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Author Spotlight: John Simpson
First off, I want to thank John for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
What publisher is this book being published by?
What is the publication date?
Evolution by John Simpson
Purchase links: Amazon
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
John Simpson is a Vietnam Era Veteran, former Police Officer of the Year, a Federal Agent, a Federal Magistrate, an armed bodyguard to Saudi Royalty, a senior Federal Government executive, and recipient of awards from the Vice President of the United States and the Secretary of Treasury. John feels that for too long fiction writers neglected gay men. John writes entertaining, enjoyable, and enthralling fiction centered on the lives and lifestyles of gay men. John allows his readers to see life through gay men’s’ eyes. And just like real life, John’s characters have active and exciting sex lives. John calls on his broad personal and professional experience in writing gay romance. John is author of numerous full-length novels available through Dreamspinner Press and several short stories in Alyson Books anthologies. His first book, Murder Most Gay, is based on the murder of a gay man in Orlando, Florida in 1980, which he investigated along with many others, as an intern from UCF in the legal program. The Orange County State’s Attorney’s Office utilized his prior experience as a police officer in many ways, including proving a suicide was in fact a homicide. John lives with his partner of over 40 years who he legally married in 2008, and their three Scottish Terriers. John is highly involved with the Church, specifically seeking to repair rifts between Christendom and the gay community. John graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1981, with a B.A. in law and received an S.T.L. in 1995. John wishes to extend a very special thanks to his many female readers. He appreciates and loves the fact women enjoy male/male erotica, and he thanks you for your past and continued support. He hopes to never disappoint you, and always leave you wanting more! John now has a total of over 40 full-length novels in print as well as another 20 novellas and short stories! Five of the novels have been turned into screenplays for the screen: Condor One, Peter’s Chair, Home Sweet Home and more.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
What happens to a young man who leaves his girlfriend and pursues his dreams in Hollywood? Does he find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or does he in fact find more than one surprise? How many men follow this same quest and face the same challenges as Ray does? Is it good or bad to have very good looks in Tinsel Town?
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
Book is based on personal knowledge on how some of Hollywood works.
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Twenty-two year old movie novice Ray, like so many before him, ventured to Hollywood to make it in movies. What he finds is that it’s not so easy to do. When he runs out of money and time, he has to look inward to see what he’s made of and what he is capable of, in order to survive until his big break.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
Between mid-night and three A.M. and in my home office.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
I have been so busy writing, I’ve not read a book in ages.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
I have been retired as an author.
What does your writing process look like?
I sit down and the words come to me and I write.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
Two reasons. It was a way to break into publishing as an author and two, I’m Gay and know a little something about romance.
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
no, I’m pretty vanilla when it comes to food!
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!
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