Interview with Kenn Philrose

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have such a horrible memory and I've read so much since I was a kid. So let's start with what had the most impact on me. Unfortunately it isn't some deep, intellectual story, with a lot of difficult language or anything like that. I used to read a lot or urban fiction/african american erotica as a kid, especially if it was written by Zane. She wrote this one book titled, Addiction, which was about some pretty heavy shit. The main character was a sex addicted wife who found herself in an exotic affair with artists, a woman, and a dangerous bad boy. First, I had never read anything so vividly about adultery, bicuriosity, and (spoiler alert) psycho jealous lovers who reveal their murderous past to you when they feel you slipping away. I believe it's what influenced me to maintain a certain sense of shock value in my writing. Now I must include scandal in everything.
How do you approach cover design?
Since I'm independent and a cover designer is still out of my budget for the time being, I start with pictures of myself or that I've taken to steer clear of any possible legal issues. I like to think about the title and the whole point of the story. I want the cover design to convey main message in some way. However sometimes that isn't always easy so I try to think of clever ways to include something in the title with the cover art. All of my stories are about love, lust, and/or heartbreak in someway so I like to use the color pink a lot. Pink is a color of romance, femininity, sweetness, unconditional love, nurturing, and affection, just to name a few. My stories involve these themes in some form, always. Whether love was lost, or sexuality was discovered.
What do you read for pleasure?
I actually enjoy reading crime stories for pleasure. There are a lot of similar elements to erotica, in crime, besides the focus obviously being on the crimes. I'm fascinated by the depths of peoples' dark side and possibly understanding how they came to do the ugly and evil things they do. It's an escape from harsh reality.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I hate e-reading so much, i hardly ever do it, but if I must, it will be on my iBooks app through my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Instagram has been incredibly effective for me. Hashtagging has been a huge lifesaver allowing me to reach people I probably wouldn't have if I just depended on my small network of people who already know me.
Describe your desk
My desk is portable. It's wherever my laptop and or cell phone is. As long as I have access to email, internet, and the files I'm working on at the time, I'll work during my work shift, in an uber, on the train. It really doesn't matter. I never sit still so work has to be mobile if it's going to get done on time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Prince George's County MD. I lived with my dad and grandma, in my dad's childhood home. It wasn't a horrible childhood, but I wasn't incredibly happy as a kid. I had a lot of thoughts and feelings I didn't always feel I could express and it didn't help that I always felt I didn't belong where I was. I just never seemed to fit the way everyone else did. I still don't. Not having a safe space, and always feeling like a stranger in my own body sometimes, the best way to deal was for me to write it down. That way I could express however I wanted without considering others' feelings.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in like kindergarten. Writing dramatic love stories about my desire to escape from home and be swept away by a wonderful man in notebooks for my friends to read, and then they'd fight over.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book, the next installment in my Good Girls Die Young Series, started with a traumatic break up. I started writing about it as if it was a fictional story, something I do to help me release my hurt feelings. After a few days I stopped writing and didn't look at it again for about four or five months. I was coming from a fresh perspective, not still in the same heartbroken headspace. So I started writing from my imagination. The story follows a young lady fresh from a break up and desperate to distract herself from her pain even though she doesn't realize that's what she's doing. Initially she feels thankful for the pleasant distraction, until she realizes the price they come with. Sometimes, after heartbreak, you find yourself so desperate to immediately heal that you accept anything, even when you know it ins't good for you or you don't even want it. It's just there and it'll make you feel better for the moment, so why not?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being broke and being fed up with job hunting at such a young age. I was going through a real struggle to find work, I still am, but I wasn't putting forth any effort into my dreams. One day I realized that I can't depend on outsiders for my stability when I have all the resources I need to be successful. I just have to start putting in the work somewhere if I wish to see the fruits of said labor one day.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
the greatest joy of writing for me is being able to create whatever is in my head. It's really that simple. There's so much in this world that I wish I had the power to change, but I don't. Sometimes I just need to escape and get away from everything I can't change. I accept that it's there and not going anywhere, but there are moments when I just don't feel like being bothered. But everything goes away when I start writing about a world of my own creation, with characters that do what I feel they should do and receive their blessings or their consequences when I feel they deserve them. It's my home away from home.
Published 2018-02-05.
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Books by This Author

Neighbor's Pet
Series: Weekly Erotic Shorts. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Mari has a pair of colorful neighbor's who she shares an odd intimate relationship with. They're known around the building for their wild and rambunctious activities, leaving little to the imagination. One beautiful morning, feeling indifferent towards her neighbor's and their usual games, Mari makes her way to their door to see if they can achieve some common ground.
The Car Show
Series: Weekly Erotic Shorts. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies, Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica
The Car Show is a steamy short about what happens when you get stuck in traffic and end up with the best view in town. Bumper-tobumper traffic after a long day of work is usually the worst. You're waiting for, forever, not to mention, there isn't much to keep you entertained. Luckily for this young lady, her time in traffic just got a lot more...titillating.