Which of my characters scares me? Who supports my writing? And more! At Crystal’s Many Reviewer’s today! :D #interview #spotlight

Today I’m over at Crystal’s Many Reviewers as a Spotlight Author for Beyond the Last Page! Thank you, Crystal, for your awesome interview questions! I actually did this interview several months ago, so you’ll find that I talk about the process of writing Training Complex as an ongoing thing rather than a completed event. I’ve sampled a few of my favorite questions/answers below, but be sure to follow the link to read more and see the books she’s chosen to spotlight!

 

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What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?

There are some scenes in Training Season that were pretty intense. I didn’t find them difficult to write so much as unnerving because I felt sure readers wouldn’t like them. (I’m having this same reaction to a scene I wrote for Training Complex, the sequel to Training Season.) As it turned out, some people liked the scene, some people hated the scene, but most reacted strongly to it one way or another, and that was probably good? It struck some kind of chord for sure. Someone once told me to write into the fear. Whatever you’re afraid of doing in the scene, write into that. I’m trying to take that advice a bit with Training Complex.

Author addition: Now that the book is out, I’d like to say that I’m pretty pleased with how much I wrote into the fear. It was risky and it was a little scary, and I guess I feel like I’m doing something wrong if I’m not scaring myself with my writing sometimes. Gotta leap off cliffs in life, you know? Gotta take a flying leap into what makes you sweat a little!

Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?

 

There are different kinds of support, I think, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive a lot of support from a lot of people in my personal life. My husband takes my writing seriously and makes it easier for me to find time to do it by taking up more than his portion of household duties and childcare. Several of my closest friends aren’t very interested in gay romance in general but they still buy and read every single book I put out. That’s support for you. My parents are also quite supportive in multiple ways, as is my daughter who even gives me suggestions for new books. My best friend has always been supportive and helpful, giving up hours of her time to listening to me ramble about imaginary people, and helping me to solve their problems so they can get a happily-ever-after. There isn’t really anyone in my life that isn’t supportive and I’m lucky that way, I know.

Author addition: I really am incredibly lucky to have family and friends who support me. I haven’t had a negative outcome from my writing in terms of social issues…not yet anyway. There may come a day and we’ll see how I handle it then. But for now I want to give props where they are due. I can’t write in isolation. I depend on my family and friends for so much support and I am grateful beyond belief at how they never let me down.

 

What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?

 

I can’t speak for other authors, and in fact other authors have indicated that what I’m about to say is not true for their writing experience, but one thing I do think readers don’t always understand about the way I write is how little I experience choice in the process. For example, I’ve had people say, “Why did you choose to make X character do/say that particular thing?” And my experience of writing is that very little of it is my choice. I experience the process as the characters bossing me around, not vice versa. Characters very rarely do what I want them to do and will balk if I try to force them. So, sometimes I’ll read something where a reader has said, “I wish Ms. Blake hadn’t decided to make the characters do xyz,” and I think, “But that wasn’t up to me. That was their choice.” I’ve had people tell me that I’m crazy for saying that, though, so…perhaps I am.

Author addition: So true. So, so, so true. I’m their slave, basically.

 

READ THE REST AT CRYSTAL’S SITE AND SEE WHAT BOOKS SHE’S SPOTLIGHTED! 😀

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“AMAZING EVERYTHING!” Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake ~ #free at Crystal’s Many Reviewers #gay

Crystal is giving away a copy of ANY one of my books to a commenter on her blog. Go comment for your chance to win! 😀

“I feel as though I should start this review off with this statement, I personally do NOT pay more than 4.99 for an eBook and the fact that I bought this book with its price of 5.99 should tell you something right there. I have yet to read a book by Ms. Blake that I haven’t loved, and this book didn’t disappoint me in the slightest.  Ms. Blake was able to create a world that was so fascinating and involved that while reading, I literally felt as though I was going through everything that the characters were going through.”

Read more and comment via Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake ~ Crystal’s Many Reviewers.

Sometimes holding on means letting go Christopher Ryder and Jesse Birch are two men hanging on to the past. While Christopher has let go of his failure as a country singer in Nashville, he's still trying to please his narrow-minded, non-accepting family. His beloved Gran loves him the way he is, but Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. He’s happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee, but even when Christopher is center stage he aches for someone to see the real him. There's more than meets the eye when it comes to bisexual Jesse. He's raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children’s mother. There's no room in his life for dating, his kids are his priority, and he doesn't want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn't want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart.
Sometimes holding on means letting go
Christopher Ryder and Jesse Birch are two men hanging on to the past. While Christopher has let go of his failure as a country singer in Nashville, he’s still trying to please his narrow-minded, non-accepting family. His beloved Gran loves him the way he is, but Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. He’s happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee, but even when Christopher is center stage he aches for someone to see the real him.
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to bisexual Jesse. He’s raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children’s mother. There’s no room in his life for dating, his kids are his priority, and he doesn’t want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn’t want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart.

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5 Paws from Crystal’s Many Reviewers: The River Leith by Leta Blake #mmromance #gay

“Have you ever read a book that caught you so completely off guard because while reading it, you learn more about yourself and others? A book that you thought was just going to be something to pass the time, but instead it has stayed with you even weeks after you have finished it because the meaning behind it was so strong and powerful that you can’t help but to think about it.”

read more of this 5 Paw Review via Crystal’s Many Reviewers: The River Leith by Leta Blake.

Memory is everything. After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain. For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him. Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.
Memory is everything.
After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.
For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach’s choices may come back to haunt him.
Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.