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Dirty Dozen #Blog #Hop: Aisling Mancy

Welcome to the Dirty Dozen Blog Hop!
12 GRL Authors | 12 Question Q&A | 12 book Giveaway
We’re gearing up for Gay Rom Lit Retreat in San Diego so it’s time for another ‘Dirty Dozen’ blog hop and giveaway event! As with last year, Tammy collected twelve different Featured and Supporting Authors from GRL and we answered twelve questions posed to each other for the hop. Each Author is donating an eBook to the giveaway, so one lucky person will walk away with a dozen books for their enjoyment!

A special thanks to Tempe O’Riley for hosting me for the GRL Dirty Dozen! Most of you know me as Cody Kennedy and know that I write for young adults. I also write for adults under Aisling “Ash” Mancy! Surprise! It’s a pleasure to be here and I hope you enjoy my answers to the Dirty Dozen!

AE Via asks: Do you fully outline a book? Or do you sit and let the thoughts flow as you type?
I don’t outline my stories. I jot a few notes to create a skeleton of what I intend to write then I write! #OfficialPanster
My own question: Describe your writing style in five words; and what about that style sets you apart from other authors in your genre(s)?
Reality meets Hollywood with hope. I was raised by a prolific author and grew up in Hollywood—spent way too much time on movie sets as a kid—and my mind operates in film mode nearly 100% of the time. It gave me a unique perspective in storytelling and I combine reality with the fantastic in an effort to give readers more than a mere Happily Ever After. Hope is essential and, without it, we have nothing. I aim for a penultimate feel-good HEA along with enduring hope.
Alexa Land asks: What are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in 2016?
It’s going to be an action-packed year! I’m currently finishing Elpizo, book three in the Hope series. A Solitary Man (co-write with Shira Anthony) releases on November 6th of this year, Sleight of Heart releases in December of this year, and Grotesque is planned to release in February, 2016. Along with these works, two sequels to the young adult novel OmorphiTharros and Elipizo—will release in 1st and 2nd quarters, 2016. In addition, I will write another young adult novel for the 50th anniversary of the Arno River Flood of 1966 in Florence, Italy entitled Mud Angels (Angeli del Fango) to celebrate the youth who helped restore priceless books and art after the flood. Assuming I remain appropriately caffeinated, you may even see two sexy adult works, Aeromancer (Sci-Fi), and Shooting Star (Spec: Urban-Dystopian-Post-apocalyptic-Romance-with-a-splash-of-Sci-Fi. Yes! It is possible!).
Carter Quinn asks: What’s the answer to the one question no interviewer has ever asked? (You don’t have to supply the question.)
This is a fantastic question. If you’re curious, ask. I don’t mind questions asked in earnest.
Jeff Adams askes:  When you’re stuck on a story, what do you do to get the words flowing again?
I capitulate. I surrender to the story gods, agree that it is not time for the story to come to life, and walk away from it. Some nominal measure into another work, the pieces fall into place and I’m back at it with renewed fervor.
LE Franks asks: What’s your favorite scene from your own work and the one that’s lingered longest from someone else’s. (Not genre specific.)
This is an extraordinarily difficult question and I don’t believe I can answer it. I have too many favorites in both adult and young adult genres. That said, I’ll name two that are significant to me:
In Omorphi, Christy is devastated that his psychologist may have said something about his horrid background of abuse to his new boyfriend, Michael. Christy panics, runs, and Michael runs after him. When Michael catches up to Christy, Christy breaks down, and labels himself with blasphemous words.
In Contact by Carl Sagan, a youngster on a fieldtrip visiting the New Mexico satellite dish array asks Ellie Arroway, “Do you believe in aliens?” Her answer is, “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
Morticia Knight asks: What is your favorite genre to read? Least favorite?
Favorites would be spec and science fiction; least favorite is memoirs.
Nic Starr asks: Tell us about your writing environment and where your writing time fits into your daily or weekly schedule.
Although I do deal with the agony of RL work, I am able to write during the majority of most weeks. I’m nocturnal and my writing environment is wherever I am. I’ve written since the age of seven and I am now older than dirt. In fact, I’ll likely be one of the eldest people at GRL. (Is there an award for that?) I can write almost anywhere. If you’re asking of the writing office, it’s a large open space with many windows and three parrots that critique my writing. Sadly, they do not contribute to story or character arcs, or plot points.
Nicole Dennis asks: How do you manage all of your new plot bunnies and what is your process to work on one?
I do two things to manage: 1) I have a folder on the laptop that contains ideas by genre. I simply open a word document, type the idea in a few sentences, and save it by genre with a nonsensical title. By way of example, I have one entitled ADD Heart. 2) I have a physical pile of ideas. I may read an article or run across a quote, and I print and mark it in big letters with genre and nonsensical title (red Sharpie pen), and add it to the pile. At the end of the year, I scan all the documents in the pile and add them to the folder on the laptop. I try to be organized, but there are times when I am an epic fail and the sticky-notes prevail.
When it comes to process, there is no rhyme or reason, per se. Experience in writing and film tells us that publishing and producing are slated five to eight years out and I try to keep fingertips on the pulses of both industries. I look at what they’re looking for next and then assess: a) what I feel like writing; and b) what may be of use from the “piling system.”
TM Smith asks: What keeps you focused when writing?
Excitement about what I am writing. If I am excited, even three talking parrots can’t distract me.
Tempe O’Riley asks: In a perfect world, would you write full-time? If so, would it be mm/LGBT or would there be some mf in there too? (I love a mix for reading, personally.)
I write nearly full-time now, I write in various venues, and in almost all genres (never nonfiction). I also write works-made-for-hire as well as my own works.
Wade Kelly asks: What influenced your decision to write in this genre?
The youth for whom I advocate nagged me forever to write for them. To wit, I wrote Safe, Omorphi, and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. At the time, traditional publishers were only beginning to delve into publishing young adult LGBT works and I couldn’t find a traditional publisher for the books. Dreamspinner Press had just started Harmony Ink Press, their YA imprint, and I submitted Omorphi. While I’d written LGBT literature in the past, I’d never written pure romance and was certain Omorphi would be rejected. Thanks to Elizabeth North and Anne Regan, it wasn’t, and here I am today.

