I live in Leeds in the North of the UK, and I love my city. It’s so diverse, filled with a mixture of old and new buildings showing the history and future of the city. Of course the people help to make it amazing.
I work full time and write part time, my work colleagues only found out about my writing on the day my debut work was released, and that was only by accident. Now I get referred to as an author and it makes my still look around in shock to see who they are talking about!
People in my real life seem to be quite bemused by the ‘writing malarkey’ and I’m not sure many of them have read anything yet…
I have a passion for, Marvel Films, Rugby (Union not league), Formula One and reading…
So, what have you written?
I started in Fanfiction, so they count and are all still up there for the world to see. In original fiction, I have three books in a short story series called Voyeur, a novella called Below The Line and Destined to Fall which is full length. PLUS, I have a novella, which was launched at shiMMer on 1st July, with proceeds on the day going to the fabulous Being Me Campaign. That’ll b out on 30th July.
What do you love most about the writing process?
The fact I can escape from the real world for a while.
How has your writing evolved since your first book?
I would say it’s got better, you improve and learn with each book you write.You learn constantly, you are always evolving.
What’s the one thing that has really surprised you since you started writing?
The support you get from other authors, yes we’re all after the same fan base, but so many of my peers have been amazing in their support and encouragement.
One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.
Would you describe your humour as hilariously funny, oddly quirky, diabolically macabre, or non existent.
A wonderful mixture of most of those things, except non existent.
Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?
That it’s ‘porn’ it really, REALLY winds me up that people assume this just because it’s men loving men.
Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
Two Rocky Horror conventions, complete with basque, stockings and suspenders. Even went into Marks & Spencers on Oxford Street in full outfit much to the bemusement of the Security Guard. It was AMAZING. The weekends were amazing, I met one of my oldest friends there, we’ve laughed and cried together, and I get to be best ‘man’ at his wedding in August.
Have you ever written a scene where it has reduced you to tears?
YES!! Two, one was in Destined To Fall and it was based on a real event. For those who’ve read, it’s the mug scene, if you haven’t read it, then why not??? HAHA. The second was a scene in what will be my next full length novel, Innocent Man. It’s about a man on death row, so yeah, I’ll let you work out that one.
Is there a character you feel especially connected to? Why?
I fall in love with all of them, it’s strange I know, but each one is special and you have that connection with them as you spend so much time with them. It’s 24/7 for months.
There are parts of our lives which are predestined, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t change what will happen — what must happen. Andrew Manners understood that better than most, but it didn’t change how he felt about his past or his desire to change it.
Even angels have regrets, and after living two mortal lifetimes in his angelic form, and with countless other years ahead, he would give it all up to be with the man he’d loved and lost for just one short lifetime together.
“Everything has a price. Every journey has an end.”
The price Andrew paid when his journey ended was immortality. A gift, some would say. A curse, others would whisper.
He’s walked the earth for almost one hundred years, putting aside all selfish needs while caring and offering comfort to others. When he finds a dying man on the streets of London, he’s unprepared for how it will change his life.
“I never knew how my life could change in such a short space of time, or how one decision would affect the outcome in such a monumental way.”
Josh is inconsolable after losing his partner, and as Andrew guides the grief stricken man through his pain, he’s forced to recall his own mortal life and the lover he left behind. Looking back allows him to see what he could find with Josh, but such a strong bond shouldn’t exist between a mortal and an angel, and Andrew struggles with the demands of his angelic duties and what his heart needs.
“I found out it was possible to love, and be loved in return, only to face losing it all.”
Knowing a relationship can only bring them both heartache, and unable to explain his angelic form, Andrew believes he will spend an eternity mourning what could have been.
“The true measure of love is what you’re willing to give up for it.”
With the terrifying prospect of living forever without the man he loves weighing heavily on his soul, Andrew seeks out a different path, one which could lead him into the hands of the demonic creatures which now hide in the shadows around him, or lead him into the arms of his soulmate. The risks are great. Andrew’s very soul is in danger. But what good is a soul without its mate?
Falling in love was easy. Falling for love would be the hard part.
A few words about your book (not the blurb)
A love story showing that the love you have never leaves you and that there are angels in your life, you just don’t always see them.
Give us a little insight into your main characters
Andrew, saved from death and turned into an angel to help others in their hour of need. Josh, a grieving man who thinks he’s lost everything, only to find fate has other ideas.
The night dragged on, and Josh fell asleep with his head on the bed. I sat in a chair and listened to Simon as he told me about his life with Josh. The love he felt for him was clear from his words. It warmed my heart and soul in a way I’d never felt before. I wanted what they had, to feel love and to return it to another. This was not meant to be for me, but it didn’t stop me wanting it. Simon moved to Josh’s side, brushing his hand gently over his hair while he slept. “I love you, Joshua Stanton. From the first moment I set my eyes on you, I’ve loved you. Leaving you now is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but know if there was any other way for this to end, I’d take it with both hands and never, ever let go. But, there isn’t, I know that. I have to go, but I’ll be with you always in your heart.” He bent down to kiss his cheek, tears filling his eyes. “I love you.”
The relative silence of the room was broken once again by the shrieking of alarms. Josh’s head snapped up, sleep and confusion clear on his face. The frantic beeping of the heart monitor changed to a single monotone noise and I watched as Josh collapsed onto the bed, frantically clinging to Simon’s now empty shell. There was no point; Simon was gone, but Josh wasn’t to know that. The room was bathed in warm light, visible only to me. I knew this meant Simon’s soul was crossing over, making the journey from the physical to metaphysical plane. I felt the peace and serenity as he left before a cool chill washed through my body. For Simon, it was over. For Josh, it was only just beginning.
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