Name James Grey
Where are you from Live in Oxford, England
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I grew up in South Africa. I’m an only child. I’m currently single.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Exciting times. Last month I launched my first full novel, Escort in Training. Since then I’ve started selling the first signed hardcopies of my work (Breaking Free) and also recorded my first audiobook (Hot Wet Touches). So it’s all happening!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I first wrote erotica as a present to a girlfriend. I discovered the story I’d written (now published as ‘One Summer Afternoon’ in my Breaking Free collection) and found it quite a turn-on! I was getting a little disillusioned with the world of magazine publishing and thought I would try erotic ebooks. That was just over a year ago!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, really. I’ve written stories from an early age and used to sell ‘magazines’ to classmates at school. I have (and still do) written professionally for magazines throughout my life, mostly sport and travel stories.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, read Hot Wet Touches and take a look at what Jake finds in the sauna…that was inspiration aplenty!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I am still developing that. Fiction (as opposed to the reporting, column or feature-writing I’ve done professionally) is still new to me, and, to be honest, I don’t read all that much of it. Style is very much a work in progress.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Mostly I just wait for something fitting to leap into my mind. Ravenous Desires, though, was a bit more of a process between me and my Facebook fans – and exchange of ideas, if you like. The main story in that collection is called ‘The Raven’ so I thought it was quite clever!
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Escort in Training, the message is that I like girls like Emma and Latifa, and I don’t like girls like Petra!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Not terribly much of it, but if I ever rule the world I will start up a posh school for escorts for sure!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in Escort in Training, but about half of my short stories are at least partly true-life.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I like the works of Albert Camus and Michel Houellebecq. In erotica, I like anything about submissives.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Alice in Wonderland!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I haven’t got as much time to read as I would like!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on a choose-your-own-fantasy erotic novel, and also recording all my work as audiobooks.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My wonderful network of Facebook friends and fans. Facebook and its erotic literary community transformed my writing career and has given me enough sales to keep me going.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Hah, don’t get me started! It should be…but I have a day job. Writing brings enough that the day job is only two days a week, though, so I can’t complain too much. I love the idea of writing paying all my bills, especially since you can write anywhere in the world. If it’s a warm, cheap country then it’s all the more realistic – Thailand here I come!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Escort in Training…well, not really. I’m pretty happy with it. Some have said Emma’s thinking is a little ‘male’ but that is what I like about her. She throws off society’s shackles and starts to revel in all the sex she’s having!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I guess I liked the idea of being on the scene as a reporter, travelling, being there. On an erotic level, I guess it was just a little reading and then the thought that I could write something that would turn on my girlfriend…
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m working on a choose-your-own-fantasy adventure novel…unnamed as yet! I’m not sure how it’s going to work out, but that’s the fun of it! And as the reader, you get to choose!
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing female points of view about sex is pretty tough. But I’m getting better at it, and it’s really rewarding when people say I’ve gotten it right.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I don’t *have* to, although a couple of my true-life stories do come from times when I’ve been on the road. And I do like to get away sometimes for a bit of a ‘writing retreat’. It’s tough to get into that creative groove when you’re at home washing dishes and doing laundry! Most recently I went to a farm in Sicily to put pen to paper for a few days.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Mostly they are my own work – I wish I could afford to pay somebody but alas! I’ve had a bit of help from my Facebook fans in terms of sourcing great pictures and telling me what works and what doesn’t. It makes a real difference.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Writing when I’m not in the mood or I’ve got paying the rent on my mind…
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a bit about what kind of guys my readers would find attractive, and learned plenty about writing female points of view regarding sex and attraction.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Not sure I’m good enough to be worth listening to! But I can say that discipline and setting time aside are important things to get right. It’s also really good to stop everything and write whenever you’re feeling inspiration in your head – even if it’s at 3am! I’m better at saying this than doing it…
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for all the support and encouragement. Do keep it up, because it helps keep me going during all the difficult times!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Charlotte’s Web, but I don’t remember much about it.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Quality comedy makes me laugh. As for crying, I hate seeing somebody ill or suffering. Nature can be very cruel and it makes you feel powerless sometimes.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d probably love to meet a couple of the top porn actresses. They’ve inspired me in many ways J
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
That depends if it’s my author persona or my real persona! But to be honest I am not sure it would matter to me much.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Plenty – I like playing and watching sport in particular. I play cricket and squash and soccer. I enjoy playing poker and travelling, too.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Mostly sport, but I like Big Bang Theory and would probably watch Modern Family too if I had time. I like documentaries about the real world. I’m not big on movies much.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I like purple and yellow. My music taste is all over the place but definitely don’t like saxophones and hip-hop. At the moment I am quite into Monsters and Men.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’d love to have been a professional sportsman, but I’ve tried enough to know that I just don’t quite have the talent for it.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?