Soren Fitz is a physicist who can’t stop thinking (particularly about men). His endless ideas live rent free in his brain and are constantly incubating—to the tune of rowdy men, irresistible horniness, male pregnancy, cum inflation… and a casual sex world called Consummation that he’s built for maximum kink and hot, sexy internal consistency.
This interview is part of a series with the 10 contributors to the PLOTHOLE: Loregasm Edition bundle!
Time: Thanks for being here with us, Soren! Here’s my first question — What is the origin of your pen name? Where does the name Soren Fitz come from?
S: Ooh yes, so I go on tangents a lot when telling stories and this may be one of them. I’ll try to keep everything to as few posts as possible for the sake of the transcription!
I first met the name “Soren” in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole books or whatever the name was, I always mix it up with the movie. It was the name of an owl, incidentally my favourite animal, and I kept it with me for a long time, joining the name “Ruby Jean” to it and deciding that I would one day name my children Soren and Ruby Jean.
T: That is an adorable name for an owl, by the way. Top marks, author of Guardians of Ga’Hoole!
S: Impatient, I decided to name two roleplay characters that instead, a brother and sister to whom I had not given a last name. Come like, five? six? years of using them, I ended up making a character for an erotic roleplay site who I wanted to name Soren, and the last name I came up with was Fitz. I ended up transferring that last name to the chaste roleplay, but Soren Fitz stuck with me as the name I used for NSFW-related accounts everywhere.
After I figured out that I was definitely, yes, absolutely not going to be straight and that meant I was most likely not having any children I could name, I decided that I might as well take “Soren” as a second name for myself, and identify myself with it, because you can totally do that.
And I am now satisfied.
T: Chosen names can have such power. This is such a great origin story for your handle.
A Possession A Day (Author and Audience Member): I always assumed your name came from some combination of Soren Kirekegaard and F Scott Fitzgerald.
S: I honestly have no idea where “Fitz” came from it just appeared one day. I was very excited to read Soren Kierkegaard when he came up in my college curriculum though. I remember one day, I decided to search the name “Soren” on the internet and that was when I found out about Soren Kierkegaard
I went around the rest of my interactions that week talking about this guy I learned about called Soren Kierkegaard who was “the first Christian existentialist!” I had no idea what an existentialist was. But Soren Kierkegaard was it!
A Possession A Day: Representation matters 😤.
S: Funny enough, Soren Kierkegaard formed one of the core beliefs that helped me break out of my repressive strain of Christianity
T: Now, this sounds like a story!
S: I have an Emersonian habit of latching on to random phrases people say in books and extrapolating entire ideas out of them, usually at least somewhat based on what the author was thinking
A Possession A Day: what else is creativity :3
Noam de Pluma (Author and Audience Member): “…usually at least somewhat…” I love it.
S: In the case of Soren Kierkegaard, the phrase was “I affirm the essential validity of every human’s experience.”
I came to the belief that the only way to figure out anything about anything was starting from human experience, which also alone could tell us about religious truth if it existed
It also solidified the idea that empathy, a value I was coming to hold dearly, was the firmest value for finding truth about humans, society, and divinity than any other that had been presented to me. Because only what a human says about their own experience can be most certain to be true (with many caveats).
A Possession A Day: There’s always the kicker :p
S: From that idea exploded a whole new Soren — the Soren you know today! =D
T: So, you’ve mentioned roleplaying in this answer. How did you get your start writing (and writing smut specifically)? How long have you been writing, and how long have you been writing smut?
S: I went into a library one day, and I found this wooden chest. I was like, seven, eight? I don’t know. When I went home, I imagined that in that chest was a wand, and some instructions, and that if I read them, I could become a wizard.
So I wrote that down.
I wrote a lot after that, always coming up with these epic fantasy ideas and never quite getting around to the first chapter, but when I got on a My Little Pony fanfiction site (gods help me now, never again) I was inspired to write a Hallowen story called Apple Bloom Brings a Paring Knife to School which, at the end, had the seeds for an epic fantasy (of course).
By the end of 2014, I had written over 100k words in this universe.
T: Ah, so when I gave the authors an example of one of us possibly being a Brony as a thing that could go in their bios, I was inadvertently channeling your past!
S: Hahahaha, please no! Just kidding =P.
