My crazy writing ride

My crazy writing ride

 “I’ll give you a year.”    That was the words my husband said when we discussed me working part-time instead of full-time. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds here–we’re not made of money–and we had a business to run that satisfied the legal requirements for getting our grubby paws on the coveted green cards. I think it was more that he was sick of not seeing me evenings and weekends. I blame him, though. He was the one to buy me a kindle for my birthday in November 2013. I’ve always loved reading, but all of a sudden I could read smut without going to Barnes and Noble and cringing at being served by an eleven year old. Then I made my next big discovery – free books! (I’m still a member of kindle unlimited) I...

Stay Strong

To mark the release of Pure Innocence I booked a blog tour with Pride Promotions, and thanks to Will being super-efficient, I was immediately flooded with emails containing list of questions from the bloggers whose sites I was appearing on. The question that really stood out for me was on the blog by Amanda C. Stone (on 6/16)  She sent me some really wacky questions – loved them – but this one in particular got me thinking. You are a super hero! What’s your super hero name and secret talent? I immediately rattled off what I thought was quite a funny answer – to do with dieting/chocolate (go figure) and how I would be the hero of everyone who wished that Cadburys had the same calorie count as celery. This has been bothering me for days....

Coming to America

A lot of people move to the states for two reasons – their work/family takes them, or they want to go somewhere they firmly believe they will have a better life. I don’t fall into either of those camps. I just have a ridiculous sense of adventure. Why ridiculous? Well, I’m quite happy to drag my husband and three children nearly four thousand miles, away from the rest of our family, schools and friends, but… You won’t ever see me on a rollercoaster! I did say it was ridiculous. So, we settled eventually, and then I discovered something else I suddenly had time to do–writing—and I embarked on the biggest adventure yet.

Coming out…

Just had a week in England visiting family with my husband. It was especially good as since moving to the states because of the age of our youngest daughter and my husband’s frequent business trips, we have managed to go nearly four years without visiting England at the same time. I write romantic love stories about homosexual guys. Gay/ MM call it what you like – It’s still about two hot guys generally getting down and dirty with each other (yum) I hadn’t realized until this week how closeted I am. I am ashamed to say that the very thing I profess to love, and write passionately about, I couch in generalized terms when asked. “I write romance novels.” “I write love stories.” …and my really go-to answer when I’m being risque “I write dirty love stories.” (The...

What’s in a name?

As Juliet says to Romeo “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Which, for authors, is a damn good point!  And no, I don’t mean what we call our characters, I mean what we call ourselves. People have pen names for various reasons. They may need to keep their writing life completely separate because of work, family etc, or some publishers insist on pen names. Some people shorten their names, or use initials because they don’t want it obvious they are a man or a woman. Many people don’t know Charlotte Bronte originally published Jane Eyre under the male name of Currer Bell. In victorian times female writers weren’t given the same credulity as male writers. (Shocking, huh?) Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights was only...

It’s not about pizza, it’s human rights!

#LGBTQ Push Back #Charity #Giveaway It started when my sister Sarah overheard me talking to my boyfriend on the phone. That afternoon, under the football stadium bleachers, Jonathan and I had our first kiss, and I told him how much I liked it, how I wanted to do it again. I didn’t notice the click of another phone in the house being picked up, but I sure heard it when my parents yelled my full name. “Elijah Michael Goodman, come here right this second!” “I gotta go,” I whispered to Jonathan, and hung up before he could say anything. My heart was in my throat as I went downstairs to the living room to see my mother and father standing there, looking for all the world like they’d swallowed lemons. “Who were you on the phone with?” Dad asked. “Jonathan,” I answered...

Victoria Sue and Damon Suede on M/M Romance, the New ‘Old’ Love Stories

Victoria Sue and Damon Suede on M/M Romance, the New ‘Old’ Love Stories

Victoria Sue, author of Pure–Indulgence, talks with Damon Suede about why male/male romance is so dang appealing to so many romance readers. Victoria: So what is it? This complete fascination women have for reading about two guys falling in love? (And often having lots of really hot sex.) In 2009 on Goodreads, a book discussion group formed to discuss M/M (male/male) romance beginning with 11 members. That community has grown to almost 17,000 members and has become the fifth-most-popular group on Goodreads. A staggering expansion. Three years ago, I read a new release from a series I loved with a gay pairing, and I was totally hooked. In the spring of 2012, the Rainbow Romance Writers, the RWA’s LGBT romance chapter, conducted a survey of romance readers to learn...