Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I've published both traditionally and through self-publishing. NIGHT DREAMS is actually a collection of work that has been published in various men's magazines and anthologies over the years, but most of the stories have gone out of print. Last year, I wanted to collect them all in one place, and make them available again. Since they all have been previously "vetted," I felt good about self-publishing to put them back "on the shelf" again.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
I wrote my first short story in grade school, because I loved reading so much, I had to try to craft a story of my own. That, of course, wasn't a sexy tale -- but rather, a science fiction story. But I've always wanted to write and really, I've always written since that first story in grade school. News stories, poems, music reviews, erotica... I've made my living for the past 25 years as a journalist and non-fiction author, and have also been lucky enough to enjoy some success in selling my fiction!
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Anne Rice is probably my favorite author because she has an amazing, evocative command of language, and she has successfully written both horror and erotica. And I love both genres!
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
NIGHT DREAMS is a collection of some of my best previously published stories. I've published erotica off and on for more than 15 years, and this puts that work together -- including "literary" erotica (one story, "Touch" was a contest winner at one point), sci-fi erotica (I published several things with Circlet Press, which specializes in sexy sci-fi) and just plain "stroke" fiction.
In the ‘90s I wrote for men’s magazines, publishing “non-fiction” and letters in High Society, my first erotic SF fiction in Club and reviews of CD-ROM “adult” games in Interactive Quarterly. In the 1990s and 2000s my short erotic fiction began appearing, in magazines like Clean Sheets, Scarlet Letters, In the Buff and a couple of Circle Press anthologies. So those stories and a few more are what is collected as a sort of 15-year retrospective in NIGHT DREAMS.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
I think my favorite story in the book might be "Extremes," which takes the "Sleeping Beauty" idea in a very different direction.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
Right now, self-publishing has glutted the world with fiction that was rejected -- largely due to poor quality -- from traditional publishers! That's a great ego stroke for rejected authors, but ultimately, not a great thing for readers trying to find "the good stuff."
I think over time, there will become some "sorting/grading" mechanism to help readers find that "good stuff" amid the morass of really amateurish, poorly written stuff. As you can probably tell, I still believe in the need for a traditional publishing filter -- and most of my work HAS been traditionally published. I paid my dues and submitted my stories to magazines and books and they were rejected sometimes... and then I worked on my craft and got them accepted at others.
I don't believe that everything should be published... so I really think there should be something besides a writer's desire to be published that stands between the writer and putting a pricetag on their typing. Or at least, some kind of review mechanism to warn readers of the quality/lack thereof in what is self-pubbed. The Amazon reader review system is a stab at it... but not, I think, terribly effective.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I did, actually. I've worked in desktop publishing a lot of my life, so using Photoshop is second nature for me. I bought my wife a sexy outfit, lit some candles, took some photos, and the result is the cover of NIGHT DREAMS. I really enjoy making digital photo collages ... especially racy ones!
I hope lovers of erotica will drop by my website, read the free story "Oasis" and check out NIGHT DREAMS.
Readers, you can find all of Nik's work at the links below: