Hard Velvet is a collection of scenes from the bedroom, et al. It tells the story of Lewis Morris, a male escort based out of New Orleans, and also shares the intimate stories of those purveyors of his services. The book is based on non-fictitious experiences transcribed from memory and a small diary. More
My name is Lewis Morris. The Hard Velvet series is based on my experiences as a male escort in New Orleans, LA and framed within the conversations I’ve had with clients. Writing out these conversations has felt a little like singing in the shower and a little like drowning in the tub. I don’t know if it is normal or not to lament on them now. I can only say that I do. And that I try as I can to make some sense of them. To glean some knowledge from them about life, sex, science and the people that I find myself near. Anais Nin has said that the act of sex is better regarded as a specific one, not generally happening or happenstance. This has always stuck with me.
Not all of my clients speak so openly. But the ones that do are sometimes the most interesting people I’ve ever met, and those relationships have shaped me in some direct ways which I’ll never forget. Some are more relenting than others. I’d like to say I’ve presented these particular clients uncut. Each confesses a different story laid out in different ways. Sometimes you get some exposition, sometimes you’re thrown into it without knowing a thing. This series accounts the conversations I’ve had with clients in their bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, usually behind a closed door of some sort. It’s adult oriented in style and content. It’s pornographic. It’s foul-mouthed. It’s thematic. Why? Because that’s what life is particularly for me.
Hopefully, you lend an open ear and hear what it's like to live out a few of these screwed up, daunting, effervescent, beautiful relationships.