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UK MEET JULY 2013

Meet the Delegates

Meet the delegates: Lily G. Blunt

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce Lily G. Blunt–a UK Meet newbie who’s attending as a Spotlight Author. She’s been self-publishing over the last year, and now has several titles under her belt. Let’s hope the UK Meet brings you everything you’re hoping for, Lily!

Lily G Blunt

1) Tell us about yourself in 100 words or fewer.

I’ve lived in sunny Northamptonshire for most of my life. I’m married with two twenty-something ‘children’ still living at home and a Sheltland sheepdog called Barney. I’ve worked in education/teaching since 1984 and ‘retired’ last summer to focus on my writing. I started reading and writing slash fan fiction nearly three years ago and spend part of each day reading m/m novels or watching gay-themed soaps and movies.

2) Tell us something about you that might come as a surprise!

I make and post gay-themed videos on YouTube and Vimeo.

3) What do you like most about the LGBTQ genre?

You mean apart from the hot guys and the scorching sex scenes? Seriously, I love the intensity of m/m relationships and the interaction between two guys. The more angst, the more tingles I get!

4) What are you most looking forward to about UK Meet?

Finally getting the chance to meet some of the friends I’ve met through Facebook and to share my love of m/m fiction with likeminded people.

5) If you had one wish which would come true at UK Meet, what would that be?

That someone will say to me that they’ve read some of my writing and they liked it!

Facebook: 
http://www.facebook.com/LilyGBlunt

Tumblr: 
http://lilygblunt.tumblr.com

WordPress: 
https://lilygblunt.wordpress.com

YouTube: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/BoyonBoyLoving?feature=mhee

AND THE WINNER IS …

Congratulations to Nat Wood for guessing correctly in the recent giveaway question. Your copy is on its way as I type. For those eager to know … the answer is Gertrude. Lily G. Blunt was my grandmother’s name.

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RECOMMENDED READS

Two amazing books written by AJ Rose.

Power Exchange

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From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images seared into his soul, Gavin has to find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to a marital split, and his professional life uncertain with the assignment of a new partner, Gavin needs all the help he can get understanding the case.

Enter Ben Haverson, a psychologist and a well known Dom. With Ben’s help as a consultant on the case and attention to Gavin himself, Gavin delves deeper than he ever thought he would into the world of restraints and paddles. Forced to take a closer look at himself, his true nature, and his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: keep the fear of submitting at bay, or dive in and solve the case with the knowledge he gains? When another victim is discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, and he’s pulled headlong into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life.

Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has noticed, has taken stock, and has set his sights on the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit him, or will his first exchange of power be his last?

Safeword

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Everywhere Detective Gavin DeGrassi looks he’s reminded of his attack by the Breath Play Killer. It’s in the house he lives in with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson. It’s in the sympathetic yet pitying looks he receives from his fellow detectives when he returns to the force after a year-long hiatus. It’s in the suffocating coddling of his entire family, and the relentless reporter demanding an exclusive of his ordeal.

Most of all, it’s in his lack of submission to Ben, who isn’t convinced Gavin’s recovered enough to trust the power exchange between them.

The miraculous recovery of two teen boys from a twisted kidnapper gives him heart, and Gavin’s determined to prove he can handle anything despite increasing strain between him and Ben, painful nightmares, and panic when anyone touches him.

But his next case is too close for comfort: a friend and colleague found raped and murdered in a fate chillingly similar to what could have been his own, and this killer isn’t stopping with one cop. As the body count rises and taunting souvenirs are being hand-delivered to Gavin, he faces a frustrating lack of leads, a crushing need to prove himself, and a sinking suspicion the imprisoned kidnapper’s reach is further than originally thought. A miasma of uncertainty and fear threaten to suffocate him when he asks a question with which he’s overwhelmingly familiar: what happens when a victim is pushed too far?

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SIGNED PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY

Would you like to receive a signed copy of Hearts of Glass?

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Then guess what the ‘G’ in Lily G. Blunt stands for by 14th June!

Write your comment below along with your contact details.

If more than one person guesses correctly, the winner will be chosen at random.

 

RECENT INTERVIEW BY M. C. RAYNE – EDITED

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Was there a reason you decided to self publish and not go direct to a publisher?
 
