Interview with gay romance and erotica author Lily G. Blunt
Today’s guest to
drill with tons of questions interview is Lily G. Blunt, a British M/M author that I’ve been hunting for a while now to get here and get to interrogate to my liking. Before we dive into the actual interview, here’s a little bit about Lily:
Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance and erotica. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page—there never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!
Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels four years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work.
Lily has several self-published stories available on Amazon. She is also published with Torquere Press and Wayward Ink Publishing.
Easily distracted from her writing, Lily makes videos using clips from gay-themed movies and posts gorgeous pictures of men kissing or making out on her tumblr and Facebook pages. Lily is also an avid supporter of GLBTQ rights and advocates equality for all.
Lily lives in central England with her rather bemused husband, two twenty-something children, and a ‘mad as a bag of frogs’ Shetland Sheepdog.
Lily’s Social Media Profiles:
FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/LilyGBlunt
FB Profile: http://www.facebook.com/lily.blunt.75
When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?
About five years ago, I became hooked on Twilight fan fiction. I’d been reading it for 8 months or so, and had recently ventured into m/m slash, when one night I suddenly woke with an idea for an Edward and Jake story. I was on my summer break at the time and decided to have a go at writing it down. I kept telling myself I was wasting my holiday, but I persevered and thoroughly enjoyed writing the first two chapters. I uploaded it onto the fan fiction website before the story was completed. I added another chapter a few weeks later, but didn’t get a chance to add the fourth for another few months. That was the start of my writing. It didn’t receive many reviews, but other ideas came to mind. I have since written many fan fiction stories as well as my own fiction.
Do you have a favorite book or author?
There are too many books and authors I like and would find it hard to choose just one. It would definitely be one in the m/m genre though.
What is your preferred writing setting?
In my sunlounge or living room rather than my purpose-built study.
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
Sometimes it’s just a line from a song or another book, or a random thought that appears to come from nowhere, but I think about it and a scene begins to develop in my head, which in turn, after much planning and thought, becomes an outline of a story.
Do you decide where the story goes or do your characters fight you for it and win?
On the whole, at the beginning, I plan what will happen and who the characters are, but they have a way of changing things as the story progresses and I willingly alter things if it feels right for the story. Nothing is ever set in stone.
Ever dealt with writer’s block? How did you get back to writing?
I have days when I don’t write much at all and that can go on for a week or two. If the words aren’t flowing, I have plenty to distract me. I might spend the time editing for other people, reading or making notes for the current or a new story. Sometimes I write thinking it will be rubbish, but when I read it the next day, often it’s not as bad as I thought and I actually use what I have written.
What’s your favorite genre to read? How about to write in?
Definitely M/M for both reading and writing. I can’t remember the last time I read an M/F book. I think I’ve only ever written two chapters of M/F sex and they have long since been deleted.
I’m comfortable writing what I know—so most of my stories are contemporary, set in the UK, and use personal experience here and there.
Tell us a bit about your publishing experience. What would you do differently now?
I’ve self-published several stories. It was daunting and hard work sussing everything out at the start, but luckily I have been able to call on various Facebook friends for advice over the past two years.
I also have two short stories, with a third coming out in October, in anthologies from Torquere and Wayward Ink Publishing.
What I’ll do next will be determined by how successful Paint the Sky is. I’m glad I have experience of both facets of publishing.
What advice would you give to a new writer?
Write short stories rather than a long novel to start with. Find people who are prepared to pre-read and beta for you so you get advice and suggestions for improvement. Join a local writing group for inspiration and help. And believe it or not, read a variety of books from different authors.
Share a little about the books you’ve published so far. What’s next on your plate?
My stories are contemporary m/m romance and erotica with a bit of angst thrown in for good measure— some more than others. I’ve been told the stories in Hearts of Glass need a tissue warning!
Boys on Film is set in an imaginary porn studio, but it’s still a love story.
The Perfect Size for You is about a porn star/rent boy who falls in love with one of his clients.
Service with a Smile was inspired by Cockyboys, Ty Roderick and Asher Hawk, and features in the Lust section of the Love, Loss, Laughter and Lust anthology, so that tells you it’s predominantly a sex scene.
Paint the Sky is due to be released on 30th August, and my story, Opposites Attract, will be published in Wayward Ink’s Stranded anthology on 10th October.
I have various ideas for what to do next. One might be to continue Finn or Theo’s story from Paint the Sky. I’ve also started to plan a children’s historical/fantasy story series. Plus I hope to write more short stories for anthologies and for a series of my own.
Fun time: coffee or tea?
What’s your favorite treat?
To spend a day in the Aqua Sana spa at Center Parcs. Food wise: a Belgian bun, Danish pastry or sticky toffee pudding.
What fictional character would you want to be real?
Oh, I’d love to meet Edward Cullen! And not just to see if he sparkles all over!
Do you have a celebrity crush?
Um… Still Robert Pattinson.
Ebook or paperback?
What kind of music do you listen to?
I’ve recently enjoyed listening to Sam Smith. I probably play my Bay City Rollers, Westlife, Nora Jones, Joe McElderry and Mozart CDs the most, but I listen to most things that are easy on the ear.
What do you do for fun?
I’m happiest and most comfortable when I’m at home, but I enjoy meeting and catching up with friends and family.
Do you have time for hobbies after writing? If yes, which are your hobbies?
I enjoy walking/hiking and visiting different places. I love going to Austria.
I suppose making videos could be classed as a hobby. I would like to say gardening, but I hardly get out there these days, but when I do, I enjoy it.
Thank you, Lily, for taking the time to answer my questions! If any of you would like to grab her latest release, it’s already available for preorders!