I have been a writer for nearly 30 years. I've written numerous full length works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as many short stories and anthologies.
When did you first start writing?
I took my first real serious stab at writing way back in 1984. I was always reading a lot of novels, especially Horror, which was huge back in the 80s. I'm not really sure how the idea came about, but I decided to try writing a novel in my favourite genre of the time. Apart from the experience of reading other writers' books, I had no idea what I was doing. Somehow I managed to put together some semblance of a book. It ended up being way too short for a full-length novel, coming in at a word count of less than 45,000.
In hindsight the book really sucked and I feel quite embarrassed to think back on what I wrote then. But still, I felt quite pleased with myself at the time. So much so that I hurriedly scribbled a very naïve cover letter and shipped the 'typed' manuscript off to the biggest book publisher in Australia at the time: Pan Books in Sydney. To my surprise I received a reply from them in about 10 days.
Instead of the return of a rejected manuscript I received a letter with the Pan Books logo emblazoned on the top left corner. My heart hammered in my chest as I prepared to rip it open and read the contents. After all, it was obviously a letter of acceptance, right? Otherwise they would be returning the whole manuscript. I smiled as I confidently opened the letter. This writing and publishing gig was easy. I'd managed to ace it on my very first attempt. I was destined for literary greatness and riches. Everything I'd heard about the road to getting published being a long, tedious and frustrating one was obviously very wrong. Or perhaps I was just a writer of extraordinary talent. Gifted even.
The smile slipped off my face when I read the letter's contents. It was a rejection letter, the first of many more to come. The only reason I wasn't tearing open my returned manuscript in sheer humiliation was because I'd been too dumb and inexperienced to include return postage. My delusions of grandeur (who doesn't love a cliché?) were evaporating quickly in the summer heat.
Dejected, I sat down on my bed and stared at the pile of typed pages. I'd put so much time and effort into this story. What was wrong with these publishers? How could they possibly not want to publish my masterpiece? Were they too dim to realise this book was a potential bestseller?
I actually overcame the disappointment fairly rapidly. Okay, so this first publisher didn't want my book. They weren't the only publishers in the world. I would keep trying.
I had a taste for writing fiction now, so I soon started work on a second novel, and then a third in a different genre. All the while I continued to shop my first manuscript around to publishers and agents the world over. I also did a comprehensive writing course which taught me how to write articles and features for magazines and newspapers. I even managed to get a few pieces published as a freelancer and received cheques in the mail for my efforts. Things were looking up a little and my confidence was growing. Although I enjoyed writing the nonfiction pieces and got a buzz when I saw them in print, what I really had a passion for was writing fiction, so I kept on writing novels, trying different genres and ideas, honing my craft and my skills. I was getting better at it, no doubt about it, but still the dream of being published as a novelist was eluding me.
In the end I wrote 13 novels without success and gave up writing for a long time. I was burnt out and disillusioned with the entire process and industry. I'd also spent quite a bit of money sending my manuscripts all over the world, which was a costly process at the time. There was no internet and email back then, and the Australian dollar was so weak against the Greenback that everything sent to the USA was costing me double. It worked out cheaper to photocopy the manuscripts, send a copy and tell the publisher or agent not to bother returning it if not interested, than to include return postage.
The advent of POD (Print on Demand) Publishing renewed my interest. Finally there was a way to at least see my books in print and maybe sell a few copies. My last 4 novels had been written on a computer so I had digital files to upload. I joined Lulu.com and published those 4 books, ordered copies and once again marvelled at my greatness. At the very least I could now see a nice shiny finished product for all those years of hard work and late nights, square eyeballs and nerves jangling from constant overdoses of caffeine. I did sell the odd copy, but the retail price of a POD book just couldn't compete with those published in the mass market. Still, it was definitely a buzz that a few people were willing to part with their cyber cash to buy my books.
I now had more control over my publishing destiny and, whether I sucked as a writer or not (I honestly don't think I'm too bad), I could put my works out into the marketplace.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In a word: eBooks.
