MAXIM JAKUBOWSKI worked for many years in book publishing as an editor (including titles by William Golding, Peter Ackroyd, Oliver Stone, Michael Moorcock, Peter Ustinov, Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Paul Ableman, Sophie Grigson, Marc Behm, Cornell Woolrich, etc…) and launched the Murder One Bookshop, which he owned and ran for over 20 years. He now writes, edits and translates full-time in London.
And now to Maxim’s brilliant answers to my interview questions:
Do you ever wonder if people read your work and judge you as a person?
Of course, and sometimes I know what they think. Being an erotic writer does give you the sort of reputation that precedes you when you walk into a room, to say the least. I find it amusing. But I smile knowing they could never guess half of what I do or am!
What is the most important lack in your life?
Lost opportunities past.
What’s the most blatant lie you’ve ever told?
That I had nothing to do with my aunt finding her cat dead on the lawn one morning. That the turpentine I cleaned my paint brushes with had not mysteriously made its way into the damn cat’s milk. I was 9 years old and hated cats; and still do.
Do you ever write Naked?
No. It would be too uncomfortable. I have a big leather chair in which I type, and it would be too distracting having my backside stuck to it most of time and remember that I live in London, not ideal weather for nudity…
How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?
I enjoy them if they are constructive, but most of the bad reviews I’ve had have mostly been uninformed and easy to dismiss and not worry about.
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Where do I begin? Becoming an expert in the art of procrastination, living in a world of my own when I should be more accessible to my family and friends, the size of publishing advances, I could go on and on, but then I wouldn’t change my status for anything in the world either.
What was the name of your first computer?
None of my computers have ever had names. But then, as I mentioned earlier, neither am I a pet sort of person….
Is there a snobbery directed against erotic writing from other authors?
Not in the erotic field, and as to my activities in the crime and thriller field, most authors I know there seem to be in awe at my ability to pull out a sex scene out of the blue, which they generally find impossible to do. And in France and Italy, where my books all do rather well, erotica is a part of the literary mainstream, so I am judged as a normal person/writer.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
A healthy bank balance and a supportive wife.
Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or a movie?
Repeatedly, although I somehow seem to always fixate on characters who never remain alive all the way through to the end of the book or film.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
To use my imagination and just write regardless of the assigned subject. Thank you, Monsieur Laurent at the Ecole Communale Sorbier in Paris who provided the right encouragement without whom I don’t think I would have become a writer.
Are you fun to go on holiday with?
No. I hate art tourism, visiting museums, churches and all that farrago. For me a holiday is a nice beach and pool, reading a book a day in the sun, and enjoying good meals, and allowing my brain to slow down while my batteries recharge.
Ekaterina and the Night
Lolita meets Story of O, another memorable tale of love, sex and feelings from ‘the King of the erotic thriller. When Ekaterina meets Alexander a shockingly sexy but tender romance develops.
She is a young Italian trainee journalist, who dreams of wild sexual adventures. He is the older Englishman who she believes can fulfill her fantasies. When Ekaterina is sent to interview the ageing writer Alexander in London, she is blinded by his charm and experience. Their relationship explodes in a sensual orgy, which defies society’s acceptance.
When a mysterious angel of death who calls herself Emma enters their lives, Ekaterina and Alexander know their days together are numbered.
A shocking climax set in Venice in winter brings the three protagonists together.
A tale of sex and tenderness that ranks alongside Jakubowski classic The State of Montana.
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