Here’s an author interview from [intlink id=”72″ type=”post”]Jyles Whitlock[/intlink].
Find out what he had to say….
- How did you start writing erotica?
I posted a story on a swingers website and got encouraged by how many people enjoyed it and left positive feedback and comments.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
One of the biographies I wrote under my own name. It was because I was passionate about the subject and that is what writing should always be, about passion.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy most of the erotic authors I have read. Any author who can write a story like they have lived it is always going to be a good read. It is a bit like acting, to make the unbelievable believable. Alex Jordaine’s story “It’s A Sin” in Boy Fun does exactly that, and that is what I attempted with my first erotic effort. That readers will really believe that my story could have actuallly happened and that I am writing it from first hand experience.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From fantasies mostly when writing erotica! We all have fantasies that we fancy living out or trying out! When it comes to non-fiction, the inspiration is usually drawn from the subject.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Writing late at night mostly. For some reason, writing at that time, the writing just seems to flow a lot easier. Well, for me it does! More so than at any other time during the day. The trouble with doing that is that your sleeping habits and patterns are likely to be severely disrupted!
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I guess the answer to that, for writing erotica, should be while I am naked in bed, late at night, but nothing quite so romantic as that! Usually my favourite place to write is on my desktop computer in my home office.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
Well, as I have only written one erotic story, I don’t have a lot of characters to choose from. And as my story was written in the first narrative, there is only me and the guy thats seduces me!
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
No, only a handful of friends know, but every one of those friends have been hugely supportive and encouraging!
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
To go into the theatre, as an actor, and then may be progress into film and television work. But of course, not really an ideal career, as most actors spend more time out of work than they do in work. Very much like being a writer!
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
That’s a really good question and I don’t really have an answer. When I am working under commission, I usually have to get into the mood because of deadlines. Writing non-fiction is a lot easier than fiction because the story is already there! When I write erotica, yes, I do like to get into the right mood, or frame of mind, and so I do, but don’t think I need to tell you how!
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
To write from the heart. I also like Selena Blake’s quote about writing the first 1000 words is only daunting when you haven’t written them! How true!
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Take a walk, make a cofffee, play some music, or something similar. The usual, though, when working to a deadline is just to fill in the parts that I am stuck on with xxxxx and then go back and fill in those passages later!
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Oh! Another good question! Well, I guess me from my first story! It would be so much fun to try some of the things I get up to in the story!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Too many to mention really! But on the erotica side, I guess Justine Elyot would be my current favourite to meet! I adore authors who can pull you into the story in the first paragraph and I think Justine’s The Business of Pleasure did that for me. I was immediately hooked!
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I guess lesbian or girl-on-girl. I throughly enjoyed Xcite’s Girl Fun anthology! There is something very sexy about two women making out with each other!
- What are you working on at the moment?
The follow up to Getting Pulled. It’s called Getting Seduced and is about how I got seduced by my best male buddy at school when I was a teenager, and how we get into all sorts of things from mutual masturbation to erotic wrestling and end up in his parents bed, as lovers, for an entire weekend!
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Writing my first biography! It was scary until I got going on it, and that took a while. Writing 70,000 words about someone you have never met can be pretty daunting! But yes, I got there, in the end! And it was such an brilliant feeling of achievement when I delivered the manuscript!
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Being nominated for a non-fiction literary prize for my first biography. That was a huge thing for me to be listed among so many great writers and biographers.