Debut Print Book: Barging In by Josephine Myles
I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.
Name of debut release: Barging In
Release date: 08/07/2012
2 sentence summary: A devil-may-care city boy crashes into the life of a closeted boater on the English canals. The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, but neither has any intention of falling in love…
Genre: GLBT, Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Characters: Dan Taylor:a flirtatious and promiscuous travel writer totally out of his depth in the countryside. Dan has a working class background but with his sunny nature, manages to make himself at home pretty much anywhere.
Robin Hamilton: a surly, tattooed boater, still smarting from a past betrayal. Robin is a posh boy gone feral for reasons of his own, and Dan reminds him of everything he dislikes about gay men.
What makes this story different: The canal setting is not only unusual for a romance, but I was able to use my two year’s experience of living on a narrowboat to give it authenticity. The tensions between the boating community, British Waterways and the canalside locals near Bath are all based on my own experiences.
Is this a series?:
Why you wrote this book: I always knew I’d write something set on the canal one day, and when I discovered the m/m genre I felt like I’d come home. Finally, I’d discovered a community of readers out there hungry for the kind of stories I wanted to tell.
As for the story itself, there’s a lot about class differences and class mobility which is something we Brits are always aware of. I liked the idea of having two heroes from very different social classes, but who had both moved in the other direction and could meet in the middle. Apart from that it’s very much an ‘opposites attract’ romance, as all my stories seem to be. I find a vein of rich inspiration in putting two very different but well-matched men together.
Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? Although I’d written plenty of short stories and a couple of not-fit-for-publication novellas, this was my very first completed novel. I worked through a crazy number of drafts before daring to send it to Samhain, and was stunned when they accepted it!
What’s your writing process? I work with a very rough plan and don’t worry too much about the first draft. My goal at that stage is simply to get the story out of my head and onto the screen. I find my characters take over as I write and change the story in ways I could never have anticipated, but I’m no longer quite so freaked out by this phenomenon and have learnt to trust my muse.
My redrafting process is extensive and I pay close attention to feedback from my beta readers, along with a few trusted critique partners who are also multi-published authors. I find my drafts grow longer each time, as I have a tendency to underwrite.
Your next published book. The Hot Floor – an m/m/m erotic romance from Samhain, September 2012
The last book you read that you loved. I recently reread KA Mitchell’s Collision Course which is one of my all time favourite gay romances. I love Joey as a character, and I’m so impressed by the way Mitchell makes me root for him and Aaron, despite them being such polar opposites. I’m still not sure I like the arrogant Aaron Chase, but I’m willing to concede that he’s perfect for Joey.
The last book you read for research. I’m currently dipping into a book on rope bondage for my WIP. It’s called Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes.
The romance book character you most identify with. If we’re talking female characters then I’d have to go with a classic, fearless heroine like Dona in Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. I mostly read gay romance these days, though, and can quite happily identify with male characters. I’m a huge fan of Crash, one of the side characters in Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop series. He’s a scene stealer, and I love his unapologetic hedonism, tempered with loyalty to his friends and wonderfully snarky humour.
You can check out more about Josephine Myles and her books at http://josephinemyles.com/