Please join me in welcomng G.B. Gordon and Riptide Publishing to the Biskit today!
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Today we have an interview with brilliant debut author G.B.Gordon, whose novel Santuario is available now. Buy this title direct via Riptide Publishing and save 25% with our debut author discount! Keep up with G.B. on the Santuario Virtual Book Tour all week long for more chances to win anniversary prizes J
What draws you to romance? M/M romance?
I'm a romantic soul. It's not just romance as a modern novel genre that draws me in, but romance as a human emotion, be it music, poetry, a walk in the woods or two spoons in an ice cream tub. And yes, in real life I can get embarrassingly cheesy given the right incentive.
My interest in M/M romance is maybe a bit more specific. Story feeds off conflict and my guys can be wonderfully tortured about admitting to something beyond physical attraction (or even that).
And then there's of course that delicious voyeuristic tingle of watching two guys getting it on, or even just the chemistry between them develop and grow thick as syrup.
Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to?
I'm not sure I've ever written strictly inside the romance genre. It depends on how narrowly that genre is defined. While most of my stories have a strong romantic plotline, the focus is often on action and a related inner conflict. I like speculative fiction, because it allows me to explore angles and juxtapositions that might not exist. Or not yet.
What do you think is sexy?
Life. Joy. Seriously. I find almost anything can be sexy that is vibrant and positive (or at least potentially positive). Even inanimate objects, like cars, can be sexy if you infuse them with those qualities.
More specifically I find people sexy, no matter what sex or gender, the curve of a throat, collarbones, jawbones, cheekbones, the scent of clean skin, eyelashes, butts in well-worn jeans, capable hands, blown pupils, moans, licks, touches, kisses; and just feeling someone else's attraction can be sexy as all get-out.
We know you’re a romance writer. What’s your day job?
Communication. Non-fiction writing (educational material, web content, whatever I can contract), structural editing, the occasional translation. I'm a freelancer, working from my home office. I've had quite a few very different jobs in my life, but this one, being in control of my own time and environment, is the best one yet.
Do you write under a pen name? Why or why not? Will you tell us your real name?
I do write under a pen name. I firmly believe that an author's sex or gender has nothing to do with what kind of material they write well, so I prefer to take mine out of the equation, write under a neutral name and hope my books will stand on their own merit. I'll answer pretty much any other question as honestly and straightforward as I possibly can.
Have you read any great books lately?
The last one that blew me away was Dani Alexander's Shattered Glass. Before that Dark Soul: The Complete Collection by Aleksander Voinov.
What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?
"What are you working on?" Because that's what occupies my mind at that moment and what I like to explore and talk about.
If you were stranded on an island with one book and one object, what would they be?
My left brain recommends a survival handbook and a really good knife. My right brain wants Ondaatje and a super-sized box of pencils.
What do you love about being an author?
Falling down the rabbit hole. The discoveries, and, ultimately, the freedom to do what I want.
What inspires you?
A conversation overheard on the train, a note in the daily paper, a shadow behind a curtain, a piece of furniture in an antique store, a 'Missing' poster on a lamp post; people, places, songs, music, stories; anything really. My muse is very equal opportunity that way. I never know when she's going to kick me in the shins.
Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
Santuario is social fiction in that it's set in the future on a different world, not for any of the edgy technology hard SF is known for, but rather to explore an alternate universe and the development and clash of cultures. It's also a murder mystery and the beginning of a love story. The complete blurb and an excerpt can be found here.
G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing. Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.
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