Interview with Bertram Fox

What do your fans mean to you?
From the time I first started making up stories I wanted to share them, to tell them to anyone who'd listen. A book that nobody reads is as sad as an abandoned puppy. My readers complete the creative process by sharing what I wrote. Even the money is most important for putting a value on my work. I know from my own experience that I'll pick up any old rubbish to read if it's free, but if I pay for it it's because it looks some good, so my sales account is praise from the heart.
What are you working on next?
I usually have six or eight ideas floating around in my head, and sometimes several books on the go depending on what I feel excited by today. Right now it's a competition for my time between a long ongoing novel about a desert island, which just needs a couple more chapters and it can go live, and a new story about the English Warband.
Who are your favorite authors?
In fantasy/sf, anyone from the 60s when I first discovered it, but if I had to pick one it would have to be Heinlein. In erotica, Laura Antoniou is my favourite read and my model. She signed my copy of "The Academy" at a fetish market in '02, it's one of the things I would save in a fire.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I had the worst trouble learning to write, so my first stories were wordless comic strips that I'd expound to anyone I could pin down to tell them about it. My mother, bless her, let me use her old typewriter, and I was away. I think the first story I typed concerned a hero who lived in a castle under the earth reached through a magic tunnel in my bedpost.
What is your writing process?
I think of it as patchwork making. I get an idea and write an opening in a rush of inspiration; then I see something that's going to happen later and write that; after a little of this I see how it's going to end and write that, then fill in the rest bit by bit. It's not efficient, often I'll see that an episode belongs somewhere different and have to rewrite it massively, and by the time I'm finished I have to work like mad on checking for continuity holes. I'm trying to spend more time on a proper plan at the start.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The tablet I also use for writing, Web and email, art and music. I don't see any point in carrying two devices instead of one, and a tablet isn't tied to any one book format. But occasionally I would like a waterproof e-reader I could take to the bath!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The best moment is when you get your characters sufficiently realised that they come alive, and instead of having to move them round the plot like claymation figures, they take off by themselves and often go in directions you never thought of.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
These days I mostly read romances, because my greatest weakness is not spending enough time on my characters' feelings, and reading how other people do it reminds me. And I get most of them free through Manybooks.net, so I don't feel bad about reading them once and throwing them away.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Since I learnt to read too early to remember it, this makes me think of the first story that had an impact that I later knew as BDSM. I was 6 or 7, and it was Kipling's "How the First Letter was Written," and his description of the Tegumai women beating up the Stranger-Man gave me that special thrill that I didn't understand but knew it mattered a lot to me. In the years that followed I learnt to look for it in stories where characters were tied up and humiliated or tortured, but it took a long time before I realised it had anything to do with sex: sex was what grown-ups did to make babies.

I wondered about Kipling, but when I found his less well known story "The Moral Reformers," I was sure.
How do you approach cover design?
With difficulty! Some genres can be adequately illustrated with objects or abstract images, and there I'm confident of my own skills and my trusty DTP. But a romance cover really needs to show a couple, and I can't afford professional photos or art: so I have to do my best.
Published 2016-12-30.
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Books by This Author

Impudent Crimes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
The perverts of the Workshop want to corrupt Celia - if she’s lucky. The forces of Good want to save her - if she can’t escape them.
Quick Smacks (Short stories of BDSM love)
Price: Free! Words: 21,980. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
A little allsorts bag of stories from the author of "The Princess and the Goblin."
The Princess and the Goblin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,560. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
If you want to know how an ugly little nerd like me ended up owning a gorgeous blonde old enough to be my teacher, the first answer is, don't do it the way I did. Kidnapping Cara should have got me nowhere but jail. But with help from the Gorean community at TrainHer.Net, Cara and I found our way to love as Master and slave, and a happy ending... sort of.