Wednesday 21 November 2012

Author Interview: Douglas Black

About the Author:

Douglas Black was not awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. In 1993 Douglas Black was twelve years old. He is not twelve years old anymore.

Douglas Black writes male/male erotic fiction. His first novel, 'Port in a Storm' was published in November 2012 when he was thirty-one years old. He remains thirty-one years old and continues to write sex-laden romances for your enjoyment.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I like to plan things in advance; it's always best to be prepared!

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

In my last novel, 'Port in a Storm', my character 'Jake Castle' nearly took over. I have to confess I developed a little bit of a crush on him. He became my favourite character in the book and I wanted to give him as much attention as possible; his back-story basically wrote itself.

What is your favourite food?

Any hunk of meat! I started writing erotica when I was a starving student. A friend told me you could make money writing gay erotica for magazines so I tossed off a short story and it was published three weeks later. The money I made from that story meant I could afford meat for the first time in three months. Eating it made me feel sick, but it was still a great day!

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Both. I stay up late, chatting and drinking with friends; between midnight and two a.m. we like to set the world to rights. In the morning, I get up early and drink tea until my brain kicks into gear.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why?

I've been fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling in my life, but I've never been to Asia. My best friend from primary school is working in Hong Kong at the moment and I'd love to make it out there while she's there; she can give me a proper tour!

Do distant places feature in your books?

Yes! My first book 'Port in a Storm' takes place in Africa, Venice, Edinburgh and Bamburgh. I think the latter is the most exotic location by far.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Always. I like rock, heavy metal, blues, folk and jazz. I also quite like country, but don't tell anyone.

Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?

'Port in a Storm' is a coming of age story about a young man, Alex, who meets the man of his dreams. Jake is a traveller, an enigma and a mystery. His life is spent on the road and he refuses to be tied down. Alex falls for Jake fast, but being with Jake creates a rift between Alex and his family. Alex's parents want him to join the family law firm and Alex doesn't want that. He wants Jake. He just might not have the strength to make the choices he most needs to make.

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?

It's a hard gig!

Is there anything you would do differently?

Probably stock up on wine before attempting to navigate KDP.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?

I would like to say my own life experiences feed my writing, but that would be a lie.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?

This is an incredibly exciting time to be an author, and to be a self-published author especially. Seize the opportunity and embrace this new publishing world. Also, drink. It helps to numb the pain when you realise you aren't going to just wake up one day having made twenty grand and you still have to get up and do your day job.

What are the three words that describe you?

Historian, archaeologist, pornographer.

What is your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?

'Wuthering Heights' is my favourite book. I adore Heathcliff; he is the ultimate erotic hero.

The blurb for my book, 'Port in a Storm' published November 2012

Alex’s life is stagnating. At twenty-two, he has a first-class degree, but only a minimum wage job to show for it. His mother is determined he should pursue a career in Law, but Alex has never wanted that. He always wanted something else, something different, something more. He just doesn’t know exactly what.

With his parents piling on the pressure to join the family firm, time is running out for Alex. Every passing day brings him closer to accepting the future they chose for him. He’s trapped and he can’t find a way out. He has no one to turn to and nowhere to run. Until he meets Jake.

Jake might just be the most handsome man Alex has ever seen, but he also epitomizes the one thing Alex wants more than anything; freedom. Jake has never allowed himself to be tied down. He is a free-spirit. A traveller. An enigma.

Alex is falling for him fast, but being with Jake is pulling Alex away from his family. Relationships are reaching breaking point, and no matter how much Alex tries not to rock the boat, a storm is on the horizon.

Alex is going to have to make a decision. He needs to make a choice between what is expected of him and what he really wants. Growing up is never easy though, and Alex quickly discovers that, sometimes, the hardest questions to answer, are the ones you already know the answers to.

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Thank you, Douglas and good luck with your books!

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