Today I have Brita Addams visiting, so let's go see what we can find out...
Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.
I'm Brita Addams, and I write both m/m and m/f erotic romance. I have written several historical romances, including my Sapphire Club series and have recently delved into the contemporary realm, starting with Free Me and In His Arms, the beginning of a new series, Romeo Club, and into A Minute After Midnight and An Evening at the Starlight.
Please tell us a bit about your book.
I actually have two books on this blog tour, both for the Timeless Desire series. One is A Minute After Midnight, which is the story of Logan and Reid, two men who lost each other due to circumstances beyond their control and have been lost ever since.
The other is An Evening at the Starlight, which I bill as a poignant story of love and desire. It fits very closely with the theme of Timeless Desire.
What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?
For Midnight, I wanted a contemporary tale of two men finding their way in the world. The motivation was really that simple. The characters guided me, which is always a thrilling experience for me. They literally took the wheel and made their needs known to me.
In Starlight, Royal and Doe are very dear to my heart. I loosely patterned their story on that of my great Uncle Roy and Aunt Dorothy. The story behind their story is on my website and I invite everyone to come and read about them.
Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?
Midnight gave me fits at times, simply because Logan and Reid are very independent thinkers. There was a fine line between keeping them manly men and giving in to their need to be the people they were when they first parted. Ultimately, they showed me their deep-seeded humanity, and the rest was rather easy.
Starlight was a joy from start to finish. From Bud's snappy repartee, right down to the final line, when everything is revealed in just a few words, I loved writing this book. It flowed beautifully, made me laugh and made me cry. I'm very attached to this one.
When / Where / How do you write?
I usually write during the daytime, when the house is quiet. I don't have the television on (breaking a lifelong soap opera habit) and since my children are grown, and two no longer live at home. My husband is retired, but he has more than enough to keep him occupied while I hammer away at my laptop in the living room.
I've commandeered half the love seat, two cushions on the sofa and the back of the sofa, as well as an end table, all in the name of my craft. I don't like sitting up at a desk (did that for many years as an office manager), so I am quite comfy with my laptop and my sweet puppy, Fiona, laying next to me, all cuddled up, keeping my right leg nice and warm.
At five o'clock, my sweet darling husband has dinner ready—he is the best cook in the world—and we then settle into our evening, joined by our youngest daughter, who lives with us, thank the good Lord above. She's a writer too, Lindsay Marene Ordone and has one book out with Decadent.
Do you have some other qualification/interest/something else you do besides being a writer?
Aside from being a mother, a grandmother and a wife, I'm also a non-professional genealogist and have many for over twenty years. I've spent many hours tramping through cemeteries back in my home state of New York, recording gravestones for myself and for the local historical society. I can trace branches of my mother's family back to the Plantagenets. There's an old genealogy saying – "It all leads back to the Plantagenets," and I can honestly say, I haven't found too many branches in my own family tree to disprove that. Except maybe my father's Norwegian side. Nary a one of them are related to any English speaking persons.
What book/s are you reading at the moment?
I'm reading Erastes' Muffled Drum. Leads back to my love of historicals and the m/m genre in particular.
Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?
Inspiration yes, two actually. Aleksandr Voinov is a genius, both as a writer and as a person. I've been fortunate enough to have Aleks as a mentor for some time now and he isn't afraid to call me on something if he doesn't see it working. He's helped me and taught me things about writing that will stay with me forever. I love his work, which has helped me expand my reading into sub-genres I hadn't ever foreseen myself reading—particularly military. He's brilliant.
The second is my friend Bryl R. Tyne. Bryl doesn't realize how genius he is, I tell him that all the time. He's poetic one minute and hard-ass the next, but always he writes beautiful stories about men everyone wishes they knew.
Bryl and I talk a lot about writing and honing our craft. He's taught me to appreciate the beauty of character creation, helped me with passive/active voice by telling me WHY it passive doesn't work (a key in me learning something, the why) and even has helped me write blurbs. He's a master at blurb writing, as many of his authors know.
I love both these guys and I know I wouldn't be where I am today without their input.
What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a m/m historical called For Men Like Us. Two very broken men, each with their own set of problems.
Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?
Just a quick mention of my Romeo Club series. Romeo Club #1: Surprises is out now, with the second in the series being released in December. Each is a short, about 5,000 works. More about them can be found on my website.
Here's where I can be found around the net:
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website URL: http://www.britaaddams.com
Blog URL: http://www.britaaddams.com
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4093476.Brita_Addams
Thanks so much!
Thanks for visiting, Brita. Sounds like you're a very busy lady! Good luck with your up-coming projects.