I’ve tossed out a few questions for Eli to answer–here’s what she had to say!
What do the holidays mean to you?
I really look forward to it as a chance to slow down and take a break, recharge. Most of my year is crazy busy with work and writing. Around Christmas everyone I work with takes a long break, so I can too. I love my Christmas tree and Santa mug and all that smaltzy stuff. It’s like flannel pjs to me—those things all symbolize a chance to just sit down, get cozy, relax, and be happy. Lately I also LOVE reading holiday m/m stories and I look forward to getting my advent story from Dreamspinner daily and consume all the other Christmas stories I can find!
Why M/M romance?
I fell in love with the genre in early 2012. I became obsessed with BBC Sherlock and found online fan fiction, which I’d never read before. I got into slash and then after I got tired of reading about John and Sherlock (lol) I went in search of published m/m romance. I’ve always been a big romance reader, but read m/f for years. To me, m/m was just very fresh and sexy and interesting. I’ve read it almost exclusively ever since. As a writer (I’ve written mystery thrillers and computer games in the past) I had to try my hand at writing it. I really love it.
What was the inspiration for your latest story?
For “A Prairie Dog’s Love Song”, there were two things. First, I’m a fan of Pamela Morsi’s historical romances, which are set in Appalachia or small town America and have a very “folksy” voice. I wanted to try to write a m/m with that kind of “folk” voice and decided cowboys were the right setting for that. So the story is set in a small Montana town. Although it’s contemporary, it has a folksy Prairie Home Companion kind of tone. The second inspiration was a gay online porn site that I checked out where the guys were very young and fresh-faced. I wondered what happened when their friends and family back home found out about it, so that was the inspiration for Ben.
Tell us something about the writing process for you.
I work full-time, so I either have to write early mornings or evenings after work. I tend to be obsessively focused, so it works best for me if I get inspired by a story and work on it a ton every day until it’s done. If I get distracted and can’t work on it for a few days I tend to lose momentum and get fixed on something else. So I try to remember that and power through and not let myself put it down until I have at least a first draft completed.
Thank you for having me as a guest!
It was my pleasure,Eli! Sorry about the delay to posting today!
A Prairie Dog’s Love Song Blurb:
Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.
Contact Eli at…. eli at elieaston.com
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