Smut Vault Interview: April Garrus

Howdy y’all! Smut Vault veteran April Garrus has a new edition to their Tigress of Futan series and it’s <checks watch> coming out… TODAY! Before setting forth to publish their next great work, Garrus was good enough to stop by the Vault for a rare author interview to discuss a little of what makes them tick. Enjoy the interview, and be sure to pick up a copy of Part III here. Check back with us soon for our full Smut Vault review, but now, on to the interview!

What brought on your passion to write about erotica? What’s the fascination with the subject?

A: I found out I could get girls hot by sending them dirty messages and stories. So I did a lot of that over the years and it became an easy replacement for visual pornography. Knowing that I was turning someone else on was way stronger than watching two professionals go it. 

I later discovered the Dirty Pen Pals section of Reddit where I spent too much time under my now pen name, April Garrus. I had a lot of people tell me I was really good, and around the same time I learned you could make money writing books, so I decided to give it a shot.

I’ve always had an interest in the love/sex lives of fictional characters, and that’s something we rarely get to see in an honest way. I started out writing books about sex, I feel like I’ve since transitioned into writing books with sex in them. It’s a definite draw to the story and a big selling point, but I’d be disappointed in myself if there was nothing else to it than the sex. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not what I want to do right now.

I could go and talk about the symbolic and philosophic implications of sex and nudity, but there’s a lot of questions left to answer.

Everyone’s got a different answer, but what’s the difference between romance and erotica?

A: I feel like romance is focused on the relationship building and love between the characters. There is sex, but it’s a result of the, well, romance.

Erotica is more about the sex. Sometimes all about the sex.

Some erotica is romantic, and sometimes romance is erotic. But a book typically has to check a number of specific boxes to be considered genre romance–a happily ever after, for example. There’s also a differing level of detail on the physical aspects of the sex. Erotica is the more graphic of the two.

The business of erotica is tough, do you find the sexy stuff to be more or less profitable than other forms of writing?

A: It’s supposed to be, but I still have a day job, so…

Erotica is often seen as an easy and disposable medium. People think you can come in, crank out some words, and make next month’s rent. I thought so myself at first. But the result is a saturated market, making it harder for everyone. It’s bought and consumed at a massive rate, but there’s so much of it around that it’s still hard to make a living.  

What sort of subjects to you like to write about when considering erotica? What causes the most sizzle to your mind?

A: Most of my work focuses on pretty morose topics. There’s a lot of fear, anger, depression, loss. I don’t write many happy stories. I don’t differentiate much between my erotic and non-erotic content, aside from sex. I’m a story and character first kind of writer, so I like to write about the same kinds of things. And then add sex.

If you’re asking about kinks and fetishes, I’m actually pretty vanilla. I have interests, but not kinks per se–oil, groups, first times. I also write a lot about girls with wieners.

Is there anything “over the line” in regards to erotica? Any sex acts or circumstances that should be avoided?

A: No.

Fiction is fiction. There may be things I don’t approve of or things I don’t enjoy, but ink on paper is a victimless crime. You shouldn’t censor art.

What’s your latest story about?

A: This is book is the third in the ongoing Tigress of Futan series. The plot is simple, but the story is about the protagonist Zorah coming to terms with her new life and her new environment. She’s gone from a life of safe, monastic suppression to dangerous, radical freedom.

Can she embrace a life of violence and selfishness? And what happens if she does?

There’s also a cute girl she wants to fuck. 

The erotica community is a strong one, particularly on Twitter. Has this benefitted your journey as a writer?

It has. It really has. It’s gotten me in touch with people interested in writing and reading the same kind of content as me, which I didn’t have before. With that comes a lot of support and a lot of guidance. I’ve made some good friends there

What does the future hold for you as a writer? Is there a big picture goal you’re shooting for? 

A: I’d like to make a living being creative. Writing is my chosen path, currently, though I’ve got plenty of other things I want to try. I’d love to work in comics. I have plans for a visual novel. I want to draw more often and get to a higher level there. And there are a ton of books I still want to write.

There’s a lot I want to do, I just have to do it.

How can fans (current or prospective) reach out to you?

A: The best way to keep current on me is my Twitter, @AG_Hot_Flashes, or @GodEmpressMedia. You can expect sporadic posts about writing, heavy metal, cereal, and kung fu.

Follow April Garrus on Twitter: @AG_Hot_Flashes and @GodEmpressMedia
Purchase link: Amazon

Special thanks to April Garrus for the interview, and be sure to check out our TehBen twitter account for a chance to win a copy of Book One from the Tigress of Futan series!

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