Smut is a different story. So children. And horny. Not technically a thing, except that I’ve read that, psychologically, we do develop some of our stranger, “non-sexual” kinks before we understand what sex is. And before I knew what sex was, I was into the idea of masochism. I remember being 10 or 11 and furtively writing stories about getting… punched? Kamehameha style???? And that was the weird precursor to the actual smut stories I would start writing later on during high school (all of which I deleted at one time or another due to Religious Guilt™️). Anyway, now I’m fine. I expect to be writing smut indefinitely.
T: I hear you — I fully remember watching Tuxedo Mask being mindcontrolled by Queen Beryl into being a baddy in Sailor Moon and thinking, ‘I want that.’ I’m glad you found your way to a place where you feel good about your creative impulses and feel able to write about them without that guilt.
What is something unique to you — a special skill, a particular experience, or a challenge that you face — and how do you think that it has shaped or impacted your writing practice?
S: This one has to do with my physics background. I’m very “cerebral”—not in the pretentious way, but in the “help I think constantly and too much about everything including all of my physical and emotional experiences all the time” way. This has a number of impacts.
T: Oh, I know that life.
S: Ideas spiral outward into all their possibilities very quickly in my brain, and I can develop a sense of internal consistency and strengthen the idea (plot, etc.) with celerity. I’ll typically have a basic but full picture of the story I’m writing before I even start writing it, and the entire time I write, including between writing sessions, I am using the past to inform the future, and the future to inform the past.
At the same time, this cerebrality takes me out of physical experiences, especially sex, in frustrating ways, but at the same time allows me to analyse them acutely. Things like the taste of cum, the feeling of opening and closing during anal, the sensation of a bite or a kiss on the neck, I have clear memories of and can describe at will in a story in a manner that appeals directly to the senses. Very convenient! Very annoying.
T: I can see how it would be a frustration when you want to be in the moment! It’s incredible that you’re able to hold all these things in mind. I’m curious if you ever do a written outline.
S: (By a “number” I apparently mean two.)
Dace (author and audience member): Extreme sympathy vibes there, mate.
S: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There was practically no written outline for Top Maker. It was always in my head.
T: Aww, where it lives rent-free with a lot of sexy, smutty men, right?
S: Yup! Haha. I would put little notes at the front and back end of the text to remind myself of things I had in my head but that was about the extent of it.
T: Okay, so speaking of sexy, smutty men, we’re having this conversation on the GSS/GKS [Editor’s note: GaySpiralStories/GayKinkyStories] server, where you’re a pretty active member. What has been your biggest surprise about joining a community of gay kink authors?
S: I think the fact that it operates as a fairly close-knit community has been very lovely and very surprising, but makes perfect sense in hindsight. It’s become the primary Discord server I check, especially the writing-workshop channel. I feel at home here!
And I can certainly talk about my favourite hobby (writing gay smut) with perfect freedom here.
T: That makes a lot of sense! It’s pretty easy to get to know other authors on here if you want to. On a similar note, you’ve got a fair number of fans in the community. What have you enjoyed about the response to your work? What has surprised you?
S: The answer to this question was vitally important to my development as an author.
My first stories on the site were transcriptions of a roleplay I was doing with shirobatte, set in my casual sex world, Consummation. During the editing process, I was like “hmm this could be a coherent story” and I set out to try and make it one, to little avail (considering that we just kind of followed our dicks everywhere and let it run). But I took that with me to my next story.
My contest entry for New Horizons, named Unintended Consequences of Time Travel. in which a reclusive nerd gets the chance to go back in time and change the day his bully stole his girlfriend from him. I wrote 17k words in a whirlwind marathon of three days (three days!!!), for the first time utilising the power of my mental outline to make sure the story remained coherent, and I included themes of bravery, self-improvement, and the need to make your own change rather than waiting for it to happen to you.
It turned out that I had built the emotional story arc and character journey so well that commenters said it brought them to tears. I was caught completely off guard by the idea that my story could have an emotional impact on people, that it could be considered—well, beautiful, a good, actually proper literary work.
T: Whoa! That’s incredible! And such well-developed themes. That’s easily my favourite kind of erotica. It’s a shame that there isn’t more of a place in mainstream publishing for that kind of work.
S: And I was like “well damn, I guess this is what I’m going to do for the rest of time!” and since then, I’ve written all my stories with an eye to the fact that they’re stories—they can deal with real questions, real issues, real challenges, and have fun along the way.
T: Hell yes! I’m so glad you made that call.
Okay, I’ve got a quote here. Robert Hass says, “It’s hell writing and it’s hell not writing. The only tolerable state is having just written.” Discuss. Or, to put the question another way, what’s your writing practice like (when it’s not a whirlwind marathon) and how do you hold space for it?
S: I have learned the secret art of writing smut while not horny.
This is vitally important because until two weeks ago, I attended a Christian private college, which I am glad to be free of. Respite from that took the form of writing smut. It was an act of rebellion and an act of joy. So I learned to use whatever breaks I happened to have to write! I have become very used to just stopping and starting, popping onto my phone and typing away while I’m relaxing or eating and then putting it away for some responsibility or another.
That’s the form my writing typically takes, on and off, for 10 minutes to an hour at a time. And then all the thinking going on in between.
Dace: That’s incredible!
Noam de Pluma: One wonders how that pattern will change (or not) now that you’re free of that environmental constraint.
S: Right now, it’s about the same, popping onto writing semi frequently, for 20 min to 1 hour portions of time.
T: Thank you for that act of rebellion and joy! We’re all the richer for it. It sounds like a difficult environment to be immersed in.
S: I always feel like I write so very little this way, but then, to my immense confusion, I look back and realise that in the last two months I wrote 60k words, which is an average of 1k words per day and I’m like “where the hell did that come from???”
You may be thinking, “Soren, how did you write 60k when Top Maker is only 30k?” and I answer, “I completely rewrote every chapter at least once.”
Which, like, I pretty much always do.
T: Honestly, it’s a pretty incredible pace — I think that the consistency and the “doing” even when time is short probably helps a lot.
Oh, having watched you do that, I was both impressed and horrified at your incredible dedication and willpower.
Let’s talk about influences and what you read. What do you like to read in queer porn? How do your tastes in reading differ from your tastes in writing?
Noam de Pluma: (My apologies 😬)
T: We’ll get to you, Noam ;). I have a feeling Soren might have some thoughts to share about that process in our next question.
S: So, I have some top, top kinks. But ultimately what gets me in a smut story is dynamic—I want to understand how the characters got there, what their relationship is, etc., and that makes what is otherwise an “IKEA” scene incredibly hot. A story which promises to do that, especially if it’s some kind of fantasy, will quickly cause me to fall in love.
I’ll enjoy any old sex scene, as long as it’s written well, to be fair. That’s why the “top, top kinks” thing comes into play: if a story has cum inflation, it automatically skyrockets to the top of my list. Even though it’s something that typically only happens at the end of a sex scene!
The fact that it’s there, when so many stories don’t have it, means that I’m more likely to read it over other stories since I’ll probably enjoy all those other stories anyway. Funny enough, I’ll also shamelessly beg authors who write stories I love, to please, for the love of the gods, include cum inflation at some point.
T: Aww, the cum inflation ambassador! I love that. Meaningful relationships plus cum inflation — that’s the way to Soren’s heart!
Dace: Being the change you want to fill the world to bursting with!
T: Hear, hear! (Fill, fill!)
T: This one’s for Noam, but also for anyone else you want to mention. Did you work with any other authors in preparing for PLOTHOLE (either on your work or theirs)? How do you find collaborating with others on something as personal and “transgressive” as porn?
S: I am so absolutely enthused by the writing of gay porn that I will readily and gladly share it with anybody who shares that interest. I frequently brainstorm with people about new ideas for Consummation or new stories, and I will give as much context as needed, just for the fun of talking about it!
When it comes to editing—I see writing as a skill I wish to cultivate and make as strong as I possibly can. Since The Prince and the Frat Boys, I have been soliciting the feedback of good authors that I have a rapport with because I know they can point out places I can improve. (Also, I appreciate their compliments.)
I know an editor is good when their suggestions cause me to completely rewrite a chapter (see: Noam.)
T: There you have it, Noam, you’re a good editor <3.
Noam de Pluma: bashful but vain
T: I, personally, have added 3000 words to a story thanks to Noam.
Noam de Pluma: Look, I apologized already, ok?
