can take my poll about who’s the sexiest robot. It’s only about male robots. There are too many FemBots around already; any old perv can make up a FemBot. What we need more of in this world are hot robotic men.

But why a blue robot?

Blue is also sexy. I refer you to this evidence.

Hmm. Fair enough. What inspired you to write this particular story?

I really, really wanted to write a scene about building a robot a penis. So I had to make up a story where that would be inevitable.

What’s next for you?ย 

I’m planning another two books about the Morgenstern family. Ilsa, the computer geek sister, finds love in a very unexpected place in MR ROBOTO. And Jonathan, the financial whiz eldest brother with no time to play, is introduced to novel ways of having fun in SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE.

I’m hoping there will be another hurricane soon, so I can write them.

You can visit Electra here, or fan her on Facebook here, or buy her book here. And do go take the poll about sexiest robots

Personally, I voted for Data.

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  1. Electra sounds a very fun and interesting person. Is she the alter ego of your friend Kathy Love?

    • Oh, it’s even closer than that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Then it has to be you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • On her Twitter profile, Electra describes herself as a cyborg. I couldn’t possibly comment.

  3. Only you (or BH Dark) could think of writing a scene about building a robot penis. This book sounds amazing.

  4. Sounds like a fun read…
    But I voted Bender, I mean he drinks, smokes and gambles… he is party central!

  5. Bender is pretty hard to resist.

  6. I was just organizing my books on my Kindle, when I saw Love Machine by Electra Shepherd. I sighed and remembered how I really enjoyed that novella. Electra Shepherd -who is she really? Always bugged me. So my Netbook happened to be open and online so I typed in the name and up this Blog popped. Mystery solved!

    More well written robot romance stories to come? Woo Hoo! Great titles – Mr. Roboto and She Blinded Me With Science. I saw Thomas Dolby in concert back in the day. Loved it.

    Thanks for the story. Lots of fun.
    -Michele Powers

    • LOL, I am sure Electra is very pleased that you enjoyed it, Michele!

      And personally, I’m very jealous that you saw Thomas Dolby in concert.

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