I’ll do this in the form of an interview since I’ve received so many questions of the last month asking what my deal is. Go with me on this, it should be fine.
Sure am. Most days, something is being transferred from my perverted brain onto digital paper. I’ve been writing for almost twenty years (that makes me sound so old). Writing erotica is part of who I am, so don’t worry, I’m here until I’m not.
Things are just busy. Holidays, both my young kids have had birthdays recently. In-laws have visited, and some commitments in my day job have all conspired to rob me of creative time.
I can’t believe that it’s July. Where did June go? For that matter, where has 2016 gone? Hope everyone’s summers are going well. If you’re looking for an inexpensive beach read and haven’t picked it up, the anthology I did with some other great authors, Summer Confessions, is still .99 over on Amazon. You probably already have that though, so plug time is over.
A few months back, I wrote a draft of a book that is now called Separated, With Benefits. It will be my next release, and if all goes according to plan, it’ll be out sometime in July. I hate setting high expectations, but…I really like this book. It’s different than what I normally write. First of all, it’s a romance… like, we start with a man and a woman who are not a couple (although they are married). Ethan and Nicole, as the title suggests, are going through a trial separation as the book opens, living on opposite sides of the country and struggling with what it means to be separated and single. Do not worry, though, there’s plenty of signature Kenny Wright extramarital confusion and voyeuristic eroticism. At the heart of the book is Ethan’s struggle between trying to rekindle what he once had with Nicole, and letting her go and live her own life apart from him.
Anyway, I enjoyed both writing it (it probably made it onto paper faster than any other book I’ve ever written) and reading it after the fact. I’m anxious, but excited, to share it with all of you.
In the meantime, there are a few other things to look up (these are plug, so move along if you hate plugs):
I’ve got some exciting news for all of you. Since finishing the Training to Love It trilogy, I’ve been hard at work on other projects. I hope you caught my short in the compilation of Best Hotwife Erotica that Arnica Butler put out last month. If you didn’t, go check it out. It’s only .99 on Amazon and well worth it (plus, my story features the alluring Linnea Sorenson from Unconventional!).
In addition to that short, I’ve finished two (2) new books. Yeah, I’m not sure how I did that either, but it happened, and they’re full-fledged novels. Curious what they’re about? Read on. (more…)
So February is almost gone, and as many of you have observed, there’s no book yet. I’ve also done a poor job of managing expectations, so I apologize for that.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make a February deadline for the next book in this series. I’ve had a few distractions come up, in addition to the fullness of my regular life. I will say that I’ve written over half of the book, and it’s one of my most ambitious to date. It’s also been one of the most difficult. I wrote a long time ago something about not doing sequels, and as I write this final book in the trilogy, I’m reminded of why that is.
Will this be the book that you’re expecting, reader? Probably not. Was the second book? Based on your reviews and your emails, for many of you, it was not. A fresh book with new characters is easy. We start with a blank canvas and zero expectations. I’m allowed to tell whatever story I want. With a follow-up, everyone has an idea of what they want, including myself. Worse, I’m tempted to start bending my narrative to meet the expectations of everyone. That would be a poisonous path to take. One of my guiding principals as an author is to not do that. I write for myself, and as soon as I stop doing that, I’m going to stop writing. I posted this years ago, but it’s worth mentioning again (not just to authors, but for anyone who strives to create):
If your work is filled with the hope and longing for applause, it’s no longer your work–the dependence on approval has corrupted it, turned it into a process where you are striving for ever more approval.
Who decides if your work is good? When you are at your best, you do. If the work doesn’t deliver on its purpose, if the pot you made leaks or the hammer you forged breaks, then you should learn to make a better one. But we don’t blame the nail for breaking the hammer or the water for leaking from the pot. They are part of the system, just as the market embracing your product is part of marketing.
So Training 3. It’s being worked on. I promise. It’s more than halfway there, and it’s rolling now. I’m putting everything I have into it because the story of Erin and Tom (and AJ) deserve it. To all of you chomping at the bit for the book, I ask for patience. It’ll arrive. There will be some surprises. And this story will finally be told in full.
