I'm pleased to have S.L Danielson on the blog to answer a few questions.
MM: The MC is an overweight older man, unlikely but his story was touching. What inspired you to use him?
SL: I had an idea a long time to use an usher or bellhop, someone homely and big, who fell in love at first sight with a gorgeous patron. I morphed it into a suicidal bellhop who met a gorgeous doctor! I wanted someone out-of-the-ordinary, Joe average.
MM: The other character Doctor Jack says all the right things, who is the physical model for him if you have one?
SL: He'd kick me if he knew this, but he's close to the image of my brother when he was younger. He was very cute in his younger years.
MM: I consider this a heartwarming story with a twist. (trying not to spoil) What made you give us that towards the end?
S.L: Thank you! I had actually changed the ending a bit, at the behest of a beta. The original ending had lots of extra drama and a possibly tragic event, but I changed it to where it's a much happier ending for them both.
MM: Do you feel its a problem in gay erotica romance or any romance for that matter that our characters are always the same? Hunks, hot women, etc?
S.L: Not so much a problem, but a lot of the characters are too perfect for me; I'm flawed, all of my men are flawed, it speaks to the reader better in my humble opine. I do love the perfect, gorgeous men too, but mine just have to be on Prozac.
MM: The book was self published on Lulu, did you try shopping it to a publisher before?
SL: I did, and they turned it down, so I did it myself. I loved it too much to let it just be shelved.
MM: Will there be a sequel to Bernard?
SL: I've kicked that around a bit; ending as it did (no giveaway) it would almost call for one...but not right now. I have the rest of this year and half of next year booked already; but you never know!
MM: How long have you been an author?
S.L: I've been a writer most of my life from early childhood, but it hit its stride in my teen years and I've never stopped.
MM: I see you self-pub and are with a publisher. Is there a benefit to this?
S.L: The self-pubbing was more a control issue and I wanted to have a certain release date; or it got turned down. Now, with the publishers, I have a cover artist and editor assigned to me, (which I had already), but the biggest benefit is exposure on sites that I do not have access to, and the clout of being actually accepted and published.
MM: What message do you want to send to your fans through your writing?
S.L: I want to send the message that I accept gays, I love them, and I don't bash them at all. I portray 'real' men in 'real' situations with family, friends, jobs, life!
MM: As a fellow fem in the genre, do you feel any sort of bias from male writers or fans who don't appreciate that you write gay romance?
S.L: I used to; I got the question all the time how did I even have any idea of what two men making love was like! Use your imagination...love is love.
MM: How did you get your started in gay romance?
S.L:In my mid-teens, about 16 actually. I'd just met my first gay guy and had a crush on him (before I knew)...but he was so kind to me and I really appreciated that. My mind blossomed it out from there that they are like everyone else, just in love with their own sex.
SL's latest release is Life after Math. She was here earlier with a blurb. Please read it here.
Thanks to SL for the great interview. My next author spotlight will be Tom Williams, the author of The White Rajah.