Interview with Kyle Canon

Why did you choose to write erotica?
Wow, good question! Most of my other writing has been 'professional', I have three post graduate degrees and write in my field of specialty as well as travel related and some short fictional stories. All published under another name.
So, erotica... Well, I was suffering from writers block and thought I would do something completely different. My wife and I enjoy erotica, a secret pleasure, and I thought I would try my hand. My first work was a short story that I later expanded into a novella - Behind the Lens. I enjoyed writing it so much and loved the feedback that I decided to keep writing. I am now working on the fourth book in the series. It does help that we consider ourselves sexually adventurous and have a 'limited' amount of experience from which to draw.
You write in the first person and your main character has the same name. How did that happen?
Well, Behind the Lens was supposed to be just a short, erotic story of a few thousand words. I wasn't even sure I was going to publish it. I don't know anyone named Kyle or Lilly so those seemed good character names at the time. As for the first person, it was just an easier way for me to write and I could dump some of my fantasies on the screen. Once I started writing, I found myself going back in the work, adding things to tell more of a story and to develop the characters. I soon found myself near 20,000 words! I wrapped it up at that point, decided I may as well publish it under a pen name and decided to use my main character. It was first person after all. Tricky, right? I ended up selling a few copies within days and decided I wanted to expand the story of Kyle and Lilly.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a military brat and traveled the country with my father. He was stationed in the US for most of my early and teen years, so I was able to see much of the country first hand. I was also often thrust on my own devices, depending on our location, and found I not only loved reading but also writing about my life. Those early years instilled a wanderlust and love of nature in me that continue to this day.
I also had a love of learning instilled in me at an early age. I have three post graduate degrees, none of them in writing, but found myself writing a great deal of boring technical work in my 'first career'. While I didn't hate that kind of writing, I still do it, I did find I wanted a creative outlet. That led me back to some of my early journals and then on to writing travel blogs and reviews for enjoyment.
What do you read for pleasure?
I will read almost anything from science fiction to mystery and romance but my guilty pleasure is the Dresden series by Jim Butcher.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad for reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am still working on finding a good marketing platform for my erotic romances. I've written non-fiction, under another name, and have been able to make use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to reach out to existing contacts.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The simple answer is active and outside. I just completed a series of Dives on the Speigel Grove, a ship that was sunk near Key Largo years ago. A gorgeous dive, I loved the variety of ocean life I saw on each of my three dives.
Describe your desk
An organized mess. I frequently tell my wife I know where everything is located... so please don't touch. I'm also frequently forced to prove this is true.
How do you approach cover design?
I work to find something that will give a visual representation of the story I wrote. In the series, 'The Photographer's Story', I wanted something erotic and classy, as I hope the readers find the books.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is a tough question as I read in so many different genres. Jim Butcher, Clive Cussler, David Drake, Isaac Asimov, Tom Clancy, Kevin Hearne... just to name a few.
Published 2017-11-08.
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Books by This Author

More Than Boudoir
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Discussing the perfect gift, Sue mentioned doing a Boudoir photo shoot. Sue handed Teri a business card: Behind The Lens. Soon, Teri was going to be testing her cravings with a husband and wife team that matched her sexual cravings in every sense of the word. She knew that instant that Ben was going to be extremely happy with his anniversary gift this year.