For my interview this week, I'd like to present Amazon bestselling author, Scarlet Blackwell.
1. How did you get your start writing gay fiction and/or erotica?
The predictable answer is that I used to write fan fiction. I'd been writing straight romance a long time and had written 3 novels, 2 of which were rejected by publishers. After that, I got into slash fanfic somewhere down the line after reading some made me intrigued to see if I could do it too. After a few years, I became dissatisfied. I had quite a big following and felt somewhat like a big fish in a little pond, so I decided to try my hand at swapping it to be a small fish in a big pond. I didn't think I'd ever make any money from it.
2. What inspires you?
Films, TV, music, real life. The inspiration for Beached Hearts came from a documentary on the Discovery channel for example. Secondhand Heart came about due to my firm belief in organ donation. For many of my other books, I can't even remember how I thought of them, but random ideas pop into my head all the time. Sometimes I think of an interesting location to set a story first, or a job one of my characters might have.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
My aim is to quit my day job and write full time.
4. If you had to choose, which one of your novels do you like the most and why?
It's a hard decision to make but I'd say Rescue Me. It has a real, heartless bastard of a character that you love to hate but who finds his redemption at the end with the man he loves.
(Nathan: I love stories like this. Redemption character studies are very interesting to me).
5. If you had a message for your readers and fans, what would it be?
I write dark, flawed characters and often explore controversial topics. If you're looking for sugar and spice, you won't find it with me. If you like me, please spread the word. If you don't, leave me a one star review on goodreads. I'm going to collect them all and publish them in a book: "My shit reviews" by Scarlet Blackwell.
(Nathan: lol..as a fellow author, I can relate. I too have had my share of bad reviews. People can be really hurtful sometimes).
Nathan: Scarlet's new novel, Snowbound, is available on Aug. 6, 2011.
Scarlet's books are available on Amazon.com.