Erotic Romance Author
Readers...for you female readers, I'll wait while you go now and grab a towel or an extra pair of panties! It's only a fair warning to you before you even start reading or you'll ruin your chair! Go on...we'll wait!
Now that you're all back with us, my guest today is the sexy Matt McMurphy! If you've not read his books yet, grab your pencil and start writing these titles down or bookmark his sites! He's also giving away three sets of the Swinger series (three books!) so leave a comment! Matt rates books on their orgasm ratings so you know HIS are going to be detailed stories to get you slippery wet. Psst... ladies, no oggling his ass when he comes in!
*the doorbell sounds* Hi Matt! Come sit down with us. We're dying to know a little more about the man behind the keyboard. Ladies...Matt McMurphy...live and in color!
Tonya: Matt, readers love to know more about their authors. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Matt: I don’t know how much I should tell. Matt P McMurphy is a pseudonym. I’m not sure the other parents of my son’s baseball and basketball teams would understand. On the other hand, I also wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them are reading my books one handed, or using them to get heated up for an amorous evening.
To answer the question simply, I’m a single father with custody of my son. I coach his sports teams and generally have a great time with him. He’s the light of my life. The downside is that I’m a terrible cook, so we eat simple fare, usually grilled.
I like staying active, so I mountain bike and hike. In the last few months, I’ve started doing CrossFit, which I love. It’s a strenuous workout, but perfect for an ex-jock like me. Plus, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of the “CrossFit Booty,” but if I may say, the eye candy at the gym is to die for.
Tonya: *no wonder I noticed his tight ass when he came in..hhmmm* Do you have a day job?
Matt: Because I’m a single father, fully responsible for all of my son’s transportation (school, sports, friend’s houses) I’ve had to be self-employed for years. I make my living writing (including non-erotic writing not under my pen name), and in another business. I have always been very interested in health and wellness and I stumbled on a product that I believe is the biggest breakthrough in that arena that I’ve ever seen. It’s not something I ordinarily would have become involved with from a business perspective, but I am so enthused about the product that I couldn’t help myself. It’s a real game-changer and it’s fun for me to tell people about it. I also have just enough geek in me so that the science behind the product is fascinating to me. That business, as well as the writing, are both growing.
Tonya: Congrats on finding a niche out there that also pays enough to do what you want! Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?
Matt: I really don’t. Typically what happens for me is that a story will pop into my head, or a concept, and I’ll sit down and just start playing with it (the story, that is… I have to clarify when we’re talking about books you read one handed). Usually the thing writes itself. Often, I’ll be in the middle of it and I’ll take my dog for a hike and some new thing, or the “what happens after that” scene will come to me. Basically, I just let my dirty mind run wild and hope I can type fast enough not to miss something my dirty mind is saying.
Tonya: I can relate to the typing-fast-enough-to-keep-up-with-my-thoughts process! Do you have a card file where you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?
Matt: I don’t have a card file. I just have my memory. As I said above, the ideas will just pop into my head. I have a couple of concepts that I want to get to, but not so many that I need a card file.
Tonya: If you’re self-published, can you tell us a bit about that and how it’s going for you?
Matt: My first self-published book was a paperback (not erotica under Matt P McMurphy) and I went through the expense of finding a printer, sending the manuscript to an editor I paid, etc. I chose that route because traditional publishing is such a pain in the ass. And, in the recession (but even before that) publishing houses were spending money on sure things rather than new authors. I didn’t really have the patience to seek out a boutique publishing house that might be interested, plus it all takes so much time. So, I went that route.
In the meantime, ePublishing began coming into its own. Suddenly, you could publish an eBook at no cost, other than your time and effort. The sales of eBook readers (Kindle, Nook, iPad) has skyrocketed. Did you see the sales numbers over the recent holidays for eBook readers? It’s unbelievable. I love the fact that you can put your work out there and let the people decide whether or not it becomes popular. In this genre (erotica), it’s particularly nice because people can have a very private experience buying the book, and then have a very private experience reading it.
My sales are growing on a month to month basis. I just wish more readers took the time to write reviews. That can make a huge difference for an author. I’m very confident that my eBooks are delivering what people want when they buy the books. I wish more of them would take the time to write a quick review letting others know that they enjoyed it. On the other hand, I do understand that writing a review of erotica may seem like a person is violating their own privacy. Like many people, I read a lot of different types of books (standard fiction, non-fiction, as well as erotica). I wish it was easier for people to have more reviewer pseudonyms so that they could feel more free to review “The Life of Abraham Lincoln” under one name and “How I Became a Swinger, A Love Story” under another. I’m in that same situation right now. I have written several reviews of erotica, and I just finished a book by a friend that is just straight fiction. If I write him a review on Amazon using the same reviewer name and someone clicks “Other reviews by this reviewer” they’re going to see Anal Love and Swallowing Secrets and, of course, The Boss’s Pet series. It makes me hesitant to give my pal his review.
Tonya: In answer to that, I’ve opened two accounts with Amazon so I can review standard fiction under thatn name. A bit of cheating but it gets around the issue. Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?
Matt: I write in the daytime mostly, but if I’m right in the middle of a scene I really want to finish, I go back in the office after dinner and work.
