Thursday, October 29, 2015

INTERVIEW: John Wiltshire plus #Giveaway! #mmromance #Thriller

Hello John and welcome to "Home of the Sweetness" <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

Introduce yourself by telling us the favorite thing you’ve ever written—regardless of publication status!

It was a scene where a conversation was taking place between two characters, and they were talking at cross-purposes. One was a gay guy, thinking about sex, and one was a frightfully proper English lady talking about breaking in her new horse. It still makes me laugh to think about it.

If you could go back in time and have a conversation with 13-year-old yourself right now, what would you say?

Hang on in there; it gets better.

What is your biggest, most wildest, most extreme writing dream or goal? No dream is too outlandish.

That’s easy. I’d like to be asked to adapt the whole More Heat Than the Sun series for a movie staring Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Hill. Personally, I don’t think that’s extreme at all. I wait hopefully for the phone call.

Describe yourself using song lyrics.

A winter's day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

People—basically good? Or basically bad?


You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

Ben came into the room and stopped short. “What the hell have you done?”
Nikolas looked up from his interesting activity and then to the woman lying by his feet. “You wanted me to make her swoon. She swooned.”
“Oh, for fuck’s sake, Nikolas! Swooning is not the same as fainting from fear!” Ben knelt by the slightly quivering woman, feeling for a pulse. “Give me that fucking knife. What did you do to her?”
“I merely pointed out that her questions betrayed a suspicious level of interest in my life.” He flicked his gaze to Ben and made his habitual and deadpan correction, “I meant to say our lives, of course.  I wanted to know why and who sent her. They were perfectly reasonable questions with very clear consequences should she lie. She lied, and so she is as you see her.” He pursed his lips, head titled to one side, regarding his victim. “She said her name was Raine O’Tierney and that she came from somewhere called The Home of Sweetness.”
“Exactly. Our stupid dog comes up with better cover names than that.”
“She’s coming round.”
Nikolas smirked and retrieved his knife. “Good, we can begin again.”

There…made you swoon.

(Raine loves it!)

What is one mistake you’ve made during your writing career that you’ve learned and grown from?

Read all reviews, good and bad, and take them all with an equal pinch of salt.

How do you think you’d handle yourself in the zombie apocalypse?

Brilliantly. I am prepared for it. More, I long for it to arrive. It’s hard being a trained killer with no one to kill. I miss it.

What important thing would you give up in order to continue writing?

Pretty much anything. I suppose I ought to say I wouldn’t sacrifice family or friends, but as they won’t read this, I can admit they’re on offer too.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

Oh, wired haired miniature ones! The ones that look like wolfhounds that have shrunk in the wash. I love dachshunds. If I had a dachshund he would not be given up in order to continue writing.
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Author Name: John Wiltshire
Book Name: Enduring Night
Series: More Heat Than The Sun Bk #7
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Pages or Words: 80,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Thriller
Goodreads Link
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Dana Jamroz

You’d have thought that Ben and Nikolas would have learnt that their romantic holidays inevitably end up as disasters. A short break on the polar ice sees them trapped in a nightmare of murder and deceit. Neither of them, however, foresees the long-term impact that endless winter has on their relationship. They return with a metaphorical darkness that threatens everything they have created together. Desperate and fearing for Nikolas’s life, Ben makes a bargain with a surprising ally. For the first time, Nikolas meets an enemy more powerful than he is. But fortunately, not as sneaky…


The view from the window hadn’t changed since the last time Ben had studied it—one grey, depressing wing of the building, the car park below, and some scraggly trees, still bare in January. Farther away, he could see the roofs of some houses, and perhaps, if he let his imagination run away with it, the distant hills of Bodmin moor. He didn’t speculate in the realms of fiction much these days. He brought his gaze back to the utilitarian architecture.

The seagull was back, perched on the sill, as it had been day after day. Sometimes, it tapped the window with its beak. Ben was never sure if the gull wanted in, or for him to open the window and join it outside, flying or falling. Freedom either way.

Secretly, Ben thought the gull was an albatross. It was so vast, so impressive, that it seemed inconceivable that it could be an ordinary gull blown in from Plymouth Sound and sitting on the grimy ledge. The first albatross perhaps to make it to England, tossed on ocean currents all the way from the Chatham Islands, lost, alone. If it was, then it was in good company. Ben had never felt so lost or so alone, and he had spent a fair proportion of his life being buffeted by metaphorical winds far stronger than those that prowled the vast oceans of the world. 

Available from MLR Books


*What inspired you to write Enduring Night?

I wanted to concentrate on taking Ben and Nikolas’s relationship a stage further than it’s gone in the previous six books. In Enduring Night, they both have to cope with the one thing they fear the most—losing each other. Each reacts in very different ways, and I wanted to explore how these reactions would affect the little world they’ve created for themselves.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your story?

I read the poem What is Death?, which the story is based upon, at a funeral once. That was very, very hard.

*What are your hopes for this title?

I’d like to delight my current fans and give them the best story so far in the series, but I’d also like to bring on some new fans as well—those who have been reluctant to give the books a go. Perhaps there are other readers out there who, like me, want mainstream stories with characters who happen to be gay. Then, of course, I want Bryan Fuller to read it and make that call I’m waiting for…(actually, Bryan, wait until Book 8 comes out. I think you’ll love that one even more…)

Meet the author:  

John is English, an ex-army officer, who emigrated to New Zealand and now spends his time surfing and procrastinating on YouTube.

Where to find the author:

Tour Dates & Stops:

26-Oct: BFD Book Blog, My Fiction Nook, Happily Ever Chapter
27-Oct: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Jessie G. Books, Boy Meets Boy Reviews
28-Oct: Wake Up Your Wild Side, MM Good Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Bayou Book Junkie
29-Oct: The Hat Party, Cheekypee Reads and Reviews

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