Well, you know you've had a long day, or should I say a long three months, when you forget to post an interview. I don't know author John St. Charles on a personal level, never met him, but I will say this...he has unbelievable tolerance. And, I can't thank him enough. Please welcome author John St. Charles to BRB, sweeties! It's great to have you here. So, let's begin, tell us about yourself, John.
I was born in San Antonio, TX, where I grew up. I have always showed a talent for writing since my primary school years. I have written and published multitudes of non-fiction articles, short stories (including much, much erotica) and dramatic material, almost all of it gay-oriented. Through the years, I have been published in TORSO, FIRST HAND, RFD, CHIRON RISING, EROTIC FICTION QUARTERLY, IN TOUCH FOR MEN, HAND JOBS, SWAN and numerous other magazines.
What made you chose to write gay fiction/erotic literature in particular?
I have found a unique sense of satisfaction in writing about the erotic side of my life, one that most people would otherwise never know about. Call it 'literary exhibitionism', if you will.
And is there any other genre you’d like to write?
I've done some 'gay journalism', including profiles, travel articles, theatre reviews and other nonfiction writing, though again, virtually all of it is aimed at the gay population.
And if so, why?
I suppose that there are simply those of us who have a innate need to write. It could be compared to those people who are compulsive talkers, compulsive collectors, etc. The need for self-expression is an inherent one throughout most of the human race; for some, this manifests itself via the written word.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
For me, it's the middle, since it's often difficult to keep the action going over a great many pages. I think anyone who's ever written a novel cannot help but marvel at the need for detail, for fleshing out what would otherwise be a straightforward story. Usually, the beginnings and endings tend to take care of themselves in the sense that the beginning sort of writes itself from the very germ of the idea, while the ending is usually nothing more than the logical conclusion of the actions in the story, even surprise endings.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Yes, I don't think this could not happen.. Most of my own personal sexual experiences have occurred in a way that I feel as if I'm watching myself in a sexy movie. I have a number of times been in the middle of a sexual experience and recall thinking at the time: 'I must write about this.'
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I have seldom found it a challenge. I grew up reading those little 'Greenleaf Classic' paperbacks that I'd sneak into my home and read in bed alone late at night. From the get-go, I remember thinking 'What a unique art form; it not only entertains me as a book but also forces me to become physically involved (aroused) at the same time. I've drawn inspiration out of both reality and fantasy. Some of my work I've done based, as I've said, upon my own personal sexual experiences. Other things are the result of my simply playing out some sexual fantasy in my mind.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
There is a most definite method to writing erotic scenes. First of all, lots of adjectives and adverbs. Secondly, repetition, while usually boring in a non-sexual scene, can turn up the heat in a sex scene to the boiling point. Sexual acts are, after all, mainly repetitious actions. Yes, I prefer the sex to be open and bold! I believe that the average reader opens a novel or begins a short story because he wants to be carried away, to be excited, to be titillated. The author of erotica who simply allows the reader to use his imagination is, to a great extent, not doing his job.
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?
The main two characters in my stage play, 'Rusty Roland Tonight!', are two of my own personal favorites. Rusty, the flamboyant gay entertainer, is intoxicating, though he's mainly the stuff of fantasy. The manager - who is based more or less upon my own personality - is the more interesting one, though. His character is more complex, as he wants a great multitude of things, while Rusty's only chasing after his next orgasm.
Tell us about your newest release.
'Rusty Roland Tonight!' is a stage play that I've most recently published. I've done a few other little things here and there since then, but 'Rusty' is, I guess, the work that I'm most proud of to date.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour(s)?
Blue, deep blue.
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?
I think a great villain always stays imprinted upon our psyches the deepest. One can, for instance, have nine nice employers in a row, but it's that tenth one, the real hellion, whom we always remember the most vividly, isn't it?
What is your favourite movie? And why?
'Ed Wood'. Because, I suppose, I would like to do many of the things that the title character did in that film, i.e., make a movie, tell my stories, express myself artistically, even if no one really appreciates it much during my lifetime.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And why?
I would like to be Vice-President of the USA. Because (1.) he has few actual duties, (2.) he has a lot of prestige and makes good bread, (3.) he's one heartbeat away from a promotion.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I am currently working on a novel about a bittersweet love affair that I had years ago, one that sort of defined the rest of my life from that point forward. I'd like to do more novels and maybe a screenplay.
'Rusty Roland Tonight!'
'Rusty Roland Tonight' is the story of a young homosexual man who yearns to become a professional entertainer - and he's not about to let personal handicaps (such as a clear lack of talent) stand in his path to glory. Rusty, along with his lovably homophobic manager/coworker, Mickey, lets the elimination of his soul-killingly boring day job serve as the impetus for his quest for fame and fortune. Rusty's sheer determination, combined with Mickey's inspired plan for the ultimate show-biz gimmick, actually succeeds in catapulting him to super-stardom. But alas, the road to becoming the gay Elvis is fraught with many perils, one of the most damnable of which is incurring the wrath of Fanny Mae Westmoreland, a saccharine-voiced fire & brimstone multi-media televangelist who has placed Rusty and his career in the Number One place on her public hit list.
Okay, Rusty, there's 300 guys out in that audience...And the competition is really stiff.
But don't worry...I've got a gimmick that'll ensure you win this gay talent competition.
What is it? Well, as soon as your song is over -
You go over to the edge of the stage -
You dive off...And then you suck off every member of the audience!
Whaddya mean, no? Look, it's simple - all you have to do is dive into the audience,
unzip a couple of guys - and then just work your way down the row.
No?! But you have to! You owe me! And if you don't get out there right now and have sex with that
audience, I'll have my shyster tear you a new one.
Besides, this is not only your big chance - Rusty, it's your ONLY chance. So: what'll it be, kid?
Big star or gay bar bimbo?
Big star or gay bar bimbo?
Right! That's the stuff! I've gotta announce you: (STEPS UP TO MIKE)
And now - a man whose name is synonymous with homosexuality - Rusty Roland Tonight! (MIMIC WATCHING RUSTY DIVING OFF STAGE)
Look at him go, willya? Didja ever see a kid so hungry for cock?
Okay, everybody: please have yourselves unzipped and read by the time Rusty gets to you.
However, those of you who would prefer to make use of Rusty's rearend, please form a line behind him...Now please don't push or shove - Everyone will receive an orgasm!
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Great interview, John! Thank you again for being here. I wish you best of success for your novel and all your projects in the future.