About your books
I was first published by eXtasy Books back in 2004. A novel, ‘Journey Into Submission’ and a short story, ‘A Master’s Dilemma’. Last year for reasons I will go into later I decided to revise Journey and re-publish it as three novellas. They are appearing now. eXtasy is also publishing a new novel, unconnected to the Journey storyline, called ‘To Meet Her Needs’.
Did you always hope to become a writer?
Not really. I had written poems mostly at different stages in my life but not stories. However, when I met my now-deceased partner in 2002, I began writing the story centred around how we met and our lives together.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would like to continue to write stories of loving couples which readers will enjoy reading. Smiles, if that becomes millions of readers then I won’t complain but I am also very happy if it is only hundreds.
Which writers inspire you?
So many. I think many writers were first avid readers. I know I was and am. I grew up reading mostly adventure books like Robinson Crusoe and Biggles but graduated to Science Fiction and through that into Fantasy and then Erotic Fantasy. Writers like Assimov and Eddings and Tolkein and Rawlings have inspired me.
What genre do you class your books?
My books are Erotic Romances but because they feature (budding) Doms and submissives in a ‘normal’ relationship and therefore include practices like restraints they are categorised by publishers as BDSM.
What draws you to writing in this genre?
It is what I have lived for over 15 years, that is as a Dom with a submissive. So I like to examine the nature of loving relationships inside that context. I am a hopeless romantic so I write romances. I love intimacy and eroticism in my own life so I tend to gravitate towards describing these things in my writing.
What do you enjoy about writing?
Mostly, I guess, telling a tale… Creating a story that others will want to read and in which they will come to love the characters
Could you please include links?
http://www.extasybooks.com/The-Re—Taking-of-Kate/?keyword=Khul%20Waters [Published 15th Jul]
http://www.extasybooks.com/The-Runaway/?keyword=Khul%20Waters [Published 15th Aug]
http://www.extasybooks.com/To-Meet-Her-Needs/?keyword=Khul%20Waters [Published 15th Aug]
Can you give us an insight into your one of your characters?
KATE (in Journey trilogy)
Kate is middle 30s. An Australian with Swedish parents. A nurse. When she was 18 and still in her private school she had a brief but life-changing relationship with her teacher. She discovered that she was a natural submissive. The story looks at her life as she tries to deal with a deepening depression over her loss of the love of life and her sensuality that matter so much to her. She meets an intriguing man, Miles, online and sets out to discover if he could be the man she needs to turn her life around again….
What is special about this character?
Kate is a submissive but ‘normal’. She gives the lie to the stereotype of a submissive being weak and abused. She is a strong and independent woman who just reacts to loving relationships by submitting to the greater strength of her partner or master. She is intelligent and funny and loves her life of sensuality.
Are you working on anything at the minute?
Laughs, yes when I can find any time away from promoting my books. I have a new novel 2/3rds written called for now, Tales from Terrigal. It also looks at a loving relationship that is moving towards becoming a D/s one between two business people.
Is this book is part of a series? If so can you tell us a little about it?
Well, that remains to be seen. The title suggests it will be but it depends on reader interest and whether I go off to write the fantasy novel based on the short story, A Master’s Dilemma, or not.
If you haven’t written a series before, what are your thoughts on writing one?
I have written a series, the Journey Trilogy. And To Meet Her Needs is set up to be another one, again if it merits it with reader interest.
How much research do you do?
Not a lot as mostly I write about lives and places and times I have lived. But I do go and double check small details that I am now unclear on…like the names of roads mentioned in my stories.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
If not, who would you most like to write with?
I’m not sure as it is hard enough to write my own stories without trying to integrate two viewpoints and styles
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Now that I’m retired it is full time.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer an outline of where I want it to go but I do get surprised by where the events and conversations DO take that outline.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
In lots of ways. And because writing is a learned craft, I always will evolve my writing style. I re-worked the original novel, Journey Into Submission, which was published first in 2004, into three novellas because I wanted to make it a better written story. I improved the character description and the way I wrote about events or described characters. I think the new versions are much ‘smoother’ and allow readers to see inside my characters and their lives far better than the original, which was the first story I had written.
