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Remembering Miles

 

The Clint Folsom erotic gay murder mystery series.

Habu reports that he enjoyed writing this series. His premise was a no-holds-barred treatment of an unabashedly promiscuous, laid-back, “good-guy” homicide cop with movie-star looks .

 

(Clint's) love of being ‘topped’ is so ingrained within his being that each sex act is with an abandon and longing that makes men ‘feel like kings’. If you weren’t a ‘sub’ before, you would wish to be one by the end of the book. Once I finished reading it, I rushed to buy the rest of the Clint Folsom series. Hot Stuff!  

From a review by Kpasa

 

 

 

 

Sabb, is an Australian based writer of M/M fiction. Once he was an accountant, but he has done lots of things in lots of places, and is now happily living near everything worth being near, and with views of a lake. He also enjoys chatting with, and writing fiction with, author habu, under the combined pen name Shabbu. Life is good.

Rainbow Reviews Interview with Sabb

How does writing with your co-author work? Can you give readers a brief overview of what that means with regards to your work with habu?  How is your writing together different from the writing you do alone?

 Writing together is much more fun. And much more inspiring erotically than writing alone, at least for me. It is also mostly writing about relationships, rather than an individual, which my own writing focuses on. And often I would rather write with habu than alone as I find it much more motivating and challenging.

We take different characters places when we write together, which I like as I can’t write people very different from myself, but habu can.

 I think we write in a similar style, because I don’t think the points where it changes from one to the other of us, are that obvious.

You say that you identify with The Great Barbarian.  How long did it take you to realize that he really has a soft heart?

Chuckle. As soon as I started writing stories that required the other man to do more than lie back and grunt, the barbarian couldn’t help but show it I’m afraid. As long as he is doing the strong silent “driven by his urges” thing, or the protective thing, he is fine, let him get involved in a real situation with people he likes, or who need justice, and that’s it. Big softy. I think it’s hard to write away from your own nature.

There is a lot of talk about erotica being porn without plot versus erotic romance focusing more on character development and emotional connection of the men. Do you feel your books fall into both categories, either, or neither?

Hum. I think the stories I write fall into all sorts of categories.

I could say a lot about this categorization but in the end I don’t think it matters. And it depends as much on the reader’s personality and motivation for reading as the story itself, as to what it may be classified as. We read (unless its school textbooks), to satisfy some personal emotional need, and good stories/books are the ones that best satisfy our own need at the time we read them.

My joint writing with habu certainly is more about romance/relationships than most of my own writing. But then I think that the best stroke stories have plenty of what I’d call plot and character development anyway, as I like long winded seduction stories and there is plenty of “if, but, when”, plotting in those. But they are what most people call porn/erotica.

 I personally am not that keen on the Mills and Boon/Harlequin and college fiction type GM stories that are very popular now. But there is a bigger market for them than for what I write. I will never make a living from writing what I write, but its what I really enjoy doing, and its me.

 You have written both novels and short stories.  Is one story length easier than the other for you? Do you prefer one or the other?

I prefer stringing a group of closely related and interwoven short stories into a novella length book. That satisfies all my needs and my ability to hold a story in my head till it’s finished. I have trouble writing really long works and have not published anything longer than a novella, though I have written longer non–erotic works.

Several of your stories contain an element of nonconsensual sex.  What do you say to readers who might be offended by such an approach?  What appeals to you as a writer incorporating this into your stories?

Non-consensual sex often becomes enjoyable sex for the reluctant party. And if there wasn’t any reluctance, there could never be seduction. And how dull life would be without that.

How much reluctance is going to offend readers will vary a lot, depending a lot also on whether the reader is male or female.  It’s a concept that female readers worry about and few male ones do in M/M erotica. I tend to write “male oriented stories”, so it occurs in some of them.

 What is your favorite habu book?

