Got a Fave? Scott Bradley or Chanse MacLeod; Chatting with Author Greg Herren

Interview by Jon Michaelsen

Greg, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. I could literally ask you a ton of questions, having been a fan of your writing for years – but I’ll keep to just ten questions.

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

I live in the lower Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans.

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Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

I generally get up around seven every morning, even on the weekends, and spend the mornings writing, editing, writing my blog, cleaning my kitchen, and answering emails. I have a full time job in addition to writing and editing, and my partner and I have been together for going on nineteen years. Our gym is right around the corner from where we live, and we both workout as frequently as we can. Paul has a very stressful job—he’s the executive director of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, so he has to write grants, raise money, program, etc. etc. etc.—its five days of theater, food and music events in addition to literary master classes and panels and parties. Usually by the time we’ve both finished our days and had dinner we are pretty worn out, so we generally spend what little leisure time we have relaxing in the living room and binge-watching TV series. We just finished watching the third season of Suits, and are also streaming a guilty pleasure—Pretty Little Liars. Paul’s about to go visit his family for a week, and while he’s gone I’ll be watching the original Jonny Quest show, because I am writing an essay about its influence on my writing.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment to date? 

Maintaining my very shaky hold on sanity.

How did you get started in writing? Getting published?

 I started writing when I was very young; I think I wrote my first Hardy Boys rip-off when I was about eight years old or so. I’ve pretty much written all of my life, whether it was some sort of fiction or simply daily entries in a diary. I kept a diary from age ten till I was in my late thirties; although I started blogging when I was forty-three and that’s a sort of public diary, I suppose.

My first gig getting paid to write was when I lived in Minneapolis in 1996, and I got a job as the sports columnist for a local publication called Lavender Lifestyles, which I believe has morphed into a glossy monthly called simply Lavender now. When I moved to New Orleans later that year, I started writing book reviews and a fitness column for the local gay paper, IMPACT News, which sadly is no longer around. As time passed, I started writing freelance for more publications, adding national ones to the local ones I was already writing for. I sold my first fiction short story, an erotic wrestling story, to an Alyson anthology in 1999; I was trying to find an agent for my first novel at the same time. After having no success with any agents, I pitched the book to my editor at Alyson; it turned out the anthology editor was also the editor-in-chief, and six weeks after I sent it to him, they made an offer and I accepted. That was Murder in the Rue Dauphine; I signed the contract in the fall of 1999 and the book wasn’t actually released until January 2002. It was a very long wait.

I still don’t have an agent to this day.

Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines?

It depends. I wrote an outline for Murder in the Rue Dauphine and stuck to it religiously. I tried outlining my second novel, Bourbon Street Blues, but it just didn’t work. I eventually realized that Chanse novels had to be outlined because Chanse was a very rigid character; the Scotty books couldn’t be outlined because Scotty was such a free spirit he wouldn’t stick to the outline– so outlining those books was an utter and complete waste of time. As I’ve written more and more books, I tend to have the general idea of what the story is and how I’m going to get there in my head now by the time I sit down to start writing it, so I really don’t feel like I need to outline anymore. I generally now will only sit down and write out a plan for a novel whenever I get stuck, or can’t think of how to continue. Sometimes when I get stuck I go back to the beginning and start revising, and how to get out of the spot I’m in will come to me. I wouldn’t recommend my system to anyone.

I will say that when it comes to the Chanse books, I’ve noticed that rarely, if ever, does the killer change; the Scotty books the plot, story and who the killer is change from day to day as I write them. I always laugh when people tell me that the Scotty books are always full of surprises—because they are for me, too.

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Readers most know you from your two longest running mystery, suspense/thriller series; the Chanse MacLeod mysteries (six books) and the Scotty Bradley mystery/thrillers (six books). How are you able to slip into the vastly different characterizations of Chanse and Scotty so easily?

Early in my career I used to say that Chanse and Scotty were opposite sides of the same coin. I’ve always thought that Scotty was the person I would have been had I been raised the way he was; that he was the positive, happy-go-lucky, ‘always expect the best out of everyone’ side of me while Chanse was the other side of my personality; distrustful, kind of dark and pessimistic, always expecting the worst to happen.

