Month: August 2014

Brina Brady’s FB Interview with S. Aksah

S wrote: “Bend Over ending for author Brina Brady
by S.Aksah(author of Sex and Desperate Hearts)

Self-published author Brina Brady, who broke into the scene with her first adult book “Rent Me” in May this year, is hoping to get her second book out for her fans by Christmas.

Brady has written some 38,000 words so far for her new book, tentatively titled “Bend Over”.

“I hope the book will  be ready by Christmas if not sooner,” she said in an interview over Facebook Aug 21.

Brady’s first work, “Rent Me”, was categorised as “gay romance and erotica”. The work was focused on “themes of corporal discipline punishment and explicit sex”.
Brady is expected to continue in the same themes in her second work.

Bend Over is about an 18-year-old boy with a secret, who runs away to California. He falls for this black man from Martinique,” she said, adding that the story is going to revolve around their relationship.

Brady expects her second book to be between 90,000 to 100,000 words when it’s completed. The work is likely to be priced at USD $3.99.

Asked on whether she had figured out the ending of her new work or whether she is still plotting, Brady said: “I’m afraid of a bad ending for Bend Over, so I have to think more about it”. She indicated that she would likely try to find a way to make it a happy ending.

Brady is also concurrently working on a sequel to her first book with three chapters currently already in the bag. She said that in the sequel (to be titled “Own Me”), the main character would continue to experience “a lot of angst… again”.
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Brina Brady

Here is the link to Brady’s work:

http://smarturl.it/RentMebyBrinaBrady

 

 

Jamie Lake’s Interview

Jamie Lake’s interview by Brina Brady

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Sure, I’m a gay romance author who has written 8 books before with a lot more in the stove honey-child! Just you wait ‘Enry ‘Iggins. Just you wait!

What do you do when you are not writing? Usually, I play with my two puppies. I also have a turtle and a couple of birds. When I’m not playing with them, I’m usually playing with myself. Woo-hoo. Just kidding. I have an awesome partner and we go to the movies every week and we love to travel. I went to Europe twice last year. My birthday is coming up and I’m hoping to do some more traveling.

Do you have a day job as well? Does whoring myself out count? Just joking (or am I?) I pretty much only do this but I do occasional publicity and marketing for clients but trying to phase out of that and do writing full-time, all the time.

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I’ve been writing since I was a little kid but I just started writing gay romance about 6 months ago and I love it. My first book is The Trainer and I’m currently writing the sequel to it.

How many books did you publish? I’ve published 8 so far. I should have about 8 more ready in the next 60 days because I finished writing about 4 of them and I’m sitting on them until all of the trilogies are finished.

How did you choose the genre you write in? I wanted to do something I could relate to, being gay but at the same time, something I’m passionate about writing. I love drama in books and TV and movies (not so much in real life) so this seemed like the perfect genre since the m/m fans are so loyal and passionate and supportive.

Where do you get your ideas? Most are based on real life or people I know and then I just ask myself, “What if …?” That’s enough to kick start an idea.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? Very rarely. If do have it, I skip to another scene and come back to it.

Do you work with an outline, or just write? I do a loose outline and then I just go with it, typos and all. I use the outline to keep myself on track if I find myself rambling or going off-track.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book? I’m writing the sequel to The Trainer. In fact, I’m writing The Trainer Part 2 & 3. In the original story, it’s about a guy named Chris who is abandoned by his boyfriend and has to pick up the pieces emotionally. But when he meets his personal trainer, Mason, there’s an instant connection. Only problem is that the trainer is straight, or so we think. In part 2, the two are grappling with whether or not to come out publicly or continue to be in their relationship privately. The problem is that Chris feels like a dirty little secret and he’s not so sure he wants to do that anymore.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Definitely inspired by reality. That’s all I’ll say. I’m not giving away any secrets.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? I love the funny side characters like the annoying neighbor (based on my neighbor) and the horrible ex girlfriend of the trainers. I know someone just like her.

