Today we have author Fierce Dolan on the blog for an interview, thanks so much for being here Fierce. So sit back and let’s find out more about this author.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
I considered myself a writer when I was about four years old. My mother transcribed stories for me, before I learned the alphabet. Considering myself an author has been a very different road, though. I published my first book 9 years ago, 8 books and 5 anthologies later, it’s taken me a long time to adjust what I thought being an author would look like, and realize how it really looks.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first book ever, it took a year. My first erotic release took about 3 months.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The Fangirl’s Dream is everyone’s fantasy of meeting their favorite hot fictional lover.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I have worked with a few publishers, and also self-published. I really enjoy working with Decadent Publishing. They provide a great community of support to their authors and really understand that community is what solidifies relationships and fosters growth. Publishing independently has given me a greater appreciation for that community, and also enabled me to expand my skills in production.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
On average, it takes me about a month to write a shorter manuscript. Getting it into shape to submit, then jump the hoops of revisions and resubmitting is another timeline, all together.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have really enjoyed writing interracial erotica, which I will likely continue to write. I want to verge more into intergendered characters, people whose lives are on the line in a very visceral and inescapable way. I‘m also interested in exploring diverse relationships dynamics in poly relationships.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I doubt that I do. I read some, though I’ve learned that usually isn’t informative in a helpful way. I think often authors look to reviews for feedback on their writing, which is a huge mistake. That’s what beta readers and revisions are for. Reviews from readers aren’t for authors. They’re for other readers, and you can only hope that the reviews are fair.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Usually the characters and places are essential to the plot, so it all comes to me at once.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along? Elements of writing a book come to me like a paintball splatter, all at once, and often in a jumble. Usually character traits drive the plot in some way, so they are there from the beginning. Things like being a nail-biter may flesh out as the plot evolves, but big traits, like being a Dominatrix, wanting release, or needing to save others are there from the beginning.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
If I answer that, they won’t be hidden anymore! But yes. Everything I write has layered meanings, intentionally. I often write Readers Guides to my books, to engage readers in their thoughts on the books, and to learn their relationships to them. I’ve always enjoyed that part of reading a great book, and I like to lace little interesting bits throughout my own.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
Wow. This is s hard one. I prefer hardback, though I live in the sustainability mindset and find ebooks more in line with my lifestyle. It’s been hard for me to make that transition. Now that I have, it’s really challenging for me to read a physical book. I’m more likely to read digitally, if at all.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Southern fiction is not particularly on my radar, though this book is perfect. I’ve read it at least three times, and every time I’m astounded by what a fantastic example of writing it is. She not only nails every theme the book touches on, but she actually crafted a story and characters that support it completely, start to finish. It is an absolutely perfect novel.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
On the whole, I think book-to-film sucks. I understand that the mechanics that make a book work are not what enable a film to progress properly. Those kinds of changes I can deal with. Ones based on box office draw and dumbing down really bother me. For instance, Carrie and To Kill a Mockingbird are great adaptations. The Lovely Bones and the Narnia series, not so much. And often, it’s not that the entire film got it wrong, but the last 10-15 minutes of the film unravels the best of the book.
Your favorite food is?
I don’t have a favorite food, so much as favorite food genre: Asian food. I’m gluten-free, and for the most part, Asian foods are perfect for my food needs, and they are divine. I could live in shrimp fried rice, butter chicken, and roasted lamb with zatar and olives. Now you got me started. I might even have to cut his interview, short now. Wow.
Your favorite singer/group is?
All-time favorite is U2, old school. Now, I’m not so much about a specific artist or group. I like just about anything that isn’t country or jazz. I know, how uncool of me. But there you go.
Erotic mezzofiction writer, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.
1 Night Stand Series
Genre: erotic romance/erotic fantasy, interracial erotica, alternate reality/parallel universe
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date of Publication: 23 August 2013
Number of pages: 44
Word Count: 9,067
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/GrFQHscvFkM
Siler Dunham would do anything to have Farraj Reza, hero of the smash network TV drama, Endangered. Every week she tunes in to watch him calculate the rescue of fellow bus crash survivors trapped deep in the jungle by a ruthless drug lord.
A federal public defender with a penchant for saving the unsavable, she can’t resist his sad story, or his badass charm. When she seeks a matchmaking service to meet him, their one night stand isn't what she expected. Forced to choose between unbridled lust and compassion, Siler must forgo her fantasy... or mustn’t she?
Lost in the wild
Captive by circumstance…
He had no flaw. The character hated swimming, a permissible preference, otherwise he was strong, dark, mysterious, a whiz with technology, compassionate, and smoking hot. More than all of that, she ached to save him. After years of servitude hacking U.S. GPS drone systems for the Iranian military, he’d broken away by selling Intel to the American government. Finally able to enjoy his first vacation, he was in a bus crash, then later abandoned by the other survivors.
She could save him, restore his faith in humanity, on her knees or bent over a table, which for most men would inspire just fine. She saw no limit to the possibilities in smoothing the ever-present worry lines from his brow.
Ever obsessing about the show with her friends was one thing. After it aired, they’d all bed their boyfriends, even Frank, and through squinted eyes fantasize the cock in them belonged to their television lover. Siler didn’t have that outlet, hadn’t had it for ages. The girls all thought her lack of mate some prudish nod to morality, or deep-seated insecurity. They didn’t know she’d enjoyed raucous sexual freedom in her younger years. No, she didn’t have men at her door in droves now, but not for lack of trying on their part. Her dedication to becoming a federal public defender, however thankless, and saving the unsavable eradicated any hope of a personal life.
Yes, she missed the regularity of a thorough dicking, but it had always come at a high price, one she refused to pay again. Through her twenties, casual sex had been fine, fun, even. But a thirty-year-old bar hopper was just sad, and at thirty-two, after shallow dalliances with a string of Mr. Wrongs, she’d given up.
A year and a half ago.
Being drawn into Endangered proved the perfect Prozac. Her spirits lifted. The relief of not looking for Mr. Right left her free to focus on her caseload, to connect with her clients—society’s castoffs—and try to fulfill her purpose of helping others. Sexual needs became muted, manageable with the right tools—for the most part. Occasionally her body ached for release under someone else’s touch, and in her mind he always had an olive complexion, not to mention agile fingers masterfully working her clit.
Every time, she closed her eyes, she saw Farraj. His face above hers, lips parted in a moan. His lean, hard body moving over, around, in her. His rolling, rich accent asking, “Like this?”
And why wouldn’t it be him? Fantasy gave better than the womanizing pricks her social circle presented. As a well-off single woman, no pressure urged her to find a mate, materially, or even socially. Siler could hold out for the hot love she wanted, and despite how insane, how irrational, she wanted Farraj Reza. Only one avenue presented itself to get him.