Interview with Dick Allan

What are you working on next?
More adventures with Jack the Giant Layer. California Witch, a sequel to California Genie, then a sequel or two to that. Another Erectus serial wherein Erectus and his friends, in order to save the kingdom, and perhaps the world, must get a dangerously powerful genie back into her bottle.
What is your writing process?
I use an outline and tack on bits and pieces here and there until all the holes are filled.
Describe your desk
Not so much cluttered as layered.
How do you approach cover design?
With a cover budget of $0 I have to rely on my own photographs or what I can find on public domain sites, and on my own artistic talents. I like to keep the title large and prominent so it can actually be read. After much stumbling around in my first year I came up with a silhouette for one cover and it looked so good I changed most of my other covers to match.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When my publishing contract was cancelled and I was informed that my Erectus manuscript was "detrimental to the public welfare to a degree beyond the hope of editorial repair" I realized traditional publishers were afraid to be associated with it, and since erotic publishers were mostly catering to women, I had to go indie. Smashwords gave me the opportunity.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By eliminating all the middlemen, allowing me to present my stories directly to the people out there who are eager to appreciate them. They also provide good advice and it's all free, fitting into any struggling writer's budget.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing good stories and generating some good reviews;selling my books for free; publishing a new book regularly; publishing my novel as a series of short stories. (It started as a single story, I wrote a couple of sequels, then tried to make each chapter a complete short story. It didn't always work out, and I've never been sure if those first short stories are part of a novel, or if it's all just a series of short stories. But it all works out in the end. It has to, because of the sequel.)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working (In construction), photography, art, playing games, watching movies, reading.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Maxim Jacobowski's Best New Erotica anthologies. The Arabian Nights.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The only one I have is my computer. I sometimes read online but I prefer Adobe Digital Editions reading the Epub version.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing Smashwords, searching categories, tracing back to people who have added me as favourites or written reviews of my stories,
When did you first start writing?
When I was in high school.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was an autobiography of a postage stamp, a class assignment in grade 4. In high school I wrote some derivitive sword & sorcery and horror (Robert E Howard and H.P. Lovecraft were my main influences) but it wasn't very good and I didn't keep any of it. Erectus isn't much like Conan, but he was drawn quite a bit that way in his first magazine appearance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting paid is the greatest joy, but just being read is a close second. I guess that's why most of my books are free.
Published 2014-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Jack The Giant Layer
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Price: Free! Words: 21,990. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Historical
(21600 words) An erotic fairy tale; 18+. Jack saves a knee-high fairy woman from two ruffians. She rewards him with a marvellous sexual experience and a magic ring that will, with certain restrictions, grant him wishes. After he falls afoul of the local sheriff he agrees to bring in three outlaws hiding in the forest, but there are a lot of things the sheriff didn't tell him about the outlaws.
Not Another Genie
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Series: Rogue Genie, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(3900 words) Part 3 of Erectus And The Rogue Genie. An erotic sword & sorcery parody. 18+. With the help of a prostitute and a magician, Erectus and his friends released the genie Penelope from her bottle. Erectus is uneasy about dealing with another genie but this might be his only chance to get rid of his curse. After some discussion, she grants their first wish.
A Wizard And A Bottle
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Series: Rogue Genie, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,380. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Ancient
(6070 words) Part 2 of Erectus And The Rogue Genie. After his strange adventure in the desert with the Genie Elppin, Erectus returns to the town of Elohttub. When the tavern girl Laymee, and her friends, can't get Erectus aroused, she says he must be cursed by a genie. She offers to take him to Bagophlese, a magician who can help.
Erectus Meets A Genie
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Series: Rogue Genie, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(5650 words) An Erotic sword & sorcery parody. 18+. Erectus is sent by king Fincter to the remote village of Elohttub to build a bridge over a ravine. Bored with the local night life, he wanders alone into the desert at dusk and finds an ancient bottle. When he breaks the seal and opens the bottle he releases a mischievous genie who takes him on a wild night of sexual escapades and misadventures.
Erectus In The Country
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An erotic sword and sorcery parody wherein Erectus, the royal Wizard Elrod the Magnificent, and a select group of mercenaries pursue the evil wizard Gashscar toward Mount Gushmore. They are attacked by sexy, deadly dreams, confused dogs, and some very strange trees.
