Interview with Witte Piet

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a West Yorkshire valley. It was a long time ago, and has had very little influence on my writing, which is essntially a hobby of my old age. My boring childhood would have given me no suitable experiences to enshrine in fiction.
When did you first start writing?
After I retired from work as an academic scientist.
Describe your desk
My desk has two computers and peripherals, but I only use it to process material, not to write. I do all my writing on an iPad and transfer it via Google Drive to my desktop computer.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An iPad
What's the story behind your latest book?
It continues the series of my previous novels, but in this case the major focus of the story is on the conflicting experiences of the bisexual hero and the pull on his emotions between homo- and hetero-sexual desire.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write sexual fantasy, not a particularly mainstream topic for publishers. Also I think my books appeal to a very small readership. No commercial publisher could make money out of them (nor could I of course).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has enabled me to publish my work and helped to confirm the fact that very few people want to read my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To create a product of the imagination that I want to share with other people.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any, or if I do, they have never given me any feedback.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Stella Gibbons, Barbara Pym, Maarten 't Hart, Gerard Reve, Hubert Lampo, Jasper Fford,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Editing scientific manuscripts, church activities, swimming, walking
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon's catalogue.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually use my own photographs. This may be a mistake, because while relevant to the story, their relevance is not obvious. Maybe I should go down the more usual line of barechested men embracing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The plot does not speak easily to the world of liberated women on the pill, but the author's insight into character and her witty and shrewd text, make this book an eternal favourite.
2. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. A nineteen-thirties parody of rustic life and loves. Delightfully farseeing as well as hilariously funny.
3. Any one of Barbara Pym's 13 novels. The author wrote several highly acclaimed books , but was then exiled by her publishers to the wilderness, but made a triumphant come-back after both Philip Larkin and Lord David Cecil promoted her return to writing.
4. The Swimming-pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst. Outstanding work of gay fiction, written before its time.
5. The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay. A wonderful book, funny and tragic in equal measure, published in 1956, but now neglected.
Published 2016-03-09.
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Books by This Author

A Woman and Two Men
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 35,560. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Eleanor Butterfield goes up to Camford University to study theology with a view to becoming a priest like her father. She takes a fancy to a fourth-year student, Tommy, who turns out to be gay. He invites Eleanor to go out on a threesome date with him and his boyfriend Martin. Both boys seem to enjoy her company, and Eleanor decides to start a relationship with both the two men.
We Two Boys Together Clinging
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,160. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Tommy, a freshman at Saint Boniface’s College in Camford University is uncertain about his sexuality. After enjoying sex with the girl in the next-door college room, he meets a boy from another college who falls in love with him. Tommy tries gay sex, and finds that he prefers it. We follow them through three years of undergraduate life, in the third of which Tommy is in Italy on an Erasmus year.
If I With You All Night Could Be
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,830. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Tom Appleton and his gay partner Luke Singleton-Scarborough, happily established in jobs in Italy, arrange to become foster parents/guardians of the child of Olivia, who was abandoned by the baby's father during her pregnancy. They prove to be model fathers, and after the baby is a year old, she asks them to give her another baby. The two gays wrestle with their conscience about how to do it.
Come, Let Us In Affections Riot
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,640. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Dom and Sandro finish their degree study, get jobs, Sandro with Rail-UK and Dom with an IT company, and become civil partners after two ceremonies at Getheringthwaite. They rescue a nine-year-old boy who is being abused by his parents, and he is eventually adopted by David and Jonathan. Through a piece of good luck they get the opportunity to adopt twin daughters and settle in the Cotswolds
You Must No Longer Lie Alone
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,680. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Luke's Italian brother Sandro Mascagnoli comes up to Camford to study engineering. After an unhappy gay relationship with Jack Meredith, a research student, he meets Dominic Ovenden, with whom he rapidly falls in love. They fear that Dominic's noble family will oppose a permanent union, but Dominic's grandfather, the Marquess of Wakefield, turns out to be a closet gay and gives them his blessing.
His Mouth Is Most Sweet
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,470. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
The story describes the last two years of Tom's and Luke's undergraduate life at Buckingham College. In their third year, Tom is left alone in Camford while Luke is an Erasmus student at Bologna University in Italy. Luke is injured in an earthquake and is looked after by his mother during recovery. In their final year, Tom is baptized and the boys both get firsts and become civil partners.
Hug You Close And Keep You Warm
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,730. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
The book describes the life and love of David and Jonathan's son Luke (seek Book 2 "My beloved is Mine and I am His") from his childhood onwards. Luke, who at the age of 17 realized he was gay, starts his first year at Buckingham College, Camford's only non-coed college. He develops a friendship with his room-mate which after he is rescued by him from a threatening situation turns into love.
My Beloved is Mine and I am His
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,880. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
David Scarborough, a research student in Pharmacology at Camford University, starts singing lessons with Italian music tutor, Marcello Fabioni, funded by his boyfriend, Jonathan. Jon is occupied in building a house for the two of them and raising funds for a Men's Fitness Centre in Camford. David accepts some singing engagements in his spare time and has two sexual adventures.
Surpassing the Love of Women
Series: David and Jonathan, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 77,060. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
A story set in nineteen-eighties England about the gay love affair between an undergraduate and a PhD student at Camford University. One is religious, talented in science, but also with great musical talent, the other worldly-wise and rich. The story follows the life of the undergraduate from his first term to his graduation four years later. There are a lot of graphic gay sexual passages