Guest Blog – Elizabeth Cage- Location, Location!

January 30  |  eBooks, News  |   Kay Jaybee

I’m delighted to invite my second guest of the year to my site today. Welcome to Elizabeth Cage- let’s talk locations!  Over to you Elizabeth…


When I stated to write erotica I had hardly travelled at all.  There are two reasons for this.  First and foremost, I have a travel phobia (especially flying).  Secondly, no-one had given me a compelling reason to tackle my phobia.

I never tackled publisher briefs that requested an exotic location in the story – because I hadn’t been to one, and I do like to have had some experience of what I am writing about.  However, some years ago, when I met my current partner (who loves travelling) I was finally persuaded to take my first tentative steps onto a plane.  Rome was first on the list.  Next,  New York.  I had more than a few wobbles in the process, and the mile high club was still a mystery (I stayed rooted to my seat!), but as my confidence grew, I suggested a city break to Dresden.  In February.

It was freezing. The layers I wore to combat the chilly air were not exactly sexually alluring.  (A dress, trousers, woolly tights, two pairs of socks, all manner of warm undergarments and two jumpers.  It was really cold.)  But as we sat in an atmospheric bar in what is a beautiful and magical city, especially at night, and observed people conversing and drinking, it gave me the idea for an erotic story, which I called Nightcap (later published by Xcite).  A subsequent summer trip to Dubrovnik (very romantic) resulted in Peacocks. Watching other people, a trip to the beautiful island of Lokrum, the waiters in a café and some weird coincidences quickly formed the basis for that story, which you can read in another Xcite anthology called Stranger in a Strange Land.  A week spent in Iceland, based in wonderful Reykjavik, resulted in a story I called Ice Cream, after a guided visit to see stunning glaciers and waterfalls got me thinking “what if?” It’s all about the erotic possibilities of any situation. (This tale is free to read on the wonderful website The Erotic Woman.)

Every time we visited somewhere new, I jotted down notes for stories, and this helped to distract me from my anxiety attacks.  Hey, I had become a travel writer (kind of!).

When you have been writing erotica for many years, I think you can reach a point where you might struggle to make the work fresh and different. (Or is that just me?) But placing the action somewhere exotic can sometimes inject a new element into the mix.  Like in real life!  Same activities but different place.  It doesn’t even have to be in another country – it could be an unusual or unexpected environment. For example, in my erotic romance Two Hearts (in the collection Second Helpings), the setting is a graveyard.  Not the first place that springs to mind for an erotic encounter, but it is a black comedy.  In No Smoking (in the collection Kissing Velvet) the kinky action takes place in a rural health clinic – with a twist, of course!

My last foray was to Bali, which most people imagine to be a romantic paradise.  Whilst there I was attacked by a giant red ant and an army of mosquitos, contracted a raging tummy bug and returned to the UK with the worst chest infection ever.  This year, I plan a long weekend to the Isle of Wight and I am hopeful that this will result in an experience more conducive to the birth of some new erotica!  Happy travelling!

Weblinks to stories mentioned:

No Smoking


Two Hearts, in collection Second Helpings

Second Helpings

About the author:

A published writer since her early teens, Elizabeth Cage has been writing erotica since 1999. Her stories, poems and articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Scarlet, Desire, Forum, For Women, In the Buff, The Hotspot, and the International Journal of Erotica. Her fiction regularly appears in the sizzling anthologies and e-books from Xcite. Her BDSM collection, Kissing Velvet, was published in 2003 by Chimera, and her e-book collections Love Bites and Crimson Kisses are all available from Amazon.

She enjoys doing guest blogs, author talks, interviews, events and workshops and performs regularly in the successful show Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells reading her erotica and helping with the raffle!

She enjoys doing guest blogs, author talks, interviews, events and workshops and performs regularly in the successful show Wanton Words and Burlesque Bombshells reading her erotica and helping with the raffle!

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Thanks again Elizabeth. Location has always been the leading factor in the creation my stories. It always fascinates me how fellow writers use locations in their work.  

Kay xx




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4 Responses to Guest Blog – Elizabeth Cage- Location, Location!

  1. Hi Kay – thank you so much for having me! Eliza

    • Kay Jaybee says:

      You are very welcome, it’s a great post. I wonder where your travels will take your mind next? Xx

  2. Bel Anderson says:

    Wow – all that travelling! I always get story ideas on holiday – a combination of change of scenery and freeing the mind! Really enjoyed this post – it’s made me fancy a holiday! (Off to Canterbury in a couple of weeks – I’m sure I can find some inspiration there!)

    • Kay Jaybee says:

      Glad you enjoyed the blog. I’m sure there will be loads of tales in Canterbury- whoops- bad pun alert! X