Sam J.D. Hunt
About your books
Did you always hope to become a writer?
No, actually I didn’t. I majored in English Literature in college, but never planned to use it for anything. I probably still don’t (use it). I’ve done some technical writing, but never fiction.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I want to create characters that people love, that they feel like they know. I don’t have illusions that I’m writing the Great American Novel—I simply want my writing to stimulate and entertain. If, in the process, a reader learns something or feels something deeper, that is a bonus. As far as erotica, my mantra is if it doesn’t make me hot, it probably won’t arouse my reader. Quality is also important to me. I don’t want to churn out books so quickly that the quality suffers. Roulette is my baby and inside you find my blood, sweat, and lots of tears. I hope each and every novel going forward gets the same care and attention.
Which writers inspire you?
I tend to be inspired by modern American writers like Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. As far as erotica, the first erotica I read was Anne Rice’s Beauty Trilogy; I’ve never forgotten those books. Since then, I hadn’t read any erotica before Fifty Shades of Grey. Last spring I read Dom Wars by Lucian Bane; if it weren’t for Lucian I would never have published Roulette. His work breaks the genre-mould and opens the door for unique BDSM erotica—Lucian breaks the rules and test the limits, I can’t express how much I respect that.
What genre do you class your books?
My books are definitely erotica. My characters are in love, so there’s a level of romance, but my writing style is far from flowery and my sex is hot, steamy, and very graphic. Although I explore Dominant/submissive role-play in Roulette, there’s no hard-core lifestyle BDSM or sadism in my books. My characters are more about sexual role-play. I don’t pretend that they are Dom/sub role models, or even that they are good at it, but it works for them. My writing is modern and contemporary, with plenty of dashes of humour.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing something?
Roulette started as one scene, now the prologue, imagined in my head during an, umm, private moment. I don’t normally fantasize about submissive males, but after Fifty Shades I kept thinking about Christian before he was a Dom, as a submissive still learning. The idea of Thomas peeking through a fence at a neighbour, becoming aroused, and being caught by his Mistress and pleasured instead of punished wouldn’t leave my brain. It became a story as I added chapters and a plot developed. A several paragraph blog post grew into a 51,000 word novel and a three book series.
What books have you written to date?
Roulette: Love Is A Losing Game is my first. I’m a virgin author.
Could you please include links?
How can readers find out more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/samhunt
WordPress Blog (check out Aunt Kitty Hunt’s Prude’s Erotica here as well): http://www.sjdhunt.com
Can you give us an insight into your one of your characters?
By far my most interesting character is Thomas Hunt. Thomas is a 25 year old Literature student working on his doctorate in Las Vegas. He loves fun role-play as a submissive, and he’s great at it, but he doesn’t have an emotional need for it. When he meets Sam, his new far-from-traditional older Domme, he falls in love. She has huge control issues and is unable to let a man have control over her. Thomas is appealing because of his boyishness: he’s young, smart, funny as hell, and dead sexy. He’s so much fun to write, and I hope as much fun to read.
What is special about this character?
Most male submissive stories are about beta or weak males who like physical abuse or humiliation—Thomas is nothing like that. He is a strong, confident, very alpha heterosexual male who just enjoys the thrill of the surrender to another. He’s also acutely aware that the true control rests with the bottom. He says at one point to Sam that a Dom doesn’t take control, a sub lends them that control for a period of time. I probably shouldn’t reveal this, but what also makes Thomas very unique in the erotica world is that he’s a switch—equally skilled at being a submissive or a Dominant. Dom Thomas makes the ladies swoon, as the series progresses we’ll see more of that. I love that he’s comfortable enough with himself, with his sexuality, to play either role. The three book series explores his journey from sub to Dom, and why he has to make that switch. Specifically, he fills whichever role the woman he loves needs him to. In the beginning, she can only trust through controlling. Eventually, they both learn that she needs to surrender that control in order to grow. Sam is the broken one, and Thomas is my hero—my golden knight in shining armour. He’s not perfect, but he’s pretty damn special and I don’t think there’s another leading man, or book boyfriend if you prefer, out there like him.
