Interview with Danny Stampede

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the High Rocky Mountains in a little town called Idaho Springs. My father worked in a hard rock gold mine, the Lamartine. That didn't pan out (pun intended) so we moved to Kansas. That was okay but not good, so we moved to California. Of course I didn't have much say in all this because I was just a kid. Anyhow, California was great. Eventually we bought a small ranch north of Sacramento. So, yes, I'm basically a country boy, but not without a certain amount of sophistication I've acquired over the years. And, yes again, being a country boy (or man, now) has influenced my writing. A lot. As they say, you can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy. Or man.
When did you first start writing?
When I was nine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
There is never (but you must never say never) any one story behind any one book. Little parts of anything and everything just have a way of cropping up anywhere.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control. I'm the boss. Basically. But really, the reader is the boss. No reader no writer, and therefore no boss.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm just getting started with Smashwords but the thought and care given to creating the Smashwords program is very encouraging.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I can read something I've written (now or years from now) and it reads like someone else wrote it.
What do your fans mean to you?
As I said earlier, no readers (fans) no writer.
What are you working on next?
I'm revamping stuff I wrote twenty years ago. It's good but needs a little push into the twenty-first century.
Who are your favorite authors?
Without a doubt Flannery Oconnor. Then Eudora Welty. John Cheever too. Then, of late, Jonathan Franzen. These people have a realist's grip on the language. No ambiguity. No baloney. Oconnor in particular writes prose that rings with a bell-like clarity.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Looking forward to my oatmeal. Seriously, I've been eating oatmeal for breakfast since I can't remember when.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I paint. I have my adventures in impressionistic abstraction. Big canvases. People buy them too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a poem about how a room looks in the fading light of dusk. I was nine. And let me tell you, it wasn't anything like the rooms I actually knew. We had only what we needed, mostly homemade, like from orange crates. That was when crates were really crates.
What is your writing process?
Work regularly and let it come.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was called "Trailer Tracks". About a family, like mine, on the move. Only they had a trailer. We didn't.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly stuff about people elsewhere, places I'm not likely to go. Common people dealing with life's problems, and finding solutions.
Describe your desk
Oh God. It's a mess that never gets cleaned up. I think it will. Someday. But probably not.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

"Terry"
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Content in his uneventful gay life, second string lawyer Richard Johnson is shaken out of complacency when a deliciously hot gay boy shows up across the street. Totally lacking in sexual scruples, Terry aggressively seeks a tryst with the charmingly hapless Richard. Lucky for poor Richard the affair is cut short (a day and a half of heavenly bliss) when knockabout Terry is summoned elsewhere.
"Tillson"
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,900. Language: American English. Published: August 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
In the words of wealthy planter George Large, "Tillson carries the masculine beauty of rut and carnal knowledge on his lanky frame. His face, comely in country curvature, smirks of complicity in his mission of debauchery. He's a hill-grown slut heavily hung with the thick aroma of homemade sin." And there's more! Lots! Read all about it in "Tillson", and about everyone else too many to mention!
"John Phillip Souza"
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,230. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
In a leisurely-paced first person narrative we are treated to entrance into the marvelously kinky sexual world of John Phillip Souza, a fellow of imagination and a certain disillusionment in the beautiful Redwood Empire of Northern California. In five parts, the story is wickedly to the point and sublimely unredeemed in its general lack of restraint. This is not the stuff of tea time talk.
"My Friend Orkney"
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,050. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
A raunchy tale related in good taste, My Friend Orkney concerns the sexy encounters among six lusty fellows in the high mountains of western USA. However, it is the developing relationship between Clement and his friend Orkney that propels the story through an afternoon of sexual adventure. In the eyes of some, sexy good fun is a nurturing part of a healthy relationship. That's the deal here.
"Lights"
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,710. Language: American English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Scotch McIntyre, a good-lookin' young fella of the hills, has come down to the big city to escape the boredom of the commonplace in Pea Ridge, Kentucky. Being a naturally inquisitive, not to mention horny, young man, as well as seeking to be the apple of many a man's eye, Scotch gradually widens his horizons and raises his sights as he wonder who, and where, Mr. Right might be.
"Saddles"
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,410. Language: American English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The happily raunchy gay tales told by handsome furrier (a fellow who shoes horses) Crestwell Holmes as he travels the state of California plying his trade. Gay erotica at its gay best.