About the Author
How does a retired fire fighter and college instructor find himself the writer of erotic fiction? Strange you should ask. D. Keith (AKA Dennis Howard) has been writing since he can remember. He has written poetry, childrens books and short stories. Now he has co-written a novel, RIvers Crossing. And why erotica, you ask? Why not, he answers. It is what people read and I write for people to read.
A native Texan, he delights in casting stories that promote and expose readers to the wonders of the Lone Star State. He also finds it satisfying to tell a story that captures peoples imagination and transports them into the story.
What inspires you to write romance books?
The need to tell a story. Romance is the hear and soul of story telling. It offers so many possibilities for characters and plot. I want to write stories that people will read because they find them enjoyable, entertaining or intriguing.
Tell us about how you write:
I guess I am pretty technical. I tend to do character development first, writing character descriptions. I then begin to outline plots and sub plots. From there I start writing. I write, rewrite edit rewrite edit. . . . until I seems right. There is no great mystery. It basically boils down to putting words on the computer on a consisten and regular basis.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. Sometimes I carry on both sides of the conversation. I often let the characters tell me what they should be doing or saying. The key to that is really detailed character development prior to starting to develop plot. The characters should tell the author how they will react in a given situation, what their emotions will be and what their desires and dreams are.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write! You have to write to be an author. Finish what you start. Half written manuscripts are never going to excite a reader. When you aren't writing, READ! Reading is the best way to improve your writing next to actually writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Smashwords was instrumental in that. They provided the support, knowledge and expertise to make it easy and enjoyable.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the mainstream print publishers are facing a paradigm shift. I don't think that e-books will every totally do away with print books. I still love the feel of a book in my hand and the touch of turning pages, but for the sheer convenience factor, a tablet and a good piece of softare is much more convenient. The ease of e-publishing and even print on demand publishing are going to revolutionize the industry as more and more aspiring authors are able to bring their work to the marketplace.
What genres do you write:: action, adventure, erotica, romance, thrillers, crime
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print