- When you start a book do you have the whole story planned or does it build progressively?
I have the basic outline planned and will have blocked in a few key scenes, but there are plenty of blank scenes still left to fill. As I get going I gradually fill in those blanks, and by the time I’m about a third of the way through I generally know exactly what I’ll be writing in coming scenes. That said, I’m always happy to be surprised by unexpected developments. I hadn’t planned either of the bridge scenes in Scrap, but after visiting Clifton Suspension Bridge, I knew I had to set a scene there. It was too stunning a location to leave out. And the same goes for the swing bridge scene down on the docks. It gave a bit of local flavour.
- What is the hardest part of writing your book?
Making myself sit down and write. I’m the queen of procrastination and can always find something else that needs doing, like folding laundry or cleaning behind the radiators. But once I force myself to get started, it’s usually addictive and I wonder why I was so reluctant to knuckle down and write.
- Do your characters ever take over and make the story go somewhere you didn’t plan?
All the time! I look forward the characters bringing something new to the table. It shows they’re fully-realised, autonomous creations with minds of their own.
- What makes you want to write?
It’s often stray lines in newspaper articles. Things that make you wonder what happened behind the scenes. That said, most of my stories begin with a key scene—often a comic one—that I want to weave the story around. With Scrap, it was an image of Dare and Solly (his Rottweiler) standing outside his Airstream caravan in the middle of yard of broken down old VW campers.
- Where do you write?
On an ancient laptop which doesn’t have an internet connection (essential to stop me getting distracted online), on my sewing table. It’s the most peaceful place in the house and I like writing in a place that’s set aside for working. That said, now I have a baby to contend with, I imagine I’ll have to write all over the place if I hope to get anything done. Probably with a sleeping baby on my lap. And covered in baby sick. It’s a glamorous life!
- What is your all time favorite book?
It’s got to be either Wuthering Heights or Michael Ende’s Neverending Story. I could reread those two endlessly.
- eBooks or print?
I’m all for eBooks these days, although I do prefer print for reference books. I’m trying to declutter at the moment in preparation for moving house, and I’m so glad that these days I buy all my music and books electronically, and stream all my TV box sets. Print editions are gorgeous though, and I do love my collection of gay romance paperbacks signed by the authors!
- Heels or flats?
I love an excuse to wear heels, but I’m in flats most of the time. Actually, most of the time I’m in my sheepskin slipper boots. Best footwear investment I ever made!
- If you had to do it all over again would you change anything in your first book?
If you’d asked me that a few years ago I’d have come up with all kinds of things I wanted to change after reading the reviews on Goodreads. But you know what? I don’t read reviews any more (except the ones I’ve requested), and I’m much more chilled out about what readers think. I will always pay attention to the feedback from my critique partners and my editor, but once the book is done, it’s done. So no, I think Barging In should stand as it is. It might not be perfect, but it was the best I could make it at the time. Dan and Robin will always have a special place in my heart.
When things come to a head, there’s nowhere to go but down…
The Bristol Collection, Book 3
On the surface, Derek “Call Me Dare” Nelson’s life is simple, doing up custom campervans while living in a slightly illegal caravan in his riverfront yard. When a handsome, smooth-talking developer offers to buy the land out from under his feet, Dare realizes it’s the same man he had to escort home from a party months ago for causing a drunken scene.
Grant Matravers lives a double life, attempting to adjust to weekends as a single, divorced gay man while staying closeted at work. The strain of keeping up the part-time pretense, missing his kids, and now a problematic attraction to the shave-headed, tattooed Dare, has worn his emotional barriers dangerously thin.
Dare blasts through those barriers in a way Grant isn’t prepared for, challenging everything he thought he knew about himself as a gay man. But as their chemistry heats up and the intimacy between them grows, Grant edges toward a decision that could blow up in his face. Exposing a hornet’s nest of complications that could destroy any chance for happily ever after.
Warning: Contains a man desperately in need of redemption, another with a chip on his shoulder the size of an oak tree, frotting in camper vans, a sensual head-shaving scene and several guest appearances from Mas.
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain, and her latest novel is the contemporary gay erotic romance, Scrap. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a new baby.
Jo will be giving away a choice of two titles from her backlist to one commentator on each blog tour stop. Just leave a comment and please include your email address so you can be contacted should you be chosen.
List of Blog Tour Stops for Scrap by Josephine Myles
10th March ~ Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
12th March ~ Boy Meets Boy Reviews
14th March ~ Love Bytes Reviews
18th March ~ Rainbow Gold Reviews
19th March ~ Boys In Our Books
20th March ~ Prism Book Alliance
In addition to the above Jo will be giving away a Camper Van USB Drive with all her books on it to one lucky winner chosen at random from all tour stops. Just enter the Rafflecopter draw below for your chance to win this great prize.
I would like to give a big Thank You to Jo for letting us take place in her Blog Tour