Interview with Rick Schroeder

Describe your desk
What Desk? The beauty of my writing "job" is that I work from my lap. All I need is my laptop and patience while trying to find free/cheap software to write and publish eBooks and those pesky covers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a big city. Can't say it affected my writing at all. I've always been a voracious reader. I think that influenced me more than where I live.
When did you first start writing?
I got serious with writing after I retired and suddenly found I had the time to think and dream. It's amazing what will pop up into your mind when its not cluttered with all that other stuff your boss says is important.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I stumbled across alternative lifestyles while browsing the internet. Couple that with a gay nephew and I became intrigued. Read more and a story line developed. The result was the Becca trilogy. The three books flowed easily once I got going.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to see if I could actually sell something I wrote.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it a relatively easy process with the online support and willingness to answer questions. Early on, they even reformatted my first effort when it just didn't click what I was doing wrong. That to me showed a real interest in my success before I was even published, let alone an actual seller.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The actual act of getting a book published and, oh yes, the sale notification emails.
What do your fans mean to you?
They make it worthwhile. Writing is nice. Having what you write read is even better.
What are you working on next?
I have several ideas in the works. A few are similar to Becca and her life change. Another involves a journey through time from WWII up to the present and how things come full circle.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have no particular favorite. I like variety of style and different genres.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
At my age, it's not inspiration, but necessity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and traveling. I also admit to being a television junkie.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Hate to admit it, but I'm an Amazon Prime person who gets a free book a month to buy and another one to borrow. What I read there and my other Internet browsing leads to more. I need more time or a tribe of clones.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a short story I did in high school about the Communist takeover of the US.
What is your writing process?
I think of a story line, add characters and develop a plot outline. I try to write a chapter per day, put it aside and go over it again the next day. If satisfied, it's on to the next chapter. If not, revise until satisfied.
Published 2015-10-03.
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Books by This Author

Butterflies In The Desert
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,040. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
There are some 20,000 butterfly species in the world. Some are quite small while the largest, with wings fully extended, is almost ten inches across. Detectives Donnelley and Connors didn't know that. What they knew was that an increasing number of butterflies had been put on display that were larger, a lot larger. The number stood at six. Who had captured them and put them on display and why?
Sisterly Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,310. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Raquel has longed to become ever so much closer to her sister, Laurel. When the opportunity arises, the two are drawn together and embark on a journey of discovery that makes them grow in a relationship and lifestyle that seems it was meant to be.
America's Top Sissy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,110. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
12 men are chosen to compete in the premier season of a reality TV show far different than any you may have watched. 11 will be eliminated and receive what they deserve. One will emerge the winner and be rewarded with what he comes to crave most. He becomes a far different person than the one who began the contest. Who is eliminated? Who survives to become America's Top Sissy?
Cyn & Evyl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,490. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Cynthia and Evylin come from different backgrounds. Their life's journeys are separate and then all that changes. They are being guided by one who has need of them for reasons they can little imagine. Lives are changed. Lives are ended. Love is found, but it is a love neither had expected. Who are Cynthia and Evylin? Once joined, where will their journey take them? When, if ever, will it end?
Beyond The Redbud Tree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,640. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Missie has a desire to be bound naked in the woods. For some reason, she decides to journey to a man she has never met and allow him to do just that. Rick is at a crossroads in his life. His relationships never turn out well. He also has lost the way in trying to write his current book. The two meet by the redbud tree and their journey becomes one of mutual sexual exploration and fulfillment.
L'île des Felines
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,950. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
Briana Powers, a young free-lance journalist, searches for the offbeat and unusual. She immerses herself into each project. She calls it looking out from the story rather than looking in. This time she may have immersed herself too deeply into the story she is searching for. She may find there is no way out for the woman who started the story. As she claws out, what, if any, creature will emerge?
Scenes From A Kinky Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,850. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
What types of thoughts go through your mind? Are they “straight”, 'kinky” or some combination of these and others? I invite you to delve into my mind and see some of the kinky things that are rattling around. It might be an interesting experience. Only you can be the judge of that. Do sexual desires and fantasies lurk inside you? in these stories I share with you what lurks in the dark of my mind.
Camp Pony
Series: Becca - My Journey and My Friends. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,630. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Becca and her mate have a new baby and are well on their way to changing the Ride Em estate from a place for training and selling young women into sexual slavery into a sanctuary for recovered and rehabilitated former victims of Brian Rider's human trafficking. They meet new friends and experience further adventures while experiencing and exploring what their previous decisions have caused.
Ride Em!
Series: Becca - My Journey and My Friends. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,130. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Brian Rider is a wealthy and reclusive man of mystery. He uses his country estate, Ride Em, to increase his wealth and power by surrounding himself with a staff willing to obey his every command. He also acquires an ever changing herd of beautiful women whom he trains to be exotic creatures taught to fulfill every wish and desire of those who succeed in being the high bidder for their services.
Series: Becca - My Journey and My Friends. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,330. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Needing a job, beautiful twenty-six year old Becca O'Rourke goes to the estate of Brian Rider for a job interview as his personal assistant. What follows are a series of adventures that find her being turned into a one of a kind exotic creature, almost being sold and fighting for her life before she finds her true love and looks forward to the future as a ponygirl by choice and on her own terms.