Interview with Stephen Olander

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a kid but I only started writing erotica in 2006.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As of this interview, I'm working on an erotic science fiction story about a married couple exploring their fantasies with the help of "tactile holograms."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My good Friend SammyJo Hunt.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love that Smashwords has gotten my work to a large audience thanks to its cooperation with other online distributors.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the finished product available for purchase. ;-)
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm very grateful for those people who read and respond to my writing. It's very validating.
What are you working on next?
A novella for NaNoWriMo.
What is your writing process?
It usually starts with a sexy scenario that I just can't seem to get out of my head. I then contemplate a story to go along with it, I write an outline and then I get cracking on the prose.
How do you approach cover design?
I used to be more involved in my covers, selecting multiple stock photos that I would modify and combine in Photoshop to illustrate part of my story or at least the main characters. As of late though, a simple and compelling stock image with my name and title is good enough for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an Apple iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Probably trading reviews with other erotic authors.
Describe your desk
Cluttered... even the virtual desktop on my computer. haha
Published 2013-10-24.
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Books by This Author

Virtual Encounter with Billy
Series: Virtual Encounters, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,300. Language: American English. Published: November 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Before Craig and Veronica sold their holographic generator, they decided to have a few more flings with some favorite simulants. Their relationship having been through a rough patch, all is well in their home as their mutual passion starts to intensify and they turn to holographic technology to add some spice to their lovemaking. (MMF/MMMF)
Virtual Encounters
Series: Virtual Encounters, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,220. Language: American English. Published: October 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
While enjoying the sights and sizzle at an adult entertainment convention, Craig and Veronica are pleased to be introduced to the latest in holographic technology from the HoloGen system. An amazing device that they take home and is capable of fulfilling all of their sexual fantasies. But they don’t anticipate the problems that this piece of high tech can create for their relationship.
Still Submitting to Angie
Series: Submitting to Angie, Book 2. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,090. Language: American English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Angie is still in charge and celebrates the new semester with another trip to the bed and breakfast. (M/M/F/F)
Liz, Byron & Rachel
Series: Crossing New Horizons, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,270. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Liz and Byron share a special evening with the lovely transexual Rachel (M/T/F)
Beyond the Horizon
Series: Crossing New Horizons, Book 3. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Liz wants to do more with Byron and Scott so she introduces them to Rachel for an education. (M/F/M, M/M/T, M/M/F)
Camping with Christy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,640. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Josh has a crush on a hairdresser named Christy. When he gets the chance to see her outside of work, he jumps at it but is in for a big surprise. (MMF)
Submitting to Angie
Series: Submitting to Angie, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,760. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Justin and Valerie are a couple of young college students in love who are taken to new sexual places by her friend Angie. mf/mff/mfm/mmff
My Fantasy Encounter with Katie
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
The title says it all. The story depicts an encounter with fellow Smashwords author Katie Ellison. Her description in the story used with her permission. m/f/m
The Kendra Collection
Series: Kendra, Book 8. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 59,870. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
18 but still living under her mother's roof and rules, Kendra is forced to go on a business trip with her step-father, Greg, as punishment for her bad behavior. While there, she discovers a secret and uses it to her advantage. This leads to even more taboo sexual adventures. (Anthology, M/M, M/M/F, M/F/F, F/F, F/M/M/F, F/F/F)
Kendra Part 4: A Surprise Visit
Series: Kendra, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,240. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Alan and Beth decide to surprise Greg and Katherine but get more than what they bargained for when Kendra meets them at the door. (MFF, MMF, FF, FFF)
Kendra 3.6: Greg & Alan
Series: Kendra, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Greg and Alan spend some time together on a business trip (M/M)
Kendra 3.5: Kendra & Katherine
Series: Kendra, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
With Greg away on one of his business trips, Kendra and Katherine bond over a couple of boys. (F/M/M/F)
Kendra Part 3: A Hot Weekend
Series: Kendra, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
While Greg and Katherine are away for a spouse appreciation weekend, Kendra has the house to herself and invites some friends over to play. (F/F, M/F/F/M, M/F/F, F/M/M/F)
Liz After Work
Series: Crossing New Horizons, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Liz stops by a local bar for a drink and meets Byron. The two hit it off and decide to spend the night together. But Liz has much more in mind than Byron expects. (M/F/M)
Kendra 2.5: Kendra, Greg and Alan
Series: Kendra, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,640. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Greg keeps his promise and brings Kendra along for another one of his business trips. (M/M/F)
Kendra Part 2: Educating Katherine
Series: Kendra, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,590. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Kendra and her mother Katherine are getting along much better at home. (M/F, F/F, M/F/F)
James, Ellen & David
Series: James & Ellen, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
A special rendezvous between James, Ellen and David (M/M/F)
Kendra Part 1: The Business Trip
Series: Kendra, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,010. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
As punishment from her mother, Kendra is forced to go on a business trip with her step-father Greg. While there, she discovers a secret and uses it to her advantage. (M/M, M/M/F)
James & Ellen: Together at Last
Series: James & Ellen, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,020. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
James and Ellen had been waiting for a year until her divorce was final. Now they can be together and discover more about each other besides their love. (M/F, M/M/F)
Steven & Emma
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Steven & Emma enjoy each others company while her roommate is away. (M/F)
My Michelle
Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Billy spends an evening with the sexy and seductive Michelle. (M/T)
Crossing New Horizons
Series: Crossing New Horizons, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,300. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Jim and Liz have an open relationship but after ten years they discover that they have yet to try it all. One night while at a club, they meet Rachel and get the surprise of their lives. (M/F/T, M/F/F, F/T, M/M/F)