Here’s an interview from back in July 2014 by Alicia Nordwell (known as Cia on Gay Authors.org) about me and the very first version of The Luxorian Fugitive. I have a series of stories hosted on Gay Authors, and in fact, without the site I’d never have gotten the courage to publish. It’s been almost a year since the interview, but I still find it relevant today.
Interview: Mann Ramblings on “The Luxorian Fugitive”
Interviewer: Cia Let’s start this off with the fun question. What are you wearing (and no fibbing!)?
Well, it’s almost midnight writing this and I’m relaxing with a glass of wine before heading to bed. Without being deliberately titillating, I’ll just say I’m in Liam Jacks’s favorite lounge wear…
Chocolate, Vanilla, or…?
Let’s swirl those babies together!
What brought you to GA?
Like a lot of others I was reading naughty stories on Nifty and came across a few that were actually good stories! OMG! I found Rob Colton’s Timber Pack Chronicles and followed links that took me to Literotica. I found a number of authors, and followed Cia’s postings of Hypnotic to fresh chapters on GA. I read for a long while until I finally got the urge to write Little Man, my first M/M story. Afterwards, Night Tempest, an author I found from Lit that I followed through her blog, directed me to post on GA as a better place for a fledgling author. I loved the community and the support and decided to stay.
Your writing is all over the place: contemporary, sci-fi, drama and action to comedy. Do you have a favorite genre?
I like to say my favorite genre is M/M. I like being able to write about whatever grabs my attention. I don’t believe it limiting myself if I can avoid it. However, I admit Sci-fi holds a special place in my heart. A self proclaimed comic nerd, the ability to world build and manipulate the environment within natural laws allows for a board canvas to paint on.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting started! The first words are always the worst to get typed out, so I write out plot lines in a notebook or random scraps of paper to keep me moving forward.
Did the characters or the plot for The Luxorian Fugitive come to you first?
The idea of Hadrian Jamison came first. He was originally inspired to be a male geisha, but I wanted to avoid feminizing him so he morphed into the current version. The plot formed around him.
Why name the ship “The Santa Claus”?
Capt. Danverse was always designed with having a penchant for antique Earth history, so I wanted the ship to be named after something the reader would recognize. Since the story was placed so far in the future, the icon would have to be something that could stand the test of time. Add in the idea of a cargo freighter, and Santa Claus just fit the bill. Then it became automatic that Mrs. Claus would be the ship’s A.I.
If your story were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?
The closest actor I can picture for Hadrian is Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones Season 1 (without going into various porn actors lol) and Chris Hemsworth with a tight auburn haircut for Liam. This is actually difficult, because Hollywood has very few actors that fit my preferences. I think I find more adult film stars fit the physical profile, but we won’t go into that here. LOL
What was your favorite part of the story?
The rescue. Since the action was so intense and fast paced, I spent a lot of time acting out the scene to make sure it could actually happen the way I planned it. I wanted a very visual feel to the chapter. I knew I hit it right when MJ85 (my editor/beta) gave me the most enthusiastic series of thumbs up smilies in his return PM after reading it. (And he didn’t make me change anything significant in the chapter!)
Will there be more on the crew of the Santa Claus in the future?
Oh yes! The format of thirty plus men on board, many of which have yet to be identified leaves me with a fertile universe to play with. The setting was too good to leave as a one-off. I love being able to have character cameos and little snippets as a nod to people who have read the previous stories. The second story in the series, A Cook’s Tale, was completed a while ago and I’m in a slow progress on the third, titled Priest and Pariahs. I’m hoping to have something to work with by the end of summer. Wish me luck!
Okay, final question… what’s one thing no one really knows about you?
Before Little Man, I had NEVER completely a single story I’d ever tried to write. The support and feedback I’ve received on GA has been invaluable and without it, I would never have managed so much work that I’m honestly very proud of.
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