Author in the Spotlight - Max Sandford
Sunday, 20 January 2013
This time on Author in the Spotlight, eSensual Editors, Genevieve Ash and Essemoh Teepee are giving newcomer and erotic crime writer, Max Sandford the third degree.
Welcome to the Spotlight Max, thanks for agreeing to take part. Here we all are in the basement of the Manor House and we are excited to be publishing your first novel length story, 365 hours. Essemoh and I have a few questions for you that we hope you will answer for the readers.
Your bio on our Authors in Focus page is a bit brief, is there anything you can add?
I like to keep the personal part and the public writing side of my life apart, it makes it a little hard to do the day job if people come up when I am on a surveillance job and want me to sign a book for them. That’s why there is not a Photo of me on the web.
I can sympathise, but why did you start writing?
I used to sit and think a lot, my job involves watching people and I kept making up stories about the people I saw, imagining their characters and what they got up to when I wasn’t watching. I guess I just started scribbling plots and story lines down in the dull moments on the job.
You have written a few short stories for us and of course the book, 356 hours, how much of the book is realistic?
I get impatient with some TV shows and books when the action and storyline is just plain dumb. I like things to be as real as possible. It’s OK to fantasize a little but I like to ground my stories in as much of the truth as possible. The piece I did for ‘Cream of the Crop:Disciplined Sex’, ‘Safeword’ was from a conversation I overheard between a couple of girls in a café when I was following a target. They were talking about a night out at a BDSM club, I just added in a couple of touches of my own and a joke. But I will let the readers work that out for themselves.
I have another short piece coming out in your new anthology, ‘The 2nd Oldest Profession: Sexy Seductive Spies’,‘O.H.M.S’. All of the facts in that story are accurate and verifiable. Of course I didn’t include the detailed recipe for the liquid high explosive, even though it’s already on the web. It’s a very dark story.
I wrote the novel a few years ago, but I felt there was something missing to the story so I re wrote some elements and brought it to you with a new title.
Again the things I describe, the places, the people and what they do are all real. It is a very dark piece about human trafficking, abduction and sexual torture for pleasure but I tried to inject some romance. A friend called it a scary story but the transformation of the main character she found fascinating.
It is a very erotic book but I agree it is a little frightening, even more so that it does happen for real. How did you come up with the title?
Nicolette, the main character is taken off the street against her will and held as a sex slave for two weeks. A lot happens to her and she changes a great deal through the piece. There are 365 hours in the two weeks she is held captive. It seemed to work for me as the hours felt like days to her.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Romance! The sex is fine; a lot of my work revolves around what people will do for and to each other for sex. I don’t get to see much of the softer side of people in my business so I have to work really hard to get any romance into my writing.
I can only agree with you there Max. What are your current projects?
There is another erotic thriller bubbling on the back burner, again about the international sex trade but this is set in the Mediterranean and the Canaries. There is more sex slavery, BDSM and some adventure and blockbuster style scenes. The working title is ‘#44 Paseo Maritimo’. I am also researching for a serial killer story with a couple of cops who are as much into each other as they are in trying to catch the perp.
Thank you, Max. It looks like you are keeping busy. We look forward to reading your new work.
If any reader would like to e-mail Max about his writing and anything he has said here, please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
His latest book, ‘365hours’ is available exclusively on Amazon until the New Year you can find it here https://www.esensualbooks.co.uk/category-17/9781909074606.html
‘Cream of the Crop:Disciplined Sex’ is published in partnership with Xcite Books and you can find it here https://www.esensualbooks.co.uk/all-products/9781908917997.html
And ‘The 2ndOldest Profession: Sexy Seductive Spies’ is to be released in partnership with Renaissance books in the near future
See you all next time when we put another author In the Spotlight.