Interview: TG Trinity

It’s been a little while since I published an interview, so I am extra excited to being you this interview with TGTrinity, a writer and comic creator who has recently begun publishing work on TG Comics and Stories.  Check it out for thoughts and experiences in the world of TG art:

 

1. Talk about your interest in creating TG fiction and comics.

I’ve been fascinated with gender transformations for as long as I can remember, and that coupled with my overactive imagination led me to where I am now.

I wrote my first TG Comic while I was in High School, and it was about a group of men who volunteered to undergo a procedure to become more powerful. Of course something went wrong with the operation, and all five came out as powerful women. Even at that age I wanted to explore how men would react in such a way, but my teenage sex-addled mind would often lead them into the bed of a man. While anyone who has read my stories or my newer comics can attest to the fact that sex is a big part of my stories, it’s still the change that fascinates me.

The reason why I began publishing my own stories is because I saw a niche that wasn’t being filled. It seemed that every story was about a crazy wizard, and only a few stories actually tried to deliver an interesting take on gender change. I wanted a good mystery, with characters who faced conflict and situations that were less black and white. This led to “Timber Grove”, and the rest is history.

The interesting thing about my work in the TG genre is the fact that my older brother recently told my family that she is taking hormone therapy to live out the rest of her life as a woman. She has absolutely no idea that I write about transgendered transformations, as we’ve grown apart long before she announced her intentions. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to talk to her about what it is I do, but the situation has greatly changed how I look at what I do.

2. You have a series, TimberGrove, and also do stand alone stories. How does the experience of writing a series versus a stand alone differ for you?

Well, the simple answer is that writing for a series takes a lot of work, while stand alone stories are really nice palate cleanser. With a series there are a lot of moving pieces and plots going on, and I’ve had readers point out loopholes big enough to drive a truck through. In fact, writing Timber Grove stories once felt more like work than a hobby, but I think that I’ve matured as a writer and plan my stories more to avoid the pitfall of getting lost in my own words. Stand alone stories on the other hand are a joy to write. It’s refreshing to sit down in front of my monitor and write without worrying about something I wrote 20,000 words ago.

3. What are some of your favorite TG works in terms of movies. books…etc… and why do they stand out to you?

Obvious answer, but I simply adore Transparent right now. My love of Jeffrey Tambor dates back to Arrested Development, but his portrayal of Maura is simply mind blowing. Also, the fact that they show that transgendered people are just as human as everyone else (and can be just as petty and dumb) is refreshing.

My favorite work among our little community online would definitely be Cblack’s “A Tangled Web”. This comic handles love, loss and lust in a masterful way, and the design of the characters is simply perfect.

4. What was it like the first time you put your work out into the world? I was very nervous myself.

I’m not going to lie, it was a harrowing experience. I didn’t have the nerve to ask someone to proofread what I had (and I used to drive my editors crazy with my lose grasp of proper sentence structure) so I uploaded my work to Fictionmania and sat by computer waiting for it to post. I then did the incredibly cliched thing were I spent the next day hitting refresh on my browser to see if someone would leave a review, because I had never received any feedback about my stories before.

Not my proudest moment, but it got easier with each new story.

5. Tell us about your upcoming projects.

Since I’ve made the jump to comics, I’m taking my time to gather up the right digital content before I work on longer entires. It’s a very costly endeavor, but I’m happy with the early support I’ve received on Patreon and the chance to work on some smaller comics. My hope in the future is to bring Timber Grove to life, but I’m going to need a lot more content to make that dream a reality.

That being said, I’m working on a longer comic called “Popular” that deals with a college student becoming a woman and her slow transformation from perky to ruthless. It’s an interesting endeavor, because my limited access to rendered environments and figures is forcing me to really rethink how I present a story. What was once a sprawling epic is now a story told entirely in one bedroom, and directly to the audience through a “webcam”. It’s a change, but I’m having a lot of fun with it.

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Check out TGTrinity’s website for more great artwork!

http://www.tgtrinity.com/

5 Questions with Lyka Bloom

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Hey, readers!  Today I am extremely happy to share with you my interview with one of my favorite TG writers, Lyka Bloom!

