Paying it Forward (Baton Blog Post)

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you all to some great authors of varying genres, as well as give you a small insight to the how and why of my writing (via fours questions). I was invited to do this by the fantastic Mr. Elliot DeLocke. If you check his page, you will see he has also posted a similar Q&A entry. We are two authors in a long line to carry out this “Baton Blog Hop”, a sort of cross-promotion chain-link of authors. Promotion is one of the hardest things an author has to do. I won’t lie to you about it, while I don’t like bothering people with it, if I don’t, books don’t sell. Period. It’s not an option. But I like to keep it tasteful and to a minimum. So without further ado…

Mr. DeLocke was born in small town Australia and raised in big city Asia. He works in an office by day and writes by night. He’s interested in fantasy, horror, feminism, history, and how sexuality connects them all together. He’s battled wildfires and insomnia to be here and is grateful to have the chance to share his stories.

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As you may or may not know, I (Made in DNA) am an author of sexploitation science fiction/cyberpunk. I love to employ transhuman/posthuman ideas, setting and characters. I do however step out of the genre now and then.

1) What am I working on?

While still working on sexploitation sci-fi, I’ve switched gears recently for a change of pace. Currently I’m working on erotic “quickies” I’ve loosely entitled Japan Fetish-Fantasy.
Set in Japan, each quickie (which run between 3 – 4K words) showcases a sexual situation steeped in real Japanese culture and lifestyle. Each original story is written with an eye for cultural detail; carefully exploring Japanese culture and sexuality with out negatively fetishising. (If you are wondering where I get my information, I have lived and worked in Japan for the past 15 years, and studied the Japanese language and culture for over 20.)
The protagonists are presented in a positive light and are not caricatures. At the time of this blog post two have been published and another four are in the planning / partially-written stage.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I generally work in the realm of sexploitation science fiction which, while not rare, is not as widely explored as other flavors of science fiction erotica. I also love to feature robots, transhumans, posthumans and high-tech aspects / worlds.
As for the Japan Fetish-Fantasy titles, they are set in Japan with Japanese protagonists. Not something you usually see.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I love sex as well as the advent of future flavors of sex.

4) How does my writing process work?

I’m influenced by everything around me — news, culture, technology, people, friends, family… There isn’t an aspect of my life that hasn’t influenced something I’ve written. Once the seed of the story has taken root in my brain, it generally germinates of its own accord in its own time. When it’s ready, I record the outline ideas and actual scenes that are important enough to make it to my fingertips via computer or smartphone. I use a variety of cloud services so that I have access to my work 24-7-365, because I never know when a scene might drive itself to be written.

Made in DNA’s work can be found at Smashwords and Amazon (US link, check your local).

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And now it is my great pleasure to introduce to you four authors (in no particular order):

Jason M. Griesse
Jason M. Griesse is an author from Southern California who dabbles in all kinds of storytelling. Not content to stick to one genre, his books often incorporate elements of horror and science fiction with a pinch of mythology for flavor. He also writes articles and books concerning PTSD and Mental Illness and is two semesters away from finishing a degree in Psychology.

Brandon Black
Having learned to read at an early age in part due to an ancient cardboard box in his uncles’ room at his grandparents filled with Golden Age comic books, Brandon Black has read science fiction and fantasy his whole life. Raised by a physicist father and sociologist mother, instead of receiving a teddy bear as other children did, Brandon was given an inflatable astronaut.
Falling in love with shows about space travel, exploration and combat from an early exposure to Star Blazers and Robotech, Brandon was inspired to write his own science fiction after hearing the narrator’s line in Robotech — “Meanwhile, twenty light years away…” The idea that a story could have such scope and breadth as to involve relevant, simultaneous events light years distant from each other was a miraculous thing to young Brandon who decided then to give writing a try.
Brandon received a Bachelors in Military and Political Journalism from UNO and went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from LSU. Brandon’s time travel story, “Time and the Wrinkled Prostitute” has been published in Dark Oak Press’Dreams of Steam III. His stories, “Songs of the Divine Pulsation” and “The Gift” were published in New Orleans By Gaslight, an anthology of gaslamp fantasy and steampunk poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans, which Brandon edited with Christopher Wong. Brandon’s most recent short story publication is “I Knocked Up My Fairy Girlfriend” which appears in Seventh Star Press’ A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie and his steampunk poem “Ballad of the Dashing Skywayman” has been recently published in Cowboy Poetry Press’ Unbridled anthology.
Brandon’s upcoming projects are Cairo By Gaslight, a steampunk anthology set in Cairo, Egypt and The Other World, an anthology of modern-day short stories about the Fey. He has also written a children’s book, The Tortoise and the Little Witches Three, and is currently writing his first steampunk novel. Brandon lives with his charge and protector, Battle-cat Princess Kaleidoscope, in his home town of New Orleans, Louisiana.

M. Christian
Calling M.Christian versatile is a tremendous understatement. Extensively published in science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and even non-fiction, it is in erotica that M.Christian has become an acknowledged master, with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and in fact too many anthologies, magazines, and sites to name. In erotica, M.Christian is known and respected not just for his passion on the page but also his staggering imagination and chameleonic ability to successfully and convincingly write for any and all orientations.
But M.Christian has other tricks up his literary sleeve: in addition to writing, he is a prolific and respected anthologist, having edited 25 anthologies to date including the Best S/M Erotica series; Pirate Booty; My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica; The Burning Pen; The Mammoth Book of Future Cops, and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi); Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant), and many more.
M.Christian’s short fiction has been collected into many bestselling books in a wide variety of genres, including the Lambda Award finalist Dirty Words and other queer collections like Filthy Boys, BodyWork, and his best-of-his-best gay erotica book, Stroke the Fire. He also has collections of non-fiction (Welcome to Weirdsville, Pornotopia, and How To Write And Sell Erotica); science fiction, fantasy and horror (Love Without Gun Control); and erotic science fiction including Rude Mechanicals, Technorotica, Better Than The Real Thing, and the acclaimed Bachelor Machine.
As a novelist, M.Christian has shown his monumental versatility with books such as the queer vamp novels Running Dry and The Very Bloody Marys; the erotic romance Brushes; the science fiction erotic novel Painted Doll; and the rather controversial gay horror/thrillers Fingers Breadth and Me2.
M.Christian is also the Associate Publisher for Renaissance E Books, where he strives to be the publisher he’d want to have as a writer, and to help bring quality books (erotica, noir, science fiction, and more) and authors out into the world.

Shon Richards
Shon Richards is allegedly an erotica writer who writes science fiction, pulp adventure, sexual magic and the occasionally suburban bondage. He is really a herald of an unnameable erotic entity who writes to prepare the psyches of the human population for the coming Apocafuck. His latest book, Doom Vagina, tells the story of a groupie for the world’s most demonic girl band. His current plane of existence can be found at ShonRichards.com

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