Here’s an author interview with Slave Nano.
Find out what he had to say…
- How did you start writing erotica?
Hmm, well, this is an interesting one. Basically, I served an especially creative and imaginative dungeon mistress for a number of years. I wanted to contribute to the creativity of these sessions and thought story-telling was a way of doing that. This naturally led to writing and, even though I hadn’t done any creative writing since school days (many years ago!), I loved doing it and discovered I was pretty good. Sometimes the stories would get woven into the real-time dungeon sessions to create these wonderful story cycles.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
House of Erotica have just published my novella ‘Pandora’ in e-book format. I like the main character, Pandora, who becomes a dominatrix but is also a bit kooky and disorganized as well as feisty. She suffers a terrible ordeal but comes out the other end with her spirit in tact. It’s set in the future and I quite enjoyed exploring the relationship between her and her irreverent electronic household management system so there’s a little bit of humour in the mix as well.
- What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
To be honest I don’t read a lot of erotica. I’ve dipped into Literotica, the free erotic story site but there’s so much and the quality is so variable that it hasn’t really influenced my writing. I’ve kind of wanted to fix on a voice and style of my own that’s not too influenced by other erotic writers.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
That would have to be from the dominatrix I served. Basically, without her I wouldn’t be writing. And it’s not just inspiration from experience of activities it’s also her influence on content and style. I learnt a lot from how she conducted her dungeon sessions about language, pacing and conveying a sense of theatre that has contributed to my writing.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I’m a Deadhead. No that doesn’t mean I’ve lost all my brain cells though sometimes it feels like that! It means I’m a fan of the 60’s San Francisco band, The Grateful Dead, famed for their long drug fuelled jams. So, when I’m writing I will most likely be listening to ‘jam’ of the week on the Grateful Dead website.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
I can often be seen in the café in my place of work at lunch time with my laptop or scribbling stuff down whilst stuffing my face with a huge scone and jam!
- Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
There’s a character I had formed in my head to use for a book length story but I wrote a short story recently for which she fitted perfectly so I used her. She’s Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester, an Edwardian dominatrix who’s very dominant but also over the top so a bit of a comic character as well. I’m going to use this character to give a bdsm twist to the country house novel! So, she’s my favourite at the moment by virtue of the fact she’s the one in my head.
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes, my wife knows I write and the genre I write in but she’s not read any of my work. Other family members know I write but think it’s in a fantasy and horror genre, which is a half-truth I suppose!
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Oh, I wanted to be a journalist at one point.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
It depends. Since I squeeze writing in between full time working I have to be able to fit it in whenever. At times that is a concentrated session with my laptop. But sometimes it means scribbling notes and bits of stories down in my lunch hour.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
I picked up the expression, ‘mothering your children’ from a short story writing workshop I went to. What was meant here was being tough on your own writing and being able to cut stuff out even when it’s good writing and you’ve sweated blood over it! Taking that tip on board has enabled me to be quite ruthless about editing longer stories down to a short story submission length.
- If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?
I hardly ever write in a linear way. I can have an idea or outline for something but often start in the middle or the end and work backwards or forwards! So, I get over those times when I struggle by doing the thing that comes to me, knowing that I’m happy to build up the pieces around it later when I’m feeling a bit more inspired!
- If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
I’ve already met my perfect character in real life and she appears in some of my stories so it’s an irrelevant question!
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
I’d love to meet the author/s of the tales of the Arabian Nights but I don’t think that’s going to happen! I love the idea of story cycles and stories within stories, which is done so brilliantly in these tales. There’s some great erotica in there too!
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Anything that’s a bit warped and twisted! So, bdsm, erotic horror, paranormal really. I like the idea that you can put your characters in the most extreme or bizarre situations provided it’s done well and the world created is convincing within its own assumptions.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve written quite a bit of a book and finishing it is my main focus at the moment. It’s kind of Lewis Caroll meets the Marquis De Sade. It’s about a girl who gets brought into a strange fetish fantasy world to play out an intense psychological drama with The Red Queen. The sub-plot involves the back story about the main character’s past.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
Writing a 30,000 word story to order to a ridiculously short time scale on pain of a very severe punishment in the dungeon if I didn’t come back with it finished on time! It certainly concentrated the mind and got me over any writer’s block!
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
I think I’d choose the first story I ever wrote. It was written as a Christmas present because I thought it would be a cool idea to give something personal. I had an idea and just sat down and did it. It was a bit of a revelation moment because I came away thinking, oh my god, I can write. I’ve gone back to the same story again after a few years and still think it’s a decent piece of work.