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New Books Available for Christmas

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When you are stuck for a gift to buy a loved one it is worth remembering that you cannot go far wrong with a book.  So it is with this in mind that I present you with two books written by good friends of mine.

First of all may I present Miss Fabia Cerra.  She was last seen turning Simon Cowell scarlett on X Factor with her raunchy Burlesque routine.  Since then she has been busy as an ambassador for and running her own Burlesque class at R&R Frontline Studios in Oxford.  Oh, and she just got snapped up by

She had two books up for grabs:  Her life story, In Two Minds, available in print, and Ciao Bella! her Bible of style and beauty, now available as an e-book.  It will be available in print in 2012, if you can wait that long.

Secondly, I would like you to meet top chef Mike Saxon, culinary Jedi and author of Chef’s Tales.  Now Mike is a chef who has cooked his way around the world.  His culinary journey took him from Yorkshire to Toronto, the Bahamas, the Phillipines and Malaysia.  Whether he was delivering room service to naked people in Toronto, fighting off Phillipine rats or dodging bullets in Houston, work was never dull.

He met weird and wonderful characters such as the mysterious Mr Teppenyaki. Then there was  the psychotic French chef who would chase people around the kitchen with a meat cleaver.  And a whole cast of mentalists who, in spite of, or because of their peculiarities, produced the most amazing food known to man.

Both are well worth a read and now available via


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December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

The Girlfriend Experience

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Rebecca Dakin is a relationship coach with experience like no other.  As an escort with nearly  a decade’s experience she knows men better than most, and what makes us tick.  She also knows better than most where we go right, and often, so terribly wrong.

Her tell-all autobiography is now available by clicking here.  I had a read of two of her sample chapters.  The first described a typical work-date.  I found the account to be both articulate and honest.  The second chapter accounted for some of the reasons why certain men go to prostitutes.  The motives are many and highly varied.  Bad husbands are always derided but a fact often overlooked is that there are a lot of bad, cold or uncaring wives too.

Some of the stories of clients and their sheer cheek made me laugh on several occasions.  Also it seems those in the sex-trade are often underestimated intellectually, and indeed morally.

So she finally decided to put her knowledge to good use and re-launch herself as a relationship coach.  Her new book ‘Why Husbands Stray’ seeks to dispel some of the myths around infidelity,  it’s causes and repercussions.

After she had some attention from the mainstream media things began to gather speed for Rebecca.

So I contacted this stunning lady  for a quick chat:

How did you get into this line of work?

I used to buy FHM and Loaded and in the back there was an advert looking for escorts.  I signed up, and off I went.

Do you worry that your story may encourage more impressionable ladies into a highly risky occupation?

Belle de Jour TV series is completely glamourising the industry, and that is where the risk and concern is.  If you read the whole of my book it is very balanced in my opinion.  I have talked about the negative side of escorting, and the dangers.  I made a point of saying that I consider myself very lucky, and that anyone entering into the profession should do so with a lot of thought and care.  I say in my book that the minimum age should be at least 25 and not 18.  Girls will chose escorting anyway.  Reading my book teaches them to do it with care, and highlights the dangers and that can only be a good thing.

What is the most romantic thing a guy has done for you?

The most romantic thing a guy has done for me, when I was about 20, my boyfriend at that time wrote songs and poetry for me.

When did you feel it was time to move on to other challenges?

I starting thinking about finishing escorting when I was 32 I think.  I was conscious that there was no age limit, I have friends doing it in their fifties.  I want to settle down and have a family, and be successful in another business.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

One of my most embarrassing moments was when I had to make a point of telling someone that they have poor hygiene for not brushing their teeth, when in fact they didn’t have any!

You can keep up with Rebecca via her website or on Twitter

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September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Birmingham Writer’s Club

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In my quest to develop my writing skills I jumped upon this chance to meet a few of my peers and network a little.  The Birmingham Writer’s club is a very new organization, who, only yesterday, held it’s first meeting  This club is the brainchild of Rickie Josen, a local Hospitality professional and writer.  So we had something in common from the start.

