Jud Ormond

Biography

Jud Ormond has been writing erotica for more than 30 years, but only recently began to publish his work. In addition to writing, he has had multiple careers, both sequentially and simultaneously: Earning both his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from one of the leading universities in the US, he has been a management scientist, manager and entrepreneur, co-founding businesses in both the technology and visual arts worlds. A musician since childhood, he has been both a playing member and Trustee of one of the most highly regarded community symphonic wind ensembles in the country for more than 40 years. Dr. Ormond now devotes his time to performing music, assisting in the management of this wind ensemble and writing fiction. Jud Ormond is a pen name; in several of the other worlds that he inhabits, adding “writer of erotic fiction” to his resume would likely raise eyebrows and not be a net plus.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing essays in high school (western Massachusetts). In my senior English class, I was required to write an essay each week on an assigned topic. I recall reserving Sunday afternoons for most of this task, though I believe that I made notes during the week. Some topics were more difficult than others, of course, and 50+ years ago the Internet was not available as a research tool, so when my family’s World Book encyclopedia wasn’t very useful, I visited the city library. The experience of this weekly writing assignment contributed significantly to my learning the skill—and it allowed me to develop an affinity for—writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was about 35, my family and I participated in “family therapy” for a time, which introduced me to a therapist with whom I became comfortable. Somewhat later, I experienced a panic attack, and went to see her again. I continued individual therapy with her for several months, as I recall. In discussing intimate matters, the subject of erotica came up. I told her that, in my opinion, the problem with erotic fiction was that there was not enough good material available. She suggested that I try writing some. At the time I was working free lance as a management consultant and had some time available. It took me about a year to complete the first draft of the novel, which I would later call Mastery 101: The Manual, (M101) the target reader of which is the submissive woman, women who think that they might be submissive, and men and women who are fascinated by such women. When I thought that the novel was ready, I researched publishers of erotica, and began submitting M101 to them. On my 27th try, a publisher in the UK agreed to take it on, but a few weeks later they withdrew their offer, explaining that they feared that publishing erotica would hurt their reputation. At that point I was working full time, so I just put the project on hold.

When I began writing the novel, serious business-oriented personal computers were just becoming available, but I didn’t have a PC until somewhat later. When I did have one, I entered the novel into an early word processor and continued to massage it. Over the next 30 years, I shared M101 with a few dozen people, mostly women whom I met online. They gave me some excellent critiques and suggestions, many of which I incorporated into the novel. Occasionally, I thought about trying again to publish the novel, and finally, in late 2012, I decided to get serious about it. This time, with the Internet available for research, I learned that publishers do not accept novels from authors; they accept them only from authors’ literary agents. Determining that I was unlikely to find an agent, I chose to self-publish my novel as an eBook.
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Books

Mastery 101: The Manual
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 67,210. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Dr. Rob Phillips has dedicated his career to helping submissive women make the most of this gift from Mother Nature in loving relationships. Mastery 101 is a course that he has developed for dominants who have insufficient experience with submissives to know how to best deal with them. This orgasm-inducing novel is intended for sexually submissive women and those who love, or are excited by them.

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