Name Tom Covenent
Where are you from
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life etc
I’m an Englishman, born and bred. My parents were divorced when I was a youngster and I spent a few years living between the two of them as they tried to build new lives from the devastated landscape of their marriage! I have several siblings but don’t have anything much to do with them as we were spread far and wide.
I left formal education as soon as I was allowed and got myself a job. My employer sent me to college where I learned about computers and technology at a time when nobody had a computer. I learned to get drunk and have fun, going to rock concerts (I saw Frank Zappa live!).
Basically I enjoyed the pleasures of life as often and as much as I could…eventually I calmed down, I got married and had children, a mortgage, and concentrated on my career and family. I retired early due to ill health (better now!). I have a wife, two daughters and two cats.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Not a lot to tell really, recently toured Italy, planning a trip to Scandinavia…after Christmas – if we have any money left that is!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was about eleven, in School – homework!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t really consider myself in that way, I write, that is all!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Frankly? I was feeling horny, looking for some erotic literature – couldn’t find what I liked, so I decided to write a fantasy that aroused me!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I like to paint a picture with words, I love to write descriptively. Let me give yo a taste – from ‘The Princess of the Fall’ (part 1, ‘Fallen’)…
‘…although she had lived through three score years and ten, she appeared not to have aged beyond a half a century. Her breasts were small under a pale yellow satin blouse, her velvet russet bodice tightly laced to flatter with a generous cleavage. The edges of the bodice were intricately embroidered with complex patterns, scenes that seemed to shift and change in the flickering sunlight of the woodland path. As if enchanted fingers had worked magic with the golden thread, embroidered squirrels spiraled around the trunks of woven gold clad oaks. Their branches cast off silken leaves in an endless shower, laying down a fiery carpet stitched in red…’
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I struggle and change my titles a few times, I never do feel that I have found the best title!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Actually I have yet to actually write a novel, I write erotic short stories – but I admit that a novel is going to happen one day.
The message in my short erotic stories is, sex is a pleasure that is enhanced by erotica for everyone – you don’t have to be financially affluent or a superb physical specimen to enjoy it and – vitally important – most of the pleasure of sex is in the mind, not between the legs.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I try to stay realistic, though ‘The Princess of the Fall’ is an experimental foray into a fantasy world…a sexually explicit one…
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Neither really, as my primary writing is erotica and I have been married – and faithful – for longer than I care to remember! It would be dishonest of me to claim knowledge of only one woman or to have had a sheltered sex life though, I was single for a few years you know. My first experience was with a woman over 40, when I was under twenty. Yes OK I admit it, personal experiences and fantasies have seeped in to my writing!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Lord of the Rings, simply because I read it so many times as a young man and because the descriptions of the landscape were very different from the place I lived in at the time. Pure escapism.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
American horror writer Steven King, without a doubt.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Actually a few, by several authors – but primarily the Millennium Trilogy (most will know that because of the movie version of the first part, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’)
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
New to me, yes, HP Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith – long dead authors and archaic language but very imaginative.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
So many – too many! I guess if I were to be disciplined and focused (which I am not!) then I’d concentrate on part 3 of ‘The Model Wife’.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The folks at Horny Devil Publishing (sadly demised!).
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not really, it is a pleasure, a guilty pleasure most of the time (because I like to write erotica best, because it excites me to do so!).
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Well, as I write short stories, the answer is no. Having said that, I think I’d change something in all of my works to date – if I had the time!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really, I was told I could write after submitting essays at school, so I wrote some more. Nothing more exciting than that.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m writing two pieces concurrently, part 3 of ‘The Model Wife’ and ‘Immaculate Whore’…here is a little of ‘Immaculate Whore’
‘…she carefully placed the guide book on the table without breaking eye contact, leaned toward him. He felt her hands taking his. A cool touch, soft. He imagined that feeling elsewhere, his body responded accordingly. Gazing directly into his eyes, pupils wide and absorbing, she asked in tones so soft they should not have been audible against the cacophony of restaurant noise; but the words rang crisp and clear as if spoken against a backdrop of silence, “Do you want me?”…
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, the bit where you start, the blank page. Once I get going I’m fine – but that blank page haunts me and I stay away from it for too long!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
You know what? I don’t have a favourite author really. The nearest is Stephen King, simply because he writes so easily and freely – at least that is how it comes across as you read his work, yet at the same time there is such detail. I also love the descriptive prose of JRR Tolkien. I think I have favourite books more than favourite authors.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, but I have recently travelled quite extensively in Europe and this is going to start to enter my stories without a doubt!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned to keep going – to write without editing as I went along.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, every day, but do not edit every day!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Hi readers, I love you!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Wow! I think probably Enid Blyton, other early ones were lots of Biggles stories (Captain WE Johns) and influential books have been The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, all the James Bond books, most Alastair Maclean books.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I like listening to music, reading, I used to paint but not so much these days except a dabble at digital art.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Star Trek, the Jurassic Park movies, Titanic, Blade Runner, Love Actually…a long list!
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Chilli Con Carne, Chip Butties, Cod and Chips, Steak and Kidney Pie, Roast Dinners…it’s a long list, I love food!
Purple (and black lace!)
Pink Floyd, Genesis (older – before the drummer spoiled it and Steve Hackett finally left) David Bowie … yet another long list!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Writing is something that I have only really been doing in any volume since I retired from the work that paid the bills. I was a Business Manager (yawn!)
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My Amazon page