MM: So tell me, how long have you been writing?
MM: What is your favorite subgenre to write?
MM: Is there one that you haven’t tried that you see yourself doing in the future?
MM: I’m of the opinion that erotica doesn’t have to be real all the time to make a good story, what are your thoughts?
MM: Who are the authors that you look up to?
MM: What are you working on now?
MM: When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?
MM: Tell me more about your latest release, Settling the Score.
Joey Nichols, closeted
Author Troy Steele watches Joey's real-life drama on TV, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to his latest work in progress. He and his assistant take Joey under their wings and make him over, intending to turn him from diamond-in-the-rough to polished jewel. Their hopes are that Joey can confront his ex and leave the arrogant two-timer regretting having lost such a wonder man – all documented for the pages of
MM: Congrats on being author of the month on the Goodreads M/M romance group list. When you receive an honor like that, is it redemption for the times you’ve been rejected by other publishers or given a bad review? *laughs*
But I value each honor (thanks Goodreads!), and am very grateful for them. I wouldn't say redemption, I just say it rocks my world, and definitely gives reason to keep on going.
MM: As an M/M writer, do you feel that the trend is changing where it is becoming more mainstream?
MM: As a fellow fem in the genre, what is your stance on the difference between male and female gay writers?
MM: I read a blog about M/M writers' losing their imagination because they are writing the same subjects repeatedly, what are your thoughts? http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/?p=42883
Eden: Many years ago a creative writing teacher made the profound statement that no matter how many books you read, only three basic plots exist, it's how a writer treats the plot that makes a book a page turner. I wish I could remember what three plots he mentioned.
I think that what publishers are looking for and what readers are tending to buy does play a part in an author's plot selections. They write A) what sells, and B) what publishing houses have requested in their calls for submission. Let's face it, in order for a story to be published, it must first meet a publisher's criteria. Who knows how many fantastic, totally unique books remain unpublished because they don't fit those requirements. Rejection letters have been issued because manuscripts don't contain enough sex or because the protagonist isn't classically attractive, for example. The writer must then either adapt the work or let it languish on their hard drive. More explicit sex scenes get added, and Joe Normal now sports chiseled features and washboard abs.
Also, some reviews send mixed signals. I've read commentaries in which the reviewer said that the book in question would have been better if the author had handled a certain situation like another writer had, or if their style were more like another's.
Personally, I have over five hundred M/M books and only a handful have a sameness. Maybe I've just been lucky in my reading choices.
MM: Recently, a writer sabotaged her career by answering a bad review on a blog. How would you have handled this and do you think authors should answer their reviews?
MM: Do you think it’s time for publishers to begin calling gay fiction/erotica what it is instead of m/m? Why or why not?
MM: What is it about M/M that pleasures you to write it?
MM: Where can we find you on the web?
GLBT Bookshelf: http://bookworld.editme.com/EdenWinters
MM: Thank you for taking the time to spend with us today,
Settling the Score by
Closeted mechanic Joey Nichols' life is good. His boyfriend landed a major
Bestselling author Troy Steele knows all about having life turned upside down by the media. Now a recluse,
What an awesome interview! I look forward to reading the books by Eden very soon. My guest tomorrow will be, LA Witt!