Interview with Carl East

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town called Northampton, which is located in England. I started writing short stories when I was very young but only for the pleasure of doing so. I never shared my stories with anyone else.
Where do you live now?
I live in America now, after meeting my wife online. She'd read "Hell's Gate" and wanted to thank me for the read and because her email was so sweet I replied to thank her. She then replied back and we started to talk. It took off from there really. She came over on vacation to see me and we've been together ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd always enjoyed writing and before the Kindles, Nooks and Kobo's of this world came along, I used to give my stories away for free online. When the eBook readers appeared, I already had a lot of stories ready to go. I didn't really think that I'd make much money, but that didn't matter. I saw a chance to reach more readers and hoped that they enjoyed my stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In the early days Smashwords was a God send. They enabled me to get my books out to more than just a couple of places, such as Apple and Sony. I will forever be grateful to Smashwords for giving me that opportunity.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Without doubt the greatest joy is being able to do this full time and not have to worry about working for other people. I've had jobs in the past that made me depressed, because they were so mind numbingly boring. lol
What do your fans mean to you?
A great deal. I have a lot of fans on Smashwords and they are loyal ones. They buy my books and tell the world when they find one that they enjoy. Without these people, I'd be no where.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished compiling my latest and actually published it today. The Book's called "The Erotic Bundle 10" and contains some of my latest work. I've been trying to finish "Hell's Gate 2" but life keeps getting in the way. lol
Who are your favorite authors?
Piers Anthony and Robert Asprin
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most days I'm motivated by a new idea for a scene or a story and have to get it down before I forget it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my wife and family. We're all into movies in a big way and have quite a collection.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read much anymore, there never seems to be enough time to do so. You'd be amazed how long a ten thousand word story can take, especially when you're into it in a big way. You sit at the keyboard thinking you've only been there for a couple of hours and then realize it's more like eight. lol
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I can't remember that far back. lol
How do you approach cover design?
I usually get a professional to do my covers, unless it's just a short story in which case I'll try to find a cover online, which I pay for and write the text on myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is the one area I have no strength in. I find it hard to understand how to market effectively. I also find it hard to ask anyone for help, I guess that's just the way I was brought up.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

The Questions (tentacle erotica)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
When aliens land on earth, the world is sent into a panic, until they find out what they want. What do you do when you discover that an alien race doesn't want to conquer you, they just want to breed. This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only. All characters are 18 or older. Enjoy
Sexual Fantasies
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Connie is a daydreamer. Everyone knows it, but most just shake their heads and leave it at that. She dreams of being taken in a sexual manner by all those that push the right buttons. She's about to find out though, that some people have taken notice and things are about to change. ***This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters depicted are over the age of consent
Three days of the Yeti
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Mandy is so excited about her father taking her to the Himalayas, to climb part of Mount Everest that she forgets how dangerous it can be. When they suffer a fall and are separated, Mandy awakens to find she’s been rescued by what would appear to be a Yeti, at least on the surface. What she discovers from that point on is nothing short of amazing, even life changing.***For adults only***
The Demon Ezekiel
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Father Gregory requests that the Vatican send an exorcist to banish a demon from an innocent. His faith is weak and put to the test when a young woman arrives to perform the most holy of rituals. Will she be the answer to his prayers? ***Authors Note*** There are two things to know about this tale. First, it's only 3,000 words long and second, it's more story driven than sexual. For adults only
Mary likes them young & Mary likes them young 2
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Mary sheds her marriage and boring sex life when she turns 40. She finds a friend with benefits; Jane's son in on the college football team. He and his teammates decide to show her some new moves on the sexual playing field, and when the balls are in play, you know that they’re going to score multiple touchdowns and make the extra points. Who knew that playing with the team could be so satisfying?
