Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
I've written stories for as long as I can remember, and I discovered that you can make really good money in self-publishing. You can cut through the red tape of the publishing. But most of all, I've always been one for personal responsibility. If you fail at self-publishing, then you have no one to blame but yourself. Ditto for success. There's nothing more rewarding.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
Not really. I've always dreamed of being a writer, but it seemed like a far-off fantasy for me. But then I discovered that you can make real money in self-publishing erotica and romance.
What happened with me was that I got an exciting job with a small company that turned out to be not very exciting. A lot of the money I was promised didn't come through at the same time I discovered it was possible to make money writing. So I tried it out. By the time I extricated myself from the job, I was basically supporting myself as a writer.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
Oh boy. Well, in the erotica/romance world, I'm really inspired by Cassandra Zara, Selena Kitt, Scarlet Cox, and my new writing partner, Sharon Dickson.
But with my latest novel, Faith in EROS, I drew a lot on my experiences reading modern thriller writers like Dennis Lehane and Gillian Flynn.
Tell Us About Faith in EROS.
I am so, so excited about it! It takes place in Boston, and my two main characters--Damon and Elle Faith, whom I love, love, love--are just this ordinary pair of parents. But then one day, a mysterious visitor arrives and says that they're the perfect people to help the government take down EROS, which is basically a multibillion dollar crime ring that owns the sex industry.
So they do it. It turns out the husband is really into gay erotica, and then it turns out he's got this whole side of him that just craves the touch of other men. And Elle loves to watch.
The way they become useful spies in the organization is by doing the most extreme things they can, often in view of other people. It turns out they're really good at it. They progress faster than anyone thought they could. But then they realize that the situation wasn't what they thought it was. And....you'll have to read the rest!
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
There is some very hot, explicit sex in the book. Which I love writing and I love reading. But the underlying narrative is the story of Damon and Elle rediscovering each other. It's not the typical X-meets-X romance. It's a husband and wife rediscovering each other and rediscovering themselves.
There's a moment in the book, after their lives have almost been lost, where they're weak and frightened, and they get back to their home and shed their clothes on the doorstep and just rely on each other for their own sanity. They're totally exposed, figuratively and literally. They need their love to be there, and it is, and that's when i realized how much I love these characters.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I can't see it doing anything but getting bigger. Especially as the members of the younger generation become people with actual buying power, they're going to realize that the old method just isn't necessary. Publishing is such a Good-Ol'-Boy type of thing, where quality can come second to connections. Self-publishers reap what they sow, and it's a much more quality-based market. Give the people what they want!
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
Me, of course! I got mad Photoshop skills. No, not really, but I'm continually getting better. That's the great thing about self-publishing, or one of them: you control nearly every element you want to. Except for distribution, of course.
Anything Else You'd Like to Add?
I just want to say how nice it is to have people interested in my writing! I am eternally grateful.
Most of my books on Amazon are short, short reads. They're super explicit and designed for the reader who needs to, um, take care of business quickly. I love the main feature kink of most of my stories--wives watching their husbands get off with other men for the first time--but what I loved about writing my novel was the chance to explore the psychological aspect of it.
The feelings involved. The love behind it all. And I feel like those desires get a chance to show themselves in Faith in EROS. I hope you enjoy it (And you'll certainly be able to get off too)!!
Readers, you can find all of Piper's books at the links below: