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Title: Hector and Anatolius (Trojan Men #1)
Author: Vanessa Mulberry
Publisher: Brasyer Press
Genre: Gay Romance, Historical, Paranormal
Release Date: 05/09/2016
Hector has been a dutiful son and prince his whole life until his father orders him to marry. The Trojan was meant for no woman, and when he meets a handsome youth named Anatolius, he is more determined than ever to rule one day with a man at his side. However, after he is betrayed by his brother Paris his fate seems unavoidable. Hector needs all the courage he has learned in battle, and the assistance of a goddess, to win the hand of the man he loves.
This is a gay (MM) romance novel set prior to the events of the Trojan War. It depicts romantic and sexual love between two men in a broadly tolerant society.
Hector and Anatolius is the debut novel of British author, Vanessa Mulberry.
Recent Release Spotlight with Vanessa Mulberry
We are here today to talk about Hector and Anatolius. What can you tell us about it?
It’s an original MM mythological romance set before the Trojan War and is the first book in a series on Trojan men. It’s told from the point of view of Prince Hector, who has long been my favorite hero, and imagines him with a gender swapped Andromache, who is known as Anatolius.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Hector is brave, noble, a dutiful son and a loving partner. He has his faults, but he is essentially a good man. We know him as a tragic character, but I wanted to give him a happy ending. Anatolius is young and innocent. He does not match the ancient ideal of masculinity and is looked down upon because of that, but he is very much his own man.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?
I’d remind them that this is an original story which uses characters from myth. It’s not the Homer they may have come to know and love.
What about Hector and Anatolius makes you the proudest?
It is my debut release, so I must admit that I’m proudest of the fact there’s a book on the shelves that I wrote. This is my first time at the rodeo, and it’s exciting!
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
There are two more books to come in the series. Next, will be Sarpedon and Atymnius, followed by Paris with a gender swapped Helen. Both Hector and Anatolius will feature in these books as minor characters, but, for the most part, they will be enjoying their happy-for-now ending.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t treat writing as a hobby. You have to think of it as a second job if you ever want to make a career of it. Schedule time to do it, think critically about what you’re doing, and make it happen.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
Theme first, then plot. Character’s and scenes are usually quite vague when I begin to write, and fully arrive when I’m in the thick of it. They often get heavily revised in the drafting process. I’m never surprised by characters. They do what I tell them.
Do you take a break from a first draft to get distance from it, or dive right into editing, or edit heavily as you write?
I do edit as I write, but I take at least a month-long break after the first draft is completed. It’s crucial for me to step back because it helps me see the bigger picture and where I need to make changes.
What book do you keep by your bed?
I’ve got a Kindle, so it’s quite a lot of books! My current MM fave is Emyr’s Smile by Amy Rae Durreson, and I recently read—and adored—To Love a Traitor by JL Merrow.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
Probably a cat. I like their don’t-give-a-crap attitude. That’s a skill I’d like to adopt.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m currently reading The Vintner’s Luck and after that, it will probably be Alliance in Blood by Ariel Tachna.
Rapid Fire Time
- Larry or Sterek? Both in an AU crossover.
- Kanye or Beck? Kanye. Go ahead and judge me.
- Favorite meal? Pizza.
- Tennant or Smith? Capaldi.
- Jock or Thong? Jock.
- Shifters or Vampires? Vampires.
- Favorite beverage? Diet Coke.
- Twinks or bears? I quite like both together.
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently editing The First Act. It’s the first book in a series set in Elizabethan England and is about an actor-cum-spy and his eager apprentice. It will be released latest this year through Dreamspinner Press.
About the Author
Vanessa Mulberry lives in England with her husband and daughter. Her achievements are numerous and of no interest to anyone reading this. Her hobbies include cheap alcohol and romance novels. Growing up, Vanessa dreamed of becoming Mr. T, but the position has not yet fallen vacant. She has settled for being a romance novelist instead.
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