Name Daily Hollow
Where are you from The Carolinas
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have been married to a wonderful woman for fourteen years and we have a five year old son. I am originally from New England and hold undergraduate and graduate degrees. I have also been to Iraq and Kuwait while in the military.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am currently working on several WIPs. One (The Covens) is about 53k words deep. It’s about a witch who leaves her lover when she falls in love with a human. Her betrayal causes battles, and eventually an all our war among several covens. There’s going to be A LOT of sex. Probably too much to publish through a publishing house, thus it will likely be my first self-published novel. I also have Leslie’s Dilemma, a 40k word Novella due out in October (Fireborn Publishing) and A Night of Firsts is being released in November by the same publisher. A Night of First is a 5k word bi-racial Erotic Romance that is VERY HOT!!! I am also scheduled for a 5:00 takeover on July 2nd during Lena Black’s release party.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing during my undergraduate years. I had my first story published in the school’s literary magazine. I have also written some nonfiction and have ghost written articles and blogs.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was in grade school. I used to write stories about hobbits, ghosts, and a bunch of other weird shit.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Well, it was just recently. I am a member of ERWA, a writing group that focuses primarily on erotic romance. On Sundays we write flash fiction, stories that are under 201 words. I wrote a series of flashers about a woman who had all these bad sexual partners. One day I decided to make her the MC in a short story, which later developed into a 40k word novella (Leslie’s Dilemma). It was originally accepted by Breathless Press, but they went out of business before it was to be released. I am very thankful Fireborn picked it up. I think it will do very well. As a new writer, I am hoping this is the story that gets my name out there.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I typically write third person, try to add as much humor in my writing as possible, some crazy conflict, and always try to have a HEA. My sex scenes also tend to be a bit longer than most.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Well with Leslie’s Dilemma, it was really quite simple since she had to choose between two lovers. Eve’s Daisy http://www.amazon.com/Eves-Daisy-Daily-Hollow-ebook/dp/B00Q7QP0UG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1435498520&sr=8-1&keywords=eves+daisy is about thirty pages. I thought the title would be clever since two of my characters’ names are Eve and Daisy.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yeah, the message is really simple – you never know when, where, how, and with whom (or in the case of Eve’s Daisy, with what) you will find love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I think Leslie’s Dilemma is very realistic. I believe people have to make tough decisions when it comes to who to settle down with, at times causing them to question their sexuality. Eve’s Daisy, being more of a fantasy or paranormal romance, probably isn’t as believable, but it is a whole lot of fun and has some extremely hot lesbian sex scenes.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not really, though Leslie’s attitude is similar to two women I went to college with. Xanthia, a character in Charlene’s Surprise http://www.amazon.com/Tie-Me-Up-Binding-Collection-ebook/dp/B00VKNO6II/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1435499302&sr=8-5&keywords=Tie+Me+Up (a short story I had published in the Tie Me Up anthology) is loosely based on a woman I knew when I lived in Myrtle Beach.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
God, where to begin! As a writer, I would say Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Dean Koontz. However, in the genre I currently write, Michele (Mikey) Rakes http://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Long-Michele-M-Rakes-ebook/dp/B00UUR2IDU/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435499568&sr=1-2&keywords=fourth+and+long has been a great mentor to me. She helped me keep my head up through the rejection letters and poor feedback from my writing group. Meg Armor http://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Lei-Meg-Amor-ebook/dp/B00UUL7V1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435499881&sr=1-1&keywords=hawaiian+lei and Spencer Dryden
http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Job-Spencer-Dryden-ebook/dp/B00T11GCM4/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435499927&sr=1-6&keywords=hand+job have been very helpful as beta readers.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A Dominant Man by Lena Black
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
YES!!! Three that are going to do VERY big things. Ghiselle St James http://www.amazon.com/Complicated-Tainted-Ghiselle-St-James-ebook/dp/B00V2WSHIW/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435501143&sr=1-4&keywords=ghiselle+st.+james, Rosemary Wilhide http://www.amazon.com/Running-Away-Home-Swept-Book-ebook/dp/B00NZ8VQ6G/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435501239&sr=1-3&keywords=rosemary+willhide, and Lena Black http://www.amazon.com/Metal-Lace-Opposites-Attract-Novel/dp/1514711273/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435501339&sr=1-1&keywords=metal+and+lace
Fiona: What are your current projects?
In addition to The Covens, I am working on a story for Tirgearr Publishings’ City Series, and an interracial erotic romance about a younger white man who falls in love with an older black woman. That one’s going to be titles Loving Outside the Box.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The wonderful folks at ERWA and the many Facebook groups I am a part of. I would also like to give a shout out to my awesome PA, Robin Griffin, and to Julie Cameron, Lena’s PA and editor. Julie was nice enough to include me in Lena’s release party.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or a combination of both.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
With Eve’s Daisy, I would have made it much longer. As it stands now, it’s about 10k words. If I had to do it over again, I would have turned it into a novel.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve started reading at a young age and had always had an active imagination. I don’t recall the exact age, but probably in my early teenage years.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s an excerpt from the City Series I’m working on.
As soon as Mark opened the door, the mystery woman was on him like a starving panther. He yelled in surprise as she shoved him against the wall. Dots danced in front of his eyes when his head slammed against the drywall.
Her tongue probed his mouth; searching, seeking, tasting. The woman pulled away and Mark squeezed his eyes shut when she grabbed his crotch.
