Jen: Today we welcome Henry Corrigan to Romancing the Book. Henry, will you share a short bio with us?
Henry: Henry started writing erotica for the same reason that gets most people into trouble; Because of girl. He writes contemporary erotic fiction, romance and speculative fiction as well. His stories focus on the bonds of love, friendship and marriage and he believes it is the heart, the love that grows between characters, which brings readers back for more. Henry was born and raised in Long Island, New York. His story Absence on Film, was published by Coming Together in 2015.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Henry: Carnal Theory is about Dr. Elizabeth Spencer. She’s a behavioral researcher at a prestigious university who has a radical new theory when it comes to sex. After suffering years of disappointing relationships, she’s been led to wonder. What if we don’t need to find a partner to have a satisfying sex life?
Enlisting the aid of her students, she designs an experiment to test the limits of intimacy. She has everything she needs, a spacious lab, top of the line sensors and equipment. The only thing missing is her test subject, Dr. Michael Aaronson. But when she meets the handsome and surprisingly willful professor, more than just her objectivity begins to slip.
As their sessions begin and the two begin to find common ground, a shocking scandal puts not only the project, but their careers in jeopardy. Spencer and Aaronson are forced to defend themselves, but will that be enough? Can Spencer save her future? Or will she lose everything she’s ever built?
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Henry: I keep a notebook with me at all times for just such an occasion. It’s a good thing to have for when a new idea or a new twist on an old idea comes to mind. For those really odd moments when I can’t write it down, such as meetings or exams or when I’m too lazy to get out of bed, I close my eyes and repeat the basic idea or certain key words over and over again in my head until I’ve got it stored away. It saves me from having to tear chunks out of myself later for forgetting an idea.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Henry: The rough draft I mentioned earlier I consider to be a Horror story in a lot of ways. It has to do with how the casual cruelties we inflict on each other day by day add up and become overwhelming. The story I just signed over to Excessica is pure Fantasy and I have the rough draft of a science fiction book, “Gora,” which I’ve been keeping on the back burner for a long time now. The reason I haven’t moved forward with it is I lost the thread of the story a ways back, so I put it aside to give my brain a chance to think it through. So to answer your question, I can’t really think of a genre I would stay away from because the stories really just come to me regardless of what genre they fall into. I don’t want to limit myself when it comes to the type of story I’m telling. If I ever were, I think that would be a sure-fire recipe for that story to never see the light of day.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Henry: Sex toys! I did a lot of reading about sex toys! I’m not even kidding. Part of the basis behind Spencer’s theory is how advanced sex toys have become. Lover after lover has failed to satisfy her so out of desperation, she turned to sex toys. Became quite the expert actually, so I needed to get an idea of what they were capable of before I started writing about what they can’t do. Such as provide intimacy, connection, the unexpected. All the parts of a relationship that will tug at your heart and make you gasp out loud.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Henry: A part of me wants to say that the editing process is the most challenging aspect, and the truth is that’s not wrong. Any author will tell you recognizing your own mistakes and trimming down miscellaneous words can be rage-inducingly painful. But another part of me knows that finding time to write is also challenging. I am a full time hospital employee and a part time Masters student, so I am often forced to carefully schedule my writing time. An hour here, a half our there, a couple hours late at night when I really should be in bed. It works but it can also make continuity a real difficulty. I will start writing a scene, then have to stop and go back to it later. I often leave myself notes about where I was going, but it’s hard getting back into the same headspace. The easiest aspect of writing is when I somehow manage to string together the time and the words just fly. I look back over the pages I just put down and a great feeling of satisfaction will well up in me (I know that sounds corny. It sounds corny to me and I’m writing it, but it’s no less true). The most rewarding aspect is hearing back from readers about how much they loved my stories. Knowing they bought my work and it excited them or made them laugh or cry means a lot to me. I love creating a connection with readers.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Henry: One of my readers from the UK called Carnal Theory a “one-handed page turning affair.” That is the best comment an erotica author can get!
Jen: What’s been the highlight of you career to this point?
Henry: Self-publishing Carnal Theory, hands down. It was really challenging, I have to admit. I had to learn how to format, work with a cover designer, and become more proficient at marketing. Marketing particularly is an ongoing learning process but it’s worth it. Once I had all the kinks worked out and clicked “Publish,” I just sat back and stared at the screen for a good ten minutes. I was (and still am) so proud of what I’d accomplished. June 19, 2015 will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Henry: After my blog tour in which I pimp Carnal Theory to every corner of the Internet is over, I will be return to the rough draft of a second book I finished shortly before the launch. It is about society’s idea of masculinity and the consequences that arise from it, so needless to say, it’s a much more serious tone than Carnal Theory. I don’t have a title for it yet, but it’s something that has been in the back of my mind for a while now and I hope to end the year with it in the welcoming hands of a publisher.
I also just had a short story entitled “The Artists of Love” accepted for the Excite Spice Boxed Set which is being published by Selena Kitt’s house Excessica. There’s no pub date for it yet, but readers can check up regularly on my blog for updates as soon as I receive them.
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