Michèle Larue is a Sorbonne educated and well-travelled writer and film director. She has made documentaries for French television, including one on gender relations in Cuba. She is the associated producer of Eric Schaeffer last film AFTER FALL, WINTER. Her erotic stories have been published in various languages. She lives in Paris. Her new book for Sizzler Editions is Lust in Havana.
Sizzler Editions: Why do you write the type of book you are best known for? Michèle LaRue: I have had erotic fantaisies since I was a little girl and I started writing them down when I was around 16, in Greece where I lived then. I was actually writing everything I would have liked to do with my lovers or with the men I fancied, without acting out any of these fantasies. I guess I stlll do write fantasies that I don't act out, but nowadays, writing creates a certain distance, since now I know how society functions, which I did not at the time. In Cuba for instance, the different strata of Havana society are colour conscious whereas in France, people are more gender conscious. I must say that the limitations of ordinary sex also prompted me to imagine many other ways of lovemaking, and all kinds of exciting situations and configurations.
Sizzler Editions: Where do you get your ideas?
Michèle LaRue: Not from porn, that’s for sure! Litterature influenced me since I was a kid, especially De Sade, who helped me develop my own sexual imagination. Cinema is a source of inspiration, but my ideas come mostly from my own sexual adventures and improvisations. We have to be creative in some field, don’t we?
Sizzler Editions: How and when do you write?
Michèle LaRue: I write before lunch time for 2 hours and before dinner time for 2 hours also, maybe it whets my appetite.
Sizzler Editions: What do you like most about being an author?
Michèle LaRue: The freedom of writing wherever and whenever I feel like it, though it might disturb whoever sleeps in the same bed as me, when I switch on the light because I have a new idea and have to note it down right away. I also enjoy constantly analysing everything around me, honing the sharp eye which I developped from being a journalist, which required being perspicacious about people's motivations and feelings. I guess if I didn’t write at all, I might get bored not being able to link reality with fiction. When most writers complain about it, I don’t mind being alone, I’m very much a loner as I was the first-born child in the family : my brother was born many years after me.
Sizzler Editions: What is your advice to beginning writers.
Michèle LaRue: Keep on working on the first chapter, it sets the tone.
Sizzler Editions: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Michèle LaRue: I'd love to meet them sometime.
Sizzler Editions: What can your readers look forward to reading from you in the future.
Michèle LaRue: More erotic stories, right now a book on erotic fantasies of Cannes festival-goers.