Literotica author Bob_Aganoush is posting “interviews” with LitE authors. He has a set of questions he emails them and he posts their response. If he sent me his list of questions, here’s what I’d reply:
Is there anything about you and your background, beyond what is in your Literotica profile, that you would like your readers to know about you?
I’ve been asked multiple times if I write incest stories from personal experience, i.e. have I had incestuous sex. No, I haven’t. I have a brother and no sisters. I’ve never had a thing for my mom. When I was a teenager, I had a couple of cousins that I found hot but nothing ever happened between us. I’ve only know one person who has admitted to having an incestuous relationship and she was knocked up by her uncle at 15. Didn’t seem happy about it as she was struggling as a single mom.
Do you remember when you first discovered that you liked reading erotic literature? How did this come about?
When I first started getting interested in sex, my brother showed me my dad’s stash of dirty books. Since then, I’ve always preferred stories to pictures. And I’ve always preferred incest stories.
When did you first begin writing your own erotic literature? What prompted you to write your own?
One day, I had a story idea and decided to give it a try. My very first story was going to be “Helping My Cousin With Her Taxes”, a 100K novel covering over 20 years. It was going to cover a huge amount of my wisdom on life and love. I wrote 40K-50K words on it. I decided that my writing skills needed to be better and that it would be best to publish a short story as a learning experience. That was “Heather and Michael Ch 01” and “Ch 02”. Eventually, I went back to “Helping My Cousin With Her Taxes” and decided that the premise wasn’t good enough to continue working on it.
How do you develop the ideas for your stories? What are muses – your own life experiences, other stories that you’ve read, other media, random thoughts?
I put in my extended author’s notes what was the inspiration for each story. Most of the time, I suddenly get an idea for a story. I’ll work out a lot of the story in a few minutes. Most anything can inspire me with a story idea.
Do you ever collaborate on your stories with other authors, or with editors? If so, please tell us a little about your collaborative process?
I’ve been working towards a model of greater collaboration with beta-readers, fellow authors and nice people who’ve written me over time. I’ll start with a story idea and when I’ve got say 10K words written, I’ll send it out to a few people to see if the story is worth continuing to work on. If the feedback is positive, I’ll continue working iteratively on the story until I get it the point that I feel like I would be okay with publishing it. Then I send it out many beta-readers. I’ll incorporate that feedback in my final draft and publish it.
Most readers read erotica in order to be aroused, and many (hopefully!) are also looking for a good plot. How do you balance the need for plot in your stories with the “hotness” factor necessary to get attention on Literotica?
My stories are usually long for a LitE story, running 6-9 pages instead of the usual 2-4. I try to write a compelling story. My feeling is that as long as there’s steady progress between the two main characters, most readers will stick it out.
When you’re not busy writing your own stories, what are you favorite kinds of stories to read on Literotica, and why?
Incest stories. My favorites are whole family stories where we go from only the mom and dad are having sex with each other to the whole family is having sex.
Many readers wonder about the sex lives of the authors they like reading. We all know that most stories on Literotica are fantasy, but is there a window into your own sexual being that you’d like to share with our readers?
Boring sex life. Always has been. I’ve had people write me as if they think the sex scenes I describe I’ve done personally. It’s all made up from whole cloth.
Anything else about you that you would like your readers to know?
If you enjoyed my writing, take the time to let me know. Less than two percent of readers bother to vote. I get one comment for roughly every 3,000 reads. Long messages telling me what someone enjoyed about my story are exceptionally rare. If you send me a message, I’ll always reply.