Interview with Anthony Beal

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is to populate my story settings with characters that are multi-dimensional, flawed, and most importantly, that react to the events of the story in a believable fashion. Oftentimes, regardless of story genre in which an author is writing, characters get so poorly written that it distracts from the tale being told. Examples of this would be characters portrayed as cartoonishly evil for no discernible reason or ones with no clear motivation driving his/her actions, or who exists only to embody one or more all-too-familiar tropes and clichés that are usually even less entertaining to read about in print than they are to watch in films. I like to give my characters fears, doubts, anxieties; imperfections we can all relate to. Sometimes I allow them to be completely wrongheaded in their way of thinking. I like to let them try to reason out solutions to their problems, or maybe fret a while and wonder what in hell to do about their situation. I like them to dream and stumble and lust and despair and make wrong guesses and resist change and be brave and be cowards, to behave like we all do sometimes. Also, sometimes I like to have them simply fail. But I try to always make them interesting, if only to me. That’s my joy as a writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean constant evolution to me, because having received positive feedback from people drives me to want to sustain their interest. It drives me to continue challenging myself to tell new stories in new settings. It pushes me to experiment with language and characterization in ways I haven’t tried before, but that I hope my fans will enjoy as much as they’ve enjoyed my past works. That shouldn’t suggest that this desire to see my style always evolving isn’t an inherent part of me as a writer, because it is. Certainly any artist, writer or otherwise, mustn’t rely solely on external motivations in order to create and produce; the motivation has to come first from within. But knowing there are people out there enjoying what I do sure makes it a bit more enjoyable. And each fan’s opinion is worth more to me that two dozen negative comebacks. I’m all for a writer being able to take constructive criticism and am always grateful when I receive some, but obviously not all criticism is constructive; especially in the internet age, there are people who simply enjoy spreading negativity behind the veil of relative anonymity that an online avatar affords. I’ll gladly thank a person for a constructive, helpful critique, but what I don’t have time or patience for is someone simply spewing insults at writers who for better or worse, dared to put their most personal imaginings on display, so I tend to ignore such cruel individuals. Why waste time with people whose only purpose in commenting on my work was to antagonize me, when I could be talking to my fans instead?
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite erotica authors are Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Gariel Garcia Marquez, and lately, Charles Bukowski. Each of these authors have impressed me with their ability to write intensely erotic material in a variety of styles. Some works are subtle, with hardly a swear word to be found, while others are somewhat blue but still fall far short of being deviant or subversive. Then there are those stories that are absolutely lurid in their descriptions, to the point that I can almost smell the sex their characters are having (here is where Marquez diverges from the others, as his sex scenes, though gripping, are rarely graphic.) The ability to present a single form of activity in such varied style, and in a manner as apt to explore its beauty as they are its darker edges is a skill worth cultivating in myself, that I might also learn to apply it as ably.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Drinking, eating, thinking dirty thoughts, loving, dreaming, plotting, putting off until tomorrow what I could do today, reading sexy books, chasing fireflies, learning Japanese, stargazing in my front yard, collecting nude female photography, watching anime, and occasionally, Tweeting.
Published 2014-03-28.
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Books by This Author

The Escapists: An Erotic Fantasy Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,060. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
On an unnamed resort island frequented by wealthy women seeking sexual thrills, Esme will lose her heart to a man paid to deliver them. If she isn't careful however, she and everyone involved may lose more to the ancient gods at war on those grounds.