It is my pleasure to kick off the Author Interview Series with none other than Kenny Wright. If you’re not familiar with Kenny’s work, he has made a name for himself in the “hotwife” subgenre of erotica, and has been tantalizing readers with his tales for several years. Kenny is the author of Something Forbidden, Just Watch Me (Naughty Wife Games), and Training to Love It, a hotwife romance series, among many others.
Please enjoy this interview I recently conducted with Kenny Wright!
How did you first decide to enter the world of erotica?
I’ve always been an avid reader of all genres. I love how intimately I could connect with the characters and the stories, and how they could stay with me long after I’d turned the last page. Thing was, at the time, I couldn’t find much quality erotica—especially quality erotica that explored my particular fantasies. So I took matters into my own hands and started writing my own.
Have you written fiction in other genres?
I have, but not in a long time.
How long did it take you to write your first book?
There is no easy way to answer this. My “first book” was All In, which was a project that took several years of starting, stopping, revising, editing and reworking. The book that’s now available is much different than the book what it started as. But that’s all part of the process. I don’t have the discipline to sit down and write a book from start to finish these days. I usually write a first draft, put it on a shelf, and focus on something else before finally polishing and publishing.
You’ve made a name in the wife-watching genre… what drew you to this particular genre?
Great question. I don’t know! I think I’m still trying to puzzle the answer out in every book that I write.
Are you a fan of any other erotica genres, or is this pretty much it?
I love any well-written erotica genre and used to read a much larger range of genres—romantic erotica in particular. I’ve read several really well-written, really hot erotic thrillers and crime dramas, and may one day take a crack at one of those. Recently, though, I find that if I’m going to read something else, it’s usually non-erotica.
What are your thoughts on 50 Shades of Gray?
Would you believe that I haven’t read it? That said, EL James invigorated erotica, whether she meant to or not. It suddenly became “acceptable” to have erotica on your Kindle, and I thank her for that.
You design many of your own covers – which comes first, the cover image or the story?
Story, for sure.
Have you ever written something that fans turned against you or emailed you that they didn’t like, for whatever reason, that changed your approach to your next project?
As I mentioned above, our fantasies and the erotica that draws us are very personal things. I’ve learned early on that there’s no way to please everyone. Some fans enjoy lighter stories, others crave darker themes. While I tend to be drawn to the lighter, more romantic side of the spectrum, I have flirted with borderline soft-cuckold themes. Some fans want more. Some fans don’t like it at all. In the end, I’m writing to explore my own fantasies.
You say that you write stories you’d like to read, mostly with happy endings. I, along with perhaps many writers, feel the same. Do you ever struggle with a story that is something you wouldn’t necessarily want to read, yet are compelled to write, i.e. a wife who cheats without any reason, or simply a scenario that is incredibly unrealistic?
Oh, definitely. That particular example is one that I’ve toyed around (although let’s be honest, if a wife cheats, there’s definitely a reason). The thing is, how to take those difficult scenarios and write a satisfying conclusion to them. If I cannot think of a realistic one, I move on.
On the flip side, what’s a story that you will never write because you know your readers will hate it (even though you’d love it)?
I’m not sure this exists! Like I said, I write for myself, not for a particular audience. Often times, a book that’s “off-brand” like that is met with surprising enthusiasm. The Parallel Lines books, for example, were darker than anything I’ve done before (a collaboration with Ben Boswell), but the reception was mostly positive.
You’ve mentioned your wife sometimes edits your books… has anything you’ve ever written caused her to make you sleep on the couch?
Haha. No. We have a good relationship. It’s all about honest communication, right? She enjoys being able to get a peek into my fantasies in a way that’s often difficult for a couple to share. There are other…advantages to having her edit my work. Use your imagination.
You are currently working on a trilogy, and the first two books in “Training to Love It” have been thrilling fans since they came out. Do you care to tell us what we can expect from the next book in the series?
Are you a full-time author and designer, or do you have a life beyond books?
I’m not disciplined enough to be a full-time author, and I admire those that are able to do that. Beyond books, I have two growing kids, a beautiful wife who I like hanging out with, video games, TV shows, old friends, the gym, and a full-time design job. It’s a full, wonderful life, and I love it.
Be sure to check out Kenny Wright’s new book, Training to Love It 2!