How did you come up with the title of your latest book? Well, I wanted something with a sexual innuendo. And since Mason is so dominant and a personal trainer, I thought that was a natural fit.

What project are you working on now? I’m trying to catch up on writing the rest of all my sequels because the fans have been demanding to see them and if I don’t get to it, they’re going to stalk me (some more)

Will you have a new book coming out soon? Yes, I should have The Trainer 2 & 3 out within the next 30 days.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with? I love writing about dominant men who date more submissive men. That’s kind of the relationship that I have, though we often fight over who’s going to be the most dominant (depends on the day). Flip me over, baby!

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? I think when people say my books are too short. Sometimes I feel like saying, “Um, it’s supposed to be short”. But I know what they’re saying and I’m working on adding more drama to please them. The worst thing you can ever tell an author, at least in my case, is not that you hate a book but rather that it was “Just okay”. Ugh! Hate that!

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers? Don’t waste your time on social media or procrastinating or editing while you write. Choose a genre and write it.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans? I just want to thank everyone who has given my books a test-spin. I’m grateful than anyone will spend anytime, when everyone is so busy, reading my books. So, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Thank you, Jamie!

Interview by Jamie Lake

Interview with Author Brina Brady

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Brina Brady is best known for her novel Rent Me, and is continuing to write. She has a skill to create characters that feel real. Readers are pulled through a story that keeps the pages turning.

What got you interested in writing m/m fiction?

To be quite honest, two years ago I never heard of m/m fiction. I read books about Polygamy, every book they wrote on the subject. One day, Amazon suggested that people who read this book read Lynn Kelling’s Whatever The Cost. This was my first introduction to m/m fiction.

How did you begin your career and how did you grow your fan base to be so humongous?

I have always written novels, but never published them. I began reading m/m novels to the tune of 300 of them and I decided I could write one. I knew what I wanted to read so why not write what I like. I also joined GoodReads and wrote many reviews. I gathered up as many friends that have similar reading tastes, too. I created a FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google + accounts, too. I joined writing groups and took classes. I think all of the above contributed to my fan base.

Has your background in teaching influenced your writing?

Teaching hasn’t really influenced my writing, but the education prior to teaching has as well as the continuing education I have had. Organizing a lesson is somewhat like organizing scenes for a chapter.

Who is the LAST person you’d want to discover you write m/m fiction and how do you think they’d respond?

All-important people in my life know what I write. However, they won’t read it. Some religious people might drop me as a friend if they knew. Oh, I would hate for any of my former students to find out. Not because I write m/m fiction but the sexual content is not fitting for any of my former students. That would be bad. I certainly don’t want any of them to see me in that context.

What was it like to work at an all boy group home, and to teach at a Juvenile Hall?

I love working with teen boys. The boys I had were troubled and needed some direction and guidance. Most of them didn’t like who they were. It’s tough being young and feeling bad about yourself every day.
One facility had placement on Wednesdays, this meant some kids would be placed in a foster home. Many siblings and friends were split up and this caused for somber Wednesday. Of course, some were left behind and that was sad, too. Many tears were shed on Wednesday, so we had tissues on hand for them. I remember driving home in tears. It was very gratifying to be able to help them and sad when they left placement.
The Group home was a placement where you had six teenage boys to a house. I was in charge of everything. I drove a big blue van and took them to the beach, which they loved. We had group sessions to discuss their problems. They were abused teen boys. I assigned all the jobs in the house. It was the lowest paid job I’ve ever taken, but the most rewarding. I got paid fifty dollars from Friday until late Sunday.

Why do you think so many women love to read m/m?

Women love men. Two men are better than one. Me, personally I don’t care to read about woman parts during the sexual act. I prefer focusing on the men. I like men and that’s what I want to read.

What was the inspiration for Rent Me?

