EROTIC ROMANCE PUBLISHING

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BLACK VELVET SEDUCTIONS.

Richard Savage is an artist, author and publisher.  He lives in a small market town just outside Cambridge in the UK. 

I always find talking about myself difficult. I tend to be focused on work most of the time. I run three businesses at the same time and work ridiculous hours. I do make time for hobbies, but I take them rather seriously. I have always found moderation difficult, if I drink coffee it is strong, if I do something, I do it to the best of my ability. Whatever you do, do it like you mean it.

Both art and writing started out as hobbies. Both are my creative passions and I take a lot of pleasure from them.  I never get that Monday morning feeling, I start each day hungry to work. It is an immense privilege to make a living doing the thing you love to do. 

I have been very fortunate over the years to turn hobbies into full time jobs. My first, a love of music, turned into working as a professional night club DJ, also working on pirate and community radio stations in the late 1970s and into the mid 1980s.

Another hobby, and great joy, is cooking. I bought a pub restaurant in 1987. 

With art, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t draw.  I can’t imagine my life without art. My mother said I was drawing from a very early age. I have been a full-time artist for quite a few years now. I work as an illustrator, fine artist and teacher. I work in most media; oils, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, pencils. The subjects I work on are diverse too; wildlife, aviation, figurative art, and cartoons.  I have always been a keen children’s illustrator.

Art and writing come together for me in the subject of the erotic.  It was with the subject of erotic art I turned pro artist in the 90s. I was a member of the Guild of Erotic Artists and a member of the Association of Erotic Artists.  I then moved into book and cover illustrations, joining Black Velvet Seductions in 2004, as a cover designer.

I have always been keen on writing. I have always written short stories for my own enjoyment. As a dyslexic, I never thought I’d be in a position to do anything professionally with my writing.  From school age, I wanted to write and illustrate children’s stories.  I have finally written and illustrated a couple but that was quite some time later. 

In the 90s, my art and writing changed direction to the erotic.  I had just started working as a cover artist with BVS.  I offered a story, The Anniversary, as a contribution to a supernatural romance anthology they were putting together, The Crimson Z.  You never forget the buzz you get when you see your first story in print. 

I went on to write another four stories with BVS.  Around 2006, I had an idea for an art book which became Beauty in Every Form, a book on positive body image.  This sparked a desire to work on other projects.  A second book, At The Going Down of the Sun, was a book on the subject of the First World War. This was a joint project with the artist and writer, Marian Savill. It was at this time I formed my own publishing company, Savage Publications.

We have gone on to publish a number of arts-based books.  Another major change happened at this time, I was offered the opportunity to take over BVS as owner and CEO.  It is challenging running a publishing company but it is a privilege working with so many creative people. We are always looking for talented writers and artists to work with.  Both Black Velvet Seductions and Savage Publications are growing, we have about 150 books on the shelf and more coming out all the time.

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