Stories are like philosophical questions to me. You know the one about whether or not a tree falling in the woods makes any sound if no one is around? Stories are the same. Do stories exist if no one reads them?
I don't believe they do, so my readers aren't just important; without them my stories don't even exist! This makes it into a relationship I genuinely cherish, because it means I'm connected to my readers completely, and they can honestly feel like an important part of the entire process. We're in it together, and making stories together.
What are you working on next?
I've a host of erotica ideas I want to flesh out (if you get my meaning!), but I'm also working on bringing interactive fiction to the erotica genre. This is a monumental task, but it's already apparently that it's going to be groundbreaking, and so exciting. Watch my Smashwords page and Twitter for more interactive erotic fiction news as it happens!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm a full-time writer, which doesn't even seem like a job. I'm not saying it isn't hard work, and the hours are long, but I can't wait to get started each and every day. I just wish I could type in time with my enthusiasm!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
It's important for erotica authors to be honest, as we're baring our every strange and personal fantasy, so I'll be honest here, too. I love a drink! Beer in particular, so I love to go to the best (and weirdest) pubs and bars I can find with my friends. And, of course, it's important to research your stories thoroughly, and that's just as true in erotic fiction as it is for any other kind of writer!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Store recommendations seems to be increasingly accurate, and I've learned to trust them. So when a retailer like Smashwords (or one of the others) makes a suggestion, I tend to check it out. I used to love BookLamp.org, but it's gone now, sadly. Bookbub is another great resource for finding new ebooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! It was a script for a very adult comic that's published in the UK, called Viz. I'm simultaneously embarrassed about it, and proud of it! I was only 16 when I submitted it, and having it accepted set me off on my writing career, so I'll always be grateful to Viz, and still read it to this day.
What is your writing process?
I love outlining. So much so, it's probably my go-to procrastination device these days. But I find it essential. If I don't know how a story will finish, I can't begin writing it, so I outline everything.
I begin with a single sentence, build that into three paragraphs, and build that again into a full treatment (or the full story if it's a short). This is backed up with complete character biographies. It's a simple process, but an essential one for me.
And these days I write everything in the cloud. I love the inherent synchronization, and I haven't lost a single file in over three years, despite several terminal computer failures!
What do you read for pleasure?
I find erotica to be a great way to switch off, even though it's much of what I do for work, so I read a lot of it in my downtime. It's a good way to keep up with trends, too.
But I also love sci-fi and horror. Anything with zombies, so long as they're not the growing 'Twilight' type of attractive, sensitive creatures. Ugh. I want zombies that ravenously eat brains and kill without regard! And they should be slow, too.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle has been my favorite for a long time, but I find myself using my smartphone and tablet a lot more these days, simply because they're always with me. I still use the Kindle app on those, though. It's the page syncing across devices that I love.
Describe your desk
I like an uncluttered desk. I have my keyboard and mouse, obviously, and twin monitors mounted on the wall. Other than that all I have is a stand for my tablet, and a clock, and lots of empty space! Oh, and sometimes there's a cooking timer, as I make use of the pomodoro productivity technique when I'm lacking energy or have writer's block (google this technique if you don't know it -- again, it's very simple, but incredibly effective).
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