Giveaway and Sue Brown Interview

August 18, 2015

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

Thank you very much for the interview and all the questions. I really appreciate it.

First of all, name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I learned to dance as a kid and wish I’d kept it up. I loved dancing the rhumba and paso doble. I still remember sweeping across the polished dance floor in a floaty dress.

If you could meet any writer, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

David Eddings – a fantasy writer (The Belgariad). He was one of the few authors I truly fangirled over as a teenager. I was very sad when he died. I’d like to tell him how much pleasure he gave me.

What made you start writing M/M novels? How long have you been writing, and was it a long process to become a published author?

I started writing Torchwood (spin-off from Doctor Who) fanfiction in 2007. I went into the Supernatural fandom after that. In 2010 friends of mine, like RJ Scott and Lisa Worrall, were getting published. I thought I’d have a go. I wrote a short scifi story to Dreamspinner and sent it even though it was past the deadline. They accepted Sacrifice and that was the start of an amazing journey. I think it took me 3 weeks from starting the story to acceptance.

Is there any advice you would give to new writers seeking representation and publication in today’s market?

Know the market for your genre. The M/M Romance genre is not like traditional publishing. You don’t need an agent and you can submit directly to the publisher. But be realistic. Even the small presses get swamped with submissions. Make sure your story is right for that publisher.

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?

I work seven days a week; even more now I have two additional jobs. But I work from home so if the kids need me I am here which helps when they’re sick. We had a really bad couple of years and being at home was helpful. It’s easier now they’re older as they don’t need me to entertain them. My friends have found it hardest. I live in straight couple/family world, and a friend who writes gay romance is very odd. Still, they’re good people and they’ve accepted it finally.

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

I prefer to write one book at a time. I like focusing on one pair of guys at a time. When I’m stressed I write a number of half-stories which drives me mad. I have ten plots to finish and more in my head.

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

How long is a piece of string? I try to write in the morning and do my day jobs in the afternoon and evening. A novel takes me about six weeks, and short stories anything from a week onwards. But if I get stuck it could take months. Letters From a Cowboy took years to complete because of bad writer’s block.

Which novel or series did you enjoy writing the best?

I loved Morning Report. It was so much fun to write. I wrote it when I had writer’s block with Nothing Ever Happens.  I also love Frankie & Al because Frankie is wonderful. My favourite series was the Isle series although I sobbed through the prologue of The Isle of… Where?

Are there particular songs you like to hear during the writing?

I write to the background of my two dogs snoring.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block and if so how did you overcome this?

I get writer’s block so often it’s not funny. Mainly due to stress. Nothing I try seems to shift it, although I recommend writing for twenty minutes a day to other authors.

Is there any specific type of man that fascinates you more than others? If yes, do you often tend to use that type in your stories?

I think I’ve written most types of guys. I suppose the men I meet in my local area are close to my heart. I know them, I recognise them and I understand them. However I do have a passion for guys like Frankie from Frankie & Al, although he‘d drive me insane if I had to live with him.

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

I think I’ve probably answered that already. Frankie from Frankie & Al and Simon and Luke from Morning Report. Drew and Nathan from Nothing Ever Happens were hard to write because they had such complicated lives. I think in real life it would have been very difficult for them to be together.

If you could have a drink with any of your book’s fictional character who would it be? Why?

I‘d like to have a drink with the Owens family from the Isle series. I’m part of a large family too.

Which character do you think most closely resembles your own personality?

Nathan from Nothing Ever Happens. He’d based on me. He’s also the character that people dislike.

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

It’s part of the job and you have to live with it. My first review on Amazon for Hairy Harry’s Car Seat said This is pants! I found that funny.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Favorite city? London (I am a Londoner)
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee (Earl Grey tea for breakfast)
  • Contemporary or paranormal? Contemporary (although I’m a huge shifter fan)
  • Sweet or sour? Sweet. I don’t like sour.

Last week DSP published the german translation of Morning Report. It’s the first book of the eponymic series. What inspired you to write this novel? What aspect of this novel came to you first – the setting, characters, something else?

I used to write Supernatural fanfiction based on the actors, rather than the series. I was struggling with Nothing Ever Happens so I decided to write an easy, light, erotic story with cowboys. The very first M/M book I read was Bareback by Chris Owen. I became addicted to cowboys from that moment and I was determined to have my own cowboys. I had my cowboys then I had my setting.

What part of the book was the most fun to write and why?

That’s a hard one. It was a long time ago. I think the start when I describe how the boys take their morning report. I’ve been in many meetings but never one like their‘s.

What part made you struggle the most?

How to kill a cow slowly. I live in the UK, I know nothing about cows. I spent a long time reading vets‘ reports.

If you had to pick a theme song for the novel, what would it be?

I’m not a huge music lover. All suggestions would be appreciated. In fact I’ll send out a Morning Report mug for the best suggestion. (Contest rules: one comment below will win a mug. Comments must be posted by midnight EDT August 25)

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If there was one thing you’d like your readers to take away with them from this book, what do you hope it is?

People don’t always make the best decisions. Sometimes they need to be shown the right thing to do. Also Luke will string anyone who touches his man up by the balls.

Can you give your readers any insight as to what we have to look forward to in the rest of the series?

The virgin cowboy gets his man (Complete Faith). The nasty pastor’s family take centre stage (Papa’s Boy). Simon takes his man in hand (Luke’s Present).

Last but not least: What are you currently working?

I’m just finishing Summer’s Song, a short story like Summer’s Dawn. Then I have a detective story to complete. Then Rogue Wolf in my shifter series. Then another Left at the Crossroad with Lisa Worrall.

One Response to “Giveaway and Sue Brown Interview”

  1. Angela says:

    Thanks for this interview, it is always nice to get some background info on the author and the books and characters in the books.

    As for a theme song for the novel i would say
    Nothing else Matters by Metallica

    here are some couplets/lines in that song that i really like and that i think would work really well for books in the m/m genre

    So close no matter how far
    couldn’t be much more from the heart
    forever trusting who we are
    and nothing else matters

    never opened myself this way
    life is ours, we live it our way
    all these words I don’t just say
    and nothing else matters

    trust I seek and I find in you
    every day for us something new
    open mind for a different view
    and nothing else matters

    Thanks for the giveaway chance :)

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