Interview with literary romance author David Russell

Today’s guest is romance writer David Russell. He’s talking about his creative life, his book Self’s Blossom, and sharing an excerpt from the novel.
UK writer
of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction, and romance. Main poetry collection
Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems
published in online International Times.
Main speculative works High Wired On (2002);
Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish
epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances:
Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations;
Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies).
Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria
and Kaleidoscope Concentrate.
Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell’.
Welcome, David. Please tell us about your
current release.
I have three
stories pending release by Extasy Books: Seductive
, The Heroine and the Author,
and Dancing with Danger.
What inspired you to write Self’s Blossom?
I was deeply
influenced by a novel, The Girl Beneath the
(Le Lys de Mer), by French surrealist
writer André Pieyre de Mandiargues, where a girl premeditates and orchestrates a
seduction. Also a close friend of mine wrote a romantic novel which was a great
catalyst to me.
Excerpt from Self’s Blossom:
Here, she was on a beach, pure and
simple. Now the sea breathed heavily, whispering and murmuring to her. It was returning
her stare, speaking to her. It was the spirit of love, beckoning her with a pulsing,
sinewy body. In all its lines, shades, and fleeting forms, Selene saw the essence
of pure beauty, all grace of form, flesh, limb and feature. It was in one, all the
lovers of whom she could possibly dream, conflated into one elemental ideal. He,
pure love in soul, bade her to enter his domain and make it hers. His arms moved
her hands to unclasp, unbutton, and unzip . . . the blossom emerged. The sun became
the eye of all that was not earth, and Selene loved fully, though the pallor of
her skin left her momentarily abashed.
At first she lay in the tide’s path,
the top of her head at its most extreme mark. The sand bank made a soft bed. The
sea lover smoothly caressed her calves, thighs, hips, breasts, shoulders, and cheeks
before retreating to pause in his mossy pinnacles. Three times this action was repeated,
and then Selene stood up, wading in with arms outstretched. Her arms were linked,
as she stood up to her neck in the saline flow. The balls and heels of her feet
wobbled, slithering on the moss. With the next wave, she lost her balance – her
breath prepared in unison with the hissing around her. She threw her head back,
once again horizontal, and launched into a backstroke, sweeping and circling. She
parted her legs wide with each thrust of motion, each sweep of self-propulsion pushing
out to answer the cavernous currents of his passion. Seven circles gave her a delicious,
warm bliss –then the sea lover, well pleased, carried her back to a near-dry bed.
Aching and contented, Selene dozed a while.
What exciting story are you working on
It is called
Dreamtime Sensuality, and further explores
the theme of premeditated seduction.
When did you first consider yourself a
In my early
twenties in the 1960s
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your
work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time
to write?
I am semi-retired;
I work part-time. I also do visual art and am a singer-songwriter (see bio)
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
My use of archaic
literary language to describe contemporary situations
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Famous, in some
way or another
Anything additional you want to share with
the readers?
I have some
speculative writing in the online International
, some poetry and artwork in Hidden
Desires Romance
Thanks, David!

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