As always, thanks for your support.
My apologies for not writing anything since March in this space. I’ve put a few things on Facebook and Twitter, but haven’t had a big enough update to post here. Unfortunately, I still don’t! My non-writing life has been jam packed in the last few months. I’ve managed to get some writing in—for example, Training to Love It is only a chapter or two away from completion. I’ve also got a new book in the works (something that I thought would be just a short story but has blossomed into a full-on novel).
So in short, here are a few quick updates:
Hopefully my next post will be more exciting, but I wanted you all to know that I’m still alive and still writing. Thanks for the continued feedback and encouragement.
Okay, everyone, got a few things coming up in the next couple month, including a couple of my own books. But first things first, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who’ve helped make March my best month as a writer to date. Cool With Her held in the Amazon’s Top 100 books in Erotica for over three weeks. I literally could not have done that without you, so thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now for the new stuff! (more…)
Little Miss Calculation was published in November. Here we are, almost June of the next year, and for that, I apologize. But that’s not to say I haven’t been busy. In fact, I’m making the leap from the free sites to the world of publishing, and to kick things off, I’m going to release three stories at once: While She Watches, Eight Hundred Dollar Heels, and a slightly revised After School Special (which will be a free download). I’ve already designed the covers, so hopefully they will be available in the next week or two
A charity auction brings out Cara’s wildest fantasy yet; she wants to watch Nick with her best friend, Elise. While Nick is into his girlfriend’s crazy fantasy—after all, Elise is a pretty brunette with a body that makes him want to do bad things to her—he never considers really doing it. That would be insane, right? However, when he wins a date with Elise at a charity auction, Nick discovers Cara plans to make her fantasy a reality.
Looking at her reflection, Deanna can barely recognize herself. She’s used to being pretty, sure, but the brunette sitting at the hotel bar looks as good as the $800 heels she’s wearing–she knows this because of all the stares she gets from the men around. Not that they have a chance; she has a good husband and a comfortable life waiting for her on the other side of the country. Question is, can the woman in the mirror remember that?
When Andy’s friends convince him to visit a strip club in their final summer before college, shy Andy has a few things to worry about. Running into his history teacher, Ms. Fischer, was never one of them.
Moonlighting as a cocktail waitress at a strip club, Hayley Fischer is just as freaked out as Andy when her former student walks through the door. Is this a nightmare scenario for both? Or possibly a dream come true?
Originally published on kennywriter.com, this updated version will be free to download. I’ve updated the version on this website with the latest edition.
The world of erotica needs more stories written for guys, by guys, and this is my offering (hopefully the first of many). If you’re not familiar with my style, poke around this site. I try to write sexy, explicit, and often romantic erotica with characters I could fall in love with and plots that stay with me long after I’m done with them. Look for them soon. I’d love to hear what you think.
When writing a story, I find that I often feel like a juggler: characters, plots, twists, intricacies, I have to keep track of them all as they rise and fall. This is my process. It’s not the best process in the world, but it works for me, most of the time. It lets me stay organic while still dealing with outlines. It lets me write in a non-linear fashion if need be while still keeping things consistent.
Thing is, I can’t write like that with multiple stories going on at once, which is where I am currently. And even more to the point, I can’t write like a juggler when I feel like so much of my life is being juggled. My wife and I are moving out to the burbs (yup, the kid is just about a year, so the timeline fits, right?), my job has
gotten remained crazy. Things keep going wrong in the place we’re selling. Oh yeah, and it’s the holidays.
In order for the juggling act to be successful, you need to be focused. A lot of details are being kept in your head and as soon as something comes in to distract it, something is bound to fall. I feel like stories are falling around me all the time. I’ve got this really great angel story for the holidays, I’ve got my voyeur story for Ellora’s erotica for men line, I’ve got a nice collaborative story ready for editing from a new author-friend, and then a handful of near completed works that I want to get to. And they’re all lying around me in a sad clutter.
Well, it’s time to start picking things up again. Hopefully by the new year, things will have calmed down more and you’ll see new things from me!