Welcome to BRB author interview Wednesday! I'm not sure if I should maintain the labels any more, considering I've posted author interviews on other days as well. LOL Anyway, today I've got fantabulous, m/m author Lily Sawyer! You know the routine sweeties...
Good morning, Lily! Tell us. Who is, Lily Sawyer?
I’m a Long island girl living in Virginia, at the moment, I first started writing fiction when I took a creative writing course as part of an adult enrichment program. My interest in the TV show, Star Trek, led me to start writing fan fiction. Things changed in 2006 when I saw the movie, Brokeback Mountain. I started writing in that fandom and became hooked with writing gay romance.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I knew I wanted to be a writer when I let my muse take over and allowed my imagination to run wild.
Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
After writing in the Brokeback Mountain fandom I was inspired to try my hand at writing original fiction because other writers had become published and I wanted to try my hand at it.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
I find inspiration from everyday things. I often draw on personal experiences or things I’ve seen on TV or in real life.
What made you chose to write erotic m/m literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I started writing sci-fi, then Brokeback Mountain turned me onto the world of erotic literature.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
I think the plot and character go hand in hand for me, I work those out then I think of a title and then start writing away.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Looking at the blank page is the hardest for me. Sometimes finding an ending poses a challenge too.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Yes my own life definitely has found its way into my stories. In the “Finest Thing,” the story was set in Mystic Connecticut, I had visited there on vacation with my dad and decided to set the story there. For “Love on the East End” my friends and I would take the Long Island Railroad out there on day trips and I loved the area so I incorporated it into my story. I switched gears and wrote my first fantasy story and a merman swam into my thoughts and that was how I was inspired to write “Catch of the Day.”
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I find it a challenge to write sex scenes. It’s hard to be inventive and make it different. The thing I do is try to draw some inspiration from other writers.
Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I try to place myself in the scene. I like to be as explicit as possible.
Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
My characters are all fictitious.
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
I love Jaran, my merman. I think he’s sexy. I have to thank my cover artist, Reese Dante for the wonderful job she did at bringing him to life.
Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My latest release is “Catch of the Day.” Kellan is a car salesman from Chicago, his lover dies in an accident and he decides to move to the Florida Keys to start a new life. He starts a charter fishing business. On day, while out fishing alone, he catches something on the end of his line that changes his life forever.
What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
My next story that is due for release in May is “Love on the East End.” Love can happen anywhere including on the east end of Long Island. Gabriel owns a restaurant, he needs some special wine for a party. He goes to a vineyard where he meets William, the owner, sparks fly and the two men find how well food and wine go together.
How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
I currently have two books that have been released. “The Finest Thing.” From Dreamspinner Press, “Catch of the Day,” from Silver Publishing. “Love on the East End” coming soon from Wicked Nights and “Somebody to Love.” Due out in July from Secret Cravings.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I’m not sure where my writing career will take me, I’d like to continue writing gay romance stories as long as my muse keeps supplying me with wonderful story plots.
Here is an excerpt from "Catch of the Day."
"Catch of the Day."
Available at Silver Publishing
Here is an excerpt:
Kellan grabbed a cup of coffee and carried it out to the back deck of his beach house. It had been a year since he moved from Chicago to the Florida Keys. The two places were as different as night and day. Back home there was a foot of snow on the ground and here the temperature didn’t make it down to the freezing point. He certainly didn’t miss having to deal with the icy winds and the endless winters.
He’d worked as a car salesman for one of the biggest automakers, and had been recognized as their top seller two years in a row, but the accolades didn’t mean anything to him. He felt like he’d become like a robot in the corporate world and he desperately needed a change. He’d been looking at a travel magazine while sitting in his doctor’s waiting room and spotted an ad for the Florida Keys.
There was nothing holding him in Chicago, his parents had died a few years ago and they’d left him a nice inheritance. He’d been in a serious long-term relationship, but after losing him in a tragic accident he decided this was the final straw and it was time to start a new life somewhere else.