The Urban Coffee Company, of the Jewelry Quarter provided the venue.  This plucky little coffee shop has taken on the established brands, such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee, and won a sizable chunk of their trade.  It is also the prefered hang-out of such luminaries as Helen Bonham-Carter.  There was just the right number for a first meeting, about ten, and we fitted around a table nicely.

Due to the gale-force weather I had gone for the windswept and interesting look for the day.  Imagine my dismay to find everybody else had done the same.  The group themselves were quite a wide mix.  Locals, artistic types, devout Christians and one orthodox Muslim lady.

What they wanted, from the group was largely personal.  Some wanted associate writers, others wanted an editor to set them deadlines so they had to write.  Others had books already written and wondering what to do with them next.  Personally, I was looking to network, as I said, with as many people within the industry as possible.

At one point I got on to the topic, with Rickie, about the subject of movies.  For her I would have imagined she would go for some obscure French film in black and white, with subtitles.  But no, she preferred Goodfellas and Terminator 2.

One person I spoke to wanted to swap information.  She worked in PR, which a field I am looking to get into, and wanted to know about my success, if you can call it that, as a freelance writer.  Somehow she thought I was earning a good living from it.  Oh, if only.  I explained that a good freelance writer should be able to write for any publication, at all, on any given subject.

On the way home it occurred to me that I had never picked any publication to write for.  At Birmingham New Street station I had ten minutes to kill so I had a look around the newsagents.  I shut my eyes, took two paces forward and picked out a publication to write for.

New African Woman.  OK, bad pick I guess, I doubt I could pass off as one of those.  Pick something else.

Build your own PC?  What, me?  This is a guy who struggles with an IKEA clothing rail.  What kind of PC could I build and tell the world about?  Well something that lights up maybe but that would just be a torch.  Which is the greatest extent of my technical skills.  So I tried one last time.

Herb Garden.  Ah, now this is more like it, as I have a garden and recently discovered the pleasures of being elbow-deep in soil and foilage.  But a short browse through the pages revealed the publication was fond of one type of herb in particular, and you probably guessed it wasn’t Oregano.  Yes, it was a magazine for stoners.

By which time the British transport police were starting to look over at me, with the attendant drug dog on hand.  Clearly, he might have a punter here.  I replaced the magazine and went to catch my train empty handed.

But the meeting was productive, I made some useful contacts and may have found a subject for an article for a local magazine.  So it’s all good.

And on Tuesday night I am going to meet up with the Coventry Comedy Writers Club.  That should be a, er, laugh.

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February 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Hellraisers – The Luvvies adventures in print

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My current laugh-out-loud book is now one of my all-time favourites.  Hellraisers, by Robert Sellers, is a biography of the drinking days of a unique group of actors.  Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Oliver Reed were the most notorious drinkers, brawlers and womanizers of their day.  Russell Crowe and Christian Bale have a long way to go to beat these mentalists.

Richard Burton in classic pose

Richard Burton in classic pose

Richard Burton is a Welsh wizard who left the valleys to become  a classical actor.  He appeared in a dozen films before meeting Liz Taylor, the only woman who could match him drink for drink and punch for punch.  He nearly burnt his house down by falling asleep drunk with a lit cigarette.  Later he would leave his wife to have a torrid affair with his leading lady, Liz herself.

Richard Harris, Limerick embodied

Richard Harris, Limerick embodied

Richard Harris, from Limerick, would fight anybody, especially the man in the mirror who mocked him.  One closing time he bought the pub he was drinking in at the time so he could continue knocking back the booze.  When he woke up the next morning he went back to the pub in a panic to see if they had cashed his cheque.  Luckily they hadn’t.  When the landlord died he went to the funeral and sobbed buckets.. until the name was called and he realized he was at the wrong funeral.

Peter O'Toole

Peter O’Toole was from Connemara and grew up in Leeds.  The last survivor of the original four, he has calmed down a little of late.  He was prone to depression and once decided to end it by drowning himself in Lake Como.  He threw himself off the pier to discover the tide was out and he face-planted himself in the sand and seaweed.  During the filming of Lawrence of Arabia he partied with Omar Sharif in Beirut.  One night they lost the equivalent of nine months wages in a single bet.  They made great use of the fleshpots of the city and caught a dose of clap off the same woman.

