Interview with Sidney Hodges

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
First stories I ever wrote were on notebook paper to my best friend - who would reciprocate.
What is your writing process?
Story comes to me either as a dream or sparked by a word or phrase. Sometimes a character comes to me strongly. Then, I write an outline of the story as I understand it thus far. As I begin writing, the characters reveal to me what they want to do. Some of them surprise me with their decisions or their depth of emotions.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Crazy thing about ebooks is, when they first came out, I vilified them. No way am I going to get an e-reader. I like the look and feel of a book in my hand. I like the smell of a book store and the ability to browse the shelves and handle the books on display. Wow! how time, and the gift of technology can change everything. I'm even eschewing physical books I own, purchasing them again on the Kindle. I would still purchase self-help books, coffee table books, literary anthologies and books for children as actual hard cover, but everything else - including some cookbooks - on e-reader.

I like recommendations by friends, authors I like, reader recommendations, employee picks (website picks).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First story I ever read that really affected me - the kind where I thought about it for days was probably "Pet Semetary" by Stephen King. I was young and it scared the pants off me. I couldn't sleep. Later, I read his work as Richard Bachman, and I think it was called "The Long Walk" ... a short story about the kind of dichotomy between rich and poor that has captured young people in the Hunger Games series, long before anyone else. He's not at the top of my favorite authors now, but when I was young, his writing was something I would pick up and found memorable. For erotica, Anne Rice's "Beauty" series just blew me away. I'm not one much for BDSM, but might explore it, as one of my characters is telling me that she's going to face that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Three Magic Words, A Course in Miracles, Destined to Witness, Best American Short Stories (get it every year), and the last book would be everything else that is great and captures me for hours and is a revelation. Life is short and books are plentiful.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Paperwhite
Describe your desk
Cluttered, natch - see Einstein quote. But also addicted to fancy types of sticky notes, various journal books, and pens that write great!
Published 2015-07-21.
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Books by This Author

Curiosa: Tuffy's Home
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,760. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/America
Lona husband is away and she encounters a stranger who wants the milk from her heavy jugs. This is part of the Curiosa short stories series of "truly nasty tales." The content is literary, and intended for discerning adult audiences.
Curiosa: The Detectives
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,310. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
The Detectives have quite a situation on their hands when they meet a young girl who is too hot to handle. This story is part of the Curiosa series of short, but engrossing "truly nasty tales." Content is literary, but intended for discerning adult audiences.