 

  1. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

It’s hard to remember now where the interest came from.  I was always fascinated by mental and physical manipulation of one form or another.  There’s a Clive Barker story called The Madonna Pool that was one of the first memories I have of reading gender transformation and really responding to it.  For some reason, Saturday morning cartoons seemed to be littered with gender change storylines, and I always found those viscerally attractive to me.  I know I am being vague, but it’s hard to point to a single thing, or even three things, that were formative.  Lately, I can point to certain books others have done.  I loved Pinsedo by Tom Tame, and I thought Allmyth was really wonderful, too.

  1. Why does the theme of TG interest you as an artist?

I think like science fiction at its best, the TG world allows you to do morality plays and also examine a real issue beneath the obvious real-world TG issues.  You can do crime-and-punishment stories in a way that has a sexy edge, and who doesn’t like a little sexiness in their lives?

Also, the idea of becoming something that you were not before appeals to me.  I think there’s a long-standing taboo regarding men expressing femininity, so I like to play with those ideas.  For some of my characters, the idea is repulsive while others hurtle towards it.  Sometimes it is a punishment, but that leads to the idea of how you can punish someone who is no longer the person they were.  I think my work tends to be a softer branch of the genre, where I introduce some optimism amid the changing bodies and minds.

We live in a time now when gender fluidity is more acceptable, and playing with the variations of the masculine and feminine, whether that’s shemale or futa or what have you, is fun as a writer.  You can explore the notion of attraction – what’s sexy now?  Is it the buxom woman or the slender man, is it the muscular, tall woman or the man with long hair and a hint of makeup?   Honestly, one of the biggest challenges is keeping up with how culture is changing.  As much bigotry and sexism exists, there is a surprising acceptance and tolerance for LGBT issues, and that’s really refreshing to see.  I think more people are open to the kinds of work I do and other authors in the genre do.  It’s come out of the closet, so to speak.

  1. TG fiction is very category driven.  What types of TG fiction are you most drawn to writing?  Why?

I really like the magical and mythological TG fiction.  I’ve always been attracted to the discordance in the male mind in the feminine body and so forth, so much of my fiction has to do with the man being conditioned into womanhood.  There’s an element of reluctance to it, but I don’t generally do humiliation in the stories, which is a theme I see running through a lot of the TG fiction.  I suppose I’m enough of a romantic to want a happy ending for most of my characters.  Even if they are fundamentally changed by the end of the story, the characters tend to be left happy.

I’m intrigued by the humiliation/sissy stories, but I’ve never been able to successfully write one.  Halfway through, I end up finding a way to make the characters find the upside in things. Sometimes I wish I was crueler, because some of that work is fantastic!  Ann Michelle, in particular, I enjoy for her feminization stories, and Kylie Gable does fantastic stuff there, too.

For me, I like to be more Cinemax than XXX, though I do like to get naughtier now and then but I think real affection between the characters finds its way in, whether I want it to or not.

  1. Can you talk about your journey as an artist?  Who were your influences? What was the process like for you in terms of reaching the point where you felt ready to put your work out there for the world to see?

My mainstream influences were Stephen King and Clive Barker, because I loved horror novels for most of my childhood.  I think King, in particular, has an eye for subtle detail that really grounds the stories of the fantastic in reality, and I still love that.  I try to do a hint of that in my work, but only a reader can say if I have any success in that arena.

I’ve written in one form or another for years and years, but I think the moment when I was ready to publish my work came when I was reading some of the stories available in this genre.  Yes, I’m a fan, too.  Without being overly critical, it really was a case of reading something and thinking I could do better, or at least no worse.  And then I read some truly impressive pieces and I realized that, yes, there is an element of the erotic in these stories, but there’s also real work being done to make interesting characters and to explore the nature of gender identity and sexual identity.  I put out a couple of stories to see if anyone was interested and they did quite well.  That really gave me the confidence to start producing more, and to play with expectations a little, too.  While the vast majority of my work is in the TG realm, I step outside of it to do some other things, including some horror erotica that is definitely influenced by my early reading.