Check out Ash’s works for a chance to win!

A Solitary Man
by Aisling Mancy & Shira Anthony 
M/M Contemporary High-Action Crime/Mystery/Thriller Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Release Date: November 6, 2015 (ebook/print)
Length: Novel

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Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Two months later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.
Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the thirteen-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.
Excerpt from A Solitary Man:
Evan pressed the button on his phone to connect. “Freddy? What did you find out?”
Fred laughed. “For this, I’m going to exact a price.”
“You mean the keg I sprang for at graduation doesn’t get me a freebie?” Evan shot back.
“We’ve been out of law school for how many years now? Eight?”
“Nine this year,” Evan corrected.
“Credit’s no good anymore,” Fred answered. “I’m thinking dinner at Ivy at the Shore next time you’re in LA. On you, of course. Including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.”
“For that,” Evan said with a chuckle, “this had better be good.”
“It’s good. And it was hell to get.”
“Okay, okay. Dinner on me. Assuming you and Margie put me up for the night,” Evan replied. “I’m looking forward to seeing your McMansion.”
“Deal. Took a little digging. Seems your mystery man did some undercover work for the FBI.”
“My buddy in the US Attorney’s office wouldn’t give details, but word is Constantine got fed up with the bullshit after a case went bad somewhere down in South America.”
“Drugs?” Evan asked.
“No. He dealt with human trafficking. Specifically, child sex trafficking. My friend says the guy’s good. He tried a few cases where Constantine was the government’s key witness. Knows his stuff. Works his ass off and gets into his work. I got the impression sometimes he gets a little too close.”
Now that was interesting. “Why?”
“Seems the guy’s rabid about protecting kids.”
“Any idea why?”
“Nothing anyone would tell me,” Fred replied.
Evan leaned back in his chair. At least Xav wasn’t a slacker, but it didn’t make Evan feel any better about the prospect of bumping into him at work. “Anything else?”
Constantine grew up in LA, went to school in Boston.”
Boston?” Even more interesting. So much for his initial assessment of Xav as a broceanographer.
“Yeah, you’ll love this.”
Evan could almost hear Freddy’s grin over the phone.
“He did undergrad at MIT. Mathematics major. Master’s in criminology from U Penn with an emphasis in cryptology. The FBI was probably falling all over itself to recruit him.”
No shit. This just got better and better. “What the hell’s a guy with that kind of background doing in North Carolina?”
“I could ask you the same question,” Fred shot back. “Of course, if you decide you want your own McMansion….”
“You couldn’t pay me enough to come to work for you,” Evan joked. Fred was serious—they’d had this discussion a half-dozen times before.
“Try me.” Fred paused for a moment and then asked, “This personal?”
Evan had no intention of telling Fred he’d slept with Xav. “Not personal.”
“’Cause word has it he’s gay,” Fred said. “Out but not advertising.” When Evan didn’t take the bait, Fred added, “But you already knew that, didn’t you?”
Evan shook his head and sighed theatrically. “Don’t even go there, Freddy. You know I don’t mix business and pleasure. I just want to know what I’m dealing with. That’s all.”
“You can’t bullshit a bullshitter, man.”
“Thanks for the help,” Evan said, foreclosing the topic. “I’ll let you know next time I’m out your way. Tell Margie she’s a brave woman.”
“Always do. Laters. And make sure you get your sorry ass out here soon.”
“Will do.” Evan disconnected the call and rubbed his mouth. Mathematics major at MIT and a master’s from U Penn? No wonder the FBI had recruited him. And he’d pegged Xav for a surfer! What the hell are you doing in Dare’s Landing, Xavier Constantine?

