Interview with Edua Erasmus

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'd like to say watching movies, but I sometimes get so distracted when I have a new idea for a story... So, basically, I spend my free time thinking up new stories
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Social media is a good platform to discover new books and talent.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover is my first step - if I don't have a decent cover, I put the story on ice until I feel the cover I made is best suited to the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Attitude Magazine. I find it's filled with interesting articles and celeb gossip... And some eye-candy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my tablet for almost anything and it has a great e-book reader app pre-installed.
Describe your desk
My desk? Is this the 19th century? I snuggle up in bed with the laptop and a coffee and just let the ideas flow.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I come from a conservative family and grew up in Cape Town. With no gay friends, writing was the only outlet I had to describe what I feel or think love should be like.
When did you first start writing?
I started in high school and my English teacher told me to never give up writing. I took it to heart and see each story as an opportunity to improve my art.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My late friend, John Fazem, told me about a great site for indie authors that I should try.

The writing industry is very difficult in South Africa and harldy ever take on new clients, so after numerous rejection letters I decided to try Smashwords.
Describe your perfect guy?
I think Shaun from my short story "Just Imagine" is the closet to the perfect guy. He knows what he wants and did what he had to in order to get the guy he wants. I wrote him like that because I've always wanted someone to love me just as much as Shaun loved James from afar.
Your stories are all LGBTI related - does this mean your stories only appeal to gay men?
I think stories are universal despite the sexual orientation of the protagonist(s). We all love, hurt, yearn and feel in the same way. It just so happens that my characters are gay, but at the end of the day we can all relate to them in one way or another.
Published 2016-02-10.
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Books by This Author

Once You Go Black 1
Series: OYGB, You never go back. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,250. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Going to prison was the worst thing to ever happen to Barry, but it was also the best thing to ever happen to him. It was in prison that he met Wesley, the charasmatic thug he shared a cell with.
I Dare You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,210. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
At a birthday party, a group of straight friends start playing a risqué dare game that gets more erotic as the night progresses.
Delinquent's Survival Guide To The End Of The World
Price: Free! Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Justin and Jason are delinquent friends in a small boring town where nothing ever happens... Until the day a nuclear explosion goes off just outside of town.
Boy Toy
Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Stephen's not happy with the way his life turned out and makes a life changing decision. NSFW.
Just Imagine...
Price: Free! Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(3.50 from 4 reviews)
When we grow up we forget our imaginary friends, but they don't forget us. Shaun used to be James's imaginary friend and is desperately trying to be seen again.
Snow Storm
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
Two straight friends take refuge in a cave when a snow storm hits.
When Death Did Them Part
Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short story about Alex, who journeys to meet his late partner's parents for the first time.
Hit the Road, Jack
Price: Free! Words: 1,790. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A short story about hitting the open road and things that go with it.
The Hitch-Hiker
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(4.00 from 1 review)
On a cross-country trip home, Alex picks up a naked hitch-hiker. **Contains M2M sex**
You're in the Army Now
Price: Free! Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A short story told in a series of poems. Michael was only 19 when he was forced into a life in the army. It was the worst thing that ever happened to him, but also the best thing because that's where he met Mel - the cute freckle faced boy. PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT erotica.
Rest Stop
Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.00 from 4 reviews)
A short story. Patrick's car breaks down on a deserted byway and he walks to a nearby gas station where he crosses paths with a very attractive twink who offers to help him, but things aren't always what they seem. PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT erotica.