MANY THANKS TO TAYLIN CLAVELLI AND FOR HER THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS
CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW ON HER WEBSITE HERE
Huge welcome to Lily G. Blunt, Author of Service With A Smile, a story in the Wayward Ink Publishing anthology Love, Loss, Laughter & Lust.
TC: Hi Lily, good to speak to you, I loved your book A Darker Shade Of Oxford Blue. Thank you for allowing me to interview you. Would you mind letting the readers know a little bit about yourself.
LGB: Hi,Taylin! Many thanks for asking me to be a guest here. We’ve known each other for a few years now, probably from the time I first wrote Oxford Blues.
TC: Not gonna beat around the bush here, read your story and damn girl the pages almost burned under my fingers let alone my insides. It’s a short story, but it sure was smokin’. My jaw dropped right from the first page and only closed when I gulped at the imagery on the page. Totally awesome. Would you mind giving the readers a taste of what they’re in store for?
LGB: Mmm, thank you so much… It’s two hot guys in a changing room in a men’s designer boutique! It’s basically a sex scene. Not a lot of plot really!
Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of Service with a Smile:
Terry caught sight of his reflection in the shop window and smoothed down his wind-blown hair. He glanced up and down, slowly checking over his appearance. A smile grazed his mouth. Pleased he’d chosen a tight-fitting white T-shirt to exhibit his firm torso, his dark eyes shifted to the clothing displayed on the other side of the glass. A pale blue shirt instantly caught his eye, as did a cream-colored shirt with a dusky paisley print. He knew both would suit his tanned complexion.
Terry could certainly do with a new shirt for the party later that evening, but that wasn’t the reason he was standing in front of the designer boutique. A flutter of excitement rippled through his belly and down to his groin, making his cock throb in anticipation. It wasn’t the clothing that had this effect upon him, but the thought of a particular sales assistant inside the shop.
It was late on Saturday afternoon, and the shop would be closing within the next half hour. He didn’t have much time to make his move. Terry hoped he’d timed his entrance just right. Peering beyond the male mannequins poised in the window, he searched out his intended target.
Terry noticed two men about to leave so he moved toward the door. As it opened, an old-fashioned bell jangled overhead and the two men left the premises. They offered him a genuine smile. One of them winked at Terry, who returned the gesture. Terry watched them head down the street, walking hand in hand, for a few seconds before crossing over the threshold. A smile spread across his handsome face because he now knew only one member of the staff remained to man the shop until it closed at half past five. The one guy he wanted the chance to be alone with. The one guy he lusted after. Ash.
TC:Brilliant excerpt, dare I ask what the inspiration was behind it?
LGB: Ty Roderick and Asher Hawk from Cockyboys provided the initial inspiration for the story. At the time of writing the original story they hadn’t yet filmed a video together and this story arose out of my expectations for their future scene. Coincidentally, soon after I wrote my story, Helix Studios released a video featuring Jacob Dixon and Matthew Keading in a changing room in a sportswear shop. Several months later, after receiving a request to summit a story to one of Wayward Ink’s anthologies, I dusted the story down and added more to it, changing the names of the characters to Terry and Ash.
TC: On your tumbler, there are some terrific pictures. They’re all beautiful and sensual – I could have stayed distracted for many an hour looking at them. If readers haven’t checked them out, click on the connection at the bottom of the interview – you won’t be disappointed. How do you produce them?
LGB: I post to three different tumblrs. Two are what I call cute and sweet, mainly showing m/m loving, kisses and hugs. The other is NSFW and very graphic. I don’t produce the photographs. I just reblog them from tumblrs or post pics/videos from elsewhere.
TC: How did you get into the whole production gig, from writing to producing videos?
LGB: To cut a long story short, via Twilight/Robert Pattinson, YouTube and Fanfiction. My first videos were made using Windows Movie Maker and were photographs of Rob set to music. I progressed to using clips from videos and movies at about the same time I discovered m/m fiction. So the writing, reading and video making merged into one and Bob (Boy on Boy) Loving was born!
TC: What’s the difference between producing your own book and working with a publisher?
LGB: If I self-publish, I pay an editor, but I format the text, create the cover and upload it all onto Amazon myself. It was a bit daunting the first time, but if I managed to sort through it all, anyone can. Overall, it takes less time than with a publisher, but then I have to do all the promotion myself.
TC: Having spoken to E.S. Skipper I see you are both a friend and a mentor to him. How did it make you feel when he got published?