Upcoming Books By Ash

Sleight of Heart Grotesque A Solitary Man 

About Aisling Mancy:

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
Aisling lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes science fiction, adult fantasy, and adult romance. You can also read Aisling’s Young Adult novels at C. Kennedy.
Find Aisling on Twitter @AislingMancy Facebook Goodreads Google+ Blog  
Aisling does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader. 
“Dirty Dozen” blog hop

12 GRL Authors | 12 Question Q&A | 12 book Giveaway
Here’s who is hosting whom and when…

September 24th | AE Via is hosting Wade Kelly
September 25th | Aisling Mancy is hosting Tempeste O’Riley
September 28th | Alexa Land is hosting TM Smith
September 29th | Carter Quinn is hosting Nicole Dennis
September 30th | Jeff Adams is hosting Nic Starr
October 1st | LE Franks is hosting Morticia Knight
October 2nd | Morticia Knight is hosting LE Franks
October 5th | Nic Starr is hosting Jeff Adams
October 6th | Nicole Dennis is hosting Carter Quinn
October 7th | TM Smith is hosting Alexa Land
October 8th | Tempeste O’Riley is hosting Aisling Mancy
October 9th | Wade Kelly is hosting AE Via

ONE lucky winner will receive an e-book from each Author on the hop. Most Authors have submitted winner’s choice from their backlist, but a few have listed a specific title.

AE Via: Winner’s choice, one book from the Nothing Special series
Aisling Mancy: Joyeaux Noel by Aisling Mancy (adult) or Safe by C. Kennedy (young adult)
Alexa Land: One ebook copy from the  ‘Coming Home’ series, or Winner’s choice from my backlist.
Carter Quinn: Winner’s choice, one book from Carter’s backlist
Jeff Adams: Winner’s choice, one book from Jeff’s backlist
LE Franks: Winner’s choice, copy of 6 Days to Valentine or Can This be Real
Morticia Knight: Winner’s choice, one book from Morticia’s backlist
Nic Starr: Winner’s choice, copy of Andrew’s Promise or More Than a Friend
Nicole Dennis: Winner’s choice, one book from Nicole’s backlist
TM Smith: Winner’s choice, one book from TM’s backlist
Tempeste O’Riley: Winner’s choice, one book from Tempeste’s backlist
Wade Kelly: Winner’s choice, one book from Wade’s backlist
Just think, you could have every book you see pictured above on your e-reader.
That should keep you busy for a while!
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Good luck everyone! See you in San Diego!
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