About “Horny as Hell: The Pete Maggs Story"
Abandoned by his father at the age of two, Pete is left wondering who and where his father is. Curiosity and bad influence open the door for Pete to head down a perverse path. He identifies the first two objects of his desire in the fourth grade and in middle school when he meets Rhonda, the first girl to fully mesmerize him. He goes years without telling Rhonda he had a crush on her.
Battling against urges, he finds that he has a few fetishes. Although he never wants to disrespect woman, his erotic thoughts keep him from being able to think about women he's attracted to in a wholesome manner. It even gets to the point that he has a sexual encounter with someone tied to a part of his past he still knows nothing about. But that is far from the end of his sexual adventures. What will happen when family ties are broken and his past ends up looking him in the face? Pete Maggs is in for a shocker!
DP: When did you first decide you wanted to become an author?
N.S. I honestly started wanting to write novels after reading "Hood Rat" by K'Wan. I'd been experimenting with creative writing in high school but it wasn't until 2006 that I really started trying to hone my creative writing ability.
DP: How did you decide on the idea for your first book?
NS: My first book had the premise of having a central character woven into social, political and personal insights into a collection of short stories. I wanted to bring something out that isn't usually attempted. I believed it would change the manner in which fiction was executed, viewed, and interpreted.
DP: How long did it take you to write your first book?
NS: My first book took eight months to complete.
DP: Did you self-publish or are you signed to a publishing company?
NS: I self-publish every book I release.
DP: How did you decide on the cover for your most recent book?
NS: The book cover for Horny as Heel will be changed. The cover designer for is Sarah Jane-Lehoux. I recommend her to other authors and it will soon be seen why I do. For the next release I have, I went to Amelia Hackworth, who I went to high school with. She definitely helped me go in a direction that I haven't seen with other covers in AA fiction.
DP: Tell us about your writing style. Do you write on a schedule?
NS: I used to outline the content but I think I will start going on the fly for every book and then making edits. I try not to put my writing on schedule because I'd take longer to finish a project that way.
DP: What makes your writing unique?
NS: I would say my writing is unique because I'm not looking to go by a formula. I want my work to be read differently instead of seeming like too much of the same. Right now, I am focused on writing novels that indirectly have a message that the reader has to think about. I want my work to have somewhat of an entertainment value but resonate with the reader in a way that causes them to take something from my books
DP: As a writer, what motivates you?
NS: I am motivated by the fact that I can use my voice as a writer to influence people. I also would like to do my part to show bookstores and big time book review departments that indie authors deserve just as much respect as major authors.
DP: How do you balance your writing and various responsibilities that come along with being an independent author?
NS: I try to write as much as possible. I've actually been taking things step-by-step. Once I get "Horny As Hell: The Pete Maggs Story" where it needs to be, I am going to be contacting bookstores real heavy and seeing how it will do in the competitive market. I do believe the responsibilities that come with being an indie author become the most important when you're trying to get your book the exposure you feel it deserves.
DP: When you’re not writing what are you doing?
NS: I spend time with my wife and son, I play NBA 2K13 as well as other games and I watch a whole lot of TV. I do need to start watching my DVD movies again so I can derive more ideas from them, which I make my own.
DP: What’s a typical day like for you?
NS: Honestly, I try to do whatever keeps me the least stressed. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Non-profit Management so I make time to get assignments in at least three days out the week.
DP: Tell us about your last book signing.
NS: I haven't yet done any book signings.
DP: Do you have contests or giveaways?
NS: I did have a giveaway last month for HAH (Horny as Hell).
DP: Many independent authors find it hard to get readers to buy their books. How did you handle the challenges that come along with being a first-time author in a competitive and ever-changing market?
NS: I can't say that I have figured it all out. I am going to see if the things I plan to do pan out this year. I feel they will because I have a system in mind.
DP: What did you do on your 2nd book that you did not do in your first one?
NS: I don't think I did anything differently. I have to start doing things different now.
DP: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?
NS: I'd tell them to make sure they have the patience for this line of work because if not, they are not going to want to stay employed in the publishing industry. Be sure that you're passionate about the business of selling books and learn from every mistake you make.
DP: Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
NS: It's on Amazon. I am guessing it will be revamped within the next two weeks.