 Lily: I tried a couple of publishers, but they weren’t interested in writing that had been previously offered as fanfiction. I have to thank Tee Baggins because she suggested self-publishing and helped guide me to all the right places.
 
 Did you receive any negativity from people?
 
Lily: Yes, some. There are  a few trolls on Goodreads who object to authors of fanfiction publishing their stories. These people do no realize the hours and hours of work which goes into writing and editing even a short story. But they are fortunately in a minority. I’ve had so much support and many positive reviews from people who have read my stories and this far outweighs the few and insignificant negative tags. (*Agreed, people should accept that you are trying to reach more than just FF readers and this is your story, to do with as you please*)
 
Any advice for others wanting to follow in your footsteps…like me 🙂 ?
 
Lily: Go for it. Write your story. Get several people to read it for you and make sure it is well edited. Then once it’s published, plug, plug, plug! And don’t be afraid to ask questions or get advice.
 
Can you tell me about your current piece and anything due to come out?
 
Lily: I’m currently working on a story based around a gay porn studio. My original thinking was to make a series of stories focusing on one of the stars each time, but linking the books by having the same characters mentioned in each. I’m still working on the first story—which isn’t short any more! And I have changed my mind about the ending of it. Even though I’m past half way now, I’m a long way off from finishing it, so I can’t say when it will be published.
UPDATE: The story is complete – just going through all the stages of editing now.
 
What are your thoughts on the whole BDSM obsession in current publications, and would you write that kind of story?
 
Lily: Whatever floats your boat! I have written several ‘non-vanilla’ scenes, but they are just hot not BDSM. I don’t think I would focus totally on BDSM in one of my stories—I wouldn’t feel confident enough to start with.
 
Of all the authors out there, both established and not, who is your favorite and why? 
 
Lily: I’ve read a wide variety of m/m authors and have many favorites, but if I had to choose one, I would go for N. R. Walker. I love everything she writes and I know her work always has that feel-good factor to it. Her stories and characters make me smile. Perhaps it’s because I write so much angst in many of mine. I currently also love anything by Jay Bell, AJ Rose, Tee Baggins and Rick R Reed.
 
What is the hardest part of self publication? 
 
Lily: For me, making the book cover so I could upload it onto Kindle. All my computer skills have been self-taught. It takes me ages to grasp something new and trying to get to grips with Photoshop was frustrating. And the formatting of the text took a while to sort out!
 
What made you want to become an author? 
 
Lily: I never set out to become one, although I often had story ideas in my mind which I never wrote down. But after reading FF for about nine months, I suddenly had an idea and wrote my first two chapters down in a day or so.  I added some more chapters over the following months and then started Oxford Blues, which gained me many friends in the Twi fandom. Other stories followed, along with a wider readership and, after joining Facebook, I met up with many people and writers who encouraged and helped me on the way.
 
 Do you worry about negative reviews and how would you feel if you got one?  
 
Lily: I haven’t had many yet, thank goodness, but I read them and look for a delete button. There’s nothing you can do about it, though—they’ll always be someone who criticizes what you do.
 
Can you tell me your top five books to read? 
 
Lily: Too many classics to name, but from m/m books: Protection, Point of No Return, Wanting, Something Different and Blind Faith recently. Updated – Power Exchange, The Nothingness of Ben, Something Like Summer, Plan B and Through These Eyes. 
 
What are you reading at the moment? 
 
Lily: Plan B
 
 What’s the best thing about being an author? 
 
Lily: Sitting on my settee  and writing for hours. I can look like I’m working when I’m not.
 
The worst thing? 
 
Lily: Sitting on my settee and writing for hours, but getting distracted by Facebook, tumblr, YouTube etc.
 
 
Do you have a set genre you like to stick to? 
 
Lily: I only write M/M romance and erotica. My first story had two chapters of het sex, which I have since deleted and edited so it was purely m/m. It is titled Heartbeat and was the story I submitted to the SU4K compilation—I killed off Bella! (*Hahahahaha, sounds good to me*)
 
How would you like to be remembered? 
 
Lily: When I’m gone, it won’t really matter to me. I hope I’m remembered for positive things and it would be nice if my writing lives on.
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