Did Someone Say Blog Tour? Why yes… yes, they did! :P

Well, it’s finally happened. Someone caught me at just the right time for me to say “Yes” to taking part in a blog tour. In this case, it was the always fun and interesting AR Moler, with whom I spent a bit of time at the Coastal Magic convention in Florida earlier this month. So when she asked, I said “Hell, yeah!” (To be fair, I was all hopped up on cold meds at the time, but as this has been such a painless process, I may actually consider doing something like this again!)
AR writes some really good gay romance, you guys, with an assortment of paranormal abilities, people, and situations. If you’ve never read any of her books, check out her website — http://armoler.com. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

In this particular case, the point of this tour is to give a small overview of the writing process, so here we go. Hopefully some of you will find it interesting. LOL So…

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What am I working on?

Just today? Or in general? Haha!

I’ve been working on the next book in the LalaLand Chronicles, off and on, while also working on three different paranormal stories, one of which is being co-written with the amazing Kiernan Kelly! I’m finishing up the final phases of a story I’ve written for an anthology that will be releasing soon, and I’m also considering a few other new ventures.

As most of you know, I’ve primarily written contemporary gay romance and some action gay romance (by which I mean my Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club series with Totally Bound… which I’m also working on the fifth volume of). I haven’t really written much paranormal fiction, aside from a short story I wrote in 2009 called ‘Trine,’ which was my first foray into the paranormal world and is still available from Torquere Press, if anyone’s interested. There’s a link on the “STAND ALONES” page, here on my site.

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t know that it’s entirely unique, but I tend to focus more on the internal struggles of my characters than on external factors. I like to explore what each character is going through and why… then put them through the wringer on their path to their Happily Ever After. I’ve been called an angst-whore more than once (again, not totally unique within this genre LOL), and I tend to enjoy putting my guys in situations of economic disparity that cause them to examine their own concepts of what a man is and what makes a man… and what makes a man a good man, or a bad one. Perception of self is sort of a theme of mine.

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Why do I write what I do?

This is a good question but I’m not sure I have a good answer, though I’m going to give it a try. Haha!

I think part of the reason I write gay romance is that I love men. They’re pretty damned awesome, even when they’re being giant pains in the ass, you know? But why gay men (or bisexual men, as many of my main characters are) is something else again. I think it probably goes back to spending much of my life surrounded by close friends who were and are gay. I’ve been immersed in ‘gay culture’ more often than not (or as I like to call it, ‘culture,’) and one of the many things I’ve discovered over the years is that we’re not all that different — gay (of either gender), straight, bi, trans, male, female… We’re all human and we all want the same things. We want people we can trust and love, who trust and love us.

We want a place in the world where we know we belong. We want to be able to live with a reasonable expectation that we’ll be just as safe and secure as the next person, regardless of sexuality, gender, or biology. In that sense, I think we really are all the same.

Also, I truly do find the power dynamic between two men to be fascinating. Ultimately, they have to find a balance that works for them (I know, I know, that’s true of heterosexual relationships, too). It’s just interesting to me to figure out how two strong, very different men, both of whom have had certain societal roles thrust upon them by virtue of having penises, find a way to balance their lives with each other’s.

I’m not entirely sure that this answer makes sense, but it’s the best I can do. Sorry!

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How does your writing process work?

As with many other authors, in my own genre and in others, there isn’t just one way.

I’m not one of those who plots everything out and has a plan for a whole story. I generally know how a book is going to start and I usually have a vague idea about how it’s going to end (though I’ve been surprised a few times), but I rarely have a single clue about how I’m going to get my characters from point A to point Z.

Sometimes an idea for a story comes to me fully formed, while other times I might find a single line of dialogue stuck in my head. If I like that line enough, I’ll ask myself “Okay, so what would lead up to someone saying this?” The answer usually has details and scenes opening up in my head like a particularly large and colorful flower.

Once I have my idea and a slight understanding of start and finish, I just get to it. Every once in a while I’ll start to make notes as I write, just to keep things clear in my head. Eventually it’s done, and I can move on to another plot bunny… until edits! LOL

So…

Thanks so much, guys, for stopping by and reading all this! And just as AR Moler tapped me for duty, I have tapped three others.

In order by how long I’ve known them — longest time to shortest — these three lovely ladies have agreed to post their answers to the blog tour questions next week!

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First, the wonderful Kiernan Kelly, whose bio is something like: Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.

All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental Macintosh, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys. Sigh.

Kiernan will be posting her replies on the Café Risque blog (http://caferisque.blogspot.ca/) on Tuesday, March 4, rather than next Monday. Stop by!

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Secondly, we have the amazing Amy Lane! Her bio reads, in part — Amy Lane would someday like to travel, but since she and her beloved Mate have four kids and the income of a starving artist and an engineer, she has learned to settle for seeing magical realms in her own backyard. She’s frequently charmed that the rest of the world seems to find the werewolves and elves and vampires there enchanting as well, and thanks everybody who has read her stories and believed.

And here’s her blog, where her Q&A will be posted next Monday! http://writerslane.blogspot.com/

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Finally — and never has the phrase “last but not least” been more apropos — is the insanely entertaining and talented author Gini Koch! Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh, and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, as well as lots of others. She’s made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of pen names, including G.J. Koch, Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. Buy her books — her meds don’t come free, you know.

Next Monday (you know the drill by now, guys, haha! ) visit her at http://ginikoch.blogspot.com/ to see what she has to say, too! *grins*

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Thanks again, all, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look into the dangerous and scary place I like to call my mind. Heh-heh.

~Tis

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