Welcome to BRB, sweeties! Today's guest is the talented author from Silver Publishing, L.M. Brown. I don't know much about plot bunnies, or even anti-heros, but I do love angels and demons, and any story that incorporates these masters of the macabre and sublime. The cover for Between Heaven & Hell is beautiful, and the excerpt is good. I may have to read this one myself. Thanks for joining me today, L.M. Give me all the juicy details...
Hi everyone. I’m L.M. Brown, a female writer of male/male romances, as well, much to my surprise all male ménage stories. I’m from England where I fit writing in around the evil day job and dream of being able to write full time.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
I don’t really find inspiration, inspiration finds me. It tends to spring itself on me when I least expect it, and usually at the most inopportune times, like when I am slaving away at the office or about to go out.
They can come from a radio talk show, the lyrics of a song or just something someone says, usually with no idea that they have set something in motion in my mind.
The plot bunnies take up residence in my head and refuse to budge until I knuckle down and write.
What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
I am not entirely sure I’d class my writing as erotic literature. Although there are elements of the erotic in my stories, they are very much plot driven for the most part and the sex is only a part of the stories of my heroes.
I would love to try my hand at two different genres, futuristic and historical. The former I am touching on in one of my WIPs because it is set partially in the future, although mostly in the present day. I think I need a lot more practice in world building before that one sees the light of day though.
As for historical, well, that is something that is very much a dream at the moment. If I do write that genre I want it to be perfect when it comes to historical accuracy, which means I’ll be doing a lot of research first. At the moment I have too many other projects in the works to devote to that, but some day I hope to try.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
I write out of order and it is always the middle that holds me up. I write scenes as and when they come into my mind and put it all together later. That being said, I normally do begin with the first scene, though whether it is the first scene in the finished book is another matter. I also generally have an idea where the story is going in the end and get the final scenes written in draft not long after the first. It is the middle portion that I struggle with, probably because I am so eager to get from the start to the end.
Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
As a straight female, there is only so much of my own life I can put into my stories about gay men finding love. But it is true what they say about love being universal so if anything from my life goes into my novels then it is my firm belief that everyone deserves to find love.
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 guess I should admit here that when it comes to reading I have often skimmed the sex scenes in books. I am a plot whore and was of the belief that if you’d read one sex scene, you’d read them all.
As such it made it rather difficult to write the sex scenes at first, and I had to go and read, as in properly read instead of skimming, before I even tried to write one. Especially since, I’m not a gay man and so my experiences are somewhat different.
Then I decided that since my stories are about relationships and romance then the sex scenes should add to that.
I haven’t had any complaints about my sex scenes (at least not yet) so I guess I must be doing something right with them.
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?
That is a tough question since my answer tends to change all the time. I think Benji, the ghost from Touch of a Ghost is probably my favourite overall. He doesn’t let anything get him down or stand in his way of getting what he wants… not even being dead.
Tell us about your newest release.
My newest release is a first for me in that it is my first novel and my first ménage story. It is also the first book in my Heavenly Sins series/trilogy.
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour(s)?
I like pastel colours and am particularly fond of blue/green/mauve combinations. Very girly, but there you go.
Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain?
Neither. I like the anti-heroes. The ones who are heroic deep down but have the traits of the villains when it comes to snappy comebacks and kicking ass.
What is your favourite movie? And why?
I have dozens of favourite movies, though I have to admit to having a soft spot for romantic comedies. Having watched it recently, Splash comes to mind as one of my favourites. When I first saw that as a child I wanted nothing more than to be a mermaid and my fascination with the mythical creatures continues to this day.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And why?
I am quite happy with being me, though I’d be happy to have my life altered somewhat so I can write full time and give up the evil day job.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Since I am very much still starting out, I don’t see my writing career altering that much in the next five years. I hope, of course, to have more books published and my Heavenly Sins series complete by then. In ten years time, providing my muses haven’t deserted me, I’d like to be writing full time. And even if it isn’t feasible right away, it won’t be that long after when retirement creeps up on me and then I’ll have all the free time to write that I need.
Between Heaven And Hell
Angel Machidiel and demon Alastor have been denying the attraction they feel for each other for centuries because relationships between angels and demons are forbidden.
Things change forever when they both fall for the same mortal man and begin a relationship with him. Together with Tristan, the ménage they form is filled with jealousy and insecurities, passion and love.
Only time will tell if the relationship they have forged together is made in Heaven or Hell.
Tristan moved the computer mouse over the play button and clicked it. The video stream began with an out-of-focus shot of what appeared like the carpet in the study. Then the image panned out and he saw the face on the screen. It was the face that looked back at him from the mirror, yet he had no recollection of making this recording. Of course, that had been the whole point, hadn't it?
Tristan Garrett could feel the man's eyes on him as he moved away from the bar. Like many of the men in The Inferno, the stranger had gone all out for Halloween and was the very image of a sexy, badass devil. He wore a pair of fake red horns atop his head; they poked out from his shoulder-length, ebony hair and the lights of the club caught them each time he turned to survey the crowded room.
Even from a distance, he looked amazing. Tristan admired the way his tight leather trousers hugged his shapely arse, and his hands itched to trace the washboard abs that were only partially covered by the black vest.
Tristan wasn't the only man in the club following the devil's movements. Several had approached him only to be turned away after only a moment. The direct approach didn't seem to be working for this guy.
"He's out of your league," teased Lawrence, Tristan's best friend and former lover, when he caught Tristan checking out the devil for the third time in under ten minutes.
"No such thing," Tristan replied lightly. "You're the one who taught me to go after what I want and not let anyone tell me I'm not good enough for them."
Lawrence took a swig from his pint of beer before he answered. "Fifty quid says you can't pull him."
Tristan watched as the devil rebuffed the latest man to approach him. The devil smiled in his direction and even though he hadn't said a word, Tristan sensed he might have a chance if he were to try his luck.
"I'll take that bet," Tristan replied quietly.