Thursday, July 5, 2012

Simply Sexy Stories Welcomes Kendel Davi!

NG: I’m welcoming Kendel Davi on Simply Sexy Stories! Hi, Kendel!

KD: Thanks Nichelle. I’m excited to be here on Simply Sexy Stories. I’m pretty new to all of this so that fact that you’re breaking me in is an honor and a pleasure.

NG: The pleasure is all mine! Okay, let’s start with some Kendel Davi trivia questions!

KD: Cool. I’m ready. It’s like Jeopardy but I have all the answers, I hope.

NG: LOL! What’s your favorite time of day?

KD: As Ray Charles sang The Night Time is the Right Time. I love the night. A lot of it has to do with New York City. The things you can witness on a late night stroll in Manhattan when you have writers block is amazing. Even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the past 18 years, I still think the night is the best time for me to get things out. It’s quiet and the darkness allows my mind to go places that it might not go in the light of day.

NG: I agree, Kendel! What’s your favorite place to write?

KD: I’d have to say on the patio of my apartment. I don’t write out there at night but during the day, it’s perfect. I live on the 3rd floor and there is a huge tree that frames a nice view of the neighborhood. Also, I think the tree is some sort of mating place for all the birds in the area. Since the end of spring I’ve seen nothing but mating rituals going on in front of my face. Sparrows, humming birds, a few blue jay and crows from sun up to sun down going at it. Hell, I should just name them and write a story as if they were people and see what happens.

NG: *g* All that bird lovin' sounds like a hot story for sure! What’s your favorite summer drink?

KD: Sun brewed iced tea. Mainly green or black tea. On weekends I’ll wake up early, grab some tea bags and a pitcher of cold filtered water, head out to the patio to write and let the sun do all the work.

NG: Mmm...I love iced tea too! What’s your favorite thing about summer?

KD: It feels like summer 65 percent of the year in Los Angeles so you get used to it but I guess, if I had to pick one thing, it would be the nighttime breeze. It gets really hot during the day and very cool at night so after having the sun beat down on you for hours having that cool breeze hit you is stimulating and relaxing. Plus, there’s little to no humidity and you know how that can be? Summers in New York City made me sweat as soon as I stepped outside and the night was just sticky. Out here, it’s that cool nighttime breeze that really brings a comforting close to the day.

NG: *shudders* Don't even mention humidity to me, right now. It's soooo hot and sticky here in the Windy City. Whew! Cool nighttime breezes sounds delish! 

So, what’s the craziest thing you’ve done for love?

KD: This might not seem so crazy now but it was at the time. I wrote my current girlfriend an erotic story about her before we started dating. I didn’t know if she enjoyed erotica or not so when I was writing it, I had to focus on the emotional aspects rather then the physical actions. Most of my writing before that had been political or humorous stage plays. That’s what she knew me for but as things started to escalate between us and her teasing had reached a critical point, I had to do something. It was a challenge. She knew that she had my attention so I shifted our exchange by revealing how I felt in a story about us. I was scared out of my mind because if the story went down the wrong path there was a huge chance that this budding relationship would go down as well. That’s not to say I played it safe, I just made sure the focus was not on what I wanted to do to her so much but what I wanted to do for her. That happened over three years ago so and we’re still together so I guess I hit that perfect balance.

NG: Wow! That's so romantic and erotic, Kendel! Your love story would make a great story line for a tale written to be shared. ;-)

What's the craziest thing you've done for lust?

KD: Well, I guess that would have to be the time I ended up being the only guy at a lesbian orgy. It didn’t start off being that way. It was a birthday party for a friend of mine who was bisexual and I wanted her bad but I also knew where she was on our friendship and at this time in her life she was completely into women. I wasn’t the only guy there but almost all of the women at the party were lesbian. As the night went on, the other guys left to hit the bars to see if they could hook up with some women before last call since that wasn’t going to happen here. Eventually, it was just me and five other women and that’s then things got interesting.

