An extraordinary and pungent collection of sensual tales! Strays encompasses vivid erotic storytelling, characterizing both the infamous and the everyday. From California to New Orleans and throughout the environs of the American Southwest, Strays sizzles the scenery.What is the working title of your book?
A. F. Waddell writes short fiction including humour and erotica. Waddell's work has been selected for The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, The Mammoth Book of the Best of the Best New Erotica, Sexy Tales of Strong Women, Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, and other anthologies and magazines.
The book title is Strays and Other Stories
Where did the idea for the book come from?
Given that my work consists of a selection of short stories, it was simply a matter of bringing the material together, which was satisfying.
What genre does it fall under?
I think that genre can be limiting to a writer – though Strays and Other Stories falls into the erotica genre. I think that erotica has evolved into more complex storytelling.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh, fun! A proposed film entitled Rooms could include actors Jeffrey Irons, Cate Blanchett, Javier Bardem, Susan Sarandon, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Lange, Jeremy Lawrence, Phillip Seymour Hoffman...
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Strays and Other Stories: Wherever you go ... there you are.
How long did it take you to write the first draft?
Given that my book is a story collection, it was a matter of organizing the work over a period of a couple of months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m unsure. One book that comes to mind is Fear of Flying, a postmodern classic that resonated with me.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration has been biographies, dreams, and love of artists and writers; the joy of speculative writing; artists and writers who write about their creative endeavors.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I’m unsure. Taste is very individualistic, isn’t it? I enjoyed writing the book and hope that others will enjoy reading it.