Today we have David Russel visiting the blog. He was good enough to answer some questions and drop off information about his latest release! Check it out...
1. Tell us a little about yourself: where you were born, where you've lived, if you have pets, and what's your favorite color? I was born in the Midlands UK; I have lived most of my life in London; I have no pets. Ultramarine is my favourite colour.
2. Describe your own personal history and prediction of writing: when did you start, what have you done, what do you hope to accomplish? I started writing in my twenties. I have published poetry, speculative and romantic fiction. I have also done a translation of the Spanish epic poem La Araucana, and done quite a large body of literary journalism
3. Who is your favorite character to write and why? I like writing my heroines, as I have fantasies about delicious encounters with them.
4. What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you? Overcoming my inhibitions and sustaining continuity
5. What other profession would you like to attempt? I’d quite like to be a lawyer
6. What gets on your nerves: pet peeves, personal dislikes, food you cannot stand? Irritating people who butt in on me when I am trying to say something.
7. You have all the money and resources to do whatever you want for a day: what do you do? I’d do everything I could to publish my writings, compile my recordings and exhibit my artworks
8. Who or what broke your heart? Some old flames singed me – like everybody else.
9. You've had a bad day. What lifts your spirits? Some rousing music
10. What do you love about writing romance? Feeling of euphoria, of turn-on
11. What do you hate about writing romance? I have some sense of guilt about it not honestly describing real relationships, with all their down sides
12. What do you think about the future of the publishing industry? I think the future of the printed book is in the balance. Those sincerely dedicated to quality literary production will have to struggle to ensure its survival. E books will proliferate further. I could not make an estimate of the ratio of quantity to quality, and of sellers to non-sellers.
13. What talent would you like to have that you do not currently possess? I wish I could argue better, have greater powers of persuasion.
14. What's your preferred superpower and why would you like to have it? I wish I had more of an analytical intellect; then I could give more to humanity.
15. You have to watch the same movie every day for the rest of your life. What do you pick? Le Lys de Mer, the film of André Pieyre de Mandiargues’ erotic French surrealist novel
16. What's your favorite sex scene of those you've written? The final seduction scenario in my novella Self’s Blossom.
17. Favorite part of the human body and why? Maybe the thighs; they are foundations.
18. Describe one of your favorite memories. This poem crystallizes my memory of my first one-night stand:
The First Adventure
That shadowy entrance, subdued glint,
spark of eyes!
You trod all cultures with your classic grace
Of posture, figure, profile
The breathy touch, so tentative,
The answering squeeze
All beams and tiptoes as we trod
“The dream’s come true”
The curtain nearly volunteered
To close itself.
I was poised to give the word;
Fired by our kisses, you took it from my mouth
Each garment spoke surrender as it fell
A flower-show of fabrics
Adoring those limbs which they had covered;
Warm air on new divested skin
Near liquid in its heady density
Our bodies new-revealed, dreamed up
A gallery of art-figures,
Our mounting breath
Kindled their animation in our honour
Those facing entities suffused with mutual nourishment
The rising sun the backcloth of our dual climax
The bathing epilogue
The farewell walk
A froth of blossom round our tender steps
That fleeting perfection was the purest art
Framed in an idyllic memory.
19. What do you do to relax? I play guitar and keyboard
20. What advice would you give a younger version of yourself? Keep your cool; be determined; face criticism but do not be intimidated about it.
Thank you, David! Wonderful of you to stop by.
Here's more information about where you can find David on the Interwebs, along with details about his latest release!
Dreamtime Sensuality: An Anthology
Many a dream can be realised with a little forethought. The characters in this quartet of stories are intelligent, sensitive and literary. They are also supremely voyeuristic and open-minded. Their intelligence is counterbalanced by inhibitions, which they can only lose by premeditated seduction scenarios, which relate intimately to their professional, creative and cultural lives. The great effort each couple puts into arranging a scenario seems to enhance the quality of the experience. A great source of inspiration for this and other works has been the novel The Girl Beneath the Lion by André Pieyre de Mandiargues.
Fashion Designer Bethesda and journalist Hector live opposite each other, with windows facing. They make initial contact through visible, provocative gestures. Soon afterwards, they get direct contact when Hector assists Bethesda with her folio. She invites him round to model for some of her fashion creations, and proceeds to seduce him. The seduction continues with a ritual visit to a sports centre, and then to a beach. They leave it open as to whether their relationship could ever become long-term.
"The Heroine and the Author"
Dreamer Hecate discovers she has a terminal illness. She wants to make the most of the time she has left by being celebrated in literature as a charismatic, legendary figure. She meets Ferdinand, a ghost writer, who is happy to undertake this massive project with her. In the process, She gets an idea of his physique through jogging and the fitness centre. Then there is a seduction scene inspired by the literary models of Sappho and Donne. Being ‘open-minded’, they make a pact for each one to go and have a sexual adventure – his hetero, hers lesbian. Their relationship is enhanced by this extra dimension.
Romona, highly literary and highly inhibited, goes to an exotic island location. She deeply desires a passionate encounter. At the Pension where she stays, she meets Stefano, who fulfils her requirements exactly. The proprietress of the Pension picks up on Romona’s shyness, and gives her reassurance, including some practice in the art of kissing. Romona orchestrates an elaborate beach seduction scenario, and they are both fulfilled. They never meet again, but their exchange of emails and text messages goes on indefinitely.
"Dancing with Danger"
Verona is a Scriptwriter and Gareth an archaeologist. They both have ‘retreats’ near the coast, and discover their common interests. Verona contrives a half-seduction on a deserted beach, wearing 18th century retro gear – related to their common interests. After some further encounters, they give each other a ‘dare’ to go and have a really risky encounter with someone really dodgy. Gareth finds a young woman on the run. Verona has a rapturous encounter with someone who gets hauled in by the police, suspected of terrorism. She uses her charm on the interrogating police officer to extricate herself. So Verona and Gareth both meet up again, to tell their respective tales.
Author Bio: b. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell.’