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24 June 2011

Welcome special guest: author David Russell

Today we have romantic/erotica author, David Russell, visiting. David’s bio: b. 1940. Live in London, UK. Graduated in Eng. Lit. Have been teacher, journalist and editor. I do literary reviews, especially for Bloodaxe publications. Also guitarist/singer/songwriter, with CD albums. I first started experimenting with romantica/erotica in the mid-80s. It took until the late 90s to get published in that genre.

* So, David, what inspired you to become a writer?
Role models of authors I had read
* When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
In 1963; I’ve probably still got the typescript
* How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
Must have been 20
* What genre(s) do you write in? What drew you to write in it/them? What’s your favorite genre of all to write in?
Journalism, literary criticism, poetry, speculative fiction, romantic/erotica. Currently the latter seems to be my favourite as it has attracted the most response.
* What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
The best advice I received was to be patient and self-critical, to accept delay and adversity. The worst I received was to give up.
* How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?
I tell people about acceptance letters, and try to arrange small celebrations. I shrug off rejection letters, unless they contain substantial criticism, which I would take on board.
* In regard to the book you’re promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine? If there’s a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?
Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant
* The book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
This story is a stand-alone. But I’d definitely like to write more, and if it really catches on I would consider a sequel.
*** Now for some fun info… ***
What’s your favorite color?
* What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Are you a cat, dog or both kind of person?
Cat, definitely
Would you/have you own(ed) a snake or some other exotic pet?
Not a snake; perhaps a lemur
Which do you prefer: rain or sun & warm weather or cold weather?
Sun and warm weather
Are you a morning person or night owl?
A morning person, though I occasionally make use of my insomnia
* What’s your favorite day of the week?
What’s your favorite number?
* If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be and why?

Saturn: I am so turned on by those rings
* If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
Laptop, mobile phone, solar energy powered electric razor, searchlight and cutlery set

*** About David’s duet novel… ***
My Dream of Madonna/An Ecstatic Rendezvous, XoXo Publishing: $1.95. These two stories are a synthesis of fantasy, media absorption and experience.
From Laurie, a reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More, on the duet novel…
My Dream of Madonna
A shy but very eager young man has a dream that he has been summoned to a personal audience with Madonna. He is given full-star treatment and finally finds himself the sole object of her undivided attention for a very special short interlude.
This is a short story written in first person that details a young man’s fantasy. It is a dream sequence told with an almost child-like innocence and sense of wonder. As with most dreams, there is a very strong narcissistic element that I thought the author conveyed very well though personally, I found it rather off-putting.
An Ecstatic Rendezvous
A shy but exceptionally sculptured young man finds a beautiful, uninhibited young woman through the personal ads. He and Sandra share erotic foreplay via the phone and decide they simply must meet to enjoy each other in person.
Written via the young man’s perspective, this short story is about an inexperienced but very willing young man’s brief fling with a gorgeous, experienced woman who finds his physique and retro clothing utterly charming and unabashedly appealing. During their erotic encounter they each appraise and compliment the other finding their enjoyment enhanced by their doting adulations of each other. This reader was not as enamored of the unrelenting self-adoration and selfish love or of the appalling attire depicted in this fantasy.

I found both stories unique in that they both portrayed the trysts from a very narcissistic first person point of view. I found it interesting to compare and contrast these tales with my own secret thoughts and longings. Therefore, while the author’s musings did not align with nor cater to my own imaginings, I applaud his effort to convey his in a distinctly readable form. The review can be found here:

***Find David here***
David's story at xoxopublishing

David's story at Devine Destinies

Thank you for joining us here today, David! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.

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