T: Heheheh ❤️
Noam de Pluma: And those words were 🔥!
S: I, in contrast, am not a very good editor. If you give me a work of fiction, like a movie or TV show or story, I will find it nigh impossible to locate problems. I just enjoy it the whole time like a cute little dope, and I have nothing bad or constructively criticising afterwards.
So, when I was helping Noam out with his submission, I was just like “hey this worked really great” or “this was good timing” or “the reader will probably feel this because I totally did!”
And that was the extent.
T: Enthusiastic engagement with work is a nice skill to foster, too! Authors enjoy hearing what’s working well ❤️!
S: However, I do know how to extend. I can easily brainstorm, expand, help come up with new ideas—JoshSlater came to me with a story he’d written that admitted cum inflation, and asked if I had any ideas for expanding it, and we worked together to fill out the plot and characterisation and make it a fuller and better story than it was before (on account of the synthesis of our ideas). So I’m very good at helping with the creative process. My dick is also quite helpful.
T: That’s also a delightful skill to have! It sounds like you cum-inflated the story with creative juices! (We will definitely come back to cum-inflation in this interview shortly.)
S: (JackSlater’s story is Mr. Wolf and I will work with him on a second chapter based on Machine Gun Kelly’s song “make up sex”.)
T: Okay, here’s a question from another author for you: “Soren, your work has a lot of erotic religious themes – gods deeply invested in homosexuality. Where did that come from and why is it so hot?”
S: I simply have no idea who wrote this question but I’m happy to have it.
Dace: (it was me :D)
JoshSlater (author and audience member): waves
S: Hello, friend.
Consummation, the casual sex world that I’ve been spinning up over the last two years, first came about as a conversation between me and another roleplayer on F-List.net. His character was called “The Priapist,” and it was a “hub” profile for a bunch of men who had gained supernatural sexual blessings like big dicks! and lots of cum! when they joined the cult of the god Priapus, and who were now able to walk the streets nude and have public sex thanks to religious freedom laws. Naturally, we included the basic idea of Priapists in the casual sex world we sketched out.
Then came my roleplay with Kuro, during which I decided that Consummation must have come about from a world that was not always Consummation. The natural vehicle for the reality changes that produced Consummation had to be the Priapists, of course. It made sense to my narrative mind that there were gods behind the scenes, working out all these reality changes, that were much like Kuro and I, the authors.
In part, the gods of Consummation are a callback to the idea of authors.
T: Oh, that’s really fascinating!
S: But I kept developing the gods through different stories after that—The Prince and the Frat Boys introduced more gods, of different kinks, that had cults you could join and get unique sexual powers.
T: Like Bob Ross.
S: Like Bob Ross.
The Making of a Godfather, which hasn’t been released yet, developed the spirit world, from which the gods originated, and the idea that they had been shaped by humanity and now could shape humanity in turn—which I consider analagous to the reciprocal process of writing—taking ideas, developing them, and giving them back adjusted and anew.
That’s when I first started writing sexual rituals, and I did a lot of brainstorming with King of Swords [Editor’s Note: a GSS community member] on that to make it as hot as possible—I focused on the sensuality of it, and I attached a lot of sexual analogies to the spirit world and what the gods did and were doing.
And that finally led to Top Maker, and its adulthood/patron god ritual.
T: So, these gods are sort of shaped by and given power by their worshippers, who are then shaped in turn? As in, it’s their worshippers that make them gods?
Dace: (I am so glad I asked this question!!!)
S: That’s one of the ways, yes! That’s the as-yet untold reason why the gods have names referring to people or popular concepts in our modern era… Because the gods all reshaped themselves during the period of 2000-2030. The story of how they got to do this will be an epic fantasy adventure, to be written… eventually.
T: Oooo, well, after everyone goes and reads Top Maker, we’ll have to be on the lookout for The Making of a Godfather. I’ve told you this before, I think, but I see some similarities to American Gods by Neil Gaiman in that concept.
I’ve had to rewrite this next question to reflect where we’ve gone with our conversation! Let’s get into it. Cum Inflation. What gets you going about the kink?
S: I… have never been 100% certain. But I have a few theories.
T: Kinks are definitely that way — hard to pin down. (Or maybe getting pinned down makes you hard?)
S: (1) it extends the idea of the orgasm and its power, and it makes the bottom really feel it.
