It is author interview Wednesday and I'd like to introduce another wonderful erotic author from Storm Moon Press - S. L. Armstrong! Welcome to BRB S.L.Tell us about yourself.
I live in humid, hellish Florida with my husband, my co-author, two Labradors, and seven cats. I work from home, my primary job writing and publishing, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Junior high. I was writing short stories and poems, and I loved it. I knew I would eventually write for a living. It just took me a decade to reach the point where I was confident enough to share my work with the world. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Music. Something about music speaks directly to my creative senses. Many of my books are inspired by music or written to a soundtrack of music I’ve chosen. It goes hand-in-hand with my writing. I also find inspiration in art, television, and weird conversations with the husband-thing.
What made you chose to write gay erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I’m not sure, really. I began writing lesbian fanfiction, and then seamlessly moved into gay fanfiction. I don’t know why. It was just very natural. I can’t imagine never writing gay erotic romances, even if I dabble in other areas of fiction. I also write lesbian erotic romances, het erotic romances, and polyamorous erotic romances. I love the erotic romance genre and don’t box myself in by limiting my writing to just one aspect of it.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Usually, the middle. I lag. I grow bored when it’s taking too long (for my tastes) to get to the end I already have in mind. Very often, as soon as I finish the beginning third of a book, I want to beam the next third or so out of my brain so I can get to the good, climactic parts at the end. XD
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Only in very narrow ways. I engage in BDSM in my real life, and everything I write with BDSM, I try to do with authenticity. Pet owners and cooking aspects are always drawn from my real life experiences, and I tend to quiz the husband-thing (who is bisexual) about various sex acts with other men and male physical sensations during sex. Everything else, I make up or research heavily.
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, from where do you draw your inspiration?
I don’t find it difficult. I really enjoy writing the erotic scenes between my characters. I tend to view sex between characters to be a chance to show very intimate aspects of their emotional thoughts. It’s a time of vulnerability and trust, even when it’s a one night stand. I love showing passion and need and emotional vulnerability through sex.
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 like to be open and bold. Fade to blacks and vague description just don’t do it for me in most cases. As for writing the sensual parts, I don’t think there’s a method. I try to let the sex evolve organically, never pushing for more than the characters want. If those characters are only after quick blow-jobs, I’m not going to spew a full penetration scene onto the paper. :)
Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Kasper from Catalyst. He, thus far, is my favorite. He’s a broken, complex, strong man who loves his partner with everything he is. He strives for perfection while stumbling around imperfectly. He’s just deep and varied and a character who will stick with me for the rest of my life.
Tell us about your newest release!
My newest release is Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley with K. Piet, which came out in September. I also have a release of a short story with K. Piet called Alpha’s Pride that came out on December 9th.
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Buy Link: Other Side of Night Bastian
Blurb: Sebastian Rossi's second year at the University of Tennessee began much differently than his first. He rushes to and from his classes, covered head to toe in thick clothing. Parties are a thing of the past, and dating hasn't been high on his list of priorities. No, high on his needs is blood. Lots of it. Adjusting to the changes no one even told him would happen following one great night of partying and sex has been hell for Bastian, but he's managing.
Riley Lynch's dream is to be a veterinarian. He works hard to pay his tuition, reads in every spare moment, and tries to forget the nightmare of his sophomore year. Summer has washed away all the bad, leaving him refreshed and eager for his junior year at UT. Life is finally looking up for him, and he has no intention of sliding back down into the depression that had consumed him during his last relationship.
A chance meeting brings their two worlds into alignment and passion sparks between them. When Riley learns of the changes Bastian is going through, he has a choice to make: walk away or embrace the night.
Bastian stood up. "I had to! Riley, please, please don't look at me like that. I didn't mean for it to happen. I couldn't help myself. I didn't get out of that thirsty haze until it was too late, until the hunger stopped and I realized I'd killed him." He broke off for a second, unable to continue without swallowing once. "I haven't done that sort of thing since! I drink pig or cow blood from the butcher. I survive without hurting anyone, I promise. Please... please, Riley..." he begged, reaching out for his lover. He needed to be reassured. The word that had been resounding in his head for months was only pushed back when Riley touched him, smiled at him, made him feel human instead of a monster.
"You're telling me you're–"
Bastian nodded, the weight of the world on his shoulders in that moment. "A vampire."
He'd said it.
The word had been spoken aloud. He was a vampire. A monster. It was real and true and out there now. He couldn't change it. No matter how much he wanted to, this was his life now. Blood and that cold feeling and the inhuman thing inside him that, even now, wanted to pin Riley to the wall and sink his teeth into the soft throat.
Riley shook his head. "Vampires aren't real."
Bastian smiled ruefully. "I'm real."
Just for fun–
What is your favorite color(s)?
Purple. I’ve loved purple all my life. The husband-thing teases me all the time while also buying me everything purple he comes across that he thinks I might like. XD
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?
A great hero. Villains, too often, are flat. Evil for the sake being evil, even the ‘great’ villains. A hero tends to get a lot more of the author’s attention, and so they wind up feeling more real, deeper. I’d rather have a deep hero than an awesome—but shallow—villain.
What is your favorite movie? And why?
Hmm. That’s a hard one. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is high on the list, even with its flaws, as Tolkien’s work has always inspired me. Second would be a tie: Legend and Labyrinth. I’m a huge fantasy fan, and all three movies just play into my love of the fantastical with sweeping, gorgeous stories.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And why?
Nigella Lawson. That woman is beautiful, talented, and just lovely to listen to. Even though I’ve seen all her cooking shows, I still re-watch them just to listen to her speak. She’s shameless in her love of food and life, and I’d love to have such confidence in my own life.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I’d like to see my massive fantasy series see the light of day. I’ve spent three years on that world, its characters, and the foundation stories, and I’m eager to share them, offer them to readers. I’d also like to be a well-known name in the genres I write, known for a great story and hot romances.
S. L. Armstrong: SL Armstrong.net