Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kurt Dysan - Called Home - Interview and Giveaway





Hello everyone – I’m excited to have paranormal erotic romance author Kurt Dysan as the featured guest author this week; ) He’s here to chat about Called Home, his upcoming release through Muse It HOT Publishing. I have a number of questions about the story and its stars, plus a few for Kurt too – before we get started, here’s a little about Kurt…

He has worked and lived in Asia, Europe and the US. He travels, writing about the people and passions he sees, probing the emotional triggers that drive people from the beaten path and exploring the consequences of actions many of us think about but never actually take.


Okay…now on with the interview ;o) Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win a PDF of Called Home…details below.


Please tell us how the idea came to you for Called Home. Please include all the fun details.

I was thinking of choices the choices we make and their unintended consequences. Everything we do has consequences, including loving intensely. So I started with the simple idea of the repercussions of loving a person so strongly that life is unimaginable without them. We hear of people dying after a loved one dies. What if someone died because they “felt” their loved one die, but the feeling was wrong? The story isn't about that, but of its consequences. 


What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Brad?

Many of Brad's choices in his short life are dictated by his love of and lust for Donna. Either directly or indirectly, she has been a major influence on him, although he doesn't really see it that way. Her death doesn't diminish that influence. So, speaking simplistically, he is driven by his love for her and her compulsion for them to be together, no matter what.


Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?

I created Daten, the town that Brad and Donna grew up in, but it's nothing special and I briefly lived in a place just like it. I didn't want Brad and Donna to be sophisticated people who would spend too much time analyzing their feelings, but more do-to-earth people who accept what they say and hear more readily. Their world has been their small town. Brad gets out, but not really. The Army trains him and thrusts into a war zone. He is out of his element. It is Donna who stays rooted. In a way this story is about homecoming. She calls him home. They both need closure since life hasn't turned out at all the way they thought it would.


Can you share anything about the paranormal beings in the story? What’s unique about them?

I'm not sure Donna is unique in any sense beyond being an individual. She accepts that she is dead. There is no angst about it. What she won't accept is that she miscalculated. She died thinking that dying would keep her and Brad together. Now she is simply trying to stay strong enough to coax him to join her; to make it right. She uses his passion for her and surrogate lovers to achieve both. In that way she probably is incredibly normal, but focused and willing to forgo jealousy.


Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?

I like scenes that involve characters from different worlds trying to explain themselves to each other. So, when Donna tells Brad to return to the town of Daten, he has to think it out, out loud. Of course she can't actually explain what she wants. She doesn't know how to translate it into any words other than those that describe her desire to be together.

     “There’s nothing in Daten for me,” he told her. “Not even you.”

     I need you closer. You’ve made me stronger, but I am just hanging on. Come back and give me the strength to bring us back together.

      He could never get her to explain what that meant, being back together. But seeing his passion made her stronger, he guessed she expected he could bring her back from the dead. It seemed absurd, but then nearly everything had seemed a bit illogical, the world out of kilter, since he’d gotten shot. The only thing that made any rational sense was the Marines kicking him out. His arm had limited motion.

    After a farewell weekend with Clare, fucking her every way manageable, Brad called Johnny to give him a heads up. Then he bought a used blue Chevy to drive back to Daten.

   He still didn’t have an inkling of what was going on with his life. Donna was dead, but she wasn’t. With so much in his life screwed up, it didn’t seem like forcing it to make sense had much point. The war didn’t make sense. Killing people didn’t make sense. Donna’s accident didn’t make sense. Everything had changed.


What are you working on now?

I'm working on a novel that explores the rather noir world of Cambodian expatriates in a small border town. It's an interesting departure in that it’s about betrayal and any erotica is strictly incidental. I lived in Cambodia for almost three years and six months were spent in this town. The main character has an affinity for the misfits of the world and that place is a good one for finding them.


Would you share your writing schedule OR the best time of day / week to focus on writing?

Mornings are the most productive for me. Unfortunately they are often the best time to do other things as well. I write almost every day, however. When I miss a day it feels wrong.


Where can we find you? List all of your links.

I have my books listed on Amazon central & that's at http://www.amazon.com/Kurt-Dysan/e/B00IXOHYYU

Other than that... As I writer, I prefer talking to people, seeing their faces so I can recall them when I write, see how expressions punctuate their words. The sterility of the internet frightens me. I use it, but I don't care for it much as there is too little time in a day as it is. That's sort of a problem from a marketing point of view, but there's not much I can do about it.



  
Quickie Quiz
       Getting to know Kurt Dysan


Favorite movie: The Gods Must Be Crazy

Favorite places to write: Near the water in a tropical place.

Favorite season ~ why: As I said, I prefer the tropics where the choices are the rainy season and the dry season. I love the rainy season in Cambodia when the rain is fierce. It helps me think.

Favorite Writing tool:  Pen.

Favorite Novel: The Sun Also Rises or Tropic of Cancer

Picnic or 5 star restaurant: Guesthouse bar


Give AwayKurt would love to give away one PDF copy of Called Home to one lucky commenter – please remember to leave a comment and your email address in case you’re the winner.