Erectus And The Mudgina
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An erotic sword & sorcery parody wherein Erectus and Elrod, with their small army, are intercepted by Gashscar, with his small army. Gashscar attempts to animate a giant bronze statue to defeat them but his spell is deflected and animates a nearby hillside instead, turning it into a giant, horny, female golem, presenting a new set of problems for Erectus and Elrod while Gashscar retreats.
The High Priestess Of Erotia
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An erotic sword & sorcery parody wherein Erectus and Elrod must convince the High Priestess of the Temple Of Erotia to use her temple and priestesses to discreetly recruit an army to defeat the evil wizard Gashscar in his villa, before he puts into effect his plans to completely take over the palace.
The Shrunken Villagers
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An erotic sword & sorcery parody wherein Erectus, still shrunk to one twelfth his height, saves a woman his own size from an angry mouse, meets Talia and Jenna, Talia's twin sister, has sex with women shrunk smaller than himself, gains allies, gets a blowjob from a witch, and rides another bird.
Invisible In The King's Harem
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 4,690. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An erotic Sword & Sorcery parody.) Erectus, employed as a spy by the Royal Wizard, Elrod the Magnificent, is made invisible and sent into the King's harem to deliver a message and a magic ring to Queen Javina, confined in an inner room. Can he make it through a room full of beautiful women unmolested? Will the Queen be receptive top his message?
Erectus And The Slave Woman
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An Erotic Sword & Sorcery Parody) During the days Erectus is in charge of the renovations at Princess Clitoria's villa. During the nights he plays with the princess in her private chambers. When she's gone for too long he must find other diversions. While he's looking through Clitoria's books of sexual positions the cleaning woman comes in.
The Aphrodisiac Darts
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An Erotic Sword & Sorcery Parody) Wherein Erectus and his friends, Kumjoi and Pyoobs, while trying to get from one bar to the next, are struck with aphrodisiac darts and led docilely into a secret temple, where they are compelled by the drug on the darts to have unending sex with many women. The downside is that it doesn't look like they'll get out alive.
In The Temple Of Erotia
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An Erotic Sword & Sorcery Parody) Erectus, new to the city of Titslegass, wants to get laid so his friend takes him to the priestess prostitutes at the Temple Of Erotia. Lured to the high end by the breasts of Sherryaire, he is interrupted by the jealous General Gennitol. He escapes naked into the street and runs into Princess Clitoria, who smuggles him into the palace to have her way with him.
Rude Awakening
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Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
(4770 words) When Roger Sinclair found out he had an incurable disease he opted to go into cryogenic suspension until a cure could be found. When he woke up he learned that cryo-corpses are legally dead, so the rich bitch who bought the cryogenic facility he was frozen in now owns him to do with as she pleases. (Explicit sex, adults only.)
Dave's Blow Job
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(2800 words) (Warning: this story contains oral sex.) I always wondered why my friend Dave, who clearly wasn't gay, never hung out with the guys on Friday night, and he never had a girlfriend, nor seemed interested in getting one. One night my curiosity got the best of me so I followed him and spied on him. What I found out blew me away.
A Sleeping Beauty
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Medieval
(2780 words) Prince Jack, as the youngest of a sizable Royal family, has little chance of marrying a worthwhile princess, so he sets out to awaken the legendary Sleeping Beauty. Kissing her doesn't work; something more is required. A slightly shorter version of this story first appeared in Swinging Times National Edition No. 240.
California Genie
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Price: Free! Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(4630 words) When Dick found an ancient bottle in the sand he broke the seal and let out a horny, mischievous genie who took him on a wild night of magical, sexual misadventures.
Getting It Up In Titslegass: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus Volume 1
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,190. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An Erotic Sword & Sorcery Parody.) (Contains all 15 adventures of Erectus) New to the city of Titslegass, capital of the Kingdom of Boobylon, Erectus makes friends, crosses a jealous General, gets intimate with a Princess, goes on a spying mission for the Royal Wizard, and ultimately saves the kingdom, all while having lots of sex in unusual circumstances and bizarre situations.