Charlie J Forrest

Why do you write erotica and not a different genre..?
In part because it’s massively under-rated and sniffed at, even by writers in other genres. But also because it really cuts to the heart of the human experience. To quote Iain Banks, “You could always not write about sex, but sex is quite an important part of life.”

I do write other stuff as well… and so far my mother knows that’s all I write…

What’s on your kinky bucket list (writing or otherwise)?
In terms of writing, it would have to be getting a full novel plotted, written, edited and published. Writers are allergic to finishing what they begin, so shorts, bundles and novellas are easier to handle.

What writers do you admire/aspire to?
Iain Banks (both for erotic and non erotic writing. If you haven’t read “The Steep Approach to Garbadale”, go and do it now, like right now, before you finish this sentence!)

Anais Nin, I don’t even have words to describe how sublime her work is. Simple, evocative, it’s almost poetic.

Penny Birch, No list of my favourite erotica writers would be complete without her. My first real exposure to kinky erotica, articulate intelligent characters and a wonderful mix of BDSM and (shock horror) fun!

What is your opinion of ‘50 Shades of Grey’?
From a critical standpoint, C+, deeply disturbing undertones, but the sex scenes are quite good. Some of the writing, the dialogue in particular, has some real snap to it.

From the perspective of what it’s achieved, it’s fantastic. Between that book and the advent of e-readers the world of erotica and romance writing has been transformed.

What are your favourite books?
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Moby Dick.
Fight Club.
Everything’s Fine.

What are your influences?
When writing? Usually Scissor Sisters, some red wine and occasional glances at Tumblr.

Your most embarrassing moment?
Fortunately I wasn’t around for that.

What is your proudest moment?
Getting my black belt.

What does hell look like for you?
A motorway services, but one in which the M&S has run out of those little cappuccino chocolate bars.

Who would you most like to have abandoned on a remote Pacific Island?
As in who would I like to keep me company? Or who would I pick in general to be black-bagged and put on an island? In the latter case Jim Davidson.

Who would you most like to be abandoned with on a remote Pacific Island?
Umm… probably Jim Davidson again. I imagine things would get a bit Lord of the Flies quite quickly…

What do you like doing in your spare time?
In terms of kinky stuff I enjoy playing with rope, although I’m inclined to get up to all manner of mischief in the name of “research”. Otherwise I’ll usually either be in training or curled up somewhere reading.

When are/were you happiest?
Travelling home after long weekends, exhausted, covered in bruises and high on endorphins.

When are/were you least happy?
I’d rather not talk about that.

What outfit do you feel most sexy in?
I came so close to saying, in a well-cut three-piece suit, but it’d be (whilst almost true) a lie.

When I put on my white ninja pyjamas I look god-damned awesome. Fact!