An Interview With Author Lyka Bloom

Curse of the Kathoey by [Bloom, Lyka]

Please welcome author Lyka Bloom to the blog!

How did you get started with writing?

I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was pre-teen.  I read voraciously, and all I wanted to do when I was younger was to emulate the authors I read.  I’ve written everything from songs to screenplays, so writing is a thing that is simply part of my make-up.  I think one of the first things I ever purchased for myself was a vintage typewriter, the kind with the ribbons that unspooled like an old reel-to-reel recorder.  I felt that typewriter was magical.  Some people find the blank page a bit daunting.  I’ve always seen it as exciting.


Is there any particular process you use in your writing?

I’m a big believer in word counts.  I try to write 2000 words a day, even if the product of that time is unusable.  Writing to me has always been a process of educating myself.  What do I like to read and what do others like to read?  Somewhere in the middle is usually where the story ends up, but the process is always the same.  I have a file with ideas listed and, when it comes time to do a new story, I select the idea that most excites me at that moment and go for it!  Sometimes halfway through I realize that the story isn’t quite ready and I have to put it away until some new element clicks.  The important thing is to do it!


What’s your favorite book?

Depends on the day you ask, but for today I would say John Irving’s The World According to Garp.  I love the story within a story construction and the end of the book never fails to make me cry.  It’s a gorgeous snapshot of a life lived from beginning to end.  I also love a good mystery (I am especially fond of the Robert B. Parker Spenser mysteries) and horror.  I think a lot of gender swap/transformation stories share DNA with body horror, and some of my stories are VERY body horror.


What’s your favorite book that you’ve written?

Of the later ones, I really like “Curse of the Kathoey.”  I’ve been long fascinated by the notion of kathoey culture and, when combined with some transformation, it fits my sensibility well.  Now that I’ve done 100-ish stories, it’s hard to pick a favorite.  I really enjoy writing the Toy Chest stories, which combine some supernatural elements beyond the usual gender swap changes.  I only wish they were as popular to the readers as they are in my heart!  And one last story… “Muffy the Demon Slayer: Crimson Moon” is an homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, obviously, but I’m proud of how that feels consistent with the tone of the show. Whew!


What’s your favorite kink to write about?

Gender swaps and gender transformation are my favorites, and where I started with, shall we say “sexy,” stories.  Supernatural elements often factor in for me.  Also, adult nursing and lactation has taken on some interest to me.  And ponygirls!  I don’t write about that enough, but how adorable are the ponygirls?!


Any future projects you’d like to promote?

Well, obviously I’d love people to swing by and browse some stories, and there are free shorts there, too!  Depending on my schedule, I try to get a story or two out every month, so stay tuned.  There will definitely be hucows, gender changes and ponygirls to come!

Lyka Bloom lives and works in Tennessee as a technical writer. She has always enjoyed the exploration of fantasies, from the mundane to the kinky, generally revolving around hypnosis, mind control and transformation.

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