Rude Words

for readers and writers of erotic fiction

Author Interview with James Hornby

Author Interview with James Hornby contributor to Spirit Lovers

Q. What was your childhood ambition?

My childhood ambitions varied from being the saviour of the world to being a world famous physicist. Needless to say my credentials prohibited me from either of these rolls.

Q. What ambitions do you still have?

Current ambitions are a little more bland. I want a wooden house next to the sea with a grand piano in the master bedroom and a huge kitchen in the other room. I’d like to achieve this mainly through my writing work but  I am also still holding out for that Eureka moment.

Q. What was your first job?

My first job was selling splotchy, self produced photographs to sympathetic neighbours. The quality was poor and the intent was high, I vaguely remember ringing an airfield to inquire as to the cost of renting a helicopter “No don’t worry, no pilot needed, what? How old am I?”

Q. How did you end up being an erotic writer?

How did I end up being an erotic writer … well I have a terribly smutty mind, am a fan of the written word but also I enjoy the little tingle in my heart that thinks its a little bit naughty.

Q. What are the most important components that go into making  good erotic fiction?

I am relatively new to the genre of erotic fiction. What I have learned is by studying other pieces. Mainly it’s a case of having to put yourself, as a male, into a girls shoes, be descriptive yet obtuse, be dirty yet tasteful. As Miranda Forbes told me from Xcite books, it’s about creating the balance between story and sex.

Q. If you could have any celebrity pictured carrying one of your books who would you choose and why?

Maybe Florence from Florence and the Machine as she is a very cool lady but sort of accessible at the same time, she embraces arts of all kind which I think takes away some of the taboo of erotic fiction, though of course, I want some taboo to remain.

Q. What does your working day typically consist of?

My working day is varied. Sometimes I wake at four AM with a great idea write it down and work on it for a while, I’ll get some breakfast, row for a while and then come back to it. A lot of the time the idea doesn’t really pan out but there are always aspects I can use in the future. In the afternoon I will probably do research for potential ideas ready for the next day. I like to keep a couple of notions floating around just bubbling away.

Q. And what aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?

The aspects I enjoy the most are, though it sounds really egotistical, reading my stories back. Its sometimes weird and you can’t remember writing that paragraph or that line, it becomes a surprise. I also like the idea that people, from all walks of life have access to my words and, hopefully, they bring some satisfaction to them.

Q. How do people who don’t know you react when you tell them you’re an erotic author?

Girls find it very interesting and demand that I either recite a tall tale of passion or to see my stories. Guys usually snort into their beer and then just pass it off as one of my oddities.

Q. How do you like to relax when you’re not at work?

I relax by reading, walking, playing guitar. The more more physical research for my stories is also very relaxing.

Q. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?

Okay, drum roll, I’m blind!!

For more info please follow James Hornby on Twitter

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March 25, 2010 - Posted by | Author Interviews | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Glad to see Ollie getting some of the recognition he so richly deserves.

    Comment by Dan Smith | March 25, 2010 | Reply


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