Belgarion10 has been writing for us since 2007, since when he has published sixteen stories. He also has one of the most captivating profile photographs a girl could hope to see. So, who is Belgarion10? Tell us a few things about you - name, age and so on.
My real name is Paul, a bit of a boring name really, and not at all erotic. I'm a huge fan of heroic fantasy fiction and Belgarion is a character from one of David Eddings' books. For some reason, I acquired the nickname 'Bill' during school and my surname is Garland, so the Belgarion pen-name came from the similarity to Bill Garland, and ten is my lucky number. At the time of writing, I'm in my late thirties, and I live in Yorkshire, England.
Q. How and when did you begin writing erotic stories?
It all began with me reading erotic fiction, and wanting to try and do something as good, if not better. I had a very wild past before I married a very lovely but very 'vanilla' woman, who I'm still with. Our marriage is fantastic and very positive, however I had still had these undisclosed desires which I had to channel somewhere as my wife would never entertain them. I found writing to be an excellent channel for that, and so started to write. Some of my stories are total fiction, but many of them contain experiences from my past.
Q. Have you published anywhere other than ES.com?
ES.com is my main outlet for my stories, but some of them can be found on other well-known sites. I find the community on ES to be much friendlier and the average reader is much more knowledgeable and sociable than on other sites.
Q. I'm sure readers have their own vision of who you are - how much of yourself do you include in your stories?
There is a lot of me in there. As I said above in an earlier question, most of my stories contain elements of truth, or scenes which are drawn straight from my past experiences. All of my previous relationships were open ones, and over the ten years I lived this sort of lifestyle I enjoyed just about every sexual deviance possible, so I tend to draw on that for my stories, although I always change the name of the people involved to protect their privacy.
Q. What is it about writing erotica that you most enjoy?
A huge turn-on for me is the concept of a woman giving in to her sexual desires. Or as some people see it, a 'normal' woman becoming a 'slut.' Whether it be a shy wife finding discovering her love for dirty sex, or a conservative school headmistress finding out she has a love for multiple partners, there is something about that whole thing that I find erotic. So, exploring that in my stories by writing them and seeing what develops with my fantasy curious/cheating spouse is a fantastically arousing experience. Then of course, there is the pleasure of reading the comments from my readers. Knowing that my own fantasies gives pleasure to others is a reason to write in itself.
Q. Several of your stories appear in the Sci Fi/Fantasy category. What is it about this category that interests you?
Most of my early stories were very much fixed in the 'slutwife' genre, because that's mostly what I am interested in reading myself, and relates to my own past experiences in the swinging scene. However, as I wrote more I found I wanted to try and write in the other erotic sub-genres, and because I enjoy reading fantasy and science-fiction fields outside of erotica, it was a natural progression to try and write that sort of erotica. Science fiction and fantasy also gives you the freedom to really explore some different scenarios that just wouldn't work or seem believable in a more contemporary setting.
Q. Is there anything that happens in your stories that you would really like to try in "real life", but haven't yet been able to?
Looking back, I think I came to a point in my life where I wanted to settle down, have children and you know... have a 'normal' life, free of deviance, and drink and forbidden substances and everything that comes with the wild lifestyle I was leading at the time. I met a very pretty and relatively innocent girl and fell completely head over heels for her. Because she was very 'normal' or 'vanilla' and wanted a purely straightforward relationship, she fitted the bill perfectly and I married her, had children and for many years I was blissfully happy.
However, leopards don't change their spots. Eventually, I started to yearn for the old 'wild' ways, and so now I write to channel those urges, and it works for me perfectly. In answer to your question, I would love to do most of the things in the stories with my wife, especially threesomes or moresomes, but she is a straightforward sort of girl, and while I love her for being just the way she is, to ever share some of the extraordinary sexual scenarios I write about with her would be amazing.
Q. Does your partner or any of your friends know that you write? What do they think?
My wife knows about my sexual fantasies, and about some of the things I did in my younger days, but she doesn't know I write about them. She accepts that I fantasize about such things, but she prefers to think of these things as firmly in my past, so I write quite privately. Perhaps one day, I will let her know I am an erotic author and share some of my writing with her, but for now the situation is good as it is.
