The Islander | New Line Press | Erotic Humor | August 10th, 2011
The Islander is a menage story with elements of humor, bordering on the ridiculous.
Frank encounters a stranded tourist on the island. With the last ferry long gone and the water taxi service closed for the night, Frank brings the helpless tourist back to his marina to see if anyone is awake and willing to help her get back to the mainland before morning. His new friend and fellow boater, Tess is awake but unable to bring her across the water. Instead the three begin drinking too many margaritas and swapping embarrassing sex stories. Tess and the tourist, however, find little humour in Frank's tale of his first and only bondage attempt, which failed miserably, and set about helping him realize his unfulfilled fantasy of being dominated.
What main genre do you write in?
Please tell us your latest news!
I am excited to be launching The Islander. This short story will kick off the Nauti-Lust Series, and will be closely followed with The Blind Date.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author right now is David Sedaris. His writing is so clever and succinct. He will write something that will make me chuckle as I am reading it and then laugh out loud when it pops into my head the next day or a week later.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
I like to have an enormous cup of coffee nearby. Someone gave me a Keurig one-cup coffee maker for Christmas this year and my life has been complete ever since.
Please describe your writing environment.
In the summers I like to write on my sailboat. People at my marina are a little crazy so if I need some inspiration or change of scenery, I just pop over to the club's bar, laptop in hand. In the winters I will write from my condo in downtown Toronto or at the local Starbucks.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
I tend to second guess myself a lot. I often go on writing benders, only to emerge with work I dismiss as sub-par. Months later I find it, read it again and think "Well that's not so bad...maybe I should let my mom beta read this."
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My wonderful, wacky mother is definitely my best supporter and my worst beta reader. She acts like every word that flows from my fingertips is gold, and I love her for it.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
Right now I am reading a book I won in a contest a few days ago called Fall Into Winter, written by a fellow Torontonian, Eden Baylee. It is a collection of novellas, all with very different characters and scenarios. Her writing style is sensuous and, unlike me, she manages to remember their are several other words for "pussy".
What inspires your writing?
Fortunately, I am easily inspired. I overhear conversations or watch people interacting with each other and I cannot help but create back stories for them. Sometimes my overactive imagination comes up with something so erotic, heinous, or ridiculous, I am compelled to start typing.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
Yes, I have a well behaved dog named Stella who spends her time sitting at my side while I write. I also have a terribly insolent cat named Nellie who likes to leap from tall shelves and land directly on my keyboard. I tell myself this is her way of saying I should take a break.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Probably Chef Gordon Ramsey. Before I sit down to dinner, though, I would take bets as to how long it would take for him to lose his temper with me. My guess would be somewhere around the time I produce a ketchup bottle from my purse.
Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy the Nauti-Lust series as much as my mother thinks you will.
~ D.C. McMillen