Interview with Jim Baines

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That moment when I find just the right words to express the feelings I was having at the time, or when I manage to describe the girl I love in a way which paints a picture of her in my mind which is identical to the one already held in my memory.

Heh. That sounds properly trite doesn't it? It's kinda true, though. I mean, despite having to quit education when I was sixteen thanks to unexpected fatherhood, I was always good at English and I've always enjoyed playing with words. There are so many subtleties in the English language that fascinate me; just changing a single word or the order they are written in can completely change the feel of a sentence. When I get that right... it does feel good.

Oh, and having random strangers tell you that you gave them an erection for an entire evening or something? That's kinda fun as well.
What is your writing process?
I keep a journal on my computer, where I write down notes about things which have happened during the day. Yeah, I know. That's kinda sad, isn't it? Like some pathetic, self-obsessed teenage diarist from twenty years ago. But the journal helps me process whatever craziness has happened that day, and also helps me remember too. That's important to me. I don't ever want to forget this stuff.

My 'writing process' started as a means of further consolidating those memories. I began to take those notes from the journal and turn them into something which might be vaguely recognisable as a story. I enjoyed it, as it made the memories more vivid - I found that when I started reading the notes, a lot of other stuff came back to me. It was quite scary sometimes; even though I never wrote it down I could remember dialogue and things people said really clearly once my brain got that first kick from the notes. Once I had a basic sort of outline, I just kept going over and re-reading and filling in details whilst trying to refine the words so that they matched my memory of events.
How do you approach cover design?
With difficulty! I didn't want random covers that had no relation to the text. So the easiest thing would have just been to trim down one of the many photos I've taken of Jadie, so that she wasn't identifiable, and use that on the cover. But it somehow didn't seem right having her actual photo in the cover, even if it was just a crop of her arsecrack or something.

So that meant I had to try and find a copyright-free image of a girl who had some of the identifiable features - the blonde hair, the tanned skin, the green eyes. That wasn't easy. In the end I did manage to find one and used it to make the 'Indecent Descent' series covers using just the eyes. It wasn't a great success. All three covers are, frankly, rubbish and look ridiculously amateurish. Mind you, that's probably an accurate indication of what to expect inside...

For 'An Unexpected Entry' I stumbled across a great photo on Flickr with Creative Commons rights which actually looked quite a lot like Bethan. I'm pleased with this cover - I think it looks pretty classy. I just hope it doesn't raise readers' expectations too high!
Is what you write really based on actual events?
Yes, not that I expect you to believe that. I made a big deal of that whole issue in Indecent Descent and I kind of wish I hadn't now. It's a lot easier if readers just forget about the whole this-is-a-true-story thing and assume that it's fantasy.

In some ways, it kind of is fantasy anyway. It feels like that when I read it back, mainly because I've changed a fair number of biographical, geographical and other non-essential details to obscure our identities. In that sense, Jim Baines and Jadie Faversham and the other characters involved don't actually exist in real life. Not under those names and not with those specific details of their lives.
At the end of Indecent Descent, you said you weren't writing any more. Yet now you are. What happened?
I was going to give up after Indecent Descent. It was fun to do, but it took a lot of time and my original motivation - of capturing for posterity what I thought were going to be fleeting events in my life - had dissipated. Those events weren't fleeting. They were still happening, months after they had begun.

But, after only a short while, I kind of missed the process. And, I have to say, having random people on the internet tell you that your writing made them happy... that was kinda cool. Jadie loved that, too. It was her who wanted me to actually publish what I'd written in the first place: she got a weird kind of thrill out of the idea of random strangers knowing all about the stuff we've done together. And, well... so did I, to be honest.

So, as I was still keeping the journal, I decided to write up another episode which became An Unexpected Entry. I'll probably keep doing that now, just taking some of the most amazingly, impossibly, ridiculous things which have happened and tying them all together into some semblance of a story. We're still eight months adrift in terms of lag behind real time and the events being described, so there's no shortage of material to use.
If you're doing this for the joy of it, why don't you make all your stuff free?
This is going to sound like a really strange answer, but it's the truth. The content of Episodes Three and Four of Indecent Descent went a lot further than anything in the first two episodes, really, in terms of the activities they described. It is hard to explain coherently, but I didn't like the idea of any random stranger reading some of that stuff straight away - I wanted to restrict it to people who had read the first episodes and enjoyed them enough to actually have a genuine interest in finding out more about Jadie and me. I know that sounds stupid - it IS stupid, there's logic-fail all over it - but the idea of someone having to invest a dollar before they got to read some of those more intense encounters still just felt more comfortable.

I was tempted to do the same for An Unexpected Entry, but in the end I decided against it. However, the episode I'm working on right now will definitely be another paid-for one. It's probably more intense than anything that's come before it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of seeing, talking to and laughing with my beautiful fiancee. Even if, as it does currently, that takes place on a computer screen because she's five thousand miles away. Oops. Spoiler alert with that last fact, right? Yeah, sorry. If you've read the books then you'll be wondering why I haven't followed her out to Cali like our original plan. I won't go into that here. But, suffice to say, it's all for the good.
Published 2014-08-15.
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Books by This Author

An Unexpected Entry
Series: Indecent Descent. Price: Free! Words: 34,540. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Bethan's back from her first term away at uni; freshly-pierced, freshly-tattooed and now, it seems... freshly-bisexual. And what better way to shock everyone back home than showing off her sassy, rebellious, dreadlocked new girlfriend Emily? But when they visit her old school friend Jadie, it's Bethan and Emily who'll get a shock. And Jim might just have something to do with that...
Deeper Down the Hole (Indecent Descent Episode Two)
Series: Indecent Descent. Price: Free! Words: 44,310. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(3.00 from 1 review)
Jim’s done something bad. Very bad. The sort of bad that involves his teenage daughter’s best friend and the filthiest sex he’s ever had. Now, she wants to do it again. He does, too. But Jim’s scared that he’s falling for her, hard. Can he resist? Hell, no. Will he prematurely drop the L-bomb with unexpected results? Quite possibly. And then… could something bad actually become something good?
One Rainy Afternoon (Indecent Descent Episode One)
Series: Indecent Descent. Price: Free! Words: 36,170. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Jim opens the door to his teenage daughter’s best friend – finding her alone, bedraggled and missing her house key – he assumes she’s seeking shelter from the rain. In fact, she’s seeking something quite different. And, by the end of the afternoon, her key won’t be the only thing she’ll have lost.
Indecent Descent
Series: Indecent Descent. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 171,300. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
After Jim unexpectedly ends up in bed with his teenage daughter’s best friend, he thinks his life’s over. Turns out, it’s just beginning.