Jo is giving away a title from her backlist to one lucky commenter. Comment here by Monday 18th November at 9pm GMT to be in with a chance of winning.

Welcome to fellow Brit, Jo Myles!

To celebrate the release of Merry Gentleman she has answered some interview questions posted by Facebook fans!
The Interview

Where do you get your ideas for sex scenes? Porn? LGBT friends? Personal experience?

All of the above! Actually, more from anecdotes and experience than from porn. I don’t watch much porn because I find it boring. My imagination is a far more interesting place 😉 That said, the vintage smut photographs I post on my blog have definitely given me a few ideas—especially the amusing ones!

Tetley's or PG Tips?

I’m not dead fond of either, to be honest. I’m more of a Yorkshire Tea lass, and I get the stuff specially blended for hard water too. I like tea to be strong but not stewed. That said, I’m a total and utter caffeine addict and always have been, so if I’m craving tea I’ll take a cup of whatever you’ve got. I’m really not fussy. I remember one morning when there was a powercut and I couldn’t heat up any water because the stove was electric too. I had to eat raw coffee beans in the end, I was that desperate for my caffeine fix!

What is the best and the worst thing about being an author who writes in the m/m genre?

The best thing has to be the wonderfully supportive community of readers and writers. There’s a great atmosphere that I’ve heard is lacking in other genres.

The worst thing is probably the fact it’s still such a tiny niche. I’d love to see the big six publishers take a chance on gay romance. That said, I’m not sure if we’d be able to retain all that’s best about the tight knit and supportive community if it all went mainstream, so it’s probably a Catch 22 situation.

What inspires you?

Anything and everything! Anecdotes are probably my favourite, though. I have two friends in particular, and every time I visit them I end up scrawling something new in my notebook that I just HAVE to use some day. It’s not so much that they’ve had more interesting lives than any of my other friends, but they definitely know how to weave comic and entertaining tales out of the mundane occurrences of their ordinary lives.

The Book

Merry Gentlemen
’Tis the season of goodwill to all men…even the one who dumped you.

Riley MacDermott’s ambitions are simple. Managing the annual Bath Christmas Market—which involves long hours in the cold and a whole lot of hassle—will secure the promotion he needs to afford to move out of his noisy, top-floor flat. Where not even his balcony is safe from an aggressive herring gull.

The last stallholder he expects to see is his ex. Riley never recovered from their break up, and five years on the old chemistry still sparkles. So does their habitual head butting.

Stan never wanted to leave the love of his life, but the pull of the woods was too strong—and Riley was firmly planted in the city. Reconnecting is painful, but Stan still jumps at the chance to stay with his old flame during the Market. And damn the consequences.

As the weeks pass, the two grow closer than ever. But despite scorching sex and cozy intimacy, they both know they face a cold and lonely future. Unless one of them can compromise.

Warning: Contains sex in a shed, a seagull with a grudge, glamping, awful Secret Santa underwear, misuse of an Abba song, and as many wood-related puns as the author thought she could get away with.

The Author

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. She blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo is also one of the organising team behind the UK Meet, an annual event celebrating GLBTQ fiction. She publishes regularly with Samhain, and has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the book creation process to someone else.

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Twitter: @JosephineMyles




Jo is giving away a title from her backlist to one lucky commenter. Comment here by Monday 18th November at 9pm GMT to be in with a chance of winning.