When did you first start writing?
I started writing my own fiction when I was about 10-12 years old. It was horribly trashy stuff, but even then there were 'erotic' undertones (as far as 10-12 year old me understood anything about sex). I distinctly remember some Piers Anthony 'Phase' fanfic about shapeshifting unicorns who stayed the night together and the next day the mare was pregnant.
By 14-15 I'd graduated to Forgotten Realms fanfiction about my roleplay characters in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, some of which I kept writing well into my 20s. And by this time, my budding fascination with dubcon, noncom, and power dynamics had become apparent. From about 15-25 I stopped writing fiction and went heavily into religious philosophy and nonfiction materials, burnt myself out horribly, and segwayed back into fantasy and blatant erotica when I was in my late 20s. And here we are today!
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What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have written for most of my life, but never attempted to publish anything. That was for 'real' authors or 'professional' authors, and I believed I simply wasn't good enough. I often spoke of my story ideas and my characters; I would detail hundreds of pages worth of worlds. I enjoyed roleplaying AS my characters, developing their background, and exploring their struggles. Finally, after many years of saying, "I should write this" (and many years of my friends telling me, "You should write this!") I decided to make myself a Patreon and see if anyone would actually PAY to see my writing. It turns out they will.
While my goal has never been to become rich (or even 'self-sufficient') as a writer, it is a marvelous feeling to have my ideas and hard work put out there, and know that people enjoy it. It's a small bit of extra income, but it's also immense validation to share my fantasies with others.