Inspiration for Self's Blossom
In terms of literary inspiration, I was influenced by the works of D H Lawrence, especially The Rainbow, by André Pieyre de Mandiargues' The Girl Beneath the Lion, and Paul Metcalf's Will West, both of which have exquisite beach seduction scenes. In terms of cinema, such scenes as the beach kiss in From Here to Eternity were deeply influential.
Having had something of an academic background, I am very aware of the inhibitions and self-doubt facing a lot of intellectuals. So I suppose Self's Blossom is an attempt to bring these two threads together.
I was further catalysed by a close friend who wrote a romance; my work is to some extent a response to hers.
A romantic, erotic tale of a vivid portrayal of the quest for the inner truth, empowerment and sexual liberation of Selene, a woman searching for primeval abandon and reckless adventure. Intelligent, a university graduate and a successful careerist, Selene became emotionally scarred by unhappy relationships. Riled and taunted through the years by her former college roommate Janice, Selene gave in to the long-term desire to "get one back‟ at Janice by having a passionate holiday encounter.
Immediately drawn to the sea and enthralled by its brutal yet sensual waves, Selene seduces a young boy on a deserted beach. Once she comes to meets the mature and powerful Hudson, Selene finally begins to claim her sensual destiny. Through a slow process, accentuated by Selene's shyness, introspection and circumspection, she embarks on a long and elaborate interplay of leading on and rejection. The volcanic passion builds until there is a blazing row. A possible drowning, the final ritual undressing at long last leads to the ultimate flowering of the woman Selene was meant to be.