Today, TNL brings you an exclusive interview with none other than Rod Mandelli, the author of many gay erotica titles such as A Modern Gay Sex Christmas Carol and his latest effort, the bundle Five Shades of Gay! So, without any further ado, let's get down to it!
Why did you choose to self-publish vs. going the traditional route?
Traditional markets, in erotica and all of publishing, are known for attempting and failing at chasing trends by "leading from behind." (Note to self: Leading from Behind sounds like an excellent gay sex story title!) They are usually only interested in buying what was hot last year. Then they are always amazed at the new trends that emerge by themselves.
The traditional market for short erotic stories was magazines and the occasional anthology. Of course, the Internet has put a giant dent in erotic magazine sales. There are more provocative pictures and stories available at your fingertips twenty-four hours a day than you could find in hundreds of thousands of magazines.
The latest trend of course is accessing sexual reading material via e-readers like the Kindle, the Kobo Ereader and the Nook. That is where the customers are. That is where the writers need to make their erotic (and erotic romance) books and stories available.
The other issue with the erotica publishers and the traditional magazine market for both straight and gay short erotic stories is rules and conventions that the editors insist upon. These change constantly too. Editors might be in a phase (or kink) during which they only want stories with hot studs and nubile virgins having safe sex with condoms and pulling out anyway. Conversely, they might be fixated on only wanting muscle bound jocks in threesomes having raw, condomless sex with anal creampies. Whatever it is, writers are tied to the whim of the moment if they want to sell their work to those markets.
Don't get me started on length! (Pun definitely intended). Readers want their short sex stories (among other things) to be longer and longer. Erotica magazines and many traditional erotica publishers have rigid (pun intended again) requirements for length and writers can't exceed or fall below them. Every writing instructor and writer in the world will tell you that a story should only be as long or as short as it takes to tell the damn story properly. Nothing should have to be padded or cut to meet someone else's arbitrary length requirements.
I guess you could say I don't like the length too big or too small, I like it just right at a comfortable size to get the job done!
I have to move on to the next question now so I don't use up my entire quote of sexual double entendres for the night in this one interview.
Did you set out to become an author as your profession?
Yes, I have been writing for many years.
Which authors have inspired you the most?
I know I will get myself in trouble if I name anyone specific and leave someone else out. The truth is I'm inspired by the people who make a commitment to being authors and just keep working at to build long-term careers by continuing producing high-quality work.
What have you written lately?
The Senator Brick Scrotorum Erotica Bundle which combines all three Senator Brick Scrotorum stories (plus a bonus story) into one book of 22K words.
What is the book about?
It's about Senator Brick Scrotorum, a married Washington politician who is publicly anti-gay. The voters in his home state might be clueless, but we savvy readers know what goes on between sexy guys behind closed doors, don't we? Pete, the new and innocent political science college intern is about to find out too! Who would screw and get screwed to keep a secret like that away from the tabloids?
What is your favorite part of the book?
I really like how it has a good balance of characterization and plot mixed in with all the hot mansex. That's something that's missing in almost all visual erotica produced today which focuses solely on two people having sex with virtually no context.
I'm glad that we, as independent authors, can still control our own content (well, up to the point that we have to deal with ever-changing and vague rules of retailers) and produce erotica containing plenty of great sex along with the basics of good storytelling.
That was a really serious answer, wasn't it? If I have to give a short version, I'll say it's getting to witness the scenes of raw sexual energy unleashed when a "str8" closeted gay guy lets loose.
Readers, if you're interested in a little political intrigue mixed with a heavy dose of hardcore gay sex, check out Rod's Brick Scrotorum Erotica Bundle at one of the links below:
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