1. How did you get your start writing gay fiction and/or erotica? Please tell us a bit about your background and early beginnings.
I've always been drawn to erotica (stories and pictures alike). At my blog http://www.dirtyhunk.com/ you'll find tons of erotica there (like gay cartoons – love those – and now, short stories). When I was growing up, I used to devour dirty stories in porn rags just as surely as I did the graphic content! I've always been a writer at heart (I've got an overactive imagination) and fiction has always been of interest to me. It just took me a while to get started. The recent eBook explosion definitely got me interested in exploring this passion of mine, hence the Dirtyhunk Books Collection.
2. What inspires you?
A sexy and provocative picture gets me going. When I see a photo that I like, story ideas begin to flood into my mind. The guy in the photo comes to life and I start to wonder what ‘his story’ is and then the fantasy (or premise) for the story starts to take shape. Similarly, when I see an attractive man out and about (around town, at a mall, a restaurant, etc) the 'what if' questions take over, which leads me to the dirty ideas! I have my iPhone handy at all times, just in case inspiration strikes. Those inspired moments are fleeting so it’s important to capture them as they come.
I'm inspired by all sorts of stories and situations between two men, sex stories and romances alike. What I have been writing about is inherently promiscuous by nature as the concepts are rooted in fantasy but I am also drawn to gay romances. I’ve got a few ideas for romances in the works in which I will focus more on the relationship between two guys than just pure sex but so far I’ve been writing primarily gay sex stories and erotic romance novellas.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I hope to remain inspired so that I can keep writing! It would be nice to have a large library of short sex stories (those are always fun to write) and a collection of book length romances.
Whenever I am in a bookstore and I see those Harlequin novels with the sexy guys on the covers, I can’t help but look at them and I wish that there were titles available for readers of gay fiction. Since they’re not available, I decided to write my own stories and although I’ve been writing mostly gay sex stories up until now, we’ll see how it goes with the romances I’ve got planned (they will be more like the Harlequins you see in bookstores). Perhaps Dirtyhunk Books will become a gay version of Harlequin one day in the future!
Ultimately, I would have to say that I feel satisfied with what I have accomplished thus far, thanks to the incredible eBook publishing platforms that are now available. With eBooks, I’ve been able to publish my stories immediately, I have a blog that I use to give my readers tons of extras (like pictures of the guys on the covers, etc.) and I am able to connect with readers faster and more efficiently than ever before. And social media is helping as well. It’s great! I love it when a reader writes back to me... To know that a story satisfied a reader just as much as it satisfied me to write it is the greatest prize. To that effect, I put out a newsletter to keep in touch with my readers directly. The newsletter can be found at http://www.dirtyhunkbooks.com/ for anybody that’s interested in joining :-)
4. What do you see for yourself in the future?
I'll definitely keep on writing and see where this new project takes me. It's been so much fun!
I would like to travel more and explore different places and people, which will no doubt enrich my writing. It would be nice to have some exotic storylines and situations to bring to my future books.
5. It's time to play a game called celebrity hunks. What's your fav male actor? Singer? Model?
Really – only one hunk in each category?
I had to mull over this for a while, and I find it impossible to mention only one hunk in each category, but these are the guys that I think are hot (of course, there are a lot more but in the interest of keeping this sort, LOL):
Mark Whalberg, Ian Somerhalder, Matthew Fox, Channing Tatum, Edward Burns, Josh Duhamel, Henry Cavil, Gerard Butler, James Franco, Kellan Lutz, Ryan Gosling, and many more... There’s just too many to list in this category!
Usher, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Buble
Christiano Ronaldo, Gene Murphy, Craig Malozzi, Nacho Figueras (the polo guy), some of the guys at allamericanguys.com... Again, there’s a lot more, I just can’t think of them at the moment. I got a bunch posted at Dirtyhunk.com!
Nathan: Thanks, Brian!
Check out Brian's books: http://www.dirtyhunkbooks.com/
And on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brian-West/e/B007APAC9W/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_2