An Interview with Steve Richards

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!

Opus Angelicus by Steve Richards

We’ve always said that Twitter is a wellspring of talent, and today’s featured writer is no exception. Though he is no longer a resident of the Twitterverse, this is in fact where we first met him. It didn’t take long to figure out that Steve Richards is not only a delightfully charming and witty man, but also a magnificent writer.

Opus Angelicus is a compilation of short stories following a female character and her lover, Angel. But not just any lover. Oh no! We’re talking about every woman’s dream come true. Angel is quite literally, an angel.  Whenever she needs him, he is there. Angel exists solely for her. He is her protector, her confidant, her friend and her lover.

“I am an angel sent by God to love you, to watch over you and protect you. To pick you up when you fall, to keep you safe from all harm and to answer your every desire. I belong to you completely, having no meaning to my existence other than to please you and be there for you in your times of need.” (*sigh* Cue the mass swooning of ladies everywhere)

Each story is told from the perspective of Angel and written in such a way as to place the reader in the role of the female lead. The superb writing of this character makes assuming this role effortless. Everyone can relate to feelings of vulnerability, insecurity and the desire to be loved and accepted for who we are.  As the reader you are instantly immersed in this fantasy that the writer has artfully and meticulously crafted.

The bond between the female character and her Angel, rivals that of the great love stories of all time. There is a deep sense of adoration and sensuality infused into each of these stories, along with an exquisite eroticism that will make you squirm in your seat.

While each story explores a different fantasy and may be read as standalone shorts, there is an overall story arc when read in sequence. That’s why we are very excited to finally have all of them under one cover.  Whether you are familiar with the Angelicus series or hearing about it for the first time, you are going to want to stop what you’re doing and get your copy now!

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An Interview with Cameron Lincoln

Today we are beyond excited to feature an interview with Cameron Lincoln. We’ve featured his work on our blog before, and have been wanting to pick his brain ever since. With his new anthology, Perfect Pleasures, now on bookshelves, we couldn’t think of a better time.

So The Story Goes: We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to chat with us. You’ve been such a wonderful support for our blog, and we’ve been wanting to sit down with you since your last feature.

What made you decide to bring your work together in the anthology, Perfect Pleasures?

Cameron Lincoln: I’ve always wanted to have some of my stories in print, and it was a great way of pulling together a good chunk of my erotic work and still giving people value for money. Getting my work out there as ebooks has been great, but people were endlessly asking when they’d be able to read it the old fashioned way! It says so much for the tactile experience of reading. People will always want that. It was also a nice way to sum up the last year or so – put the full gamut of style and content in one book. Proofing it was really interesting, seeing how I’d changed as a writer, from the earliest chronological story to the most recent

STSG: It’s great that readers can hold one of your print books in their hands. We love curling up with a new book and flipping through the crisp, untouched pages.

As you mention in your bio, your writing focuses on empowering readers through sexuality, which is something that has always drawn us to your stories. Is it ever challenging to incorporate this theme into your stories?

CL: It can be challenging coming up with new ways to do it without repeating myself. As I writer I always want to try something a little different each time – whether that’s in content, style, perspective or theme. After writing all of these shorts, novellas, and a serialised novel, I think I’ve reached a point where I’ve said so much, it’s time to work out what I want to say next. Perfect Pleasures is a good way to take stock of that, to put it all in one place and work out what comes next for me in the erotica genre.

STSG: Of all the stories featured in Perfect Pleasures, do you have a favourite?

CL: I love them all for different reasons. I’ve always said I like the completeness of Extra Marital Pleasures. I like how raw and intense The Madison Banquet and Maria Unchained. I really enjoyed writing the new exclusive story Focus, because it’s somewhat more playful than the others – the characters are lovers and have been for some time. I realised that a lot of my work was about new encounters with strangers; I’d been neglecting the beauty of sexuality between people in loving relationships! That excitement of being with someone you adore and always will.

STSG: A beautiful and exciting time indeed *sigh* We are really looking forward to reading Focus.

