Name of the book:
Fall into Winter
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I’m the first-time author of Fall into Winter—a book of contemporary erotica written as four novellas, two take place in the fall, and two in the winter, thus the title. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, I was a banker for twenty years.
Tell me about your book?
The stories of Fall into Winter were initially written to be sold separately, but I decided to put them together into one book. Though common elements unify them, each is unique and stands alone. The themes include: younger man, older woman; ménage à trois (MFM); past lovers; and second chance at love. It’s a very diverse collection, and I’m extremely proud of it.
What will readers like about your book?
It’s a book that will make you feel: emotionally connected to the characters; deeply aroused by the sex; and fully committed to knowing their stories.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
The four stories in my book are very different and inspirations varied; however a song sparked each of them.
Seduced by the Blues was inspired by: “Lovin’ in my Baby’s Eyes” – Taj Mahal
Act Three by: “Walk on the Wild Side” – Lou Reed
The Norwegian by: “And the Healing has Begun” – Van Morrison, and finally
The Austrian and the Asian by: “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” – Rod Stewart
When did you start writing?
In my teens. I’ve written in a daily journal since I was about twelve.
When did you realize that you were a serious writer?
January 30, 2010. That was the day after I quit my job and I woke up thinking, “Now, I’m a serious writer. Oh shit!”
All kidding aside, even though I’ve written since I was a teen, for me to say it was serious meant I had to consider it my passion, the thing I wanted to do more than almost anything else in the world. I had tried to write when I had a day job and failed miserably. Earning an income always trumped my writing, and in later years, my day job infringed into my nights, and it was impossible for me write creatively at all.
I knew I had to make a choice, and I don’t regret for one second that I gave up the income (for now), and followed my passion. Though I am creative, I also treat writing as a business and fully expect to earn an income from it. The most important thing for me now is that I have my priorities straight.
When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?
I was fifteen, and I’d just written a pseudo-erotic story for my English class. I got an “A” on it, but my teacher told me never to show it to my mother! I liked that I got a rise out of him and thought it’d be fun to write a book and earn a living from it.
Why did you choose this particular genre to write your book in?
I like erotica for the emotional relationship to the reader. If written well, feelings of love, lust, and intimacy set in scenes that span gentle foreplay to sexual abandon have to elicit a response. Of course, sex cannot be written in a vacuum, so there needs to be a good plot as well. It’s not unlike any other genre except that it’s very character driven with graphic sexual content. I like the challenge of incorporating erotic sex scenes into a story.
What is your writing process?
Meticulous. Ha! Is that a process? I can write a story very quickly, and I write 2000 words daily when I’m writing. Where I get slowed down is when I’m editing because I’m absolutely anal about it. I am a grammar and spelling freak, and I also read my manuscript aloud to hear the rhythm of the words. If it doesn’t sound right, I can spend a long time trying to perfect a sentence. It’s very important to me that nothing pulls my reader out of the story, particularly with things that are preventable such as: typos, misuse of words, or awkward phrasing.
I’m also the ultimate pantser because I dislike organization. Sometimes I jot notes, sometimes I talk into a tape recorder, but most of the time, I come up with great plots while taking a shower. It makes for expensive waters bills.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
It took me four months to write Fall into Winter.
Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?
It’s vital to publish for this market because it’s the future of books. I’m not saying that hard copies will disappear entirely, however, it’d be foolish not to have an e-book version. Why? You’d be missing the opportunity to reach a large number of potential buyers.
These are people who:
(a) only read e-books
(b) don’t want to spend a lot of money
(c) are voracious readers
What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?
Keep writing and keep learning. It’s an exciting time to be an author, and the industry is changing rapidly for indie writers. As with anything, it’s important to keep abreast of the changes and not have wasted effort doing things incorrectly.
Be persistent. Talent is important, but it’s nothing if you don’t keep at it. Success rarely happens overnight.
Last, but not least, believe in yourself. Believe in your work. At the end of the day, you’re going to have to sell it, and whether your book costs $1.99 or $12.99, it’s still someone’s hard-earned money you want, and they need a good reason to part with it.