Interview with Rod Hardstick

Briefly describe what your short-story books are about?
These adult-only erotic bed-time romance short-stories are fictional experiences between couples that find themselves in certain sensual situations.
The content is in no way intended to be pornography, in the technical sense, but sensual experiences on an intimate level.
I believe the stories enable couples to truly explore their own hidden desires and find the fulfilment of many experiences beyond their normal realm.
How do you approach cover design?
I use "Self Pub Book Covers" - they provide a good source of material which suits my needs.

As my short story books have different themes - the main cover can be chosen to compliment the atmosphere and style of the story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised on a typical farm in New Zealand.
As a youngster, English language and writing was not my strongest subject - it was always at the bottom of the list!
I was motivated towards Physics and Mathematics - spending the main of my working life in a professional Science field.
I always, from a very young age, enjoyed singing and playing music, and later on I formally studied music.
My work has involved extensive travel all over the world - and this I believe has been a strong contributing factor to my creative expression in both music and writing.
When did you first start writing?
I would have started my very first short story draft over forty years ago.
Over the years I have added other draft material - all unpublished until motivated by events in my life and the ease of distribution opportunities offered by SMASHWORDS.
What is your writing process?
I don't have any set process as such - the ideas come to me when they're ready - I just have to note them down.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes......many years ago - it was about a weekend trip to somewhere I'd not been to before - a wonderful fulfilling, and exciting experience with the person I shared it with!
Describe your desk
Simple, small, quiet and not too cluttered.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first stories were of course children's books - these were interesting enough to stimulate my attention for future creative exploration.
There are some amazing children's stories from decades ago - that are still available in print, if you know where to find them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a real hard one!
I would have to say that my favourite styled books are not the erotic short story books I have written - this is just a small area, or genre, that I have enjoyed writing in.
I enjoy mainly real-life fiction, but also documental historic accounts of major world events, especially from last century.
Over the years my reading has included: Wilbur Smith, Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and the like.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, what SMASHWORDS has offered, and utilises, has proven quite lucrative.
I may well explore other marketing options as I see fit.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By searching the titles under the categories I desire.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle works best for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle works best for me.
Published 2017-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Cool Sweet Waters
Price: $3.98 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Belinda and Robert climbed a mountain peak – on the homeward journey they found a delightful water pool where they explored their intimate treasures. Their outdoor trek on a hot summers day led to a natural sensual relationship that they both enjoyed and cherished.
Dubai Sands
Price: $3.98 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Celia and Stan found themselves in a strange land. With only themselves for personal company they took advantage of their surroundings to explore their intimate resources. Their adventures found unexpected fulfilment for them both.
Garden Fertilisation
Price: $3.98 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00 from 1 review)
A normal summer day for Kristel and Ralph transpired into nature’s delights for them both. Their radiant garden provided a perfect setting for their inner most natural desires.
Handie' Hubbie'
Price: $3.98 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00 from 1 review)
A chance meeting again with Racquel’s local handyman caught her experiencing pleasures she hadn’t even dreamed about. Rod revealed to Racquel just how high sensual stimulating sensual feelings could become and how meaningful their experiences would be.