1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Born 12 June 1940 and living in West London, UK, David is a writer in all genres, including poetry, fiction, and criticism, and he is a guitarist and singer-songwriter. Some of David’s erotic poems have been featured in anthologies produced by Forward Press. He has a collection of poetry and prose entitled Prickling Counterpoints, that has been published in many magazines. He has written two novellas: High Wired On (speculative fiction) and Self’s Blossom (romance). The latter, together with the short story Explorations, have been published by Silk’s Vault. His albums include Bricolage (Hangman Records, 1992) and Bacteria Shrapnel (Posterity Recordings, 1997).
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I am a guitarist/singer-songwriter, and also do some visual arts
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story? I divide time between research, working on the framework, and the rough flow of the narrative
4. Where do you get your ideas from? From other books, films, videos, my own experience and others' accounts of theirs
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why? I guess Self's Blossom would be my favourite, as it is the most highly evolved
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about? I sometimes start in the middle of an idea when making a conversation
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination? Real life experiences are a fractional component of my fiction
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name? I do not have a single muse; I have a composite one made up of personal acquaintances, and characters in books, paintings, films etc
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing? I concurrently write speculative fiction; some of this has been published in the online International Times
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now? Ben Okri
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why? Selene in Self's Blossom remains my most fascinating female character, partly because of her complex Mind. Adrian, of Explorations and Further Explorations is someone I can identify with because of self-doubt
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer? Sustaining momentum
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer? Be observant; always have your notebook or texter with you. Be resilient; you may well encounter some adversity
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now? I might have got involved with the legal profession
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway? One involving a breathy encounter. There are lots of settings for this all over the world. It's the state of mind of two people that matters
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now? I have two stories due for publication by Extasy Books, Darlene and Fools' Paradise
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This is about a young woman's self-discovery. Selene is a 'success story', having become a top journalist, while retaining her dazzling looks. However, in the past she has had unhappy relationships, and feels she has missed out on hedonistic fun. This she obtains, firstly with a young stranger on a beach, and finally with enigmatic Hudson: tryst is preceded by cultural tourism, and careful sizing up of minds. Afterwards Selene returns to her 'I stand on my own' attitude.
While she is on holiday, her mind is free to ramble, often into Selene's chequered past. Flashback blurs into the present, past-rooted interior monologue into direct observation. The dialogue is sparse. Selene is a cautious, premeditative type, in whom thought, reflection and analysis outweigh direct action.
Selene’s subtle, monitoring mind coolly observes and controls all the events. Maybe she is super-confident, or perhaps has a deep, underlying insecurity. She is many things to many readers.
Here, she was on a beach, pure and simple. Now the sea breathed heavily, whispering and murmuring to her. It was returning her stare, speaking to her. It was the spirit of love, beckoning her with a pulsing, sinewy body. In all its lines, shades, and fleeting forms, Selene saw the essence of pure beauty, all grace of form, flesh, limb and feature. It was in one, all the lovers of whom she could possibly dream, conflated into one elemental ideal. He, pure love in soul, bade her to enter his domain and make it hers. His arms moved her hands to unclasp, unbutton, and unzip . . . the blossom emerged. The sun became the eye of all that was not earth, and Selene loved fully, though the pallor of her skin left her momentarily abashed.
At first she lay in the tide's path, the top of her head at its most extreme mark. The sand bank made a soft bed. The sea lover smoothly caressed her calves, thighs, hips, breasts, shoulders, and cheeks before retreating to pause in his mossy pinnacles. Three times this action was repeated, and then Selene stood up, wading in with arms outstretched. Her arms were linked, as she stood up to her neck in the saline flow. The balls and heels of her feet wobbled, slithering on the moss. With the next wave, she lost her balance – her breath prepared in unison with the hissing around her. She threw her head back, once again horizontal, and launched into a backstroke, sweeping and circling. She parted her legs wide with each thrust of motion, each sweep of self-propulsion pushing out to answer the cavernous currents of his passion. Seven circles gave her a delicious, warm bliss –then the sea lover, well pleased, carried her back to a near-dry bed. Aching and contented, Selene dozed a while.
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