I don’t think that’s true anymore, to be honest. Both are fictional constructs with elements of myself in them; but neither one of them is me. I just know them both so well know that it’s very easy to slip into their voices and their heads when I am writing them—and Scotty’s head is a much more pleasant place to be than Chanse’s.

It was very important to me when I started the Scotty series that he be as different from Chanse as possible; otherwise there was no point in writing about him. If they were going to be the same voice, basically the same person, there wasn’t a point in writing two different series.

I wasn’t taken very seriously early in my career—not that I am taken all that seriously now—but I wanted to do something that I didn’t think had been done before; I wanted to write a dark, serious, hardboiled style series and a light, funny one, and alternate between them. I don’t know if I’ve succeeded in doing that, but I also don’t go back and reread my books once they are in print. Once the galleys are proofed, I generally don’t read the book again unless I need to verify some continuity—and now that I have e-copies of them, I can just do a word-search for whatever I’m looking for, so I don’t have to try to remember where in the books the little piece I need to review and reread is.

I suppose that you’re asking the question shows that I have somewhat succeeded at making the two characters, and the two series, different from each other. I still worry about that.

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Which of your novels/series have fans responded to the most? (My favs are the Chanse MacLeod mysteries);

Early on, I got more response from the Scotty books than the Chanse ones; now I’d say it’s about the same. I always assumed it was because Scotty was so much more fun and more accessible than Chanse; Scotty is the guy you’d want to hang out with. The Scotty books also used to outsell the Chanse books—now Chanse has caught up, and I hear from readers equally. I’m not sure why that is, to be honest.

Within the mystery, suspense/thriller genres, you’ve written several YA novels with gay characters, including my favorite “Sleeping Angel”. What was your inspiration for writing novels aimed at a younger audience? (Full disclosure – I think these novels appeal to all readers, regardless of age!)

Thank you! That’s very kind of you to say, and incredibly nice to hear, because I did intend for them to appeal to adults, too. I always wanted to write books for teen readers, and I consider myself to incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to get them published.  I actually wrote my first three y/a novels (Sorceress, Sleeping Angel, Sara) in the early 1990’s. I wrote first drafts of each and then just stuck them in a drawer. The published versions of Sorceress and Sara didn’t deviate much from the stories I originally wrote; Sleeping Angel was completely overhauled. I don’t think of them as books for teenagers; I think of them as books about teenagers. Initially, I worried about writing for teens and found that I didn’t like what I was writing, and finally decided to focus on telling the story and exploring the characters without worrying about the readers. I leave that to my editor, and I am very fortunate to have a very good one.

I’ve always wanted to step outside the series box and write stand-alones; it just so happens that the first five or so I’ve done (under my own name) have been about teenagers and are marketed/labelled as y/a fiction. (Timothy was called ‘new adult.’) The fun of writing a stand-alone novel is that I don’t have to worry about continuity; it’s a whole new world every time I write one, and I can stretch and try things with them that I can’t do in a series novel. Ironically, they are all kind of linked; the heroine of Sorceress is from the small town in Kansas where Sara is set, and some of the characters in Sara were mentioned in Sorceress. Likewise, the town where Sorceress takes place is the same town where Sleeping Angel is set; some of the minor characters cross over from one book to the other. Mouse in Timothy was from that same region of Kansas, only the county seat rather than the small town in the north part of the county. Scotty in Lake Thirteen is from the same suburb of Chicago that Glenn in Sara was from.

I’m hoping to keep doing the young adult/new adult books. In the most recent Scotty, Baton Rouge Bingo, Frank’s college age gay nephew comes to live with them in New Orleans. It might be fun to give him his own series, or at least his own adventure—and to see Scotty, Frank and the rest of the gang from a new perspective! (Incidentally, Frank’s nephew is from the same small town in Alabama that the protagonist of Dark Tide, my next young adult being released this September, is from. I can’t seem to help connecting all of my books together.)

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With six books published to date in the Chanse MacLeod mystery series, I’ve read recently that you plan to end the series with the next and final installment; say it isn’t so! Will Chanse finally get to ride off into the sunset with that special man by his side?

Sorry, no spoilers! You’ll just have to read Murder in the Arts District to find out. It’ll be out in October. (Jon-Grrr!)

Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

I’m writing a romantic suspense murder mystery called The Orion Mask. It might be coming out after the first of the year; I’m not really sure. I’m very excited about it; I think it’s being called a ‘new adult’ novel because the main character is in his early twenties. It’s my homage to the great women writers I read when I was a teenager: Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, and Victoria Holt. My main character’s father has recently died, and he’s been contacted by his mother’s family, whom he doesn’t know and his father has kept him away from. His mother died when he was very young, and when he comes to visit and get to know his mother’s family, who live on a gorgeous estate just outside of New Orleans, he discovers that his mother’s death wasn’t an accident—she murdered her lover and killed herself. At least, that’s the story…and he begins to realize the ‘accepted’ story isn’t the truth…and there’s still a murderer out there.

On behalf of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook Group, thank you so much for sharing your time with us and answering questions fans of the genre would like to know.

 

Find Greg Herren on the web:

www.gregherren.com

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Twitter: scottynola

 

 

Gay Mystery, Suspense Writer of Avondale Series; Chatting to Author Etienne

Interview by Jon Michaelsen

Etienne, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

In Central Florida about 65 miles North of Orlando

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Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

Not a lot to tell. After I retired, my partner of almost 19 years (fellow author Antonio) and I moved to the family acreage I’d inherited when my parents died. We live on 10 acres of a much larger parcel, and various family members live nearby. The nearest city of any size is a 40-mile round trip, so we don’t go there a lot. When we’re not at our desks writing, or reading, we’re usually outside working on the landscaping.

Can you share the story behind your pen name, “Etienne”?

Etienne is French for Steven, just as Esteban is Spanish for the same name.

I’ve always loved the name, and although I’ve been ‘out’ to my family for decades, the same isn’t true for my partner, so—

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment to date? 

Actually getting a publisher to plunk down hard cash for something I wrote.

You’ve probably answered this question a hundred times, but please indulge as our readers and fellow writers would like to know; do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines?

I have yet to actually ‘plot’ out a storyline. I get an idea, figure out who the characters are, and usually let them take me where they want to go. Which they often do. I always have a pretty good idea as to how the story will end, but getting there is up to the characters.

I understand from reading your bio that you didn’t begin writing until later in life, but since you started, you’ve been very prolific. Have these stories been haunting you all these years?

I started writing in the early eighties, and began posting stories online in the mid-nineties. I finally wrote a story that I wanted to publish (The Path To Forever), and when it was quickly accepted by a publisher, that encouraged me to polish up just about everything I’d ever written.  Which is why so many books of mine came out in 2011 and 2012. Of course, I wrote a couple of new ones each year, as well.

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Fans best know your writing from the popular Avondale series, kicking off with the first novel, Bodies Of Work. How would you best describe the novel? A murder-mystery or romantic thriller – or both?

Bodies of Work is a murder mystery, and a love story.  I’ve never considered it to be an actual romance, and it certainly doesn’t fall within the romance formula.

Several novels in series you have written intertwine; how do you keep up with all of the moving parts?

Not easily. Actually, I have a spreadsheet titled “cast of characters”. In that spreadsheet is a list of every character in every book, along with physical descriptions, occupation, and other relevant details. I refer back to it constantly.

One of my favorite series you’ve written happens to be set in my hometown of Atlanta; The Appearances series? It’s obvious in both the Appearances Trilogy and the Avondale series you have extensive knowledge of both Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, respectively. How do you go about researching the locales of your mystery/thrillers?

I lived in Avondale from 1975 to 2002, so I know the neighborhood and the city of Jacksonville well. As for Atlanta, I spent a lot of time there in the 70s and 80s. Back in those days, the Metropolitan Opera went on tour, and during opera week in Atlanta, they did seven productions, that is, seven different operas. Six nights and a Saturday matinee. The season ticket holders (myself for example) had to take the Matinee and four other productions. So it was that I spent a week in Atlanta every year. Those weeks ended when the touring ended (1981, I believe).  Which is why so many of the restaurants and other places the characters visit are thinly disguised versions of places that are (sadly) no longer there. IE the Oxford Bookstore; the Pleasant Peasant; and Gene and Gabe’s restaurant.

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Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

My latest release was Bottoms Away, which is volume 3 of the trilogy About A Bottoms.  It concludes the story of Chris Bottoms and his partner Mickey.

