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Two of my debut releases, Come Anytime and Hard Zone both made best seller lists, which was outstanding news!
Come Anytime | New Line Press | Erotica/Gay | 1/1/11
Kirk hated getting together with someone else's family, but he went every year with his lover to visit his relatives. Kirk's lover, Chad, thought that it was the most loving thing that Kirk could have done for him. Kirk didn't go for his lover, however. Kirk went because of another man, his lover's brother-in-law. Kirk thought the man was gorgeous, with his muscled body and tight butt-hugging shorts. Every year, Kirk would stare and fantasize about Jordan and himself together. In Kirk's fantasy, the two of them take each other instantly, and have hot sweaty sex right there at the reunion. This year is no different, and Jordan looked hotter than ever.
Hard Zone | New Line Press | Erotica/Gay | 12/25/10
This hard ass construction worker was married yet his wife didn't fulfill what he wanted in his sex life. She never wanted sex, which was ok with him because she didn't get him off anyway. He never felt that sexual energy he wanted.until the day one of the guys at work, Rocky, asked him for a ride home.
Election Erection | New Line Press | Erotica/Gay | 1/7/11
A politician tries to hide the fact that he is gay. Robert is running for Mayor and is looking for support from a local Judge, but his ex-lover has just confessed to the Judge about their being a couple in college, now Robert is under the gun, he comes face to face with his former lover, in more ways than one.
Please describe your writing environment.
I always start with a fresh cup of coffee. My cat is usually at my feet or walking across the keyboard. It's often late at night when I write so the view out my picture window is usually dark, with a few lights off in the distance. I have the covers from my books framed on the wall and pictures of my family and friends. I have a large wooden desk and keep a yellow note pad and pens nearby for jotting notes. I am usually so focused that the only thing I seem to concentrate on is staring at my monitor as sometimes it seems I can't type fast enough to keep up with my imagination!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes. I had an English college professor write, "Very Amusing! A+" on a composition that I wrote in English 204. I think that remark signaled me to become a literary entertainer.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Response: Yes. Write! I have quite a few self-proclaimed writer friends but they haven't written anything. Study basic punctuation and don't try to bullshit your editors; listen to them. They are guiding a genuine talent - You!
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I have a brother who reads everything I write. He's very conservative, but. He loves me and enjoys my writing. I think the rest of my family looks the other way and ignores what I do.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I do try to make a statement with each of my stories. From my study of philosophy, there are many contemporary moral issues floating around, in not only the gay community, but also everywhere, which ought to be addressed. Insight and understanding of these idioms may make life more comfortable for everyone.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
I have a comfy office where I write. I write on my computer and do like it quiet, no TV, no music, no interruptions. I pop jellybeans (my favorites are the white and yellow ones) between scenes. I try to end a writing session with a feel as to where I'm going with it. I can usually get five good pages before I stop. I reread and edit before turning out the lights.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
The characters do develop as I write. However, I do have a feel for where they will fit in with my story. I try to use names that fit their roles, and I have deliberately avoided using Bruce. My characters are carved out of my own life and my own personal experiences.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Finding quiet time. I write my best when everyone else is asleep. In this silent world, I can create every sight and sound of story. Hahaha, I do talk to my characters too - and I do listen to what they have to say.
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
I submitted my story(s) with a working title. My story Come Anytime kept the same title, and two of the titles were changed. My working title of Construction: Overtime became Hard Zone, and Election Erection was originally entitled, Political Eruption. I think the title changes made by New Line Press enhanced my stories.
What has surprised you about being a published writer?
Hands down, it's getting a royalty check! SHOCKING!
How did you choose your publisher? What was the process?
Quite frankly, New Line Press contacted me. I had written a few blogs and was asked if I'd like to write some short stories for them. After researching them, New Line Press, I submitted one of my short stories. They treated me well from day one and almost overnight, I found myself a best seller of male/male short stories.
The New Line Press editorial staff was very helpful and made me feel like I was a special part of their business. Everything was/is kept on a very friendly, yet professional, business level. What more can a writer ask for?
What main genre do you write in?
Erotica / Spicy Romance
I would like to thank Night Owl Reviews for this interview and this opportunity to discuss my writing and writing in general.