Tell us a little more about yourself?
I write erotica because I like the idea of exploring human sexuality within loving relationships. I like the idea of being able to captivate a reader with a vivid and real seeming intimate exchange so that they feel like they are there. I also like it because it is so different to my studies and work which is concerned with social policy and advocacy.
Quickly, tell us about your upcoming releases?
I am working on part two of Kate Gets Marks which will make it into a full length novel. I am a bit behind schedule but getting close.
Do you have any specific inspiring incident that turned you out as an author?
I turned to writing erotica after listening to published authors talking about their craft on a panel at a Pleasure Salon Melbourne event a few years ago. I went there while I was studying nonfiction writing and intended writing a journalistic piece. Instead, I started writing The Laundromat a few days later.
Who designed your cover art? How did you choose the image?
I have done most of my on covers using stock images and Gimp. Recently I have used Fiverr. I am considering what to do with my new covers and may commission a cover designer.
Do you outline your work before you write?
I do write a chapter outline with some plot notes and a narrative structure. I modify this as I go because the characters drive changes to the story that you did not anticipate when you began.
How do you like spending your leisure hours?
I find it very difficult to read for pleasure because I do so much reading for my paid work. I do read the occasional story in out of the genre. I mainly relax with a good television series like Game of Thrones or True Bloodand Dr Who. I have watched and loved Buffy and Angel in the past. I also like going to Australian Rules football games and support the Sydney Swans.
Which genre is far more appealing to you as a reader?
I love Science Fiction and have read it since my early teen years. My favorite author is Philip K Dick. I really like the crossover with fantasy too and really like authors such as Tim Powers. Dan Simmons and Kurt Vonnegut are wonderful too.
What inspires you to write? Is there any level of similarity with the events or characters in your book in reality?
I do draw heavily on real life to inspire and inform my stories. Sometimes it is just a phrase that some uses. For example, The Laundromat came from a comment by a woman friend who told me she went to her local laundromat and there was a boggle-eyed man there. This is why a fairly controversial scene remains in that story despite many beta-readers and further readers not approving. Kate Gets Marks was commissioned by my very sexy wife who gave me the outline and characters of the story. Its overlap with real life made it emotionally very difficult to write.
Which is your current read?
I am reading about five different stories at the moment but am concentrating on the first book in Game of Thrones.
What, in your opinion is the toughest part while carving your book?
The hardest part for me is finding the time to write and this coinciding with having the energy to write. I work full time and have a young family which does not leave me much time. I can write at night okay but then that cuts down on the time I have to spend with my wife so it is a constant juggle.
Share a word of advice with our readers and authors, if any?
Find your own way of writing that works for you. Other authors will tell you how they have developed productive writing habits. Listen and observe but don’t feel like you have to copy them. An example of a commonly espoused rule is to not mix writing with editing and to keep them separate. I don’t follow this rule at all.I always start writing by doing some editing first, which helps me get into the flow of the story again. But don’t follow my example necessarily. Find your own way. One thing though, a writer must write.
Share one of your favorites from your music band collection, if any?
I am a huge David Bowie Fan. I love Sweet Thing/Candidate from Diamond Dogs, the first album of his that I bought forty years ago.
If you’re a foodie, tell us about your favorite dish?
I prepare a lot of basic meals for my young family but really like cooking a good curry.
List any giveaways or surprises in the near future?
I will be launching Kate Gets Marks, Part Two in the next month or so. Stay tuned for that
Where can we find your books?
My books are at Amazon and all the Smashwords affiliated distributors such as Kobo and Barnes and Noble. My free short story Dolphin Heat is not available from the Kindle Store because it breaches their conditions owing to its content.
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