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4983

Before that came Buzz Bets Badly, But Begets Bliss (an Avondale Story)

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/429903

I’m not good at bragging about my writing, but the links will tell people about the books, and I can add that they’ve both received good reviews.

My work in progress is Purify, which will wrap up the trilogy The Ivory Solution.   BTW, it is a mystery.

 

On behalf of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook Group, thank you so much for sharing your time with us and answering questions fans of the genre would like to know.

 

Find Etienne on the web:

Twenty-one of my books are available from Dreamspinner Press:

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 The other three are on Smashwords.com

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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/158947

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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/167310

And the aforementioned Buzz Bets Badly, But Begets Bliss.

Author and Resident of the Castro in San Francisco; Mark Abramson

Mark, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Interviewed by Jon Michaelsen

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Let’s start off with, where do you live?

I live on Castro Street in San Francisco, one block south of the fictional Arts restaurant and Harvey Milk’s old camera store, now the HRC headquarters.

Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

I moved into this apartment with my lover Kelly in 1991. We were both bartenders in the Castro and we both had HIV, which was still pretty much a death sentence in those days. We figured we might as well spend what time we had left together. He died of AIDS in 1995 and I’ve stayed here ever since. With the cost of housing soaring, I am grateful for a rent-controlled apartment in the heart of the gay-borhood.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment to date? 

Surviving AIDS

You’ve probably answered this question a hundred times, but please indulge as our readers and fellow writers would like to know; Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines?

I wish I knew. Every book is different. Sometimes I start at the beginning. Sometimes I write the last chapter first. I usually have three or four simultaneous plot-lines in mind and try to alternate and juggle them, chapter by chapter, with them all coming together in the end.

Readers know you best from your wonderfully entertaining “Beach Reading” series, first published in 2008 starting with the debut novel and appropriately titled, “Beach Reading”. Now with seven books in all, did you ever expect the series to be so popular?

No, I just hoped that people would enjoy reading them. They’ve been awfully fun to write.

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It’s hard for fans of the series to choose just one or two of their favorite novels from the series because these books are more than a collection of lighthearted, funny, cozy-mysteries – the cast of characters have become family to many, with the ever-loveable Tim Snow and Nick Musgrove, to the fabulous Aunt Ruth, and the gang at Art’s. Do you have a favorite? Which of the novels have fans responded to the most? (My favs would between Russian River Rat & Snowman)

My favorite of the books (so far) would have to be California Dreamers because of all the supernatural stuff. I wrote the first draft of that book during a time when I was taking Sustiva, which causes strange dreams and also on a one-year regimen of Interferon for Hep C, which I cleared. I don’t have a favorite character. I had a real Aunt Ruth, who died very young, so this was my way of imagining her if she had lived longer. Tim is a lot like I was in my 20s and early 30s and he can be really annoying! I guess Nick is more like the man I hoped to become.

The Beach Reading series has been touted as a modern-day “Tales Of The City” – only set in the Castro district of San Francisco, where readers clearly get a sense of your love for the neighborhood, and the city itself. How do you feel about the comparison?

I’m a huge fan of the Tales of the City, having read the earliest books one day at a time when they came out episodically as a column in the newspaper and I consider Armistead a friend, so it is flattering to be compared to him. On the other hand, I don’t want readers’ expectations to be so high that they end up disappointed. One critic nastily remarked that it was like comparing dark French roast to instant decaf. They’re just “beach reading,” after all.

If Beach Reading became an HBO cable series, who would you want to play Tim Snow? Nick Musgrove? Aunt Ruth?

Wouldn’t that be nice!? I don’t know…couldn’t Meryl Streep play them all? She can do anything. It would depend on when this was done. I always pictured JoAnn Castle from the old Lawrence Welk show as Vivacious Vivian in the first two books. Betty White, when she was in her 50s, would have been a perfect Aunt Ruth. Nathan Lane could play Artie, but he’s already done a drag role in the Birdcage. Maggie Smith would be the perfect Amanda Musgrove – or Cloris Leachman. Joseph Gordon-Levitt could play Tim with Alexander Skarsgard as Nick. Or James Franco as one of them. Who knows…?

