AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Ken Haramiru 3/6/14

Author Ken Haramiru had three goals in life. As a youngster, he planned to pursue one as a career. Either he was going to be a combat officer, an IT Director, or an author. Today, he finds himself performing not one, but the dedicated worker is thriving in two roles..

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“The dot-com boom seduced me out of college in 2000, and I was fortunate to establish my career at a literal rock star dot-com,” Haramiru said. “I really feel bad for college students now, though – they’re all fighting for a handful of entry-level positions that haven’t been sent overseas.  If I could tell every college student one thing right now it would be to focus on side projects and marketable skills before, during, and after college. College tries to prepare you for the workforce, but it’s once you get into the workforce that you learn how to really do your job.”

Haramiru is concentrating on his primary career. However, he is also flourishing with his career-in-words. Secretly, he uses a trio of names. The author writes under Ken Haramiru for erotica, a second name for erotic fantasy, and a third name for mainstream action and sci-fi stories. That undisclosed third name is the one he admits his family will know.

“I wanted to be a sci-fi author ever since I was a kid, and even wrote some novellas when I was a teenager,” the literotica writer added. “Over the years, my inner writer grew increasingly despondent and frustrated. A few years ago, I tried writing a sex scene to resolve the block, and it worked.  The result was a complete story. . . . just not one I could show my family.  I eventually realized that just because I couldn’t show it to my family, that didn’t mean it wasn’t a complete story.”

He says the writer within him would have been shocked; in horror, even. However, his inner-Man Ho smiled proudly. A year later, he has published ten erotica novellas, “which have been downloaded hundreds-of-thousands of times.”

Haramiru has been a busy-bee, pumping out reads in the past year. In churning out so much work, many writers would be worried about reviews. According to Haramiru, though, they’re just part of the job, good or bad. He offered a very logical explanation for erotica, even “literotica,” writers.

“In our field, you can’t sweat reviews,” he pointed out. “Literotica has a wonderful explanation of ‘Not-My-Kink syndrome. Unfortunately, most reviewers fail to understand that everyone’s kinks are different.  In the end, the only review which matters is that your repeat buyers come back for more.  Every repeat sale represents one person saying, ‘I care more about reading this guy’s stuff than I do about keeping an extra $3.’  When you put that in perspective, ratings really stop mattering so much.”

The funniest thing Haramiru told me was regarding his reviews. It was a comment someone flatteringly told him about a book he wrote.

“Damn you for writing that.  I read it on my lunch break at work, and I hate being that girl who masturbates in the bathroom.”

Oddly, the writer prefers certain music when he’s writing, which he ideally likes to spend 2-4 hours per-day doing. His iPod is loaded with angry German music; that music is reserved for coding and social media interactions.  Wagner and Tchikovsky are his plot-writing musicians. Then, when he writes erotica, it’s strictly . . . country music—“seriously.”

“Modern country is the most intensely sexual music around”, he explained.”Almost every song is about meeting a gorgeous woman and making her your own.  Other genres focus on one-night stands, but country is about settling in for a lifetime of great sex.”

 Haramiru has a few choices to contact him or check out his books.

Blog:  http://haramiru.com/

Facebook:

Twitter:  @haramiru.

Now that I’m finished with this article, I believe it’s time to comprise Blue’s “Fukkit List.” (This could get fun.)—Thanx for the idea, Ken!

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AuthorChat with Blue Stour & Eve Rabi 3/1/14

Author Eve Rabi comes from The Land Down Under, “where women glow and men plunder.” Being one-of-seven children in her familyImage,

, the romance-writing South Africa-native wasn’t originally planning to be an author. One of her teachers even told her that she should be a TV reporter because she was such a confident speaker.  Another was at the opposite end of the spectrum, telling her if she kept “up this type of behavior you’ll be in jail, soon.”

Rabi veered away from both scenarios. The mother of two has definitely backed her claim that she is an all-out dreamer. It’s something in which she takes a lot of pride. Being a trained nurse and midwife, she left the field to pursue her . . . dream.

“Seriously, I’m a dreamer and whatever I’ve dreamed, I’ve achieved,” the outdoorsy, extreme sports lover said. “So these days I dream big; I’m not afraid to take chances and my strength is that I’m quite fearless–My weakness is also that I’m quite fearless. So, when I decided on a whim that I wanted to make a change, career-wise, I just did it. Writing has been my best career move, ever.”

Rabi told her husband, whom she is now divorcing, about a story that she read, which involved a U.S. soldier in the hands of Iraqi militants. The female soldier fell in love with one of her captors who eventually helped her escape. The two started a steamy affair, and she returned home with a big secret. The only problem was that the soldier was already married—to a U.S. Police Commissioner.

Rabi’s “soon-to-be ex” was extremely interested in the story and wanted to know more. She couldn’t believe that he was so interested in such a story.

Then, the dance-a-holic, who once taught Latin dancing, told him that it wasn’t a story plucked from the daily news, at all. In fact, it was an idea she had been toying with in hopes of writing the book. The very next day, he bought her a laptop and recording device, and he ordered her to write; hence, the author was born.

Rabi, who said she writes an average of four hours per-day, now, would wake up at 3:00 a.m. and write until 6:00 a.m. when she had to get the kids ready for school. She wrote everyday until her first book was published in 2012.  Since then, she’s published a staggering twenty-one books.

“It was hard being creative with two kids, a home and a business,” said the writer who claims to completely “give a rat’s *ss,” about negative comments, “but I now write full time. So I’m really grateful with the way my life turned out.”

To her, now, stopping the creative juices would be like not breathing. Writing has become something she has to do.

“Never once in my life did I feel like giving up on writing,” Rabi added. “Writing is my life. When I get up in the morning, I have to write for at least an hour or I feel like I haven’t had my morning coffee.”

Readers can learn more about Rabi and check out and her books the following ways:

Blog:  Everabi.wordpress.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/eve.rabi

Amazon page:  http://www.amazon.com/Eve-Rabi/e/B005HXX1C4

“I have two books I plan to release late-April/early-May,” the woman with a wide-ranging variety of 1,200 songs on her iPod said. ”I’m loving the stories and I have a sneaky feeling, my readers will love them, too.”

P.S.  Mrs. Rabi, I have to ask for all of us back in the States. Will you now tell us how to make a Vegemite Sandwich?

 

*Are you an author who wants to appear on AuthorChat OR Do you know an author who should be on AuthorChat?   Email me or have them email me, AuthorBlueStour@Gmail.com         HELP SPREAD THE WORD! 

Along w/THE Sidda Lee Rain, Blue is ½ of the erotic romance tag team champions of the WORRRRLLLLLDDDDDD!!!! :  http://www.amazon.com/Stranded-Third-GAME-TIME-SERIES-ebook/dp/B00I204UBK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390940026&sr=8-2&keywords=blue+stour