Interview with Liam Carmichael

What do you read for pleasure?
Since I make my living in the investment field, I read a ton of business and investment books. When I want to escape from reality, I love to read popular fiction by Steven King, John Sandford, and John Grisham. I also read a lot of erotica on Smashwords.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an Ipad and a Kindle. The Ipad is my go-to reader, and my Kindle comes out when I am at the beach or pool.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first stories that I ever read as a child was "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl. I must have read that book 100 times growing up. I don't know the impact it had on me, but I definitely like chocolate....
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Australia, and was always very shy, therefore I read a LOT. At a very early age, I began to write stories, in which I attempted to make the reader feel as if they were "in" specific scenarios. Now that I write erotica, I attempt to the do the same thing for my readers. I call it "POV" erotica.
What is your writing process?
Here is my process:

1. I think of a general idea for an erotic encounter that is both sexy and creative. (this is the hardest part of the process.)
2. I create an outline to determine introduction, scenes, and an ending.
3. I write the entire story while skipping all sex scenes.
4. I go back and fill in additional dialogue, sounds, smells, etc.
5. I write the sex scenes.
6. I go back and fill in additional dialogue, sounds, smells,etc. for the sex scenes.
7. I re-read the entire story from start to finish and modify it as I go. (multiple times as necessary)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing erotic stories for years now, but have always kept them to myself as my own personal "secret". After reading so many interesting things on Smashwords, I decided that I would share my passion for writing with other like minded individuals.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I LOVE to be able to use my own creative ideas to develop as life-like scenarios as I possibly can. When someone tells me that they loved my creativity and felt as if they were "in" the story, that is my greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the main reason that I write. Good feedback and reviews inspire me to write more.
Published 2015-03-14.
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