MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER AARON DONAHO!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Christopher Aaron Donaho. This particular book is somewhat dark erotica. I’ll go with that one. I originally dubbed it “420 smut”, but was convinced by editors and mentors that it was much more than that. That I was understating. So I changed it to dark erotica in hopes of addressing a broader audience.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
To be perfectly honest, it all started with sexting. I believe it was the oral scene in the middle of the rainstorm. It was a sext to an ex and she’d mentioned getting paid for it. I started writing the story around that scene. Even the style in which it is written reflects texting. Very direct, with enough room for vivid descriptions.
The story is of John and Julia, friends with benefits that hook up for a long weekend after a twenty year hiatus.
This isn’t your typical romance book where the guys a billionaire. Both of them are terribly broken people.
I wanted something fresh, a different approach to the genre. John is brutally honest and Julia is a crazy carnival.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Sexting. Also, I grew up reading my dad’s penthouse letters. I like the affect words can have on a woman. Turn the head on first, her body will follow. I think ghandi said tthat. or yoda.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A lot if field research. Yeah, I take notes.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I people watch, I’m fortunate enough to have had an interesting life full of stories from being a homeless drunk and base head in my twenties to working as an oilfielder in the Bakken.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I do oilfield inspection 80 to 100 hours a week. I write mostly on my phone. Doing this interview in the back of my work rig. I also paint and do visual arts. I usually cram time for that while I’m waiting for my sleep meds to kick in.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Deconstructed, it’s about a young man who comes to the oilfields to build a life for him and his fiance, ends up tearing himself a part in the process.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Not in Thresholds. Originally they had no names. Human #1 and human #2. Kidding.
Where do your ideas come from?
My toaster whispers all my great ideas to me like Steve Martin in Roxanne.
And just random observances of the world around me.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time. Motivation after a 20 hour work day. I’m hoping Thresholds will open up some writing opportunities.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I’m learning about everything as I go, I’m not too sure based on my experience but the learning process is far from over for me.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I can’t really say.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Building something someone’s going to take refuge in.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have a vision of me writing from my back deck of a cabin on a lake. Outdoor kitchen, big bay windows. My daughter, 8, wants to remodel one with me. I want to be able to give her that experience.
I’d love to be making a living from solely writing and painting.
Have you always liked to write?
I had a nasty narcotic addiction in my early twenties. I wrote between blackouts. A lot of gibberish but I’m sure at the time it meant everything. I found an old poem about cocaine, called White Girl. Probably twenty years old.
A started writing with purpose last October, then my divorce and two terrible rebound relationships happened.
I just kept writing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I make really good money at what i do, plus there’s always painting. I’ll eventually make my way back to carpentry but I really hope for future writing endeavors.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Edits, catching things after I’m convinced “it’s finished”.
What are you working on now?
Marketing for Thresholds. And writing Deconstructed.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“The rain began to fall, hitting the metal roof. Hitting the windows. Hitting the porch. Hitting my eardrums in a chaotic symphony with clusters of quiet that peppered the stammering downfall. Moisture crawled in heavy and thick. It wrapped itself around our bodies. The chirping died off as the rain poured like war drums all about us.
My hands moved to her open thighs, and I kissed her softly in the shadows up and down her left thigh. Her left leg, propped up on a slightly dirty foot, kicked outward, and I swiftly brought it back. My hand slid down, resting on her panty line, and teased at the waistband. I locked eyes with hers. They were deep puddles of emerald with tiny drops of night at their center. Julia smiled and bit her lip. Then she sighed a sigh that could crush armies.”
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I like a few, I’m picky. I prefer poetry. Haikus. Arthur Rimbaud, etc…
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Financial stress, much more creative when my bills are paid.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I kind of do what I want with a little flex.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
There’s quite a few.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
“I Jumped In Every Puddle”
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Too many answers for one question.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
champa_creative_solutions on Instagram
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview