Interview with john tanner

What's the story behind your latest book?
Mistress Delia and john meet a new F/m couple and get to know each other. The story is really setting up a series so it is a little slow moving but the characters are well defined.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - you have to love a woman who goes to such ends for love, besides it made me cry.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - a perfect story about cancer and living with it. Anyone who has been there will attest to the veracity of even the most maudlin elements of the story.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway - As a first novel and a story about loss and the impossibilities that life throws at us there are few equals to this story.

Dune by Frank Herbert - I've read this book at least a dozen times and never tire of the wonderful complexity of the story and Herbert manages to carry it forward through the next five books.

The Horses Mouth by Joyce Cary - The portrait of an artist as a rake, thief and above all true to himself. It is what every artist should be but few have the balls.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't, well not really, I go to and tell them what I want then we talk about it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries and more mysteries. Police procedurals, P.I., action adventure. Whatever is handy, a quick read and makes no demands on my thought processes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Don't know yet, going to try blogging and facebook and see how that works out.
Describe your desk
Macbook Pro - where ever I put it down.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was orphaned young and was adopted into a working class family in a blue collar town. People often think of being a minority as being of an identifiable race different from the majority where I grew up being a minority meant speaking English. In my own group I was a minority again being a reader, writing poetry and running for the fun of it. Completely a square peg. Don't know how it influenced my writing but I draw on dealing with those feelings a lot when writing characters who are not the 'norm'.
When did you first start writing?
I really don't remember but I started with poetry not with short stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No one wants stories about middle aged, middle class, middle looking people who are living in a committed BDSM lifestyle. I have to believe that someone wants to read what I want to write.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Don't know if it has yet but at the least I am getting a kick at the can. If it works, great, if it doesn't well at least I tried.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing that someone enjoyed something I wrote.
What do your fans mean to you?
Don't have any, but if I ever do have any I will probably be flabbergasted and do my level best to talk to them as often as possible.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to the first Mistress Delia and john story and I have an idea about a Nancy and gord story which is nagging at me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway, Frank Herbert, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Isaac Asimov, Sue Grafton, Robert Crais, Lee Child, Barbara Hambly, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen R. Donaldson......could go on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually an urgent need to pee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Avoiding writing, watching television - I LOVE TV - reading, watching movies, cycling, photography, hanging out on
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends mostly, my Mistress reads so much it is impossible to keep track of what she is reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No but I remember the first rejection slip I received - does that count?
What is your writing process?
Sit down and write then avoid writing do something physical so I can think about writing and about stories sit down and write. Give myself shit for not having written. Sit down and write, get distracted by something, look it up on the Internet, get up, get a cup of something, something to eat, sit back down, start writing, Skype with someone, think that I should have gotten more writing than 100 words for three hours at the computer. On days when it flows like water there is nothing better but mostly it is a battle.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Other than Dr. Seuss stuff the first reading I ever did by myself was from something called The Big Book of Bible Stories. They were really well written and gave a good grounding in the Christian mythology which I would later encounter in most Western writing. I love mythologies and have read Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse as well as Christian. The impact was simple enough - a good story has a beginning, a middle, an end. There is some conflict and it must be resolved. How much more clean can a story get than that?
Why do you write erotica?
Implied in that question is that erotica is not a legitimate writing pursuit which may be the case but with sex so integral to our lives I can't see how it is. My life, my feelings and my experience are not represented in the erotica I read. The women are as badly drawn as the men and everyone is two dimensional. I want real characters with real feelings and real lives. So I write what I want to read and sometimes it is hard to write and sometimes it is sad but it is always real.
Published 2013-11-18.
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