Title: More Presents
Author: Thomas Hunter Dillon
Genre: Adult Romance
Release: October 26, 2013
Availability: Paperback & Kindle, or on Amazon
Content: Some ADULT content. Not suitable for YA audiences.
In The Little Red Book of Romance, readers were introduced to the unique stylings of Thomas Hunter Dillon. A fresh male voice in the world of erotic literature, T.H. Dillon combines his real-life adventures and experiences with the enigmatic personality that comes through in his writing. The story Your Present left impressions on almost everybody that read it. Now Thomas has returned with his second compilation of sexy (and in some cases true) short stories for your reading pleasure in More Presents from T.H. Dillon. Seven new scenarios are played out on the pages inside as Thomas attempts to give you more of what you enjoy and crave from him. A little bit of everything to satisfy your needs!
EXCERPT: (from the all-new story “Matinee“)
Stacey’s attention quickly turned to the film when it finally began. But her hand’s attention turned to my lap almost as soon as she put the popcorn down. She casually dropped her hand onto my thigh and smiled at me in the pale light of the projector beam over our heads. Here we go I thought. But after that swift smile, she turned back to continue on with the movie. Content, it seemed, to just have her hand on my thigh. I was totally okay with that too. It gave me a chance to catch my senses before going to DEFCON-5 down below.
Interview with T.H. Dillon
Thank you for taking the time for the interview.
1. Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be?
No actually, I never gave any consideration to being a writer. My whole family is made up of avid readers, but I was never an avid read of fiction. I always preferred non-fiction for learning about topics that interested me. I grew up reading the newspaper, magazines, and non-fiction books.
As far as what I wanted to be? The first thing I can ever remember wanting to be was a professional wrestler. That stuff captivated me as a kid, and I wanted to do that….to captivate and entertain people. But as I grew older, things changed some. At one point I wanted to be a History teacher. At another point, I wanted to sell exotic and collectible cars. I also wanted to be a sports card and collectibles dealer, and I actually got to do that for about ten years or so.
2. When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Back in early 2008. I had gone back to college, and was doing well with the papers I was writing. My English professor urged me to write for the school newspaper. I started doing that just as an outlet really, never giving any consideration to a career in journalism. I just was there for the team atmosphere, and the outlet that writing seemed to give me at that point in my life.
Writing for the student newspaper in college went well until a disagreement over an opinion piece I wrote that they changed their mind on publishing at the last minute. They started out being all for my writing it, but apparently I did too good of a job with it and then they started to fear the backlash it would generate. But that was the whole point! Everybody on the staff was pissed off about a big to-do that one of the student groups was forcing on our paper, so they tabbed me to write the “counter point” opinion piece to run opposite, because everybody knew I was out-spoken and extremely opinionated in those days (I still am to some extent). So I write the piece, and everybody on the staff LOVES it! And then an hour before our issue went to press, I get pulled in the office of the school’s advisor to the student newspaper, and I get told they were nixing the entire piece for fear of it igniting a tense situation amongst the student body, and potential backlash at the newspaper, the student group who were the antagonists, and the school itself.
Now I’ve never been one to live in fear, and I believe when somebody is bullying you….whether as an individual, or as a group (as was our student newspaper)…..you deal with them by giving it right back to them times three! You can only ignore the bully for so long. And I couldn’t remain on the staff of that newspaper if they were going to accept being bullied by a student group, and do nothing about it. And then when you throw in the notion of censorship….that really got me steamed! The idea that we were going to censor an opinion piece out of fear of backlash….I just couldn’t accept that at that point in my life.
Since I had been getting some really great praise on my writing, from some really experienced authors and industry types…..I figured screw this newspaper gig…I’ll make a go at writing books. A couple people with experience had already encouraged me to try writing as a profession. I just used the newspaper incident as the catapult to get going.
3. How long did it take to get your first book published?
Immediately. Because I went about it all wrong. I worked with a girl, whose husband had “gotten published” just by submitting to this “publisher”. I inquired about the name of the “publisher” because I knew I had a book in me that was itching to get written, and I figured if this guy got his stuff accepted….then I had a shot too.
Turns out, that “publisher” was a vanity press that “accepted” everyone….without evening reading your manuscript. I’m sure some of the readers of this interview may know whom I’m referring to.
The bad thing for me was, I found this out BEFORE I signed with them. But I was writing that book as therapy, and I wanted to publish it as revenge on a couple of people. So I went with that lousy vanity press because I figured having it with them would be the best bet at protecting myself with that book. And it just so happened that I was right! I got threatened with lawsuits by two different people I wrote about in that book, and both times I offered to sign over my rights to the book as compensation. And then as soon as they realized what a crock of crap that publishing deal actually was, and that there wouldn’t be any money to be gotten from it, they dropped their lawsuit threats.
