Hi Brita - What's your current release?
I actually have three that have come out very close together.
A Minute After Midnight | Noble Romance | M/M Erotic Romance | 10/10/11 | Part of the Timeless Desire collection
A fateful decision haunted Logan Chalmers for years. A high school reunion brings Reid Wright back to the old hometown, but will Reid even remember Logan or has he moved on to the bright future they were to share?
Following the rejection of the man he'd loved for most of his life, Reid moved away to seek his fortune. The hurt and anger allowed him to move on, but years later, only thoughts of Logan could bring him back for the reunion - that, and timeless desire.
An Evening at the Starlight | Noble Romance - Het - Sensual Romance | 10/31/11
John has a hard time forgiving and forgetting, and his wife Christie's tired of trying.
Doe and Royal's love story reaches through the years and gives hope to a young man who's lost hope in his relationship. An Evening at the Starlight and a tale of a once in a lifetime love that wouldn't die might be exactly what John needs to move past the hurt and cherish the love he has.
Surprises | Romeo Club #1 | Riptide Publishing | M/M Erotica (short 6k) | 10/31/11
Are you willing to put yourself in our hands?
Smart, successful, handsome, and thoroughly sick of the club scene, Don ventures into a popular upscale dating service. Aroused and intrigued by the boldfaced sexual queries on the Romeo Club's application, he finds himself embellishing one answer after the next. Don thinks he's taking control of his fate, but when he's done, he ends up turning over a lot more than just his questionnaire to the dominant Adonis who runs the service.
In a private back room, beneath the snick of handcuffs, the slide of silk over his eyes, and not one hot mouth but two upon his skin, Don learns just how much more than matchmaking the Romeo Club has to offer a guy who doesn't mind a few surprises.
What main genre do you write in?
Please tell us your latest news!
Lots has been happening lately. Seems several releases waited until the end of the year.
The Noble Romance Authors Timeless Desire blog tour is underway and I wrote two pieces for that - An Evening at the Starlight, a sentimental story based on a real story from my own family tree and A Minute After Midnight, a m/m romance about timeless desire. Both were great fun to write and are very different from each other.
Then the Riptide Publishing Blog Tour is in full swing and with it, I'm celebrating the release of the first of my Romeo Club collection, Surprises. That is a complete departure for me, being that they are all shorts, about 6k, and all unapologetic erotica.
I'll have one more in the Romeo Club series out before the end of the year. It's called Rubbed the Right Way. Great fun, I think.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have many authors I love to read, but I think my favorite is Aleks Voinov. His stories are gritty, no-nonsense, and original. He respects the gay fiction genre without being gratuitous, which is refreshing. There are no cookie cutter characters in Aleks' work and I love that.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I love to read. I love creativity. My interest in writing was born with me, I'm sure. I've always loved to write poetry and when in school, I wrote reams of short stories.
When you have characters running loose in your head, you have to give them a voice. For me, that's what writing is.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Study the craft and never stop. We can always improve our style.
Research - even the smallest of things. Take no shortcuts when it comes to research.
Write every day. Make the time, discipline yourself. It's worth it.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
Just my handy-dandy Acer, wide-screen laptop. Without it, I am totally lost. That and my index cards, of course. :) Not terribly thrilled, I'll admit, but everything else is unnecessary.
Please describe your writing environment.
My writing environment is rather messy by most standards, but it is quite organized really.
I do all my writing on my laptop, as I don't like to be chained to a desk. With that in mind, I commandeered one end of our sofa in the living room. With it, I have the arm of the love seat, the end table, one cushion of the love seat and the back of the sofa, which houses my vast collection of index cards. Every subject, every idea is contained in my boxes of cards. I'm one that likes to hold papers and make notes on them, so I have to have something tangible to do that with.
I clean up for company but we pretty much live with it otherwise.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
There are two actually - my husband and my youngest daughter. Now, that's not to say that the rest of my family don't support my work, but those two live with me and are always there to listen to ideas and interject their own. They aren't afraid to tell me when something doesn't work and they cheer me on daily.
The very last words I hear from my husband each night are, "I'm proud of you." Yeah, he's there for me every step of the way.
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I'm reading Open Secret by David Ehrenstein. It's about Gay Hollywood from 1928 to 1998.
I'm an Old Hollywood trivia buff and am doing research on a story I want to write. Considering how Hollywood is such a liberal community these days, I'm rather surprised that it wasn't always like that. Quite the contrary actually, which caused much heartache for those involved.
Do you have any cool promo tricks you can share with other writers?
One I learned from another author at Noble Romance. Never put an excerpt on your website or in guest posts. Always put a link to the excerpt back to the publishers site. That's the buy page - read the excerpt, buy the book. The greatest benefit to the author is to have a book purchased at the pub site.
Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?
I have two animals - Fiona, our two year old Maltipoo, who I still call a puppy because she so little. She sleeps beside me through much of my writing day. The only think she actually inspires me to do is through her favorite toy - a gazillion times a day. Keeps me from taking myself too seriously.
The other is a thirteen-year old orange tabby cat named Stormee. He sleeps, a lot, something I wish I could do more of - insomnia sucks. Other than that, he isn't much of an inspiration either.
They are both great to have around though, I can't imagine a household without them.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Honestly, I love to have dinner with my friend Aleksandr Voinov. I find him to be one of the most interesting people I know and I'd love to have unfettered access to his brain.
For someone so young, he's lived a lot of life and has an interesting take on things that most people his age haven't even give much thought to. I admire that and him more than I can say.
Thanks so much for having me. It's been fun. I'd like to invite people to visit my site, check out my stories and let me know what you think. You can find me at all these places: