Hello everyone! I’m ecstatic to have the Abnormal Romance Author L. A. Witt with me today. As my first guest author we decided to do things a little different – combo interview and guest post in one. Please say hi and leave her a comment or two below.
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who, after three years in Okinawa, Japan, has recently relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a three-headed clairvoyant parakeet named Fred. There is some speculation that this move was not actually because of her husband’s military orders, but to help L. A. close in on her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who has also recently transferred to Omaha. So, don’t anyone tell Lauren. She’s not getting away this time…
What do you find the hardest part of being an author?
Every so often, I have days that are designated paperwork days. Tallying up receipts for my taxes, making sure I don’t have any outstanding paperwork for my publishers, updating my website, figuring out my writing schedule vs my deadlines, ordering things that need to be ordered, etc. Those are the days when this actually feels like a job. It’s not bad at all, but if I had to pick something that I would call a hard part of this job, that would be it.
What’s you favorite thing about writing?
Writing. I know that sounds incredibly oversimplified, but really, that’s what it boils down to. I love writing. Everything from coming up with a new story to finding that turn of phrase that fits just right to finishing the story. Except editing. I hate editing.
Just how H.O.T. are most of your books?
When people ask me what I write, I often tell them I write romance that’s on the “wrapped in cellophane, I need to see some I.D. to purchase this” end of the spectrum. It varies from book to book, but I do like me some dirty smutty goodness.
How sweet or romantic do they tend to be?
Depends on the book. I like a lot of angst and emotion, and I do like sweet and romantic, but I try not to go overboard with it.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Honestly, it’s forever evolving. I used to be very spartan when it came to description, but these days I include more description. Sometimes it’s snarky (okay, it’s usually snarky), sometimes it’s more serious and emotional. Just depends on the story, where I am in my writing when I write that particular story, and oftentimes it’s influenced by what I’m reading at the time. I was reading Lolita when I wrote Cover Me, and a book by Margaret Atwood (The Robber Bride, I think) when I wrote Where There’s Smoke. I can only aspire to write like either of them, but I think I tend to pick up the rhythm of an author’s prose when I’m reading. If I’m reading Hemingway, my prose edges toward the simple and spartan. If I’m reading Nabokov, more descriptive and sometimes weird. Atwood, longer sentences and the odd tangent.
Sort of like when I’m talking to someone: if they have a very sharp, concise way of speaking, I’ll start doing the same. I even pick up accents and gestures. I do the same thing with music, actually: if I’m listening to a lot of heavy metal and industrial rock, the prose tends to have a harder edge, whereas if I’m listening to a lot of pop/dance/etc, it’s often lighter. It’s not a conscious thing, it just happens. Think of how your body moves when you’re dancing to different kinds of music, and that’s what my brain does in response to different kinds of outside stimuli.
So the short answer is, my writing style is very fluid and very easily influenced by what’s going on around me.
Which is you favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it?
My readers won’t be surprised: Static. Alex is a shapeshifter who can change genders at will, and loses that ability, trapping him in his male form. His boyfriend, Damon, has only known him as a female all this time. So now Alex is coping with losing his ability to shift while Damon is struggling with the idea that his girlfriend withheld this from him and is now a male. What inspired it? A train of thought about what it would be like if shapeshifters changed gender instead of into animals and such. It’s by far my favorite because it delved into unfamiliar emotional territory, and because of all my books, it took the most out of me (close second is Reconstructing Meredith). It was very difficult to write because it was hard to watch the characters go through all of that, and so when it was finished, it was nearer and dearer to me than any other book.
Boxers or Briefs? I know which I prefer . . . *wink*
Boxers. Especially of the silk variety.
Success is the best revenge – French Proverb
What’s next for you?
More writing! At the moment, I’m working on Something New Under the Sun, which is the sequel to A Chip In His Shoulder. I’m also working on a contemporary western M/F novel, plus a rock band story called Enjoy The Silence. I’ve recently joined forces with Marie Sexton for a series of M/M contemporaries set in a fictional town called Tucker Springs, and the first book in that series, Where Nerves End, is due out in June from Amber Allure. Coming down the pipe, I also have the rest of the Tooth & Claw series (The Given & The Taken came out in January, The Healing & The Dying will be out in July, and I’m getting ready to start books #3 and #4). That should keep me busy and out of trouble (ha!) until about August.
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For the last year, Jay Warren has struggled to find the nerve to tell his wife he’s gay. He’s ashamed of hiding it all this time and he doesn’t want to hurt her, so every time he gets the chance to tell her, he freezes up. The guilt has been almost unbearable, but when his wife dies suddenly, Jay’s conscience threatens to eat him alive.
Funeral director Scott Lawson deals with the bereaved every day of his life, and he’s also all too familiar with the inside of the closet. He offers Jay some much-needed compassion and understanding, and from that connection comes a friendship that quickly—perhaps too quickly—turns into something more.
But are grief, guilt, and loneliness the only things tying them together? Or will Scott get tired of being used as an emotional crutch before Jay realizes what he has?
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Beth loves Naomi, but something’s missing, and every time she’s suggested it, Naomi’s refused. Now Beth’s starting to wonder if she’s going to have to choose between the girl she loves and a fully satisfying life in the bedroom.
But tonight, Naomi’s got a little surprise for Beth…
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