Friday, August 9, 2013

In the Hot Seat With H C : Author Tamsin Baker

Joining me in the Hot Seat today is author,  Tamsin Baker.              

Bio:Tamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who only found erotic romance about ten months ago. Before that she read sexy romance, skipping the plot looking for the ‘good bits.’ Since then she has written and obtained 18 contracts of varying lengths with erotic romance and erotica. She absolutely LOVES reading and writing it! She has two other jobs, kids and a hubby too, but writing is a passion that she has to indulge, for fear of insanity.

Q:  Can you tell our readers a little about your writing? What genres do you enjoy writing?
What genre's don't I write is probably a shorter list :) At the moment I have 


contracts in everything from historical sweet, (with my other secret pen name) up to full m/m erotica. (vampires, shifters, fantasy, ménage) I love m/m and any sort of menage with m/m in it. I tend to get a little obsessed. For example, I wrote a historical, vampire menage trilogy in about two months which moved onto a shifter menage trilogy, but now I’m a bit over that and am up to my ears in m/m BDSM stories and can’t get enough!
Q:  Do you write on a schedule or when the Muse decides?
Oh definitely when the muse decides. I have two part time jobs and two kids under 4 so I don’t have the most flexible schedule, but as I said, I’m an obsessive personality so when I need to write- I write!
Q: Can you tell us about your writing process, for example, do you write an outline first?
No- never. I use to, but haven’t written an outline in over 6 months. I tend to just see the initial scene, start writing it and follow where my characters tell me to go.
Q:  What qualities do you instill in your heroes?
Pride, the need to look after someone they love, good work ethic, great lovers… of course J
Q. Coffee or tea?
Neither… sorry… yuck. Peppermint tea maybe?
Q. Beach or countryside?
Q. Do you write about the places you know or prefer to take your readers to exotic places?
Both really. I have books set in Melbourne, then I have a lot of books set in Regency London and even one in a fantasy alternate Earth. I like to mix things up J
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
I’ve written a lot of stories for submission calls, just because I like having structure. m/m, 20-40K etc etc. Other times I just think, I’ll have a go at this, a scene appears and off I go.
Q: Would you change anything in your life to make writing easier.
A few hours everyday where I’m alone, the house is clean, hubby is happy and the kids are asleep.
Q: We have all suffered submission rejections. How do you cope? Do you have any advice to other writers on coping with rejection?
Oh, I still get rejections! Mostly I just pout and send it off to another publisher. I used to think there was something wrong with my writing, but now I know that you have to find a publisher that likes your style too. I do have awesome critique partners, so my work is thoroughly critiqued and edited before I send it anywhere, so that’s probably the most important thing. Remember to have a ‘real’ author look at your work and shrug off rejections. Everyone gets them!
Q: What do you like to read and who are your favourite authors?
At the moment, as I said, I’m obsessed with m/m- specifically were wolves. Shannon West is a particular favourite, though I loved some m/m erotica pieces I read the other day by Shaun Michael and the lovely HC Brown J

HC: Why thank you kindly .

Q: Do you write one novel at a time or do you move between works in progress?
Always more than one. I’m usually actively working on 2-3 and have 2-3 in the background. Keeps me from getting stuck and keeps my mind happy/active.
Q: Do you have times when the Muse is away on holiday?
Hmmm, not really. I had one week about 3 weeks ago where is knocked out a 20K story in 7 days and burnt myself out. I couldn’t write anything for 10 days, so I read everything Shannon West has written instead! Got back in the saddle pretty quick after that J
Q. What motivates you to write?
I just love it. It makes me happy. Full stop really.
Q. What advice would you give to unpublished authors approaching an e publisher?
Make sure your work has been thoroughly critiqued by someone who knows what they are talking about- find out which publishers are good, and go for it!
Q: Is there anything you would like to share with us about upcoming releases?

Q: Can you tell us a little about your current novel?
Blurb: Marcus is a 30-year-old successful architect. He wants someone to love and knows the right man will turn up when he least expects it. That moment arrives at his friend’s party. He sees Danny for only a moment, yet his interest is piqued. What could be more irresistible than a blue-eyed beauty who is completely untouched?
Danny knows he doesn’t find women attractive, but how is he going to find out if he’s gay? His sister’s party answers his prayers and the most gorgeous guy he has ever seen asks him out. But can their love survive when Marcus wants more than a closeted partner and Danny wants nothing more than to hide forever?

