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How did you start writing, what were your first stories about?
I started writing online on a site called Booksie Silk. I will just admit it right now, I basically wrote erotic one-shots before attempting longer works. The first story I ever posted online is called An Innocence Lost. I still have the draft somewhere, but I don't have it posted anymore. I remember it as being rather cute, though. More cute than erotic.
Before that attempt at writing, I had started to write stories in Swedish, but they never got further than my own notebook.
Do you have a process for developing characters and to what degree are they modeled after people you know irl?
I'm not sure I can readily say that I follow a process when it comes to characters. Since writing takes time, characters sort of grow on me and I become attached. The best characters are created with loads of love--and with that I want to say that I fall in love with them a bit. If that happens, I get to know them a lot better, and in the end, they make for more in-depth personalities.
I do model characters after people in real life, but many times, the main characters comes more from myself than someone else. To make them different from each other, I usually try to tap into different personality traits that I have, and then I exploit that. I can also describe a past version of me. You'll never know...
You work on many different stories at the same time. Do you have any advice on keeping up with multiple stories, getting into the mindset for each one?
This is a tricky question, partly because I'm trying to move away from working with several at the same time. It is exhausting, and to some extent, one story often gets favored in front of the others, resulting in...not so good results. My advice is to focus on one story at a time, but if you hit a rough patch with a story, don't be afraid to write on something else.
Another advice that may be helpful is that when inspiration hits for a new story--which happens far too often when you're already writing on something--it's great to give that idea a couple of days. Plan the plot, nail down the characters, but don't give it more than a week. If it's a great plot, you'll return to it later.
Under which circumstances do you usually sit down and write? Do you need a certain type of food, drink, music or anything else that gets you into writing mood?
I need to be in a good mind-set, which means, not too stressed, nor too sad. Music can help sometimes, but I can usually only listen to classical music, or in the rare case, opera. That allows my brain to relax a bit and pumps me full of inspiration. If I want to write something dramatic, then it helps to play dramatic music in the background. I've written some of my most intense chapters with the opera Turandot in the background.
When you write, do you usually have to be in a specific place?
I prefer sitting, other than that, I'm sort of open to suggestion. I'm not overly fond of bustling places, though, so even if it sounds great to sit at a café or something similar, that simply doesn't work for me. I'm a people watcher, so if I have people around, my attention strays from the writing.
How well do you have to know your characters before you start writing your story?
Another difficult question. I enjoy getting to know my characters throughout the story, which then means that I perhaps don't know them very well from the start. However, this is also something that I'm trying to change. Stories become better with planning, and the same goes for characters. Right now, I've had a story idea bumping around in my mind since before Christmas, which means that I've thought of the characters from time to time for more than two months. During that time, I've definitely started to understand them better, but I still have plenty to learn when I finally start to write their story. It's exciting! I don't know if I actually answered the question, but just roll with it.
Have you ever given up on a story? if so, why?
Yes, several times. If a story isn't working, and if you're not feeling it, then it's useless to continue. I think it's better to make a few false starts and start again than forcing yourself through a storyline you don't believe in.
Do you plan on making a fantasy theme story?
One of my first stories was a fantasy story. I was/is called World of Io, and it dealt with more serious themes than my romance novels. However, I found that I didn't really have the knack for that type of storytelling. I'm better with characters and emotions, and fantasy is all about environment and world buildling in general. Romance fits me better, but maybe I'll write a fantasy romance one day. Tales from Talandhor, which is a short story collection as of yet, is an attempt to start constructing a world which I can later use for a longer plotline. I would love to write a full-lenght novel about Taywen and Celuvian, actually--but I have to wait until other stories are finished, so I'm guessing that it will take quite some time for that to happen.
How did you first begin to write bxb books. Who inspired you?
My first LGBT themed story was the story I mentioned before, An Innocence Lost. I began in the genre because I read J.R Ward's The Black Dagger Brotherhood series and found that the relationship between Qhuinn and Blaylock was the most intriguing one. So, all it took was one great story to spark my interest for a genre that definitely needs to get some well-deserved spotlight.
That was all of it for this time, but feel free to send me further questions if you'd like me to tell you more.