We were all doing shots of tequila and one of the women who had dated men in her past started railing on how guys can’t get their heads out of their dicks long enough to think about what a woman wants. I shot back that maybe it was the guys she picked rather than men as a whole and that started a heated argument which ended up in a challenge about who is better at cunnilingus. The birthday girl got to pick who went with whom and she picked herself to be with me. Soon, every body was naked and my friend had her legs wrapped around my head while she sits on the couch with my mouth locked on her clit. I didn’t care if I won or lost. I was just happy to be there and allowed every lustful thought I had about my friend to radiate through my tongue and lips. The woman who challenged me was too busy focusing on me I guess. So when my friend came first, and she came hard, the challenger claimed it wasn’t fair since we knew each other and asked for a rematch with the two remaining women. When the other women got on the couch, I kept my eye on my friend who was both turned on and a little bit jealous. By then end of the night my mouth had been on every woman there and it was a fight not to allow my penis to take over. I ended up with my friend on the couch as the women were on the floor below us in a frenzy of fucking and when she let me inside her, I thought I was going to explode right there but thank the lord I didn’t. My body was beyond peaked but it was worth it in every way. That was all tequila fueled and we were all in our early 20’s so it was all about the experience. Of the four times after that when we had sex only once was there a time when another woman wasn’t around. It was fun while it lasted but she eventually got a serious girlfriend who she ended up being with for 10 years. I’m just glad that we had our moments.

NG: *mouthing hanging open* Holy Batmobile, Kendel! That's by far the best answer I've gotten from that question, thank you. Phew! 

Hmm...what's my next question? Ah, yes...what are you reading right now?

KD: I just finished reading Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie, which was just mindless fun. Most of the time I’m reading for research so it was nice to just relax and know that this was going to be a fun ride of insanity.

NG: *wondering what books are considered 'research'* Do you have an e-reader? If so, tell me whether it was easy or difficult to adjust to reading digital books. Do you prefer paperbacks?

KD: I don’t have an e-reader as of yet. It’s strange that Kendel doesn’t have a Kindle but I made a deal with myself that I have to sell enough books to buy one. That way I keep writing and have a reward for myself at the end. I do prefer paperbacks. There is something about the experience of opening a book, that new book smell, the feeling of the pages under your fingers, folding back a page or using a bookmark to hold your place that I miss when reading e-books. However, once I get an e-reader that might all change.

NG: I felt the same way and I still love paperback books for those reasons, but I'm in love with my Nook too! 

Okay, so you’ve been captured and your captor tells you to choose either your MP3 player or your e-reader...which one would you choose? :)

KD: I’d have to say my mp3 player. I love reading but I love music more. I’ve got almost two months worth of audio files that I could play continuously with repeating a track and most of that is classic jazz. Miles, Coltrane, Dizzy, Bird, Monk, Mingus, Ella, Sarah, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima… There is something about jazz that lends itself to my writing. The sounds tell a story to me always so if I could have my mp3 player stocked with all my jazz I could create all the stories in my head that I wanted.

NG: Nice! I love classic jazz...jazz period. Tell me, what do you think is the biggest misconception about males writing in this genre?

KD: I think it’s that we do it because of something that we’re lacking in our relationships. With the few people who know I do this, the first question is why? They’ve seen or read my other writing and wonder what’s wrong with me to go in the direction of writing erotica. I’m a storyteller and I love to tell stories so if that story is about people having sex, it’s still a worthwhile story. I’m not trying to make up for something I’m not getting. I’m writing about people who have wants and needs, just like any other thing I write so the fact that the drive to get them together is sexual doesn’t change what my stories are really about. 

Also, being an African American male, I get all sorts of strange questions. If I have a character in my story that’s African American and he enjoys ass play, that doesn’t mean he’s gay. It just means he enjoyed the pleasures of anal stimulation and even if he is gay, so what? That also doesn’t mean I’m gay either and even if I was so what. I’ve been lucky to have friends of all sexual orientations who have blessed me with showing me aspects of their lives that I wouldn’t have access to in such emotional detail without them. You can read all you want to about the struggles of someone who is transgender but having a friend you witnessed go through the transformation gives you a completely different look into that world.

NG: What genre(s) do you write and why?

