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Hank Rose is an ex porn star from the video age of adult film. A writer originally from New England, he moved west in the 1970s and grew up in Hollywood. Published since the age of 21, he started as a sportswriter, then worked as a film critic, pop editorialist and entertainment commentator for The Hollywood Press. In the 1980s, fate found him shifting careers to become an actor/writer in the adult entertainment industry. Hank profiled his career in print and for the better part of a decade and almost to the end of the 90s, he found adult fame as a sexual showbiz luminary whose star profile was featured in the 1995 Adam Film World yearbook.

Having settled down and retired by the end of the decade, at the turn of the millennium Rose felt compelled to write his memoirs and the story of his life in and out of or during, before and after porn. Although from an old school era that made him an unsung journeyman in modern terms, he fell back on his writing skill to pen a humanistic self portrait rather than the usual tabloid tell all. And the result is a rare, heartfelt and in depth, cradle to stigma autobiography that you just don't expect from many cinema sex trade thespians. Today, Hank lives in Southern California, he's married and still writes as a film critic under multimedia pseudonyms.

Hank Rose's wife's eBook is also available at eBookMall: All I Ever Needed Was the One

Interview with Hank Rose

After reading LUST LIFE: An Adult Memoir, what do you want people to take away with them?

That adult personas reveal real people who have much to say beyond the XXX scorn of scarlet letters. I want readers not to discount the writing of erotic luminary figures based on their ratings genre or rank scale in pop culture. Profound and poignant literary expression can be found in the most unlikely places. Just open your heart and mind and let humanity balance out the media stereotypes and the social stigma.

How did your family react to you being in the porn industry?

First my father was shocked, then he viewed it as a crude novelty and later treated me like some alien underground showbiz curiosity. But I hail from a roguish tail end baby boom generation of free thinking, free spirited anti-establishmentarians, so I was never meant to be anything but a non-conformist wild flower. 

Tell us one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want us to know.

That I was destined to be a great writer but somehow sexual showbiz got in the way. No, seriously. That I'm a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan who bemoans the bittersweet asterisk rings won in '04 & '07 via carpetbag ownership, outsourced free agency and performance enhancing drugs.

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

Any master work from Dickens whose wordy sentence structure heavily influenced the nature of my muse. If old world prose seems esoteric in these hip modern times, in a heartfelt memoir it's the retrospect wisdom of an insufferable savant talking rather than a successful snob.  

What is your stance on eBook piracy? Some authors feel that it gives free exposure to their writing, while others object to the loss of potential sales.

The implications of exposure are inescapable yet transient. If your life's work is treated like a freebie cyberspace bit or bite to be devalued and given away, this is an assault on author's rights. Art online is forever. But while audience consumption is vast, we've lost the right to control it. 

What is the best contemporary novel you've read in the last year?

"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain. While a book choice like this may appear out of character given my background, it celebrates the personalities of all the great thinkers in history. For that reason, it is a book that all writers should read.

What was the book that most influenced your life and why?

"The Summer of 42" by Herman Raucher, a 1971 sentimental coming of age novel about a New England teen who loses his virginity to a war widow. Set in an era of innocence I never got to experience, it contained sensual excerpts at the end that made me want to become a writer. 

If you had a book club, what would it be reading and why?

A wealth of unsung Italian-American authors whose works have largely been segregated, unrewarded or overlooked in elite academic society.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

The intolerance of having my talent prejudicially marginalized due to my name, ethnicity and later my past. Yet early on, I skipped higher learning and got published by the time I was 21. It was an article for a tennis magazine about my hacker romance with my sporting first love.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Remain faithful and true to your voice. Write to please yourself first and don't let anyone change your style if it's an honest reflection of your personality and who you are. Test your creative writing skills. If you're a trivia master know-it-all, write about anything. But do your homework.

If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

I'm an old soul who lives in the past and misses the bliss of youth before I lost my innocence as an adult. So I'd have to say the ability to travel back in time and alter events in the past to renew a better future. And this would not be an affront to my X legacy, but a family matter. 

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