What is the hardest thing you find about writing?
Re-reading and re-reading and re-reading…. By the time a story gets to Galley Proof edit return I will have read it 6 to 8 times all the way through with countless partial reads.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Laughs, nothing is easy for me about writing stories.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
If I am mostly writing and not promoting, then two to three months for a 90,000 word novel.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s Block?
Sure. I just go do something very different. Sit on a beautiful beach. Go fishing. Spend time with my loved ones.
Any tips on how to get through writer’s block?
Not really as it depends why the person is blocked. And it is a personal thing that can only be solved by that person.
Do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Depends. If I’m travelling then definitely e-books. LOL I used to have half my baggage allowance in long paperbacks. But I still like the feel of paperbacks and hard covers.
Are you reading any books at present? If so which ones?
I don’t get much time lately but am trying to find the time to finish Jim Butcher’s latest Harry Dresden book and I have yet to make the time to finish KL Shandwick’s trilogy, Everything…
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Both. I start it. I was an English high school teacher in my pre-retirement life so that is not hard for me (LOL even if typos are a strong skill with me.) I proofread them then give them to my editor and we discuss the changes she wants.
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
eXtasy assigns me my editors though I have recently requested and had approved Laura McNallis becoming MY editor. We get along well and settle the dramas that editing always raises without fuss.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book?
Yes a cover is important as it ought to catch the eye enough to get people to read the blurb.
How do you publish your books?
(Indie, traditional or both)
Traditional up to now.
How do you market your books?
LOL am working that out as I go but what I have been doing is building up a wonderful Street Team on FB (Khul’s Kinksters) and setting them loose on there. I also have a blog post and a Google+ post and Twitter and LinkedIn. I am also beginning to expand my Amazon and Goodreads pages to get known there too. And now my ST Leader, Laurie Schmidt Lee, and I have begun to approach Bloggers inside FB and outside to try and get exposure for my writing.
Would you or do you use a PR agency?
No as I am not a big enough seller to justify it.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I have no problems with either if they are honest and almost all are. But I’d rather not have a bad one posted to Goodreads or Amazon as it will affect my rating average.
What are your views on social media for marketing?
They clearly are necessary but they are time consuming. Yes there are programs like Hootsuite to send them off to other places but the format delivers it in a way that requires readers to click and go to another place to read it. Many people aren’t THAT interested to go elsewhere to view.
Which social network works best for you?
FB, WordPress and Google+
Did you do a press release, Goodreads, book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work for you?
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
I like to watch them and love to make them as I am a visual and aural person.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
(Please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
The Training of Kate, Book 1 of the Journey story
To Meet Her Needs, a standalone novel.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
Did you format your own books?
In what formats are your books available?
Pretty well all formats.
If formatted by someone else, how did you select them and what was your experience?
Done by Publisher
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
Laughs, not really sure as I am struggling to see where it is going in the present!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just, keep faith with yourself. Make it the best you can then get out there and try and sell it.
A bit more about you!!
What were you like when you were younger?
Probably full of myself as most young people are.
How do you like to relax?
Reading, being on an ocean beach, fishing
What is your favourite quote?
So many… but here and now…the Confusian saying, “Be careful what you wish for as it may come true!”
What is your favourite book and why?
Lord of the Rings. Inspiring fantasy about Good battling Evil with some love thrown in.
What is your favourite film and why?
The Rocky Horror Show because I am strange.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
LOL you ask a 65 year old man this!?!?! Well, alive and breathing!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Do keep enjoying life and love but don’t blink as you’ll be 65 before you know it!
How can readers find out more about you and your work? (Include website, Facebook, Twitter accounts)