Between The Sheets With Lia Langola
Romance Narrators: You have one of the most evocative social media profile photos we've ever seen. How did you land on this little bit of genius?
Lia: A good friend of mine sent it to me. As soon as I saw it, I had *gasp! wow!* moment and knew it was the image for me. It’s perfectly titillating!
Romance Narrators: Lia is actually a sexy pseudonym, with your "real" identity very much under wraps. How mysterious and exciting of you! How did you decide on the Lia Langola name and what does having her identity do for you as an artist?
Lia: My sexy romance name is inspired by the scientific term (well, scientific if you read the Urban Dictionary) for dirty talk – lagnolalia. Move the lia to the front, then switch the g and n to give it a more sensuous sound. Voila! Lia Langola!
I opted for the sexy pseudonym to protect those in my circle who are a bit uncomfortable with the subject matter I narrate. Plus, it creates an air of mystery, and who doesn’t like a mystery?
Romance Narrators: Word on the street is you have your first shape-shifter/reverse harem romance coming up this month. Oooh. What can you tell us about it?
Lia: Oh, yes! I’m super excited to venture into this sub-genre of romance! It’s the Her Elemental Dragons series by Elizabeth Briggs. Absolutely love all the dragon shifters, elementals, and the reverse harem in the book. This is a fun departure from the romance and erotica I have been doing. And it’s dual POV. I’ll be working with Stephen Dexter for the first time on it.
Romance Narrators: You are vocal about sexual health: physical, mental and emotional. What does it mean to you to be "sex positive?"
Lia: This is something I feel very strongly about, as sex is still taboo for a good portion of society. When I mention I narrate romance, the snickering and inane comments remind me of how repressed we are about this topic. The amount of hang-ups on being real with yourself, your partner(s), and even your doctor(s), is surprising in this modern age. I want to encourage people to explore, not only within their comfort zones, but to stretch out and reach for more pleasure, more passion, more love! Wouldn’t it just be wonderful to live in a world full of consensually sexually-active adults? Sigh… a lovely dream, yes?
Romance Narrators: A lovely dream indeed. Tell us about your days working in an adult "Novelty Store."
Lia: While living in Texas, I had the pleasure of working in an adult “novelty store”, a.k.a. a sex shop. It was an amazing time for me. The company I worked for was very adamant about educating the employees on all the products they carried, so we learned all kinds of things you wouldn’t necessarily know about the toys.
I also met some incredible customers and am proud of the nurtured positive relationships I had with them. They felt comfortable asking about what they could use to help satisfy their needs. (Asking for help in a sex shop can be daunting, but it’s important to do it so you can get the best items for your body.) I got to help a mom explain condom use to her teenaged son who was thinking about having sex for the first time (safe sex is the best sex!); assist an elderly couple who were trying to get things back “up” after the husband’s prostate surgery; and support new moms who were confronted with some major hormone and body changes leading to a lack of sex drive. Believe it or not, there are lots of good, high-quality products to help with all these things.
Fun fact, there are many, many, MANY rules on words that can be used when selling “adult” accoutrements in Texas. I sold a whole lotta’ “personal massagers,” “x-ercisers”, and “caketoppers”! Can you guess what those are?
Romance Narrators: Caketoppers! My goodness! When/how did you discover that romance/erotica genre was a sweet spot for you as a narrator?
After working in the store and encountering more topics than I knew existed when I started there, I knew I would be comfortable narrating romance and erotica. I know my personal limits as to subject matter (sex positive all the way) and that it would be fun. Plus, I am a die-hard hopeful romantic. What better way to keep that alive than through narrating romance?
Romance Narrators: We know you narrate erotic fiction like a dream, but you also do your share sexual how-to/ educational titles. Ever learn any hot tips you can...ahem... apply to your real life?
Lia: Sex how-to titles from experts are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO needed! I can not even begin to tell you how many times people came in to the store with basic questions about sex! How to talk dirty was the one I got the most. “Tell me what to say in bed.” Ummm… no, but here’s some hints on what you can do to loosen up your tongue & get to making some noise! The words and moans of pleasure gotta’ be from YOU and flow naturally, or it will be a total turn off for all involved.
I will say there have been some tips in the books I’ve narrated that have been added to my repertoire… Not telling which ones, but there are TONS of ideas in Better Sex in No Timeby Josey Vogels for little (and big) things you can do to keep the spark burning in your relationship. How to Talk Dirtyby Denise Brienne has numerous naughty phrases to try; and in The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy by Violet Blue, find out how to venture outside your norm. These are just a few of the great sources out there for expanding your intimacy goals, by yourself or with a partner (or two or three, et cetera, if that’s your thing.)
Romance Narrators: What exciting projects do you have on the horizon?
Beside the Her Elemental Dragonseries by Elizabeth Briggs, I have my fourth collection of sexy, steamy romances with Erika Wilde titled The Tall, Dark, & Sexy series. Looking forward to diving back in to Ms. Wilde’s work!!!
Romance Narrators: Where can people keep up with you online?
I’ve got a sexy website, Facebook, & Twitter for you, plus Audible:
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