Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Interview: R. A. Padmos/S. Dora

Please welcome R. A. Padmos/S. Dora to Miz Love!

How does writing make you feel?
Like I’m doing something I was made to do.

Ah, that sounds wonderful. What is the best bit about writing for you?
The characters, simple as. I sometimes call writing: acting for introverts.

Which part of the publishing process do you like the best?
Working with a (good) editor is great, be it sometimes slightly painful for the ego, because they see things where I’m hopelessly blind.

Seeing the result in print, or as a shiny e-book, is very nice too.

Where do your ideas comes from?
Usually it starts with a character, and something happens to that character, or s/he meets another character, or the characters are already together and something happens.

Not sure, really, the stories are simply always there. I just have to choose which one to write down first.

Which genre do you like writing best?
I seem to have a clear preference for m/m, though I have written both m/f and (a tiny bit of) f/f as well. Anything about relationships (preferably those that are already there, because then it gets interesting) is a big yes for me. Erotica is a fun genre to write. Sex does tell an awful lot about anyone and anything, and yet stories that revolve around sex, are supposed to be “just about sex”. I’m also quite partial to anything situated in the past, and my first published novel (in Dutch) was indeed a historical one.

Are there any you have yet to try?
I’m not really one for writing crime stories, and I admit my indifference to vampires and shape shifters and such. I guess I lack the imagination, or perhaps I prefer the limitations in time and physical possibilities for human beings.

And I admit, my wife is still waiting for a f/f novel, or at least a novella written by me.

What books do you have in store for us in the future?
In November my m/m/m novella Three will be published by Total-E-Bound (under the name S. Dora). I heard from my editor she liked a new m/m story I’ve sent her, and I’m waiting for the official okay from TEB. I’m working on some new stuff, BDSM, both m/m and, (can’t believe it myself, because it must have been over 10 years when I wrote the last one) m/f.

I would love to publish a collection of short (as in: really short, between 100 and 1000 words) erotic stories, but I doubt if there’s a market for that. But yeah, that would be great.

I’m working on a novel about gay lovers in a Dutch town during the Depression and the German occupation. I hope Manifold Press might be interested in that one. I’m also planning to write a novel about the gay football fan who plays a very minor role in Ravages. That calls for research, because I learned quite a bit about football while writing Ravages, but I still don’t sound like someone who eats, drinks and makes love to it.

How long have you been writing?
I guess forty years, perhaps even a bit longer. I must have written my first story when I was 10, if that. The vast majority I’ve written have been solely for my own amusement, but a few things have been printed/published in one form or the other through the years.

Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really, though I seem to prefer writing at night. (And there’s tea, lots of tea!)

Are you a plotter or do you just write as it comes into your mind?
When I write longer stories or a novel, I have some idea where the story is going, but only up to a certain point, so I have lots of space for change without missing the structure. I do, however, have to write down names and such, because I have a terrible memory.

What would be your ideal writing location?
What about a room of my own? I do my writing in the living room and will continue to do so, until I’ve sold a few million books and can buy that nice house in the country, with a garden and everything. But I created a kind of my own corner, and my desk and comp are fine. (I even have cats to “help” me.)

Which of your characters is your favourite and why?
That has to be Steve Gavan in Ravages. Simply because I don’t think I ever lived that intensely with a character in my head. Easy to understand why, after you’ve read the story, I can imagine.

It's very easy to imagine why! Wonderful book. The review is HERE.

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1 comment:

Lisabet Sarai said...


I love your comment, "the stories are always there". I think that's the mark of a real writer.

Congratulations on your release and the great review!