Interview with Eddie Gonzalez

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write part time. My full time job is as a Pest Control Operator. I have my own little business.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords
What do you read for pleasure?
I like literary fiction.
What inspired you to write La Rose
It all started in August of 2014 as a challenge I made to myself to write an erotica short story with a viable narrative beyond the typical he met, she met, they got it on. It had to have a real world feel to it and the result was chapter one, Ana Lisa.
How did a short story become a 125,00 word epic saga?
The thing is that once I wrote the first chapter, it left behind "threads" I could exploit to write the next two or three chapters. For example, chapter one mentions that Ana is a personal trainer. So chapter two is about her routine at the gym and it so happens that she meets a new client who is immediately intrigued by Ana's charms and makes it her aim to land Ana in her bed and her life.
So, you are telling me that you worked without an outline?
Yes. I find the outline to be too constrictive, too cumbersome in that it dictates that a story should take a certain route. I honestly don't think that I could've even imagined that "La Rose" was going to be the action adventure it turned out to be.
How did you get to 125,00 words if you did not even know what route the novel was going to take.
I let them talk to me.
Them? Who is them?
The characters. By chapter four they started a direct communication, in my dreams, daydreams, thoughts would just enter into my mind telling me how the next chapter would turn out.
I don't get it. How is it that a fictional character talks to you and dictates the stroy to you.
The thing is, they're alive. Make no mistake, these are all completely fictional characters, not based on anybody I know. But they do come to life and communicate their story to me with urgency. It comes to me as a vision in my mind either while sleeping or even while wide awake. Take chapter four for example. Victor reached out to me to let me know that he's messed up. He acted in a very stupid way with Ana and to make things worse, he overdosed on heroine and passed away. This all came to me while I was working out at the gym, doing dips. The entire scenario played itself out in front of me even as I continued with my workout routine. As soon as I got home, I put it all down on word processor and saved it. It was really freaky but I felt an obligation to write what I saw, even though it shook me to the core.
Now this book is catagorized as erotica, yet, it touches on some very serious issues. Why?
I wanted to take the genre of erotica beyond the titillating. I wanted it to be an action adventure but at the same time be realistic about the fact that sexual intercourse has consequences. In the real world, sex always has an effect. It doesn't happen in a vacuum as porn would have us believe, when two people make love, DNA is interchanged, STDs get passed along, girls can get pregnant, people often make a spiritual connection either before or after intercourse and become long term lovers and not just wham, bam, thank you mam.
"La Rose" touches on sex traficking.
Yes, unfortunately, sex trafficking is a very real problem that exists today.
Now that you're done writing your novel, what next?
For now, my plans are to proof read and edit. Then I guess I'll do what I can to promote it before embarking on a new writing adventure.
Do you have plans for a sequel to "La Rose"?
Not at this time, however, the ending does leave enough threads that could be expanded upon. For now, I have another narrative bubbling in my mind which could become my next novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?What inspired you to write La Rose?
I started writing La Rose as a personal challenge to write erotica. I'd never done it before and was eager to give it a shot.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to get my writing out there in front of the public as soon as possible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To have characters come to life as the narrative unfolds. When I was writing La Rose, the main characters started talking to me through dreams, thoughts, and scenarios that played in my mind even as I went about my daily routine.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me. Fans are what motivates me to keep writing.
What are you working on next?
At this time, I am doing another writing challenge. I am writing another erotica novel but in Spanish this time. This is a tough challenge for me being that Spanish is my second language and I am not as fluid with it as I am with English.
What is your writing process?
I write without a net, that is, I do my writing without an outline. I just introduce a personage on chapter one, give him or her some character traits and let that person act out his/her story in keeping with the personality I'd given them from the start. I do the same with secondary characters in the same or subsequent chapters. With this writing technique, even I don't know the ending of the novel until I get to it. Plot twists happen without any warning, catching me off guard, but still, I let them guide me to where they want to go.
Published 2016-06-27.
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Books by This Author

La Rose
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 126,290. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Two women, separated by a generation, share a common thread in suffering sexual depravity from the men in their lives. Their lives and loves become intertwined as the events of twenty years ago come full circle and present a dangerous situation from which only a daring rescue mission can offer deliverance from sex traffickers.
A Small Town Formerly Known as Carnestolendas
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,710. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The 70's were a time of political and economic upheaval. Eric recounts his childhood and adolescent experiences in a small corner of America. Family, community, and customs merge with the national narrative of change to bring this unique perspective of the decade that started with Watergate, and ended in malaise.