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One of everyone's favorite blogs, back again!! It's the first Wednesday of the month, which can only mean one thing. It's time for another Ask An Author feature provided to us by Dark. If you have questions you want to ask your favorite authors, but don't want to ask the questions yourself, you can always send your questions to Dark for inclusion in the Ask An Author feature.

Ask an Author #41

 

Welcome back to another quirky question and answer session with your favorite authors!

 

In AtA #40, we had questions for authors Cole Matthews, M.A. Church, Riley Jericho, and Carlos Hazday

 

In AtA #41 we hear from authors Headstall, Mikiesboy, Sammy Blue, and Sasha Distan.

 

Promising Author and Canadian Headstall kicks off the blog this week. If I understand the story correctly, this author name comes from a particular piece of tack (for horses, oh ye whose minds went elsewhere… :P ). Not as spry as he used to be, Headstall has had some recent health setbacks, but there are many glad to see his return. Hopefully, the words will start flowing once more with the grace and fluidity that readers have become used to. In the two years Headstall has been with us, he has posted almost a dozen stories, most of them the multi-chapter kind. He’s also a poet; you can see his responses to the weekly prompts among his collection of works, as well as Headstall’s Reflections, a collection of random musings about life, the universe, and everything. Or, you know, a blog of sorts. :D If you’ve enjoyed this author’s work, have you tried Morningstar: The Malaise? This is Headstall’s first story about werewolves, and in his version, the pack is dying out due to a mysterious … malaise. The main characters must find a way to not only save the pack, but themselves. Is there a way to be happy together given the desperate need the pack has for more matings and pups? I leave you with these words from editor Timothy M: “Being a sifter is complicated, even without the malaise, and sorting out your feelings is difficult, especially when they are new ….”

 

To Headstall: How did it feel to have your first story take off the way it has?

 


When I first posted, I didn't know what to expect, from the readers or myself. The response was immediate and somewhat overwhelming, and I honestly expected the support would die down quickly. But it didn't, and to this day I'm still surprised, and now I feel honored and encouraged to improve with every single sentence I write. It's given me the confidence to try new things, like my songs, poetry, an anthology story and a story contest. I've written two other stories posted as serials since the debut of "Cards on the Table," and that is because of the support I received initially, and continually. I'm not quite sure why it took off the way it did, but I am thankful for it everyday, and I feel I owe the readers and
GA
my very best effort every time I touch the keyboard. Cheers.

 

A big welcome to Author Mikiesboy, making his first appearance in this blog – but not the last, I assure you! He calls himself an ”abecedarian poet.” You’ll have to ask him what it means. ;) Another Canadian, Mikiesboy hails from Ontario and is a big fan of fellow Canadian Headstall. I have learned to stay away from his GA gallery, because just looking at all that wonderful food makes me hungry, lol. Michael is one lucky guy. Read more about their real-life love story in Michael and Me. I’m not sure about that tomato soup cake, though, dunno if I’m adventurous enough to try it. This past April, Mikiesboy tried his hand at NaPoWriMo, which is the poet’s version of writing one whole story in only a month. It’s a daunting task, no matter how you look at it. Mikiesboy is very upfront with his past and you can see some of that in his written works. They’re gritty and real and will make you rethink parts of your own life. Having a huge sweet tooth, however, I find that my favorite story remains Dessert. David gets a second chance at finding love with a man from his past. They meet by chance, eat and talk, and some of his inner musings and realizations will give you a punch to the gut. Of course the sex scene is pretty hot, too!

 

To Mikiesboy: What inspired the characters you've created? Do people you know make you think of them, or is it situations you encounter?

 


I've been inspired by situations and people I know. I guess it depends which characters you mean. In my latest story Tait's experience is partly based on my mental health struggles, and some abuse I suffered when I was much younger, but once I know the character I can figure out how he'll react or act. Two of my characters came to me when I was using a prompt, but Faris and James, have a few traits borrowed from me and my husband. So I guess I'd have to say that my characters are one part imagination, one part experience, and a dash or more of me.

 


Youngster and Author Sammy Blue writes from Braunschweig, Germany. Recently, Sammy decided to translate one of his German stories into English. In the forums, Sammy explains some of the finer details making their way into his stories to give us non-Germans a better understanding of the culture belonging to his characters. It’s nice to have that background to ask questions about without the author feeling the need to write it all in the story itself. Sci-Fi writers are well-known for this. High Fantasy, too, can get bogged down with the details, not that you or I would ever do that, of course! LOL. But Sammy is perhaps best known for his work with Gemini. This is a story about teenage Josh and his crazy public school life. With 25 chapters now, we’ve really seen Josh grow into himself. And Jacob? That boy is amazing.

