Author: George Pappas
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George Pappas is a Los Angeles-based novelist, blogger, poet and lyricist. Lazy Day Publishing released his second novel of erotic fiction Monogamy Sucks as an e-book in December 2010. Pappas launched the first six chapters of his novel on his blog in summer 2010 after more than 12 years of writing and researching his work. His novel explores intriguing notions about monogamy, relationships, casual sex and the swinging lifestyle.
Tell us about your book:
My most recent book is erotic fiction novel Monogamy Sucks, which was published as e-book by digital publisher Lazy Day Publishing in December 2010. My novel is an unconventional exploration of a Long Beach, Calif. man’s mid-thirties lust crisis and his ensuing bizarre, but intriguing, humorous journey into the swinging lifestyle. I call it real life erotica or reality fiction. The story is told in the form of a fictional diary by the book’s protagonist Jake Dalmas, who is looking for answers to deal with his growing disillusionment with conventional relationships and monogamy. Along the way, he discovers some misconceptions about swingers and new aspects about himself. It is frank, funny and above all – painfully honest.
How long did it take to write the book?
It took more than 12 years. I finally decided to post some of my book on my blog and two months later I received a book deal.
What inspired you to write the book?
The inspiration for my novel Monogamy Sucks started with my own mid-thirties lust crisis in the mid to late 1990s. I was fed up with monogamy and conventional relationships and longed for something new. My curiosity led me on a journey into the swinging lifestyle, which my book is loosely based on. I felt compelled to write a story about subjects I didn’t see being discussed in society — troubles many of us have with monogamy and relationships, and the swinging lifestyle.
I wasn’t intending to write a book initially, but when I told some close friends my stories, they encouraged me to turn into a novel.
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
I didn’t really have a writing routine for this novel. I experimented a lot with the writing process while writing Monogamy Sucks. Sometimes I dictated chapters into a small tape recorder and later transcribed them into my computer. Other times I wrote out the chapters on letter pads. That is typically my writing process of choice — writing a chapter out by hand and then later typing it into my computer.
I always write a first draft of my novels without going back and editing it. I want to get down as much as my original vision for the chapter and my book as I can. The real work is the later drafts.
I knew nothing about the swinging lifestyle before I wrote my book so a lot of my research came out of my own experiences and from the stories of those that I met in the lifestyle.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope you’re readers will take a chance and read my provocative novel Monogamy Sucks, and won’t be put off by the controversial content. It really is like no other novel they have read. However, my book has some relevant and interesting things to say about sex, relationships and monogamy, and is an intriguing exploration of the male sexual mind. I think my novel appeals to both sexes, but it really seems to have struck a chord among women, which was unexpected. Yes, my book is explicit, but I believe its themes are more universal than one might think.
Where can we go to buy your book?
My book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-book retailing sites.
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Excerpt from book:
THE ARTIST OF LUST
For these past few weeks, I have felt another pussy fever coming on. I am in need of some hot sex soon and even considered leaving Pam another voice mail message tonight. She hasn’t returned several of my messages and I doubt if she ever will. I used to go a month without pussy without a problem. Now, a month seems like an eternity to me. At times like these, I wonder if I’ll ever get laid again.
A woman named Kate finally came to my horny rescue leaving me a message on my voice mail today.
“Hi…this is Kate,” she said. “Just wanted to know if you were free tonight. Liked your ad. Call me at 555-422-7892.”
No mention of sex, but my ad did call for horny women after all. She was calling for sex whether she wanted to say it outright or not.
When we talked on the phone a couple hours later, Kate told me she was an artist, which intrigued me even more. She invited me to come visit her later that night at her apartment located in West Los Angeles.
I was surprised by her appearance when we met. She is a tall attractive woman in her early thirties with striking red hair and sensual green eyes. Her face was covered in freckles, which turned me on even more. However, I couldn’t tell much about her body as she wore a long green dress that hid everything.
I was somewhat in awe of her sexy appearance as I sat next to her on a long green sofa in her dark apartment. She could pick up a man in any bar in L.A. for sex. Not that I was complaining or anything. I was just very curious.
As we engaged in the typical date small talk banter, I tried to concentrate on what she was saying but her beauty mesmerized me. From what little I could gather, Kate said she worked as a graphic artist to make ends meet so she could pursue her artistic aspirations as a painter. She added that she is divorced with a 6-year-old son that lives with his father, but that her son was moving back in with her at the end of the month.
“I need to have as much fun as I can before then,” Kate said.
I asked if she dated a lot.
Kate shook her head and said, “Too much. Sometimes I just want to have sex without a lot of drama,” she continued, smiling shyly. “I don’t always want to go through all the trouble of getting to know someone, but that is not an easy thing for me to admit to. I am not usually this aggressive, but I saw your ad and it interested me.”
Kate smiled and looked at me for a moment before turning away. Her green eyes hinted at what I could only imagine. I started to get the nervous and excited feeling I always get before sex.
Worries raced through my mind. Was I fooling myself again? What if the chemistry was only in my head and she didn’t share my sexual needs? It is a long ride home back to Long Beach. I fought against my despair.
Then the inevitable fuck date question I dreaded, “Have you had a lot of responses to your ad?”
I thought it best to lie. I didn’t want her to think she was just another fuck date. I wanted her to feel she was special even if it was a lie.
“No, you’re the first. I had some other calls but they flaked out.”
Then she asked me what I wanted to do. I was so tempted to say that I wanted to fuck her every which way until she couldn’t take it anymore, but I didn’t want to scare her off before we reached the bedroom.
This is an awkward moment for me even during regular dating. How to turn a supposedly innocent conversation into actual sex? If my response is overly sexual, I might lose my chance. If my response were too weak or nice, she would probably think I wasn’t interested and only wanted to be friends. Anything but that. So I wimped out and put the ball back into her court.
“Whatever you want to…” I replied.
Kate stood up abruptly and said, “All right…let’s go to my bedroom.”