From defining erotic mysticism to choosing his best character to date, local and self-published Spokane author, Jayson Stone opens up about his journey as an author.
How many books have you had published?
One. Riverwalk. (1995)
Self-published or traditional?
Can you briefly break down the publishing process as you’ve experienced it?
With self publishing, you do ALL of the work and/or farm it out to your discretion to people who know how to do the things you don’t. For me, I wrote 98% of all of the material, did the photography for the cover, hired an illustrator (who was a good friend), and attracted a mentor who also found me a calligrapher and a graphic designer. I searched out a printer and believed that the money I needed would be there and it was. The upside to self-publishing is that you retain all the rights and get to choose the contents of your book.
You also do all of your marketing which can be fun and grueling at the same time. Thus coined the phrase “Best SELLING” Author. When you market your own book, initially, you will run into the …”I’m not interested” crap, that is until they discover you’re the author. Then, you automatically take on the “celebrity” status.
What types of stories are you currently working on?
A high plains adventure/romance/expose-type novel and a genre which I created myself called Erotic Mysticism for a three-part saga.
What audience do you typically write for and how does it affect your writing?
Riverwalk was for the self-help, healing, and personal journey crowds. The others are for choice readers who read that type of material.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Within and sometimes movies and personal events. Often times – passionate moments and fantasizing.
What do you do to break through writer’s block?
Just get away from it for awhile. “Awhile” can be days, weeks or even months. One cannot rush or force creativity.
What is your typical editing process?
I monkey around with it a bit on my own. This is after leaving what I’ve written alone for an extended period of time. Then I can go back and re-read it with almost a fresh set of eyes. Once I’m completely done with all I can do, I seek out another pair of eyes.
On average, how many pages are your completed stories?
Anywhere from 60 to 300.
What is your favorite book or who is your favorite character so far in terms of your own writing?
I think Savage Passion II: Firewatch is my favorite. I’ve developed the male character pretty well and worked to develop the females to his level, as well … meaning they have to be somebody he would be drawn to. The challenge of SPIII is to write from the standpoint of a woman.
You mentioned that you write Erotic Mysticism. Can you explain what sets this apart from other genres?
It’s the spiritual side of sexuality which, if missing, often times sex (ie: love-making) seems empty and unfulfilling. Most people have experienced this, yet cannot explain what’s missing.
Do you find it difficult to write about the erotic?
No, not at all. I write pretty explicitly, though not smutty, and then re-write to tone it down. I spend a lot of time with verbal foreplay and character mood development. I don’t make sex the means to the end. Rather, I build a story around the attraction. I base my story on real-life circumstances and an understanding of the way the human female mind works. The sex organ that most men miss when it comes to women is the mind. Intellect, humor, passion, expression, and deep emotional feelings are all things that stimulate the female psyche.
Do you acknowledge the line between art and pornography? If so, how do you define the line?
Porn is just raw sex with no real story and gross graphic explanations where both parties are involved solely for the purpose of using the other for orgasmic purposes. Real sexuality, or erotic mysticism, delves into all aspects with the act of sexuality being coupled with other aspects of the human spirit.