Arghhh. HARD QUESTION! I have read a lot of his stories and books in different versions and over a period of some years. Off the top of my head – Death in Eden. I think that balances story and sex very well and was satisfying in both ways. But I could have picked a couple of others instead, Dance of the Ravishers definitely. But in fact I should say Flying High, his memoir. To me that is a window into habu’s centre.

What is your favorite published story?  What is your most popular published story?

My favourite of mine is, um, Possibly Journeys Begin which shows the Great Barbarian’s origins, and I think is a very human story. It’s now part of the book KONAN!. Really I like all of mine.

 

What is your least popular published story?  Why do you think readers don’t like or “get” the story?

Least popular is probably She is He. This is a small book containing two transsexual stories I have written inspired by a real trans sex-worker who was the partner of an acquaintance. I don’t think many women, or readers in general, feel comfortable with that subject matter. One story is about a married family man with young children who crossdresses regularly and sees transsexual sex workers for sex. It’s something that goes on but it’s a very taboo area and not one that interests women at all really, or that many men either, though the other story in the collection of a dominating Male/female has been very popular elsewhere with male readers.

 

Which of your stories would make a great movie?  Who’d play the lead roles?

Um. Actually I think Journey’s Begin, as its a good story even if you cut the sex back, and of course I’d have Eric Bana, the Australian, play one of the young men, and maybe Brad Pitt play the other, but he might be too old now. And two real old men play the two old men. Can’t think of names. Hum, Harrison Ford, or is he too young? And Clint Eastwood for the one with Alzheimers? Somehow I don’t see it.

 

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

I have an idea at the start but it grows as it goes along. If I am into it its easy and good, if not its hard and not that good.

 

Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life?

Sometimes. Often not consciously. And I do write some stories with habu in mind as a character or the inspiration for a character.

 

What story haven’t you written yet but would like to?  Is there anything holding you back from writing it?

I still haven’t written the great erotic novel. What’s holding me back is lack of ability and dedication.

Seriously? Well The next book is what I’d like to be further along with and what is holding me back are other commitments and not being able to get the story into focus clearly.

 

Do you have a system for writing?  Do you track word count or write a certain number of hours per day?  Do you use music and playlists for inspiration?

I’m afraid I have no system to my writing. When I am writing I write till I stop, which may be because I have to go somewhere or because I have run out of energy and inspiration for writing. I rarely listen to anything but ABC (our national broadcaster) Classic FM radio in the house and keep it low usually and at times turn it off, as I like silence. But I also get lots of bird noise from outside and dogs etc from my own yard.

 

When did you start writing?  Did you always know you wanted to be “a writer”?

In High School. I always wanted to write but it didn’t just “come”.

 

What is your favorite gay book that you didn’t write?

If its not habu’s? I used to read a lot of gay fiction, but read almost none now. I recommend Allan Hollinghurst's, The Folding Star, which I still much prefer to his big Mann Booker prize winner. And I like the Australian author/comedian Phillip Scott’s gay detective books.

 

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

Um. I won’t shatter any illusions. But I did once hold a just poured and cooled 10kg (25lb) pure gold ingot in my hands in the gold room of a major Australian gold mine in the desert of central Australia.

 

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

UM. Porn?

 

What is your favorite word/phrase for the male or female genitalia?  What is your least favorite word/phrase?

Cock and balls, I like the directness.

I loathe poop shute.

What is your favorite curse word?

Um, I have to choose one? Um. Bastard. But I probably say “shit” more. I swear badly nowadays. I never swore at all till I got right into writing erotica. Yes, it has corrupted me. Verbally at least.

What are you currently working on?

Road to Persepolis. Yes, the Great Barbarian is on the move.

 

Where can readers find you?

www.barbarianspy.com I share this with habu and Shabbu, as well as the artist Ynal. So come visit us if you are over 18 or whatever, we have some great illustrated stories there.

 

Any other tidbits you would like to share?

Um. Weight training is great exercise for everyone. And Muscle and Fitness is a great magazine, and I do not have any financial interest in making this statement. Visit a natural bodybuilding competition near you to see amazing bodies.

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