Interview with Falcon Nighthawk

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Illinois during the 60's, but my family moved around a lot. It gave me a pretty broad view of the world, since we never seemed to settle anywhere long enough for me to really fit in. It was a mostly lonely existence, but it did allow me to see the world from the outside in rather than from the inside out.

It was also how I learned to watch and learn from what people did and the ways that they behaved.
When did you first start writing?
I actually started writing when I was in high school. Mostly science fiction stories and things like that, but I took many years where life kept me from writing until I was finally fairly stable in my life and felt the need to write what I knew about and experienced.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This story is about a man who is discovering his bisexuality, which he knew about but didn't recognize until later in life. This awareness comes about through the openness and love of his wife, who is also bisexual, as well as a high school friend and lover that has a secret of their own, which only he knows. This is all assisted by new friends and lovers that come along through his lifestyle choice of being a polyamorous swinger with his wife.
It follows his sexual adventures and life experiences through his growing awareness of his true sexuality and the results of his choices.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had something to say and needed to get it out. Obviously, this particular story is a work of total fiction as the real world isn't so easy as this story makes it, but it is an ideal that would make the world a far more interesting and gentler place. That is the real lesson behind it, that a person should be defined by their treatment of others, not on their sexuality or lifestyle.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They have provided a platform that has given me the ability to afford to actually publish a work in a way that a struggling writer can actually afford. It didn't hurt that the guides that Smashwords provides helped to achieve that goal.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy, for me, is that I get to express my ideas, fantasies, hopes and aspirations for a better world in a way that will get the core ideals out in the world at large.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. Without a fan base, no one; no author, actor, singer or artist can make a living or express themselves successfully. Far too many of the big celebrities ignore that.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a spinoff based on one of the characters in Full Circle. The stories actually overlap in a couple of places, so there will be some repetition of certain scenes and events, though from a slightly different perspective. But the real difference is that this is a completely different person and it is written from a third party perspective, through the eyes of another character who is involved with the subject character. I have high hopes for this story because it will have more depth and a little less sex; nt to say that there will be very little sex, there will still be plenty to titillate fans of kinky erotica.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors; That's a good question. I have been influenced by some of what I consider to be the greatest authors of modern literature. They include Robert Heinlein, Issac Azimov, Mercedes Lackey and about a dozen others, mostly from the science fiction genre.
One of the reasons that I tend to gravitate to those sorts of authors is because of their ability to free themselves from the social and political constraints of the world to craft some very interesting and sometimes enlightening stories in worlds that are different enough from our own to make the hidden messages come across in a non-threatening way that lets people get it without feeling like a message is being forced on them.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog.....but seriously, I do need to get my ideas out in the world. If no one believes in them or if they ignore them, at least I have said what I need to say. The important thing is that the message is out there, because someone will hear it and then the seeds of a better, more loving world are planted.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I play a lot of video games, work on making videos for animal rescues and for friends as well as work on scripts to be produced as feature length and short video productions.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I basically do a web search for the title or subject that I am looking for.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was a science fiction story that I had created in high school around a sci-fi club that I was in. I don't want to give any details because I have dusted it off and have been working on a revision for a screenplay of that story.
What is your writing process?
Mostly, I start with an idea and let the story flow, with minor guidance, to where I need it to end up. Of course there are some elements that I pull from my own life experiences that I add where they might fit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Very much so. It was my dad's old Tom Corbett Space Cadet books, then I followed those up with HG Wells War of the Worlds.
How do you approach cover design?
I find an artist. I don't do too well with that sort of detail. I give them a description of what sort of thing I am looking for and let the artist do what they do best.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorites? Not possible as many of my favorites are more in a series that is a favorite. The "Heralds of Valdemar" series by Mercedes Lackey are favorites, as is "Time enough for Love" by Heinlein. I rather like "Wind Child" and "The Forever War" as well as "Shuttle Down" I like them because they have some solid and very three-dimensional characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read as much for pleasure as I used to. Not really enough time, though I should make some time for more relaxation reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
My desk is like an organized mess. I am surrounded by paperwork, little knick-nacks that I collect and a calendar. I know where almost everything is, though no one else does.
Published 2013-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Full Circle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,600. Language: American English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Full Circle is the story of a man who is coming to awareness of his own, previously ignored Bisexuality and the friends and extended family that he finds along the way. It encompasses a wide range of sexual acts and sexualities as well as the relationships of people who are gay, bisexual, polyamorous and swingers.