(2) it’s a signature of virility and sexual power, which is an adjacent idea to (1).
(3) I love cum, and I’m almost as happy in a story where cum is absolutely everywhere and totally drenches people as in a story where the cum fills you so utterly full your stomach swells with it.
Those are my theories.
T: Thank you for sharing that, Soren. It’s really interesting to hear what you think might be going on, because you’re so thoughtful about it.
My next question is about Top Maker and the PLOTHOLE bundle. What do you want us to know about your story in the bundle and any other stories in there?
S: I would like to think that it’s one of my most creative stories yet, and I’m pretty sure that the stories throughout the bundle are absolutely stuffed full of creativity. I designed Top Maker to reveal a lot of world-building. And so there’s nuggets everywhere!
Sorry, I don’t have much of an answer to this question otherwise.
T: (Cum-inflated with creativity, one might say.)
I think that’s great! For people to know that there’s going to be a lot of subtle nuggets of lore to watch out for that are building the larger world of Consummation. Speaking of which, if you could transport yourself into the casual sex universe of Consummation, where would you go? Do you have a favourite place in mind?
S: I would go plop myself down in a neighbourhood and live there! Designing city life in Consummation was one of my favourite parts of developing Top Maker, and I am going to gush about that now.
T: Oooo, please do.
S: I’m actually not 100% sure how I first lighted upon the article, but I found some social theory about how the “Charleston Block” is the most progressive method of organising a city.
In the Charleston Block, asphalt streets are limited, and a neighbourhood is composed of sidewalks and various buildings of 1-4 stories.
Given enough of these buildings, you can have as many bedrooms as a boring apartment complex of the exact same size. The one downside is that you can’t have all the cars that the apartment complex of that size would have.
But the immense benefits include space for small businesses to grow and thrive, recreational areas like grassy clearings, small parks, and shared yards that serve as space for culture and community, and the building of a close-knit, mutually supportive neighbourhood.
You can see how this instantly translates to a really cool experience in a casual sex world.
T: Absolutely! And it sounds like a lovely place to live, especially with services right there in reach.
Noam de Pluma: Urban planning is a
kink interest of mine! This is awesome stuff to learn about.
S: Throughout the first few decades of Consummation, immense magical ability is brought to bear to stretch out overly dense cities all across the world and revamp them with these new policies, so this kind of spontaneous cultural neighbourhood joy is everywhere. And I would be glad to build a life in a block.
T: This is such a wholesome answer, Soren. Thank you for sharing.
More choices! In your own body of work, do you have a favourite story, a favourite character, or any other favourite elements? You’re allowed to pick more than one, and I promise I won’t tell any of them.
S: Favourite story: Isaac Wilson’s Birthday Party. I wrote this story when I was on the tail end of my transition from conservative Christian to progressive agnostic (the conservative part quickly changed, the Christian part was slower). I had come to the conclusion that any religious tradition which purports to offer a rigid standard of morality cannot possibly be correct for the same reason that no physics theory is complete, and IWBP was written in answer to that fact.
In my deepest interweaving of themes and characters, inspired by the movie Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, I wrote a coming of age in the religious south, where the main character interacts with religion and sexuality and comes to the conclusion that morality and religion do not have to be so tight and restrictive as he was taught they had to be.
At the end of the story, he remains a Christian, as he started, but he’s also in a throuple. A gay throuple! I’m immensely proud of it.
T: That sounds incredible — and it sounds like a personally-meaningful journey too — and one that I imagine is full of different feelings. How amazing to have written something dealing with these themes of coming-of-age and identity while something so important about your own beliefs was also changing.
S: Favourite character: Levi Anders, the POV character of Pheromones and the Boys Who Don’t Want Them and my most beloved RP character. Intersex and trans masc, he’s a feisty shortstack and self-avowed slut who takes no shit from anybody and gives it out in ways that are so adorable and loveable that you can’t help but forgive him.
T: I loved Pheromones and the Boys Who Don’t Want Them. As a trans masc person myself, I thought you did an incredible job treating Levi with care and respect while also being clear that he’s hot as hell and fully comfortable in his being (minus the pheromone problem).
S: I am so glad I was able to represent him well. I “aim” for a significant amount of diversity in my stories, not because I want to fulfil a quota, but because I love, love, love stories—by that I mean people’s stories. I want to learn about everyone I meet, and I bring what I learn into my stories.