Q. How about in more general terms - how do you feel about the "outside world's" perception of erotic writing?
Fantasies in sex are incredibly commonplace, whether we share them with others or not. Erotic writing is both an extension of this, and a valid genre of fiction in itself. What annoys me about people's perception of erotica is the way it tends to be looked at as pornography. Freedom of speech is all well and good but it doesn't seem to be allowed to extend to people's intimate moments. Of course, written literature needs to be moderated for things like racial hatred, prejudices, paedophilia and violent and unlawful acts, but sex is the most natural thing in the world; it's something everyone does or fantasizing about doing, so why pretend otherwise and look down your nose or judge those that write about it? For me, erotic writing is incredibly fun and healthy - it encourages you to activate your imagination, rather than just stare at pictures of naked men and women in pictures or videos that are obviously completely posed and fake.
Q. One thing that I love about ES is that you very quickly build up a community of fans, who enjoy writing to and hearing from their favorite authors. Do you have any favorite topics that have surfaced in these "conversations"?
That's something I love about our website as well. I have built up a core group of very good friends, some of whom I have even met, both through reading and writing on ES, but along the way I have also had some very funny correspondences. Some people obviously assume the stories to be totally true, perhaps in the same way some people assume Soap Operas to be true, and have asked for my wife's soiled panties or photos. That's not surprising in itself, but it is amusing that actually think that some of the more stereotyped or extreme characters in my stories actually exist, and have even asked if I can introduce them to assist in getting their own wives seduced!
Q. How do you feel when you receive negative comments or very low votes from readers?
It annoys me, as I'm sure it does all authors. People are entitled to their opinions of course, but I personally think something could be done to make it more difficult for people to ridiculously under-mark a story. It really does make my teeth grind when a story that has got mainly 8/9/10s suddenly scores a 3. And even more annoying when that person votes anonymously and doesn't give a reason for such a low score. Still, by putting out stories out there for reading and/or criticism, we are leaving ourselves open for this and you have to take it on the chin.
Q. What kind of stories would you never write?
My aim, now I'm writing again, is to try and write what I think is the 'Ultimate' story in each particular erotic sub-genre, but certain aspects don't particularly appeal to me. For instance, male/male gay stories don't do anything for me, and also plain one-on-one seduction stories just aren't erotic enough to excite me. The genre needs to turn me on for me to be able to write effectively about it.
Q. And do you read, and respond to, other writers on the site? Who are your favorites?
Yes! I've been taking a break from writing for both work and personal reasons of late, but am now back and working on several stories but in the mean time I've been keeping up with my favourite authors' work. Personal favourites would be Jillbaby, who I think is just a fantastic writer and her stories are so captivating. She has a knowledge of what people want to read and how to deliver it. Just Plain Bob, who has perfected the 'to-the-point' male-reader-oriented sort of erotica, Ladygrey has to admired for her output and writing professionalism, and finally your good self, Naughty Miranda! What I like about your work is the diversity of it and the slightly different slant you present, with an element of yourself being a constant in many of your stories.
Q. I have to ask... what can you tell us about your profile photograph?
Ha ha, I knew you were going to ask that. First of all, that cock is not mine. I'm not badly endowed (honestly) but I wish that member were mine! In actual fact, I have a few friends in the modelling and photography business and have been present at photo and video shoots from time to time. That photo is just one that really caught my eye as being incredibly horny, and it seems others like it too!
Q. Do you remember the first pornography you ever saw?
I'm approaching middle-age and so when I was much younger, the most common form of pornography were men's magazines, Mayfair, Club, Penthouse and the like. When I was a very young lad, in my early teens maybe, me and a friend found his father's stash of porn mags, and of course, from that point on we would take them to our 'den' that we'd made in the woods behind my house and pour over them (and more). I'm sure a lot of men my age had a similar experience. From there it went to covert copies of really bad VHS porn movies, but erotic fiction never really featured. It is amazing now how teenagers have a wealth of porn at their fingertips with the internet, which we never had, and it makes me wonder what the future holds for this world as these generations grow up.
Q. What's the kinkiest thing you have ever done?
Geez. How long have you got? When I left college I went exploring around Europe for a year and being the cocksure, good-looking, cheeky kid that I was, I slept my way through countries such as France and Spain, mainly British tourist girls on the lookout for a good time, and got to experience everything from risky outdoor sex to MMF and MFF threesomes, sex parties, sleeping with groups of girls (I kid you not) and gang-bangs. I've also experimented in the BDSM scene a little bit with some light bondage and spanking, with naughty role play. I'm truly tri-sexual, I'll try anything!
