Interview with Demi R. Idle

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a large industrial city, but I was always an outdoor person.
Television and computers were not a part of my childhood. I spent all my holidays and many weekends in the forest, listening to the stories around a camp fire, and telling my own. This experience of oral storytelling influences my narrative to this day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was for a school competition "A School of the Future". I saw a seed for this story in a dream, and the possibilities of the idea are still relevant. I might write this story yet, someday. But the idea I had in mind at the time could never have fit into a super-short story format that was required. I did not win any prizes with it.
What is your writing process?
I play with an idea in my head for a long time, until the characters come to life and start writing their own story. Then I simply put it on paper (type it into a file, to be precise). After that, the real work begins. You know, the boring stuff, settings and dialogues, character development, time-line, weeding out repetitions and garbage words, etc., etc.
Describe your desk
It is arranged around a large PC monitor. My PC is a gaming rig, and it is used for its intended purpose regularly, so the rest of the gear on the desk is high quality as well. There are some sketches and post-its scattered around, half of them have been here for years, and I no longer remember what they are for. On top of the PC my iPad and its keyboard are charging, ready for the next time I have an idea on the go. On the screen I usually have about twenty tabs open permanently in several browser windows: on-line dictionaries, wikipedia, e-mails, social media, and my current research for the next book, as well as the book file itself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full-time day job. Writing is how I spend my free time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) At the top of my list of favourite books is "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card.
The idea of a space school for kids fascinated me since I was a child. Orson Scott Card is such a wonderful storyteller, he keeps you believing the events and identifying with the character. No matter how many times I read the book, the ending always makes me cry, despite the fact that I already know the twist. This is how I want to write my books.
2) "The Vorkosigan Saga" by Lois McMaster Bujold.
This is another series that I have re-read multiple times. Great characters, inventive plot, believable Universe. Very clever solutions to problems.
3) "Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling
I would be lying if I excluded it from my favourites list. Who does not like magic and struggles between good and evil? I admit to re-reading all the previous books every time a new one was about to come out.
The above three are my favourites because I love the characters. The remaining two are my favourites because I love the ideas.
4) "Sword Art Online" (ソードアート・オンライン) by Reki Kawahara (川原礫)
This is not available in English yet, but I hope it will be translated soon. What if you logged into your favourite MMRPG and found out that you could not log off? Moreover, if you were killed in game, the interface device would fry your real brain. The only way to set 10000 players free is to clear all 100 levels of the game. Scary?
Fascinating moral dilemmas.
5) "Merry Gentry" series by Laurell K. Hamilton
This is the first erotica I read in English, picking it up by chance in an airport on my way to a beach holiday. Lots of gorgeous men, well, fey, that stayed celibate for hundreds of years and can only have you. Add a court intrigue to the mix, a little magic, and you have great entertainment. I have read lots of erotica since, but still yet to find a novel in this genre that I like better.
What do you read for pleasure?
Would you laugh if I said I read manga? I would have laughed myself, a few years ago.
As a young child I was very proud of my ability to read and visualise the stories. I hated when librarians in primary school offered me picture books, and always chose the one with lots of pages and few illustrations. Thankfully, I have grown out of this literary snobbism.
Before dismissing the idea, try reading some manga adaptations of famous Japanese novels, like "Kokou no Hito" by Shinichi Sakamoto (Adapted from 「孤高の人」 by 新田 次郎)or "Vagabond" by Takehiko Inoue (Original story "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa).
Manga is not a simplification of literature, it adds an additional dimension to the story with amazing art. I love it, highly recommend it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle on iPad.
What do your fans mean to you?
There is no point in writing if nobody reads it.
I respect my readers, and would never publish a book until I consider it as close to perfect as I am able to achieve. My apologies if it makes me a slow writer, but I value my fans too much to risk disappointing them.
What are you working on next?
Some of my readers have expressed hopes that "Solitude of Stars" would have a sequel. I am considering it. I love the characters, and writing another story with them would be fun. However, the storyline for the sequel is still very raw, and there is no approximate date for completion yet.
Does your profile avatar look like you?
I wish.
Published 2014-11-16.
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Books by This Author

Solitude of Stars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,030. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Bisexual BDSM erotic ménage set in modern Japan. Ariane loves his music, but can she love the real man behind the stage image?