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Hello Readers and Writers!
Today we want to introduce you to an erotic author whose fun and steamy stories are sure to keep you entertained. His titles are witty and sometimes even comical. His books are often packaged into collections that he says are "sure to sully someone's skivvies". Always working to understand his genre, he has adapted his writing to please his fans while also putting himself and experiences on every page!
RL: When did you start writing as a career?
FNG: I don't write full time as my other job supports my bills, but hopefully one day I can say writing is my career. In high school, I wrote erotica for an English class assignment, and also tried to write a thriller about an exaggerated memoir of my life at the time. Both were forgotten about. It was only recently in august of 2019 when I started writing again, and since then I've self-published three books in (counts on fingers...) 8 months.
RL: What's your current work in progress?
FNG: Currently, I'm working on a three-part novel called Peter Penis Finger. Yes, it's as silly as it sounds. Originally I was only going to write it as a joke to tag onto my last collection of short stories, but it kinda got away from me and it became interesting to think about a character who couldn't use his hands for anything but sex and had a moral dilemma from it because he wanted to be married first.
RL: You write Erotic? What lead you to write in that genre?
FNG: When my mother was pregnant with me she was reading a "romance" novel and she ended up giving me the name of the main womanizer in that book, so these kind's of books have always been in my life. For a very long time, I did not enjoy reading because children/preteen books always seemed like an adult trying to sound cool or hip to his grandchildren and lacked a gripping emotional backing that I think makes writing an art.
RL: How do your books rebel against the status quo in your genre?
FNG: My books are very much my brain babies. I draw on a lot of personal experiences when I write but simply put, I am an odd duck. I don't believe erotica needs to be just one steamy sexual sonata after another. I think there should be humor, there should be drama, there should be pages that make you care about the characters before and after the fucking. Oh, and I have a weird thing for alliteration.
RL: Do you have any plans to write outside of your genre?
FNG: I already have. The second book I wrote is called Gauntlet. It's a dark, gory, fantasy with magic, and epic battles, hints of romance, and a strong female lead. I had a blast writing it but sadly the number of people who read it are in the 10's where my erotica is in the 1000's so, for now, I'll keep pounding out sheet griping erotica, till I feel like I can start taking chances and still have someone read it.
RL: What made you decide to use a pseudonym for your publications?
FNG: Obviously, I write the farthest thing from children's books, and I still need to work a day job, I love writing but I can't sacrifice an income because of my perverted ponderings. So F.N. GoodTime sounded appropriate. I also doubt all of my family would be supportive, maybe my mother would, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable having her as a beta reader.
RL: Your first book came out in 2019. How has your writing grown since then?
FNG: For Best Jar by Far, I was really focused on characters, for Gauntlet, I wanted to work on my pacing, and the 7S collection (Seven sensual short stories, sure to sully someone’s skivvies) it was more about making something short but sweet so I hope my future work will have all of these combined
RL: Talk to me about the challenges related to writing sex scenes.
FNG: I don't have many... a perk to your mind being in the gutter I guess. It helps to have a partner that is open with experimenting with different positions which gives me great content. After a while though, I do worry I'm just saying the same thing over and over, penis in vagina, penis in butt hole, mouth on... you get the picture. Sure I gussy it up a bit to paint the fantasy I hope my reader wants, but as I'm sure you know there are only so many words.
RL: Do you believe erotic fans are interested in plot-driven stories?
FNG: As an erotic reader, I would say yes. As an erotic author, I would say maybe? Currently, my best performing novel is a collection of erotic short stories and the interest only came when I broke the short stories out into their own works with sexy covers. Price wasn't the issue but the cover might have been. It seems so strange that people were only willing to give my books a chance when they're only twenty-page sprints. I also post on a website called Inkitt. It's amazing for giving you stats if you care about that kind of thing. It is especially interesting to see that the vast majority of people will skip around your book to the chapters that sound like they have sex in them... which breaks my heart.
RL: Which one of your books is your favorite?
FNG: Maybe my first, but it's a close tie between all of them, I only pick Best Jar By Far because it was my re-entry into writing and it reminded me how much I loved it.
RL: Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.
FNG: I am a very D.I.Y. type of person so self-publishing, making my own covers and stories just came naturally. It is unfortunately very expensive, especially if you're not seeing the biggest returns in sales. I would only consider traditional publishing if it was a fair cut of the profits. Money wouldn't be the main thing I'd look for. I'd be more interested in having someone give me their opinion before my editor sees it.
RL: How do you plan out your book releases?
FNG: I strongly don't believe in pre-ordering, especially something that's digital when there's an infinite amount of copies, but I mostly just upload them to Amazon once my editor gives it back and the cover is finished. I'm going to try releasing my books more episodically at a smaller price point so hopefully, they aren't too staggered that I leave the reader on a cliff hanger for months.
RL: How do you manage writing time? Is finding writing time an issue for you?
FNG: I'm currently laid off because of COVID 19, but when I was working, I would drive to work an hour early to write, averaging 500 words a day doing that. On Saturday when my partner worked till the afternoon, I'd work on editing/covers/write more if there was nothing else that needed my attention. I think finding time to write can be like finding time to work out. It may be hard in the beginning, but after a while, you become addicted and can't imagine life without it.
RL: Where do you see your writing career going in the future?
FNG: I would love to get to a point where I do this full time. I'd like to do book signings and meet people that tell me my books brought joy into their life.
RL: What are you reading now?
FNG: I just finished Closed Doors by Lisa O'Donnell, and can't recommend it enough. I would personally give it a 10/10. For readers who enjoy interesting perspectives and a well-paced narrative.
RL: What can readers expect from you in the future?
FNG: I have two ideas I'm fighting over for which to do first, but it will definitely be androgynous, blurring some gender lines, but the main toss-up is how silly/sci-fi I want to make it.