Tonya: Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?
Matt: My imagination is very visual, so I usually see the main characters in my mind. Some of the ancillary characters I make up as I go, but they’re generally based on someone I know, or sometimes a picture I’ve seen that I find intriguing.
Tonya: We’re dying to hear about your latest book. What can you tell us without spoiling the storyline?
Matt: I’m working on the fourth book in the increasingly inappropriately named Swinger trilogy (fans of Douglas Adams will get that reference). It started with the main characters, Michael and Stacia, meeting, falling in love, and exploring their long repressed sexual desires together. They explored what they wanted to do one on one, then advanced to swinging, including swinging with another couple and with a swinger group. The second book picks up their relationship as they start a business manufacturing sex toys that Michael designed. It leads to some great scenes as they test products with their friends and sell them at swinger clubs. The third book added an old friend of Stacia’s who, it turns out, loves serving people sexually. It’s something she never realized about herself, but the couple brings it out in her.
What I like about books about swinging is that there are so many opportunities to put new things into the sexual scenes. Nothing is impossible when you’re writing about an orgy. Someone, with all of the people, is going to have a fun kink. People will find themselves in positions they’d otherwise never put themselves in, and suddenly they’re having a sexual experience that is completely new to them.
In the fourth installment, I’m going to take Michael and Stacia farther out into the world, having new and different experiences with new people. Of course some of the old friends from the previous books will be in it too, particularly their little submissive friend.
Tonya: Whew! Those all sound hot and my imagination is already in full swing! I love writing a series because we can revisit old friends, introduce new ones, and go in so many directions while still staying in the series. Where can our readers find you and your books?
Matt: You can find me on Twitter @mattpmcmurphy. My books are on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Smashwords. I also have a blog where I post samples of my books, some random thoughts, and even some quick stories if something happens to come into my mind. The blog address is: http://mattpmcmurphy.blogspot.com.
Tonya: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?
Matt: I write my books to get people excited. To get them off, if getting off while reading erotica is what they want to do. If a couple is sharing the book, I want to enhance their excitement and help them have great sex. To me, a good erotica book (particularly the hard core type I write) should contain many scenes that bring the sexual excitement to a peak. Obviously, the story should be good too, or it detracts from the sex scenes. I even like to throw in a bit of humor. Everything I write is geared toward providing those scenes where the sexual excitement induces orgasm for those who are reading one handed, and to providing many of them. When I read erotica (I’m a one handed reader, too) that is what I think provides value. As a writer, I’m doing my best to provide my readers with that value.
Tonya: *throwing sexy smiles at Matt* I wish I could look at you with a straight face but to tell the truth, my mind is no longer on our interview, Matt! LOL but we’ll keep going here. I’ll try to keep my mind on business! *squirming in my seat* What is your favorite night time snack?
Matt: Fruit and nuts, usually apples or oranges. I’m trying to stay healthy. It makes no sense to me to bust my butt at CrossFit, and then eat foods that waste the workout.
Tonya: So true…and a healthy body creates a vivid imagination! Who is your favorite character in your books?
Matt: My favorite character is Stacia. I really fell in love with her in How I Became a Swinger, A Love Story. She is sweet and innocent, yet highly charged sexually. Having been in a very controlling marriage before she divorced and met Michael, she has a sense of wonder as she explores the highly sexual side of herself and discovers not only her sexual freedom, but also her freedom to be who she is. Plus, she’s hot as hell.
I also really enjoyed writing the male characters in my My Ex-Girlfriend’s Daughter (and sequel) and What Happens in Vegas Stays… On the Highlight Reel. Both stories are told in the first person and I enjoyed conveying their thoughts about what was happening. Their thoughts provided opportunities to insert humor and I like that.
Tonya: *meeting Matt's gaze, wondering if I should actually ask my next question* What about your sex life? What do you personally like sexually?
Matt: My sex life is too tame right now. In the past, before the responsibility of being a single dad, I did some swinging, went to swingers clubs, and also dated and had a lot of sex.
If you read my books, it becomes clear that I’m pretty oral (as well as being a real fan of ladies’ butts). I absolutely love going down on a sexy lady and bringing her to massive climaxes orally. There’s something so great about feeling the woman’s reactions, learning how to read her and do what pleasures her most, and then experiencing her as she has her orgasm… I’ve been told many times (even by bisexual women!) that I’m really great at eating pussy. Like with anything else, if you love it, you get good at it. Plus, I’ve actually read books and watched videos on the subject. It’s something I really wanted to be good at, because it is so exciting to me to give my partner great orgasms. And, if there are any guys reading this and they want a little tip, here it is: If you make damned sure she’s had at least one massive orgasm, women tend to love to reciprocate, so you’ll get enthusiastic head in return, and once you’ve started the orgasm train, she will be much more likely to continue having orgasms as you have sex. If sex with you results in extreme pleasure for her, she will have more sex with you.
Tonya?? Readers, I think she’s faded away on me…oh my gawd! LOL Tonya??? Readers, if you go visit my sites and follow me, then come back, I think she’ll rejoin us in a few minutes here! I’ll see what I can do to get her back.
Excerpt? Go to http://mattpmcmurphy.blogspot.com for several.
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