LGB: I’m honoured he considers me to be his mentor. We have worked closely now for six months and I have helped him every step of the way. I was thrilled when his first submission we’d worked so hard on together was accepted for publication. I was chatting to him on Facebook when he received the email telling him the news. It was one of the happiest days of my life. He was over the moon and couldn’t believe his story had been chosen.
TC: Coming next are some questions that I’m sure you’ve seen before, but I’m going to ask them anyway. Other than eventually being a famous author, what would your dream job be?
LGB: I’d love to visit many places and stay in breathtaking locations, so to be paid as a travel writer would be fabulous job.
TC: And, if you could travel anywhere in the world – where would you go, and what is it that attracts you there?
LGB: When I travel I like to walk a lot and explore the old towns and the landscape. I’ve wanted to go on a Baltic cruise for a few years now, also to Sorrento/Naples in Italy. I’ve dreamed of going to Bora Bora, but doubt if I ever will get there. And now I know E.S, Skipper, I’ve threatened to visit him one day in New Zealand. The scenery looks unpsoilt and beautiful and he’s promised me a guided tour.
TC: Awww that’s wonderful. I agree NZ is a beautiful place.
TC: In general, what inspires you?
LGB: To write? Usually a line from a song, an excerpt from a gay-themed scene/movie or just an idea of two guys together that pops into my mind while I’m pottering about. For example, in my WIP, I was inpired by the fiddler in QaF and included a violin playing character/love scene.
TC: On a similar note, who out there inspires you?
LGB: No one person in particular. I admire authors who seem to write day in and day out and churn out excellent books. I don’t know how they do it and it’s something I aspire to. I’m lucky if I write for two or three hours a day.
TC: Is there a particular subject matter or genre you’d like to branch out into writing, or would you prefer to stay with contemporary romance?
LGB: I’m not into sci-fi although I wrote a Star Trek spoof awhile ago. So you never know, I might try my hand at anything. I’ve got a history degree and have contemplated writing a story set in the past, but with a bit of mythology thrown in so I don’t have to be totally accurate! I have a vague idea in the back of my mind for a children’s fantasy story set in Ancient Greece to make use of my years of knowledge from teaching this period of history.
TC: Cool, I love stories with an historical element.
TC: What about reading? Is there a specific genre you gravitate towards on the bookshelf?
LGB: I only read m/m romance and erotica these days and I’m currently making my way through the many books on my Kindle. I’ll never get done as I’m constantly adding to my library thanks to Amazon’s 1-click! Most of them are contemporary romance with a little angst thrown in and a lot of hot boy loving!
TC: What can we hope to see from you in the future?
LGB: Paint the Sky is my current WIP. I started planning it back in August and wrote much of it for NaNo. I’ve been re-working it ever since and am close to finishing now. It’s a story inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting and Don McLean’s Vincent. After that, I think I’ll focus on shorter stories and editing, plus E.S. Skipper and I are planning to write something together one day.
TC: You don’t have to answer this next question, but I’m curious. Returning to the anthology LLLL, and considering your work was in the Lust section: do you have a wish list of lustful situations and dare you tell us of any?
LGB: To watch or read or write? I’ll go for writing! One day, I’ll write a ménage à trois story. I considered it for Boys on Film and included a few threesome porn scenes, but my two main characters insisted they stayed as a couple, so my original plan for the story changed!
TC: From the UKGLBT Meet you were at recently, what did you find most useful and what are your best memories of it?
LGB: This was my second year at the Meet. Although the sessions are thought provoking and useful as a writer, I found meeting up with fellow authors and readers the most valuable. It was great to see so many people I recognized this year and to talk to people I’ve only chatted to on Facebook. My best memory…apart from meeting you, of course… watching the unicyclist bound by a straight jacket trying to get on to his unicycle with the help of three men from the audience. I don’t think I have laughed so much for a long time!
TC: OMG, yes I remember that, it was brilliant and hilarious. I have to admit, the male pole dancer doing the coke advert stuck in my mind. Damn, the abs on him – I don’t think I looked at his face!!!!
Huge, huge thanks to you Lily for your time and wonderful answers. It was an honour to meet you in Bristol after speaking to you so often over so many years. Many friendships were made during the meet and I am beyond happy that ours has continued.
Lily can be found at the following places: Go check her out.
THANKS ONCE AGAIN, TAYLIN