I was horny and I had google docs open after a lackluster attempt at writing straight fantasy (more on that below). Now here I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is seeing people actually read and like my works. That's a feeling you can't replicate with money.
How do you approach cover design?
One look at my covers will lead you to the conclusion that they were half-assed by some girl with GIMP. But, I do know where to get stock photos now, and have Photoshop (which I am actually experienced with) instead of GIMP (which i am not experienced with but had to use anyway), so expect a quality increase in the future.
What is your writing process?
First, I plot out an idea, then start typing until I get a finished story. Writing is a lot easier than editing, so that part goes by quickly. Then, after going through it for obvious errors, I reread it carefully and highlight each sentence that I have checked. I highlight good sentences as yellow, and flawed ones as red. Then I fix the red ones, then read it one more time. If I find no errors or things I want to change, I format it then publish it. This strategy works for any size work, but is most effective on the shorts I write.
What if I want to become a writer?
I highly encourage it. Work on your writing skills first, and find critique on Reddit or on dedicated writing sites. No author is perfect, but the more someone eviscerates your work and tells you truthfully what is wrong with it, the more you will learn. Eventually, you will make fewer mistakes and see a marked improvement in your writing, at which point you can start writing and publishing. Erotica is easier because it doesn't have to be as long as a full novel, but you should only publish once you are genuinely proud of your work.
Describe your desk
A brown, slightly chipped piece of IKEA furniture. My bed is also cozy and has a charging port near it, so that works as my desk sometimes on lazier days.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a platform for easy widespread publishing with clear and recognizable standards as well as ease of publishing. It is also friendly towards erotica writers, and so I feel welcome here.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Ernest Hemingway, and Eoin Colfer all have a place in my heart. Pratchett for his witty prose, Hemingway for his undeniably amazing life story, and Colfer for his brilliant Artemis Fowl series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a 100k word long fantasy novel. I rewrote it two and a half times before realizing I didn't quite have the talent for fantasy. But erotica? That's something I can do. This novel though, will always have a place in my heart and I will finish it one day after I develop my skills. It will be published traditionally, since for a large novel, you can get physical distribution as well as that sweet, sweet advance payment.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the lifeblood of any author. I thank you for your dedication, and hope to provide you with more quality material in the future.
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