We know that you are working on a full length novel entitled “The Mayfly”, which sees your writing shift into the paranormal/fantasy genre. Have you always wanted to write in this genre?

CL: I always have written in this genre, people just haven’t really seen it before! My erotica writing is pretty much dominated everything I’ve done in the past sixteen months or so, but I’ve always written, across a variety of genres. Sci-fi, thriller, drama, horror, fantasy. With The Mayfly I’m hoping to play on a much bigger canvas, and with all the tools and toys I love. It’s a risk because a lot of my audience are passionate about erotica, and their support is astonishing – I just hope they’re willing to take a few steps further with me into the weird and wonderful. I love stories, regardless of genre, and my hope is to tell a good one – and make it beautiful, scary, sexy, exciting, heartbreaking, uplifting. All the things a good story should be!

STSG: We cannot wait!

With your interests spanning over many genres, where do you draw your inspiration from?

CL: Everywhere! An idea for a story can strike at any time and inspiration can come from anywhere. I read novels, I love comic books, I am a movie geek, so there’s always a new story to be devoured just around the corner. It’s filtering through all that great stuff and trying to find a story that I’m passionate about telling.

STSG: Do you have a writing ritual? Something to get you in the mood to write?

CL: To be honest, I’ve drifted away from any form of ritual that lately and I think with The Mayfly, I need to get it back. Real life’s always pulling in so many directions, sitting down and maintaining focus can be hard sometimes. Usually it’s just me, a laptop and a blank screen. I listen to music when I write – more often than not something without lyrics so I can focus on my own words rather than somebody elses. Right now no two days are ever the same! Any tips?

STSG: Unfortunately, no hehe. Both of us have similar writing habits: sitting at a blank screen, listening to music until the words flow. It’s nice to know there are successful writers out there that go through the same motions.

If you could share one thing about yourself with readers, what would it be?

CL: If you’re looking for juicy gossip or titbits, there really isn’t a lot to tell! I’m just a guy who likes to spin a yarn, and if people get a kick out of it, that’s a bonus. I can tell you that I’m passionate about people’s passions. I love hearing people talk about things that they love, and finding new things they love. I love to encourage people to try new things, to embrace their hidden talents, especially when it comes to writing. Every single person you meet and interact with has their own incredible stories to tell, and so many people just need that push to tell them, to get them out, to get them down on paper. I love seeing people create – art, music, writing, whatever. Imagination is the most amazing thing and I love seeing people use it. So use it!

STSG: Very encouraging words. We couldn’t agree more!

Thank you, Cameron, for taking the time to stop by for a chat. It was a pleasure having you.

CL: Thank you so much for having me, it’s amazing that you devote your time to indie authors and help spread the word. It’s a humbling honour to be here.

Be sure to head over to Cameron’s website where you can order your copy of Perfect Pleasures.

Perfect Pleasures by Cameron Lincoln

A  single mother crafts her perfect fantasy using a very special service…

A dominatrix plays a game that will change her perception forever…

A secret affair is revealed with unexpected consequences…

Today marks a very exciting day for fans of Cameron Lincoln. His anthology, Perfect Pleasures, has been released in print form (yes that’s right, you can hold a little piece of Mr. Lincoln in your hands).

Perfect Pleasures collects six of Cameron Lincoln’s stories: Maria Unchained, The Madison Banquet, Submissive Desire, A Friendly Rivalry, Extra Marital Pleasures (one of our personal favourites) and the BRAND NEW story, Focus. As an added bonus, you will also find several of Cameron’s poignant poems (which we’ll admit we’ve spent many hours swooning over) within the pages of Perfect Pleasures.

We are so pleased to once again be featuring Cameron’s work. Not only are his stories intensely erotic, but he does a beautiful job at weaving in themes of love, empowerment, and self discovery into every tale. Be prepared to “Enter a world of erotic thrills and romantic, sensual encounters.  A world of adoring couples, sexual explorers, and lost souls found again through love, lust and liberation” when you pick up your copy of Perfect Pleasures.

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