Inspired By Reality with Sue Brown

September 9, 2015

Inspired by Reality

One of the interesting things about writing a series is how it develops from the initial book. Unless you plot out a story arc every new twist and turn is a wonder. You could call the Frankie series a collection of men and attitudes I’ve met in my life and wish they loved each other. And no, I’m not going to tell them I put them a in book, especially as some of them are very straight.

Frankie & Al was easy to write. I wanted to write a book about the sort of person I’ve always wished I was, in a situation I found myself in the eighties. Frankie has the confidence I wish I had combined with the flamboyance of a good looking guy I know. I put him in an insurance company – I worked in pensions – and going to the team-building exercises they made me suffer – hence Womb Weekend. Do companies still send their staff on team-building weekends? What do they make you do?

Of course, with Ed & Marchant I had to pick the boo hiss villain from Frankie. I was fascinated by Ed Winters. What made him the man he was? I think I felt sorry for a man who hated everything about his world. I wanted him to find his happiness with a man who gave Ed what he needed. Marchant was that man. They met in my local supermarket and Marchant recognised what Ed was from the start. Have you ever met someone and understood them from the start?

I think you could describe Anthony as a little man in a large body and as a sub, he’s always overlooked. I wanted him to find a man who wasn’t the mirror image of him. Sometimes you have a tall sub and an even taller Dominant. I didn’t want that. Leo isn’t anything Anthony is looking for and yet somehow it works. When you look at couples do you think “Yep, they suit,” or “What the heck? They look all wrong.”

Here are six men; from the confidence of Frankie, to a man who has hidden his entire life, to a man who just wants to be loved and… actually you can find out what he wants.


Frankie & Friends


My Frankie series will be out in paperback on the 9th September.



Frankie’s Series Collection:

Frankie & Al

Dumped by his boyfriend, Frankie Mason 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, but Frankie fails to get the man’s number. A few days later, he’s dragged out to a club only to be saved by Green Eyes again. This time, he isn’t letting the man go.

Ed & Marchant

Ed is miserable in life and at work, until he meets Marchant Belarus. Marchant, the owner of a BDSM club, realizes Ed is a closeted sub. Marchant tries to draw Ed out of his shell, but nothing helps until he discovers Ed’s secret love of dancing—a forbidden passion that might be the key to unlocking the confident, secure man Ed could be.

Anthony & Leo

Tony is unhappy at not having found a Dom of his own. He thinks he’s too big, too old, and too hairy—until he meets funny, toppy Leo, who also sells sex toys. When tragedy strikes and Leo offers his support, Tony believes Leo is the Dom he’s been looking for… until he catches him kissing another man.


Sue’s bio:

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. Sue discovered M/M romance at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The kissing was hot and tender and Sue wanted to write about this men. 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.


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6 Responses to “Inspired By Reality with Sue Brown”

  1. Andrea M says:

    I love this series! Question for you: have you ever written a character that you personally disliked but needed for the story to work? Not one meant to be unlikable, just someone that you never warmed up to. I’ve often wondered if authors always like their characters.

  2. Sue Brown says:

    Andrea – yes, there are one or two characters that irritate me but I figure I can’t like everyone. None from Frankie’s series though.

    Funnily enough the character that is closest to me (Nathan from Nothing Ever Happens) is one that readers don’t like.

  3. Sara says:

    I’ve read all three of these, and loved them all, but maybe I have a little bit extra love for Ed, and Tony and … nah, I love them all the same, and the covers, for each of the three novellas as well as for this collection are all so wonderful; it’s what first drew me to the series. Thanks for sharing some of the background to both settings and characters.

  4. H.B. says:

    Congrats on paperback release! I enjoyed Frankie & Al a lot and have to play catch up with the stories.

    Going back to Andrea question. When you write a character you don’t like and really can’t stand how do you handle that? Do you pull a friend aside and ask their opinion and just to make sure that you weren’t over bias against that particular character?

  5. Sue Brown says:

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for your love! These guys mean a lot to me so it warms my heart that awesome people love them too.

  6. Sue Brown says:

    Hi H.B., I must admit I let the characters write themselves. I rarely ask an opinion until the editing stage. If my editors don’t like it then I trust what they say.

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