What has surprised me most about starting and having been writing in this genre for several years now is the loyalty of the readers and the creativity that they express, too.  I started a Patreon thing so that readers could contribute and, in exchange, I would develop as try based around their ideas.  So, stories like the “Muffy the Demon Slayer” tale and “Casino of Change” are ideas that came from readers (I hesitate to call them fans, it sounds immodest to me) who were kind enough to offer a contribution in exchange for entrusting me with a story they would like to see.  It’s really fired my imagination, too, and I think I’m doing more diverse things now than I’ve ever done.

  1. What has been the most positive aspect of publishing your work?

I get the occasional email from a reader that will tell me how much they enjoyed a particular story, and that’s an unbelievable thrill!  I think the nature of doing erotica is that most readers tend to feel secretive about their reading experiences;  When someone reaches out, it’s very flattering, because it implies that that person is coming out of the shadows a bit to say that a particular story pleased them.  It’s very satisfying.

I’ve also had authors tell me that they were inspired to do their own stories after reading mine.  I try to be as much of a force of positivity as I can be, and I encourage every reader to write their own fantasies at one time or another, even if they never publish it.  The TG community has been too long dismissed, and knowing that there is this community of readers who find TG fantasy fiction enjoyable makes all of us less alone.

  1. What’s coming up next?  Let’s hear about your next projects!

I try to do about a story a week.  Left to my own devices, I can be terribly lazy so I try to keep a consistent schedule to stay productive, otherwise I’d only do a story every couple of months.

The next four or five will be a continuation of the Corporate Takeover series, the conclusion to the Stable Games pony-girl stories, a new Pink Institute story and a sequel to Muffy the Demon Slayer, in no particular order.  Plus, I do a free short-short every month on the website (LykaBloom.com to be shameless for a moment).  And then, who knows?  But something spicy, I’m sure!

 

Five Questions with CBlack

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CBlack’s Page on TGComics

Hey, folks!  Five Questions returns with an interview with the TG author and comics creator cblack, which many of you will know from his prolific production at TGComics!  I am a huge fan myself, and want to thank CBlack for taking the time!  Enjoy, all!

 

1. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

#1— Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde. I saw this on late night TV when I was a teenager and was hooked. I’d never seen anything like it before and the images of Ralph Bates turning into Martine Bestwick and then feeling herself up still gets a rise out of me.
#2—I Will Fear No Evil, by Robert Heinlein. I read this in college, and re-read it, and re-read it, and re-read it… You get the idea.
#3 — Frankenstein Created Woman. Somebody at Hammer Studios must really like me! 😉

2. Why does the theme of TG interest you as an artist?

Good question, because I’m not so sure of the answer myself. I’m not TG myself or even gay (of course I can immediately hear readers going, “Yeah, sure you’re not! Denial!!”), but human metamorphosis has always intrigued me. Originally, it was movies and comics where a plain girl transformed into a stunning, sexual beauty. (The classic Cinderella-syndrome.) But that eventually evolved into a deep fascination with men morphing into stunning, sexual beauties. Artistically, creating the changing men and then presenting the final woman in various sexual and social situation is where I get the bulk of my fulfillment.

3. As a follow-up to the second question, I feel you as much as any artist have explored a wide range of different kinds of TG themes. Can you talk about why you feel you have looked at so many different aspects of the TG world and if any particular themes interest you more than others?

I mostly try and explore different TG themes to keep my comics fresh and different. I don’t want them all to rehash the same thing over and over but just with different characters in different settings. I don’t know if I have a favorite theme, but most readers would recognize that a lot of my comics take place in a college setting. That’s probably because I spent a LOT of time in college (I refuse to say exactly how many years) and my experiences there still influence me today.
But, as I’ve written more and more situations regarding the TG community, I always do research and try to incorporate as much factual information as possible (as factual as you can be when a truck accident causes a jock to turn into a hot coed). This research has allowed me to learn a great deal about the community and develop a deep respect for those in it and what they have to deal with.

4. Can you talk about your journey as an artist? Who were your influences? What was the process like for you in terms of reaching the point where you felt ready to put your work out there for the world to see?

