EP: Today we're putting Eternal Press author, Dee Kirk under the magnifying glass. Perfect for his new erotica P.I story released by Eternal Press. It's titled, Verne Gerow, PI: The Case of the Cashmere Blonde. Join us to uncover the juicy details about this tale of sexual sleuthing.
Dee: Hi Kim. Nice to be here.
EP: Why don't you begin by telling us about this private investigator named Vern Gerow? What kind of character is he?
Dee: Well, Verne is a bit of a throwback, you might say. Not too hip, he tends to step in it from time to time, but he has a good heart and an instinctive sort of intelligence. He’s also very popular with the ladies.
EP: In this story, we (the reader) become Vern as it is told in first person. How difficult was it for you to write in this particular style? Do you worry that female readers won't relate to him since he's obviously male?
Dee: No, it wasn’t difficult at all. When I get a character in my head, the first thing I hear is the dialogue—men or women, it doesn’t matter. I can hear their speech patterns, idiosyncrasies, accents, and I know what words and phrases they would or wouldn’t use. I hope women readers will see a little bit of someone they know in Verne and since he’s something of an underdog, I think most people can relate and root for him to succeed.
EP: I should mention the heat rating of this story is five flames. That means pretty sexy stuff (and not for the kids). Do you find it difficult to write that level of detail in sex scenes? Do you avoid them as selections for a reading? Why or why not?
Dee: Just as I find dialogue relatively easy, sex scenes are the hardest things to write. There are only so many body parts, so many positions—for most of us anyway—and how many ways can you say hard, soft, thrust, moan, pleasure, etc.? My thesaurus really gets a workout. I’ve never been asked to read any of my erotic stories for an audience, and I’m glad of it.
EP: Is Dee Kirk your pen name? (you don't need to reveal your real name). Why or why not use one when writing erotica?
Dee: Yes, it’s a pen name. I chose it especially for my erotic stories. My real name has a most un-lyrical sound, rather like a pair of grunts, but I use it for mainstream work and when I write political satire.
EP: I hear there are five voluptuous babes in this story. One of them is his employer for this case and the others assist him. Tell us about these gals.
Dee: Judy Munson is the Cashmere Blonde. She’s beautiful but dangerous. Teri Dellinger is something of a bimbette, but a nice girl at heart. Angie Wilkes is a cop and Verne’s former girlfriend. Maria is Judy Munson’s maid—she doesn’t know where all the bodies are buried, but she’s very helpful. Sheila Flanagan is a school teacher Verne agrees to date in exchange for some information. Sheila has some surprises of her own.
EP: How much of Dee is in Judy Munson and how much is in Verne Gerow? Are they parts of your personality you don't show to anyone else or someone you daydream about being like?
Dee: Actually Judy Munson and Verne Gerow are based (very loosely) on writer friends of mine. This story began as a parody written to lampoon authors I know from a writer’s workshop. Somehow the story mushroomed into its present form. Don’t ask me how. That said, I suppose there’s a little of every writer in nearly every character he or she writes. I think it’s an unconscious thing. I don’t see me in any of my characters, but others sometimes do.
EP: With this high of a heat rating, let me ask what your take on the debate over what is erotica and when it becomes pornography. What's the difference? IS there a difference?
Dee: Oh sure, I think there’s a difference, though I’d hesitate to label any writer’s work as porn. Some of my short stories have appeared on adult ezines and I’ve had the chance to read what other writers are doing. I’ve read some stories that seemed (to me at least) as though the author’s only goal was to get as much humpin’, thumpin’ physical action onto each page as possible. I call those wanker stories.
Erotica may not be fine art, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to write artfully. Whenever I come across a particularly good turn of phrase, or a really fine simile, I think, Boy, I wish I’d written that. Why not use that same kind of language when writing erotica? Just because the plot revolves around coitus doesn’t mean you can’t create interesting characters, settings and situations.
I like to use lots of different places and periods of history—cowboys, cavemen, pirates, and Vikings had sex too, right? To me, sex, politics, and religion are the most fertile ground for humor and when I write about any of those subjects, it has to have some laughs. Sure, I want readers to think my stories are sexy, but more importantly, I want them to thin, Hey, this guy is funny. Sex is supposed to be fun, ain’t it?
EP: Is there anything you'd like to talk about that we haven't discussed today?
Dee: To tell the truth, I’m a little embarrassed for getting so long winded with that last question. But I would like to note the passing of George Carlin. He helped me find my voice and I think many could say the same.
EP: Well, Dee., we appreciate you stopping in to visit with us. Please tell us where we can find out more about you and you writing. Website? Blogs? Myspace? GoodReads? Forum hangouts?
Dee: I think I’m still on GoodReads and I had a FaceBook once, but I haven’t been to either site in months. I simply haven’t the time. Thank you for inviting me for this visit, Kim. It’s been a pleasure. Keep smiling, everybody.
Dee's at Eternal Press here: http://www.eternalpress.ca/Kirk.html