Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing erotica about five years ago, partly for the fun and partly to see if people would read and enjoy my stories. Most of my stories to-date have been published for free online, and have been viewed over a half million times (based on 32 stories). The great majority of feedback has been very positive, encouraging me to keep writing.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Twenty Naughty Poems. It’s a collection of poems that I wrote between August 2014 and June 2015, which I never intended to publish as a book. My inspiration comes from many sources, including parts of my life and what could have happened under the circumstances, as well as things that I observe on a day-to-day basis. I have a humorous streak, which I’ve applied liberally to the poems in my book. Having a few too many drinks also helped with penning some of them!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I have a few unusual writing habits. One is that I often abandon stories while writing them, because I get stuck or bored with what I’m writing. I keep everything I write, so this provides a lot of material I can continue writing or modifying at a later date. Another habit is sitting down to write a particular plot I have in mind and then writing something completely different just because I get easily distracted.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Gosh, I’ve ready many books from many different authors. I don’t think that there are any particular ones that have influenced me but of course, collectively they have all helped shape my own style of writing. In general, I tend to like authors who write in clear English, which I strive to mimic. If the reader has a hard time understanding what is written, it diminishes the value of the author’s work.
What are you working on now?
Two stories. One is a short called The Summer Job, which is a classic story of a young man who falls for an older woman. The other story will be my first novella, called Hotel De France, which is about a young man’s apprenticeship in a small hotel in the UK.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Seeing as I just published my first book, I don’t yet have an opinion, but hopefully Pretty-Hot will be up there among my favorites!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes. Write a lot and read often. Get feedback on your writing from your intended audience and use that feedback to adapt accordingly where it makes sense. Learn to recognize the difference between constructive feedback and reader’s wishes. You are the storyteller with your own unique style. You do not need to fundamentally change, just to make progress in conveying your stories to your audience, and remember that not everyone likes everything so don’t try to please everyone.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Try to have fun no matter what you do. I think that comes from a line in a Sinead O’Connor song. I’m not sure if it’s her original lyrics, but it rings true for me.
What are you reading now?
The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
What’s next for you as a writer?
More slogging over a rusty old typewriter. Seriously, trying to get my name established as a trusted author with a reputation for producing interesting reads.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Probably The Catcher in the Rye, because it was the first book that really grabbed my attention in high school. I have read many great books since then, but that one stays top of mind.
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