I think my first foray’s into TG art were in High School when I was copying (tracing) images of sexy women from comics. (I had to trace because my hand-drawn artistic skills are abysmal!) I then started to “reverse engineer” the drawings to make them more masculine so I could reverse it and eventually see the F —> M progression I wanted.
My computer-based interest started with basic programs that morphed images into one another. (I can’t remember the name of the one I used, but I still see others using it today.) When I discovered Poser (I think it was Poser 4 at the time), I was like, “Oh My God! This is the coolest thing ever!!” I’m now using Poser Pro 2014 (and sometimes Carrara) to do my work. If you could see the comparisons of my early works to current ones, you can really tell the difference in the programs evolution, as well as mine.
My biggest influence in the TG community online was obviously Mako. I don’t remember exactly how we connected, but she had established the Siren Song website and allowed me to put my work up there along with hers. We then started collaborating on a few things. Mako also introduced me to Second Life where she had a whole island dedicated to the Siren Song world. Being able to live in SL as a woman was a very eye-opening experience, to say the least!

5. What has been the most positive aspect of publishing your work?

It’s got to be the number of people who are reading my works and their feedback. When Femur first asked me if we could start publishing my comics, I had no idea there would be so much response. I guess I just never realized how widespread the TG community (or those who just like reading about it) was.
I guess I also can’t ignore the fact that my income from the sale of the comics has also been beneficial… in paying off my student loans from all that damn college! 😉

6. What’s coming up next? Let’s hear about your next projects!

I’ve been working on my next project since right after “College Life” came out. Since I started doing this, I can’t seem to stop. As soon as I finish one project, I start fiddling around with images until I get an idea for a new project. This project is tentatively titled, “SuperEgo” and takes place in a (Surprise!!) college setting. As the title implies, it’s a little more psychological in nature than some of my other works. It’s currently at about 1200 images and I still have at least one more chapter to go. I hope to have it out by spring (my real-life and Femur’s schedule pending).

CBlack!  You are the best! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience.  Can’t wait to read your next one!

5 Questions with Robyn Rhedd

 

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Hey, everyone.  I am super-excited to bring my latest 5 Questions interview to you all this week.   I first came across Robyn Rhedd’s work when The Parts Store was suggested to me by Amazon’s BuyBot.  I enjoyed the story, and feel that Rise of the Nymph, the latest book by this author, shows amazing growth and evolution.  I am excited to see how Rhedd’s work continues to evolve, and super thankful Robyn took the time to answer some questions for me!

  1. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

 

Top 3… Okay… here we go… 1) Videos: Among my favorite videos is Ranma 1/2. I own most of the first season and watch those episodes frequently. I love how the tg elements of the story and interwoven into it. It’s not always the focus, but its always an element. Plus they always make me laugh.

2) Books: Jack Chalker… He’s my hero as far as how he was able to interweave tg elements into all of his stories. Among my favorites of his is Identity Matrix which focuses exclusively on a tg transformation. I also like his Changewinds saga for the same reason. Chalker was always able to interweave his tg into his stories making the transformation an essential part of the narrative.

3) Stories: I’m going to cheat here, but I have always been sustained by the tg fiction and comic community online! You didn’t ask about that…but there you go. When I can’t find a good Chalker book to read or find a Ranma video to watch, I can always find a good story or browse a tg comic online.

 

  1. Unlike a lot of TG fiction, which explores forced fem themes, I feel like your work deals with people who are TG but are in denial or don’t realize it until something forces their change, as in Rise of the Nymph.  Why do you feel this theme interests you?

 

I would hope that when people read my books that they can see themselves in the characters. People reading may be struggling with their own gender identity. They may wonder if they identify as a man or a woman and what does that mean? Should I be ashamed of who I am or not? When they see a character undergo a change in gender, discover the feminine part of themselves, and accept that part of themselves, it may help them accept themselves too. At least, that’s what I hope it does. 

 

3.  In Rise of the Nymph, the conflict comes not so much from the male character experiencing a sex-change as his being put into a traditional feminine role– a pretty object to be seen and not heard.   Can you talk about why the gender roles people are forced to inhabit interests you and what you would like to accomplish by exploring it in your writing? .

