Nights Like These – Meet Chris Scully

January 25, 2015

Now that we’ve kicked things off, let’s get to know each other better. Who am I? If we’ve never crossed paths before, I’ve been writing for Dreamspinner since 2012 and have several novellas under my belt, but Nights Like These is my first novel.

My approach to this genre may be a little different than some others. I write stories that just happen to feature two men falling in love. Rarely will you see coming out stories from me, or characters struggling with their sexuality. That’s a given for me. If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be “eclectic”. I like to try new things; my writing varies depending on my mood. Sometimes I’m ooey, gooey romantic and emotional; other times I may be more plot based (like Nights Like These).

Regardless of tone, there are common threads in my writing. Several years ago I wrote a mission statement for myself as a writer. So here’s a bit of what you can expect from me.

Style: My writing style is sparse, with minimal exposition and an emphasis on showing character through actions, dialog etc. and not through a lot of back story. I’m big on showing, not telling. Point of view can vary but I tend to favor first-person because it makes for a more intimate story.

Characters: ordinary, everyday “Joes”—no millionaires, models, guys with 6 packs; generally older 30+ because I’m tired of all these young men who have it together and generally act like they’re a decade older than they are (not like any of the twenty-somethings I know). I don’t really write alpha males, even though I occasionally read them. Sarcastic characters feature prominently. My characters are the kind of guys I’d like to be friends with.

Subject matter: No dark and heavy subjects like rape, incest, hate crimes etc. There are plenty of other writers who do angst far better than me so I’ll leave them to it.

Plot: I gravitate more to “slices of life”, character driven stories, but I have also been working on trying to incorporate more plot. I hope to eventually do both. My stories are reality-based with no fantasy elements.

Heat level: Generally sex is not the focus for me as a writer. It’s not because I have a problem writing sex scenes (I did self-publish a very erotic romance); rather it’s because I feel it needs to fit with the tone of the story. Sometimes I feel sex scenes are so overdone. It’s like porn—five minutes in and they’re already f—ing. There’s lots of other hot stuff to do, people! I don’t write BDSM or anything that focuses on power dynamics; my characters are equals in the relationship.

Endings: Always a happily ever after (or a happy for now). I generally leave endings a bit open, which I know can frustrate readers, but it’s always an implied happy ending.

Enough about me? What about you? What do you look for in a writer of m/m romance? What drew you to your favorite author? Are you open to reading new things? Do you have hard limits?

10 Responses to “Nights Like These – Meet Chris Scully”

  1. Angela says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us. It is always nice to read more about the author, or why and how they write.

    As for me i discovered reading m/m by reading fanfic stories online. I stumbled on goodreads and found stories from RJ Scott (The Texas serie) and NR Walker (Red dirt Heart serie). I really liked the excerpts/blurbs and starting to buy and read them and that was it i was (and still am) hooked :)
    I find the characters in m/m novels are a bit more no-nonsense and i like that.
    I’m open to reading new things, but i have to admit i don’t like threesomes or cheating, i’m still a romantic :)

    I read some of your work to and i really liked Inseparable and When Adam kissed me. Do you plan a third book in that serie?

  2. scullywrites says:

    Hi Angela, I’m with you on the cheating thing. And I’ve only read one series which made me rethink my opinion on threesomes.
    I’m working on “Happy” right now. This is actually Peter Georgiou’s story–he is Adam and Joe’s friend and made a brief appearance in When Adam Kissed Me. Adam and Joe are also back. This book will also wrap up their story nicely. Oh, and keep an eye on this blog because I did a free fan fic story featuring these two. It should be posted soon.

  3. Angela says:

    Nice, i look forward to Happy and your free story.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Hi Chris! I just saw that you’re having a release party, so I’m jumping in here. I already have Nights Like These pre-ordered, and already own everything you’ve written, so if commenting gets entries, then please discount me. I love your style, so it’s fun to read this post and see how you approach your writing and see your stories.

    I’m an eclectic reader, so I really just want to be taken on the journey an author wants me to go on. I don’t think there’s anything that particular turns me off except bad writing. There are things I’m not drawn to regularly, but I don’t have anything I rule out. I can even -gasp!- be okay with a romance ending without an HEA/HFN, though some wouldn’t call that a romance. :)

  5. scullywrites says:

    Thanks for stopping by Carolyn, even if I can’t reward you :P Hearing from readers is what makes writing worth the occasional struggle. I hope you enjoy Nights Like These.

  6. Carolyn says:

    I absolutely adore your stories. Not to pressure you, but I do consider you an author I know will deliver. I don’t expect you to hit it out of the park every time, but I know you give me quality, at the bare minimum. Even though I’ve enjoyed all your stories, Inseparable, When Adam Kissed Me, Touch Me are ones that I love and never hesitate to recommend. I’m glad you’re still writing even after the shake-up with work and any book-related goings-on. I know it’s tough out there, but you absolutely have readers who love your writing.

  7. scullywrites says:

    Aw, thank you. I consider myself to be on a writing journey and push myself to get better with each new project. I do have some great things lined up, including another novel, but they are still a ways off. A free short featuring Joe and Adam should be up on this blog any day now.

  8. JJ says:

    I’m really excited to read that there’ll be a third book in the Inseparable series. Also, a free short to be coming on this blog. Yay!

  9. H.B. says:

    Thanks for sharing of this about yourself. I’ve read a few of your books before and have enjoyed them immensely.

  10. Waxapplelover says:

    I like books with little angst. I also like humorous ones, where I find myself laughing or occasionally, snorting. I definitely love the HEA but am happy with HFN, so I’m glad to see that you write that way. I totally admit to steering away from any book where I know there’s not a HEA/HFN.

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