Dangerous Waifs, Locked Doors, and Gothic Drama in Space! Interview and giveaway with Becky Black
I’m excited to welcome Becky Black, queen of space travel m/m! The fifth book in Becky’s awesome Travelers series, Travelers #5: Chrysalis Cage, was released last week by Loose Id., and I for one can’t wait to get reading! Becky is also going to be donating a copy of Travelers #5: Chrysalis Cage to one lucky commenter
Gothic dramas often have an innocent waif of a character somewhere isolated and in the power of a mysterious, scary, though strangely attractive man. And somewhere there’s a room they must not go into. I’s switched things up a bit. The waif is the one in control and could be a threat. Jarrett, who should be the scary, dangerous one is helpless and there is a room he must not go into. There’s also a ghost – sort of.
Q. What inspired you to become a writer of sci-fi m/m?
I didn’t know the m/m romance genre even existed until a friend on Live Journal reviewed some m/m historical. I’d always liked stories with gay characters. People who are outside of the mainstream of society and walk their own path for whatever reason are always interesting. But this m/m romance was something new to me. Different from gay literature. Different from mainstream fiction with gay characters who tended to come to a Bad/Sad End. These guys got to have a happy ending! I started reading the books and decided to try writing my own. I was already writing at that point, but m/m romance was, I realised, the place for me to be, and that it was time to have a go at submitting for publication. Being a long-time science fiction fan the ideas I get usually fit a futuristic setting. I love the milieu and I love seeing people out in space and living their lives there while dealing with all the same emotional problems we’ve dealt with throughout history.
I still have a day job – so a typical day depends on if it’s a work day or not. If it is work, I get out of there at 4pm and get home fast as I can to give myself as much writing time as possible in the evening. If I’m especially busy with writing – like during NaNoWriMo for example – I’ll take my netbook to work and write at lunchtimes in the coffee shop. I’ve long ago lost any shyness about writing hot lovin’ there. Anyone who peeks over my shoulder deserves what they get! So I get home and buzz around for a while, until I settle down for a couple of hours of writing. Of course there’s also lots of busywork, website updating, promo, blogging etc to do as well as actual writing. But I do okay, I get it done.
Weekends are like the evening but stretched out across the whole day. Chores and reading and chilling in the morning, then a long afternoon session of writing. Maybe some in the evening if I am dead busy.
But I promise I do go out sometimes too!
Q. Which character(s) from your books would you most like to find as a stowaway on your spaceship? And which least?
Hmm, well Kit the eponymous Stowaway himself would be fun, but kind of tiring. He’s such a party animal that boy. Adam from Higher Ground is a party boy too, but lazy enough to be less tiring than Kit. You know, I’m going to go with Zach from Higher Ground. I like an intellectual man! Least? Aw, that seems so mean! But I’d have to go for one of the broody boys, Karl or Greg from Liar’s Waltz or Alex from Ganymede Tilt, because they’d spend too much time brooding on the Obs deck.
Q. As a writer, what is your ultimate ambition?
I would love to do this full time one day. I envy those writers who can. To have the choice to structure my day the way I want it. To cut out the commuting. To get more sleep… But even if it never happens, just going on getting new books out there and read by people is the main reason I write. Sharing characters and their stories with people. As long as I can do that I’ll be happy.
Q. Any exciting WIPs to tell us fans about?
I’ve got one in the editing phase that’s a bit of a departure – since it’s contemporary. But it’s contemporary after the zombie apocalypse. Love in the time of zombies you might say. And this means I can’t watch The Walking Dead series DVD I have until after I finish this book.
Another is the start of a series, following the same characters though three books as they meet and build their relationship and create their happy ever after. I’m something of a series person. Characters often won’t leave me alone after their book is done. That one should be ready for submitting quite soon. And I have lots of ideas in the pipeline. It’s going to be a busy year!
Blurb: Rebel fighter Jarrett is helpless in the care of Marc, an Earther who considers him a terrorist. Jarrett’s only chance of escape is to seduce Marc before he claims the huge reward on Jarrett’s head.
Jarrett Blake’s escaping from prison after months of torture and solitary confinement, but his bid for freedom ends when his stolen ship crashes into a remote moon. He wakes to find himself with two broken legs and helpless in the care of Marc Satie, a technician stationed alone at an isolated monitoring station. Marc saved Jarrett’s life, but was it an act of mercy or does he want to claim the reward on Jarrett’s head? It’s a big reward—as befits the most wanted terrorist in the galaxy.
Jarrett gradually recovers under Marc’s care and seduces him, hoping Marc will never turn his lover over to the authorities. As time passes. Jarrett begins to think of it as more than a seduction. Marc is beautiful, gentle and kind and Jarrett’s had none of those things in his life for a long time. He wants Marc at his side permanently.
But Marc has a secret and the exposure of it will show Jarrett he’s been in more danger than he ever realized. Marc is not the man Jarrett thought he was. After the truth comes out, Marc proposes a daring plan. If it succeeds they can walk away together as free men. But they have very different ideas about where they’re walking to.
Thanks, Becky! Becky is also blogging today over at Dirty Birdie Authors! Check out her blog on “Why no writing is ever wasted” here.
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