I’ve been invited to the Fabulous Five Blog Hop by the oh-so-awesome Hunter Frost, author of m/m romance. Her current titles include “What Can Brown Do For You?” from Torquere Press and Goodreads Love’s Landscapes story “A Thoreau Affair.” Hunter is definitely an author to watch in the m/m romance genre!
What am I working on?
July has been a difficult month in terms of finding time to write, but bit-by-bit I’m revising the story I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year, tentatively titled Safe Haven. It’s an urban fantasy-ish young adult novel — yup, I’m stepping out of my contemporary comfort zone!
Safe Haven, the first of a three-book series, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy with magical powers held prisoner in a mental institution by a militant group with precognition abilities. He must escape before he’s killed, an already-difficult task which becomes nearly impossible as he falls in love with a fellow patient and vows to save him, too.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My husband asked me the other day why I wrote Safe Haven with a gay relationship. Why not make one of the characters a girl and therefore possibly increase the audience?
From the moment the idea of Safe Haven took shape, I knew I didn’t want a story about grappling with sexuality, coming out, homophobia, and other themes common with gay romance. I wanted a story about a boy who comes into his own as a hero, who just happens to be gay.
Why do I write what I do?
Next my husband asked if the gay romance audience would be expecting those themes and be disappointed if they weren’t in the story.
Sure, there might be some readers who think a gay teenage boy must struggle with his sexuality and coming out. But I feel it’s very important — especially in the young adult and new adult genres — to have stories with gay characters that aren’t about being gay. All teens need stories with gay heroes.
So that someday, an author’s well-meaning spouse won’t have to ask the questions my husband did.
How does my writing process work?
In the plot-vs-character debate, I am definitely a character-first writer. My story ideas start with the characters, their goals, their motivations, their back stories, and how they’ll change from the beginning to the end.
I would love to be able to sit down and figure out every scene — even if it’s just a single sentence — before I start writing, but honestly, I’d never write anything if I waited for that. I usually figure out the big milestone scenes, and maybe a few of the ones in between. Things always change as I go anyway.
I’m a big believer in getting the first draft out as quickly as possible. Writing in sprints of anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, I have the most fun writing first drafts because anything is possible. At any point in the story, a new idea can pop in and completely change the direction. Writing quickly, without going back and fixing any inconsistencies, helps me get the first draft done. Without a completed draft — no matter how messy it is — the story will never be finished.
Revisions, on the other hand… I suffer through revisions. Sometimes a lot of words have to be tossed. New words always have to be added. Multiple passes are required.
It’s no surprise that it’s taken me til the end of July to start revisions on Safe Haven, which I wrote last November.
Who’s Next on the Blog Hop?
Jade Eby, author of new adult romance. Her titles include The Right Kind of Wrong, Whiskey and a Gun, Capricious and its sequel — just released — Voracious.
Todd Garrison: Look for Todd’s contemporary gay erotic stories, written under the pseudonym David Aprys, and published by Bruno Gmünder, available online at Amazon.com. Changeling, his genre-crossing novel of psychological suspense and romantic fantasy, is forthcoming.
Debbie McGowan, author of contemporary fiction, with M/M & F/M romance and a bit of sci-fi fantasy (light). “I write about life.” Her most recent releases include Checking Him Out (Love’s Landscapes – free) and In The Stars Part II – the latest installment in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
Matthias Williamson, author of M/M romance. His titles include Resistance, Falling for You, and coming soon — Dare.
Aja Hannah, young adult author. Check out Zarconian Island, the first book in her Zarconian series.
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