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Tell us about yourself.
Aw, crap. I hate this question because I never know what to say. I'll just make a list...
Lor Rose is a pseudonym. Born and raised in Houston, Texas. I cannot stand Chinese food. Officially, I started writing in 2010 with aspirations of being published. I certainly didn't think I'd achieve my aspiration within a year with self-publishing. I decided to pursue a publisher at the Gay Romance Literary Retreat back in October and I did just that within two months after the retreat. I think that means I'm goal orientated. I LOVE lists. My cat is like my child. I'm a polyamorous genderfluid demipansexual. Yes, I am confusing, but I am not confused and I've pink hair.
I've been working with horses since I was six and have owned a horse for the past nine years. I used to show and all that crap but to me that's what it was, crap. Now I train horses and teach others how to ride. Occasionally I'll hook up a mini horse to a cart and drive around. I'm lactose intolerant. Want to know anything else, feel free to ask me.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
It all comes from http://lorrose.com/2012/10/03/characters-on-couches/, the muses. If I try, it doesn't flow very well at all and Animus laughs at me.
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?
When I was a teenager, I read very questionable fan fiction not suitable for my age at the time. Truthfully, I read it because my friends were the inspiration for the characters in the anime, ergo they were having sex in fan fiction. Fabulous. From there, it was all downhill. As far as another genre I'd like to try, horror because I hate horror. It scares me...
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: a character, the plot or the title?
For me, the title is where everything comes from. Without a title, I don't know what to do. I've only had the concept before a title three times, and each time, I struggled in finding the title for them. It's almost as if nothing fits the piece. Once I do find a title, the concept all three times changed. I also cannot get a feel for a character unless they have a name.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: beginning, middle or end? Why?
None of the above? I suppose it varies, maybe. It's not really about a section being difficult to write, but whether I have the motivation to write it.... Which, sometimes, I have none whatsoever. It's then one of my partners kicks me into doing something.
Sometimes literally. Sometimes it just means Ryan calling me and nagging, but I’d rather be kicked.
Has your own life influenced your novels? If so, how?
Absolutely. There's a little piece of me in everything I write. Call it an unavoidable side affect or consequence of writing. Sometimes my cat, too, because she likes to add in her input when she's shoving my keyboard out of the way for her affection time. All un-caught typos are her fault. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
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?
Writing smexi times is challenging for some? Really? I certainly do not have this problem at all. If anything, I feel like a perverted peeping tom, but I like it. I could divulge my source of inspiration, but then I'd be in very big trouble with my partners. Hmm, maybe I should tell y'all.
Do you use a certain formula to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
This is sex, not math, so no. I write what the characters or muses tell me to. How the sex is portrayed is up to the characters. Willow and Barrack have open, bold, hot sex that happens very often. Another of my couples is very private and doesn't like me to tell too much.
Out of the characters you’ve created, who is your favourite? And, why?
If anyone read my self-pubbed Emotio series before I took it down (I'll explain why in the next questions) they probably expect me to say Willow. Don't get me wrong, I love Willow, but my favorites are Dominik and Titus. The struggles they go through and how they progress is what I love.
Which press(es) have you published through? What about that publisher stood out to you as a place you would like to send your work?
I was scanning publishing sites and Storm Moon's caught my attention because it was easy to navigate and all the information I needed was easily accessible. At the time, I had two self-pubbed things, but I knew this next manuscript needed a home. SMP has a "no no" list. I thought, "Oh, poop..." Then it occurred to me it couldn't hurt to ask. I e-mailed who the site told me to and said my manuscript has this, this, and this. What do you think? I heard back within a few hours. This stood out to me. After I was signed for an anthology, I emailed S.L. Armstrong explaining about my self-pubbed things and what they're about. If I took them down and subbed them, would they consider my previously pubbed books? She e-mailed me back within the hour. Again, her promptness in responding was awesome. The same applies to K. Piet for Storm Moon's 3rd anniversary tour. I recently cracked a rib and typing is hard for me. I emailed explaining this and the sooner I have everything I need for this tour the better. Everything landed in my inbox later that day. As long as you communicate with them, the service they provide as a publisher is fantastic. Their quirky personalities don't hurt, either.
Tell us about your newest release.
“His Nonexistent Coffee Break" in the GBLT Coffee Break Quickies anthology. I do believe it comes out in March of 2014 if I'm not mistaken. Sex and coffee; what could go wrong?
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour? Piuredeenue. That means pink, purple, red, green, and blue in no particular order.
Which do you prefer: a great hero or a great villain? For me, the villain is what brings out the best in the hero. Villain all the way.
What is your favourite movie? And why? The Emperor's New Groove and Megamind, and yes, they're children's movies. Kid movies are my favorites.
If you could be anyone in the world, who would it be? And why? I am who I want to be. Although, being a man for a day would be fun.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years? Hopefully by then, I'll have made a dent in my http://lorrose.com/the-wipile/ I see myself continuing in what I do. Maybe a best sellers list or two. Eventually, I'd like to quit my job and begin writing full time. I also want my own home office.... As of now, I share with my partner Ryan. I love him, but most days, if we're both in the office, I wish to strangle him.
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Website Link: http://www.LorRose.com
GLBT Coffee Break Quickies (Coming March 12th, 2013)
Publisher Link: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/
Thanks for stopping by, Lor! All the best. ~ Blak Rayne