Today we’d like to welcome Fierce Dolan (FD) to the blog. FD is here promoting Gigolo Seduction from Decadent Publishing. Wow, that is one smokin’ hot cover! So FD, sit back relax and get ready for a little grilling from yours truly. *evil grin* Just kidding! Without further delay, here’s FD…
1 -How long have you been writing?
I started writing before I learned the alphabet, dictating to my mom. She transcribed my stories. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and never perceived myself as anything but. I started writing my first book at the age of 7—which I still have—and was first published at 14, when I won a statewide contest for a regional adult writer’s group. I published a lot of poetry after that, have written professionally as a technical writer for 22 years, and published my first book 8 years ago. I don’t remember not writing.
2- What genres do you write besides erotica?
I write under different names, so I’ve published just about everything. I write magickal realism, New Adult, paranormal romance, REALLY dark erotic horror, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, essays, technical documents, articles. You name, I write it. I’m a slut for words. I can’t keep it in my literary pants.
3- What inspired your main characters?
In Gigolo Seduction I was fascinated with the idea of men working in the sex industry. When someone mentions ‘prostitution’ the topic becomes feminized. After watching Showtimes’ Gigolos, I wanted to explore what unfulfilled needs a man working in the sex trade would have. From that evolved the main character, Asif, a man who has more needs than his work allows him to realize, let alone meet.
4- Where do you write?
Everywhere. I’m always thinking even when I don’t mean to about plots, development, psychology, arcs. As for physically composing—everywhere, all the time. I email myself copy and ideas in doctors’ waiting rooms, when I’m sitting at stop lights, in the middle of films. People think I’m trendily, annoyingly connected and txting, tweeting. When they learn I’m writing they don’t believe me.
5- What is your best guilty pleasure? (By best I mean worst.)
Alone time. I love people, I love interacting, but when I need to be alone, I need to be alone. I’m a stingy hermit. When I need to be alone and can’t be, I’m not responsible for what transpires.
6- What book do you wish you’d written?
To Kill a Mockingbird. Always.
7- You have to jump out of a plane w/ a holey parachute or edit your 100K MS by hand, what. do. you. do?
In everything that I write, one stage of development is editing by hand. It’s usually the stage that I get the cleanest revision and find inspiration in places that I’m too twitchy and mental to notice when I edit digitally. Longhand anything is a completely different synaptic process, and I find that though frustratingly slow, editing by hand brings my best clarity and voice.
8- Do you have a specific writing style?
I do, but I’m not sure what I would call it. I treasure economical writing, stark brevity. Everything I write is a challenge to say as much as possible with few words. I am fascinated with negative space—the meanings between what has been said. I’ve had to work not to be obtuse yet still leave the enough space on the page for sprawling direction. I love it that way.
9- How did you come up with the title?
I suck at naming things. Titles either come to me straight away or I leave them blank for ages. The wording of the title of Gigolo Seduction was more about process of elimination. The concept of the story and its name came to me at the same time—simple enough. Originally it was a slight variation of itself, but I felt the wordier title gave away too much of the story. Leaving it sparse provoked more questions rather than offered answers.
10- If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Storm Constantine. She penned the Wraeththu series, which I adore. Her skill at worldbuilding is beyond anything that has ever captivated me in literature. I’ve read some great urban fantasy, and I think hers stands out to me because the level of scholarship she put into the research shows. Not only did she create an entirely new dystopian world and races, she created a language and caste system, a cosmology, geography laid out in maps… It blew me away. I fell madly in love with the characters and stayed in love because of the detail in the writing.
11- Do you see writing as a career?
I don’t see it as a career, I see it as a need. It’s been a solid profession, just not in the way I thought it would be. The drier, techie stuff is what pays the bills, though I desperately need something more creative. What you saturate in is what you grow, and I find that as I’m publishing more fiction now, that’s what I want to do more. That’s what I originally wanted from writing as a career, and I want my daily work to be more creative, even if it’s never my fantasy treehouse bohemian writing life.
12- Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I think that writing in general is pretty challenging, though not for the reasons I originally thought. I used to think it was hard because I wanted to explore themes and styles that were beyond my skillset. Now, I’ve written long enough that I see areas that show improvement and those that need work. I am challenged in everything that I write because everything that I write is unique. I work hard to bring through different voices and perspectives. I don’t want one book to be just a wardrobe change from a former one.
Coffee/Tea? Coffee, yum.
Cake/Cookies? Yes, gluten-free.
Heels/Flats? Barefoot, thanks.
BDB/The Order? Neither.
Vampires/Werewolves? I’ve written both, but for the purpose of personal heebs, it’s all zombies.
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About Gigolo Seduction…
Long in passion’s service, confident Asif enjoys his life as a thirty-something escort, bringing romance into the lives of metropolitan socialite cougars. Gifted at seducing wealthy white MILFs and bringing them endless pleasure, the arrogant Persian eschews investing in a personal life. A chance meeting with young artist, Cass, while on the job at a gala event changes his perspective on women forever, and unleashes desires Asif never knew he had.
From Gigolo Seduction available from Decadent Publishing…
“Are your works always so intricate?”
She shakes her head, again scanning the tower, though my eyes stay on her. “Frescoes are always detailed and hard work, but this is way above and beyond. Layering in kinetic elements to give moving light and dimensional depth is my dream project come true. Most of my projects are just frescoes.”
“Just frescoes.” I laugh. “They’re noble and valiant relics in the art world.”
“They’re actually in high demand.” Her tone is matter-of-fact. “Though few people can afford them.”
“Well, you’ve outdone yourself here,” I affirm. Her smile is sincere, her pride evident, elegant, enchanting.
“It’s taken quite a long time to come together, and I’ve left the plasterer more than a little frustrated on several occasions.”
“I can’t imagine him staying angry for long….”
“They’ve given me deep creative license over the project, so that’s saved my ass a couple of times. It’s kind of mind-blowing to work on something so limitlessly funded.”
Our eyes lock for mere seconds and the silence is disturbing. “I was just going for a bite to eat. Would you care to join me?”
Cass nods. “I’d like to, but I need to finish this section. This medium doesn’t wait well.”
She’s genuinely interested and I want her to be. I want her to be as affected as I am. Before I can prod further she asks, “Maybe another time?”
Reluctantly, I follow her to the elevator. She opens it with a pass card attached to a cord coiled on the drawstring of her pants. My eyes linger on the brilliant green gem in her navel.
“What’s your name?”
“Asif,” I reply without hesitating. The sound is bare, like a secret revealed, though I don’t understand why. I always use my real name.
“Another time, Asif.”
The doors slide closed, and I agree.