“Is that a bottle of rum in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?” she whispered, her accent sending chills. He had spent the entire cab ride trying to figure out where she was from. She sounded as though she was from one of the islands: Jamaica? Aruba? Bahamas? Mark groaned when she gave a not-so-gentle squeeze
“I’m glad to-”
Her mouth again found his.
Since his place was small, it wasn’t difficult for her to find the bedroom. She kept hold of his cock, leading him through the door, then shoved him onto the bed. No sooner did Mark’s ass hit the mattress, her tall, lean body smashed against his.
Before he knew it, she was straddling him, his erection pressing firmly against her crotch.
“I don’t even know your name,” Mark panted.
“Gabriella,” she breathed, then shed her top. Her bra was next.
Mark’s eyes widened as her large, dark nipples jutted proudly from her brown areolas. Her perfect breasts swayed back in forth, practically hypnotizing him. A small mole jutted proudly from the inside of one, while a colorful parrot was tattooed to the other.
His eyes caught sight of another tattoo – a dagger that started at the midpoint of her stomach, the blade’s tip disappearing beneath the beltline of her pants. A pearl piercing in her belly button matched the gems on the handle, making it seem as though it was a part of the tattoo.
As Mark fumbled with his shirt, Gabriella gave it a quick yank, sending buttons flying across the bed.
Before he had a chance to grieve over his sixty dollar shirt, Gabriella had her hand inside his fly. After fumbling with his pants a few moments, she tore them open, the button joining the others on the mattress.
“Jesus Christ, you-”
Gabriella’s lips again covered his. She slid her hands beneath his boxers, grabbing, then stroking his cock. Mark yelled inside her mouth and hitched his hips as her first few strokes tore strands of hair.
Mark took several breaths when she finally pulled away. His eyes again went to her breasts, then stomach. There were more tattoos, several covering each side of her amazing abs. He squinted as he tried to make out what they were, then Gabriella’s hand grabbed his chin, her eyes menacing.
“Those tattoos don’t concern you.” The way she said it caused chills to run through his body.
Mark swallowed, then took a nervous breath. Though he outweighed her and had taken mixed martial arts classes, something about her indicated she could snap his neck like a stick.
“Do you want me to fuck you now?” she asked, still holding his face.
“Yes,” he breathed.
“Yes what?” she asked, a smile forming on the corners of her thin lips.
“Fuck me.” He panted. “Please.”
She stood up on the bed, her feet on each side of his waist. She slowly removed her tight leather skirt. Mark let out a breath. Her silky white panties clung to her skin like wet tissue paper. Gabriella bit her bottom lip as she slowly removed the damp fabric.
Mark’s breath hitched at the sight of her clean shaven mound. The words Your Welcome were tattooed just above her sex, which glistened like a honey glazed appetizer.
“Does my pussy please you?”
Mark nodded. Her island accent enhanced his arousal. He was certain his cock would pop through his skin if he didn’t fuck her soon.
Gabriella licked one long slender finger, then slowly inserted it between her dark folds. She closed her eyes and moaned as, one by one, her knuckles slowly disappeared.
Mark made a noise he didn’t recognize.
She slowly removed her digit, then leaned down until she was inches from his face.
“Taste me,” she said, barely above a whisper.
Mark parted his lips and Gabriella slid her finger in his mouth. She tasted sweet, like a fresh fruit one could only find in the finest gardens. His mouth remained open when she removed her decadent treat, her taste still lingering.
“Do you really want to taste me?”
Mark again nodded as clear fluid dripped from her cunt. Her hands gripped both sides of his head, then she lowered herself. Her aroma intoxicated him as her crotch neared his mouth, which was salivating like Pavlov’s Dog.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yeah, in longer works I sometimes have difficulty with inconsistencies. For example, in one scene my MC could be wearing blue panties, then a few paragraphs later, her panties are red. I also try to avoid using the same words more than once during a small scene or paragraph.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I like Stephen King because he has the uncanny ability to take ordinary characters and put them in extraordinary situations.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not much, though I did take a short trip to the lake to see how difficult it would be for Gabriella to drive by a security gate.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed Eve’s Daisy, Riverborn Publishing designed Tie Me Up, and Fireborn is going to have an in-house artist do A Night of Firsts and Leslie’s Dilemma.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Concentrating on one project. Like I mentioned earlier, I have three going on now.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It’s a lot of work. It also took me in directions I didn’t plan. Your characters really do come to life, and they are the ones who dictate the course of the story.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read a lot and join a writers group.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Be prepared for longer sex scenes than normal and expect a HEA. I also appreciate feedback and reviews. Feel free to contact me at my FB Page.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Duck is a Duck in the first grade.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Books and movies. Also my five year old son. He is a really fun kid to be around.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Warner. He led my Rams to their first Superbowl win. LOL!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
LOL, that’s one I never thought of. I guess just the basics. Name, dates I was on Earth, etc.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love watching sports. I also walk a lot, and try to run three times a week.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Action and Comedy. I am hooked on Gotham.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I like seafood, blue is my favorite color, and I love eighties and alternative rock music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Work in movies.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
At this point I do not. I want to concentrate on my writing first and foremost. I feel blogging and keeping up with a site would take up too much of my time. Here’s a link to my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006816585303
Amazon Authors page http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Hollow/e/B00U2QW9OC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1