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Title: Eleventh Hour
Author: Elin Gregory
Publisher: Manifold Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Romance
Release Date: 08/01/2016
Borrowed from the Secret Intelligence Service cipher department to assist Briers Allerdale – a field agent returning to 1920s London with news of a dangerous anarchist plot – Miles Siward moves into a ‘couples only’ boarding house, posing as Allerdale’s ‘wife’. Miles relishes the opportunity to allow his alter ego, Millie, to spread her wings but if Miles wants the other agent’s respect he can never betray how much he enjoys being Millie nor how attractive he finds Allerdale.
Pursuing a ruthless enemy who wants to throw Europe back into the horrors of the Great War, Briers and Miles are helped and hindered by nosy landladies, water board officials, suave gentlemen representing foreign powers and their own increasing attraction to each other.
Will they catch their quarry? Will they find love? Could they hope for both?
We are here today to talk about Eleventh Hour. What can you tell us about it?
Thank you so much for having me ☺
I wanted to write the type of story I used to read as a child. I skipped straight from reading primers to stealing books from my father whose taste ran to the adventure stories of the 20s and 30s. Bulldog Drummond, Biggles, Richard Hannay and the Saint were big heroes of mine. I also read Zane Grey, Kipling and Ian Fleming. All those tough, stiff-upper lipped military men with their close, intense, passionate friendships. Just delightful. And now we can inject a little romance as well!
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Briers is the traditional alpha hero, a secret agent returning to London with very bad news. He’s both startled and affronted to be saddled with Miles, a diminutive clerk from the cipher room, but changes his mind when he realises that Miles has hidden depths that include a familiarity with a dozen Baltic dialects and the ability to look really good in ladies’ clothing. Miles loves playing Millie but, times being what they are, has to pretend to hate and resent it. He’s not a very happy young man.
What about Eleventh Hour makes you the proudest?
Oh I don’t do proud! There are always things that could have been done differently, or better. I used to edit until I lost faith in stories completely. I started Eleventh Hour in September 2011 so I’m pretty surprised, and just a little bit proud that it got finished, and very grateful to Manifold for agreeing to publish it. I really hope that readers might pick up some of the jokes and might be entertained. Also I hope there may be readers who find Miles’ ‘tomorrow I want to be Millie and Miles again the day after’ attitude rings true to them.
What is next for these characters?
I’m hoping to write a sequel, but I doubt that it will be for a while. When I do I’ll be featuring a massive ‘road trip’ on the Orient Express, advanced mathematics and Miles’ Mum.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write whatever is right for YOU. If you want to write along market guidelines, that’s great and you’ll probably do well, but you shouldn’t force yourself to write in a way that doesn’t make you happy on a personal level. If you really want to write two thousand words of Chuck Tinglesque erotica, do it, revel in it and don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed about it. If you want to write 250k words of complex plot with no sex or romance, that’s great, go ahead. There’s a market for all types of writing and the internet makes it easier to find your own particular tribe of readers. It’s all good and the more choice the better. hugs keep on writing and I’ll give you a big cheer when you’re done.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
Someone said to me once that there were no books with happy endings for men like him. If he was still alive I hope he would be happy to see how many there are to choose from now.
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
Because I usually write historicals I go hunting for names that are contemporary to the period. We have a lot of names now that have come from different cultures and have been assimilated, or that have been constructed because they sound nice. Changing the name can be hard but sometimes it has to be done. I’ve one WIP set during a period where almost all the names begin with C. I’ve had to make a lot of changes there.
If you could rewrite your first published novel what would you change?
It was designed originally to be two books with a cliffhanger ending at the end of the first but I heard that people don’t like those so I shortened the story and turned it into one book. I would quite like to change it back, but I have too many other things to write now.
What book do you keep by your bed?
Whichever research material I’m working my way through. At the moment it’s a diary of someone who went on a trail drive from Texas to Abilene in the 1860s. There’s definitely a book in that.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d love to be able to manipulate time so I could have an extra five hours in the day, uninterrupted, to do all the creative things – like writing, drawing, painting – that I rarely have time for.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I read a LOT of non-fiction, and I beta read and read for review, but at the moment I’m alternating that book about trail driving with Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner
Rapid Fire Time
- Larry or Sterek? I’m not sure what those are. I’ll be adventurous and say Sterek.
- Tardis or DeLorean? Tardis.
- Alone or At a Party? Alone – it’s hard to read at a party
- Tennant or Smith? Neither – Tom Baker
- Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? LOTR and all the supporting material
- Hugs or Kisses? Hugs.
- Kirk or Picard? Picard
- Butterfly or Lady bug? Butterflies. Ladybugs have a nasty bite.
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m working on a series of contemporary romances set on the Welsh border – might as well write what I know, eh? Also a short story set in the last months of WW1 that tells of a romance seen through the eyes of the sister of one of the protagonists. The short will probably be finished first but I’m sure a contemporary romance would be more popular so The Bones of our Fathers will probably be the first to be available. I just hope this one doesn’t take 5 years!
About the Author
Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and works in a museum in a castle built on the edge of a Roman Fort! She reckons that’s a pretty cool job.
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