Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in upstate New York and my family moved to North Carolina when I was young. Because of this, I was always an outsider there. I was once even referred to as a 'city slicker', though I'd never lived in anything approximating a city. I made plenty of friends, but I was never really 'one of them'.
Because of this, I was put in the position of an observer from a very young age. And I liked it that way. It meant I was third person omniscient. And being omniscient is pretty rad.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at a very early age. Any creative writing exercise was like catnip to me. Or, even more so, to a cat, because they like catnip even more than I do. I could spend hours making up stories and writing them down with my horrible little kid handwriting and often did.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Saturday' is the follow-up to 'The Weekender'. Both exist in a mostly porno reality, where it's totally safe and fine to head home with a stranger and be his sex slave for the weekend. 'The Weekender' really dealt with the pure sexual fantasy of the situation, whereas 'Saturday' starts up the real plot of the story. But don't worry - in both books, people are still laid frequently. As should we all.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Frustration, excitement, curiosity, laziness, fear, courage and stupidity. And a deep love for writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Since I published 'The Weekender' on Smashwords, it's been downloaded almost 800 times. So clearly they have contributed as an outlet. But everything leading up to that, the books on publishing, formatting, marketing, etc. were priceless. Quite literally, they were free, but also they were incredibly valuable. Because Smashwords makes it so easy to do, it's also easy to remain motivated.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That moment after the first rush of beginning the book is gone, and you've sunk into the depths of wondering if writing this story is worth it. You've just read over what you've written and it stinks. It's the worst thing you've ever produced. Childish, amateurish, shallow, and boring. Then one morning you wake up and you have a solution that will turn the whole ship around. And you remember what you loved about the premise and you dive in again with renewed energy. That's the greatest.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have no reviews yet and no one has contacted me in any way to say "Hey, I like what you're doing." Even so, there are clear indications that some people are enjoying what I'm writing. And if those people are what you would call fans, then I must say - they mean the world to me. I don't write these stories for myself. I keep a diary for that. Without readers, these stories don't live.
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