Can you tell us a bit about why you published ‘Final Admission’ again and what does this mean for readers?
Final Admission was published by Noble Romance, who handed the rights back to all their books last year. I didn’t want to take the book out of circulation. Despite its harsh theme (escaping from domestic abuse), it has always been one of my bestsellers. I submitted it to Dreamspinner and they agreed to publish it. I’ve also had the chance to restore it to ‘my’ book rather than Noble’s distinct house style. Ethan and James are one of my favourite pairings. I’m pleased to see them back in action.
Probably my favourite Sue Brown work, is actually the ‘Morning Report’ series. I always thought it ironic that I found cowboys, written by an English female writer to be the most believable and hot. Did all of this come from your writer’s imagination or did you do some down and dirty research?
It’s Chris Owen’s fault. Bareback was the very first MM book I read and she instilled my love of cowboys. I’ve devoured cowboy stories ever since.
Morning Report was a product of my fevered imagination, thinking of my favourite actors on horseback. The research I did was ‘how to kill a cow slowly’ or ‘what time of year are cattle auctions’. The sex was all my own 😉 I wanted to write about a long-term pairing because as much as I like new romance I love what happens when you’ve been together a while. It also enabled me to bring in a theme around religion. At the time I wrote Morning Report I was doing a theology and religious studies degree. I’m from the UK, and I’m fascinated (and slightly horrified) by the effect fundamentalism has on a community. You’ll probably guess I’m not afraid to tackle subjects head-on.
Having said the above I remembered Nothing Ever Happens and The Sky is Dead! What inspires you to write such diverse themes?
See above I’ll be honest. Nothing Ever Happens was originally another of my favourite actors fanfiction. It was meant to be light and fluffy… hah! I was going through some life stuff and it came out in this book.
The Sky is Dead is really for the endless stream of LGBT kids who end up homeless through the horrible actions of their parents. There had been so much in the news the year I wrote it that it buzzed around in my head and I had to get it down.
Are you going to GRL or UKMeet this year? Do you enjoy such conventions or are you like Harper Fox who wants to go but would need a fast escape route when shyness set in?!
I’m going to Rainbow Con and the UKMeet. I love the conventions to be honest. I love meeting people and gossiping with a group who don’t think I’ve got two heads because of what I do. GRL was the first time someone recognised my name, I had my ‘moment’, and last year’s UKMeet was awesome. Sadly I was on a train when GRL registration went live last month. I missed my chance.
Please can you tell us a bit about your works in progress?
Ramos is almost almost complete, so close I can touch it. It’s about Colin, who meets up with an ex, Ramos, ten years after Ramos left him and married a woman. It’s set in three time periods and I love them with a passion.
Hissed as a Newt is a story based around an adult ice-cream shop. It’s one of a series with the lovely Clare London.
Stormin’ Norman is Jesse and Dan’s story from the Hairy Harry series. Watch this space.
Can we hope to see more of the boys of ‘Morning Report’?
Yes… and no. The Year of the Drouth is set in 1954 with Simon and Chip from the letters in Luke’s Present. But it does have a cameo appearance of Luke and Simon.
I have promised myself that if Texas is dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and allow same-sex marriage there will be a slew of my boys getting married in a new story.
Do you think it’s harder for English writers to succeed in the m/m genre currently?
Oooh, that’s a hard one to answer diplomatically. I think authors have to be flexible. The biggest market is the US and it does affect buying patterns. Some authors like Harper Fox and Charlie Cochrane have paved the way for the rest of us to base our books in Britain. Most of my books were based in America initially and it took me a while to be brave enough to set a book where I live. (Mr Plum on platform 4 of my local train station).
Do you find it difficult switching between American and English when writing your novels?
Oh hell YES. Especially now I’ve spent the last eighteen months writing in UK English. My editors are very patient with me as I now write a peculiar mixture of UK and US English.
Do you prefer to write full length novels or shorts and if you have a preference why?
I like all lengths which is reflected in what I write and publish. In my head I’m probably a short story writer. I seem to say more with less words.
This one’s for me, what research do you do to make your sex scenes so very sexy?! 🙂
Gah, um, pass. Ok, I read a lot, I talk to guys and I watch a little porn. One of my favourite scenes in Complete Faith was actually based on one of the tenderest fisting porn scenes I’ve ever seen. And now I’m blushing!
Before I wrote these questions, I looked up your titles on Amazon (UK) and was surprised to see several books I didn’t know! They are presently enlarging my TBR list on my Kindle…How do you keep track of your books, and how hard is it to keep your titles in the public eye?
Since I started I’ve always advertised my back catalogue regularly. Occasionally people will leave a comment that they hadn’t seen this or that book. I’m thrilled when they buy it.
Thank you so much for your time Sue, and I hope I get to meet you at UKMeet in Bristol.
Definitely! Thanks for having me.
Sue Brown has kindly offered an ecopy of Frankie and Al, when published, to 1 lucky commenter. See below for blurb. This competition is open until 24th March 2014
Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason goes out with the girls, gets totally trashed, and ends his night by falling in front of a taxi. He’s rescued by a man with beautiful green eyes who takes care of him until he’s put into an ambulance. Frankie curses himself as he realizes he doesn’t have the man’s phone number. Still in pain a few days later, he is dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes once more. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.
Unfortunately Frankie has to attend a team-building exercise, nicknamed Womb Weekend, organized by his company. Al is working so he doesn’t mind, until he discovers who the team leader is. Al has a lot of explaining to do!
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.
Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.
Sue can be found at her website, http://www.suebrownstories.com/; her blog, http://suebrownsstories.blogspot.co.uk/; Twitter, https://twitter.com/suebrownstories; and her Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/suebrownstories.
Amazon.co.uk (coming soon)
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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