I've been lucky enough to catch up with another of the talented Coming Together Authors, Alex De Kok.
Where abouts in the world are you from?
From Newcastle upon Tyne, in NE England, living happily with my wife in suburban comfort, with the mortgage paid off! Good neighbours, the beauties of rural Northumberland within fifteen minutes drive, and the bustle of Newcastle a short bus ride away.
How did you come up with your Pen name?
Originally, I was looking for a gender-neutral name for a first attempt at first-person female in fiction, hence the Alex. The de Kok came from a bit of inspired twisted thinking. Inspired by what, I'm not sure, but I thought the whole thing had a ring to it. I've been asked if I'm Dutch or South African, but have to confess that it's purely a pen name.
How did you get involved with Coming Together?
I saw the initial invitation to participate in the Literotica forum, and the whole idea appealed to me, so in I jumped. Of late I've been busy on other things, or I'd try to be more involved, but I think I can see light at the end of my busy-tunnel, so maybe . . . Of course, it might be the train coming the other way!
When did you first start creative writing and then, when did you start writing erotica and why?
I started writing fiction, basically for my own pleasure, about twelve years ago, shortly after taking early retirement. I anticipated lots of spare time, but a retraining course gained me a qualification that enabled me to overturn a long-standing regret and I started a university degree course when in my early fifties, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree five years later. I now work as a part-time university tutor, but I'm due to retire again in a year or three. To balance the study demands, I carried on writing.
As for the erotic fiction, I enjoy reading it, if it's good. Too much of what I'd tried simply wasn't good, and I thought I could do better, so I had a go. About then, I first had a regular internet connection and shortly after that discovered Literotica, back in July 2000. After reading for a while I took the plunge and submitted some work. It was generally well-received, I was encouraged, and the rest, as they say, is history. I haven't written a lot recently, but I'm feeling the urge again.
Have you got anything published or due to be published soon?
Not as a solo work, but I have stories in three of the new series of erotic anthologies published by Xcite this year - see www.xcitebooks.moonfruit.com. I have work in 'Sex and Satisfaction', and in 'Five Minute Fantasies', vols 2 and 3. I really must get my head down and finish a longer piece and see who might take it. As far as Literotica is concerned, my entry for the 'Midnight' chain is imminent.