Interview: David Russell

Long and Short Reviews welcomes David Russell as he stops in to promote Dreamtime Sensuality. He shared two reviews with us from Amazon:

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Interesting Read 24 Oct 2014
By CP – Published on
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I only feel it’s right to say I’m not a fan of romance. It’s not really my thing, but I do enjoy a good story or stories. That’s the part that caught my attention with Dreamtime Sensuality. It’s a collection of four stories, each following the same basic formula of highly intelligent women that look to fulfill their needs and desires through voyeurism and self-control. Each woman firmly controls their desires until the perfect moment of their seduction scenarios that relate to their profession.

While the stories were similar to one another, each had a different take on various professions of the women and kept it fresh throughout. The one thing I do have to say is there are some moments where I wanted to see the scene fleshed out more, but that was balanced with the poetic style each story was told. I actually caught myself reading it like a verse and that’s something I rarely, if ever, do, so props to the author on eliciting that from me.

This was a pleasant surprise and I truly enjoyed it. It felt like something better to read outside relaxing than anywhere else, and I found that to be an interesting development.

If you’re looking for a quick, relaxing romantic read, this could be just the thing.

4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamtime Sensuality 9 Aug 2014
By Midnight Attic Reader – Published on

This is a collection of four stories about people realizing their romantic fantasies in a very methodical, almost scholarly fashion. The fantasies feature slightly vain characters who enjoy voyeurism, delayed gratification, and a multitude of costume changes. Fun collection, ranging from beach scenes to risky intrigue. I like the descriptive, almost poetic style of writing that make these tales seem passionately glamorous.

He’s currently working on a speculative story combining mythology, romance and time travel. It was inspired by his translation of the 16th Century Spanish epic La Araucana, describing the conflict between the Conquistadores and the Native Americans of Chile.

David starting writing romance late in life, so his writing is necessarily colored by his literary background– check out this review of his novella, Self’s Blossom or other reviews in Goodread:

Self’s Blossom is a story that should be in the Tate Gallery, were the Tate a gallery for literature as opposed to art.

With this story, you are getting a highly unusual and in-depth style of writing that you don’t usually find in the erotica genre. Some people may regard it as abstract, although in truth it is actually very detailed. (Just like many of the paintings in the Tate — you see where I’m going with this?)

It took me a while to get into this story, and I think it’s because when reading erotica, I’ve become accustomed to an “easy” read — a book that you can open and, wham-bam, there you are in the story. While some readers may have that experience with this, I can’t say that I did at first, and I suspect that most will not. There is an array of back story and character development from page one, and I’m glad I found the patience to stick with it, because I enjoyed the read.

It’s the story of Selene. She’s an intellectual. She’s independent. She’s seeking freedom because she’s an adventurer at heart. Or at least, that was my interpretation: for me, this was a story about the search for freedom, through sexuality, sensuality and emotions of the heart.

I dare say that not everyone will take to Selene, but she’s very real. She’s a restless soul, and she is not the “flouncy” kind of heroine you usually get in erotica novels, but can be quite blunt and analytical in her thinking. Yes, it’s unusual, but when I got into the story and her character, I found it refreshingly so.

The male lead is likeable and patient, giving her the space she needs to learn and grow throughout the story, but there is a two-way exchange here, and he learns from Selene as well.

This book is prose at its best. The language used is eloquent and intelligent. You won’t find crude words or phrases here, but a rhetoric that is closer to that of Charlotte Bronte (yes, I did say Charlotte Bronte — well, if she wrote erotica that is….) The narrative is highly descriptive and even a little “gothic” in some places. Here’s a brief example:

“Each, to the other, became universe god and goddess. After so many times in their pasts when the brakes had been applied, when both had been frozen by reticence, or had their yearnings derided — the universe’s currents now galvanized their bodies. Now words could be uttered in acceptance of total immersion. With their slow speed, they generated maelstroms. Their every part revealed with deep exuberance, two bodies showing themselves as two complete presences.”

Maybe it could even be considered poetry.

If you want an easy read that gets to the point, hard-hitting, direct language and a lot of instant action, this book is not for you. If you want a different, eloquent and intelligent erotic story, that indulges in every emotion and thought from the characters, that works towards a specific goal of self discovery, this is the book for you. I urge you to read the sample chapters from eBook retailers. If you can accept that it’s a different style of erotica, you will not be disappointed with it.

“Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?” I wondered.

“I also write speculative fiction; I did this before trying romance. Romance was a case of my straying outside my genre.”

“What advice would you give an author who wants to write erotica?”

“Read John Donne’s Elegy XIX, To His Mistress Going to Bed, listen to Julie London’s Go Slow, watch the beach embrace in From Here to Eternity. Replay some past exciting experiences in your mind. Think of what you would like to do in an iconic encounter, and explore that in the greatest detail.”

Finally, for a fun question, I asked, “Have you ever eaten a crayon?”

“I have chewed many, but swallowed none.”

1_7 Dreamtime sensualityMany a dream can be realised with a little forethought. The characters in this quartet of stories are intelligent, sensitive and literary. They are also supremely voyeuristic and open-minded. Their intelligence is counterbalanced by inhibitions, which they can only lose by premeditated seduction scenarios, which relate intimately to their professional, creative and cultural lives. The great effort each couple puts into arranging a scenario seems to enhance the quality of the experience. A great source of inspiration for this and other works has been the novel The Girl Beneath the Lion by André Pieyre de Mandiargues.

About the Author: 1_7 ManontopBeachEmbraceb. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell’

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