Are you working on anything at the minute?
Right now I’m writing book two of the three part Thomas Hunt Submissive Series, Blackjack, which is due out in September or sooner.
What’s it about? (If you are currently working on something)
In Blackjack, Sam and Thomas are on the run while at the same time exploring the exchange of power in their budding relationship. I’m fascinated with the exchange of power in relationships, even normal vanilla ones.
How much research do you do?
I do a lot of research, and so far I’ve only written about places I’ve actually been and things I’ve actually done. Nothing irritates me more than reading about some sex act and thinking, “That’s not how that works!” My books are fiction, despite being loosely autobiographical, but I don’t want inaccurate facts. I’m very obsessive about that sort of thing; if Thomas orders the King Kong Burger at Peggy Sue’s Diner you can be assured that it was actually on the menu. My goal with the literature and art references is to have the reader be so interested that they Google more information.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I have an outline. I keep a spiral notebook for each book with chapter outlines and where the plot will go. That said, when I start to write the characters often take over. I rarely plan out a sex-act. I prefer to put Sam and Thomas in a situation and figure out what they will do as it goes a long. Sex scenes seem to just develop organically for me. Plot elements are harder for me, however. I have to be careful to keep a tight plot and not lose my readers in the pacing and the details.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I wrote Roulette in about two months from start to finish. Most of that was the re-writing, editing, beta-reads, and formatting. The actual writing took about five weeks. I can write about a chapter a day when I’m in the zone.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through writer’s block?
When I get writer’s block I move on to something else. I tend to write very freely and worry about the re-writing and editing later. For me, even if it’s crap and gets scrapped later I just write something, anything. I also don’t always write in order. The scene in Roulette where they go the swinger’s club was actually the last chapter I wrote, even though it takes place early in the novel. The scene is overly personal and I kept refusing to write and include it, but in the end it had to be there.
Do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I read on a Kindle. I hate clutter, so I have very few actual paper books. I also love the portability of being able to read anywhere as I travel a lot. With my Kindle, I can easily have several books going at once.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Aside from some help from friends and my husband, this book was all me. You can blame me for errors you find. I also formatted it myself, a huge learning experience, especially the paperback formatting.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book?
The cover is key to getting your book read. My original cover idea was quickly rejected by an early beta-reader, and now good friend, Laura Frasher who advised me to heat up the cover. She was right, and my current cover reflects the mood and setting of the book. It looks great in print, too, and I absolutely love it. The torso is pure-Thomas, but the cover design is professional. My thanks to Sara Airew for making my vision a reality.
How do you publish your books?
(Indie, traditional or both)
My books are indie published for sure and will mostly stay that way. My book doesn’t fit the traditional genre boxes that erotica publishers like to sign. Some of the forbidden sex acts on the publisher’s lists make me laugh.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I’ve struggled with that question. As a new writer, it’s hard to get readers to give your book a chance. A big part of me is ready to do anything to get the book in readers’ hands, including give it away for free. I think the problem with that, however, is that it devalues the book and the writer. I also want to attract the right kind of reader. My story is far from traditional. I’d rather not have a reader who wants to read about flower petal body parts and flaming swords of manhood instead of, well, the more modern urban-dictionary terms I use. I might reconsider the free book idea when the rest of the series is released. Giving away the first book might be a good way to attract readers to the series, but I think .99 is probably a better option. Free books can come with low expectations for quality, and I want Roulette or anything else I write to live up to a higher standard. Roulette is available for free as part of the Amazon Prime lending library, and it’s also lendable so readers can share it.
In what formats are your books available?
Right now, Roulette is only available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback from Createspace and Amazon. If it becomes more popular I’d love to make it available on more platforms
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING PART IN THIS INTERVIEW .