TaSTy WordGasms Author Interview
Author: Miles Hightower
Book: Desires Unleashed
Series: Stand Alone Novel
Publisher: Airdewey, LLC
Interviewer: Nikki K
Q: What inspired you to start writing?
A: My wife reads a lot and she has taken me to a few book signings. While walking around the signings it was easily apparent on how passionate the readers and fans were about what they read and the authors who told the stories. What got me thinking was, there were never any male authors at the signings, at least not the few we had been to. So I thought it might be interesting to tell a story from a guy’s point of view. I am hoping to fill a niche, so to speak, in the book world my wife seems to enjoy.
Q: What will we find on your bookshelves?
A: On MY bookshelf you will find books like Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes & The Far Side. There are also autobiographies by Ace Frehley and Sammy Hagar and some comical books about golf.
Q: Who/what is your favorite authors/book?
A: My favorite author in the same/similar genre I write would be Nicole Edwards. One of my favorites from her is Addicted.
A: My wife really enjoys her. Her books were my first intro into reading this genre. That particular book was the first one I read.
Q: What was your inspiration for your book?
A: Inspiration for me comes from life experiences, fantasies/dreams/desires of my own and from what I think people may want to read.
Q: Do you write from your own experiences?
A: I don’t write about my own personal, actual events, but I do try to use some of my life experiences as a basis for a fictional story. My stories are fiction, but I like to keep them real enough that people may think they could actually happen.
Q: If yes, how does this book relate to your life?
A: I am married, to a wonderful wife. I am a pilot in real life. Well, I have a pilot license and I used to be a flight instructor many years ago and I still do dream of owning my own plane. And I currently work in an automotive assembly plant. If you read Desires Unleased you will see these things reflected in the story. But beyond those basics, the book is a fictional story.
Q: Do you listen to music for inspiration when writing?
A: I don’t listen to music for inspiration. But I do listen to it to ward off distractions. For me, quiet is more distracting than noise. If there is quiet, my mind tends to wander.
Q: What type?
A: Hair Band music from the 80’s, Classic Rock from the 60’s & 70’s.
Q: Which of your books/characters relates most to you?
A: I suppose it would be Mitch. He has a great wife and loves to fly.
Q: What message, if any, would you like readers to get from your book?
A: Well, I don’t really write to convey some profound message about life, but I suppose if there was a message it would be: If you have a dream or desire don’t keep it a secret, find a way to give it a shot.
Q: What book do you wish you had written yourself?
A: Can’t say that I can think of one.
Q: What would you like readers to know about you?
A: Hmmm…not sure…I suppose I would like them to know I write for fun, when I have time. My family comes first.
Q. Are you planning to write another book? If yes will it be a sequel to Desires Unleashed or entirely new story?
A. Yes I am writing another book. It will be about how the rest of Mitch and Molly’s life turns out. And it should be another stand alone book.
Book specific questions
Q. Your book is very sexually charged, was it difficult to write those scenes?
A. No, it wasn’t difficult at all, really. It was quite fun actually.
Q. You write about flying throughout the book, how does flying relate to your life?
A. I am a licensed pilot, and certified flight instructor. At one point in my life I wanted to be a career pilot. But that didn’t work out. But I still fly for fun and very much enjoy being up in the air.
Q. I think “the bums” are a hoot. Are these guys based on real life people from the airport?
A. Sort of…At the airport I worked at there was a group of guys that hung out at the airport. They were airplane owners, people who used to own airplanes, guys that used to work aivation, etc. Like in the book they hung out at the airport instead of a bar. But the bums themselves are not charaterizations of of any actual individual person or persons.
Q. Is ‘The Loft’ based on a real life club?
A. The Loft is not based on any specific club. The Loft came about from researching those types of clubs on the internet. From taking commonalities, bits and pieces from what I was able to find on line.
Q. There are aspects of BDSM play in Desires Unleashed, do you live “the lifestyle” yourself? Or is it something you found sexy and thought it would play well in your story?
A. No, I/we don’t live a BDSM lifestyle. It just seemed like a fun thing to put in the story.
Q. What was the impetus for the swinger storyline?
A. Well, I am a guy, what guy doesn’t fantasize about having multiple women to play with, right? Plus, my story wasn’t about a single character looking for true love, or finding “the one”. It was about a couple who are totally happy with their relationship, but wanted a little more fun in their life. So, swinging seemed like a logical direction.
Q. Are the characters of Mitch and Molly based on you and your wife? (I’m sure the ladies would love to know that you really think of your wife that way)
A. No. Mitch and Molly and Desires Unleashed is in no way an autobiography of my wife and me. Nor is it based on anything we do personally (besides me flying). But I will say that I do love my wife more than anything.
Q. I asked in an earlier question if it was difficult to write the sex scenes. The real question I was told to ask but chickened out is… Were you able to maintain your writing posture while writing the erotic scenes or did you find yourself getting aroused and needing to take breaks to um….
A. No. I didn’t need to take any breaks to um… I get so wrapped up in making sure the writing is good, going back and changing things or deleting stuff, that it looses something for me, as a writer.
Q. When reading erotica often times what I’ve read leads to fun and play IRL with my hubby. Did reading these extremely sexy scenes have that affect on your wife IRL?.
A. I suppose you would have to ask her about that.
Q. Desires Unleashed has so many hot and sexy scenes what was your favorite scene to write and why?
A. My favorite scene is when Mitch and Molly went flying. When I was actually flying as my job, one of my favorite things was to take people for sunset airplane rides. There is something about seeing a sunset from up in the air that I really enjoy. I suppose it would be like watching the sun set over open water for some. Just very calm and serene. Then to share the experience with someone like Mitch did with Molly, makes it that much better.
Q. You say in your bio that you researched things so your story would be more true to life. Was your research sctrictly on paper or have you experimented IRL for a more realistic POV ? (I.e. rope play, toys, swings, club visits)
A. Well, if my book seemed realistic, then my research must have been pretty good, so lets just keep it at that. 😉
Q. Are you a member of the mile high club? If so, care to share the story? Sharing is caring, or so I’m told 😉
A. You can’t become a pilot until you become a member. JK
Q. From comments I’ve read/heard from your readers and my friends, it seems everyone wants to know if your marriage is full of as much passion as Mitch is about Molly’s?
A. I would like to think so. Shouldn’t it be?
Q. As a man you have a different sexual perspective than your female readers. What advice would you give your readers to spice up their own sex lives?
A. If you have a fantasy, talk it over with your significant other. Maybe try it. Just realize that your fantasy may be more than your partner is willing to do. And if so, your partner is more important.
Q. How does it feel to have published your first book and to read all of the great things people are saying about Desires Unleashed?
A. It’s a little un-nerving actully. I am happy it seems to be well liked and humbled by the compliments. I am just glad people aren’t saying it stinks. Well one person did…
Q. What is on the agenda for Miles Hightower? Will you be making any appearances?
A. As of now, my only appearance is the Rebels and Readers signing event in Hunington, WV November 7-8 2015.
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