Oliver had a habit of doing press-ups on the bar

Oliver had a habit of doing press-ups on the bar

Oliver Reed is a man who needs no introduction.  Built like a shithouse, but with the voice of a classic actor he was an enigma of a man.  His breakthrough role was as a werewolf.  After filming all day it could take up to two hours to take his facial prosthetics and hair off.  On the final day he thought: Sod it, and went boozing in full Werewolf regalia.  Eighteen pints later and our worse-for-wearwolf decided to drive himself home.  Big mistake.  Soon the blue flashing lights were in his rear view mirror, and he was pulled over.  The copper made his way towards the open car window.

“Licence and registraaAAAAGGGHHH!!!!!”

The Policeman backed off sharp enough as the hairy inebriate made good his escape.

You want my dog licence or driver's licence?

You want my dog licence or driver's licence?

Such heroic antics are the stuff of legend.  The world is a duller, greyer place without them.

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August 11, 2009 at 6:53 am

Introducing Nicholas Black, Author and all-round Hard Ass

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Nicholas Black, author

Nicholas Black, author

It was the other week that a new author came in under our radar.  At the appointed time he fast-roped down from the chopper and made his presence felt on our bookshelves, MP5 machine gun in one hand and a manuscript in the other.

Nicholas Black is a writer like nobody I have ever met.  Sophisticated yet uncomplicated, potentially dangerous yet remarkably tranquil.  This is a man who has walked the walk, seen it, done it and carried the scar.

Little in known about his childhood, something he chose to remain private.  He is, however, a master of Muay Thai, Boxing and Ju Jitsu.  Fight Club is like a home-movie to this guy.  He trained with the legendary Gracie clan and Carlos Machado and Allen Mohler.


His roller-coaster ride started when he worked as a Security advisor for the wrong company.  Normally a straight up guy, he found himself under arrest on weapons charges and coerced into testifying against his former employers.  Rather than betray his employers, whatever their faults,  he chose to escape to Europe, where he joined the famous Foreign Legion.  Here he fitted in well with all the other colourful characters that make up the Legion’s rich tapestry.  He was finally caught on the island of Ibiza where he was working as a security manager.

Foreign Legion

The US Government ordered his repatriation and trial in 2003, and he was sentanced to 87 months in prison.

87 months, for owning a firearm, in America.  That’s like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.  But in this new cage of gray bars and hopelessness what could he do to keep himself from going nuts?

Nicholas Black started to write.  He scrounged paper and pens where he could.  He borrowed or stole any paper he could find, pencils, sharpeners and set to work.  His mind spewed visions of  clammy fear, of white hot fury, of horror and occasional wild hilarity.  He collaberated with paramedics, other men of the world who had fallen foul of the law and produced page after page of startling prose.

It started to occur to him that he was rather good at this.  It is a strange, giddy feeling that leaves you high on adrenaline even as you are sat alone in a silent room.  You write a chapter and you just want to carry on because even you don’t know what happens next.  A book can become a roller coaster, you just hold on for dear life and the characters leads you by the hand down whatever road they choose.

And the roads they led him down were dark indeed.  Tales of medical horror and supernatural terror began to leap off the page in front of his very eyes.

See Jack Die

But that was only half the battle.  He needed an agent now and a publisher which is another battle in itself.  Agents and Publishers get a little nervous when they get letters written on prison headed note paper.

So I finally got a hold of him, and sat his ass down.  It was time to get a few answers from this hard ass.  Could Mr Gilmartin succeed where many interrogators have failed?  Time to find out.

Your life experiences read like a Tony Scott film.  Is there a clear line between the facts of your life and the fiction you write?

Well, all of my nonfiction is based on my experiences.  However, in the SEE JACK DIE series, it all started from something that happened to me when I was working in IBIZA, Spain.  I saw something that shook me up, and then I thought, “Oh, that would be wonderfully haunting.  I’ve got to write about it.”  It thus spawned the series that starts with SEE JACK DIE.  It’s part one of 7 books that I believe are going to have a huge following in the next few years.

Have you thought about taking on Hollywood?  You could kick their ass right?

