Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I wanted more control over my material, and over the royalties, frankly. I've published in several areas through more traditional publishers, and I'm lucky to get a few hundred dollars in royalties for something I worked on for months. This way, I can decide what I get paid, and that's nice.
Sure, humiliation is hot, but not when it's at the hands of a publisher. More importantly than money, it's a more immediate connection with readers. I love it when readers email me with comments, questions, even just reactions to what I write.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
I did, actually, set out to be an author. I scraped and saved my way through college, working a variety of jobs, in order to learn the craft of writing. It was worth it.
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
This (Roommate from Hell) was a really hard story to write. I had to do a surprising amount of research, even interview a few people, to get the weird (to me, at least) version of Christianity the main character is trapped in just right.
But it works out: Matthew comes across as a tortured soul, trapped between his lusts and his religious conditioning. I didn't want to make this an anti-Christianity story, because it's not. It's an anti-narrow-view-of-human-desire story, and I think it works along those lines.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
The Bible drills. I know that's really silly, but it just strikes me as such a dumb thing to do, and yet it's really, honestly a thing people do. And it's also he weirdest form of foreplay ever (and the particular passages, as you may suspect, are relevant, which makes it even funnier to me: some people may be driven to look up obscure Bible verses because of some raunchy erotica).
I also really like the scene when Matthew is locked in chastity for the first time. There's something so vulnerable and cruel in that, I find it really arousing.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
It's the perfect venue for erotica, because it frees the writer from constraints.
If you're turned on by WereGerbils, hey, write it, put it out there, and if it's well-written maybe some other WereGerbil aficionado will find it. Me, I'm turned on by mean, rough guys with hidden depths, so that's what I do.
I turn myself on, and if that happens, then I can hope the story will turn someone else on as well. I see this being a legitimate choice for other genres as well, and I imagine that we'll develop more refined ways of sorting by quality in the future.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I do my own covers. I'm still learning, and I enjoy finding another avenue of creativity. It takes me a while, but I find it so pleasant that I don't mind. This has to be one of the my favorite covers. There's a lot going on, but I think it all works together to convey a really accurate sense of the book.
As I said, I'm a published author in other areas as well (under different names), but I think my erotica is some of my finest writing. That might be ridiculous. But I feel a freedom and a passion for this kind of work that isn't all in my pants. And it's a great way to explore ideas without having to be too serious about it. It's a fun way to explore that line between pain and pleasure.