Robert Livenmore is a man of many skills, interests, an talents who has studied drama, music, accounting, art, and business, and has worked in sales, investments, real estate, and performance arts. His hobbies include reading, conspiracy theories, backgammon, woodworking, and poker. A native of Ohio, and former resident of the Southwest USA, he currently lives in Pennsylvania with his spouse and daughters.
When did you first start writing?
I must have been about 12 years old when I first started writing. However, I was too shy to show my stories to anyone, and I especially didn't want my parents to see them, as they would undoubtedly criticize my efforts. So anything I wrote got instantly destroyed. My then favorite destroyed story involved hunting. I was stalking bears, but one snuck up on me from behind. I turned at the last possible moment and fired. It was a perfect shot and the bear collapsed right next to me. Not surprisingly, I have decided not to develop this story for publication. Later, I figured I could write fiction, but I couldn't see myself packing up numerous boxes of manuscripts and sending them off to publishers who would ignore me. Of course, this has all changed with the advent of the ebook.
What's the story behind your book?
This is my first book, and the title is "The Spanking Follies." It's fifteen short stories, all with a romantic spanking theme. I used to say 'erotic,' but too many equate 'erotic' with pornography. Although there are some direct sexual references in the stories, they are very limited and not explicit descriptions of sex. So 'romantic' is a much more appropriate term. The stories have plots, surprises, character development, and literary merit, as there has been careful editing and keen attention to style.
Mallerford is a 9,000 word mini-novel about a severe prison punishment in an unusual contemporary setting. Robert Kallerman, sentenced to death, is interviewed by a lovely reporter and they develop an affection for each other.
'The Spanking Follies' is a new book of fifteen not-so-kinky short stories that take romantic spanking mainstream. The stories explore spanking at various levels of society in wildly diverse ways but carefully avoid the vulgar and lowbrow as the word 'spank' is elevated to be more like 'hug,' 'kiss,' or even 'love.' Unlike certain other recent books, there are strong characters of both genders.