Here’s an author interview from George Pappas.
Find out what he had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I hadn’t intended to write erotica, but I was compelled to write about my growing dissatisfaction with monogamy and my intriguing exploration of the swinging lifestyle in the mid to late 1990s. This became the seed of my recently published novel Monogamy Sucks. I am drawn to writing about a part of our lives which is not discussed enough in American society — problems with monogamy, marriage, relationship, sexual exploration and alternatives to monogamy such as swinging.
- What’s your favorite published work of yours and why?
My latest novel Monogamy Sucks, which is my second book, is my favorite published work of mine. It is more of my story than my first book, which was entitled Letters From Cyberspace and is told from the point of view of a young twenty something woman. Monogamy Sucks is a deeply personal novel for me as it is loosely based on my own experiences, and I wanted to express my own misgivings about monogamy and conventional relationships through my protagonist Jake Dalmas.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
My favorite erotic authors are Henry Miller, Anais Nin and Charles Bukowski.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from anything really. It could be an incident from my real life, or from a conversation with someone. Writers are always looking for stories and inspiration and they can be found many times in unlikely sources in our real lives.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
No. Not really. I like to walk before I write. It seems to improve my thinking and I can review what I want to write in my mind during my walk.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I can write anywhere. It can be a noisy Starbucks, bar or at a favorite stretch of beach near where I live. I really love writing at the ocean. That’s my favorite place to write.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
My favorite character from one of my novels is Jake Dalmas, the protagonist of my latest novel Monogamy Sucks. He truly captures my feelings, doubts and feelings about sex, relationships and monogamy. Jake thinks and says things I probably wouldn’t in real life. I look at him as a reflection of my darker side. More than anything, Jake represents a more honest and blunt part of myself. I am a lot nicer person than Jake is. Yet I admire his audacity.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My family knows what I do and they have always been supportive. Growing up my parents were very open-minded about sex. They never taught us to associate shame with sex. Although my mother wasn’t too fond of the idea, my father let me have a Playboy subscription at the age of 14. As you could imagine, I was very popular in my neighborhood as all my friends used to come over to my house to peruse my Playboy collection. So sex was never a taboo subject around our house.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was young. I was fascinated with reading and telling stories for as long as I could remember. In my early teens, I began writing Science Fiction short stories and later I wrote my first novel at 15. I always knew I would be writer. It just took longer than I thought it would.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I don’t need to get into the mood to write. It just happens. Ideas comes to me in the car, the shower, as I lie in bed half awake, as I walk on the beach, and then I need to rush to get them down before they fade. A strong cup of coffee and a walk usually get me in the mood for writing.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Best writing tip I ever received was from author Julia Cameron (Right to Write, Artist’s Way) who suggested writing a rough draft of your novel or story and not editing it until the second draft. Basically, giving yourself permission to get down your original vision while shutting off the critical and analytical editor in our minds. She also suggested writers give themselves modest goals such a paragraph or page a day to trick your mind into writing more. Her whole philosophy is encouraging aspiring writers to realize that they have stories to tell.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I rarely get writer’s block. When I do, I talk a walk or go online and think of something else and I then I am able to break through it. I give myself modest goals, too, so that writing doesn’t seem so daunting a task.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
My character Juliette from Monogamy Sucks. She is like no woman I’ve ever met. She is beautiful, open-minded, intelligent, a swinger, disdains monogamy and jealousy, loves sex and is very uninhibited sexually. She is my ideal dream woman. If she was brought to life even for one night and I could spend it with her, I would be a very lucky man.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I’d like to meet Bret Easton Ellis and discuss his thoughts and motivations behind his provocative and intriguing books such as “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero.” I think it would also be cool to meet Stephen King since I am also an admirer of his work as well. I have always enjoyed his modesty about his work, which I think is still ridiculously underrated.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Don’t really have a favorite genre within erotica. I enjoyed the frank sexuality in Henry Miller’s and Charles Bukowski’s books and the sensual honesty Anais Nin’s novels and diaries. I enjoy any erotic writing that is honest and deals with sexuality in passionate and real manner.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I am finishing up editing my next novel exploring the world of online dating and sex from the point of view of a late twenty something male. There’s a celebrity angle to the story that is also interesting that I would rather not reveal yet. Hoping get this novel out by the end of the year.
I am also working on the sequel to Monogamy Sucks. I am about 10 chapters in with 15 or so chapters to go. I am looking to explore the subject of open relationships in this novel. I am also planning a third novel of Jake Dalmas’ adventures, too.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Writing Monogamy Sucks and creating the raw, controversial novel I envisioned in my head of exploring the swinging lifestyle and my own frustrations with monogamy and conventional relationships. I’ll have to let the reader decide whether I succeeded or not.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Having my novel Monogamy Sucks published by Lazy Day Publishing in December 2010. I had to overcome 12 years of doubt and fear to even put the first six chapters my novel on my blog in May 2010. I never imagined that I would receive a book deal in two months. It still amazes me to this day.