Today we’re very excited to welcome our friend and author of the newly released Opus Angelicus, Steve Richards.
Steve Richards: Hello there, thank you for having me.
So The Story Goes: Thank you Steve for taking the time to visit with us. As fans of yours, we were so excited to learn of the release of Opus Angelicus. It’s such a beautifully written collection of erotic stories and we’re very pleased to share it with our readers.
SR: It’s my pleasure to be here and may I just say a huge thank you for the fabulous review you gave my work! I’m humbled by your praise and pleased beyond words that people like the stories I’ve written.
STSG: It is praise that is very well deserved for such great work.
When did you start writing? Have you always had a passion for it?
SR: Oh gosh, I’ve been writing little poems and comic verse since I was about 16, so quite a long time, but I only began creating work like this in about November last year (2012). I have a passion for reading and I love the power of words so I guess you could say it sprang from there.
STSG: How did you decide to write in the erotica genre?
SR: I have a very open and relaxed attitude regarding sex, I’m not in the least prudish. I’ve always found erotica to be very stimulating and absolutely adore and admire the works of people like Anais Nin and Tiffany Reisz. I’ve read countless books in all genres but my favourite is most definitely erotica so it just seemed natural for me to write my own.
STSG: It certainly seems to come naturally to you. Your passion translates beautifully onto the page.
Many new writers find it intimidating to share their work. Did you find it difficult? And if so, what gave you that push to do it?
SR: Oh yes, I did find it difficult! In fact I still do! The moment before I push that publish button is filled with trepidation and it takes an awful lot of ‘psyching myself up’ to do it! I must say though that the encouragement I receive from both friends and family, gives me the impetus to continue.
STSG: As a writer of both poetry and short stories, do you have a preference for one medium over the other?
SR: Hmmm, good question. I suppose it depends on what I’m writing as to whether it comes out as prose or verse and of course, what the muse happens to be whispering in my ear at the time! Some things just lend themselves to poetry.
STSG: We agree, as I’m sure many others would, Angel is every woman’s dream man!
Where did you draw your inspiration from in developing this character?
SR: Thank you, I intended him from the start to be perfect in every way so I’m glad you and everyone else thinks he is! I believe women are the greatest of Gods creations and deserve to be treated with love and respect; I wanted Angel to embody that idea and be the epitome of a ‘dream man’!
STSG: On behalf of ladies everywhere may we just say, you sir, are a true gentleman.
Is there a little bit of Steve in Angel?
SR: As far as he embodies my feelings about how to treat a lady then yes, there’s definitely some of me in him – quite a lot actually! Now if I could just perform like him and work some magic…
STSG: Take it from us, you certainly work some magic through your story telling. Ladies everywhere will be trying their hardest to will an Angel to appear after reading this book!
Out of all the stories in Opus Angelicus, do you have a favorite?
SR: They are like my children and I love them all equally, each of them having endearing qualities that make them special to me in some way. If I had to pick one, then it would probably be Opus Auxilior but as I said, I love each one of them.
STSG: Please tell us this is not the end of the series. There will be more to come for these characters, right?
SR: Oh this is most definitely NOT the end! I have a lot more lined up for these characters to explore, in fact the very next adventure is in the planning and research stage right now!
STSG: Yay! We are so excited to see what happens next for these two.
There is definite character development and story progression within the series. Do you have an overall vision of where the story will go and how the characters will end up?
SR: Another great question! I do indeed know how they’ll end up, having already made notes for what would be their final story, though that’s a long way off yet – there’s still so much fun for them to have! As to how they get there, who knows? I’m still listening to the muse and working with what she gives me!
STSG: Do you have any aspirations to write a full length novel or maybe to write in another genre?
SR: I would like to think that I had a full length novel in me though I’m not sure if I have the ability to carry it off! As for another genre, well maybe but I’m having great fun with erotica at the moment, perhaps a cross over – horror and sex – that always works well!
STSG: Well whatever else you may decide to do next, always know you’ve got friends and fans here at STSG! Thank you again for taking the time to chat with us Steve. It’s always a pleasure. And may we just say again, we can’t wait for the next Angelicus story! *cue happy dance*
SR: Before I go I’d like to thank you once again for the fabulous review, for promoting me and my book, for this opportunity to let people know a little bit more about me and to all my readers everywhere for following my work! Your constant support and encouragement is always greatly appreciated! Regards, Steve 😀 xxx
Be sure to head over to Amazon and grab your copy of Opus Angelicus today!