 

 In a perfect world I think we would be able to dress as we like, work as we like, and do as we like, free of the expectations society places upon our gender. Sadly we do not live in a perfect world. We are tied to what society places upon us and upon our gender identity. This applies not only to the transgender, struggling to determine what gender they identify as, but it also applies to people struggling with their own gender. What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a woman? That’s what Alee, the main character in Rise of the Nymph faces. By becoming a woman, she escapes the gender roles imposed on men only to have them unconsciously imposed on her when she’s a woman. Liberation comes when she acknowledges those gender roles, escapes them, and lives her own life on her own terms. 

 

  1. Can you talk about your journey as a writer?  What was the process like for you in terms of reaching the point where you felt ready to put your work out there for the world to see?

 

I have dabbled in writing tg fiction privately but have never really found a story that I wanted to publish…until I found The Parts Store. Or rather it found me. That story spoke to my heart and really touched upon what has become a theme for me: gender identity and how we see ourselves. Shame and acceptance featured prominently in that book too. The story had a good reaction on tgstorytime so I considered what it might look like published. Confident in my story, I submitted The Parts Store to TG World Books who loved it. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

  1. What has been the most positive aspect of publishing your work?

 

Probably getting to do interviews like this. This is really something else! But, seriously, I have enjoyed connecting with the larger tg fiction community. They are amazing. When my work was on tgstorytime, I read the comments religiously. It was amazing how people anticipated and tried to predict the next chapter.

 

  1. What’s coming up next?  Let’s hear about your next projects!

 

The biggest project I’m currently working on is my TG Olympic War Saga. The war has just begun and there are many more mythological characters that enter the war and receive a TG Olympic War treatment. I’m already finished the second tale, Attack of the Harpies, and am working on stories with sirens, mermaids, furies, fates, and many more mythological minor characters. The great part of Greek Mythology: Most of the minor characters are female which makes giving them a tg treatment that much easier!  Besides that I have a few other stories up my sleeve. A mystery tale or two and one that might make it out before the rest centered around marriage therapy. We’ll see…

Thanks so much, Robin.   Readers, check out Robin’s author page on Amazon.com

5 Questions with KannelArt

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Hey, everybody!   It is my pleasure to bring to you my latest 5 questions interview, this one with the artist KannelArt whose drawings are among the most beautiful work to be seen in the field. I am a huge fan of Kannel’s work and so glad Kannel took the time to answer my questions!

What motivates you to create TG artwork?

I have always been interested by the subject, and I have been trying to find a way to make a life making art, which is what I love doing the most. At some point, I decided making TG art, and I got a really positive response. So, being able to make a life doing what I love working on a subject that is attractive to me is really motivating.

But there is something else that motivates me even more, and that is positive response and comments I got from people who enjoy my work. That really is what makes me want to keep doing TG art.

What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

TG experiences? Well… there aren’t many out there. I would say one of the top TG experience I had personally was SECOND LIFE, a PC game that can be pretty hardcore XXX! I learned a lot of things about TG, BDSM and other stuff. Good times!

I had to leave the place since it was also a big waste of time, still, don’t regret the time I expended there. 😛

Games can also provide a great TG experience. I do love TG games!  And, each of them can be a very good TG experience. For example, X-change, Cursed and ETO to name a few.

Sub/dom themes are celebrated in your work. I’m thinking specifically of Raan’s Doll and A Brand New World, particularly with the men learning to accept a submissive role. Talk about your interest in these themes.

I believe that is one of my favorite subjects when it comes to gender change: the power exchange that comes with it, for a supposedly alpha/dominant male to become a submissive female (or one expected to be). To place yourself or the reader in that position where you are kind of culturally forced to accept and adapt to your new self is something I find amusing.

When it comes to Raan’s Doll, the power exchange is more subtle. You can say Raan was always the dominant and Sammy the submissive, but now that they are starting to explore new things, they are also tending to move closer to their dom/sub sides.