Well, those Hollywood boys can chew you up and spit you out.  That being said, I’ve got a tiny part in a small film that starts shooting in mid-August.  If you blink, you’ll probably miss me, but I plan on keeping my eyes open while I’m in LA.  The best way into a place is through the bedroom window, so I’m going to shake a bunch of hands, kiss some babies, and find out who I need to punch in the face to get my books made into films.

Nick worked with actor and martial arts icon, Chuck Norris

Nick worked with actor and martial arts icon, Chuck Norris

You met the all-American hard-ass Chuck Norris.  Is he as awesome in the flesh?  How many of the Chuck Norris facts are correct, in your estimation?

I did stunts and worked with Chuck for about 3 years.  He is a wonderful person, probably the nicest actor I’ve ever met.  And yeah, he’s pretty tough.  He still does his own stunts, and can kick like a mule.  And he showed everyone on the set the utmost respect (even us lowly stunt guys).

We have both studied Muay-Thai, Boxing and forms of Ju-Jitsu (You did the Brazilian version, I did the old Japanese style).  Is the Ultimate Fighting Championship becoming too mainstream now the Gracie family have left the picture?  Is it a refreshing change from the WWE lycra-clad ‘sports drama’?.

This is the evolution of the sport.  In order to go mainstream the UFC had to take on some entertainment angle.  Fighting isn’t about fighters, it’s about personalities.  You can’t market skill, but you can easily sell charisma.  Once Dana White–an extremely astute and intelligent man–keyed into that, things really started changing for the UFC.  He has done an extraordinary job of changing what was a nearly bankrupt organization into a multi billion dollar enterprise.

Have you any plans to release your books in any other languages?

Yes, I’d like to release all of my books in Spanish.  I am very fond of Spain, as well as Central and South America, and I want spanish speakers to be able to read my words.  I love spain, and plan on buying a place in Ibiza when I cut a few book deals.

Do you think Obama is doing a good job?

Obama inherited a mess.  Simply, Bush and his buddies did some damage.  No two ways around that.  We know, the world knows.  It’s about damage control at this point.  And Obama is a very intelligent man.  I like him, and support him in his endeavors.  Let’s just all remember that the President, is more or less a talking head for a cabinet of very smart people.  Let’s just hope his people are as good as we need them to be.

Did you ever write as a kid?

Never picked up a pen until I got to Prison.  Failed every writing course I ever took.  Hated reading anything bigger than a news article.  so I figured, if I could write stuff that people like me would enjoy, then I’d have a market.

What is more difficult, being on the run from the law or getting a book deal?

(Laughing) well, I’ve been on the run, and did that pretty well, so I’d have to say snatching a book deal.  But I figure I’ll nail that here pretty soon.  I’m a patient guy, and I’ve been poor before.  I’ve been rich too, and I find that rich was better than poor.  That being said, I’m okay being poor right now, and when the ‘right’ deal comes along, I’ll snatch it up.  And hey, don’t call me a sell-out.  I’ll never ‘sell out’, I choose to call it “Buying-in.”

Sodomy Cat
Where the hell did you get a title like Sodomy Cat?  (I really must read that book in an airport departure lounge opposite a nervous looking passenger)

That’s an interesting story.  The book title was a joke that my mates and I used to laugh at.  We’d walk down the hallway and start talking about the surprise ending of “Sodomy Cat”.  A book that we figured would never be written.  And when I finished the sequel to See Jack Die (See Jack Hunt), my pal Thomas and I had this evil idea…why not write the book that people will be afraid to open.  And here’s the thing, it is, by far, the best writing I’ve done.  The book is going to get good reviews, despite the name.  My plan is to take all the people that don’t like it and organize large book burnings.  The more the merrier.  Buy them by the thousands and burn ’em.  I’ll even throw the match!

Souls Harbor
Your book, Soul’s Harbor, relates the tale of a frontline Paramedic in Springfield.  Do you think America would benefit from a national health service, like we pay into in the UK?

Your system, while there are some obvious time-related flaws, is much more forward thinking than in the US.  No joke, you can get kicked out of a hospital in America, an axe sticking out of your head, if your insurance provider says they aren’t covering it.  Europe has a wonderful way of learning from the mistakes of the US, which is why I choose to live in Europe, when I possibly can.