The Monster in my closet, trilogy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
A story like no other, that involves monsters from another world, who are chasing after prophesy. These beings, although non-malignant, have a need to mate with human females. After finding the chosen one, a half-human child is born to rule over the land of Covel. ***This story is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters depicted are over the age of consent. Enjoy
The Monster in my closet 3
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Having come of age, Justin discovers that he needs to find a mate to rule over Covel by his side. He's never experienced sexual relations with the opposite sex, so he's more than a little apprehensive. Will he find the perfect partner, or will his inexperience get in the way? ***This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters are over the age of consent. Enjoy
Gang Bang Stories 2
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,070. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Following on from the first book, this one contains 8 stories two of which are new and are as follows: "Mary likes them young" "Being Naughty" "My Son's Slut" "Lisa's Erotic Adventures 2" "Big Boy Too" "Fantasy Inc" "Mary likes the young 2" and "The History Teacher, Miss Jones" ***These tales are graphic in nature and are meant for adults only*** All characters are nineteen or older. Enjoy
Mary likes them young 2
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Mary’s sex life has done a complete about face. She’s quickly learning that being forty doesn’t mean your life ends. In many ways, it’s only just beginning. ***This story is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters are nineteen or older. Enjoy
Little Red
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
This is an adult parody of a famous fairy tale. When Red receives a note telling her that the enchanted path now cuts through the dark wood, she falls for the trap. The Big Bad wolf is waiting for her and nothing will stop him from having his evil way. ***This story is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters depicted are age 21 or above. Enjoy
Mary Likes Them Young
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Mary sheds her marriage and boring sex life when she turns 40. She finds a friend with benefits; Jane's son in on the college football team. He and his teammates decide to show her some new moves on the sexual playing field, and when the balls are in play, you know that they’re going to score multiple touchdowns and make the extra points. Who knew that playing with the team could be so satisfying?
The Monster in my Closet 2
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
After being shown the delights of a sexual nature by an alien from another world, our heroine is in for the shock of her life. She has no idea that she's the prophesized chosen one, who will help keep order in the land of Covel. ***This tale is of a graphic nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters are over the age of consent. Enjoy
Doctor Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,340. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
When the good Doctor Jekyll creates an elixir that he believes will stop abnormal behavior within humans, he makes a discovery that is both amazing and mind-bogglingly perverse. Will having the power to turn himself into a woman, change the world or throw it into chaos? ***This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only***
The Monster in my Closet (erotica)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Childhood fears about a monster in a closet are transformed, when in the blink of an eye, its appearance leads to an adult’s dream come true. A young girl is educated to sexual reality, when on her 18th birthday; she learns the true identity of the creature in her closet. There’s nothing to fear when there is only pleasure to enjoy. She becomes his willing pupil. All characters are 18 or above.
Soul Reaper
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When a young man is shot by a stray police officer’s bullet during a failed convict escape attempt, he gets the chance to become the legendary reaper of souls. The only catch, he has to die first. Would you do it? Enjoy. This is a short non-erotic tale with 5,700 words.
Natural Camouflage 1 & 2
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,690. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
In story one Paul comes into possession of a jacket that renders the wearer invisible and he's sure as hell's going to have fun with it. Follow his adventures as he gets into all kinds of naughty mischief and proves the saying "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" correct. In story two Paul's off to France as a bodyguard. All characters depicted are 18 or older. Enjoy
Oral Fixation
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
Mandy discovers that giving oral sex is what really turns her on…and the more she gives the hotter she gets. Satisfying her craving is easy, but finding “Mr. Right” is hard. ***This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters depicted in this story are eighteen years of age or older. Enjoy.
The Sweetest Lesbian
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
What would any man do if they fell in love with a woman who was a lesbian. That's the premise of this story and although there is graphic sex involved it's a sweet tale and maybe a little too vanilla for some people. ***This story is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters depicted within this tale are eighteen years of age or older. Enjoy
My Little Girl's Best Friend the Complete Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,470. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
Being seduced by his daughters best friend wasn't exactly something he saw coming, but being discovered by his wife and then finding out something that he never knew about her makes his tale all the more surrealistic. Thinking with one's manhood is not the best choice a man can take, but there are exceptions. ***This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** Enjoy.
The Elevator
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Alex is about to meet someone who is very different from the usual girls he's seen in the past. This woman is going to leave an impression, but it will make you wonder what he'd say if he knew her little secret? ***This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** Enjoy.