Talk about your first experiences putting your TG artwork out into the world. What were your hopes, fears, concerns?

At first I was just doing it as a hobby. I didn’t have many fears and concern. I did have hopes though.

I really hoped people would like the stuff I was making. The first artwork I uploaded was “Unplanned Pregnancy”, a short sequence of a guy becoming a pregnant girl, and the response on that one was great, and soon after I did “That Ship just Sailed.” That one became very popular, being my most faved piece until recently, and it became the inspiration for me to make Raan’s Doll.

So… I guess I started with the right foot.

What has been most positive thing about creating and sharing your art?

Mmmh… not sure, bringing my ideas to life could be considered a positive thing, right? To be honest I just want to make what I want and bring my ideas to life (I do have many :P) and at the same time be able to entertain my readers. I have known that some people has been inspired by some of my works, specially the most serious ones (Raan’s Doll and Brand New World), so… that’s a positive thing, too !

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Take a minute to tell us about upcoming projects!

Well, I got to say I’m very excited about Patreon, since it allows me to make things free to read for everyone! We are very close to reach one of the goals that will allow me to make 4+ pages every month! That’s almost an episode each month! And if keeps doing good, I will start a new comic there soon!

I have also been wanting to create a webpage and release a comic on my own. Hopefully that will happen before the end of this year.

Also, there are some surprises coming at TGComics as well! Most likely for next year!

A lot of projects at hand! So you will keep seeing stuff from me for a while 😛

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Thanks so much for taking the time, Kannel.

Check out KannelArt’s work at the following places:

Kannel’s Deviant Art Page

Kannel’s Patreon Page

Kannel’s Work on TG Comics

5 Questions with Mindi Flyth

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Mindi’s Author Page

Hey, folks!   I am super-excited to publish 5 Questions with Mindifylth, the second installment in my series of interviews with TG artists!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

1. What motivates you to create books and videos, particularly with TG themes?

I’ve been transgender as long as I can remember. Growing up I was always looking for books and videos with TG transformation themes, and the stuff I could find usually didn’t quite work for me. The writing was bad or it didn’t go into the TG aspect as much as I wanted, it was never quite right. I was compelled to create the kind of stories I wanted to see.

I’d written a few stories before it suddenly clicked for me that I could make characters funny or quirky and the dialogue didn’t have to just be super-sexy all the time. That became a big goal for me, to make characters seem more “real” than you’ll find in most fetish fiction.

2. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

Well, I’m assuming you mean TG fantasy stuff, as opposed to things about the TG experience in the real world. (For more realistic things, I lovedThe Crying Game, Ma Vie en Rose and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.) For really formative fantasy things, I’ll have to cheat a bit. There were TG transformation or body swap episodes of shows like Gilligan’s Island and The Munsters that were just electrifying when I saw them in reruns as a kid. I can’t just pick one, so I’ll lump them together as childhood TG TV. Your recent article on Jack L. Chalker’s novel The Identity Matrixreminded me how that book hit me like a nuclear bomb when I first discovered it. The web was new then and I hadn’t read a lot of TG fiction, and that book just blasts you with all kinds of kinky transformations. A classic! Finally I’ll say Transformation Into Beauty, a short Youtube animation where a guy on a subway train abruptly transforms into a bride in a big poofy dress, and there’s no explanation for it at all. I loved it so much, it inspired my story Changed into a Bride! The transformation in that video lingers on all the sexy details and it actually influenced how I write my stories. I take my time with the transformations and try to make the reader really feel all of the changes.

3. In your work, the characters frequently experience forced changes. Yet, I know you’ve mentioned that you also like to have happy endings. Can you talk about your interest in forced changes as well as the happy endings?

Well, in my mind very few of my endings are truly unhappy. If some jerky guy ends up a hot, horny bimbo, everybody’s better off! Even if he bitches about his change, I always make it pretty clear that he’s having a lot of sexy fun in his new life. I’m not truly sadistic by nature and I don’t want my characters to just suffer forever. Either they learn to accept their new lives, or they love it but can’t admit it to themselves.

