It's Hump Day again and today in the hot seat it's ME and V.L. Locey my partner in crime writing the Harrisburg Railers series.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
V.L.: For me the most rewarding thing about writing M/M or LGBTQ+ is that I can touch lives and hopefully open eyes. I recall being at a book event in the town where I now live. It’s a very rural, Republican, conservative, Christian small town. While at this event a young woman and her friend walked up to my table and looked at my LGBTQ+ books. She then asked if she could give me a hug. I was happy to oblige. After the hug, she and her girlfriend told me that my print books had been the first LGBTQ+ books that they had ever seen in the area. They were beyond thrilled to see that SOMEONE was writing stories about the gay community. There may have been a few tears that day, all joyous.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
V.L.: Not generally. Most of my ideas play out well for certain length stories. Some are great for shorts or novellas but not meaty enough for a novel. So, I write the short or novella. I do have one file now for story ideas that I want to write for another M/M hockey collection.
What did you edit out of this book?
V.L.: Not much that I recall. We had to tweak some names here and there, but there were no huge revisions we had to make.
What was your hardest scene to write?
V.L.: Probably the one where Adler – who I wrote – called his mother and was brushed aside. That one was tough because all he wanted was some love from his parents. There was also another scene toward the end where Adler was lost and wandering the city that was hard to pen.
Which writers inspire you?
V.L.: Gosh, so many! My coauthor RJ for sure. She’s so savvy and smart, skilled at her craft, and can pluck my heartstrings so well. Her sexy scenes are things of beauty! One of my most inspirational authors is Mark Twain. When I first started writing I kept a picture of him by my writing area to remind me that it’s not necessary to have a college degree to be a successful author.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
V.L.: Aside from the countdown conversation the other day, probably when I was sitting at the table writing – innocently I may add – and a stinkbug flew into the side of my head. There was a great deal of flapping and cussing and dancing before the bug was out of my hair. Afterward I thought it was hilarious.
You loaned your car to a friend, forgetting there's something stashed in there you don't want anyone to find. What is it?
V.L.: Oh uh…my Dr. Who/Torchwood DVD’s? I’m very boring and vanilla. Sorry for the mundane reply.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
V.L.: I gave my daughter some new dishtowels and washcloths for the new pad she’s moving into soon.
You step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
V.L.: Faint. Then dance. Then go buy stuff and plane tickets.
Write the first sentence of a feature profile of you in a book magazine.
V.L. Locey. Gay romance author, chicken herder, sipper of coffee, and lover of men in long overcoats.
Layton wants success, Adler wants family, how can love make both these things possible?
Layton Foxx works hard for what he has. The condo, the career, the chance to make his mark, is all down to the sacrifices he has made. With tragedy in his past, he doesn’t want or need love. Then he meets Adler Lockhart, the extroverted, sexy winger for the Harrisburg Railers and abruptly he can’t avoid love even if he wanted to.
Adler Lockhart has had everything handed to him his whole life. Cars, villas, cash, college tuition at the finest Ivy League schools. The only things he doesn’t have are parents who care or the love of a good man. Then Layton walks into his privileged life and shows him what real love can be like.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.