Tonya: I want to welcome Lucian and introduce the author to you. Grab your coffee and learn about his books. Lucian, readers love to know more about their authors so please tell us a bit about yourself.
Lucian: Let’s see, I’m Canadian, bisexual and a proud mental illness survivor.
Tonya: Do you have a day job?
Lucian: At this time I am on a disability allowance.
Tonya: 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?
Lucian: No special rituals I can think of.
Tonya: Where do you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?
Lucian: My head swims with ideas. But sometimes I use true life events as a basis for my erotica.
Tonya: If you’re self-published, can you tell us a bit about that and how it’s going for you?
Lucian: It’s rough. Being a self-published writer is more work than I can handle a lot of the time. Being a writer is easy. Being an author is hard.
Tonya: Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?
Lucian: I can write at most points of the day, but I lean towards night. I have written in workshops and while chatting online.
Tonya: What advice would you give to new authors?
Lucian: Keep writing, no matter how many copies you sell. As long as you can afford a book cover and the occasional ad you can get by self-publishing fairly cheap thanks to Amazon and Smashwords. If you have a lot of books, people may pick up more than one when they first discover you. If you have no books on sale at all, guess how many sales you will make?
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?
Lucian: I often pretend I am writing a movie and cast it with actors I’d like to see play the parts.
Tonya: What attracts you most about men?
Lucian: Well, I like men and women. Especially open minded ones.
Tonya: We’re dying to hear about your latest book. What can you tell us without spoiling the storyline?
Lucian: I’ve been writing shorts in a couple of series lately. The “Adventures in #coverthypnotism” series are accounts of real life online trance sessions I’ve participated in as a hypnotist (so far at least); “Flashes of Control” are collections of erotic falsh fiction and poetry. The “Hypnotic Billy” series was also originally published as a serial and I may collect these series into collections as well.
Tonya: Where can our readers find you and your books?
Lucian: Amazon is the best place to look for my work, both erotic and non.
Tonya: Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?
Lucian: I may owe some of my success to 50 Shades of Grey, but the writing is so bad I couldn’t bring myself to read it.
Tonya: What is your favorite night time snack?
Lucian: Potato chips and cheese
Tonya: Do you like toppings on your ice cream?
Lucian: Usually no
Tonya: What’s your favorite meal - Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc?
Lucian: Grilled cheese!
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I’ll admit it. I was a schmuck. I was awkward and shy around women. And it’s not that I was unattractive. In fact, I’m pretty cute and in decent shape. I’ve received compliments on my hair. But when it came to romance, I was a mess. I had only been with one woman and I had to get so drunk to get up the nerve the sex itself was a mess.
That all changed when I visited my grandfather in the hospital. I had overheard mom and dad whispering that he might not be with us much longer so I wanted to see him in case I never got another chance.
“Billy” he said to me as he lay in the hospital bed. “I’m going to change your life.” I had always liked my grandfather and he liked me as well. Little did I know about his secret life. My grandfather, he revealed, was a master hypnotist. He explained to me how his father had given him a book and an old pocket watch when he was about my age, 20, and he had used that book to fulfill his wildest sexual fantasies even into his 80s.
“Viagra is a wonderful invention.” He said with a smile. “But now I want to pass this on to you. Read the book and give it a try. Just remember you need to be confident. Confidence is the key.”
I asked him if I could really make women do anything I wanted. He explained that hypnosis was not really mind control. It wouldn’t make people do anything they really didn’t want to do. But many people have secret desires and it could unlock those. It could make people want to do what you wanted them to if you knew how to use it. I was skeptical at first but he seemed so serious I found myself believing him. If I hadn’t I might never have read the book. Instead I started it that night and read it cover to cover in one reading, over twenty straight hours stopping only occasionally to eat and take care of other urgent physical needs.
Bio: Lucian Carter is a short fiction writer with works spanning comedy, supernatural and hot steamy erotica.