KD: I love writing interracial group sex stories mainly because of the challenge of them. For me each character’s need, whether it be emotional or sexual has to be motivated so having to deal with more than just two people is always fun to do. Also, you have to try to negotiate which character is going to get the least amount of attention in a group story. That’s the character for me who usually gets the best of it on the tail in of the story. I also write lesbian erotica and romance. My short story Tongue Tied won second place in the 1st Annual Short Story Competition. I was the only guy in the top three and that was a joy. However, I’m expanding and trying new things. I’m currently working on two short story collections, one which is focused on Dark Skinned African American women. I just finished writing my first interracial FemDom story for that one which was a hard fought story because of how I set it up. I have a few m/m stories that I’m going to edit over the summer. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet but I had fun writing them. I’ve even tried my hand at a few paranormal stories. I guess I’m still trying to find my niche so why not try a little bit of every genre and see what sticks. The only thing that I know is a constant in my work is my focus on ethnic and sexual diversity. I’m up to try anything on the page.

NG: Why are you drawn to writing erotic romance?

KD: The freedom, plain and simple. I write in several different formats and it’s nice just to write the story as you see fit. I don’t have to worry about some producer saying my story won’t work because of the ethnicity of my protagonist or that certain ethnic groups don’t do the things that I write about. Each time I sit down in front of a producer out here to discuss my work I’m never surprised by the blatant racial stereotypes that come out of their mouths, which they think are okay to express because they have the money. Not having to deal with that is so liberating. Erotic romance is a gift to any writer who wants that freedom, or at least it is to me.

NG: I agree, it is a gift. Do the people in your life know about your writing? Are they supportive?

KD: Not too many. My girlfriend does and she is supportive in the way I need her to be by giving me the time to write. That’s the best support any writer can have. I’ve been writing for a long time in other formats so she’s used to me being in my room on my computer typing away but when somebody respects you enough to give you the time to do what you need to do is the best type of support. It’s the idea of I might not like what you do but I respect your right to do it. The fact that I’ve been published and I’ve made a little money doing it helps. I love her and the fact that she doesn’t create obstacles on purpose is a wonderful thing. Also, I’m still writing in my other formats as well, so writing erotica is just a new color on my writing palate.

NG: That kind of support does make all the difference! What advice would you give other male authors about writing erotic romance from a female character's POV?

KD: Well, first you have to have a love and respect for women as a whole. However, the one thing that helps me is understanding the personal politics of penetration. When I first starting writing erotica it was very male oriented. Even my female character felt like men with vaginas. Then I started thinking about the women that I have known over the years everything switched. What I mean by the personal politics of penetration is that the act itself requires a different skill set when it comes to sensations and that carries weight for your characters on an emotional level. How a woman enjoys being penetrated should link to who she is as a character. You have to think about why does she like this in this way.

Technically, a writer should do this for all their characters but for a male writer wanting to write from a female character’s POV, you can’t ignore it. For some men, who have never been penetrated, it’s difficult to understand. I’m not saying that writing female characters in erotica are all about penetration but understanding the act will take you a long way. For instance, I’ve been in several situations where I’ve been in a group of women talking about sex. What they like, what they don’t like, why they like it… And in each of those situations, I found it eye opening to hear who likes what based on their personality. Also, the insight was incredible because rarely will guys have a chance to be a fly on the wall when women are having an open and honest discussion about sex. Most of the time, I would get involved when I was asked why do guys think we like stuff like (fill in the blank) but what I learned was priceless. The most powerful erogenous zone is the mind and once that is stimulated it opens up a world of places you can go. For example, rarely during these previously mentioned conversations does the issue of a man’s length come up however girth is always key yet when I read erotica by male writers who use female characters as leads there is always a focus on how long the cock is during the sex scenes. 

Let’s not even mention what happens when it’s the female character who is doing the penetrating. The build up to the sexual act needs to be apparent in who the character is and if you don’t know that before you get to that moment in the story, you’ve done yourself a disservice. When you have to accept another person inside of your body, it changes the point of reference. I’m not advocating that a male writer needs to have a good pegging in order to write female characters but it can’t hurt. Hey, you just might find something that you like. I’ve always felt more comfortable hanging out with a group of women than being around a group of men most of my life so I guess my writing is more of a reflection of that more than anything else.

NG: Great advice, Kendel! I love your willingness to listen to women and hear what they are saying.

Okay, let's talk about your writing. Describe your writing process...are you a careful plotter or laid back pantster?

KD: I guess from my previous answers you can tell that I’m a careful plotter for the most part. I like doing detailed character bios and mapping out the story in specific moments leading to the end. I’m not that way all the time but when I map out my story I usually have no problem getting go the end in a short amount of time. For me, I love to map out the emotional journey of the story first and then apply the scenes to the emotions.

