I started writing stories before I was ten years old. I was fascinated by Tolkien and David Eddings, and wrote fantasy stories inspired by their works.
I discovered erotic writing rather by accident, around the same time that I discovered masturbation. A friend and I were having a sleepover and we started telling a naughty story, taking turns describing the action. The next day I sat down at the family computer and hastily typed up the details, printing the pages and hiding them like contraband in my room.
Before long I started filling secret spiral-bound notebooks with erotic stories, reading them when I was feeling squirmy. I guess it's no surprise that all these years later, I still feel the need to write about sex.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting immersed in another experience. Writing is like swimming in someone else's pool, and writing sex is, well, even more personal. I get lost for hours as the words pour from my fingertips.
As much as I love writing, I think I enjoy nothing more than hearing from somebody who has read one of my stories. Occasionally, I get emails from readers. They're often touching. Desire is a very private thing, and it's rewarding to hear that my words managed to amuse, arouse, and entertain.
How do you approach cover design?
I design my own covers. I think my skills have come a long way since the early days. I start with stock photography and often do quite a lot of manipulation of the images and text in the Gimp. I try to pick up the tone of the book and express it through the cover. Most covers cost me five to ten dollars and take about three or four hours to complete. Sometimes I go through several designs before I get the final version.
Why do you write erotica?
I like erotica for all of the same reasons that you do. I've always been frustrated with mainstream fiction, when the hero and heroine kiss their way into the bedroom and the camera fades to black. Of all of the things I want to experience with the characters, sex is at the top of the list. So when I tell my own stories, I like to start in the bedroom and work out from there. It's my way of getting even for all of the sex scenes that never happened in the books that I love.
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