An Interview with Hank Edwards
HE: I'm so glad Charlie made you laugh. He always gives me a good chuckle. He gets into so much mischief I have no idea how he's still alive.
AB: I loved your description of the way the woman got out of the car. A memorable entrance if there ever was one. Too often writers neglect little moments like that that can add to the uniqueness of a book. I also loved your eccentric cast of characters, especially Ming Ho.
HE: And I'm glad you enjoyed Ming ... I was concerned people would call me racist or something, but good God she just burst out of my head in this fireball of craziness. She and Billy will be getting into quite a bit of trouble, I daresay.
AB: As someone who has just discovered Corbin Fisher videos, the whole porn scene fascinates me. Were you aware how many women watch gay men’s porn? What is your reaction to that? Hopefully, I’m not as rabid as Ming is. I must admit that every time I watch them now (purely for research purposes of course), I visualize a Charlie behind the scenes just waiting to keep them ready for the next take. (Relax I know it's fiction)
HE: I have been very, very surprised by the number of women readers. When I started writing, I published in gay anthologies and gay erotic magazines like American Bear and Honcho. I never even considered women would find my fiction at all, I thought I was targeting an all male audience. Then I got a few emails from some female fans and I started to understand that women were really drawn to gay sex and LOVED to read about it! I was happily surprised, and I have to say, that's really fueled my writing.
AB: I find your writing very visual, I can picture your scenes really well, the barn scenes particularly. Do you visualize your scenes as mini movies before you write them?
HE: Thanks for saying my writing is very visual, I've always "seen" my books as I write them, like you said, "mini movies." I have a distinct setting and look to the characters in mind when I write and I'm glad those details come through. The barn was a fun scene to write, there was so much action (sexy and otherwise) and a number of fun, sassy characters to generate the drama. With Charlie I always try to have something funny and sexy happen in each chapter. He does work in the porn industry, after all, and he is a natural klutz. And thanks for the compliment about PWPAH, I think it's tough to pull that type of story off, and humor is especially tough with erotica. Here's hoping more readers will appreciate that as well.
AB: The book touched on so many different sexual variations and fetishes where does that leave you? Just how much research do you do? I know it’s fiction, but to satisfy my curiosity. Tell me, as no way could I ever get in there, do places like The Dirty Jock exist in real life? Are they really like that?
HE: The book did touch on many sexual fetishes. A friend of mine challenged me while I was writing the book by asking if Charlie would be branching out at all. I decided to introduce him to the watersports and fisting at The Dirty Jock. I have never been to a place like The Dirty Jock, but I've read about such places and I let my mind go wild and create this multi-leveled sex club where pretty much everything was acceptable.
AB: Will there be more adventures for Charlie?
HE: I am planning another book for Charlie and his friends, just have to get some time to write it. Right now I'm working on a zombie/vampire story so Charlie's on the back burner until probably June or so (fingers crossed). I've got some notes jotted down for his next adventure, and a few ideas for another 2 books after that. Who knows? Maybe he'll keep on going, as long as Lethe Press is willing to publish the books, I'd love to keep bringing Charlie back for more adventures.
AB: Thanks Hank for coming clean. Hopefully Charlie will stay clean until June...