Excerpt: (warning- we spell ass, ARSE in Australia J, just sayin’)
“So, how old are you Danny?” Thomas asked.
Danny grimaced, the hairs on the back of his neck prickling.  He didn’t like Thomas’s voice. It was a little too high, the pitch was annoying. As were his questions.
“Twenty-one,” Danny answered honestly with a confident smile. He was in his prime sexually, or so they said.
Marcus slapped Thomas’s thigh. “That was rude.”
Thomas scoffed. “How is that rude? I bet you didn’t even know that.”
Marcus looked back at Danny. His intense brown eyes caused Danny’s cheeks to heat. They knew so little about each other but the attraction that burned between them was intense.
“You working or studying Danny?” Thomas asked. His hand drifted over Marcus’s hair and stroked it.
Marcus swatted him away, which was good to see, but Danny found it distracting. Couldn’t they stop playing like that in front of him?
“I’m at uni for another year.”
Thomas moved so that his legs were now draped over Marcus’s lap. Marcus looked up again with an uncomfortable pull around his mouth, but he didn’t move them away.
Danny saw red, his belly dropping dangerously as he pulled his clenched fists into his lap to hide them.
“What are you studying at uni, Danny?”
“Structural engineering,” he spit out. Would Thomas stop touching Marcus? It was really getting on his nerves now.
Thomas poked Marcus in the shoulder with his finger, his eyebrows rising in surprise.
“How perfect.”
Danny looked between the two men, his chest tightening as the truth settled in. They obviously knew each other well.
“Why?” Danny asked, unable to stay ambivalent to the source of their humour.
Marcus smiled at him and shifted as though he were uncomfortable.
“Because, I’m an architect. You could probably come and do an internship with me next year.”
Danny shook his head. There was no chance of that. Even if something did eventuate out of this mess, he wouldn’t like working under someone he had known intimately.
The men returned and they all ate the pizzas and talked about the football scores, who the teams would trade, which coaches they liked. It would have been any other normal guys’ night of football except for the deep sense of disappointment Danny was feeling. He hadn’t been honest with himself before. He had thought he would be fine with just waiting and seeing what happened. But he wasn’t.
He wanted Marcus to want him, not Thomas. Jealousy was ripping his insides apart.
The second half passed much slower. Essendon lost their momentum and began to lose, so Thomas cheered even harder. When he wasn’t caressing Marcus, that was.
Marcus didn’t return any of the touches, but it was obvious he was used to such attention. Were they a couple? Casual fuck buddies? What?
Either way, he wasn’t staying to find out.
When the football finished, the men soon picked up their phones, keys and wallets and headed for the door.
“Nice to meet you,” Danny responded to most of their goodbyes. It was time for him to leave. He couldn’t believe he had actually thought Marcus wanted him.
“You aren’t staying?” Marcus asked him as he moved towards the front door. He turned to face his tormentor. Why had Marcus invited him over if only to tease him? Danny’s chest was hurting just from the stress of breathing. His stomach was clenched tight.
“No, I think Thomas wants to stay. Three’s a crowd.” Danny couldn’t stop the venomous words as they escaped from his mouth. He didn’t want to sound like an angry child, but fuck, was he mad.
“Oh, jealous are you? Are you always going to be like that?” Marcus cocked his head and his brown eyes moved over Danny’s face in an assessing way.
“I’m not bloody jealous. It’s just obvious you two are fucking. So I might as well leave.” Danny tried to move past Marcus, but the big idiot stood his ground.
Marcus smiled a really irritating pleased smile. “Oh, I like this side of you, Danny.”
Furious now, his teeth clenched so hard his jaw ached, Danny growled. He needed to get out of here. He went to move but Marcus backed him up against a wall and gripped both his hands, lifting them up near his head.
Danny glared at the man who held him, effortlessly, against the wall.
“Let me go, Marcus.”
“Where are you going, Danny?” Marcus’s brown eyes looked concerned, but there was something else there too.
“Home. I don’t want to stay.”
Marcus’s eyes narrowed and he pressed his pelvis in close. “But I want you to stay.”
Danny groaned and turned his head away as Marcus used his hard cock to rub against Danny’s. He hardened instantly.
“No!” He groaned against the conflicting emotions and tugged at the hands that held him. Marcus was too strong and he couldn’t free himself. He should have been a little scared, he wasn’t.
Marcus bent his head forward and licked the skin just below his ear. Danny shivered and bit his lip. What was it about this guy that made Danny want him so badly?
“I want you Danny, so much. I want to suck your cock. I want to fuck your arse. I want to listen to you scream as you come over and over again. Are you sure you don’t want that too?”
Danny’s eyes slid shut as his arousal went up another notch. His breathing was coming out in pants now. He had never felt like this before.
“Ah... Marcus? I’ll see you at work on Monday?”
Danny’s eyes flew open and he looked towards the door. Thomas stood there, looking as embarrassed as Danny felt.
Danny tried to pull his hands away but Marcus held him tight.
“Yeah, great. Lock the door and pull it shut, would you, Tommy?” Marcus casually asked his mate whilst still pinning Danny to the wall.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here Heather

  2. Great interview HC and Tamsin. I'm worn out just reading it.