Fiends That Go Boink by A. Silenus Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Otherworldly beings put the moves on down-to-earth women in these three stories in the erotica genre. Dreams and fantasies prove to be open doors for a ghost, a demonic familiar and an advertising icon.
The muscles below my waist turned from granite to quicksand about the same time as all rational response dissolved in my brain. I mean, this should have been alarming, not to say terrifying. Douglas never wanted to do things like this. In the dark, in the middle of the night. And even if he did … well, he’d have to admit it himself — in the realm of the boudoir he can’t always do what he wants when he wants, if you get my drift.
Yet nipples don’t lie, and mine were definitely being squeezed by a pair of hands as big and as hot as hair dryers.
A. Silenus has contributed stories in the erotica genre to various British and American publications, both print and online. His writing includes a novel entitled The River’s Embrace and two self-published short story collections, Two Men and a Woman in a Boat and Obsessions.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
That goes back to my mother, who was a teacher. When I was a child, she planted the idea in my head that I should write stories. I was already a keen reader. Even before that, I was a keen listener to my mother's bedtime stories. She was very correct about everything from grammar to behavior. So, were she still with us, I doubt if she would have approved of some of my topics. And, of course, she never would have countenanced American spelling!
Where were you born/grew up at?
London, UK. Clapham Common, on the south side of the Thames, to be precise. When I was six, we moved to a village in the county of Berkshire.
What are you passionate about these days?
Imagining a time when social distancing can safely end. Extending compassion and fair treatment to all living creatures (with the regrettable exception of mosquitoes and bark scorpions).
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I try to meditate each morning, sometimes briefly. A walk with my dog in the Sonoran Desert, where I live, can be relaxing in cooler parts of the year. I love public television, and can find a program in which to absorb myself almost any time.
How to find time to write as a parent? That's no longer an issue. The concern now is whether my adult child would read what I write without wanting to disown me.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
No thanks. I'm a writer, not an editor.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
About the age of 11.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I suppose most writers of fiction draw from mental pictures. What other course is there? Writing based on illustrations may be one. In my work there are glimpses of characters I have known and places that have been meaningful to me, and even situations that I've embellished. I have never written with a movie in mind. It would be nice if Hollywood or even Pinewood took a liking to something I had concocted. But, first and foremost, I am committed to the written word.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
My late wife and I were devoted to Colin Dexter's series about Inspector Morse, particularly as portrayed on TV by John Thaw. So we went on a couple of tours of Oxford UK in pursuit of those yarns. How much I remember of them in debatable. But what would anyone expect after all those pubs?
What inspired you to write this book?
These are three separate stories. One of them was inspired by a celebrated hotel on the Arizona border that is rumored to have a ghost. Another was prompted by an unworldly and chilling experience which in essence wasn't greatly different from my story. The third arose from mulling about the absurd claims of the advertising world.
What can we expect from you in the future?
An identity crisis. I'm using my real name as the byline for a romantic adventure currently being edited by a publisher. Considering that I also write for a mainstream readership, I'll have to see whether it's wise to write in different genres with the same byline. But, like many of us, I'm a person of varied facets, and hopefully others will judge me with tolerance. Anyway, I'm ready to take the risk.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
Now that's something I'm not going to put in writing. Perhaps in a pub after a drink or two ...
How did you come up with name of this book?
The names of the individual stories probably don't need explanation. The title of the book was a rather contorted attempt to fuse a ghostly theme with a British term for the heavenly act. A bit of a stretch, I'll admit, but the good thing is it's unlikely to be confused with any other title.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Wouldn't you like to know.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
A day in the life of the author?
I'm not a writer who is blessed with the drive to write five thousand words before breakfast. That's when I have to feed the birds and take the dog for a walk. Every day is different, and many days are demanding in some way. This morning, for instance, I had to go to the store and get more of my dog's favorite treats. Yesterday I had to take the car in for service, and the day before - well, I forget. Oh yes, water the outdoor plants. Living is hard to keep up with. Writing sometimes seems like the easy part.
Advice they would give new authors?
If you can, get it down on paper or screen the minute it enters your head. Perhaps you can't manage to get down a whole story, but at least make a note of the main ideas and/or initial paragraph. So many times I've thanked myself for doing that, knowing that if I had hesitated I would have lost it.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Be patient with yourself. Know that you have to serve your apprenticeship in life as in art, and there's no way around it. Study both life and art, in yourself and in others, and wait.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Oh, let me think about it. Let's see, I'll get back to you.
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