Interview with Charlie Beck

Published 2014-05-21.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm in the process of writing "The Toy Box", which is an M/M erotic novella about a young man who kills a family of four in a drunk driving accident on prom night and pays the price in prison. It's a non-con story with some side romance, full of kink.

After that I'm going to be writing, an M/M erotic short romance about two straight boys experimenting with each other at a rave, called "Kandi Man".
Who are your favorite authors?
Jt Leroy has always been my number one.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wonderful boyfriend and amazing gang of friends. And my Adderall prescription.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love raving, and I could spend hours playing sims. I'm a little bit of a stoner, I love cartoons, and in the summer I can usually be found at a music festival.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in kindergarten, and it was about aliens abducting and eating a boy that threw sand in my hair.
What is your writing process?
For my short stories I usually just run with it. I put on my music, have a smoke, and just let it all out. I find it's more fun like that, and if I'm having fun writing, then the reader will have fun reading. For my longer works, I like to plan everything out. I get to now the characters personally, and spend a lot of time just thinking about them and mapping them out and finding inspiration.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island in a town where the heroin was so rampant that they had to run the schools like prisons. My neighborhood was also super stuck up, so I didn't have much in common with the other kids. It gave me plenty of time to get into writing and polish my skills at a young age..
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm young and need the cash haha. Honestly, I wanted to get my name out there and have some fun with an actual audience before I take on any of the longer, more serious pieces I've been planning.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting feedback, and being told that your story was able to make somebody feel something, or that somebody connected to a character that you created.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything. I do it all for them. I love getting their feedback, and being told how I can please them. I love getting requests from fans and writing them out for them and helping people's ideas come to life. Especially when it comes to fans of my erotica, I feel like that's such a special connection to have with somebody, to be getting them off. It's an honer.
Describe your desk
Messy. There's a vitamin water and a few empty bottles of Shock Top Chocolate Ale. A bong that I got my boyfriend from his birthday, and about seven lighters.
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