NG: How many hours a day do you try to commit to your manuscript?

KD: I try to focus more on word count than hours because there is no telling what could happen during the time I set aside to write and when a phone call could come in that takes that time away. I try to do a minimum of 2000 words a day on just erotic writing so even if I have a distraction, I know how many words I need to do before I allow myself to go to bed.

NG: What’s your biggest distraction from focusing on your writing?

KD: Probably time management. I usually have a lot on my plate and some things take a lot longer to do than others and when they do I have a tendency to panic and then everything suffers.

NG: What are you working on for 2012?

KD: I was planning to attack that first novel this year but instead, I started working on a few short story collections and a novella. Right now, I have two short story collections that I’m working on. One about erotic encounters that happen in and around airports and the other being a collection of short stories about dark skinned African American women. I’m writing those at the same time so when I finish a story in one of the collections I move to a story in the other. I hope to have the rough drafts done by the end of August. I also finished the rough draft my first novella last month that I have to edit and refocus which I plan to have finished by the end of July.

NG: You've got a full creative plate, Kendel! Let's talk about your latest release Eden’s View.

KD: Yes. It’s a story that I wrote for a specific contest that wasn’t picked because the editor said it was too sensual for their tastes so I rewrote it for myself and self published it.

NG: What’s Eden’s View about?

KD: It’s about a jazz music manager who is moved from New York to Los Angeles by his company to scope new talent for their West Coast branch. He gets this incredible apartment on the top floor of this building over looking the ocean and across from him lives a woman who is a dancer. Because his body is still on East Coast time he wakes up early and watches her in the mornings. Eventually they meet in the elevator which build into this intense need to be with each other which sparks an intense evening of erotic pleasure during a blackout in their apartment building after one of Eden’s dance performances.

NG: Oooo...I love the premise of the story! What inspired you to pen this tale?

KD: Well, most of the stories that I had out so far had been interracial group or lesbian stories and I wanted to write a story about an African American couple falling for each other which builds to a night of hot sex that lends itself of a relationship. It was a challenge I made to myself to write something with more of a romantic slant to it. Plus, since I love jazz and I’ve dated dancers in the past, it was fun to explore that world again. Also, writing this story from a male POV was a nice since I hadn’t done that in a while.

NG: Give me three reasons readers will love Eden’s View.

KD: I have to say the romantic elements really make the intensity of the sex at the end worthwhile. Second, there is a very nice twist that happens which is unexpected yet makes it complete since it happens right as things hit their apex. Last, the beauty of black love in on full display on both the emotional and erotic side.

NG: Oooo! Eden's View sounds like a fabulous read! What's the one thing readers can always count on when picking up one of your books?

KD: Character motivated kink. That’s how my writing was described in one of the fan letters I got and it’s something that I strive to do in my stories. If I’m going to take you on a ride, then my characters are going to lead you down that path where you understand why they are doing the things they love to do to themselves and others.

NG: Character motivated it! Kendel, thank you so much for coming on Simply Sexy Stories, best wishes for all your endeavors in 2012!

KD: Thank you Nichelle. I’ve had a blast doing this.
Blurb: Davis, a young African-American jazz manager becomes entranced with Eden, a modern dancer that lives in the apartment on the other side of his balcony. His early morning voyeurism turns into a torrid rendezvous after Eden invites him to special performance and tops off the night by giving him a closer view of what’s really inside her apartment.

Caution! Super Sexy Excerpt Below:

“I can’t thank you enough. My ex was such a shit when it came to doing things like this for me.”

She said “ex.” That can be a sign or a trap. The only thing it lets me know is that she’s single.

“Hey, that’s what friends do.”

She responds with another inviting smile that lights up the elevator cab. Is it a tease to see how I will react? Before I get a chance the lights go out, forcing the elevator to a screeching halt.

“What the hell?”

The panic in her voice is unsettling. I reach through the darkness and search for her hand.

“We’re gonna be okay.”

She places a death grip on my hand and crawls into me. The darkness is all encompassing. This black hole has swallowed us both with the only consolation being the warmth of our bodies. My own nerves start to fray but I can’t let her know that. All I could do is let her squeeze me as I gently run my hand through her soft tufts of hair.

