MM: Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Sue Brown, one of the best voices in M/M erotica romances. Thank you for joining us today.
So tell me, how long have you been writing?
Sue: Thank you for having me here. I’ve been writing for four years now. I was sleeping through a TV programme, and woke up to see two men kissing on screen. It was like a light switched on in my head, and since then I haven’t stopped writing. I started in fanfiction, finally being brave enough to offer a story, Sacrifice in Making Contact (published by Dreamspinner), last year.
MM: What is your favorite subgenre to write?
Sue: I haven’t found it yet. I’ve written cowboys, contemporary, scifi, paranormal, historical and threesomes. Angst – is that a subgenre? I always write angst.
MM: Is there one that you haven’t tried that you see yourself doing in the future?
Sue: I’d like to try BDSM, but I know nothing about the world. It makes me nervous about getting it wrong.
MM: In my opinion, erotica doesn't have to be real all the time to be enjoyable. What are your thoughts?
Sue: I'm a huge fantasy fan and sometimes I just want to read books where all the prejudices and problems that face homosexuals today can be completely ignored. I love reading about a world where attraction and love doesn't automatically attract blatant bigotry.
MM: Who are the authors that you look up to?
Sue: Marion Zimmer Bradley for writing The Catch Trap. It was the first time I read a love story for a gay couple. She also always had homosexual characters. In M/M erotica the first book I read was Bareback by Chris Owen. I blame her for my love of cowboys. I adore her books because I get invested in her characters. JL Langley for the sheer fun of her stories.
MM: What are you working on now?
Sue: I’m finishing up The Lords Tale, the final part of The Fitzwarren Inheritance with RJ Scott and Chris Quinton. I am in the middle of a novel about spousal abuse. I have two other novels planned this year.
MM: When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?
Sue: Initially I had the same guys in mind. I am predictable and I like big men. But as I write more the characters are changing, introducing other races and ages. No tentacles though. My aliens have been humanoid.
MM: As an M/M writer, do you feel that the trend is changing where it is becoming more mainstream?
Sue: I hope so, for my own sake. I don’t want to have to write a formulaic heterosexual romance to hit the mainstream. Like most authors I dream of seeing my books in the shops. I’m not giving up on my boys yet.
MM: As a fellow fem in the genre, what is your stance on the difference between male and female gay writers?
Sue: There is a difference and generally I can tell whether I’m reading a story written by a male or a female. There is an edge towards the physical element that male authors bring into their books. I read a male author saying that with female authors it is all about the journey but with men it is about the main event. Do I agree with that? Yes, to a degree.
MM: I read a blog about M/M writer’s losing their imagination because they are writing the same subjects repeatedly, what are your thoughts? http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/?p=42883
Sue: Ah yes, I read that too. Maybe it’s because the genre is still relatively small that it is noticeable, but honestly, if you stand on my local railway station there is advertising for a number of thrillers and they could all read exactly the same. I think one of the best comments I saw was someone who said we might be writing the same things but we are different authors and therefore approach it differently. In Morning Report, I didn’t set out to reproduce Bareback by Chris Owen, even though it’s about cowboys.
MM: What is it about M/M that pleasures you to write it?
Sue: Two gorgeous men getting it on? I mean, come on, what’s not to like?
MM: Where can we find you on the web?
MM: Thank you for taking the time to spend with us today Sue and continued success on your work. If you would like to purchase the above books, click on them.
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