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With seven books published to date in the Beach Reading series, what does the future hold for Timothy Snow and his friends? Will Tim & Nick ever get married and settle down?

Yes, now that gay marriage is legal in California, I am planning to have them get married in book #8, Seersucker, but I don’t know about them settling down too much, unless it’s the end of the series. Tim always has to be conflicted about something or the stories wouldn’t be very interesting.

Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

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My newest book is a big break from the series, a memoir called “For My Brothers” that was published this year from Wilde City Press. It covers the years when I was a bartender on Castro, Soma and the Haight, the time when AIDS ravaged our community and how some of us survived. Wilde City will also release my pre-AIDS diaries next year, when San Francisco was a young gay man’s paradise. And “Seersucker” in which Tim Snow discovers telekinesis.

On behalf of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook Group, thank you so much for sharing your time with us and answering questions fans of the genre would like to know.

 

Find Mark Abramson on the web:

www.beachreading.net

or friend me on Facebook

 

 

2013 Rainbow Award Winner for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller – Author AJ Rose

AJ, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Interview conducted by Jon Michaelsen

 

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

I live in that perpetual state of crazy, pretty much a slave to the voices in my head that are sometimes so loud, I can’t sleep unless I get up and write some of their shit down. It’s the land of more ideas than I could possibly write, and it’s a blast (most times).

If that’s not exactly what you meant, the boring answer is in the Midwest.

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Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

I recently moved and acquired a house and three pets, two dogs, Kelly and Calypso, and a cat, Biscuit. I prefer to call the cat Bastard, because he likes to joke that he loves me, as if winding around my ankles on the stairs is a hug and cuddles. The dogs are great fun, and other than toxic farts, I’m sure the cat has somehow orchestrated to gas me to death, I’m glad I have them. They keep it interesting, especially Calypso, with her random clumsiness and sweet face. I have a day job, one whose bridges I hope to burn soon-ish so I can write full time and pretend it’s work. (It is hard work, but it’s also the most fun I’ve ever had.)

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment to date? 

Being *this close* to accomplishing my dream of writing books full time. There are so many talented writers who don’t get the recognition they deserve, who open a vein and bleed on the page, only to get very little exposure. I am well aware how incredibly lucky I’ve been, and for those who have emailed me in support, to tell me they have been moved by my writing, or that I am one of their favorites, I am forever humbly grateful. They are the most rewarding part of this endeavor.

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Is the partial face/“blue eye” photo used on your Goodreads, Facebook & Website profiles of you? I’ve seen your fans ask for more – are you planning to reveal all? 

No, the eye has become my brand, and from what I can tell and readers have told me, it’s recognizable on sight. Someone sent me a link to a site that had used the same photo only with green instead of blue, and they were very upset that someone had taken what was “mine.” So as far as I can tell, it’s working. Plus, I was always mesmerized by Sauron.

The truth is, I’m uncomfortable with my face online. As some of my readers know, I suffer from pretty invasive anxiety, and the thought of having that much revealed about me leads me to unhealthy places. I know it’s not what’s typically done, but I’ve had to draw the line, and I’m hoping it’s my books and not what I look like that capture the readers’ imaginations.

You’ve probably answered this question a hundred times, but please indulge as our readers and fellow writers would like to know; Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines?

I create a loose outline with major plot points to hit as I go, and try to let the details fill in with inspiration as it strikes. Sometimes, it makes things more difficult, if I write myself into a corner, but the moments when a character surprises me and it fits in a way that I hadn’t even planned, those are the moments I live for, the ones where pure creation makes me giddy and it’s euphoric. It’s a drug I am hopelessly addicted to.

You introduced readers to an incredible and very complex couple of characters with the publication of Power Exchange, which features the brutal murder of a Dom. Detective Gavin DeGrassi is assigned to investigate and psychologist Ben Haverson, a well-known Dom in his own right, is brought in as a consultant on the case, soon introducing Gavin to the BDSM scene. What was your influence to write about a Dom/s pair working on the case to catch a sadistic killer while exploring their own boundaries? Did you set out to write a series with Power Exchange and its sequel, Safeword?   