Keep up with Nick as his website and on twitter:

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July 23, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

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SS and S

Seth Grahame Smith, you have a lot to answer for buddy!

First it was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a timeless tale of love, loss, and flesh eating monsters.

Now Quirky books brings you Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

In the same format, they took a PDF file for a classic and inserted the sea monster carnage in red print.  Probably after one joint too many by the looks of it.

Allow me to read you a small extract:

“As she lay gasping on the bank, soaked by the fetid water and the foul juices of the monster, spitting small bits of brain and gore from the corners of her mouth, a gentleman clad in a diving costume and helmet, and carrying a harpoon gun, ran to her assistance,” write Austen and her new co-author, Brooklyn writer Ben H Winters. “The gentleman, opening the circular, hinged portcullis on the front of his helmet, offered his services; and perceiving that her modesty declined what her situation rendered necessary, took her up in his arms without further delay and carried her down the hill.”

So far there has been no official reaction to this splicing of literature and carnage.  When PP and Z came out the old lits were remarkable game about it, I suppose as they figured it was a one-off.  But if this turns into a whole genre they may go shouty crackers at us.

And it is turning into a genre at a rapid rate.  According to US copyright law the book has to have been published before 1923 for it to be usable for a re-print of this fashion.  Coming soon we have (deep breath):

Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter

I am Scrooge: A zombie story for christmas

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

A Farewell to Arms and Legs

So you get the picture, right?  Monster mash ups are the new big thing in Borders with PP and Z selling 50,000 copies in the UK and 600,000 in the US.  And there are movies in the pipeline too, PP and Z being only the first.  How long before Rob Zombie or Lloyd Kaufmann catch on to all this?  I think Kaufmann would find it more appealing, this being the man who brought us Cannibal: The musical.

So I will definitely be buying a copy of SS and S when it comes out, it looks fun.  Available 15th September

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July 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Meet Marc Nobbs, Erotic author

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Marc Nobbs is an author unlike any I have ever heard of, he writes Erotic Romance, extremely rare for a man.  The book shelves in Tescos these days are stacked with corny titles like :

Virgin for the Millionaires Bed (exclamation mark!!)

The married executive’s Secretary (gasp!)

Sold into the Harem of Lust (swoon!)

The Sheik’s English maiden (oohh Matron!)

.. and so on.  It has become a guilty pleasure just reading the corny titles.  Luckily none of them were Marc’s.

Brace yourself, love!

Brace yourself, love!

In fact I can only name one other male romance author, and that was Saddam Hussain.  He wrote Zabibah and the King to relax after a hard day’s genocide.  It was very popular with the CIA apparently.  I digress.

Us British are a fairly buttoned-up lot.  It isn’t just the climate, it is some deep-seeded sense of shame that seems to prevent us celebrating sex.  We are monumentally underdeveloped in the sex department.  Something we should consider given the fact that it is one of the last free pleasures we have left.


Mills and Boon, the famous Romance publishing house, only really started to make a profit during the first depression in the 1930s.  Of course this was the days before the internet, but the online world compliments the written text, it hasn’t obliterated it.  Marc is a fine example of how to combine the two.  He innovated a youtube trailer for a book.  Brilliant idea, Marc.

As a male romance writer shouldn’t you be on the World Wildlife endangered list?

You might be right about that – there aren’t that many male romance authors out there. Probably enough to count on one hand. Romance as a genre is dominated by women – not just as writers but also the readership is mostly women too.

In fact, Mills&Boon, that great bastion of romance writing will not allow their authors to have male names. They have a couple of men that write for them, but they have to use female pen names. And I believe there’s a publisher who won’t even entertain male writers at all for its romance imprint – but right now which one escapes me.

There are a few men who write gay romance on my publisher’s books – but even gay romance tends to be dominated by female writers too, believe it or not. That’s a whole discussion in itself.

But, I think what makes me even more endangered is the way I write. With the exception of a couple of short stories I wrote for (which you can now read on my website) I write from the male protagonist’s point of view – highly unusual in romance writing.

