Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m just about to release my fourth book. About three years ago I started writing a kinky bdsm story on a whim. I had no idea that it would eventually turn into my first novel. It was about a submissive woman who gets tested to her limits. The book was called ‘Testing the Submissive’. It seemed to get a good reaction on Amazon, and soon I had a PA and a Street Team. My second novel, ‘A Condo with Two Views’ was written from the POV of both the Dom and sub. The story is told via both of their perspectives. Then my PA, Tiffany Huegele, suggested I write a series. I am just about to release book two of the ‘Pleasure Pain or Purpose’ series. The novels tell the story of three women, Billie, Jasmin and Vicky as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
As mentioned, my current release is ‘Pleasure Pain or Purpose’. I think life has all three of those elements inherent in it, and to me – that made for an interesting book title. I worried that if I wrote a three-book series centered around one single character, the story might get dull. Therefore, it simultaneously tells the story of three women, who happen to be best friends.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really, other than I write in the car on road trips. My wife and I have a chalet that we go to on weekends, which is about a two hour drive in either direction. I usually spend those four hours writing on my laptop. I often say that good portions of my novels were written while travelling 60 mph.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
As far as bdsm books I came across The Story of O in my early teens and it made an impact. So did the Beauty Series by Anne Rice. Nowadays, I don’t read all that much. Writing gobbles up most of my time. I want to read more. I might try audio books.
What are you working on now?
This week I’m acting as a sounding board for Jen Lassalle Edward’s upcoming novel. She does the same for me with my novels, so I’m happy to reciprocate. She’s a wonderful writer with impeccable perfection as far as grammar. Once I’m done that, I’m going to start work on the final book in my Pleasure Pain or Purpose series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m lucky in that I have a wonderful Street Team. Tiffany Huegele is my co-pilot. We are trying new things all the time. There is very little money in books, at least at my level, so we have to scrounge and beg for anything we can get. We are active on all the main social media sites, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Google Plus, TSU, etc.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Well, it depends on what the person’s objectives are. If they want to have a “published” paperback that they can put up on their shelf, that’s fairly easy. Anybody who can string 50,000 words together has a novel. As long as it’s formatted properly, you are good to go. Amazon publishes everything and anything. But if an author actually wants to sell books, and possibly make decent money from it, that is another thing altogether. That requires an original concept, devoid of clichés. That requires stunningly perfect grammar and brilliant storytelling. So, to publish a book is quite easy…to succeed as a true author is very difficult.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t play the stock market. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen.
What are you reading now?
I can’t read while I write and it seems I am always writing lately. But I’ve never been much of a reader.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After the PPP series I’m working on now, I’m going to create my first book written entirely from a male Dom’s POV. He will be single…so it’s not a relationship book. The story will span his life from about age 25 to 35 – as he navigates life: girls of course, his male friends (both vanilla and kinky), career, and bdsm.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I couldn’t name just one.