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May 17

Hop Against Homophobia

This hop is about spreading awareness of homophobia and to stand together as an m/m romance community against discrimination of what we write/read about.
To me LOVE is WHO you fall in love with, not WHAT sex or race they are. I have a trans cousin, she is 10 yrs younger than me. Our family knew he was born in the wrong body from the time he was about 2 yrs old.  I watched him grow up struggling with his identity and being teased throughout his years in school. The best day ever was when SHE was able to start living as a SHE.  She is so comfortable in her skin now. I still worry about someone hurting her out of hate and ignorance, it’s a fear I will unfortunately always have.     
I pray that awareness days like the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA will help bring awareness to the fact that LOVE is LOVE, be it  MM, MF, FF, MMF, MFM, MFF…whatever variations people find themselves in.  LOVE is rare and precious and each and every person lucky enough to find it needs to be able to enjoy it and live it without fear of discrimination and hate crimes. It is not anyone’s right, place or business to tell anyone else who they should love or what sexual practices they should participate in.  
In honor of IDAH GP Reviewer Gennie G, interviewed author Barbara Elsborg. Please enjoy the interview and leave a comment or question for Barbara. 
Be sure to stop by and visit all the participants in the HOP AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA. http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/

STOP the MADNESS and SPREAD the LOVE!
DiDi

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!

Leave a question or comment for Barbara.  One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of WORLDS APART, Marie Sexton swag and a Damon Suede purse hanger.  Winner will be selected using random.org on 5/21 and will receive their book on 5/22 the day WORLDS APART releases. 



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…

Product Warnings
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.

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  1. Arlene

    Lovely interview from my favorite author. I’ve read everything Barbara has published, and then some. Her worlds are truely unforgetable and Cowboys Down is right up there with the very best.

  2. Susan W.

    Thank you for the interview. I agree that love is who not what you fall in love with. I haven’t read any books by Barbara but that’s going to change!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  3. Barbara Elsborg

    Thanks, guys! It’s only by speaking out for what we believe in that attitudes will change. Well, we have to hope for that.

  4. Maria D.

    Good interview! I’ve enjoyed reading several of Barbara’s books and will be adding this to my reading list.

  5. Anonymous

    Thank you for being a part of this. Homophobia and racism are based on pure ignorance and hate.

    Love is love and to each their own.

    Roxie

  6. Anonymous

    ps great interview Barbara, I love MMF so I will definitely be checking out Worlds Apart and the rest of your books.

    Roxie

  7. Joanne

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I’ve put Barbara’s books on my wishlist.
    Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  8. ilona

    Thanks for the great interview and your stand against prejudice. I wish more people would believe in standing up for equality regardless of sexual orientation, colour or religious belief.

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  9. andieleah

    I so have been waiting for this book!!! I can’t wait!!! Love this hop…spread the word, stop the hate!!!

    andieleah78@gmail.com

  10. Jen B.

    I hope in my lifetime that attitudes and laws change. Love is love and that’s all there is to it! Thanks for participating in the hop!

  11. Timitra

    Very well said DiDi…great interview ladies!

  12. Mel Bourn

    Very nice interview! Love is beautiful.
    Mel

  13. Hilary W.

    The book looks so good!!

  14. Gennie Gee

    Thanks for dropping by all! Also thanks Barbara for the interview, this is just my second one 😀

  15. MaryC

    Lovely interview!

  16. Barbara Elsborg

    A special thanks to Gennie!!! And thanks to all for commenting and adding your support. If we don’t speak out for what we believe in, we’re letting ourselves down as well as those directly affected by prejudice and bigotry. Love conquers all!

  17. JoAnna

    Barbara is a new author for me. I will have to check out your books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. PaParanormalFan Renee

    What a Wonderful Interview Barbara, thank you for sharing so much with Us.

    Yes you’re right, we can only hope if enough people speak out & show their support, the atttitudes & ignorance of others will change.

    Your Book, “WORLDS APART” sounds like a Great Read, especially because I don’t get to read many Books with Faeries in them. I’m LQQking forward to Niall, Taylor & Roo’ Story & your Cover Art is Very Sensual & Eye-Catching.

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway for a chance to win a digital copy of “WORLDS APART”, Marie Sexton Swag and a Damon Suede Purse Hanger.
    Thank You for participating in the Hop Against Homophobia.

    Take care & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan Renee
    paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

  19. Anonymous

    Great interview! Will be looking for Barbara’s books.

    E. Thompson
    thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

  20. Barbara Elsborg

    And thanks again for commenting guys!
    Worlds Apart does have a lovely cover but Cowboys Down is my favorite of all my books cover-wise. I just love it!

  21. Filia Oktarina

    Good interview! I haven’t read any books Barbara yet, but it look intereating. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Barbara Elsborg

    Thanks, Filia. I hope you’ll give ma a try!

  23. Shelly

    Thanks for the great interview. Speaking out raises awareness and hopefully brings change. This sounds like a good story. Have added to my wish list.

  24. L.M. Brown

    I am working my way through all the blog hop participants. Great interview.

    Love should not know gender.

    Thanks for sharing.

    lmbrownauthor at gmail dot com

  25. Gennie Gee

    I totally agree about the Cowboys Down cover Barbara!!!

  26. Barbara Elsborg

    Thanks for commenting, everyone!! And yes, Gennie – that cover!!! My editor and I had to keep fighting to get one we liked though but Scott Carpenter is brilliant. It’s just perfect.

  27. Erica Pike

    Yeah, I wish the people in this world could just be happy for for one another – no matter what.

    Erica
    eripike at gmail dot com

  28. Barbara Elsborg

    Too true, Erica. Thanks for commenting!

  29. rosemaryomalley

    The interview was great, but I find my thoughts going back to your intro.

    I’ve been privileged to know three trans women in my life and to go through the ‘change’ with two of them. Anyone who thinks it’s unnatural only needs to go through this with someone ONCE to know that it is completely right and natural to want to be yourself. If nature doesn’t make mistakes, maybe this is nature’s way of teaching us that the inside counts, not the outside.

  30. Peggy

    Great interview, I have loved the blog hop. Thank you for participating.

  31. Barbara Elsborg

    Hi Rosemary – I agree with you. It must be awful to be trapped inside a body that isn’t you. How hard it must be to make yourself understood. We’re all obsessed with the way things look and you’re right again, it’s what’s inside that counts.
    Thanks too, Peggy! And for commenting on my blog.

  32. DiDi

    Thank you all for participating in this wonderful hop!

    Rosemary, I 100% agree with you.

    Barbara thank you for stopping in and for your great interview!

    Congrats to andieleah78 you are the winner of our hop!

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