Interview with Adventurotica Publishing

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For us, the greatest joy of writing is in sharing the worlds and characters we have created, and in exploring the various continuities we have established through our stories. It's in inviting readers to spend time with our imaginary people, in our imaginary places, so that our stories can live on in the world as part of other people's fantasy lives.
What do your fans mean to you?
Our fans mean everything to us. We are both disabled, and this is how we support ourselves. Without our fans, our ship would be well and truly sunk. With each book, we seek to bring our readers something fun, playful, sexy, and entertaining, and they have rewarded us with grace and generosity beyond all expectation or deserving. We are incredibly grateful to every reader.
What are you working on next?
Our books are funded through Indiegogo campaigns. The next several drives are already mapped out.

Imperial Blood will feature vampires, vengeance, a great deal of kinky sex, and highly mythic overtones.

Also in the works is the western adventure yarn Masks and Madams, sequel to Pride and Prostitutes, furthering the adventures the Black Lash as she squares off against the mad scientist Dr. Von Draco.

The third Eden Kane pirate adventure is also in production, completing the steampunk western trilogy begun with Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande and furthered in Queen of the Sky Frontier.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Erotica is a genre driven by indie authors and small publishers. The submission requirements for other publishers didn't leave us enough room to do what we wanted to do, so we launched Adventurotica. This way, we can write our own rules and write our own stories, and bring our readers the fierce, funny, playful fiction we'd like to read if we were in their shoes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, when you're disabled and/or mentally ill, that can be a challenge. Sometimes it's the desire to play in our fictional worlds. Sometimes it's hunger. Sometimes it's the cats. Sometimes we just have to pee.

The important thing is that we do get out of bed, and we work on our novels every single day. It's a dirty horse, but someone's gotta ride it. We can't imagine work we'd love more.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords' powerful publishing tools and first-rate distribution network combined with its simple, easy-to-use interface and no-hassle uploading have made it possible to get a professional-looking product in front of more readers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We watch terrible movies, play board games and roleplaying games with each other and friends, and make fun of our ridiculous pets. Sargon writes album reviews for and plays with swords, and Amanda makes custom My Little Ponies and collects animal skulls. We're pretty awesome.
Who are your favorite authors?
Paul is a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Clark Ashton Smith.

Amanda is a fan of Jacqueline Carey, Tanith Lee, Cherie Priest, Seanan McGuire, and Sarah Monette.
What do you read for pleasure?
Paul reads nonfiction, mostly history and true crime. Amanda reads a lot of natural history, fantasy, and erotica. Both of us are devotees of pulp adventure novels.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
We keep an eye on our favorite authors, and on our favorite erotica publishers. We take recommendations from friends. We browse Smashwords and Amazon and look for books with outrageously ridiculous titles. Basically, the same way other people find books: every which way!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Amanda wrote and illustrated a story about the Bulgy-Eyed Creature when she was three years old, and has been at it ever since.
What is your writing process?
We discuss plot, draw up a rough outline, and get to work chapter by chapter. During the writing, we keep touching base and adjusting the outline as needed. It's not terribly complicated, just a lot of work.

One of us typically does the heavy lifting and the other will do the editing. Amanda often takes the reins for the kinkier sex scenes and many of the bonus scenes requested by readers, and Paul is the one who handles most of the violence.

It's all terribly fun.
How do you approach cover design?
Amanda handles the cover design.

The first thing we do is come up with a loose concept, and then find stock photos or public domain photos to work with. Amanda produces thumbnails, roughs together the cover image, and runs it past Paul. Then they enter into font negotiations, which has been known to require a can of pennies and a snake whip. Amanda creates the title text, her favorite part, and from that derives the spine text and interior title text. She presents several final cover options, the positioning and coloring of text is finalized, and the back cover for the print edition (if there is one) is created last, to harmonize with the front.

Working with stock photos and public domain images makes it difficult to exercise full creative control -- we have to work with what we can find or afford. This has led to us making the best of whatever it is we can get. Amanda is entirely self-taught but tries to deliver a professional-looking product with a minimum of harm to innocent bystanders.
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Beauty and the Blade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,670. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Adventure » Action
When an invading army conquers her kingdom, Athena must enslave herself to the Beast who rules it in order to save her father's life. And while she is under the control of a monster, she also dons a mask and fights to protect her home from the brutality of occupation. Torn between love for a beast and loyalty to her homeland, what will she choose?