Interview with Arachnis Chiropterus

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Mostly my Samsung Galaxy Tab SM-T285, using either Kindle or Google Play Books. For prose, anyway. For comics, I use Comixology.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, I've not really marketed beyond setting up a blog on Wordpress and linking it to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook pages I'd set up for the purpose. Hopefully they'll be effective. I've also (since the main character in this first series is physically based on her) asked the porn star Holly Hendrix to retweet any adverts I posted on Twitter.

The pleasant surprise was that she did it! Holly, if you're reading this (or anyone you know is reading this interview and can pass a message on), thank you!
Describe your desk
Erm... well... I don't actually use one. My laptop (where I do most of my writing) is on a black Ikea laptop table that's resting on the arm of the sofa I'm sat on.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a village in West Yorkshire. I can pretty much guarantee that had no influence on my writing at all!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing stories in Primary School. I found I enjoyed the storytelling part of it, but the beginning and ending was a struggle. Dialogue came (and still does come) very easily. I usually have snippets hanging around in my brain waiting for the right opportunity.
What's the story behind your latest book?
D'you mean my debut novella, Wild Caught Are Always Better? (Available on Smashwords and Kindle and probably a few others now for a VERY reasonable price!)

I'd been reading a few erotic novellas I'd picked up for free on Kindle. Some were OK, some were terrible. Narcissa Rivers was actually pretty good. So was something I stumbled across on Literotica. I took one of the concepts from a series of Rivers' books (which appears to be a fetish) and mixed in small doses of erotic horror and aspects of the stuff I'd read on that particular website.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm already a podcaster, so stepping into another form of indie publishing for writing was a no-brainer, really. Like a lot of things I do, I just thought, "Sod it. Why not?" and did it. And here I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
No idea. I've literally only just uploaded and published my first book!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's when the ideas start flowing and the story pretty much begins to write itself. It's the point when the writer's brain opens up and accesses ideaspace. You lose track of time and when you come down, you've usually got a massive grin on your face.
What are you working on next?
I've written the first chapter of the sequel to Wild Caught Are Always Better (available here on Smashwords for a very reasonable price!) and I'm most of the way through the second. I've got more of a plot for this one and I'm planning to flesh it out quite a bit.

Not sure what to do with the characters after that, though. Hopefully I'll come up with something Lauren and 254B/D. At the very least I'll be giving them a happy ending.
Who are your favourite authors?
Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Narcissa Rivers, Mike Carey, Eoin Colfer, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Kevin J Anderson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I've got a mortgage to pay. Then there's essentials like comics and CDs.
Published 2017-07-20.
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Books by This Author

Wild Caught Are Always Better
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,120. Language: British English. Published: July 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Kay and Lauren had never met each other. They would never even know each other's real names. The newly acquired hucow and the girl who worked at The Cattle Market. Two girls whose worlds come crashing down as they discover each other's bodies and the pleasures of being milked...