Hi Andrew, thanks for stopping in. I’m so excited to have you visit. Today we are focusing on An Unsettled Range, part of the Range series. I have a few questions for you.
Title: An Unsettled Range
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Range, #3
Release Date: January 9th 2012
Genre: M/M, Romance, Western
Review: 4.5 drops!
The last thing Liam Southard expects when he flees his abusive father is to be taken in by a couple of gay ranchers. Soon he has a new job and a new perspective on his sexuality, and his life starts to turn around. Then someone pulls a gun on him.
In Troy Gardener’s defense, the gun thing was a mistake. Between his marriage falling apart and living in his uncle’s isolated hunting cabin, he’s been a little edgy. He wants to make it up to Liam, and once he discovers how much they have in common, he wants even more. But with Liam’s father popping in unexpectedly and a mining company threatening the ranch’s water supply, the only guarantee is that life is never going to be boring.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Muskegon Michigan, but call Central Pennsylvania home.
What or who inspired you to write?
I got an idea and decided to write it down. That idea turned into my first novel and I never looked back.
And how long have you been writing?
A little over five years.
Wow! So many books for such a short time.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Once I finished the manuscript for my first novel. It was at that point that I let myself believe I could really do it.
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
My characters do speak for themselves. What’s in my books isn’t necessarily what I want to happen, but what my characters tell me as part of their story.
Glad to hear I’m not the only one with opinionated characters that rule the writing.
What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author?
Probably not. I doubt I’m adventurous or engaging enough to keep Frank’s interest for long.
Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?
I’ve written over forty novels and novellas. At the time I’m working on a story, my characters speak to me, but after that the next story begins and those characters ‘take up residence.’ It’s rare for characters to continue to speak to me after a story is done. A few exceptions are Wally and Dakota, Geoff and Eli, Robbie and Joey.
Oh, I just love Kota and gang!
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?
Not generally. My characters generally tell me their stories in as straight forward a way possible. I don’t have a great deal of patience for wandering stories or conversations that stray off topic, so my characters don’t either.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
God, yes all the time. Real people I meet, real things that happen make it into my books all the time, or at least versions of them do. My family has stopped telling me their stories because they’re afraid I’ll use them in my books.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I generally write a story from beginning to end. I’m not an out liner, I simply sit down and write my story.
How did you come up with the title?
My partner generally comes up with the titles. I’m not very good at it, but he’s amazing. All of the Range Series titles as well as The Taste of Love series titles were his.
He sounds it. It’s great he’s so supportive of you and your work
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If I have one theme it’s family. As gay people we often make our own unconventional families and sometimes my stories are about how those get built.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
Dreamspinner Press has wonderfully talented cover artists and I work with them to develop the cover art. They do a better job and come up with more amazing designs than I could ever dream of.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
Actually I’m reading a story by Amy Lane for an anthology. Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, and myself are doing an anthology together centered around The Fates.
Oh?? You just listed 3 of my genre favs!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Make sure you love what you’re doing. If you’re writing just for the money, you’ll be disappointed. You have to feel passionate about what you’re writing in order for your reader to feel passionate about what they’re reading.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Write what you know and what you love to read. That joy and excitement will come through in the story.
Do you write under a pen name?
Yes. Andrew Grey is not my real name.
What are your pet peeves?
Stuff piled on the kitchen counter. It drives me crazy.
Cats or dogs?
We have no pets. My partner is allergic to most animals. I’d love to get a puppy though.
White wine or red?
My brother owns a wine store and I don’t particularly care for wine at all.
Steak, medium with béarnaise sauce.
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
My computer, flash drives, a credit card, chocolate.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me and letting us peak inside your head a bit. This concludes our 2 pt. interview with the gracious author, Andrew Grey.
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About the Author
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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