Interview with Author Andrew Grey

Andrew-Grey

Andrew Grey is known for his novels Love Means…No Shame and A Shared Range. When not writing, he can be found traveling or antiquing. His ability to write believable characters and situations help bring his readers through the pages, wanting more.

What got you interested in writing m/m fiction?

I started reading it while I was working out and then decided to try writing.  I think the stories really spoke to me because I had never written before.  I gave it a shot and the rest is history.

How did you begin your career and how did you grow your fan base to be so humongous? 

I started writing when the stories began welling up inside.  As for building an audience, that takes time and perseverance.  I go to conventions and do signings.  I write a lot of blogs and make myself available for interviews.  I also try to be nice to everyone I meet and help out those I can.  I believe an audience is built one reader at a time.

You write under a pseudonym. Why?

Mostly its for internet privacy.

How has traveling the world effected your writing?

It has given me material and locations for books that I would never be able to have.  I’ve also met a ton of different people and had amazing experiences that I can draw on.  I spent months in The Netherlands and a lot of those experiences ended up in Dutch Treat.  I travelled to Vienna with Dominic and some of those experiences ended up in Accompanied by a Waltz.

Who is the LAST person you‘d want to discover you write m/m fiction and how do you think they’d respond?

I really don’t have anyone that fits into that category.  My family and friends all know what I write and I have an amazing support system around me.  I am very blessed.

While antiquing, have you found something that you could not live without?

Its funny, but with collecting antiques that  every piece that speaks to you becomes something you can’t live without.  Over the years Dominic and I have become much more discerning and we are very careful about the pieces we buy.  We have to love them and they must be special.  (Otherwise the house will one day explode)

Why do you think so many women love to read m/m?

I think they opened their hearts to the genre and fell in love with it just the way I did.  I have to say that I an grateful for all my readers and I love each of them.  The women of M/M, both readers and authors have taught me so much about what it means to truly be open to love.  The ladies are giving, caring, lovely people and I thank god for each of them. I’ve asked the women why they read mm and the answers I get are as varied as the people.

What is it like to have recently started to give insight into your own life and love on your blog? Sharing these stories must be exciting. 

I have often thought of writing Dominic’s and my love story.  Instead of putting it in a book because each of my stories has a part of us in it, I decided it would be fun to do it as blog entries.  Which reminds me I need to do another one soon.  🙂

What are you currently working?

I am writing a story called Strictly business.    Hunter Wolf is the child of alcoholic parents and works as an escort in Las Vegas.  At a club he rescues Grant, someone he went to high school with, from an uncomfortable situation.  Grant is a school teacher whose parents, like Hunter’s, suffered from alcoholism.   They had different experiences, Hunter was raised in foster care and Grant by his grandmother.  Grant captures Hunter’s attention and when something as simple as a lost credit card brings them back together, he finds that there may be more to Grant than just another guy.  But his life isn’t particularly suited to a long term relationship and their situation is a recipe for disaster.  To have any hope of making things work, both Grant and Hunter need to open themselves to each other and determine how much they are willing to give up for the chance at love.

Tell me about your writing process from idea to finished draft? Do you rewrite to death? Do you outline?

I’m a pantser.  I sit down and write my story.  I do develop character sheets and notes on important details for consistency, but mostly I just write and enjoy the process.

How long does it typically take you to write a novel?

About three weeks or so.  Some take longer and others come in a flurry.  I have written a novel in as little as 16 days.  I thought my head would explode.

Did the fact that Geoff goes from city boy to living on a farm play a key role in Love Means…No Shame?

Yes it did.  Farm kids often leave.  Farm life is hard and the kids who grow up there often want to experience the bigger world.  Geoff had done that but he found out it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  Then he was called home and his life changed in ways he never imagined.

What advice do you have for those thinking about writing gay romance and what advice do you have for those who are trying to build an audience from scratch? 

My advise is to always write what you love and feel passionate about.  That passion will come through in the writing and help you connect with your audience.  As for building an audience, that takes time and perseverance.  But it all starts with your passion on the page.

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Jamie Lake is the author of Bad Boy: Naughty at Night and other m/m gay romance novels.

      

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