There’s so much more richness to be found that way.
A close second favourite is Talley Ohara, from The Prince and the Frat Boys and later the main character of Top Maker [Editor’s Note: Get the full novella in the PLOTHOLE bundle!]. He’s another shortstack, this one a buff redhead powerbottom/power top who’s very mischievous and matter-of-fact—and pretty fiery himself, in a different way from Levi. I like my feisty shortstacks, lol.
T: I hear that! And I love them, too! Short feisty guys are great!
Okay, so you’re a physicist. What’s the sexiest, kinkiest thing about physics that you know of and are you doing any mad science to make the laws of physics sexier?
lotus-silk (Author and Audience Member): Is it too much to also ask what type of physics you do and whether that influences your writing at all?
T: Great follow-up, question, silk! ❤️
S: I will absolutely answer that question! But first I must talk about thermodynamics
T: Ooooo, yes, please. It sounds like it could be hot ;).
S: Thermodynamics describes a number of physical processes, but of particular interest is entropy: the number of ways that a system can “rearrange” itself.
Noam de Pluma: Hot.
S: If you have 100 particles in a box, they are all bouncing around very rapidly and rearranging. Their speeds, directions, and positions all change randomly. If you start all the 100 particles in a single corner of the box, they will all bounce around rapidly until they are a chaotic mess throughout the entire box. The second law of thermodynamics states that entropy tends to increase to a maximum value. You can think of that entropy as the maximum spread of the particles.
Okay, now for the joke:
Q: “If you could have sex with any fundamental law of physics, which would it be and why?”
A: “The second law of thermodynamics, because I want my guts chaotically rearranged.”
T: Brilliant. <3. This is the Physics content that I am here for!
S: Okay now for lotus-silk’s question. I just finished my bachelor’s degree and will be beginning my PhD this fall.
Now you may have noticed that I am both a very science-y person and a very creative person.
I also have a real passion for people—I love people, I love their stories, I want to know their needs, their circumstances, their systemically-generated issues, and how I can help them.
I always wanted to be a professor in physics.
Until the last couple years, I didn’t know that there’s a whole branch of physics called Physics Education Research, or PER, which is about how we can best educate people in physics.
Since then, I have fallen utterly in love with educational theory, almost as much as physics, because of how deeply it relates to the human mind and experience that I am so fond of. And I want to help solve systemic problems in physics education throughout my career.
T: That’s lovely — I see echoes of your research into the Charleston Block here.
S: Educational theory is adjacent to my interest in social theory and psychological theory, and all that thinking about humans goes into my ideas for making Consummation into a utopia, not just a casual sex world.
Noam de Pluma: Very deep. Not unlike the cumshots you write about.
S: Although I don’t expect it to show up often, I therefore have many ideas for education in both high school and college in Consummation. There’s a detail in Top Maker about a history class where Talley is asked to research vintage porn stars and choose his favourite.
And that’s a reference to the idea that education, especially pre-college education, should not be about students memorising and regurgitating a lot of random facts, but about discovering what they care about and what matters to them, developing the whole person
lotus-silk: So cool
Noam de Pluma: Legit amazing. I love that.
S: It took me a hot minute to get to that answer, but there you go!
lotus-silk: ty! :3
T: Thanks for that, Soren! A great answer to a great question. It’s so clear that there’s a deep care in your personal and professional practices.
S: i am very bad at not caring, pls help me :[
T: If I sort it out, I’ll let you know ^___^
Soren, any shoutouts, last words, rude remarks, or requests for anyone reading this?
S: hi josh
boop beep bopple
oh give me comments on my stories please it validates me :]
T: Thanks for this delightful interview, Soren! And thanks, everyone for coming to listen and read!
Noam de Pluma: Thanks so much for your time, Soren! And you as well, Time, for putting it all together and facilitating this interview series! I know firsthand you both put a LOT of work into this, and it’s very much appreciated.
PLOTHOLE: Loregasm Edition is a bundle of 10 authors, 17 stories, available until June 15th 2022 on itch.io. It contains porn with plot, stories with worldbuilding and lore alongside some very hot erotica.
You can find Soren’s Top Maker along with 16 other stories here.