Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Interview with author Christopher Craven

Today we have with us author Christopher Craven. Christopher, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with us. I see you've got a book that just released on January 11th called October Sun, and another coming out on February 13th called An Executive Affair. Can you tell us a little bit about both books?

October Sun is about a lawyer, Miles Turner and his lover, Landon Black. Miles takes on a difficult case as a high profile defense attorney and also finds out that he has terminal cancer. The couple has just been invited to Landon’s family reunion in the snow capped mountains of Colorado where there are a few family members not quite accepting of their relationship nor sexual preference. With twists and turns of the case Miles is working on and a less than favorable client who is just not gonna be the most cooperative with Miles, he finds out that he has not long to live unless he undergoes aggressive chemo treatment. This is a story of discovering love and finding out what it takes to save it before it might be too late.

An Executive Affair is about an advertising exec, Jason Hughes, who finally achieves partner status of his firm when he has a newfound attraction to his secretary, Jon. Unaware completely of the can of worms he’s about to open up, Jason is still haunted by his past lover who committed suicide in their midtown apartment while just starting his career at Hanson Smith. When he’s invited to a Valentine’s Day dinner at his boss’s house to gain a new high dollar client, Jason encounters more than he may have bargained for.

What made you decide to start writing m/m romantic suspense?

I wanted to bring a new spectrum to the romance world that isn’t as common as generic male/male romance. I feel that romantic suspense offers a taste of the real life, since all humans are flawed and broken, fallen people. It’s human nature and far from perfect. If you ask me, it’s an honest look into the life of gay individuals that battle common day problems like you or I.

Have you had any problems writing in a field that is mostly dominated by female authors?

To be honest, I can’t say that I have encountered any problems as all of us have a slightly different story to tell and it’s what makes the romance world much more diverse.

What sort of books would we find on your bookshelves?

My bookshelves consist of anything from a rocky Nicholas Sparks read to the master of suspense himself, Mr. Dean Koontz. I read inside my genre as well, however most in the m/m world are e books. Within my virtual shelves you will find a range of Josh Lanyon LGBT mysteries to sweet sizzling tales penned by AJ Llewellyn.

What's your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?

I tend to find that I am a bit less detailed than my cohorts. But I wouldn’t consider descriptivenes my least favorite. Hands down, my favorite part of writing is the final edits. There’s no greater feeling in the world (okay maybe not the world) than seeing the recent accomplishment on your screen waiting to be tuned. After all, it’s finished it just needs a bit of what my editors call ‘nip/tuck.’

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Hmmm. Advice, this is a pretty common question Carla. To answer your question a bit differently than say other writers would give would have to be not to ever give up. It can take anywhere from a half month to a good year to produce a fabulous manuscript and in between then everyone will encounter writer’s block. Don’t let anyone tell you different, because it’s probably about as common as the need for drinking water.

Where can readers go to find out more about you and your books?

I encourage anyone interested in any of my works to visit my site at: http://cravenheat.blogspot.com/ or you can find most everything on the Amazon kindle store as well as All romance e books, Book Strand and Barnes & Noble for those of you Nook users.

Christopher, thank you so much for stopping by to chat with us today. We wish you the best of luck with your new titles!

Thank you, Carla. I enjoyed stopping by today and look forward to serving your readers with a new title or two to enjoy.

And now for one lucky person who leaves a comment between now and Sunday, February 27th, Christopher has offered to give away a gifted copy of October Sun or a copy of his short story An Executive Affair sent to your email via Amazon Kindle or All Romance e-books.  Good luck!

To read my review of October Sun, click here.

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