The way I see it is that if I try and ‘get inside’ the heroine’s head, I won’t be able to pull it off because, let’s face it, it’s bloody hard for most men to know what goes on in a woman’s head. So I write from the point of view of the hero instead – I understand men’s brains. For the most part.

This, of course, means that my heroes are going to be different from the typical romantic hero that women write. It’s hard for a character to be distant, aloof and mysterious if you know what he’s feeling and thinking about. I’ve been told that my heroes are more like ‘real’ men that the fantasy kind you often encounter in romance. Is this a good thing? Maybe, maybe not. I think it will put off some readers from even giving the books a try, but I’ve yet to hear complaints from anyone who’s actually read them.

So it’s not just that I’m a bloke that writes romance that makes me different – it the way I write about it that makes me stand out. Like the tag line on my website says, I’m “Turning Romance on its Head”. Or trying to.

And who knows, maybe a few men will give the books a go too. I’m sure they’d like them if they did.

In your female-dominated (pardon the pun) trade, do you have to put up with much sexual discrimination?

I have to admit I expected some, but on the whole it’s been fine. My publisher doesn’t have a problem with my gender. I get along great with my editor and with other romance writers.

I think if there is discrimination it comes from the reviewers. So far I’ve only had positive reviews, but my books don’t seem to get as many reviews as some other writers. Maybe that’s because the reviewers are avoiding my books because I’m a man. Or maybe they haven’t picked any of my books up because they are going for ‘bigger’ names that they recognise.

Honestly, I don’t know which it is. But what I do know is that reviewers that have reviewed my work have all liked it.


Who was the best erotic romance writer in years gone past?  Hemingway, Byron, Shakespeare, Rochester?

Good question. I don’t think there are many writers who write quite the same sort of thing that passes for erotic romance today. Let’s be honest, as risqué as Shakespeare could get, he never went as far as describing which body parts went here, how often and for how long.

Modern Erotic Romance blends passion, sadness, plot, character development and heaps of graphic sex. My latest novel, “Kissed by a Rose”, has thirteen graphically described sex scenes spread across fifty-three chapters. There’s sex outdoors, in the shower and in the bath, a threesome, the couple download pornography from the internet and then make their own movie. It’s not all ‘throbbing members’ and ‘heaving bosoms’ but ‘real’ language describing what goes on. Some will find it offensive, some will find it a turn on. I’ve seen some submission guidelines from some publishers that demand a sex scene every chapter and where literally anything goes.

But what I write isn’t just erotica. It isn’t just about the sex. They are character driven stories with proper plots and proper conflict. In “Kissed by a Rose” the conflict is internal to the central relationship in the book. And I know it made both my editor and two ‘beta-readers’ cry in just the right places. In the piece I’m currently working on – provisionally titled “Eternally & Evermore” – the conflict is very much coming from outside the relationship in the form of a separate antagonist, much as it was in “Lost & Found”.

In the past, romance writers tended to close the bedroom door and let the couple have some privacy – or else they’d use a certain type of language to describe what was going on that allowed the books past the censors. Modern Erotic Romance isn’t about that. We slip into the bedroom with the couple to see what’s going on. I’ve been told that reading my books feels like watching a movie. But just not the sort of movie you’d expect to see on the BBC, if you know what I mean.

Did you take the cover photos yourself?

No. Phaze has a great art department that put the covers together for the three books I’ve published with them, “Charlotte’s Secret”, “Lost & Found” and “Kissed by a Rose”. I did have a lot of input into their design, which is why all three use my signature font, Scriptina. Of the three I have to admit that I like “Kissed by a Rose” the best. So simple and yet so achingly sexy.

The covers for all the ‘free’ short stories and the free novella on my website were put together by me. I took stock-photos I’ve found around the internet and done some cutting and airbrushing to turn them into covers.

I would have loved to have taken the photos myself – but I don’t know any women willing to pose for free. If you know any, give them my e-mail addy. lol

Would you be happy to see your work turned into films, in the genre of Tinto Brass or Jess Franco? (Google them)?

