Interview with C.P. Calvert

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love thinking creatively, and working out those troublesome creases in a story. I also enjoy the solitude of writing. One day, I shall have a garden shed with a kettle and a radio. Bliss.
What do your fans mean to you?
'Fans' is too strong a word, but when someone writes to tell me they enjoy my work, I cant deny that it gives me a rush!

Because I think I have quite a different writing style, its always great to know that someone 'gets me.' I put a lot of effort into my work, and its a great feeling to know that it is appreciated. I always respond to anyone that takes the time to write to me, and always will.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords is my favourite site by far. I enjoy other peoples work, but like most authors I suppose, I read them thinking that I can do better. I'm just glad Evelyn Waugh doesn't write e books! I'd just give up if I read one of his on the site.
Who are your favorite authors?
Evelyn Waugh. His perfect rhythm is something I'm always trying to replicate, but never will.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Village with Three Corners. Book eight, I think. The one in the woods with the owl statues. Scared the living daylights out of me.
What are you working on next?
My next piece has been truly difficult to write, but as a result is my favourite story so far. 'Astara' has taken over my life for the last six months, and I can only hope that all the sleepless nights will prove to be worth it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing! I 'm always looking at people and places and putting them into my tales. I dont suppose anyone who calls themselves a writer ever truly switches off.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and the question has made a little light bulb come on! In primary school I wrote a long novel about children discovering a cave in Scotland. The teacher, bless her, would let me write while the other children were reading. That's so strange- it's only just come back to me. Perhaps I'm just returning home after long years away.
What is your writing process?
A mixture of joy and torture!. A broad idea, followed by pages of scribbles and arrows, hand written on cheap paper. A few key phrases come from that, and then I sit at the laptop and make sense of it all, if I can read any of it! Most of this happens in the wee small hours, my favourite time of each day.Then weeks of editing,reading it out loud, checking the rhythm and the pace. Then I send it to my brilliant proof reader Tony Spencer (check out his work on Smashwords too- a great writer) and finally to the scarily talented Tatiana for the cover. Then I don't read a thing for a week.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The dream that one day, I won't have to get out of bed at half past five. And the thought of that shed, with a kettle and a radio.
How do you approach cover design?
I tend to have strong ideas on the concept, and am incredibly pleased with the cover of my latest story. I send a few images to Tatiana at Vila Designs, but in all honesty I pretty much know which one or two I want. From then on, its all about Tatiana! That girl is a genius, and I love the way she makes each author seem individual. Cover design is part of being an author that I hadn't really thought about, but I have come to love putting the ideas together, and working with Tatiana.
Published 2013-11-21.
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Books by This Author

Astara Disrobed
Price: Free! Words: 9,460. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
(4.75 from 8 reviews)
Every man remembers the sight of his first naked girl. The smiling eyes, the smooth skin, the tender limbs. So why was my first glimpse of beauty the beginning of a nightmare? How had such a charming tradition become a curse, threatening to destroy all I held dear? The answer rested, as it had always rested, on the slender shoulders of Astara.
Rachel's Penance
Price: Free! Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
(4.86 from 7 reviews)
Stockings. Smooth, black stockings. Designed by a Siren to drag men down to their fate. So who could blame me for a moment of madness? If you had ever seen Rachel, then you would have made just the same mistake. Perhaps your foolishness would have been forgiven. Or would it have led you where mine led me?