This month’s author interview is with erotic romance writer, D. de Carvalho.
A native of far-flung locations, and a grade A student of life, Carvalho developed his passion for fine foods and erotic encounters at a young age. He is proud to be a practicing member of the BDSM community, as well as a self-confessed and widely acknowledged grumpy old man.
In the Hot Pink series, D. de Carvalho serves up a smorgasbord of hot ‘n spicy erotic tales. Whether you savor sweet romance or crave the delicious tang of dark desire, Carvalho caters with tales to tempt every taste. Each sexy story arrives with a side order of humor, sprinkled with a touch of suspense.
What are you currently working on and what is it about?
Hot Pink Links is an erotic romance. The day Christie’s divorce is final, bestie Megan convinces her to take some golf lessons instead of sitting at home and feeling sorry for herself. However, unbeknownst to the ladies, the Complete Hot Pink Package at the local golf club aims to teach that addressing the balls correctly is all in how you swing.
Humour is obviously an important element in your writing. What’s more important – the humour or the sex?
That’s a really tough question. In the Hot Pink stories humour and sex go hand in hand. That’s the entire concept behind Hot Pink. But, if I were really on the spot, I think sex would just squeak into the top spot. You can’t really have humourous sex if you don’t have the sex in the first place, and sex isn’t always funny.
When myself and the other authors featured in this Blog World Tour were first organising the interviews, there was a little bit of resistance to including an erotica writer in the mix. How do you find people react when you tell them you’re an erotica author?
They’re almost always fascinated, but they react in different ways. Some people’s eyes pop wide before they grin and say, “Cool! Tell me more!”. The majority purse their lips and look shocked. Some of them will sidle up later and whisper questions as if they’re doing something daring and naughty. Others, will just look away but keep their ears pricked while other people are going, “Cool! Tell me more!” And a few look horribly disapproving and tar all erotica with the same brush, assuming it’s all BDSM and Fifty Shades knockoffs. Well, my stories are a far cry from Fifty Shades. I like to think of them as an exploration and celebration of all the wonderful sexual ways humans have of expressing themselves and sharing intimacy.
How are you publishing your books and why? (e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
Hot Pink is Indie all the way. Indie works for me because I’m a control freak. I don’t share well, especially not the things that are important to me. With the way the publishing world is today, authors have to do most of their own marketing even if a traditional publisher picks them up. I reckon if I have to do most of the work, I’m darn well going to get most of the money from that work.
Do you prefer to write series or stand-alone novels?
Both. At least, that seems to be what I’m doing. Hot Pink is a series in that all the books are related by the concept of something in them being Hot Pink, or Hot and Pink, and all of them celebrate the beauty and play of sex. But other than that, each story is a stand-alone. With Hot Pink, you can read the books in any order. Knowledge of one is not necessary for enjoyment of the rest.
Do you prefer to write alone or in the company of other people?
Always alone. When I’m writing I want to be able to tap into my innermost thoughts. I can’t do that with other people around.
Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?
I’m doing it. I never in my life thought I’d be marketing anything. I don’t do marketing. Only it seems I do do marketing now. That’s funny as hell.
I know what you mean. I feel much the same way, and now I find the marketing side of Indie Publishing really fascinating. That’s something I thought I’d never say. Anyway, thanks for your time today, D, and all the best with your future writing.