Josephine Myles, Interview and Competition, celebrating release of Merry Gentlemen

Competition

Jo is giving away a title from her backlist to one lucky commenter. Comment here by Monday 18th November at 9pm GMT to be in with a chance of winning.

Welcome to fellow Brit, Jo Myles!

To celebrate the release of Merry Gentleman she has answered some interview questions posted by Facebook fans!

The Interview

Where do you get your ideas for sex scenes? Porn? LGBT friends? Personal experience?

All of the above! Actually, more from anecdotes and experience than from porn. I don’t watch much porn because I find it boring. My imagination is a far more interesting place ;) That said, the vintage smut photographs I post on my blog have definitely given me a few ideas—especially the amusing ones!

Tetley's or PG Tips?

I’m not dead fond of either, to be honest. I’m more of a Yorkshire Tea lass, and I get the stuff specially blended for hard water too. I like tea to be strong but not stewed. That said, I’m a total and utter caffeine addict and always have been, so if I’m craving tea I’ll take a cup of whatever you’ve got. I’m really not fussy. I remember one morning when there was a powercut and I couldn’t heat up any water because the stove was electric too. I had to eat raw coffee beans in the end, I was that desperate for my caffeine fix!

What is the best and the worst thing about being an author who writes in the m/m genre?

The best thing has to be the wonderfully supportive community of readers and writers. There’s a great atmosphere that I’ve heard is lacking in other genres.

The worst thing is probably the fact it’s still such a tiny niche. I’d love to see the big six publishers take a chance on gay romance. That said, I’m not sure if we’d be able to retain all that’s best about the tight knit and supportive community if it all went mainstream, so it’s probably a Catch 22 situation.

What inspires you?

Anything and everything! Anecdotes are probably my favourite, though. I have two friends in particular, and every time I visit them I end up scrawling something new in my notebook that I just HAVE to use some day. It’s not so much that they’ve had more interesting lives than any of my other friends, but they definitely know how to weave comic and entertaining tales out of the mundane occurrences of their ordinary lives.


The Book

Merry Gentlemen


’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.

The Author

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. She blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo is also one of the organising team behind the UK Meet, an annual event celebrating GLBTQ fiction. She publishes regularly with Samhain, and has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the book creation process to someone else.

Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josephine.myles.author

Twitter: @JosephineMyles

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3499509.Josephine_Myles

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/hrQ4s

Competition

Jo is giving away a title from her backlist to one lucky commenter. Comment here by Monday 18th November at 9pm GMT to be in with a chance of winning.


27 comments

  1. Great post! I can't wait to read this.
    I mean, really. A seagull with a grudge and awful Secret Santa underwear! Who could resist!! LOL
    Not to mention two sexy men trying to figure out how to compromise to stay together.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon :D I've never taken part in a proper Secret Santa ritual, but they've always fascinated me.

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  2. I would like to have a Josephine book, well another Josephine book. I already have one ;-) I want to read this as well.

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    1. Ooh, which one do you already have, Anastacia? I'm always interested to know which books are the best "gateway" into my writing :)

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  3. Thanks for the interesting interview. One thing I always love about your books Josephine is the way you blend humor into your stories. You always manage to make me smile or laugh and that's something I truly appreciate!

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    1. My pleasure, Slick! I love writing comedy, and it's my favourite genre to read too :)

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  4. Your pros and cons of writing m/m seem to sum the whole situation up nicely. I love the community that readers and writers of m/m have, but I'd also love to be able to walk into B&N and browse the latest releases. Alas...

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    1. Oh yes, wouldn't it be lovely to see our books in book shops? I've seen a few in the larger Waterstones in big cities, but that's it.

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  5. I'm a huge Josephine Myles fan, having read most of your books already! I love that this is a holiday story that is not all sweetness and light.

    Susan
    skadlec1@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Susan! I don't know if I could write something that was entirely sweetness and light as there wouldn't be anything to get my teeth into :)

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  6. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. I am going to have to check out those vintage photos on your blog.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

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    1. Yes please! The vintage smut posts are always fun to chat about in the comments :D

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  7. Sounds intriguing. Nothing like meeting your ex again to give a new perspective.

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    1. Hi Debby! Yep. I know the feeling well ;)

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  8. It does sound interesting. I love the smiles on the cover.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  9. Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway! I'm really looking forward to reading Merry Gentlemen.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this. The book sounds great!
    goaliemom0049(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I love the approach to Christmas and all the wonderful Xmas themed books that are released. I am very much looking forward to reading this one!

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    1. I only ever tend to buy a couple of Christmas themed books each year, but I think that's more a reflection of the amount of reading time I have than anything else. They can be great fun!

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  12. that books sounds like a must read.
    Will order now

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  13. Great interview and the book sounds really good.
    Arzu

    arzuaydemir(at)msn(dot)com

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  14. I read the book; and I must say, I nearly peed myself I was laughing so hard. Awesome book. It is a must read.

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