 

To Sammy Blue: Do you have a character that you've put more of yourself into than any others, and what qualities do you see yourself as sharing with that character?

 


Not particularly, at least not in Gemini. That might change with future stories, though.

 

However, I do share some sort of connection with all of my major characters. The reason is simple, really. When I am writing, I am usually using one of two methods, mostly even both in combination. The first is to 'envision' the scene I am writing, almost like a movie. If I'm unsure about something, I even 'replay' it a number of times with small changes to see what fits. This also helps me to narrate in a realistic way.

 

The other I mostly use when I write thoughts or some of the conversations. I try to really get into the 'skin' of the character I'm writing, to feel their feelings and think their thoughts. It takes some time to get psyched up enough for that, but it's usually worth it. Anyway, because I do this, I do have a pretty good understanding of what my characters feel, and I guess that is what I 'put' into them, and the connection I share with them.

 

Today’s 4th and final author is Author Sasha Distan. We last saw Sasha in ATA #36, about six months ago. Next month it will be a year since Sasha's profile was active, which makes the last status post more ironic: Apparently I’ve been offline long enough for my avatar picture to vanish… But for those of you who need your Sasha fix, you should know that I horded one last question and answer. I, too, have my fingers crossed that Sasha will soon return with more of that British snark we’ve come to enjoy, as well as a conclusion to Sanctuary, the fantasy story where the persecuted find hope and, perhaps, love.

 

To Sasha Distan: How do you keep all of your storylines from bleeding together when you have more than one story going at a time?

 

I have a great filing system!

 

My brain is a very compartmentalized place, and a bit like the filing system on my laptop, I'm very good at keeping the separate part of my life, and separate parts of my stories, very much apart from each other. Characters who exist in different worlds don't even talk, so for example I'd never have problems with Kurt and Tahryn having a chat and exchanging plot lines with Oli and Boris. The characters who do live in the same world, Kieran, Robin, Bay, Issac, and Zupan for example, are generally so self obsessed (or romantically obsessed) that they don't tend to interfere with each other. Generally writing two stories at once doesn't cause me many issues, but three or four can be more problematic.

 

That’s it for now! For more info on these authors, go check out their stories, post in their forums, and/or catch them in chat!

 

See you next time, with authors AQG, Nephylim, SkinnyDragon, and W_L.

 

I’m always in the market for new questions! Simply PM me (Dark).

 

Until next time!
Dark

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Thank you so much for putting the Ask An Author in for me, Cia! Was at the vet's all morning with my mom's dog.

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Thanks for posting this Cia and Renee! Dark.. thanks for the great bio's! All are very interesting! 

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LOL, I wondered where that came from too, Gary. Perhaps Dark took a peek into the COTT forum at the wrong moment and got caught up in the craziness. :lol:

And I'll have to go back and check: did I really spell shifter without an H ? :facepalm: - I can't wait till we can edit reviews. :D

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"Not as spry as he used to be, Headstall has had some recent health setbacks, but there are many glad to see his return. Hopefully, the words will start flowing once more with the grace and fluidity that readers have become used to."

 

Huh? Thank you, Dark, for the wonderful words, but I had no idea I had a health setback  :) . And 'what the hell?'... not as spry as I used to be? Did someone pay you to say that? lol. I'll have you know I ride my bike an average of 26K EVERY day... hmph... not spry, indeed! And it's nice that people are glad I have returned... but, I never left... I'm like a bad smell that lingers... I've been writing pretty much every day since chapter 1 of "Cards."  Seriously though, thank you for great things you have said, and allowing me, and the wonderful authors in this post, to be heard. I love this feature! You were right about my name too... it's the name for the western bridle, which holds the bit or bosal.  :hug:

It wasn't me .. I swear, Gary.  He does ride his bike that far, even when it's a 1000 degrees out there!!!  I wish I was in as good as shape as Gary .. 

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How cool - you managed to post this on Sammy's birthday ! Was that planned or luck?

Somehow I have the feeling Oli and Boris live in the same world as Bay, Kieran and those guys. :unsure:

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Awesome Q&As Dark! :)

 

I, too, was wondering what happened to Gary! lol

 

I think Val had told me about Sammy's story Gemini, which of course is now on my list of 'must reads.'

