Why Did You Choose to Selfpublish Instead of Taking The Traditional Route?
Only last year did I discover how easy it is to self-publish on Amazon. Frankly, I wish I'd started ten years ago. I write a lot of non-fiction and work on lots of "writing by committee" projects. I really enjoy writing and self-publishing gay erotica because it's fun for me and because it's 100% born from my own creativity.
Did You Set Out To Become an Author as Your Main Profession?
I have always enjoyed writing. I wrote my first short story - a supernatural thriller - in the fourth grade. Soon thereafter, I discovered the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. I brainstormed new titles and plots for those stories. I wrote gay erotica in high school as a relief from living a half-life in the closet.
Later, I wrote it to celebrate romance and humanity sexuality. I found all that writing made me a good non-fiction writer, too. I think I'm more of an artist than an author. I am very visual. I can see in my mind an object, turn it around, take it apart and put it back together. I do that with stories, too. I can see the whole drama moving through time, feel its rhythm, stop time, see how each piece connects to transform the story from start to finish.
This really helps me write and edit narrative fiction, non-fiction and screenplays. It has also helped me do other things like code websites and edit film.
Which Authors Have Inspired You The Most?
I adore Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund White, Jean Genet, Joseph Hansen, John Crowley and Raymond Chandler. Each has written a masterpiece. Each has helped me learn very precisely what I believe is the difference between good writing and bad writing.
Tell Us About Something You've Written.
"R.U.N. on the Folded Edge" is a gay erotic novella.
Destiny comes for twenty-five-year-old Chuck Hendley the day his world is literally turned upside down during an amusement-park accident. There, he meets an extraordinary man, who might very well be Mr. Right. Chuck soon has the opportunity of a lifetime, when fame and fortune reach out to him.
But years of disappointment have filled him with self-doubt. Will he find in time the inner strength to embrace love and become the man he’s meant to be? It's around 23,000 words.
What Is Your Favorite Part of This Book, and Why Do You Think Readers Will Enjoy It?
Hmm. Without saying spoilers, I think I really like the schism created by the main character Chuck's distorted vision of himself: he's a very decent guy who's been down on himself for a number of years, so he doesn't perceive himself like everyone else does. He was bullied when he was younger, which has caused him to keep half tucked away his glorious talent.
When Chuck meets the guy who's likely Mr. Right, it's fun to watch Chuck struggle for footing in the new world where he finds himself: people - truly amazing people - really like him for who he is. I said no spoilers, so I have to say my favorite part is the last scene: everything comes together. I hope readers will enjoy seeing Chuck's transformation. And, yes, the sex is steamy.
Where Do You See Self-Publishing Going In The Future?
I think it will make it easier for new talent to be discovered as more platforms are rolled out. I also see the analytics of social media becoming more precise. That will certainly assist us self-publishers in determining how best to spend our marketing dollars as well as which avenues to take to best promote our work.
Who Designed Your Cover Art?
I did. Those three places are important to Chuck. And "R.U.N. on the Folded Edge" is what he says in the final scene - It's a big moment.
Thank you to my fans and to all the fans of erotica. I think it's the genre that most celebrates human sexuality, our human experience and our interconnectedness in this world. I enjoy inhabiting the minds of my characters. And I love sharing that experience with fans.