Miri Thompson is an author whose blog is mostly writing articles she found helpful and some free stories. Maintaining two blogs sounds tricky, but she does it well. If you’re looking for a great place to find free reads and helpful tips, definitely check out her blog.
Tell us about you and your blog. Where can we read it?
I started out with a LiveJournal blog, where I found communities that explored the kind of stories and genres I liked: LGBTQ stories and stories involving power exchange. I’m still active there, but my official blog is now mirithompson.net.
So far I’ve used my official blog to post about choices I’ve made in world-building (the unequal place of women in the fantasy city-state of Halcrest) and to recommend links to writing articles that I’ve found helpful. Going forward, I hope to include posts about books I’ve read and loved, as well as things I’ve learned about writing that might be useful to other authors. The next post will probably be “Five Things I’ve Learned from Working with a Co-Author.”
How often do you tend to post m/m reviews?
I’m much more a writer than a reviewer. I like to talk about the books I love—which ones got me thinking, which ones pressed my buttons in all the right ways, which ones I learned more about characterization, pacing or structure from. I focus on that rather than on more formal critiques. So many people out there are better at the formal critiques than I am!
What makes you passionate about reading and reviewing m/m books?
I’ve always been drawn to same sex relationships in fiction: even buddy stories or non-romantic stories are more intriguing to me if they include two male main characters or two female main characters. All the more so for romantic or erotic fiction!
A male-male or female-female pairing works best for me when dealing with power exchange as well—one reason is that’s just who I am. Another might be because such pairings bypass our cultural baggage when it comes to male-female relationships. I do explore such cultural baggage now and then, but it’s not the main theme of what I write.
How long ago did you start blogging?
I can’t remember! I started out by dabbling with original d/s fiction—much of it hetero, believe it or not; I didn’t know anything else was out there—at least a decade ago. Then I discovered fan fiction. I made my first post on LiveJournal as Miri Thompson on August 10th, 2012. That’s when I started to serialize what became my first novel: Without Restrictions. It’s also when I got serious about my writing.
Many of my readers love reading m/m blogs. What about yours makes it unique compared to others?
While most of my stories are M/M, I’m not exclusively an M/M author. I like to explore lesbian, bi and ace characters as well. I’m also a sucker for stories with a strong friendship or bromance, regardless of the orientation of the characters. And I love to explore the nuts and bolts of writing and world building—that’s the sort of thing you’ll find on my blog.
What are some of the best m/m books that you’ve read all year?
Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon is one of my favorites—I eat up Lanyon’s blend of romance and mystery. Meanwhile, I can’t get enough of the characters, magic and world building K.J. Charles pulls off in the A Charm of Magpies series.
What would you like to see more of in m/m literature that you don’t see now?
This is more of an industry wide issue, not specific to M/M: I’m starting to see more main characters of diverse races and cultural backgrounds—but we all have a ways to go.
Do your readers prefer excerpts, interviews, cover reveals or reviews?
My readers are usually looking for stories and excerpts, I think. I hope they don’t mind my ramblings about the writing process in the meanwhile!