As part of the Riptide Publishing Grand Opening blog tour, I’d like to welcome Brita Addams.
Take it away, Brita:
What is it about the romance genre that draws you so?
I truly believe there is nothing more important in our lives than love. It certainly is in my life. I enjoy the ups and downs in romance, the aligning of minds and adjustments people must make to accommodate another person in their lives. Being sentimental to a fault makes the romance genre a perfect fit for me.
Who have been some of your chief writing influences? I’m inspired by good writing, no matter the genre. When an idea is brought to life with good writing, there’s nothing better.
I’ve been blessed with a wonderful mentor, Aleksandr Voinov, who also happens to be my favorite author, and he has shown me much about the writing craft and continues to encourage me to push myself beyond what I’ve ever thought I could write.
Another good friend, Bryl R. Tyne, is a great person to brainstorm with. He constantly helps me to take my ideas to the next level and usually in directions I’d have never expected.
What are your long-term writing/publishing aspirations?
I want to continue and evolve as a writer. I put off the beginning of my writing career for too many years and nothing keeps me from my writing these days.
I have many projects in various stages of completion. For the rest of this year, I’m going to be working on my erotica collection—Romeo Club—for Riptide Publishing, a new gay fiction publisher headed by Aleksandr Voinov, Rachel Haimowitz and Chris Hawkins. I’m very excited to be one of the first wave authors at Riptide. The quality of the editing is making me a better writer.
I’m working on a m/m historical, which I hope to have ready to submit in the fall.
Aside from being an author, you’re also an experienced genealogist. Please share more with us about your endeavors in that field. I’ve done genealogical research for over twenty years, during which time I’ve uncovered some rather shocking stories about my own family.
One of the most wonderful stories, though touched me deeply, I loosely based a novella on it.
My great uncle was thirty-five years old when he left his family to go to work during a very heavy rainstorm. As the rain continued, the creek rose, then flooded its banks, taking everything in its wake.
Uncle Roy and a co-worker entered the home of some neighbors who weren’t at home at the time. They attempted to save some of the belongings of the family as their house flooded.
According to other neighbors, Roy’s co-worker shouted for him to get out as the house shifted on its foundation. Roy attempted to jump out of the window, but the house did go off the slab and was broken into pieces, taking Roy with it.
Roy left a young wife and four children under five years old.
I spoke to Roy’s widow fifty-two years later and all she could say, while holding a tiny picture of her and Roy, was, “I told him not to go.” She never stopped loving Roy.
Their love story inspired my novella, An Evening at the Starlight. I even named the characters Doe and Roy, after Uncle Roy and Aunt Dorothy.
The story will be published October 10 by Noble Romance Publishing.
Tell us about your short, Romeo Club #1: Surprises.
The Romeo Club series will be short (five to six thousand words) vignettes, each depicting the fulfillment of different sexual fantasies at an upscale dating service/club. Here’s the blurb for Surprises:
Are you willing to put yourself in our hands?
Smart, successful, handsome, and thoroughly sick of the club scene, Don ventures into a popular upscale dating service. Aroused and intrigued by the boldfaced sexual queries on the Romeo Club’s application, he finds himself embellishing one answer after the next. Don thinks he’s taking control of his fate, but when he’s done, he ends up turning over a lot more than just his questionnaire to the dominant Adonis who runs the service.
In a private back room, beneath the snick of handcuffs, the slide of silk over his eyes, and not one hot mouth but two upon his skin, Don learns just how much more than matchmaking the Romeo Club has to offer a guy who doesn’t mind a few surprises.
Romeo Club #1: Surprises can be purchased at Riptide by clicking this link: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/surprises-romeo-club-1
And please watch for Romeo Club #2: Rubbed the Right Way, coming on December 5th.
How can our readers learn more about you and your ongoing efforts? I love hearing from readers, so please visit and write if you feel so inclined:
Email address: email@example.com
Website URL: http://www.britaaddams.com
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4093476.Brita_Addams
Thanks again, Brita, and best of continued success to you in all your endeavors!
Thank you so much for having me. I’ve had a great time here.
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