Now remember, this was back in 2008. I’m not even sure if companies like Createspace were around yet. If they were, they certainly weren’t known like they are now. The whole eReader popularity had yet to really BOOM, so there was still a lot of these scummy vanity presses running around, preying on gullible people with dreams of being “published authors”. What’s worse, places like that still exist….only now today, they are running around signing new “Indie Authors” who have already begun self-publishing through companies like Createspace…and they essentially end up signing you to pay them a percentage to do NOTHING of value for you! They don’t work to promote you. They design lousy covers for their authors. And they only “publish” your stuff through a company like Createspace! So you end up paying THEM a percentage to do what you were already doing yourself, minus any really hard work like promoting. And yet I still see my fellow Indie authors signing with these types, because they still have this fantasy of being a “signed author”, and they think signing with one of these bullshit “publishers” makes that a reality suddenly.
It’s painful for me to watch at times, because what I see a lot of my fellow Indie authors going through with these fraud “publishers”, is what I experienced by choice five years ago! And any chance I get, I try to enlighten people about these groups. And some people listen, and take my advice. And some people ignore it and think they know how to best manage their own careers.
But what people don’t know, is that after I put out my first book in 2008, I went and studied Business in college. My experience with that vanity press put me off to writing any more books for the time being, so I immersed myself in studying Business, which was a recent passion of mine that developed. Then in early 2012, I started networking back into the writing community. I hadn’t lost my desire to write in my time away, and I was itching to get back into it full-time. So when I first heard about Createspace, and began studying the revolution that was taking place, I became really excited that FINALLY I would have an outlet for writing and publishing where I was responsible for my own success and failure. Being a Business student, going the route of self-publishing just seemed like a no-brainer with the tools that had come to be at my disposal by 2012.
4. Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
What I do outside of writing, I don’t believe to be pertinent to my writing career. So I try to keep the two separate. If I have a day job somewhere, I don’t discuss my writing at work. I learned that lesson the hard way in 2009. Likewise, I don’t discuss any non-writing work, during my time as an author.
I know people like to know these things, but if you aren’t paid well enough by your writing to make it the only thing you do….you should keep it, and your day job, separate in my opinion.
I can tell you that throughout my life, I’ve done a little bit of everything. And while I used to hate having that kind of work history, it is one of the greatest resources I have at my disposal now as a writer. I have such a variety of experiences in the life I’ve lived. I literally have years and years worth of stories to tell and books to write.
5. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest book is entitled More Presents from T.H. Dillon.
The book in 20 words or less? “Fun and sexy scenarios, played out on the pages for consenting adults. The perfect quickie read”
6. As a self-publisher, do you have any plans to submit to a publish company? It is my understanding; some authors prefer to stay as a self-published author because of flexibility.
I do not have any plans to submit works to larger publishing companies. Some authors need that, almost as a validation of their abilities or something. But I am a regular guy, writing stories to entertain regular people. I am secure and confident in my own abilities, so I’m not seeking validation. Now it certainly is nice to feel wanted by the larger publishing companies, and that is an ultimate compliment. But if you’re not seeking validation, and you’re not chasing some fantasy of being a “big-time, rich and famous author”….then why would a person repeatedly expose themselves to regular, repeated, and formulaic rejection?
I know different authors prefer self-publishing for different reasons. There are those that prefer it for the complete control it offers the artist over the integrity of their work. And there are those who prefer it because, for whatever reason, they cannot…or would not…subject themselves to professional criticisms (like the kind a publisher would be giving you). Then you’ll have the types that are “Indie” to the bone, and any thought of signing with a publisher would be equated with “selling out”. There are any number of reasons why Indie authors prefer self-publishing.
I prefer it because of the control it allows me over the artistic vision and integrity I have for a project. But I say I prefer it….but to what? I certainly prefer it over any one these sham “publishers” running around. But at some point I’d like the notion of being a contracted author with a larger publishing house. As much fun as I have over-seeing my projects right now, and managing everything like my own personal business….I’m still a business-minded individual. And as such, I am always available to entertain intelligent and mutually beneficial offers from a larger publisher. At some point, it would be nice to have a little bit more security, and a little less to worry about so I can just free my mind to write and create. It can be quite taxing to wear two or three different hats as a self-published author. And all those stresses take their toll on creativity at times.
So if the right offer came along some day, something that made sense for all parties involved….then of course I am going to consider doing what is best for me and my family.
7. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It’s hard to say. There is no “usual” for me because my writing is very much an artistic expression. Creation comes when it comes, how it comes. Certainly you can try to rush it…but then the final product suffers. And sometimes the thing you have to create is just burning a hole inside of you to get out….so you can end up losing yourself in those moments and just having a “Rainman” bender of creativity.
I learned a hard lesson about this, for myself, in 2013. I tried to schedule my projects and adhere to those strict deadlines, and I was pushing myself to turn out story after story for book after book. Well in the end, life happened. My father suffered a stroke a little while back, and all of a sudden my muse was GONE! Like, nowhere in sight. The mental and emotional toll some things can take on you, directly affect your creativity. With me especially. So right now, I’m fighting to get back on track with my projects…and More Presents from T.H. Dillon represents that struggle to get back into the thick of things, and pick up where I left off this past summer. So going forward into 2014, I know I need to be a lot more flexible with my book projects.
