Andrew Grey Interviewed for German Readers

April 8, 2015

A big thank you to Andrew, who agreed to do this interview and answer the questions of his German readers. I also want to thank you, the readers, who came up with the questions and thus made this interview possible.

First of all, how would you describe yourself? 

I like to think of myself as a fun guy with a real love of life, but I’m afraid I’m much more serious and careful than I ought to be.

What made you start writing M/M novels?

I started reading them a number of years ago when I was trying to lose weight and get fit.  What better to make treadmill time pass than to read something sexy?  After a while I decided to try writing a story.  After that I couldn’t turn it off.

While being all busy with writing, do you even find the time to read? 

I do love to read, but I don’t as much as I’d like.  There are just too many demands on my time, so reading time is special.

I hope this question is not too personal; if yes you of course don’t have to answer it. How do you unite your writing with your private life (family, friends, partner, etc.) without neglecting anyone or anything? 

Sometimes it isn’t easy.  Dominic is very understanding and supportive.  The rest of my family tries to understand, but its harder for them.

Do you work at several books at the same time or do you rather focus on one? 

I only work on one book at a time.  It seems to work well for me.  I have tried working on more than one and it doesn’t work.  Things get messed up in my head and characters tend to jump stories.  

Where do you get your ideas from? What inspires you? Do certain events or people you met inspire you when writing? 

I am inspired by life and I’m always looking for the next story idea.  I have been inspired by works of art, news stories, and people I meet.  The world is full of stories.

Are there any rituals you practice before you start writing? 

No other than I always start my day with a Diet Coke.

When you write a book, do you plan it before you start writing or do you let things just develop themselves?Do you plan a book series in advance or do you take things as they come?

I tend to start with the idea and write the story. I don’t plan them or the series.  Both just build as I work through them.

Do some protagonists grow dear to your heart more than others? If yes, which are the ones you like best? 

Of course they do.  Some characters wind their way into my heart and never let go.  Geoff and Eli are characters like that.

Are you one of the authors that get kicked by their muse all of the time, especially when she wants something that doesn’t really fit into your writing timetable in that situation? 

My muse is quite cooperative and his name is Oscar.  He tends to keep the story ideas flowing.  When I get more than what I need, I write them down for later so I can remember them.

How long does it take you on average to write a story and what does your daily writing routine look like? 

I generally write a novel in three to four weeks.  I write in the morning, break for lunch and to catch up in email and things.  Then I write again in the afternoon.  Evenings I try to spend with Dominic. 

Have you ever got insulted because of your books? Or have you books ever got insulted? If yes, how did you react to it? 

Sometimes people say things I don’t like.  I’ve learned to let it run off.  You can’t let criticism get to you or there is no way a writer can be productive. 

Last week Dreamspinner Press published the German translation of Seven Days. How did you get the idea of the 7 days? Are there also 7 days in particular that have changed your life?

The idea for 7 days came to me as I was writing Accompanied by a Waltz.  I believe every life has days which change everything.  One for me was when I met Dominic.

Will there be more books in the series Seven Days

There is another story.  Its called Unconditional Love.  I’m hoping that will be translated as well. 

Last but not least: What are you currently working? 

I just finished up Love Comes Unheard, the final story in the Senses series.  I also just completed From Loathing to Love, a story where two enemies become friends and then something more. 

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Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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