“Let me call to see what’s going on,” I say in a calm voice altering her to my next movements. As I reach for my phone she loosens her grip and I dial 911.

“What did they say?”

“It’s a blackout. Most of Santa Monica was affected.”

“Are they on their way?”

There is nothing they can do unless this is an emergency. Even though the panic of being trapped in the dark between floors is scary, it didn’t warrant them coming to our rescue. I feel helpless. Eden can feel it too and she reaches up and strokes the side of my face.

“The power will come back on eventually, right?”

The easy tone in her voice melts into me as she sinks her head into my chest. I wrap my arms around her waist and pull her closer to me. She takes a deep breath and slowly exhales. The warmth of her breath penetrates through my shirt and electrifies my senses. The tingle of arousal radiates in my stomach as I shift my focus to fighting off my oncoming erection. She takes another breath and slides her hand to the back of my neck. I tilt my head towards hers; my metered breath blows through her hair. She exhales again, sending a rush of air around my neck. The scent of red wine she had at the theater floats to my nostrils. I drink it in, surrounded by this pit of darkness, and find her pulling my head towards her. Is she pulling me in for comfort or desire? Not being able to see her eyes left me no choice but to trust my senses. I find my lips barely touching hers. Short, sharp breaths jut into my open mouth, a brief pause to allow us to mutually agree to cross this imaginary line. Eden traces the inside of my lips with her tongue and pulls me in for a kiss. The slow approach only adds to the rush of sensations that flood through us in the dark.

Her hips rub against my erection in perfect rhythm with her tongue. The sounds of mouths kissing and clothes rustling fill the vacuous elevator cab. The rings on her fingers clinked against my belt buckle. I place my left hand under her shirt and caress her smooth skin that covers her taught abs like Braille. She unbuttons my pants and ejects my cock from its prison. I move my hand from underneath her shirt and down the front of her pants. I stop with my fingers inches away from her clit. With a trail of slow wet kisses from my mouth to my ear she whispers, “Touch it.”

I slowly stroke the hood of her clit as she bites down on my ear. I move my finger to the base of her dripping hole to moisten my finger. She lets go of my ear and releases a deep guttural moan and in a barely audible whisper she commands me to pull her hair.


“You heard me.”

I gently grab a handful of her soft wool and give it a tug.


I yank and she squeals a stream of pleasant profanities as she grinds on my hand. I keep my thumb on her clit and place two fingers into her tight, wet pussy. She moans with curious delight as she grips my fingers from inside and sucks me in. The twitches of her pussy around my fingers announce her furious orgasm. She bites my lip to mask her screams and releases herself upon me. I place my fingers in my mouth and I drink her salty sweet nectar from them. Its tanginess tickles the back of my throat. I’m lost in her taste and get snapped out of my trance by her wet tongue on the head of my cock. The sound of Eden wetting her lips pushes me to the brink. I grab her hair, begging for her to take all of it in. She slurps on the head as she strokes my balls then takes me deep in an ocean of warm, wet saliva. I hold my breath in an attempt to delay my explosion when the lights came on and the elevator starts to move. Her face is a sweaty mess with my cock in her mouth and her fingers deep inside herself. She looks up at me, filled with excitement and embarrassment before she removes her mouth from my swollen fiend with a “pop” and quickly gets dressed.

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  1. Very very sexy all the way around and In must say Kendel you area man after my own heart. Love the sex scene with you in it and reminds me of some wicked times of my own - no telling. I love you write the interracial pieces - suddenly finding I am more and more in both het and m/m. I love the range too. Great excerpt!

    1. Oh, Cass. Thanks. I'm just trying to keep up! ;)

  2. Wonderful interview! You know, I like to write on my patio, too, and I'm working (albeit at a snail's pace) on a femdom piece, too! Thanks for the great interview, and it was good to get to know you, Kendel!

    1. Thank you, Molly. That FemDom story was tough because of the interracial element of the relationship and how I jumped into the story. It was something that couldn't be ignored and I had to step lightly. I love writing femdom! Just the true exchange of passionate power is worth the journey!

  3. This was an awesoem interview! That story where you were at the party...OMG, If I could've been a fly on the wall. That was so freaking hot. I have to post this on my page it was so hot.


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