I suppose I was always fascinated with rent boys and Russian mobsters. I had to amp it down because I like to write taboo topics, but I had to restrain myself as not to be banned on arrival.
I read about Putin’s stand against gays in Russia and that disturbed me greatly. There goes my trip to Russia. I wanted to show how difficult it could be for a gay man to fight his desires and his culture. Dmitri loved Brennen but he had many cultural forces against his lifestyle with Brennen. I wanted to show that Dmitri, like any repressed person could grow and accept who they are regardless of the cost. In his case, Dmitri lost friends and family’s respect.
What are you currently working?
I am working on Bend Over. This is a book about eighteen year old Shane O’Rourke who runs away to California because he has a secret. Shane meets Julien Callier, a black Dom from Martinique. They form a BDSM relationship. It will be their struggles in their relationship. Shane falls in love with Julien instantly. Julien wants Shane but on his terms only. Shane has no experience with BDSM and is willing to do anything within reason for Julien but sometimes things don’t work out as planned.
I’m also working on Own Me, which is Rent Me part 2. This will be about them as a married couple living the BDSM lifestyle. They will fight like cats and dogs but in the end, they still love each other.

Tell me about your writing process from idea to finished draft? Do you rewrite to death? Do you outline?

My writing process begins with two characters and then I add more. I fill out a thorough character chart for each. I create in Scrivener because I am able to have pictures of my characters while I type. From this point, I begin writing and have my characters talk to each other. My first draft is dialogue with sparse settings and descriptions. For some reason, I like to focus on 3000 words at a time. I will work it for a week until the skeleton grows some flesh. During this process, I add more action and beats to the tags. The description is more detailed, sometimes too much then later needs cutting.
In Rent Me, I did extensive research on the Russian culture and Russian mobsters located in California. I know California since I lived there. I wanted to make sure Dmitri reacted to his oppressive culture and grew from it. He was suppressed as a child because in Russia you can’t be openly gay. This caused problems for him because he was in love with Brennen, but he married Nika to appease his family and friends. I like to create conflict in each chapter.
I researched rent boys on Twitter to see why they liked their job. Another great resource for me was Tumblr. The pictures fused my imagination for sex scenes. I also investigated some pictures and videos on some Gay sites to get ideas. That was the fun part of researching.
One day I sat down and thought about a backstory for Brennen. Where did he come from? How did he meet Dmitri?
As time went on, I added layers to each chapter. I took many writing classes from Romance Writers of America. I found out I needed some hooks so I added them in later. I joined writing groups and listened to what my beta readers suggested and having a great editor helps, too.
My writing begins in my head and my characters demand time on my screen. I allow them to do as they will for the most part. A couple of times, both Dmitri and Brennen were out of control so I had to rein them in.
I do rewrite to death.

How long does it typically take you to write a novel?

It took me one year to write Rent Me.

Was there a lot of research necessary to write Dmitri Dubrovsky?

Yes, there was a lot of research for Dmitri Dubrovsky. First, I had to research Russian names, pet names and some swear words. I googled Russian food, too. But what was interesting was going to E.R.I.C to read a comparative study of American culture and Russian culture. This is where I learned the most. I did a study on Russian mobsters in California and what their investments. So, with him, there was a lot of research.

What advice do you have for those thinking about writing gay romance and what advice do you have for those who are trying to build an audience from scratch?

Don’t write gay fiction unless you read gay fiction and enjoy it. Right now people think the gay romance is the upcoming genre. Write what you love to read. I never thought in a million years that I would earn money from Rent Me. It reminds me of teachers I had in school. If a teacher loved his or her subject, I learned by his or her love. When a teacher hates what they teach, the students sense that. So, that is why I believe you should write what you love and the writer’s first audience is himself or herself. If you’re not pleased then your audience will not be happy, either.
Honestly, I had no idea where my audience came from but it might have to do with me self-promoting my book on 100 FB promo sites every day. But I actually reached #2 in Gay Erotica on day 3 my book stormed the market. I hadn’t done anything because at that point, I thought I was done. I imagined myself logging on to Amazon to look at my book cover and I would go back to MS Word and write another book. But I read up about promoting my book and followed the recommendations and it seemed to work for me. I share this information on my blog.https://brinabrady.wordpress.com/

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Jamie Lake interviewed me. Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.