I was sitting on Theo Fenraven’s couch when he randomly said, “You should write BDSM. You’d be good at it.” I took several psychology classes in college and human behavior and motivation has always fascinated me. Fen’s suggestion was what made me put two and two together. It wasn’t the titillation of restraints and paddles that drew me to the idea; it was the give and take between Dom and sub, which I later learned in my research was called the power exchange. Gavin revealed himself to me first, and I knew, as a closeted cop from a family of cops, that he wouldn’t seek out a reason, or even understand, his submissive tendencies. So I needed a situation where he would learn about the lifestyle and be so captivated by it, and by the man who would become his Dom, that he would be unable to settle for the vanilla life in which he’d been hiding. And within the scope of the mystery, I knew I wanted to highlight the inaccuracies and misconceptions I’d read about BDSM in general. The opportunity to show Ben and Gavin’s relationship in a healthy light in contrast to the danger of misinformation was too good to pass up. To be honest, I thought I could do it all in one book. After Power Exchange was complete, I knew I could have done better, and though I hadn’t planned to write Safeword, it began playing itself out in my head. It was never supposed to be a series, but the inspiration for new avenues to explore keep happening, and I’m just going with it at this point.

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Detective Gavin DeGrassi is living with DOM, Ben Haverson when Safeword opens, but struggling to fully submit to Ben. Readers have commented (and I concur having read both novels) about how your extensive knowledge of BDSM goes beyond mere sexual facets, but explores the more intensive emotional elements as well, and how effortlessly you entwined the theme within two very suspenseful and compelling murder mysteries. Can you share how you went about researching your D/s mystery/suspense series?    

Well, as I said above, I’ve had a lot of psychology courses and human behavior fascinates me, so I’ve read body language books, behavioral books, forensic interrogation books… So my natural inclination to starting my BDSM research was to get, you guessed it, BDSM books. I read both fiction and non-fiction, and found the blogs of both Doms and subs, read as many personal experiences as I could find, and spoke with the writers of those blogs for some of the more specific questions I had. For me, it was never about the implements or the physicality of a scene. The true power exchange is mental, and it’s one of the most stimulating things I’ve ever encountered. My goal in writing was to convey that while still painting the visual picture of an intense and committed relationship.

I’ve read before where you explained why you and several fellow writers started Voodoo Lily Press to publish and promote your books? Can you give us the 411 on what motivated you to go the route of indie publishing?

I started out in traditional publishing, and learned through that process all but what actual file conversion and uploading were like. Through many long discussions with my writing partner Theo Fenraven, we determined that between the two of us, we had all the skills necessary to handle the nuts and bolts of publishing. The lure of controlling our content entirely, from words to covers to marketing, was too great to pass up, and we started VLP as an umbrella under which we would both publish. For a short time we had one other writer who later moved on to other writing endeavors. Indie publishing seemed like the way to go because I’m way too much of a perfectionist and it was difficult to sit back and let someone else handle one of my babies. Because Fen and I had all the skills necessary, there was no reason not to.

In recent months, I have resigned from VLP and intend to publish under my own brand, The Grim Writer Press. In this regard, both Fen and I can individually make our work entirely to our liking and not have the transparency issues that go along with pesky things like business and income taxes and other fees. Creatively speaking, indie is the right choice for me.

I was going to ask you if you had another Gavin & Ben novel in you, but happened to catch updates you posted related to your Monster Writing Weekend marathon. Can you share anything about the plot of the third novel in the Power Exchange series?

The plot for this one is darker than the other two combined. Frankly, that this stuff comes from my brain sometimes frightens me.

Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

My most recent release, Queers, is not a mystery, but I’ve been told it is quite suspenseful. It has an ensemble cast who learn the true meaning of friendship and chosen family, and while sometimes dreams come true, they are not always what we expect when they do. It’s about exploring life after the curveballs and finding a way to persevere against the odds. I like to think it’s an uplifting story, but it’s got dark themes as well, so there’s some intensity to the lessons learned.

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On behalf of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook Group, thank you so much for sharing your time with us and answering questions fans of the genre would like to know.

Thank you for having me!

 

Find AJ Rose on the web:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance EBooks, and CreateSpace for book purchases. ajrosefiction@gmail.com blog: http://andrewjrose.wordpress.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aj.rose.5473 Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/ajrosefiction Tumblr: http://ajrosewrites.tumblr.com/ Twitter: @_AJRose GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5209619.A_J_Rose