Interview with Ian Drake

What's the story behind your latest book?
Blu-Line is an anthology, featuring stories about seemingly normal people with normal jobs, and families (picket fence optional) who happen to work for a digital brothel named Blu-Line. As they progress deeper into the account, new pathways are explored, mentally and physically. For most Blu-Line is means to an end. For others it is a nightmare they cannot, or do not wish to, escape.

The anthology will feature acts ranging from the normal to the perverse, and will feature recurring characters. It will answer the question of "If you could get away with being paid for sex, would you?" As a whole, it will also try to answer the overall question. Who or what is Blu-Line?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It amuses me to realize I have been writing smut of one kind or another since I was young. Often the stories were a perverted twist on a comic I read, or a tv show I watched. Oh the filth I put many 80s cartoons through. Nothing was sacred. I have researched the path of authoring for a while now, and I believe that I have stories to tell people will enjoy. Traditional routes however are quite difficult for a typical writer, even more so for a peddler of lust. I'm not trying to become the next big thing. If I get an inbox of a one (or a dozen) fans asking when the next installment of something I'm writing is coming, that would be epic!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To entertain the reader. To evoke emotion, good or bad at the stories I craft. To have a person put down a story that didn't effect them in anyway is sad. If it made you horny, good. If it made you mad (at character, or situation), good. If it made you think. Even better.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are validation that I am not alone in my perversions. They are validation that my art is satisfying to them.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on several short stories in the Blu Line "universe". I am also in the planning phase of an erotica novel featuring a female assassin.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first erotica story I ever wrote was a fan fic of "Married with Children". I always though Peggy was hot, and even Marcy was in her own way. I was a horny teen, and everyone got in on the action, except for Bud. Buck did though.
What is your writing process?
For short erotica, I usually just jot down a basic concept for story. Then as I write the world tends to evolve from that one or two line concept. The Blu-Line series started off the idea of "If you could get away with it, and get paid, would you?" Which required answering what was behind the Blu Line app. Once that was done, the concepts for how to work stories into it was actually quite easy. Infidelity is far more common than people realize. Both sexes have mastered the art. I knew quite a few people (male and female) that get paid for sex, and they all had the same fear. Getting caught by someone they knew.
How do you approach cover design?
I like covers that stimulate the mind. When I'd go shopping for a new book to read (back when you actually had to go into a store) the covers were what drew me. If the cover caught my eye, and the title intrigued me, chances were that I picked it up and read the back cover. If I got that far, there was a better than average chance I was buying it for my reading pile.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At my day job, or with my family.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm guilty of catching up on comic books. Quick light reading, but it helps my creative juices flow. And it gives me something to talk about in the office besides porn.
Published 2018-01-28.
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