STOP the MADNESS and SPREAD the LOVE!
G: Barbara, thank you so much for joining us! Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself Barbara.
B: I’m a Brit, and most of my books are set in the UK. I’ve written all my life, started off with fan fiction for myself, but it wasn’t until 2007 that I finally had a ‘yes’ in my inbox. Actually, it went into my spam. Good thing I checked! I write both sweet romance and erotic romance (Plus the odd dark thriller or two) and am happy writing MF, MMF and now MM. My characters might be werewolves or vampires or faeries or just the average joe. I write what takes my fancy at the time. I never plan or plot, I just write and hope for the best. Then I get stuck and have to spend ages sorting out the mess I’ve gotten into. But I love it and feel lucky I can spend so much time writing. (Husband doesn’t feel so lucky – where’s my dinner? being a frequent shout)
G: You’ve written a variety of characters with different make ups (MF, MM, MMF). What’s your favorite mix of main characters?
B: I’m not sure I can choose. When I’m writing, I love that combination but I do like to keep changing. I’ve written lots of MM scenes in my MMF books, but Cowboys Down was my first attempt at a purely MM story. I really enjoyed writing that. I like writing conversations between guys for some reason!
The one following – out on 22nd of May is an MMF but my work in progess is another MM about a Russian pop star and a bodyguard who’s not what he seems. Umm, I think I’m getting a taste for MM! So long as I can bring humor into the story, I’ll write anything.
G: This weekend is the blog hop against homophobia, what would you like readers to know that might help open minds?
B: I’m a great believer in people doing whatever makes them happy so long as it doesn’t actively hurt other people. What right does anyone have to dictate how others should live? Just because it doesn’t fit with your beliefs, does not mean you should disparage or attack the lifestyles others choose to adopt. I’m not religious but I don’t rant about people who believe. I’m happy for them. Just as I’m happy for gay couples who find love. There is too much unhappiness in the world as it is without looking for ways to spoil it. I’m saddened when homophobic behaviour attacks the happiness of others.
G: Who are some of your mentors or favorite authors in the LGBT genre?
B: Amanda Young was the first writer of MM stories that I read. She was my critique partner when I started out and I loved what she wrote. I still do. But funnily enough, I’m not a big reader of erotic romance. I prefer to escape into different worlds from those I write about. But I like Kim Dare, Jo Myles, Erastes and Josh Lanyon. I recently read a great book by Heidi Cullinan so she’s another I’ll look out for in future. Erastes writes really good reviews on Goodreads and I’ve found a lot of books through her. I like books with more plot than sex, more character depth than just cardboard cutouts and I really like to be amused by banter, especially in sex scenes.
G: The first book I read of yours was Cowboys Down, an M/M book. I loved it and was wondering what caused you to write about a Wyoming Cowboy Artist and a London Stockbroker?
B: I went on holiday to Jackson Hole a few years ago and loved the place, except I had a terrible attack of hayfever and spent the first two days lying in the dark with a damp cloth over my face! Almost all of my books are set in the UK – the write what you know syndrome- but I liked the idea of setting an uptight Brit with a gentle cowboy and so the idea came to life. When I researched Wyoming’s attitude to homosexuality, I came across the case of Matthew Sheperd – who was tortured and killed because he was gay. Without using Matthew’s name, I made my cowboy a friend of his and imagined what it would be like to have that happen to a mate of yours. Apparently being gay in states like Wyoming isn’t easy, especially compared to cities like London and more threads for my story began to come together.
G: I was also lucky enough to get to read an ARC of the book you have coming out on May 22, Worlds Apart. This is a contemporary fantasy novel that is MMF and I can see a whole series developing. What would you as the author like readers to know?
B: Worlds Apart is literally the story of having faeries at the bottom of your garden! There are lots of walled gardens in the UK and I set this story in the county where I live, close to the town where I live. My garden isn’t walled but I’d love it to be. When I was a child, the house I lived in DID have a wall at the bottom and my brother and I used to sneak over into the garden beyond. Sadly, there wasn’t another world there, but plenty to explore. And if we were caught, Peter always got the blame. Sorry, bro!
I like delving into the dynamics of threesomes and the three in Worlds Apart are a very diverse trio. I didn’t set the story up with followups in mind but I can see I could write more about the world over the wall.
G: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
B: Thanks so much for having me on your site today of all days when we all stand up against homophobia. It’s easy enough to write a story about gay or bi relationships and give them a happy ending, but I know real life is nowhere near as easy.
G: The final question is, what is your guilty pleasure?
B: My guilty pleasure? Hot buttered toast. I love bread. I have been known to eat most of a hot loaf bought from the supermarket, before I get home. I have no willpower at all!
Love has never been so close—or seemed so far away.
I love you. Niall is in hiding, but not from the police. He’s trapped between the world he longs for and a place he can’t leave behind. Cursed to hold his tongue, unable to claim what he wants until it’s given, he’s allowed one year to capture his heart’s desire. But speaking those three simple words, the most important words in his life, might very well kill him.
I can’t love you. As a private investigator, Taylor walks daily through the ashes of love burned out. He’s witnessed the aftermath of love—destroyed marriages and wrecked lives that leave behind nothing but bitter memories of betrayal. He’s convinced that love will never plant a seed in his heart—until Niall sparks a completely unexpected reaction in both mind and body.
I want to love you. Roo has spent her entire life bouncing from relationship to relationship, offering her heart only to get it trampled on. When she finds herself out in the cold again, she discovers love can come from the most surprising of places. Her choices are simple. Do the right thing. Do the wrong thing. Do nothing. The wrong choice could be simply devastating…
Beware faeries with killer tattoos and girls dressed as chickens—broken hearts can follow… Or lots of love. And lots of sex—three-way, two-way, every which way. But no chicken sex. Thank god.