Called Home

Book Blurb:

Wounded on a Middle Eastern battlefield, Brad comes home. Donna, his fiancé, is waiting to greet him when he awakes. She encourages him to take an erotic journey home, so they can be together. But at the time he was shot, Donna was killed in a car accident back in their home town. As he tries to resolve the reality of her presence in his head with the idea she is dead, he knows she is leading him home.

Buy Links:

Available now for 99 cents as preorder. Goes on Sale July 10, 2015 for $2.50



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Monday, June 8, 2015

SJ Smith - Author Interview - Erotic, Crime, Humor




Welcome erotic, crime, humor author, SJ Smith – he’s in the hot seat this week and would love to answer any of your comments or questions. He’s got a new release, Peeper, and you’ll learn a little about it through our interview – SJ’s got some writer advice also…plus there’s some good bits about him too. Here’s his bio:


SJ Smith is the writer of the novels Leisure and Peeper, as well as several short stories. He is happily married and lives in a small town in North Wales, and when he isn’t busy pedaling smut, he enjoys watching rugby or disappearing on a narrowboat to escape the rat race for a while.

 Onto the interview...


Please tell us how the idea came to you for Peeper. Please include all the fun details.

The initial idea was a voyeuristic, modern day noir story about a private detective peeping through a window at a beautiful woman. The more I thought about it the more I realized I was going to have to set it in America for it to make any sense, but then I started making tweaks to the plot to make it work in a British setting, and it all came together.


What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Jenks?

Initially it’s the idea of making easy cash to provide for his family, but as he gets sucked deeper in he ends up fighting to protect himself from various threats.


What’s Jenks’ job? What does he do for a living?

Jenks is a Private Investigator, which is what he wanted to do his whole life after reading one too many crime novels when he was growing up. He dreams of being a real, old fashioned gumshoe detective.


Give us some insight into Jenks. What’s a bit of his back story?

Jenks is a tall, affable man; likes to laugh and has a tendency to daydream. He’s lived in the same small town all his life, and has no overwhelming desire to climb society’s ladder. He’s happy with his lot in life – he enjoys his work and has a very sexy wife whom he loves deeply, and that’s good enough for him.


Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?

Peeper is based in North Wales, which is where I live. The names of the towns and villages are made up, but they’re based on real locations.
I wanted to write about this place because I don’t think outsiders know a great deal about it. North Wales is thought of as a tourism destination - people come here for a week or two to look at the scenery, but they never find out much about the indigenous population.

When the book was ready to be submitted I trawled the net looking for publishers who were accepting submissions, and came across Sinful Press, a new company just starting out, and without knowing anything about them I sent the manuscript to them. By huge and happy coincidence it turned out that not only were Sinful Press based in Wales, but also the lady running the company – Lisa Jenkins - is Welsh and shares a surname with the main character. The odds against such a thing happening must be astronomical, so I’m hoping it proves to be a good omen. 


What are you working on now?

A kind of rollercoaster epic about an odyssey through a depraved afterlife. I need to knuckle down and get it finished, but I’m a bit pre-occupied with the upcoming launch of Peeper. The idea of holding an actual book with my name on the front is so ridiculously exciting I’m practically wetting myself on a daily basis. It’s a lifelong dream come true.


Where is your best place to find readers?

I’m still searching for them. If anyone knows where they are, then please let me know.


What tip or advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Never press the submit button until you’re a hundred percent sure your work is ready to be read by someone else. When I was in Art College I asked a tutor the question how do you know when a piece of art is finished, and he recommended looking at it in a mirror, because while you’re working you get so close to it that your mind fills in gaps and lets you overlook mistakes. Looking at your work from a new angle gives you a whole new view of it.

I email my writing to myself nowadays, so I can read it on a different device, such as a smart phone, and suddenly I see all these mistakes I never noticed when I was staring at it on my computer for days on end. That’s a handy tip – I should patent it.





Quickie Quiz
       Getting to know SJ Smith

Favorite movie:  

Watchmen  


Cat or Dog or other: 

Dog. We have a retired racing greyhound. He’s insane, but we love him.


Favorite places to write: 

I write hunched over my desk with all the doors closed and plenty of cigarettes at hand.


Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: 

Anywhere except Llanelli


Breakfast drink: 

Coffee – lots of it


What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing): 

My friend and I are going to form a prog rock band in the spare room.


Car, Plane or Train: 

Boat. Going more than 4mph makes me nervous.


Picnic or 5 star restaurant: 

5 star restaurant – I’m a total food snob.






***Giveaway***  The first two people who leave a comment for SJ get a free copy of Peeper.







Peeper

Book Blurb:

Adam ‘Jenks’ Jenkins’ carefree life as a small-time private investigator is about to get very complicated.

There’s something ‘off’ about his new client, but work is hard to come by in the Welsh town of Llanrhos, and the return is far above his usual paygrade. All he has to do is find a mystery woman and retrieve a set of sexually explicit photographs. Sounds easy. Too easy.

Jenks’ sanity is tested as the case drags him ever deeper into the dangerous world of Veronica Tailor, where blackmail, seduction and threats of violence run rife.

Even his home life is affected as his wife’s obsession with Veronica sends her libido into overdrive.

Will Jenks ever solve the case?

Will his wife become a lesbian?

Will he ever manage to get some sleep?




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