Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
When it comes to the sort of erotica I write, I think it was really the only option! My stories tend to be pretty far on the filthy and raunchy side, and while the story comes first, I don't know if the sorts of kinks and taboos I explore have a lot of play in the traditional publishing world.
Not many stories about bimbos and mind control and crazy bareback threesomes and so forth seem to get the attention of your average publisher!
But, that audience DOES exist (and they are GREAT!) and it's very involving and rewarding trying to consistently supply wonderful people with the sort of erotica they like to read.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Sort of, yes! I went to school for several years and studied creative writing the entire time. I always wrote a bunch, and drafted out several novels and the like, but the understanding in academia is always sort of...even if you make it big and publish a book, you're going to have to teach on the side to make ends meet.
So, it was a sort of immersement that allowed me to understand that even with this profession that I love, having a few back-up plans is a good idea. But yes, the idea has always been to have writing furnish my life fulltime.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
When it comes to just writing erotica, I have to point to like, the entire site of mcstories. For a long time, I was a dedicated reader there. Authors like Downing Street, Limerick, TheSinner, and many more all sort of guided my mind to all sorts of very dirty and fun places.
I am always kind of terrified that someone will read their stories and then leave a review saying I'm basically just rehashing material they've already thoroughly covered, which is sort of true (though I hope I make it fun and new in different ways!).
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
The book I'd like to mention is “Owning My Co-Worker.” It is, incidentally, one of those stories heavily inspired by an author on mcstories named Mister Harvest, and his one story, “Good Till the Last Drop.” Basically, my version is about a very lucky young fellow who finds out something special about his, *ahem* masculine juices, shall we say? That when a girl tastes them, she will do whatever he says from then on.
It's a fun, hot little fantasy that I'm going to explore for this story and two more that follow it. I think it'll be really fun and hot to see how far he tries to go with this power, and what happens once it all spirals out of his control.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
My favorite part of this book has been the trance aspects and writing those out. Those are a lot of fun, and as a storyteller it's fun to play with the kinds of words that go into them, and then re-use them for different purposes in other parts of the story—like dialogue or character motivations that the protagonist unwittingly initiated. I think readers will enjoy it if they have ever enjoyed any sort of dark fantasy of controlling some crush, or just mind control erotica in general.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
There is probably a plateau and a greater sense of clear regulation somewhere out there. Right now, in some respects, it's sort of like the wild west and the gold rush, complete with certain huge vendors who are doing their damnedest to buy up all the land (and they should!).
I think eventually someone will figure out that Amazon is making a whole lot of money (for themselves and for others) simply by being really, really effective, and that someone will try to do the same thing in a way that's effective and both consumer and producer friendly and produce a greater range of competition.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
My partner does! She is awesome. Not taking any requests, though—I keep her busy enough.
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