Sword, Sorcerers and Fantasy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 126,290. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
For lovers of Sword, Sorcerery and Fantasy this bundle is a must have, especially at this price. The titles are as follows: "The Talking Sword" "Ebenezer's Last Christmas" "I Am" "Soul Reaper" "To Hell and Back" "To Hell and Back part 2" and "The Second Apprentice" Enjoy
Death
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,980. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
Richard has the most extraordinary job of anyone on the planet, he's a Reaper. It's his job to collect souls that are trapped, and release those that need to move on. Contrary to popular belief souls don't always find their way out when someone dies, he's their savior in many ways. He's an immortal while holding the Reapers office, and human when there's no souls to harvest. For adults only
The Other Side
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2010. Category: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Michael and Amy are as close to Soul Mates as any couple can get, and they are about to cross over to the other side as their lives were cut short. What they find on the other side is not quite what they expected, but wonderful never the less. A feel good story full of wonder and maybes.
Exhibitionism
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
Carol's had a boring sex life, and wishes that something exciting would happen, but sometimes what we wish for comes true. Join her as she fantasizes about what if and gets so much more than she bargained for. ***Warning*** this story is graphic in nature and is only meant for adults. Enjoy
Claudia's Wild Weekend
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
Claudia has a secret; she enjoys the company of more than one man. The guys/gals back at work wouldn’t believe what she gets up to at the weekends. ***Authors Warning*** this story is graphic and is only meant for adults. Enjoy
Mature Women
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
They say that a mature woman is ten times better than a younger one as they have far more experience. Dean's had a crush on a mature woman now for over two years, and he's about to discover the absolute truth to that statement.***This story is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only***
Blonde and Wet the Complete Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
Cherry's complete sexual awakening is an erotic adventure like no other. This story is extremely graphic and some might say it's porn. If you enjoy a good erotic story ignore those people and read on. ***For adults only*** All characters depicted within this tale are eighteen years of age or older. Enjoy
Big Boy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,910. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
I’ve decided to give those that like my work the opportunity to download the short stories that they like, which are taken from my short erotic tale series. This one’s Big Boy; it’s all about a young man who has a major problem with his genitals and seeks medical advice. It’s intended for adults only, because of the graphic nature. Enjoy.
Mind Reader
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,940. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
An experimental drug received after an accident leaves Kirsty with the ability to read minds. Lustful thoughts of friends, co-workers and complete strangers bombard her from all sides, and when her powers escalate to the ability to move things with her mind, she decides to pleasure herself and those around her. **This tale is graphic in nature and is meant for adults only" Enjoy.
The Making of a Friendship
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,810. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
I’ve decided to give those that like my work the opportunity to download the short stories that they like, which are taken from my short erotic tale series. This one’s the Making of a Friendship; it’s all about a young man who falls in love with a woman online and gets to have an adventure with her in a train across America. It’s intended for adults only, because of the graphic nature.
The Dream Reaper
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,710. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » General
I’ve decided to give those that like my work the opportunity to download the short stories that they like, which are taken from my short erotic tale series. This one’s the Dream Reaper; it’s all about a young man who discovers that he's being visited during his sleep by a beautiful woman. It’s intended for adults only, because of the graphic nature. Enjoy
The Haunting of Annabelle
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Annabelle’s modeling career is winding down, so she decides to venture into the property market. She discovers that the house she's invested in, is haunted, but not by any old ghost, because this one has amorous designs on Annabelle’s body. ***Although this story is a romance it is still graphic in nature and is meant for adults only*** All characters are well over the age of consent. Enjoy.
Short Erotic Tales 3
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,670. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
Another imaginative book in the series, with large guys and multi partners. From surprise endings to obvious ones but all keeping you turning just one more page before you put it down. ***These tales are graphic in nature and are meant for adults only*** Enjoy.
Short Erotic Tales 2
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,970. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
The second volume in the series follows on with just as much imagination as the first and hopefully leaves you wanting more. With everything from paranormal to Sci-Fi being catered for. ***These tales are graphic in nature and are meant for adults only*** Enjoy.
Short Erotic Tales 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,960. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
A collection of short erotic tales that will arouse you and capture your imagination. With tales of erotic hauntings and out of world experiences, your mind will be able to escape into a world full of surprises. ***These tales are graphic in nature and are meant for adults only** Enjoy