Stuart Canterbury is the author of Turning Blue a novel which takes readers behind the scenes of x-rated movie production; here is a link to the books Amazon page:
Q: When did you know you were a writer?
A: I started as a writer, then became a director, then became a producer.
Q: What made you interested in writing about the porn industry?
A: Much of what is written about the porn industry is lurid, sensational or dark, with evil pornographers coercing innocent victims. But this has not been my experience. People in the industry are warm and colorful, with families and interesting lives, and most of what goes on behind the scenes is fascinating and hilarious. Many people have asked me what it is really like, so I decided to write this novel.
Q: What sets Tiffany apart from other fictional porn stars?
A: Of course, I try to avoid stereotypes because there are as many kinds of porn stars as there are kinds of people. Tiffany is a hell-to-handle diva, but the other stars depicted in the book have different personalities. Ginger Vitus is emotional, and sensitive, Traci is an easy-going professional. Tiffany is the most fun to write.
Q: What kind of research did you do for the book?
A: Much of the book is taken from personal experience or witness, but it is all fictionalized so that I can actually tell the truth.
Q: Who are some of your writing influences and how is this evidenced in the book?
A: I have a background in English Literature, so I have a love for the classics. I particularly like Dickens so the larger than life characters and the stylistic voice are deliberate choices. The idea was to take the formal and humorous tone that Dickens uses and lay it over a contemporary setting in the x-rated industry of Los Angeles to make it funny.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?
A: I am a well-established, award-winning producer and director of adult movies, so this book is the ultimate insider’s view.
Q: What is your strangest LA story?
A: What is always strange about LA is how one encounters movie stars and celebrities just going about their business. But because you are so used to seeing them as characters on the screen, it often feels like you yourself have now migrated into the fictional world. You cannot help associating them with their performances. I suppose the same is true of x-rated stars, one of whom once complained to me that her fans think she wakes up in stilettos.
Q: What have you done to promote your book?
A: I have done interviews, mostly on radio and the web, and we had a very successful signing and reading at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, where the book was their number one bestseller. There has been a lot of word of mouth, especially inside the industry. It was covered by all the industry press.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of self publishing a book?
A: Self-publishing is the vogue these days, so it does not have the stigma it used to, and you get to keep all the profits.
Q: What books to you think Hugh Hefner will read in the after life?
A: Penthouse and Hustler.
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