Beverly and Tamara: James, welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Well my name is James Fuller, I am 29 years old. I live in Kelowna, BC, Canada with my lovely wife of 7 years and my 3 year old son Dante. I grew up in two small towns of Revelstoke and Golden BC which are located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I love the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, archery and am an expert survivalist and have spent weeks in the bush starting with nothing but the clothes on my back.
I also love to write, that may be an understatement, I have to write. When I’m not writing I am thinking about writing, sometimes it’s a little much. I am also a Sociopath and I think one of the reasons I enjoy the worlds of writing so much is because it seems to be the best way for me to connect emotions that are normal not there into characters that I create. It really is an odd process.
Beverly: I heard a rumor that being a male writer of erotica you’ve faced some prejudices. Can you tell us a little about that?
Sadly yes. Which I can see the thought pattern behind it in a way. As sadly most men don’t portray a well versed thought pattern when it comes to sex and the nature of sex… A serious down fall of my fellow man and one I hope to help alter one book at a time.
It’s funny though because someone told me once the reason men can’t write good erotica is because we are visual creatures and there for can’t put forth the correct portrayal of what most people assume erotica needs to be. I laughed, seriously very hard and here’s why.
1- Yes, men are visual creatures by nature and yes women are emotional creatures by nature. But are not both of those aspects what are needed in dynamic, fulfilling writing? Most women’s writing (most but not all) will stem more from an emotional side of things, simply because that is what they can most relate too. It is also why 80% of women write in a first person view point is because it may be easiest to portray a characters emotions and plot course in such a way while adding a lighter touch to detail and overall story visual.(again not always) Where as men more often than not will write in a third person voice because we are visual creature and can paint a story better from a bystanders point of view looking down (so to speak). But we will write with more detail and visual aspects because we can focus more on the picture as a whole and leave the characters emotions for them to portray through their actions and small glimpses of their inner monologue. Again not to say this is true for everyone, just a generalization I have come to witness and believe me I hate to generalize because this is what has happened to me as a male erotica writer. But given both visual and emotional elements are need for any good book, both men and women are equal to the task regardless of which side they have to play. And great books come from male and female writers who know how to play both sides.
2- Do not judge an authors work by gender, but by the work itself, you may be surprised.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
My laptop, really that is it. I have no special routine, or food, or drink to get me into the mood. What do I prefer, silence, which is hard to come by with a 3 year old.
Tamara: That’s for sure!
Beverly: As a male writer in what appears to be a traditionally female genre, how is your writing different? Is it different?
I believe my writing in the erotica genre to be very different. Coming from a fantasy, dark fiction, horror back ground I am bringing those elements to erotica. I am a very detail, plot, character skilled author, it is something I pride myself on. I will not write a book if the plot is weak, or if my characters don’t come to life properly. And I am fascinated with details, of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and all visual aspects of the world within the book. I research anything I am unsure about to make sure I can be as accurate as possible in what I am writing and my action scenes are next to none. That and anything can happen, anyone can die, main characters, sub characters, bad guys you name it, no one is really safe. It adds something major to the writing when you truly don’t know who is going to be at the last page.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
The term hero is not what I would class anyone I have ever written. You think hero and you think someone who always does good for the greater good, who will always sacrifice themselves to save someone else. I don’t write like that. Not to say some of my characters don’t go above and beyond in a ‘hero’ mentality but they don’t always do good, they are not always honest, they lie, steal, cheat, kill, turn a blind eye when they need to. In the world of men a hero to some can be a devil to others.
Beverly: When did you start to write, who influenced you?
I started writing when I was about twelve. It was horrible angst poetry… horrible. But I have always read and when I started reading Terry Goodkinds Sword of Truth series (which stop after book 6 cause he just ruins it after that) and David Gemmell and R.A. Salvatore ideas started to form in my mind and I began to wonder if I too could write such wonderfully crafted stories and so I started writing short stories, trying to twist different plots and build characters that stood out. It started to come naturally the more I did it and then I read Scar Night by Alan Campbell and that mans level of visual detail put me over the edge and I melded a form of that into my own style and this is where I sit today.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
There has only been one scene that I have written that I was wary about writing and it was one of the first scenes in my Unforgivable series. It was a rape scene, which as we all know is a touchy subject at the best of times. But it was a scene that was needed and it had to be graphic and emotionally traumatizing but I wanted to do it in a way that was right out in the open rude and crude. It took me a full day to write it but in the end I achieved what I needed.
Beverly: Did you decide that erotic romance is what you wanted to write? Or, like me, is that what just flows from your fingertips?
Until a few months ago I never even considered writing erotica, it had never really crossed my mind until a few friends and I were talking and we got on the conversation of erotica. Well one thing lead to another and it was said that men couldn’t write good erotica and I vowed to prove them wrong. My reviews stand for themselves.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend/girlfriend”? From what book? Author?
None, I don’t get attached to characters I read like that.
Beverly: Do you use a pen name or initials to cover up the fact that you are a male writer?
No, I thought about it but then I thought why should I try and hide what I do and who I am?
Tamara: *nods in agreement* What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
They all have their time and place in stories. But in truth I like the villain’s the sinister, evil, ruthless girls who use everything they have at their disposal.
Beverly: Do you know of other men who write that have faced the same issues? How long have you been published?
I have a feeling most male erotica writers face this issue. I know several very popular ones who use female pen names. Though I understand why they do, it is shameful that they feel they need to.
I have been published for just over a year and a half and now have 7 books out.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (You have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Pencils, paper and whiskey.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
I once went out on a date with a girl that was gorgeous and had asked her out solely on looks alone. We met up and had lunch and had plans to go for a hike and just talk… 5 minutes into lunch and I realized she had the brains of a flatten slug and was about as interesting as grass growing, we had no common ground and yet she talked and talked and talked. Longest hike of my life, several times I contemplated jumping from the cliff.
Tamara: LOL! What dream or goals have you yet to realize?
Not sure, they change daily.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Solitude, honestly being alone in amazing and such a rare thing none a days. I miss it and grab for it every chance I get.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Red, because it forces the most emotion as far as colors and brain functionalities go.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
I’ve done online live porn shows.
Beverly: *snickering* Yup, that definitely qualifies!
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?
I’d like to think everyone.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Coffee or Tea?
Blonde, Brunette or Redhead?
Kinky or Sweet?
Fast or slow?
Public or private?
Top or bottom?
Top, bottom, over there, up there, around the corner and on your car.
Tamara: *laughing* Well, Bev can tell you on or in a gremlin is no picnic!
Beverly: *elbows Tamara hissing* I thought we hung up the gremlin thing a few months ago! *turning to James* Thank you so much for joining us today! Let’s take a peek at Until Death do us Part!
Until Death Do Us Part
What was supposed to be a lustful night of passion and sinful, sexual thrill turned bloody in a way he could never have imagined, revealing a predator that plagued the night and feasted on the living…
Fuelled by the bleakest of hope and the haunting images of the past, Conner cleaves a path of retribution through the midnight world of vampires; dangling his morals and life in the balance to retain what little he has left of his former self, praying each step will bring him closer to finding ‘her’ and the one that took everything from him…
Available at Amazon