Here’s an author interview from Sal Aceous.
Find out what he had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
There are three different factors that inspired me to start writing erotica. First, one of my good friends is a fairly well known erotica writer, so I read some of her work and thought I could probably do it. Second, some friends of mine called me one night and wanted me to write the story of their sexual escapades (because they knew I was a writer)–which got me thinking about it. And third–and this was the trigger–I was reading Amazon’s Author Agreement and I came to the obscenity section where they say–in rather vague terms–that they can kick you off for being “obscene.” Well, this didn’t sit well with me. I could see they were publishing a lot of erotica already, so I decided that if they were “going to be that way” I would write dirtier and dirtier erotica until they were FORCED to kick me off. Well, here we are a couple years later and they still haven’t kicked me off for being obscene. I guess I’m still not dirty enough <laugh>.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
I like my first collection, Steam Powered, a lot. The stories in there have a lot of variety. Of those stories I think The Telepaths Of Roswell, and Doppleganger are the best. But it’s hard to choose. Of course I like my newest one, Sinsation, as well because I am exploring other aspects of my writing style.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
To be honest I’ve not read that much indie erotica–and almost all of the books I read these days are indie published. Rather than name some–and make the others feel bad–I’ll tell you what I like (which is also the kind of stuff I write). I like strong female lead characters. I like hetero encounters in exciting, visual settings. I like a touch of mystery while I also enjoy quite graphic descriptions of sex. I lean toward action-oriented erotica rather than slow-paced romantic stories. I think an erotic story can still have elements of romance while being very graphic.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I get my ideas from everywhere. Since most of the erotica I’ve written is Paranormal in nature, I try to pick a few taboos as I go and throw characters together. Some of my ideas come from dreams. Some of them come from just imagining a situation I think would be hot and writing a story around it. Some of them come from personal experience (yes, I’ve slept with telepaths).
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Not really. I write in different genres depending on my mood. Usually I write the erotic stories quite quickly on my laptop. And they seem to mostly be written on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I like it to be fairly quiet where I write and I like to be comfortable so I always write completely naked in the woods (kidding!). My favorite place to write is up at the lake. Less distractions there.
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
I think my favorite character is Bri from Parallel Girl, because she is stong, demanding, and very very naughty.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
My secret identity has leaked out a bit. I’m proud of all of my writing, but I would rather my family and co-workers didn’t know how dirty my mind really is. So, the answer is: some of my friends know, as well as some other writers. And they have all been very nice and supportive of my erotic writing (and seem to like it a lot). Which makes me happy. Some of them volunteer as beta readers for me which is super sweet of them and helps me a lot. I am a guy writing from a girl’s point-of-view fairly often, so it helps me to have actual girls tell me when I’m doing it right.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Hmm. Tough question. It depends on my age at the time. Astronaut was high on the list for awhile, as was scientist and musician. Although I have been writing for a long time I never really considered making a career out of it.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I go from zero to fully-loaded in 5.6 seconds. Wait. ..that’s a different answer. I think of a situation or premise, and a girl and her motivations. Taking Doppleganger for instance. I thought: What if aliens needed to abduct girls and make them orgasm so they could harness the orgasmic energy to power their ships? After having that idea I think it took me 4 hours to write the story start to finish.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Don’t sweat the first draft just finish it.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
Eat more fiber! In all seriousness I manage writer’s block by working on many things at the same time. I’m never blocked on all of them.
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
Mmm, probably Lenora, the Succubus in the story of the same name. She’s dangerous and hotter than hell.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I’ve met lots and lots of writers. I love meeting writers. I would have to say H.P. Lovecraft because he was one kinky bastard.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
I would have to say Paranormal. That’s mostly what I write and I like when the erotic is mixed with the otherworldly.
- What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am about halfway done with another erotic short-story collection. This one is called Teachers, and so far has no paranormal elements in it (unusual for me). The chapters relate to different classes at school and the kinky events that happen there. I would have to say that it’s going to be pretty hot.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
My biggest writing challenge was writing a novel. It took me a long time and I had to regroup a few times in order to finish it (it’s not erotica). Finally I did succeed in finishing it and publishing it. I have not attempted anything novel-length in erotica. Parallel Girl would be my longest erotica story that involves the same characters. Usually I write a bunch of short stories and bundle them together when I do erotica.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
My biggest achievement is having a lot of books published and selling while continuing to write more. It feels good to sell books… and it feels even better to have readers tell me how much they like my stories. Readers are the best. I love them. Not like in my books–the police would show up–but you know what I mean….