Interview with Kris Ripper

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee. If I'm in the middle of something awesome--a story I'm writing, a book I'm reading, even the new season of Sherlock--I get up in order to get some quality coffee-and-self time in before my toddler hits the world. ("Go outside! Nachos! NACHOS!")
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm often not-writing. I have a toddler, and I share a house with a thirteen year old, and dogs, and a yard that demands...things. I have a day job, which requires a lot of time, but it's usually time I can spend at home amid the chaos. I can get a few words written while the mac and cheese heats, or while the kid watches TV or plays. Or, you know, when I should be sleeping. I'm an insomniac. If I had a pie chart of my life, a huge chunk of it would be labeled "insomnia."
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recs! I'll read anything if someone I really trust recommends it. Book about barbed wire? Sure. Fancy-pants literary theory? Okay. Dissertation about land use and community? Got it on my Kindle app right now. I also scour author websites for book recs. Discovering an author I love also loves another author I thought only I knew about? Totally amazing feeling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone. My phone is my all-reading device of choice. I've read maybe three paper books in the last five years (two new Lois McMaster Bujolds and the King Shining sequel). I can't do it, man. I share a studio with a two year old--my book needs to come with its own light source so I can read it at three a.m. when I can't sleep. Being able to light my way across a floor scattered with blocks isn't a bad selling point, either. I love CoolReader for variety of formats, and the Android Kindle app for ease of discovering new stuff by the same author.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The great state of California. Specifically, the East Bay. I'm pretty sure it influenced everything from my politics to my writing to my internal monologues. I always like to throw in at least one Bay Area native to anything I write; I find there's a bit of a dialect question, and it's the easiest way to skim off the geographic phrases. ("Hella," for instance. My mom grew up in Oakland in the sixties and went to San Francisco for college; she says the native San Francisco kids mocked the hell out of the kids from across the Bay for saying "hella." When I went to Southern California in the late nineties for school, "hella" was considered very Northern California. Still got mocked, but, being from the Bay Area, I maintained an attitude of superiority and took it as a compliment.)
When did you first start writing?
I've always been writing. Like, people say that, and you don't know what they mean, right? I lived inside my imaginary stories as a kid, and started writing them when I could figure out how. (Reading and writing didn't come particularly easy to me, but I was bound and determined to master them.) I was thirteen when I first finished a novel-length story, and fourteen when I first revised it. I love every step of it. I love the obsessive brainstorming before I write anything down, I love how I can never get a first draft out fast enough, and I love the free fall of figuring out what the hell I did wrong and how to fix it in the next draft. (I'm trying to love outlining, but it's hard work. Outlining's like going to the gym: I hate doing it, but it sure pays off in ways I can't even predict when I manage it.)
What is your writing process?
Write hard and fast and don't look back. I'm not allowed to read what I wrote yesterday, or even what I wrote this morning. I write first drafts like my ass is on fire and the only damn thing that'll put it out is words on the page. I've always been a re-type-every-single-word second draft writer, but I'm trying to do that less. When I wrote terrible, meandering rough drafts, it was hugely helpful. Now that my first drafts suck less, I'm just transcribing, which is a waste of time I should probably spend playing ball with my kid. Or eating. I find eating takes up way too much time and energy. I'm also always looking for beta readers/critique partners. I've never found the sort of erotic fiction bosom friend with whom to pass drafts back and forth, and it's kind of a dream of mine. (Some people want to get married. I want a long distance critique relationship. I kind of think that might be more intimate and committed...)
Describe your desk
I have never had a desk. I mostly work on my bed, even in the pre-laptop years (I had one of those awesome keyboards with the long spiral cord--anyone remember those?). These days I also have a space heater with a fake fireplace (sounds ridiculous, is totally tacky, and delights me, so shut it), and it's the perfect height for a standing desk, so I do that a lot. Keeps me ready for parenting; it's a lot easier to say, "Sure, let's jump up and down and spin until we're dizzy" when I don't have to get off my butt to do it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a long cycle of stories I think of as the "Scientific Method" stories, largely staring Will Derrie and Hugh Reynolds. Will exists because when I was fifteen I began (and never finished) a story about a big Irish Catholic family losing the family matriarch. Will was the second-youngest cousin, and one of my favorites. Years later a scene came to me (like they do sometimes, when you're digging holes for strawberry plants or washing dishes), in which Will Derrie was knocking on a door. The dom's door. And Hugh's the one who answered. (Will was never gay. He was always a straight boy who just had all this pent-up madness he didn't know how to release. Thank god Hugh's a sucker for tortured souls.)
What are you working on next?
This is a bit like my Whedonverse; there are always more stories to be told, more possible spin-offs and crossovers. Look forward to a steady stream of new releases for at least the next year...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never thought I'd be good at author-publishing. But I love author-publishers. I love reading the blogs, following the Twitter streams, occasionally getting the in-jokes. (I also love fantasy/scifi authors, but I'm too chicken to write SFF. So many ways to do it wrong!) I think I really just wanted to join the community, more than anything else. Hating to write query letters and research agents really took a back seat to craving inclusion. Indie publishers are lovely, generous people, for the most part. They're willing to reach out and help with advice or financial analysis or keyword research. And that's a pretty freakin' sweet club to belong to, man.
Published 2014-03-07.
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Books by This Author

Take the Leap
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,980. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Neil Bierker is a bit famous in New Halliday: he's the kid who jumped off the bypass when he was sixteen. At twenty-seven he’s a third grade teacher who manages his depression through running, boxing, and one night a week with Clem Robbins. When Neil’s life begins to unravel, the last thing he wants to do is rely on Clem to keep him upright.
