And, now, for something a little bit different… “Gender-fluidity at its best”
Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey, Beverly and Tamara, thank you for having me. I am honored to be here. Your blog site has a terrific and very creative premise. You can’t walk away from it without knowing that someone loves you!
Beverly and Tamara: Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I write adult and young adult m/m romance in science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary genres. My stories are sweet, yet steamy, and end happily ever after. I was raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather. It made for a colorful upbringing. As a result, I don’t conform, don’t fit in, am epic awkward, and live to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. I am in a constant state of fascination with the trivial. When not writing, I can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions (I detest waiting in lines), and marveling at all things ordinary.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when writing?
It is crucial that I have continuous supplies of water and coffee, reasonable quiet or good music, and a pen and paper for notes. And Tumblr is a must.
Beverly: When did you begin writing?
I wrote my first novel, a four-page masterpiece, at the age of seven. It was released to rave reviews from my fan base of three, my pets
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Though they have some common traits, heroes come in all shapes and sizes, Tamara. Honesty, integrity, a bit of that infernal internal conflict, and an absolute determination and willingness to protect sentient creatures and the universe; and my heroes never leave home without a rainbow cape. Of course, being good-looking, sexy, and well *glances over shoulder before whispering* endowed certainly doesn’t hurt.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? Which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
That’s a tough, question, Beverly. I have a wild, unfettered imagination and am unashamed to admit that I mentally ravish my characters as often as possible. That said, I must confess that I favor Ffolant. He is a human-Jupitarian hybrid and the assassin in the novel Shooting Star. He is a tortured soul yet has an altruistic heart of gold. And an incredibly hot, sexy, unique body.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? And why?
Emotional scenes. As authors, we give a piece of ourselves up to each of our stories and to lay emotions bare on a page is tough.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
*Laughs* How much of your blog can I use to list them, Beverly?
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
I’m terribly shy so, as a young adult, he would be soft-spoken, artistic Noah of David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy. As an adult, he would be Jacob Hoyle of Josh Lanyon’s Heart Trouble. He’s intuitive, sexy, gentle, and caring.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or, would like to have done? What? We are all about the love!
*Clears throat * Beverly, I can safely say that I have never been caught on film. I’ll leave it there.
Tamara: Who are your favorite types of heroines? Do you prefer a damsel in distress who needs saving or a kick-ass woman of substance? Why?
Most women scare me. I like trendsetting heroes like Andrej Pejic who are gorgeous, daring, innovative, and just a little bit trashy.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
*groans* My most incredible date ever turned out to be the absolute worst, Beverly. We’d been dating a couple of weeks and I was certain he was the one. We had the most romantic evening in Paris; a walk along the Seine, dinner and wine on the Bateaux Mouches, then went back to his place and things got hot and steamy, but when things got down to it – well, let’s simply say that I had been misled. I left quickly, most of my clothes in hand, and cursing mercilessly. Thank Gawd I was in Paris. The cabdriver didn’t so much as bat an eyelash as I dressed in his cab. I cried for nearly a week.
Tamara: Oh now you really have me curious!
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Understanding that a pair is a singular set, Tamara, I’d like to have a solar powered laptop, access to the internet, and a pair of sexy men.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
I must restrict myself to one, Beverly? Hardly seems reasonable. That would be my special him dressed in bittersweet chocolate syrup.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
It would only seem fair that you allow me a bucket list, Tamara. First, it would be to become a published author of quality adult m/m romance. I’ve written for other venues for years but haven’t tried my hand at my favorite genres until now. Second, I’ve traveled a fair amount of the world but there is so much more I have yet to see.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught buck naked in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl.)
It always seems to happen when we’re terribly young and naïve, doesn’t it? Dare I say that I can compete? It was the middle of the night. We lost more than half our clothing and were, well, busy on a secluded walk-bridge over one of the canals in Venice, California… and accidentally went over the side and into the water… Though we safely rescued ourselves, a concerned resident in one of the waterfront bungalows thought it best to call 911. The police came… with EMT’s in tow… and a crowd of onlookers gathered. It was beyond humiliating.
Tamara: Oh, look Beverly, a kindred spirit!
If you were a color what would you be and why?
Aquamarine. The color of the Caribbean Sea. It’s cool and soft on the senses.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
It’s a toss-up. If it were who, it would be my fans. They share stories with me that continually refresh my perception of love. If it were what, it would be books. When books are opened, we discover that we have wings and we dare to soar through every sort of love story imaginable.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Uh, uh, uh. Top secret. Truthfully, it is fans who bring me absolute joy. They are brutally honest and I adore them for that reason above all others.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Grigio Perla thong in red.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee.
Tall, dark and handsome or blond and buff? Both. At once.
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth everywhere.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Bittersweet chocolate.
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet and hot.
Fast or slow? Slow with verve.
Public or private? Private.
Top or bottom? Oh, no, no, no. Out of bounds.
Thanks so much!
Aisling is an author of romance who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes adult fantasy, adult gay erotica, and gay YA romantic fiction, all under pseudonym. You can contact Aisling and read excerpts of upcoming novels at Aisling Mancy, author of fine erotica /http://www.aislingmancy.blogspot.com. You can also find Aisling on Facebook Aisling Mancy – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aisling.mancy?ref=tn_tnmn and Goodreads Aisling Mancy – Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6549842-aisling-mancy. You can also read excerpts of Aisling’s gay YA novels at C. Kennedy http://www.ckennedyauthor.blogspot.com/ and find Cody Kennedy on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5816900.C_Kennedy and on Facebook Cody Kennedy – Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cody.kennedy.942?ref=ts&fref=ts. Right now, Aisling doesn’t tumble, pint, yah, goog, or tweet or any other of the machinations that exist in social media, but Aisling does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader. If you write Aisling an email, Aisling will respond, short though it may be.
Shooting Star blurb (Coming Summer 2013):
It was the year 3012.
First, there had been the stem-cell scientists and gene-splicers, and then came interstellar travel. Under the auspices of the Human Genome Project, they created a race of human-alien hybrids with hermaphroditic traits and superior psychokinetic powers. A millennium later, they named them an abomination before God and called for their annihilation. They.
Ffolant was the most powerful human-Jupitarian hybrid in existence and they came after him. They. At age eighteen, they had murdered his parents before his eyes to make a point. They. They sheared his wings and genetically enhanced him. And almost killed him in the process. They. Then they made him a tracker – of his own kind. They.
Now, at twenty-two, he was their most trusted assassin. He was elite and he loathed it. Rebellion thundered behind his eyes and hatred burst like caustic fireworks in his mind. The need for insurrection permeated his veins, bittersweet saccharin on his senses and a cloying miasma on humanity’s horizon. A storm was coming.