 

I'm also looking forward to Sasha's return to GA. :)

 

I love this blog; it's so nice to briefly get into the minds of these talented authors. :)

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Its always makes me smile to know more about the authors/buddies. Thanks to Dark, Renee and Cia for making this possible... :)

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Headstall

 

Loved the story that was on CSR... :)

 

And Headstall... just see it as gossip. Probably some 'younger guys' asume once a writer is like 60 yo his health will go down !!! LOL.

Hey I'm almost there as well ...

 

Mikiesboy

 

I hope your writing about your personal background/history means you have found peace with it. Or can deal with it now. :hug:

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Headstall

 

Loved the story that was on CSR... :)

 

And Headstall... just see it as gossip. Probably some 'younger guys' asume once a writer is like 60 yo his health will go down !!! LOL.

Hey I'm almost there as well ...

 

Mikiesboy

 

I hope your writing about your personal background/history means you have found peace with it. Or can deal with it now. :hug:

Thank you, NDG! I'm so glad you liked Treading Water. And yeah, I'm going kicking and screaming... life begins at 60.......okay....maybe not :)

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Thank you, NDG! I'm so glad you liked Treading Water. And yeah, I'm going kicking and screaming... life begins at 60.......okay....maybe not :)

 

OMG you mean I still have 3 years before my life starts ? :)

And no ... Please don't start kicking and screaming. Hey, now we know you are a 60 yo guy...Please use your energy for writing ... !   LOL.

Probably should not have posted that... LOL. :hug:

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"Not as spry as he used to be, Headstall has had some recent health setbacks, but there are many glad to see his return. Hopefully, the words will start flowing once more with the grace and fluidity that readers have become used to."

 

Huh? Thank you, Dark, for the wonderful words, but I had no idea I had a health setback  :) . And 'what the hell?'... not as spry as I used to be? Did someone pay you to say that? lol. I'll have you know I ride my bike an average of 26K EVERY day... hmph... not spry, indeed! And it's nice that people are glad I have returned... but, I never left... I'm like a bad smell that lingers... I've been writing pretty much every day since chapter 1 of "Cards."  Seriously though, thank you for great things you have said, and allowing me, and the wonderful authors in this post, to be heard. I love this feature! You were right about my name too... it's the name for the western bridle, which holds the bit or bosal.  :hug:

 

I was going for a little tongue-in-cheek here, folks!  You put us all to shame, Headstall.  :kiss:

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I hadn't even realized that this was a "thing" ! I'm going to have to go back through and read some.

 

Thank you for taking the time to do this, I learned some about 3 authors I know, and one I'll have to look for now.

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      layla: I'd written with the same characters for almost 17 years, their stories had gone all over the place, but there always seemed to be a lingering connection between two of the guys and one day I decided simply to begin exploring it. The story simply begged to be told and once I got into writing it, I found myself really enjoying what I was doing. To me its not so much about the genre but about giving the characters what they want. Not to mention that I have never been a big fan of m/f stories and despite being female don't really enjoy writing female characters, so it just seemed a very natural genre for me to write in.
       
      Mann Ramblings: I'm old enough to have grown up without any visibility of gay characters in movies, stories; etc, that wasn't a serial killer or other affected comic relief. There was so little in entertainment that reflected the person I tried to hide. Positive examples of gay men and women were virtually non-existent. I wanted to see the domineering hero save his buddy and bed him down, not the obligatory girl placed in to prove his unerring heterosexuality. I wanted to see and read the stories that I never got to see and read.
       
      When I first found M/M fiction, I was looking for porn, to be honest, but then I found out there were real stories out there with quality writing! The hero can get the guy! Who knew? I always had a knack for storytelling and now I have the chance to write the stories that were missing from my life. I can't give it up now.
       
      Renee Stevens: I’ve been asked similar questions a number of times. To be honest, I never have a good answer. I used to read (and write) M/F romance, but it seemed like it was always the same and it was hard to find something that hadn't been done. I can't remember the exact details, but somehow I ended up reading a story by Sara Bell called "The Magic In Your Touch". I thoroughly enjoyed it and joined her yahoo group. She allowed other people to post stories and not only did I meet a lot of wonderful people, many of which became good friends, but I read countless stories.
       
      After reading Sara’s story, and a few others, I decided that I wanted to see what I could do in the Gay Romance genre. My reasoning at the time was that as a M/F Romance writer I would have less chance of getting published as it is so hard to get noticed amongst all the other authors that write M/F romance. With a lot of encouragement from the friends I met through Sara’s group, I started my first M/M story and Eternity was the result. It's quite a bit rougher than my more recent works, but it was the first M/M story I completed. I ran it by my friends and they really enjoyed it and encouraged me to keep going, so here I am .
       
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