I’ve written a couple of stories that were much more sweet and gentle, like I Changed into My Wife… and I’m Having Her Baby! and my novel He’s Stuck as a Schoolgirl, and it was satisfying to create characters who were more nuanced and likable. But I’ll never get tired of a good old Twilight Zone-esque twist ending where some creep pays for his bad behavior with a lifetime of bimbohood!

4. Talk about getting started as a TG artist. What were your hopes, fears, concerns?

My hope was that I could learn a living doing this, and so far that’s actually worked. I am so grateful for that and I will never take it for granted. My fear is that the whole thing is too good to last. Every time I see a tiny dip in sales I think this is it, everything is falling apart! I love what I do so much that I live in fear of it going away.

5. What has been most positive aspect of putting your work out there for the world to see?

Every time somebody tells me they liked one of my stories, it’s a thrill. I’ve also been through some really bad stuff the last couple of years, like I had cancer, and writing these stories has given me a wonderful way to escape and process some of these things. When I was sick and scared it was very healing to spend some time imagining what it would be like to be an invulnerable fembot, or to write about regressing in age and becoming healthy, little and cute. I strongly suggest creative hobbies as a way to cope with bad times. I don’t know how I would’ve gotten through 2014 without my stories!

BONUS QUESTION!

6. You have a new book out. What can readers look forward to in this one?

My new story, My Wife Changed Me into Her Lover’s Penis: The Ultimate Cuckold Fantasy, is a real departure. There’s no TG, but we follow a man who’s been turned into a penis and we get into the details of what sex is like for him. I previously wrote an eBook called Changed into a Pussy, and it wasn’t one of my best sellers but people who were into that fetish really liked it. Hopefully people will feel the same about this one. Some of my stories are about character first and sexy transformation second, and some of them are flat-out smut. This is definitely one of the latter! It’s super dark and kinky and if folks enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it, they are gonna have a great time.

Mindi’s Newest Book

5 Questions with Video Artist Lilac Wren

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Today I am thrilled to be posting the first of my 5 questions interviews with artists who create works that fall into the world of genderfluid art, this one featuring the video artist Lilac Wren, who has an extremely popular and fun channel on You Tube.

1. What motivates you to create videos, particularly with TG themes?

From a very early age, I was fascinated by the idea of MTF transformation. Even as a child, I remember having fantasies and coming up with story ideas involving changes and imagining myself in those scenarios. Of course growing up, it wasn’t something that I ever felt I could share with anyone, thinking that it was weird and even unacceptable. But it stayed with me and I was always on the lookout for material that fed this need. It wasn’t until years later that I started to come across sites like TGComics and World Of TG that I really realized that I wasn’t alone in my feelings and that there was a whole TG community out there. It was extremely gratifying to finally know that my fantasies weren’t unusual or obscure like I’d always thought.  Plus so much more TG material was revealed to me. Though when I first got started making videos, it was strictly due to a lack of TG videos available.  I’d been collecting a library of movies with transformations and, in a very short time, I quickly amassed everything I could find out there. Outside of the Asian market, there’s really not a ton of TG video material available. But after coming across some YouTube videos, in particular TGTales, it occurred to me to try piecing together my own videos since I had exhausted my search of existing movies. Then once I got a taste of it, I loved the creative aspect of it. In particular, it allowed me to tell stories that I really wanted to see, rather than having to wait for someone else to create them.  It’s wonderful to have the opportunity and a medium to express my imagination.

