Interview with Dick Allan

What are you working on next?
More Erectus adventures;another serial and some stand alone stories. I also just had an inspiration for another fairy-tale inspired story, Jack the Giant Layer .
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 2013-12-30.
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Books by This Author

Jack The Giant Layer Part 3
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Price: Free! Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Medieval
(5030 words) An erotic fairy tale; adults only. Wherein Jack, with the help of his magic ring, deals with another giant.
Jack The Giant Layer Part 2
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Series: Jack's Adventures, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
(5750 words) An erotic fairy tale; adults only. Armed with an untried magic ring given to him by a fairy, Jack sets off for the forest to confront the three outlaws. He talks to an old man who tells him things about the outlaws that the corrupt Sheriff didn't mention. He also tells Jack what the outlaws want, so when Jack finds the first outlaw bathing in the river he's ready to give it to her.
Jack The Giant Layer Part 1
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Series: Jack's Adventures, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Medieval
(4180 words) An erotic fairy tale. Jack, apprenticed to the alchemist/inventor Leonardo Davini, while on a mission for his master, saves a two-foot tall fairy woman from a pair of ruffians. To show her gratitude she rewards him with a marvelous sexual experience, and gives him a magic ring that will, with certain restrictions, grant him wishes.
Celebration
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 15. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(6630 words) An erotic sword & sorcery parody.The final adventure in the first Erectus story arc, wherein the grateful King Fincter throws a big party for everybody involved with saving his kingdom. Everybody celebrates, eats, drinks, and gets laid, and everything is set right.
Climax At Mount Gushmore
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 14. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An erotic sword & sorcery parody.The climax of the first story arc, wherein Erectus and his friends and allies follow the evil wizard Gashscar up the slopes of Mount Gushmore and into a strange tunnel, where they fall prey to the deadly succulas, provocative, sensual, sexually exciting, soul-sucking entities under the control of Gashscar.
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.
In The Garden Of Forgetfulness
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
An erotic sword & sorcery parody, wherein Erectus and Elrod, with their small army, assault Gashscar's villa which is defended, it seems, by naked women. While Elrod and Gashscar exchange spells Erectus, disguised as General Gennitol, is transported inside to rescue Gennitol from the dungeon and Princess Clitoria from her drugged stupor in the garden of forgetfulness.
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.
Erectus In The Villain's Villa
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An erotic sword & sorcery parody.) Erectus, shrunk down to six inches in height, sneaks into Clitoria's apartment at the Palace to spy on the imposter who is impersonating her. He sees a statue get an erection, witnesses a transformation, and infiltrates the villain's villa to learn secrets vital to national security.
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?
Saving The Priestess
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An erotic sword and sorcery parody.) On his way to the Temple Of Erotia, in the city of Titslegass, to have a carnal visit with his favorite priestess, Sherryaire, Erectus spots her sneaking away through an alley. He follows her in case she gets in trouble. She does.
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.
Erectus And The Widow Pashin
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English (Welsh dialect). Published: June 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An Erotic Sword & Sorcery Parody) Erectus has been hiding from Princess Clitoria in the home of the Widow Pashin. Now that his work on the Tower of Balsukh is done he has to find a way to tell her he is leaving the city of Titslegass. To complicate matters he learns that Clitoria has recruited Elrod, the Royal Magician, to help her find him.
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 Clitoria's Passion Pit
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Series: The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
(An Erotic Sword & Sorcery Parody) Two weeks after his interrupted encounter with Princess Clitoria Erectus is still dreaming about her, but with little hope of ever seeing her again. Then she kidnaps him and takes him to one of her passion pits where he learns that even though the sex is great there are downsides to having an affair with a princess.
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.
The Erotic Adventures Of Erectus Volume 1
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 65,430. 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.