Q. Do you have any fantasies that you would like to fulfill?
I'm very lucky in that I've had the opportunities to explore most of my fantasies. I'm happily married now, so any new fantasies I explore tend to be done through writing about them, rather than wanting to live them out. It would be fun to see my wife in some sort of group scene, but outside of that and lusting after several well-known people, I'm (boringly) content with my sex life!
Q. What is a major turn on for you during sex?
What isn't? I'm a serious kinkster. I love to be quite dominant in bed, and I enjoy a woman totally submitting to me. It's a turn on to talk dirty to her, telling her what I'm going to do to her, and then keeping my promises. I like my partner to be very vocal, there's nothing worse than 'silent sex' and physical in return in the way of her scraping her nails down my back, or locking my legs around my hips while we do it. If you're going to have sex, then have sex. A woman has to participate, embrace the moment and go from being submissive to passionate and hungry for more. That's so exciting to me.
Q. How about a major turn off?
Most people will go on about bad breath, or bad hygiene in general, but the worst passion killer for me is a lack of enthusiasm, or prudishness. I know not everyone can be confident in the bedroom and I don't expect them to be, but for me life is about passion. I throw 100% of myself into everything I do. Life is for living. Reach out and grab it - and sex is the same - you only get to live this life once - enjoy it! Let go of your inhibitions and have a good time. I know that sounds hedonistic, but it's my life philosophy and people who disagree with that are just major party-poopers and turn-offs to me.
Q. How do you feel about same sex relationships, both personally and as a writer?
I've been in situations where male homosexuality has been happening - in group sex scenarios - and while it didn't scare me, or turn me off, it also didn't do anything for me sexually. I am tolerant of male/male relationships, working in the music business, I'm surrounded by gays and most of them are perfectly nice people, just as are heterosexuals, but I have no interest in dabbling or writing about it. Of course, female/female relationships are different - I love women so to see two of them playing together is a wonderful fantasy.
Q. Do you explore these feelings, positive and negative in your stories?
Female/female and lesbian scenarios don't feature heavily in my current set of stories, but will be included in some of my new ones. I have also written a couple of scenes where the lead male character is presented with the opportunity for same sex fun. He turns it down, like I did and still would, but it was fun to write that scene.
Q. How long does it take for you to write a story? Could you talk us through the process?
Most of my stories are between 4,000 and 8,000 words long. If they are any longer than that then I tend to split them up and make them into multi-parters as I think much over that word count and they become a bit butt-numbing. I've been writing for twenty years, not just erotica, but article writing and fantasy writing, so I have a set way of doing it. I tend to use music, played through my headphones, and I locate myself in a private part of the house with my laptop on my lap, and I just let the writing flow. I can write for a couple of hours at the most, and write about 1,000 words an hour, so the initial first draft process takes five or six hours in total on average but I then spend much longer editing and revising the story. There's much more to that than just spell-checking as most people believe. Outside of that, the imagining of the plot is probably the longest part. Ideas for my stories tend to come to me as fantasies during sex, or sometimes in the shower when I'm relaxed and horny. I always have an initial idea for how the story starts and finishes and then the fun bit is writing to see how I get from one to the other.
Q. Right now, your most popular story is "The King and I," with an average vote of 9.65. Do you agree that this is your best? And why do you think it struck such a chord?
I was really surprised with the votes for 'The King and I', pleasantly so, of course. I don't receive the highest scores by a long way, even though I am technically a very competent writer, and I think this is mainly my choice of subject matter and the fact that I tend to write long and sexually quite slow-to-develop stories. Most readers want a much quicker pace, and more instant action, but that's a style of writing which doesn't come naturally to me, so I write what I enjoy writing, rather than writing to obtain high scores and I'm happy with that. Perhaps the King and I scored higher because it was in different genre and the people who read that genre are more inclined to the longer style and style of story.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of this interview and your fans? Now is your chance...
Thank you for reading this far, and thank you for reading my stories. Erotic writing is a very liberating and fun hobby for me, and sharing my work with others has made it even more enjoyable over the years. Never be afraid to say hi - I love to chat and swap emails with like minded people, and I'm very open to constructive criticism as all authors should be, so don't hesitate to offer me ideas for future stories or suggestions for how and where I can improve my writing.
Q. Finally, do you have a website or a blog, where your fans can visit and maybe learn more about you?
I am currently working on my own website and blog, but until I have time to complete it they can join as a friend on my Facebook page where I am putting details of my new stories and more. Search for me under Paul Bill Garland and you'll find me.
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