Things really started to happen for me in July 2010 when Amazon opened the doors to international authors to publish on their Kindle platform. At the time Apple's iBookstore was just starting to gain some traction as well. Everything was set for a eBook explosion and I was there to take advantage.
I published my 4 novels (those that I'd written on a computer and not typed on a typewriter) as eBooks and also a collection of short stories I'd written. I even broke that book up into its individual stories and published those as well. Immediately I started seeing a few sales within hours of publishing my works, and that gave me a lot of hope that I was finally on the pathway to something good, and possibly profitable as well.
While trying to think of ideas for stories to write up as eBooks, I did a Google search on that subject and ended up finding a humorous blog post about an Erotica author who had managed to snare the Number 1 spot on the iBookstore's Top 100 (or whatever it was at the time). It was just a very short erotic story. Curious, I bought a copy of the story and read it, then read a few others by various authors in the genre. These stories were all extremely short, to the point and pretty much all explicit descriptions of sexual encounters. Most importantly, they were SELLING!
Being the genius that I am, ideas of writing this smut myself flooded into my mind. After all, I was a writer, wasn't I? And I had experience too. I'd had sex once or twice in my lifetime, and I'd watched my fair share of porn on the net. Which proved to be highly educational for this style of writing. So I set to work churning out story after story, inventing characters and scenarios and couples and groups having sex in various positions and places. Sometimes there was the hint of a plot, most of the time not. The stories were all too short anyway. For each story I created a sexy cover and blurb and published them on Kindle, Lulu, Apple's iBookstore, as well as Smashwords and their distribution channels. To add even more books to my rapidly expanding portfolio of literary masterpieces, I started grouping the short stories together and selling them as anthologies at a higher price point.
Sales on the iBookstore started to flood in, especially from the UK. Maybe the Brits are all sex-starved, I don't really know the reason. Sales on Kindle started out rather slowly, but the royalty cheques were getting bigger every month. By March 2011 it felt like it was raining money. I was literally raking in the cash now. I'd finally struck pay dirt after so many years in the publishing wilderness. For all those full-length novels I wrote, all that blood, sweat and tears toiling away for decades with no monetary reward whatsoever, it ended up being these short trashy sex stories that were making me the money.
Rather naively, I thought the sales were just going to keep soaring, making me more and more cash until I had accumulated so much of the stuff that I wouldn't be able to count it. But it didn't work out that way. More and more authors came into the eBook self-publishing game, and more and more decided to write Erotica because it was easy and profitable. Amazon and Apple started getting stricter on what content to allow, authors started dropping their prices to compete in a market that was seeing exponential growth in all facets, books were being given away by the virtual truck load thanks to initiatives like Kindle Select, and authors just wanting exposure for their work.
Today in 2015 things are very different to how it was in my stellar year of 2011. I still make some money and I get by, but I now have triple the amount of material out there than I did 4 years ago and making a tenth of the money if I'm lucky. Still, it was good while it lasted and I feel blessed to be a part of this modern era of indie publishing.
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After Dark is an erotic anthology of selected sizzling short stories that are sure to tantalize and excite the reader. Indulge the senses, dim the lights and spice up your love life with this great read!
When Jessica gets a brand new DSLR camera she can't wait to test it out. It's while she's taking snapshots in the back garden that her boyfriend has a better idea for her new toy. Nude photography leads into erotic photography as the couple get their clothes off and perform for Jessica's camera.
