Well hello all. As you may be aware of, I always love to find new and cutting edge authors to delve into. Today we have S.L. Carpenter, who pens himself as a writer, artist, humorist. I thank the most awesome Sahara Kelly for introducing me to S.L.'s work. S.L. is hot and fresh and without further ado, I'd like to give you a look inside Mr. Carpenter's head. I hope you enjoy. I know I did!
Tell us a little about yourself and about Owned
I’m a born and raised California boy. I have been writing erotic romance for about ten years and love making people laugh and squirm and if done right I get them to do both.
OWNED was a story I came up with from a conversation with my Editor. We were talking and she asked me what I would like to write about. So I told her I really wanted to write about control. Not like a BDSM sort of control, just giving and taking control of someone.
What inspired you to write Owned?
What man wouldn’t love to have a woman do whatever he wanted sexually?
What woman wouldn’t like to not have the worries or have to guess what she was supposed to do in bed?
So I was inspired by the fantasy to live out these thoughts. To have the woman let go and trust the guy enough to release control. And to have the guy take her but respect what she was giving him. I really had a good time writing the characters.
Is this part of a series, or do you plan to write any series books?
Not a series. I haven’t really written any series by myself. I’d like to but not sure what. I know I like characters that flow into different stories. That can be fun.
What’s your favorite genre to write?
Sucker for contemporary. I like making the people seem real. That’s why I like humor in the stories I write because humor makes them real. Sex is fan-fing-tastic but can also be a pretty funny act if you think about it. The noises, facial expressions and the accidents. It’s funny how people in most books don’t have a dog laying on the bed and growling or the guy smacking his foot on the end of the bed when he gets up in the dark to go to the bathroom.
Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Okay, you asked for it.
In my book BROKEN I wrote a character named Rich into the story. He was a secondary character and the best friend of the hero. He was the Jiminy Cricket type of friend that helps the hero understand he is a complete idiot.
Rich is a midget-porn reviewer-porn actor. This was me writing someone completely different than anyone else I had read about in a story. But he had a heart of gold and was fun to let loose in the story. Loved writing him.
What do your family and friends think about your choice of career?
I work a couple of different jobs. I’m basically the male version of Sybil. Writing is a big joy for me and my family thinks it’s funny that I write erotic romance. We kind of keep it quiet. I also work as an Art Director. Art is my other passion next to my wife.
On a personal note, what’s your favorite television show?
Lately…been watching BREAKING BAD.
Don’t get to watch too much television, but Dexter and Walking Dead are my favorite shows and American Horror was really different and I loved it.
Do you have any role models? If so, who?
My mom was one of the funniest people I ever knew. She was always joking and teasing my brothers and me growing up. Before she passed away she read my first STRANGE LUST book published at Ellora’s Cave. So at least she saw the beginning and said she liked my stories.
I have had the honor of reading and working with some great writers. Sahara Kelly is my favorite (I am biased), Cheyenne McCray and so many others. Lately I have been reading Steve Martin’s books.
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
I have always liked Christmas.
It is mainly because of kids opening gifts. I get a kick out of surprising my kids and wife with gifts.
Call me old fashioned but I like giving gifts more than getting.
Except the…umm…errr, other kinds of surprises.
What do you want people come away with when they read your work?
I love telling stories. That’s what I enjoy most. There is usually some humor and some steamy sex in what I write so I’d love people to come away with a smile and a squirm.
And finally, where can readers find you?
Deviant Art: http://www.scottcarpenter.deviantart.com/
You can pick up my books at:
My books OWNED and REMEMBER WHEN
Thanks to Chastity Bush for her BIG help with the questions. :-)