I have been tagged by the very lovely, and awesome Aussie writer, L.J. Harris. I have known L.J. for years, through the love of m/m. We met in fanfiction-land and both trudged forward into original fiction around the same time. She has a new release, Just Like Pulling Teeth, which is due out in the Bollocks Anthology, with Wayward Ink Publishing on June 6th.
You can read L.J’s blog HERE to find out more.
Now, on to the question side of my post…
What am I working on?
I am currently working on Red Dirt Heart 2. Charlie and Travis are learning to adjust to their new life together, now that the whirlwind romance has landed and real life has set in. They’re living together, working together, playing together. And after Charlie’s life of solitude, and with Travis being so far from home, there are bound to hiccups.
Continuing on from a first book can always be a little daunting. Will I get the character’s voices right? Will it live up to expectation? Will I do the boys justice? And so far, this story – or should I say, Charlie – has been indecisive, trying to branch out in too many different directions. I think I’ve changed the general plot arc about six times, and I’m only 25K words into it. But I think I have it all sorted out now. Sometimes I just need to stop over thinking it, and just bloody write it. LOL
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Well, tbh, I don’t know if it does. There are some fantastic writers in the m/m genre, and I’m just happy to be kicking along with the crowd :) My stories will always have a HEA. That’s no spoiler; if you read one of my books, be prepared for fluff and rainbows. There is always a dash of angst (otherwise it’d be classified as confectionery lol).
I do always have positive reviews on the flow and smooth simplicity of my writing. Most of my readers get that “warm blanket” feeling when they start one of my books, and that’s a wonderful compliment.
Why do I write what I do?
Because the characters in my head are male, they’re gay, and they have stories to tell. It really is that simple.
I love what I do. I love giving these characters a voice, and if people enjoy reading them, it’s an added bonus.
How does my writing process work?
Well, my writing process is just about to change. Dramatically. I have spent the last four years writing between 10pm and 1am, while working during the day, and being a mum/wife in the evenings. Only very recently, it looks like I’ll be able to hang up the EDJ (evil day job lol) and write full time. :D This means a lot of changes for us as a family, but positive ones. I’ll be able to write during the day, spend family time in the evenings, and possibly even learn to sleep more than 4 hours a night.
Who am I tagging??
The supercool YA author, Winter Sandberg! You can check her out here http://wintersandberg.wordpress.com/
And don’t forget to check out Winter’s answers to the above questions on the 9th June!
Winter’s Private Display of Affection can be found HERE
Now for something a little different…
Some reading recommendations:
RECOVERY by CON RILEY
Salvage Stories: Book Two
San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can’t overcome without help.
Solving problems is Daniel Priest’s specialty. More than twenty years older than Jamie, he’s successful and experienced. He makes his living resolving corporate crises—but his personal life has been far from perfect. Now that his marriage is over, Daniel’s determined to make up for lost time. One night with Jamie isn’t nearly enough for him.
Daniel’s honest offer of help is more than Jamie expects from a one-time hookup. Even so, fulfilling Belle’s last wish is a tall order. Repairing her damaged family as she requests proves difficult when Jamie has to face his own past as well. Jamie could risk his hard-won recovery by admitting why he hit rock bottom in the first place. If he wants a future with Daniel, he’ll have to address those reasons head-on.
You can buy Recovery on Amazon HERE
Recovery is the second book in the series. The first book, Salvage, can be found HERE
NOT JUST FRIENDS by JAY NORTHCOTE
Leaving home to go to university is an exciting phase in anyone’s life. One that’s full of new places, new friends, and new experiences. But Lewis is not prepared for the sudden and intense crush he develops on his out-and-proud flatmate, Max—given that Lewis had always assumed he was straight. Max starts dating another guy, and Lewis’s jealousy at seeing them together forces him to confront his growing attraction.
When Max’s relationship goes awry, Lewis is the one to comfort him and one thing leads to another. But after a night together, Lewis is devastated that Max wants to go back to being just friends. Lewis tries his best to move on and their friendship survives, but the feelings he has for Max don’t go away. He faces other challenges as he deals with coming out to his parents and needs Max’s support more than ever. But Lewis isn’t the only one who’s conflicted. When Max finally admits he cares for Lewis too, Lewis must decide whether he dares risk his heart again on being more than just friends.
You can buy it HERE
POWERLESS by S.A. MCAULEY
This is one of my favourite series EVER. I am one of S.A’s biggest fans. Lover her work, and I just adore Merq and Armise <3
Book Three in the The Borders War series
He was built to be invincible.
Merq and Armise return to the States after their mission to assassinate the remaining Committee members only to find the leadership of the Revolution isn’t as stable as they had thought.
Outside forces come crashing down on a Revolution stronghold, leaving two of their soldiers gravely wounded. Merq’s history with his brothers in arms Simion and Neveed forces him into making decisions that will impact his future with the Revolution.
Merq has always identified as a soldier first. Always known who deserved his loyalty and who didn’t. But with the uncertainty surrounding the leadership of the Revolution, the mysterious disappearance of the jacquerie and increased activity with the PsychHAgs, Merq knows there are few people he can trust.
The only man Merq wants or needs at his side is Armise Darcan. But his reliance on his former enemy may be a miscalculation that will threaten everything Merq stands for.
You can buy it HERE
Hope you enjoyed something a little different from me this time. Happy reading!