MM MARCH MADNESS!!
Twinsie Talk is proud to present the 3rd Annual MM March Madness – a month to focus on the M/M, F/F, M/M/F, M/F/M authors. We love these books and want to share it with the rest of the world. Each day we will post an interview. We will also include any reviews that we have done on these books as well as links to the books.
Our hope is that you will love this genre as much as we do! <3
Today is devoted to Lynn Kelling
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that weren’t afraid of the dark, didn’t hold anything back and always strived to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life – basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over 50 works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.
Tell us about something about you (not included in your normal author bio) that maybe not everyone knows about you.
For a relatively quiet and shy girl, I’ve always had an absolutely filthy imagination. This used to get me in trouble or function as a huge life distraction until I discovered the joys of writing erotic stories. I would always get really frustrated with books, movies, tv shows, etc. that didn’t include the “good parts”. I know some authors dread writing the steamy parts of their novels, but if I could, my books would be one humongous, kinky, weird (and exhausting!) sex scene. Might not be great for the plot but I’d have a lot of fun!
There’s been a trend in writing a series. How do you feel about series? Do you write them? Do you think they are easier or harder?
My books tend to become series when I don’t plan or it or particularly want them to. But when there’s more story left to tell, or reader/editor/publisher interest in learning about other aspects of the characters’ (or secondary characters’) lives, I usually can’t resist diving in to see what happens. I will say though that writing sequels is the hardest thing for me to do. Prequels are easier, but brand new stories are the best. I’ve never actually set out on book one with the intent to make it into a series.
Where do you do most of your writing?
There’s a giant stuffed blue chair and ottoman in my house that I like to camp out on with my iPod and a tall glass of water or mug of coffee. It has a sunny view of the street in front of my house and is in the main traffic area (with kids and hubby constantly coming and going and wanting to chat), so it’s not the most private or quietest spot, but it’s worked so far.
What are you currently reading? Any suggestions for your favorite books (beside your own, of course)?
My plate has been so full and I’ve been too stressed to read much besides comics, actually (but there’s a long list of them I’ve been regularly devouring!) The book I’m currently reading is Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson, which is a collection of weird and wonderful short stories. I tend to read books that are either thousands of pages long, or super short. A few of my favorites are The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (really hard to get through but well worth the effort!), The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman (I named my son after one of the characters), and We So Seldom Look on Love (the most unique stories of love and sex I’ve ever read) by Barbara Gowdy.
Do you feel that this genre is growing? And what do you contribute to that growth or decline?
I feel that it’s growing in part to the world’s expanding awareness that erotic fiction exists, and that not all romance novels are the Harlequin type. The increased conversation around and growth of civil rights for the LGBTQ community has also helped to make the beautiful, wide diversity of people around us something more familiar to the widest audience. The more questions that are asked, the more minds are opened to new possibilities. Books are a great way to satisfy one’s curiosity.
What is the most surprising thing you have learned about writing?
Something I wasn’t aware of until the past few years is that a writer is never completely satisfied unless they have just written something. Wanting to write is just as irksome as actively doing it, or not doing it at all. Writing itself is a compelling need, with the author constantly questioning the quality of what they’re producing. You love it and hate it in equal measure. At the same time, the discoveries that come from writing are always there for the writer, no matter what else they might be going through. It’s therapeutic and invigorating and a great way to feel wonderfully alive.
What are you working on now?
My next release is Caged Jaye, the prequel to Arctic Absolution (http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/lk1-1-000251/): It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend and his mother—the people he loves most and who make life worth living. But, faced by his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with boyfriend, Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, he wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices and survive, no matter what it costs. (M/M) After that, a short story prequel in the Twin Ties series, called Only the Lonely (http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/lk1-1-000272/), will be released: Evan Savage is a young teen desperately searching for something to hold on to and a way to be noticed. Living in rural Whippoorwill, Pennsylvania, his only family is an absentee father who leaves Evan alone for days at a time while away for work. Friendless and bullied at school, with only a nearby preacher named Jimmy to look out for him; Evan gratefully accepts attention wherever and however he gets it. Sometimes it feels like part of him is missing, and every day the void consumes more of Evan’s ability to fight back against his circumstances. While looking at himself in the mirror within a recurring dream, his reflection keeps reaching out to him with happiness he doesn’t feel, from a world different than his own, though much less tangible. Anonymous sexual encounters with strange men satisfy Evan’s need for company and reassurance that he’s someone worth wanting, as well as test his boundaries. But, faced with the growing temptation to slip away for good, it’s up to Jimmy, and Evan’s dream-world counterpart, to try to keep him there.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
Watch a good movie while cuddled up to my hubby, with a glass of whiskey and a little bit of chocolate to savor.
Tell us about the highest HIGH and lowest LOW in your career so far. How has it changed you?
It’s hard to pick just one high and one low. The first set would have to be when my first book, Deliver Us, was released. It was something I’d never dreamed would happen, so it was quite thrilling and bewildering, like an entire new life had just opened up to me. The low that came with it was due to some negative reviews, but I tried to keep growing my skills, learning from my mistakes, and always strive to remember that you’re never going to please everyone all the time. Since then, I try to do justice to the characters and always try to write the story I’d most want to read. I’ve come a long way since then, and writing has gotten me through some really tough moments in my life, so I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Enter the giveaway!! You could win a Kindle from the Twinsies or one of the great prizes donated by our featured authors during the MM March Madness Celebration!!
Lynn Kelling has donated 1 free ebook of any single story of your choosing from my entire back catalogue will be awarded to a lucky commenter
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A big THANK YOU to all of the authors participating in our month long celebration!! We appreciate all that you do!!! MUAH!!
Much Love from the Twinsies!!! Angie, Brenda, Deb, Kelly, Kristi, Jen, Jo, and Melinda!!!