2. What are your top three TG experiences in terms of books, films, videos, songs?

First I’d have to say TGTales’ videos in general, since that YouTube channel was my first real experience with edited videos and by far my biggest push to try creating my own. But more specifically, I’d say videos like “Feminized Husband Game Show” and “Man or Woman Gameshow”, where new subtitles are added to foreign language footage to give it an entirely new spin.  The next would have to be an old adult movie I first saw years ago called “Dr. Jeckel and Ms. Hide (1990)”. Outside of my own imagination, it was one of my earliest experiences in media with TG and definitely my first with adult content. If you can get past the dated look of it, I highly recommend checking it out. The lead played by Ashlyn Gere does a fantastic job of portraying the confusion and reluctance of the change, as well as the discovery, delight and opportunities that come with her new body. Don’t get me wrong though. It’s all played for comedy still, but it’s nicely done, particularly for a porn film. The third is much more recent. It’s a story by Minikisa on TG Storytime called “Of Heroes And Villains”. I read a lot of TG fiction, some good some bad. Minikisa’s work is very well-written. It’s funny, sensitive, inciteful, with great characters and pacing. And this particular story is based in a world of superheroes, which is just a plus for me. But what really sets it apart for me is the overall plot. Many times writers of TG fiction, including myself, fall into the trap of having the TG transformation and its aftermath be the entire story. That’s great in many cases and certainly works as a standalone story. But with Minikisa, even though the transformation is central and crucial to the plot, it’s just part of the overall story. There’s much more going on with character development and the overall story arc, making it not just a great TG story, but making it a great story, period.

3. The dynamic in a forced change like “A Taste of His Own Medicine” or “Female Transformation PSA” seems very different to me than in videos like Clothing’s Impact on Behavior, where the character agrees to the change.  How is the writing experience different for you in these two different kinds of changes?

I’ve never been comfortable with the term “forced” when it comes to the themes in my work. Particularly with the sexual content in many of them, that term can bring really horrible and unwanted connotations, even though “forced” is being used to describe the transformation specifically and not anything else. I know it’s splitting hairs but I much prefer a term like “involuntary”.  And although the forced fem theme is very frequent across TG material, that humiliation aspect of MTF isn’t really my thing. I always see the change as being positive, even if the subject of the change doesn’t necessarily see it that way, at least initially anyway. And that sort of goes to the root of how I generally treat the two scenarios differently when writing them. With an involuntary transformation, the situation would obviously be difficult for the subject of the change, so it makes it more interesting to write that turmoil they’re feeling. With a voluntary change, there’s no opportunity to write that same emotional difficulty. And even though with both scenarios, there’s still the opportunity to write about the discovery that comes with the transformation, the involuntary ones allow for a better sense of learning and revelation.

4. Talk about getting started as a TG artist. What were your hopes, fears, concerns?

I’d actually been creating my own videos for a year or two before I started posting them online on my site and, other than an occasional miss that I scrapped entirely, I was fairly happy with the outcome of them myself. So since they were strictly for me, I didn’t have any real concerns while creating them. Although there was always some fear of them being revealed and discovered by my real life, since I’d never shared that aspect of my life with anyone before. However things changed once I decided to start posting them online. Then of course, the biggest concern was whether people would think I was a freak for creating videos like this, particularly due to the adult content. I had no idea if there would be an appetite for this kind of material or if people might even be offended by it. I’d never shared them with anyone before so I’d had no feedback at all. I’d hoped that there would be others out there who were looking for more TG videos just like I was, but I just didn’t know for sure. Plus there was very little re-edited TG video content available, and no edited adult content that I knew of, so there wasn’t really a way knowing how it would be accepted. And getting beyond that, even though I was reasonably happy with my work, there was always the chance that people would think it was terrible. But in the end, I decided it was worth risking to see if, like me, there were others out there who wanted this kind of thing.

5. What has been most positive aspect of putting your work out there for the world to see?

On my TG Creation site, I still can’t believe the response I’ve received after all these years. The comments have been almost entirely positive and my page views have continued to grow. Even during times that I haven’t been as productive, I’ll get comments asking for more. It’s really been incredibly encouraging to know not only that my work can bring entertainment to people, but also that I’m not alone in enjoying these types of video fantasies. On YouTube, it’s kind of a different story. A large portion of the comments I get there are complaining about how my videos are fakes, which gets a bit frustrating since I’ve always stated clearly in the notes that they were fictional, not to mention the amount of times I’ve had to reply that way to the comments too. However of the positive feedback there, the most rewarding for me has been from members of the transgender community. Not that the comments are all supportive but, for my stories to mean something to someone living, and potentially struggling, through real-life changes to become the person they were meant to be, it certainly puts the petty comments bashing into perspective and makes putting up with it far more worthwhile.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions! Check Lilac Wren’s Channel