Now he had sunny days and a new business venture that got him excited to get up in the morning. He’d always loved nature, he remembered going on family vacations to the mountains with his parents and his father taking him out on the boat they kept up there. It was one of his fondest childhood memories. Now he was living his dream of owning his own boat; he enjoyed taking people on tours of the Keys. Kellan also took people deep sea fishing, his clientele ranged from the locals to big wigs who wanted to land the ‘big one’ to the vacationers who came from all over the world to experience the Keys. Ernest Hemingway was to blame for the influx of visitors, the famous author put the place on the map, but Kellan wasn’t complaining. He loved meeting new people and seeing the joy come over their faces when they caught some fish. The really big ones were the marlin and sailfish; they could really give you a run for your money.
So here he was sitting in the Keys enjoying all this new life had to offer. While he enjoyed his time with other people during the day, his evenings were spent in his house, alone. Maybe one day he would find someone, he just wasn’t in any hurry, he was still grieving over Frank.
Kellan heard his empty stomach rumbling and made himself scrambled eggs for breakfast and filled two thermoses with coffee then drove over to the marina where his boat was docked.
This morning Kellan didn’t have any charters and he decided to take off on his own. He filled up an ice chest with beer, bottled water and sandwiches, made sure his tank was filled up with gas, weighed anchor and was on his way.
The weather was gorgeous and Kellan still marveled at how blue the water was. He’d dreamed of seeing the ocean one day and now here he was, there was nothing like smelling the fresh ocean breeze and feeling the salty mist on your face.
After spending some time out in the open ocean he sailed into his favorite private spot, a deserted cove and picked up his lucky fishing pole and cast it into the water. It wasn’t long before he was catching fish, they’d make a delicious dinner and whatever he didn’t use he’d freeze. He worked up an appetite so he took a break to have lunch. He was sitting in a chair on the deck finishing the last bite of his sandwich and drinking from a bottle of beer when he saw the fishing line he’d left in the water start to bob up and down. He put the bottle down and went over to check it out.
“Damn!” Kellan grunted as he pulled on the line; it felt like it weighed a ton. “What’ve I got on the end of this line a whale?” He blurted out.
“Uhhhh,” He put his back into it as he pulled on the pole and reeled in his line. Kellan figured he could have snagged a mackerel or maybe even an old tire. You came across pollution from time to time, even down here in a pristine place like the Keys.
He could see a shape in the water and it definitely was not a fish. The front part of the animal was hidden under the boat; he could see the tail flukes and thought it might be a manatee.
“Oh man,” he was worried he’d get in trouble with the fish and wildlife conservation commission; manatees were a protected species. He quickly tried to get the animal out from under the boat so he could get a better look at it and see if it was hurt. As soon as the lower half of the animal cleared the underside of the boat it became clear what the catch of the day was.
“Oh my gawd!” Kellan couldn’t believe his eyes. It wasn’t a manatee; in fact it wasn’t like any manner of marine life he’d ever seen. The tail looked like a manatee or whale but he saw the head and torso of a man attached to it. ‘A merman!’ Kellan thought. He didn’t have time to think about it. He could see the man was hurt. So he quickly pulled him onto the deck. The fishing line had tangled on his tail so he took a knife and cut the lines.
“Hey, uh, bud. You okay?” Kellan wasn’t sure what to make of this creature. Was he a man or a fish? Kellan’s instincts took over and he checked the merman for injuries. As his hand disappeared into the dark hair, he found a bump on the back of the merman’s head. His arms weren’t broken, he felt along the well-built body for broken ribs but found nothing then he looked down at his waist. Instead of hips, thighs and two legs there was a long torso that ended in a tail.
Kellan was at a loss as to what to do next.
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1027
Thank you so much for stopping by, Lily! I wish you all the best of success for the future!I shall be posting this weekend and July 11 @ BRB. On July 13 fab author Lila Munro will be here! Can't wait! And on July 15 I've got a very special guest, top selling author and dear friend G.A. Hauser! What an awesome lady! An interview you won't want to miss! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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