Hello AM and welcome to the Hat Party! Thank you so much for joining us~ why don't you don your best hat and we'll get started?
Why not write M/M stories? Okay, that’s overly simple. I started reading m/m romances years ago, and I’ve been an avid reader ever since, but back then I didn’t give much thought to writing it. I was hard at work writing under another name, trying to make that career a success. At the same time, I discovered the Kish Fandom (the characters of Fish and Kyle from soap opera “One Life to Live”) thanks to YouTube, and I fell in love. I joined a fanfic forum mostly to read. I hadn’t written any fanfic for years at that point, but I started getting inspired by Kish. So I write a short fic, published it to the forum, and got some great feedback. I wrote regularly for about a year before I started thinking, “Hey, I like two guys together, and I can write them well. Why not try something original?” The rest is history.
If there were suddenly 25 hours in every day, how would you make use of the extra hour?
Watching reruns of favorite TV shows. I own so many boxed sets of favorite TV series because I keep saying “one day I’ll do a rewatch.” Well, at the moment I barely have the spare time to read a new book and keep up with the three shows I watch a week, so those rewatches haven’t happened yet. So yes, that extra hour would be nice for that purpose.
What book you would bring with you on a desert island?
Watership Down by Richard Adams. Hands down, my favorite novel of all time. I’ve reread it more times than I can count, and it’s long enough that by the time you get to the end, the beginning feels like forever ago. Granted, it’s about rabbits so I’d miss the m/m sexy, but a great novel is a great novel.
Do you approach writing as a career or a hobby?
Absolutely I see writing as a career, and it’s what I hope to be able to do full-time one day. My current day job helps pay the bills, but it’s not something I’m passionate about. I love food, I love interior design and upcycling, but mostly I love to write. I love creating characters and worlds, and I love sharing them with readers.
And because I see it as a career, I take it very seriously. Not only the creation of my books, but how they’re handled once I’ve submitted them. I have great relationships with two fantastic editors, and I adore working with them. I take pride in delivering my work to them on time, be it a manuscript or line edits. I love interacting with my fans, because readers are who buy my books. Without my lovely readers, I’d be nowhere. So yes, definitely a career, and one I hope to have for a long time to come.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book?
Actually, yes. After I first submitted Cost of Repairs for publication to several different digital houses, I totally second-guessed the ending of that book. So I sat down and rewrote it. I liked that ending, and I told myself that if/when the first round passed (they were my top choices, and I was very, very nervous about any of them liking me), I’d submit this version instead. But lo, Samhain came calling, so the original ending remained. Maybe one day I’ll post the edited version as a special deleted scene.
What talent do you wish you had but don't?
I wish I could sing better. I mean, I can carry a tune pretty well and fake it in a group, but I am jealous of people with really beautiful singing voices like Katy Perry and Idina Menzel. To be able to stand up in front of a crowd, belt out a lovely number, and be applauded for it.
What is your most awesome skill that would be completely useless in the zombie apocalypse?
This one is always fun to show off in bars, but I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue. One of these days, I need to write a guy who can do that, because you know the person you’re sharing that with (especially if they’re attracted to you) is going to start wondering what other naughty things your tongue is capable of.
What food do you consider to be your archnemesis?
Homemade lasagna. My dad perfected a wonderful homemade pasta sauce that I’ve learned how to make, so it’s homemade sauce on lasagna noodles, stacked high with mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Mushrooms optional. SO GOOD.
Do you have a special place where you like to write?
My desk. It has everything I need : my computer, my notebook, pens, a place for a drink, all kinds of inspiration stickie notes. It helps keep me focused.
What kinds of dachshunds are the best kind of dachshunds?
I didn't know there were varieties of dachshunds, so I will make this an investigative mission for future free time. For me the best kind of dachshund is the kind that someone else owns and let's me play with for a little while. I'm a cat person.
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Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor
Pages or Words: 83,000 words, 255 pages
Perspectives, Book 1
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.
When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.
The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
“I want to see you again,” Shane said.
Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”
Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”
“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”
“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”
“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”
Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”
“About thirty hours.”
“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”
“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”
“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”
“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”
He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”
“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”
Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.
“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”
“You’re welcome, cowboy.”
Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.
About the Author: A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
Where to find A.M. Arthur:
Contact her at email@example.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur's work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.
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3 – Mar
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