Carol March’s blog is full of writing advice and the occasional guest post. She also offers services for writers off her site. If your curious as to what she has to offer, or what advice she gives, I recommend checking out her blog.
Tell us about you and your blog: What is it about and where can we read it?
I write speculative fiction─fantasy, horror and science fiction. I also teach classes: how to get unblocked for beginning writers, writing for healing, which is one of my passions, and how to be more creative in your life. My blog is at CarolHollandMarch.com and covers articles on writing and spirituality as well as book reviews. You can also read some of my fiction there.
How frequently do you post m/m reviews?
I post reviews when I have read something interesting and when I have something positive to say. If I don’t like a book, I tend not to finish it, so I don’t review it. I’m a picky reader and time is at a premium with my other commitments, so I don’t review everything I read, but I’m trying to get more organized about it. I also don’t post reviews of what I dislike, because hey, I have specific tastes, and someone else might love what bores me to tears. I’m currently reading Josh Lanyan’s book Man oh Man, which is a great resource for anyone writing m/m resources. I will probably review it soon.
What makes you so passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?
I just finished writing a m/m romantic metaphysical fantasy called The Dreamwalkers of Larreta. It is set on multiple worlds, including Earth, and most of them are places where all sexual pairings are accepted as normal. I feel strongly about exploring the concept that the judgments against being different that are so prevalent in our society are not the only option and that societies can exist where all the pairings are “normal.’I have always been drawn to m/m romantic stories, maybe because there is so much inherent conflict. The idea of characters coming to terms with their shadows, or twins, also fascinates me.
I have written f/f, m/f, and m/m, but my longer works all include m/m romances. The books I enjoy most are those that are speculative, fantasy or sci fi, and are multi-layered and character-based. I’m fine with explicit sexuality, but get bored if there is no plot or if I can’t care about the characters. I get tired very easily of characters who bicker because there is no real conflict in the book.
When did you start blogging?
I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half.
Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs. What about yours makes it unique compared to others?
My blog is about many things, including writing and creativity. I have pondered putting out more material on the history of m/m pairings, and am especially interested in ancient societies, such as Crete and Greece. There’s a lot of wonderful art from those periods, much of it very explicit. I have a novel planned that is set in Crete and when I start it, that will probably give me the impetus to either extend the blog or maybe put up a different website focused on the ancient art and customs.
What are some m/m books that you would consider the best that you’ve read all year?
I am quite taken with John Tristan’s novels. I read The Adorned and just loved the characters and the world building. I’m currently reading his latest, The Sheltered City, which is very different, but also beautifully written.
I am researching historical fiction and in that context have been reading Jo Graham’s novels of the ancient world, including a rewrite of the Aeneid, Black Ships, another take on the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s death, Stealing Fire, and The Hand of Isis, set at the time of Cleopatra. Not only does she have m/m romances in all her books, she delves into reincarnation, one of my favorite topics. I’ve been enamored of the love affair between Alexander and Bagoas since reading The Persian Boy long ago, and Graham made me happy by giving Bagoas another male lover after Alexander’s death. I’m a terrible romantic at heart.
I’ve also been enjoying Josh Lanyan. In addition to his nonfiction book, he writes mysteries, which I’m generally not a huge fan of, but I like his characterization of modern male relationships.
What would you like to see more of in m/m literature that you don’t see now?
I’d like to see more speculative fiction that is character and plot based, and does not depend on repetitive sex scenes. Along the lines of Lynn Lewellying’s books, in which the two male lovers have adventures within the bonds of a committed relationship.
What do your readers prefer: excerpts, interviews, cover reveals or reviews?
Reviews seem to be popular, but I’m just starting out, so ask me again in another year or so!