Inside the Author’s Mind – Sessha Batto

July continues with the theme of  “night.”   Sessha Batto has to be the most mysterious person I’ve met on the social network. I’ve never even seen a real picture of Sessha. To this day, I’m still a bit in the dark about this supportive author, though…I’m quite all right with it; I like mystery in a person.

What I’m not in the dark about, however, is the quality of Sessha’s writing. I have the latest book, Shinobi – Concealed in Shadows on my TBR list, but I’ve read the fanfiction on Sessha’s website. Sessha writes homoerotic (male/male) fiction, and the imagery from the stories are powerful, raw, and revealing.  As a writer of erotica myself, I have not ventured into strictly male/male scenes, but I believe I’ve found in Sessha someone who is a master of the genre.

A brilliant artist as well, I’d highly recommend you visit Sessha’s website and feast your eyes on the art and videos – they’re fantastic!

Without further ado, please welcome Sessha Batto and experience the incredible sights and sounds of the Shinobi video.

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In Sessha’s own words…

I was born in Belfast Northern Ireland, moved to Detroit, then New York, now I’m settled in Baltimore (yes, I have spent my life touring the top ten most likely locations to be shot). I turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics.

My first novel, Strength of Will, is currently being edited for re-release. Shinobi – Concealed in Shadows was released as an e-book in June, and will be in two print volumes in August. I have short stories in Dancing in the Dark, Once Upon a Time in a Gallery and New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan. More information and sample chapters can be found on my website.

Buy Links for Shinobi          

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Amazon (ebook)

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Set in modern day Japan, SHINOBI melds literary anime and erotica into a compelling saga of sex, torture, and political maneuvering, transporting the reader into the dark heart of powerful ninja clans.

Uniquely gifted and bound by duty and honor, TAKAHASHI YOSHI is one of the most powerful and feared shinobi of his day. After years of abuse masquerading as duty, his world is turned upside down. When master of interrogation and torture SASAKI MAKOTO discovers Yoshi’s secret they embark on a mutual exploration of sensuality, self-respect, and the ability to trust in another.

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Inside Sessha Batto’s Mind

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  My idea of perfect happiness is simple, enough money to pay the bills and enough time to do whatever interests me.

What turns you on creatively?  I am always amazed at the odd things that spark my creativity – sometimes it’s part of an overheard conversation that continues to a new conclusion in the wilds of my mind, other times it’s an image that catches my eye and refuses to let go until its story has been told.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  I think it varies from piece to piece – in Shinobi it was mismatched eyes – I must have cut about a thousand repetitions!

What quality do you most admire in a man?  I always admire gentleness in men, because it seems so at odds with their basic nature. Show me a man being vulnerable and I’m hooked.

What quality do you most admire in a woman?  I think strength is my most admired quality in women, it is so necessary to survive in this world, and yet so many women shy away from it, preferring to let others fight the battles.

What is your greatest regret?  That I wasted so many years just existing and not striving for more. The day to day rat race tends to put blinders on your ability to see other opportunities and paths that are open to you. In some ways losing the job I’d had for over 20 years was the best thing that ever happened to me.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?  I’d be more outgoing. I tend to listen and lurk, rather than jump into a situation. The internet is helping me change that . . . real life I still a challenge, though.

What is your greatest fear?  That I’m leaving the most important thing undone, or I haven’t really figured out what it is I’m supposed to be doing with this life.

Which living person do you most admire?  Boy, that’s a tough question – there are so many people I truly admire. I think, in the end, I’d have to say the Dalai Lama. His consistent message of compassion towards all beings, especially in light of the persecution he suffered, I find truly humbling.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  I always wanted to own a bookstore. Of course, in light of the changes in the industry it’s probably more impractical than ever. I’d also like to open a teahouse, there are tons of coffee shops, but no where in the states to go for a decent cup of tea!

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?  Other than human . . . a cat, definitely.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  I’d like to think that my greatest achievement is yet to come. I don’t think I’ve done anything really worthy of that accolade yet.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?  Selfishness, I hate the me, me entitlement that abounds these days.

What is your greatest extravagance?  That’s easy – swords – I buy myself one or two a year even though I already have more than enough. Their beauty is so at odds with their deadly purpose, I find it very seductive.

What is one thing you want to do before you die?  Before I die I will get a tattoo. I’ve wanted one for years but my husband and son do not think it’s appropriate.

What is your present state of mind?  Befuddled – I have far too many things I want to do and far too few hours in the day to accomplish them.

What are some of your favorite curse words?  Oh, I curse like a sailor, I use them all! Lately though I’ve been partial towards shimatta.

What is your motto?  The trick is not minding that it hurts.


Connect with Sessha

Thank you Sessha for spending time with us today.  I invite all readers to get to know this very talented artist and author. Feel free to leave a comment or question. 😉


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15 responses to “Inside the Author’s Mind – Sessha Batto

  1. It was a thrill to learn more about you Sessha! I think you’re the 3rd author I’ve interviewed who wants to come back as a cat. They really are pampered beings.

    Collector of swords? So interesting and very unusual. I can see how seductive they could be in the right situation. 😉

    Thanks again for sharing your time with us on Inside the Author’s Mind.

    eden

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    • Thanks so much for having me, Eden! It was the first time anyone has ever asked me my favorite curse word! I’ve been studying battojutso for 35 years, the swords are an outgrowth of that 😉

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      • Ha! I must admit I’ve never heard of “shimatta!” It’s certainly an original ! You definitely are unique Sessha – I love it!

        eden

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        • I started cursing in foreign languages when my son was small in hopes he wouldn’t pick up my fluent use of all bad words 😉 Sadly, it just gave him a more extensive vocabulary!! Shimatta would roughly equate to shit in Japanese.

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  2. Nice to meet you, Sessha!

    You collect swords? That is really interesting. My employer’s cousin collects Japanese swords. I don’t know what type (if there is any), or anything else.

    Great interview, Eden!

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    • Thanks Casey for your lovely comment here for Sessha! I was quite shocked about the swords too, but it is kinda sexy!

      eden

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    • These are, indeed, Japanese swords, although I do have one tai chi straight sword from China 😉 Amazing craftsmanship, beautiful yet deadly, what’s not to love. And, if the Mayans are right, I’ll be ready for man’s descent into post-apocalyptic barbarism 😉

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  3. I’ll check out your website, Sessha. I used to have an extensive collection of swords AND shurikens. *sighs* had to sell them all. One day I shall recoup! lol…now I have a simple practice Katana but it’s better than nothing! Thanks for calling the mysterious Sessha Batto to our attention, Eden 🙂 I haven’t read homoerotica before, but Shinobi sounds intriguing. I’m a shameless addict to Shadow Warriors, the Iga/Koga clans – most of all — Sonny Chiba! (Long Live Hattori Hanzo!)

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    • Long live Hattori Hanzo, indeed 😉 Collecting blades is addictive – I fear I’ll spend my life searching for the perfect one!! I have a dozen shinken, and a bunch of iato, bokken and shinai. I used to have a sweet set of throwing knives, but they made my husband nervous 😉

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  4. hi Shessa..thank you for doing the interview..enjoyed is a lot… good luck in all you do.. thx again Laura Novak
    ps .. the interviewer was great too :))

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  8. Eden! You’ve done it again. Sessha, you seem such a gentle person but the edge to your writing is a perfect cut. I am also fascinated with edge weapons. My father brought a sword home from the war– WWII. And it drew me to it often as a kid. I’ve also studied knife fighting– and the one thing that stood out in my training is: if someone has a knife– run!

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