Amelia is over relationships for the time being. What she's really craving right now is a secret tryst, something casual and completely anonymous. She arranges a meeting with handsome Brad and they book a room at an inner-city hotel for their rendezvous, where their passion explodes in a fusion of body heat. Adults only 18+
Best friends Angela and Lisa have been having an ongoing affair aboard a spaceship. Nate is not only the captain of the ship, but also Angela's husband. When he walks in on the pair one day the action quickly turns into a sexy three-way, which is a fantasy come true for luscious Lisa. Adults only 18+
Isabelle is always hearing the same words: She has bedroom eyes. When she goes to a friend's party she meets handsome Casey in the pool. He takes one look at her and says the same thing. As the alcohol and conversation flow the two get close and personal, and soon Isabelle finds herself in Casey's bed having the time of her life. Adults only 18+
Sarah and Ethan visit a swinger's club in the hope of meeting another sexy couple. There they meet Karen and Dean and invite them home for drinks. After swapping partners, inhibitions are lost, clothes are shed and the four indulge in the hottest night of sex any of them have ever had! Adults only 18+
When his best friend lines him up with a sure thing, Chad can't resist stepping out to meet gorgeous Tina. It's been a while since his last intimate encounter. Far too long. It was high time he broke the drought and who better to do that with than this hot blonde. Adults only 18+
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Pleasure Zone: Fantasy is book 3 in this hot new erotica series! From couples to threesomes and groups, kinky contests and role play, this collection has something to arouse everyone's sexual desire. So dim the lights, get naked and indulge your senses. Adults only 18+
Danny knows some exotic dancers and he's come up with a novel idea. He invites three of his mates and four of his best girls over for an evening of drinks, competition and hot sexy fun. Which girl wins the novel contest and just what will be her prize? Adults only 18+
Matt is a bit of an alpha male and he's not shy with the ladies. While on vacation at a tropical island resort with his friends, Matt puts his many charms to work hooking up with hot chicks day and night, and there are plenty of them about. He scores his first within a few hours of arriving. Adults only 18+
Having recently come out of a long relationship, Debbie just wants a casual hook-up, so she joins a dating site for adults seeking casual sex. She connects with John and agrees to meet him for a drink. With their hormones running rampant and the sexual chemistry about to explode, she takes him home and lets him have his way with her Adults only 18+
Alexis orders an assortment of sexy little outfits online. When they arrive she can't wait to try them out. Dressing up as a sexy maid for her husband, she lets him be the boss and order her what to do for his pleasure. Alexis throws herself wholeheartedly into the role of servant girl and makes sure her master is sexually satisfied. Adults only 18+
Brian and Rachel set off into the countryside for a picnic. In a field by a stream they come across a stack of hay bales and figure it's a great spot to have lunch. Before long lunch isn't the only thing they're hungry for and they soon start tasting each other's naked flesh. There's nothing like hot sex in the warm sun. Adults only 18+
Lexi is a young woman with a very special talent. Geoff has the hots for her and arranges to meet Lexi for drinks. Later that evening he discovers just how skillful she can be with that beautiful mouth of hers. But the fun doesn't end there. She wants him to be her FWB and even agrees to show Geoff's friends just how far she can take things. Adults only 18+
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On his way home from a business convention and holed up in a hotel for the night with not much to do, to pass the time Ian does some research on his laptop and learns all he can about a woman's elusive G Spot. Armed with his newfound knowledge, he wants to surprise his wife the next day when he arrives home and gives Carla some of the most intense orgasms she's ever had. Adults only 18+
When Derek goes to the gym late one night, the last thing he expects is to be seduced by Penny, the hot and sexy gym manager. After killing the lights and locking the door, Penny comes onto him. So, instead of pumping iron, Derek ends up pumping her. Adults only 18+
Friends Paul and Craig attend an organized single's event in the hope of hooking up some available girls for a night of fun. Paul is on fire and doesn't get lucky with just one woman, but two. The first girl will only indulge in foreplay, but the second girl won't stop until they've both had complete sexual satisfaction. Adults only 18+