8. What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I am just getting started. Next up in the erotica genre is Christmas Presents from T.H. Dillon which is due out 11/27/13, the day before Thanksgiving. And that of course, is by design too. That book is going to be a compilation of sexy and fun scenarios for the Holiday season. Something to get you from Thanksgiving through Christmas, and possibly even New Year’s. The idea being, that the Holidays are stressful enough on you. So I want to give to you, the book that helps you unwind after Black Friday, or an especially difficult road-trip to the in-laws for dinner. Something fun and sexy for those otherwise taxing moments.
I’ve already written in other genres, under other names, and I’ll continue to do so. But as for T.H. Dillon, the future is bringing with it some more compilations of sexy and fun scenarios for consenting adults, and beginning in 2014…some full-length books as well. I’ve got book projects lined up into 2016 currently, so there is no end in sight right now. It’s a real good time to get on board with T.H. Dillon, because I’m not going anywhere anytime soon…and I’m going to be having fun along the way and trying to include my fans with that as much as possible.
9. What made you decide to write that genre of book?
Writing erotica and romance has really just been an evolution of sorts for me. The first creative writing I ever did outside of high-school, was poetry and love letters for an old lover. That morphed into writing erotic letters and emails. That was always well received, so naturally I gave it some consideration over the years as being an area of writing I might have success in.
10. Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? (ex. write better at nights, with music, etc)
Yes. I absolutely write better at night. The more distractions I have, the more my creativity suffers. So night time is the right time for me. And I almost always have music playing while I am writing. Music is the fuel of my creativity.
11. Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title? How do come up with the titles?
The first thing I come up with is the concept itself. For whatever reason, a book concept will pop into my head and then I am mulling it over to figure out if it’s worth pursuing or not. If I think it is, then usually titles just start popping in my head. I am very blessed creatively like that, and I suppose I could have applied those talents to a career in advertising or something. Both of my parents are extremely blessed with artistic talents and creative abilities, so I kind of got the double whammy of that for myself. Coming up with a title rarely troubles me. Almost as soon as I’ve come up with the concept, the title is right behind in my mind. Then it’s just a matter of creating the book and bringing that concept to fruition.
12. Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?
Absolutely. I am too deep and spiritual for there not to be some of that just naturally occurring in my writing. I’m not a soap-box writer, looking to carry out a personal vendetta. But if I have the chance to pass along a positive message, or a bit of wisdom or insight into something, through my writing…then I try not to ignore that opportunity. My main desire is to write things that improve your life in some way. If it helps you beat an addiction, leave an abusive spouse, go back to college and get a degree, or if it just makes your sex life better…or makes you smile or laugh while you’re reading it….then I’ve succeeded in helping to be a positive influence on you.
13. Your favorite food is?
These days…it’s anything that tastes good, is good for me, and doesn’t cause me any great amount of discomfort in some way. Recent lifestyle changes have kind of stripped my diet of a lot of my old favorites.
14. Your favorite singer/group is?
Oh man…I could not name you just one. And I couldn’t name you just ten either. My musical tastes vary that much, that I have dozens and dozens of favorites. A couple days ago, I was listening to Metallica while I wrote. And then the other day I was listening to Michael Jackson’s Thriller while I was editing. And right now, I am listening to some saxophone jazz while I answer these questions. It just depends on my mood at the time.
15. Your favorite Author is?
I don’t have one. I am not an avid reader, and when I do read…it’s usually non-fiction. I have author friends whom I’ve never even read. Only because I have a somewhat strict belief about reading fiction.
Instead of having a favorite, I have respect for my peers that have earned it. I have tremendous respect for Stephen King, even though I’ve only read one of his fiction titles and immensely hated it. But I cannot deny what that man is to the industry. He is a giant. I have tremendous respect for J.K. Rowling even though I’ve never read a single Harry Potter book, and never will. Her success with that franchise is unrivaled by any other modern fiction author.
I guess the best way to answer this is to say that my favorite author is any author who is humble, respectful, appreciative, and supportive of others. I have absolutely ZERO respect for the “authors” that are just chasing fame and fortune.
16. When you aren’t writing what do you do to relax and have fun? BESIDES WATCHING AND CHEERING FOR PACKERS 🙂
Well the Packers are right up there at the top. Other things I enjoy include traveling and exploring new places, History, antique shopping, classic car shows, and any sort of competitive games. I play a lot of card games, chess, board games, sports, the occasional video game, etc. Basically anything that involves keeping my mind stimulated and active, then I am game for that.
Thank you for taking the time on answering these.
No problem! Thank you for the interview. I had a blast and I hope we can do another one down the road some time.
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