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Interview: Tony Cane-Honeysett, Author of Fem Dom

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Tony Cane-Honeysett is an Emmy Award winning writer and filmmaker. A few of his documentary works include: The Royal Academy and Mondo Bondo.  Mr. Cane-Honeysett is a  graduate of Ealing College of Art & Design in England. He was the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by The Tennessee Arts Commission in 2006.

Tony Cane-Honeysett has worked professionally as a copywriter in advertising for over 20 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville and Minneapolis.  His current novel is titled Fem Dom.

Mr. Cane-Honeysett was born in London, England.

Readers can learn more about Tony Cane-Honeysett by visiting the following links:

Facebook ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Twitter

Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?

Fem Dom is the story of Tara and Clem Drew. He’s an over-stressed ad exec and she’s a devoted wife who does everything to please her husband. One day, she finds the business card of a dominatrix in his jacket pocket and feels totally betrayed. No longer trusting the man she thought she knew, and not buying any of his alibis for working late or looking bruised or battered, she sets out to entrap him. But she goes about it in a very unexpected way, which has bizarre consequences.

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

Fem Dom is an odd title, which was why I liked it. It’s an abbreviation of ‘Female Domination’ and is a common truncation in the world of BDSM. I had total say in the cover of my book. I shot the photograph, chose the typeface and did the layout. As I have worked in ad agency creative departments it was something I knew how to do and thoroughly enjoyed the process.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?

This is the first conversation in the book and sets up the ad agency environment Clem is working in:

The phone on his desk rang. Clem leaned back and grabbed it. “This is Clem.”
“You lucky bastard!”
“Damn! How’d you pull that off?”
“What can I say?” Clem smiled, smugly.
“Let’s go start our own agency. Bring that account with you.”
“Very funny. Go into business with an old hack like you?”
“Fuck you. Hey, let’s grab lunch this week.”
“Love to.”

What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?

I tell people it’s a disgusting book and strongly advise them against buying it. This always piques their interest and they always want to know more!

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I wake around 7 a.m. and after breakfast and coffee I usually feel sufficiently compos mentis to start writing. I’ll sit on my sofa, still in my bathrobe, and keep the words flowing on my laptop until around 10 a.m. An adorable, long-haired stray cat visits my back door every day around that time and stares at me through the glass. It’s a distraction I can’t resist, so I’ll feed him. Then I shower, get dressed and play guitar for 10-15 minutes, which stretches my fingers out after all that typing. Then I’ll go for a walk, hit the gym, grab some lunch and check emails. Around 4 p.m. I’ll start writing again for an hour or so and then quit for the day. I often stop writing when I don’t really want to as it keeps me inspired to jump back on it again the next day.

What are some ways that you like to relax?

I play guitar every day, electric and acoustic. I also like to walk or cycle around the lake across the street from my house.

What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?

There must be hundreds of wonderful authors out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve. And I’m sure there have been some excellent writers over the years, decades and centuries who never even got published. They are the great unknowns. How can you name those people?

What author would you most like to meet and why?

I’m a huge fan of Oscar Wilde. He was a literary genius who died way too young. Wilde used words in ways that people had never heard before. He could insult someone and still give the impression he was flattering them. A clever man who was a wonderful wordsmith and an astute observer of life and people.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?

I’ve always got several projects on the go at once. I have two film projects in the works and I’m big into photography. Book-wise, I’m currently working on a murderous thriller called Regression which I hope to have published in early 2013. It’s about a man who is regressed to a previous incarnation with disastrous results.

What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?

I trained as a dancer in my youth in London – Russian classical ballet. It was tough as the instructors only spoke French and that’s not my strong suit. It was a wonderful experience and went a long way to improving my soccer game at the time.

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