The Author Spotlight will focus on a different author every few weeks – it may feature an experienced writer who has a long history of published books, or a new author who is destined to be a future star. Today our Author Spotlight will be on T. Neilson. You can keep in touch with Ms. Neilson at the links following the interview!
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Author Spotlight: T. Neilson
First off, I want to thank Ms. Neilson 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?
Submission Guidelines by T. Neilson
Purchase links: Amazon / Dreamspinner
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
T Neilson lives on an island off the west coast. She spends summers hiking, walking, drinking beer, and going to sausage parties, er, barbecues. In the winter she’s usually curled up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, a couch blanket, and a good book.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
Cole Doren is starting over. He’s moved, started working as a food writer again, and is crushing hard on his new neighbor, Daniel Mazurek, who is a genuinely nice guy and as hot as a supernova. Too bad for Cole, Daniel’s not what he seems. And too bad for Daniel, the cute boy-next-door’s DNA says he’s one of America’s most wanted, and it’s Daniel’s job to confirm that and bring him down. Digging through Cole’s past, Daniel finds out about Cole’s BDSM videos and while it should set off warning bells, it only leaves Daniel damn hot for Cole. Getting closer to his subject is easy, but starting a relationship built on trust is a lot harder when everything Daniel’s ever told Cole has been a lie.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
Sometimes life gets messy. Falling in love with the guy who thinks you’re a wanted criminal is one of those times.
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Cole seems like a softie, but he’s got a streak of iron running through him. And Daniel seems like he’s got everything under control. Really, he does. Except sometimes he doesn’t.
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?
I will write anywhere, at any time. I have written on ferries, trains, and busses. I have written amid power outages and sequestered in hotels. I have written at parties, during plays (discreetly, though, with a pencil and paper, not a laptop or phone), and have crawled out of bed to write down the things that are banging on the inside of my brain. The nice thing about being a writer is you get a bit of a pass at social functions, since you’re an artist you’re supposed to be a bit eccentric. It’s very helpful. That said, I’m most productive in the wee hours of the morning. Yes, I am one of those ghastly morning people. I’m sorry.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear, a steampunk novel set in the Pacific North West. And I’m not quite done with it but yes! I’m really enjoying it!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
I’ve worked on the pipeline, been a professional coffee taster, and worked in government print shops, but I always knew writing was what I wanted to do with my life. I’m just heading into the second year of being a full-time writer, and holy mackerel do I ever love my job.
What does your writing process look like?
A mess. A disaster. All is chaos, flee for your lives. Seriously. I am possibly the most disorganized writer that ever wrote. I never have any idea what I’m doing. Each book is different. Sometimes the theme comes trundling over and sits down beside me for the duration of the book, and sometimes I’m running around trying to nail its feet to the floor. To paraphrase a colleague, I never learn how to write books, just how to write this book.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
Well, I write all over the map. I write mysteries, young adult, SF, whatever I feel like writing. My books always have GLBQT characters in them, wether or not the story revolves around those characters, because that’s the way my life is, and that’s what feels real and natural to me. When I write GLBQT-focused material it’s usually because I read a ton of it (and, for me anyway, novellas are the perfect size, which means I can plow through a lot of books in a very short time), partly because I identify as queer and like to see myself and people like me doing stuff, partly because I love reading GLBQT stuff, and partly because the politics of the worlds that are represented in the stories are often so interesting.
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?
As someone who was once a professional coffee taster, there are people in my social circle who will be horrified to hear that I sometimes quite enjoy a cup of coffee that’s been reheated in the microwave. Whenever I do that, I can hear coffee tasters the world over crying out in unison, but all I can think of is mmm, mmm, mmm. Incidentally, I am a little crazy about food and enjoy food projects, from eating civilian rations from WWII to helping prepare a Viking feast, to trying one hundred new foods in a year. In all my projects, only two things were impossible for me to eat. The first was beef heart (normally I have no problem with organ meat, but the preparation turned my stomach) and the second was, and I’m not kidding here, mayonnaise and banana salad from a 1940s cookbook. Basically, don’t, is what I’m saying. Get someone to prep the heart for you if you must try it, but the banana salad? Leave it in the past where it belongs.
Thankyou so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!