Interview with C.W. Stetson

What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a very eclectic reader. History, military history, biography, novels, fantasy, science fiction, cereal boxes, you name it.

I believe if you want to write well, you have to read a lot.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. I was always a PC user, and a fan of printed books. Still am. But I got an iPad for Christmas a few years back, and I've learned to enjoy the convenience. I still don't read magazines on it, though; I tend to flip back and forth a lot when I read magazines, and that's still easier with print than an e-reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I can't say any, yet. I'm still figuring out the whole marketing thing.
Describe your desk
Like my mind, it's cluttered with interesting things. A set of plaster imprints of my teeth, a small oil can, ammunition which I keep meaning to store properly, antique scissors long and sharp enough to be useful in a zombie apocalypse, a stack of other people's business cards, a joystick, a heap of papers and a few books open and face down. Lots of paper pads covered with illegible scribbled notes. A magnetic holder full of paper clips. A stapler. And a staple remover shaped like an alligator head.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Cape Cod. It didn't so much influence my current book, but the dunes and shallow seas are a definite factor in some of the writing I've got in progress.
When did you first start writing?
About thirty five years ago.

Alternatively, about 5:30 this morning.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The original idea I'd been kicking around for decades; I wanted to explore the tendency of young women to fall for bad boys. Then I wondered what would happen if I changed the bad boy to a bad woman. Once I added the submission/domination aspect to their relationship, the over-the-top nature of Linda's lover became blindingly obvious.

I didn't so much write the characters as let them climb out of me onto the page.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I sent a query letter to a publisher that had imprints that I thought were a perfect fit for my book. Didn't even get a rejection letter. Being impatient, I wanted to get the book out there, give it a chance.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me a venue. As far as long-term success, it's too early to tell. But there wouldn't even be a chance of long-term success without getting the book out into the public eye. That, Smashwords did; it gave the book a chance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to dive right into my own little universe. I get to share my character's adventures, and I also get to play god, both torturing and rewarding them.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know once I get some. It's a little early in my career, if this is going to be a career, to answer that.
I do hope people will enjoy the book; if they don't, I hope they'll at least be honest in their criticisms, so I can improve the sequel.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to my first work, and I have the very rough outline of a fantasy trilogy blocked out. I've also got a short story I'd like to publish.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many; in no particular order: Novelist: Lee Child. Fantasy: C.J. Cherryh. Science fiction: Robert Frezza, tied with many others. Historical fiction: George Macdonald Fraser. Military History: Antony Beevor. History: Nathaniel Philbrick.

Apologies to all I've left out.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing and computer gaming. Spending time with friends.
Coffee.
And, the cat needs to be fed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, board and computer gaming, going to movies.
Even working my day job, when required.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through word of mouth. Sometimes a hard copy book from the library will inspire me to look for more of an author in electronic form.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. With a childhood friend. It was more of a graphic novel really; mostly pictures, some text, describing this enormous siege of a castle.
What is your writing process?
I sit, I write. Same for fiction as for non-fiction.
I understand many authors use a more formal process; outlining, blocking out chapters, planning story arcs.
Luckily, or unluckily, for me, it's a more organic process. Less planning, more writing.
I like writing; going back and editing and cross-checking is necessary, but it's tediously painful for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my mother reading The Hobbit to me at a very young age, but I don't recall it's specific impact. I've had a love of fantasy writing ever since, though, so I suppose it had an obvious effect.
How do you approach cover design?
I've only commissioned the one so far. I hunted around on the web, contacted artists I liked. I didn't want to sink a lot of money into the cover; I know a cover is important, but I'm also realistic about how much money the average book makes.

My first choice of artists was tied up for the next two years on graphic novel projects. Probably just as well; I imagine he's very expensive. At first I thought I was settling for the artist I ultimately went with, but after bouncing some ideas off each other, she came up with the basis for the current cover. A little more tweaking, and I'm very happy with the result.
Published 2013-12-27.
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Hardass
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,490. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
She struggled. The moonlight shone on her pale, bound flesh, as the senator licked his lips and advanced upon her, the straight razor glinting in his hand. See, this is why I don't vote, thought Linda.
Wiseass
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,730. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Sweet, aimless young shopgirl Linda is abducted by her boss, an experienced, corrupt, cruel, and predatory woman; their clash of wills may change them both. Sexy, violent, and funny. Explores the relationship between the Individual, the Corporation, and the State, through the len of dominance and submission. Mature readers only.