The Real Life Build
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,250. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
You can build anything in Minecraft. With one exception: your life. Dillon Aldham is a little bit awkward and most of his relationships have been online. Gage Maher isn’t in the closet, he’s just private. Can a computer geek and a small town bartender really hit it off? Is a love for kink, a healthy fear of gossip, and a huge helping of sexual chemistry enough to build a life on?
Extremes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,770. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
A mole, a biopsy, a weekend of waiting for test results. Hugh's worried, Will's desperate, and Truman's just trying to keep it together for a few more days. Things get a little extreme. Warnings: The lads play hard in this story. There's a lot less "revisiting consent" than usual. It's an intense read, y'all.
Fairy Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,580. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Henry Hofstadter doesn’t date and he doesn’t believe in happy endings. Math McKinney’s got a lot on his mind. His ex is out of the country for the next year, his daughter thinks she’s his son, and his co-chair apparently hates him for, let’s be clear, no apparent reason. Neither of them is looking for a boyfriend. Plus, fairy tales are for children. Aren’t they?
Surrender the Past
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,040. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nick Coates is happy. He should be happy, right? He loves managing a gym, has good friends, and he's never had a problem picking up men. This must be what happiness feels like, since he has no complaints. Bernie LaCroix never stopped thinking about Nick. He's also never forgiven himself for screwing it up.The second he hears Nick's voice, he vows to do whatever it takes to get Nick back.
The New Born Year
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,010. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Holiday » Family
Alison Jennings followed her brother to California, and most of the time, she’s glad she did. But when her boyfriend dumps her on Christmas morning, she shows up on Truman’s doorstep to find him on his way out the door to the new beach house for the week. It turns out there’s a lot she doesn’t know about her brother, and Ally might discover some things she didn’t know about herself along the way.
The Honeymoon (A Scientific Method Story, #8)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,490. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Four nights. Four nights in a little rented house on the beach: Will, Hugh, and Truman. It should be a light, fun, sexy four nights–but nothing is ever simple with these three. A lot of love, a lot of sex, and a whole lot of complex emotions. Warnings: two married therapists and their very flexible, very submissive, best friend. Yep. Everything you think might happen? Probably happens.
Going Home
Price: Free! Words: 66,670. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
(5.00)
Rory and Geo love one another desperately, but are separated by the law. They reunite, but the unthinkable happens and Geo finds himself searching for Rory all over again. Can he find Rory before he disappears into the new black market for slaves? And if he does, will they ever figure out how to be in a relationship not dictated by legal contracts dictating exactly what they mean to each other?
The Boyfriends Tie the Knot (A Scientific Method Story, #7)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,300. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
It's finally happening. After dancing around the idea for way too long, Hugh and Truman are getting married. Their faithful boyfriend is serving as best man, and he's brought his ex- (and future?) girlfriend along for the ride.
Roller Coasters (A Scientific Method Story, #6)
Series: The Scientific Method, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,540. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
It's been nine long months since Will and his ex broke up. Will doesn't date. Will actually likes commitment. Committed relationships are kind of a turn-on. But that's not what he wants right now. That's when he meets Davey. Davey isn't like anyone Will's ever known. He's genderqueerand even more of a relationship novice than Will. Then Will's fake boyfriends get involved and all bets are off.
Breaking Down (A Scientific Method Story, #5)
Series: The Scientific Method, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,000. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
After two years of dating, Will and Molly know what they’re about: awesome sex, open communication, and hey, what was that about super-hot sex? Bad things happen, but you don’t really think they’re gonna happen to you. Sometimes they do anyway. When does a relationship really end? When you finally say it’s over? And what does it mean if you can’t stop thinking about the person months later?
Take Three Breaths (A Scientific Method Story, #4)
Series: The Scientific Method, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,860. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Hugh likes having a serious, committed relationship–maybe more than he ever imagined he would. But when a former student kills himself, Hugh shuts down, leaving Truman and Will to pull him out of the dark. Contains mentions of suicide and death, over-bearing friends-who-are-family, and a clumsy attempt at romance. Take Three Breaths is 32,500 words, or about 130 pages long.
Unexpected Gifts (A Scientific Method Story, #3)
Series: The Scientific Method, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,390. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Will Derrie is not dating his friend Molly. At all. They're just fighting about Star Trek and screwing a lot. He'd really like to be kinky (with Molly), but he's not great at explaining what he wants. Right when he decides the best sex he’ll ever have is with a gay dom, said gay dom smacks him around a bit and convinces him that the potential rewards of communicating honestly are worth the risk.
Hugh Gets A Gym Membership (A Scientific Method Story)
Price: Free! Words: 9,020. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
(5.00)
Hugh Reynolds is bored. And, okay, maybe a little bit lonely. When his mom mentions the new gym down the street, he figures, why not? The cute guy at the gym flirts outrageously and says filthy things to him, the kinds of things Hugh finds arousing and doesn't know why, so when Nick invites him home for pizza, he goes along. They share a bit more than pizza.
Hugh's New Dude (A Scientific Method Story, #2)
Series: The Scientific Method, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,640. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Dinner at the restaurant on Friday. No sex in the library. No cuddling. Hugh Reynolds lives by certain rules. Surely the most obvious rule of all is: Don't fall in love. At least, until he meets Truman Jennings. Hugh pretends he's not in love all the way up until his kinky pal Will visits for the weekend. But Will won't let him get away with it and Truman might not be as vanilla as he thought.
The Scientific Method
Series: The Scientific Method. Price: Free! Words: 62,130. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Will Derrie has a problem. He doesn't like sex. His brother Adam sets him up with a dude dominatrix, and what comes next? Yeah, he has no explanation. Is it friends-with-benefits? A romance? A bromance, but with floggers? Will doesn't know. But whatever it is? Fecking hot.