Today I am so pleased to welcome Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham to Joyfully Jay. Bellora and Sadie have brought some questions and answers about their latest release, Breathing Betrayal. They have also brought along a copy to give away. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!
What was it that led you to write in the genre(s) you write?
Sadie: I think it was primarily that I grew up reading ghost stories and paranormal/fantasy novels. I’ve always had a love of that genre, plots that took me away from the mundane world for a while. As to writing for the M/M genre, I’ve always been fairly genderfluid. I associate more with my masculine than my feminine side and came to realise in my teens that I felt more like a gay man in a female body than an ordinary woman. When I was about 14 or 15 I discovered the works of Christopher Isherwood (who created the novels on which Cabaret was based) and realised that he was writing about a world that felt normal to me. It just felt natural for me to write about men who loved other men.
Are your books character led or plot led, or both?
Sadie: Definitely character led. I usually get a character or a scene in my head first of all, then begin to develop that scene and build on who the character in my head is until he takes me where the story needs to go. When we started out writing Breathing Betrayal, we did outline a basic plot for the story first of all, but when we began to flesh that out it started with the two main characters. We wanted to know who they were, where they had come from, what they looked like, what motivated them. That went down in detail before we even wrote a word of the story.
What is your favourite part of the writing process?
Sadie: I love world building. I have vast folders full of ideas for different world settings and character traits. I like my characters to be fully rounded people by the time they hit the page. That makes the writing process so much easier because I know how they will react in any situation. Also, because my memory is suspect, I like to have important details jotted down so that I can go back and check them if I’m not sure that something is right.
What is your least favourite part of the writing process?
Sadie: This isn’t going to be anything unusual, but I hate editing. It drives me to distraction going over the same thing again and again.
I’m not good at endings either. I hate it when a story I’ve loved comes to an end. I have to work hard not to channel that need for the story to continue when I’m trying to tie things up.
Tell us a little about any upcoming projects.
Sadie: Bellora and I are currently working on the editing book 2 of the Elemental Evidence series. We also have an idea in the mix for a fantasy novel featuring a pair of rogue sorcerers, one who is a disinherited prince, the other a social pariah, who join forces to seek out magical artifacts. I have a solo project on the go as well, about a young man who is a magnet for tornadoes and a journalist who is a storm chaser.
Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.
Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.
Bellora Quinn: Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels. The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
Sadie Rose Bermingham: A storyteller since before she started school, Sadie also enjoys reading, photography, live music and long walks on the beach. Sadie has worked as a bookseller, a pedigree editor for the racing industry and a local and family history researcher. Originally from the north of England, she has been working her way across the UK ever since. She currently resides on the south east coast with her long term partner, where she hopes to buy a mobile home and establish a whippet farm.
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