Susan writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary gay romance stories, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark and others that hopefully make you think. She’s also Editor in Chief at Divine Magazine, an online LGBTQ e-zine, and a Charity Board trustee at The Being Me Campaign in London.
Susan attained PAN status with the Romance Writers of America with her first M/M book, Stripped Bare. She’s currently a member of The Society of Authors in the UK and the Authors Guild in the US. She enjoys being a member of Queer Romance Ink, All Author, Book + Main Bites and the Paranormal Romance Guild.
She loves going to the theatre, live music concerts (especially if it’s her man crush Adam Lambert) walks in the countryside, a good G and T, lazing away afternoons reading a good book, and watching re-runs of Silent Witness.
Her chequered past includes stories like being mistaken for a prostitute in the city of Johannesburg, being chased by a rhino on a dusty Kenyan road, getting kicked out of a youth club for being a ‘bad influence’ (she encourages free thinking) and having an aunt who was engaged to Cliff Richard 😊
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
I’m finding it harder and harder to write sex scenes. It’s tough to write something new and fresh that doesn’t seem like every other book out there. I prefer the emotional scenes, the witty banter, the dialogue and the relationship building that comes from all this. In my recent books, I’ve written less sex scenes, or faded to black to let the reader’s imagination take over.
Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?
Always. Mention that you write romance, let alone gay romance, and people roll their eyes and say, oh, romance, as if it’s a mortal sin. And of course, the inevitable question- Is it like Fifty Shades? When they find out it’s gay romance, the immediate reaction is, oh you write porn. Sigh. I have to tell them I don’t write porn, or Fifty Shades, I write sensual, or erotically laced relationship stories between two men.
Have you ever written a scene where it has reduced you to tears?
In the second book of the Men of London series, Sight and Sinners, I had to write a scene where Draven, as the elder brother, must make the decision to turn off his younger brother Jude’s life support machine, and let him go. I bawled my eyes out, because there was something intensely personal about this in my real-life situation, which brought back memories
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
I used to read predominantly MM Romance and found myself getting jaded with the genre. This was partly due to reading some not very good books, which put me off, and partly because I think I needed a change, back to the type of stuff I read before I discovered MM. I started reading my thrillers, psychological stories, urban fantasy and horror again and now I find my reading tastes have changed to reading about 50/50 – MM romance and then the other genres.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Lately it’s been the actual writing. I remember the days I couldn’t wait to get home, pick up my laptop and churn out 5000 words in one night. Now I struggle to write at all and I have to force myself to sit down and put words to keyboard. It’s frustrating because I want the old me back and I don’t know why things have changed. It also leads to feeling guilty because I have deadline commitments, and because I remember the old me churning out book after book and now I don’t. My passion seems to have deserted me and I don’t know how to get it back ☹
A few words about your book – I pitched this series to my publisher over a year ago and they loved it. I’d always wanted to further develop Clay and Tate’s relationship and do a series of murder mystery/detective novels and this was my chance. Setting the stories in a fictitious alleyway in London’s Square Mile just seemed like the right place to do it 😊 My mum always told me she’d love me to the next Agatha Christie. While I can’t claim anything near to being on that level, LOL, writing this series in my own way sort of made sense
Insight into your main characters
Clay Mortimer is highly principled, tough ex SAS soldier and a man who will do anything to protect the people he loves. He’s steady, a deep thinker and tends to think about things before he acts.
Tate Williams is the opposite. He’s secretive, prone to rash decisions and quicksilver in making off- the-cuff decisions. He’s had to be as a former undercover Drug Squad operative where his survival depended on a quick mind.
The book blurb
The Places You’ll Go And The Things That You’ll See
Former SAS soldier, Clay Mortimer, the M in M&W Investigations, had thought he’d seen it all. But when his ex calls and asks for a favour Clay is intrigued, and then a bit surprised. He and his partner, Tate Williams, have a robust and imaginative sex life, but the things they see and learn in Fetish Alley take their understanding of human behaviour to the next level. Tate’s take is part kid in a candy store fascination, part shocked. At the end of the day, all good detective work requires an open mind and the skill to ferret out the truth. Still, the layers of deceit and avarice they encounter are more than par for the course, particularly from people who are not keen about outsiders to the world of Fetish Alley.
Fetish Alley was located beneath an underpass and was one of those London streets hidden away from the main routes of the city. Located deep in Square Mile district, it sat amidst historic buildings, stone alleyways, and the bastions of financial powerhouses. In older days, when Tate had known it, it had been called Graffiti Alley by the locals and had now been renamed Fetish Alley for an entirely different reason. The new club made sure of that, bringing with it an air of kinky appeal and testing the boundaries of open minds.
Tate climbed off the motorbike and removed his helmet. The silver Honda GL1800 Goldwing was Clay’s new prized possession and certainly made getting around the city easier. Tate enjoyed sitting behind Clay, watching the city go by. He liked driving it even more, but he’d lost the game of rock, paper, scissors this morning.
Clay climbed off the bike, sexy in his black leathers and boots. Tate grinned at the memory of christening the bike when they’d first bought it. They’d taken it for a drive out to Surrey, found a remote country lane, and Tate had pushed Clay over the seat of the bike and proceeded to drive into him from behind. They’d both been mostly clothed at the time and the sight of all that leather, the smell of it and the fact they’d both had their trousers around their thighs had been a real turn-on.
Clay took off his helmet, ran a large hand through his black hair with its strands of silver, and cocked an enquiring gaze at Tate.
“What? You still pissed off I won the toss-up to drive this morning?” He peeled off his leathers and stuffed them into the storage trunk at the back of the bike.
“Nope,” Tate drawled. “Was thinking of you being pounded over the bike. Thinking we need a repeat.”
Clay chuckled and smoothed down his suit trousers. “This time I’ll be the one behind.”
Buy Links For Fox Sake
Boroughs Publishing Group – http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/for-fox-sake
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/920347
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