For something different to do, Michael and Tammy explore an old abandoned gold mine, never expecting to find any gold. When they do, excitement gets the better of them and they end up having steamy sex in the tunnel to celebrate their good fortune. Adults only 18+
Kylie is not a chaste woman. When she goes on vacation to a tropical island resort, her plan is to shag herself senseless; and that's exactly what she does. She first does Tyrone, a young hunk she picks up on the beach when first arriving. Then, that very night, she hooks up with a tourist couple for some hot three way action under the stars! Adults only 18+
Tim hasn't dated since his divorce so, as a favor to his friend, Brad lines up a blind date for him. Not sure what to expect, Tim is stunned when he meets gorgeous blonde Sasha for dinner. The night doesn't end with the last spoonful of dessert as Sasha invites Tim back to her home for a night cap and a steamy bedroom encounter. Adults only 18+
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Jolene convinces Angela that she should hook up with a black guy because of the obvious physical advantages. Angela agrees and they go to a bar to pick up. While Jolene links up with past lover, Eric, Angela warms to his friend, Leon. Once back home Angela discovers first-hand just what Jolene has been telling her. Adults only 18+
Author Danny has been assigned to write an article on the modern sex attitudes of women. Relishing the task, Danny sets about interviewing random women on the beach and in bars and clubs. Not only does he glean some juicy stuff to write about, he also gets to live out some scenarios for real and experience their pleasures and desires in the flesh. Adults only 18+
While waiting to catch a plane and meet his wife at a tropical holiday destination, Paul and Zoe fill in the time by sending one another sexy text messages. When Paul finally arrives in Vanuatu the pair can finally live out their dirty talk and relieve their sexual tension. Adults only 18+
Jenna and Jade are nude sunbathing in the woods when a hunk on a horse happens upon them. Giving in to temptation he joins the horny girls, and the ladies can't resist sharing his succulent manly flesh. Adults only 18+
Paris is a porn star hopeful, but before adult film producers Owen and Bree can offer her a job, they must first see if she's up to the task. With Bree behind the camera, Owen shows Paris just what it takes to make it in the industry. Adults only 18+
When Cale invents a cologne in his college science lab that he claims will have women swooning, his friend Justin is highly
sceptical. That is, until the pair spray some on and venture out one night. Cale's magic potion really works, and the women
are drawn to them like bees to honey. Adults only 18+
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Greg is mystified when he starts getting messages from an anonymous admirer. At first he thinks it's a joke being played on him, but when he arranges for his admirer to come round to his home he is more than pleasantly surprised when the fantasy becomes a pleasurable reality. Adults only 18+
It's Valentine's Day and Matt meets his wife for a romantic dinner. Arriving with a lovely bunch of flowers, Lisa informs him that she's bought something sexy to wear for him when they get home. Following dinner and a leisurely walk, the pair return home where Lisa puts on her hot new lingerie. Adults only 18+
In this second collection of hardcore threesome sex there is a variety of scenes, settings and characters where the hot action takes place. Whether your fantasy be MFM or FMF, there is something in this book to fulfil every fantasy and titillate your senses. Adults only 18+
Kyle and Amy used to have an open sexual relationship. However, they haven't indulged for quite some time so they've decided to get back into the swing of things. First they pick up a man from a bar so Amy can have her fun. Then, via a dating site, they set up an outdoor rendezvous with sexy April so Kyle can indulge his fantasies in a beautiful threesome. Adults only 18+
Upon hearing about a night club where older women go to hook up with younger men, three mates go there to see if they can get lucky. As fate would have it the men pick up three gorgeous Milfs and go back to their place to fulfil their sexual desires. Adults only 18+
It's Christmas Eve and Josh has bought his fiancé some sexy Santa lingerie to wear for the night. After a romantic home-cooked meal by candlelight, Anita dons her raunchy new outfit and joins Josh in the living room. With hormones racing the two enjoy the pleasures of the flesh as they get right into the festive spirit. Adults only 18+
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Jarrod has been away on a work conference for days and he's really missing his wife. When she calls him and tells him how horny she is, he really can't wait to get back home. Finally the conference ends and he's able to return to gorgeous Christie. The pair waste no time in getting naked and catching up on lost love and desperate passion. Adults only 18+