You know, I’ve even ‘cast’ a couple of my stories. Of course, I can’t really see Kiera Knightly wanting to take on these roles unless some of the scenes were toned down a bit. Rachel Stevens might go for it though since her singing career isn’t going too well right now. I live in hope. (funnily enough, I cast myself opposite both of them. lol)

Are some or all of the heroines fantasy women or are they based on women you have met?  Are any of them based on women you wished you had spoken to, but hadn’t?

It varies. Sometimes the women I write are pure fantasy, sometimes they are based on someone I know or knew be them ex-lovers, wish-they-had-been-lovers or just someone I remember fondly for some reason. At least, that’s how they start out. But more often than not they take on a life of their own and end-up not being based on anyone.

For example, Beth from “Lost & Found” was originally based on a friend I have in the States who I exchange regular e-mails with. We’ve never met anywhere other than online and the premise of the story to start with was a scenario in which we could meet. But as the story developed, Beth stopped being based on my e-mail friend and became a person in her own right.

This happens to all the best characters – any writer will tell you that. If you’ve created the charcter well enough, you no longer have to think about how they might react in any given situation – they’ll tell you how they would react. It’s odd but my characters are as real to me as any of the people I work with on a day to day basis and more real than most of the people I pass in the street.

You are widely traveled, where is the best location for romance, geographically speaking?

Paris. It’s a cliché, to be sure, but there’s just something about the place. I couldn’t even tell you what it is. For me, London comes a close second followed by the dramatic scenery of Wales. There’s a scene in “Kissed by a Rose” where the hero is sitting on a bench on the sea front looking out at the Dolphins leaping out of the water in the distance. Okay, so “Kissed by a Rose” takes place in a town I made up, but substitute Aberystwyth in place of Westmouth and you have a romantic scene straight from my university days.

Where is the best place to propose to a lady?  (I popped the question on the cliffs of Santorini)

Given my last answer this won’t surprise you but… Top of the Eiffel Tower, looking out over Paris.

What kind of following do you have?  Are they all women?

I wish I knew. I think all of the correspondence I’ve had in respect of of work published with Phaze has been from women, but that hasn’t been an awful lot to be honest. I get a lot more feedback from the story I post on ‘free’ websites. That’s partly because the ‘free’ websites actively encourage readers to contact the authors. Most of the authors are doing it as a hobby and the only ‘payment’ they receive it reader feedback. Whereas if you’ve already paid for a book, I think most people think they’ve rewarded the author enough and don’t feel the need to write to him/her.

It would be nice to hear from more readers and find out what they think, but for now i’ll just have to make do with the royalty payments.

Honestly, now, do the lads down the pub know about all this?  What do they think?

No. Do you think I’m stupid? Can you even begin to imagine what they’d say?

You’re a man of many talents, not in the least fatherhood.  What do you like to do to relax?

Actually, writing is my way of relaxing. I know that sounds silly, but if I didn’t enjoy it then I wouldn’t do it

Does your wife proof-read the love scenes?

She does sometimes, but only if she’s feeling frisky.

You wrote a book called Sun, Sea and Shagging.  Were you in Malaga the same week as me or something?  Where is the best spot for all that?

I’ve never actually been to Spain at all. This story was product of an over-active imagination and too many episodes of “Brits Abroad” or some other satellite channel rubbish about lager-lout Brits getting carried away on the continent.

Has the erotic romance industry come a long way (sorry, another bad pun) since it’s heady early days?

These days you can find Erotic Romance across a range of genres from paranormal to Sci-Fi, from suspense to thriller. You’ll even find gay romance written by gay men, gay women and straight women. More of the publishers are putting out print book as well as e-books. Ellora’s Cave averages sales of 70,000 books per month, which is huge. I think erotic romance is better served online than in print. Given the audience is mostly women, and the nature of the literature, I think most women find it easier to download books than walk into Tesco and pick it off the shelf. So when we get a good quality, affordable e-reader, then it will only get bigger. Yes, we have the Sony Reader, but it uses a propriety format, and we have the Amazon Kindle but it’s only available in the US, and both are just too expensive right now. IF we can get a similar reader on the market for around £50, then e-books, and erotic romance, will really take off.

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Author of Contemporary Erotic Romance
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Written by Nick Gilmartin

July 8, 2009 at 4:14 pm