Please welcome Kris Anderson to my blog. Kris is chatting about my favourite narrative voice, the first person. Take it away Kris....
Whenever I start to write a new story, I always wonder what my central character will be like.
But I very quickly came to the conclusion when I started writing adult fiction that the central character would, in many respects, be the least important character of all.
In only two of my stories to date has the narrator even been given a name and generally there is very little physical description.
The reason for that is simple – with just a little imagination ‘I’ becomes ‘you’ and that places you right where you want to be – at the centre of the hot, steamy action.
The instant availability of every form of adult entertainment on the Internet might, you could guess, have made erotic literature almost redundant – why read when you can watch?
But no matter how explicit the image on screen, you are always a voyeur, looking at other people’s activities.
A well-written story – and for me that means one that is written in the first person – places the reader right at the heart of the matter, feeling the heat of the passion, enjoying the sensation of body against body, enjoying the intimacy, the stickiness, the pure pleasure of sex.
As you read on you should become increasingly involved in the narrator’s perspective, feel what he or she is feeling, enjoy what he or she is enjoying.
Overload that first person figure with too much detail and you create a fully defined character and the chance for the reader to enjoy that hugely pleasurable first hand experience is lost.
All you really need is the barest detail, enough to make the mechanics of the story function properly, and you have a hero to suit ever reader’s taste, as this excerpt from Masters and Servants, one of the raunchy yarns in my initial collection While the Wife’s Away, demonstrates…
The one person I knew I would really miss was Federico, or Fed the night guard, the handsome 25-year-old Italian with faltering English and the chiseled good looks and black hair of a Renaissance masterpiece.
He’d been on the night reception for a few months when, one night as I worked alone, he buzzed to tell me a late package I’d been waiting for had just been delivered by courier.
I told him to bring it through and engaged him in limited conversation as I opened the package and read the contents.
Then, without warning, he made his declaration, telling me in his broken English that he had been watching and waiting for the chance to speak to me alone.
He walked around the desk and, even though I knew I should discourage a security guard from making advances to a senior manager, I did nothing to stop him as he pulled me towards him for an intense, deep kiss, our tongues tangling together as we each probed the other’s mouth.
I certainly knew I shouldn’t be loosening his tie and pulling open his shirt to reveal a tight white singlet that hugged a fabulously sculpted and hairy chest that I caressed with eager enthusiasm.
And I did nothing but groan with pleasure as he dropped to his knees, undid the flies of my suit trousers and reached in to pull out my cock which he then proceeded to suck with an intensity that had me ejaculating into his mouth in a matter of minutes, a brief encounter -but sometimes the best sex is also the quickest.
I could perhaps try to create a third person narrative at some time in the future but I know I wouldn’t be as engrossed in its development, wouldn’t feel so emotionally involved or stimulated – and if I can’t lose myself completely in the emotions and sensations of the story, I can’t imagine why any other reader would either.
While the Wife’s Away is a collection of three gay short stories.
While the Wife's Away: When the boss suggests an evening meeting at his home and makes it quite clear that his wife is away for the night, you can guarantee that there will be more than statistics and spread sheets on the agenda - and by the end of the night a new sort of business partnership has been created.
Masters and Servants: It's hard losing your job - and even harder looking for something new. But just how far will one man go to impress the boss? From steamy encounters in the office to passion in a scenic lift and shower room to lust in the potting shed, this is one job search that proves especially stimulating!
The Sin of Father Anthony: When a new priest arrives in town, one lapsed Catholic decides it's time to start attending Mass again - but he has more than absolution on his mind as he uses his girlfriend to get closer to the true object of his desire and give him a night he’ll never forget. From lusty housekeepers and choir mistresses to a hairy trucker with a taste for stockings and suspenders, this is a story packed with sexual thrills for a young man on a personal mission to satisfy his gay passions.
Kris Andersson is an award-winning writer - and occasional actor - who specialises in gay erotica. His work has been described as both pacy and steamy. His current titles include While The Wife’s Away – a collection of three stories - Acts of Passion and A Special Gift. A fourth title is expected to be published very soon and will take Kris in a very different direction, a gay love story set against the horrors of the First World War and its aftermath.
While The Wife's Away sounds great Kris, can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Thanks for stopping by.