Monday, September 15, 2014

Author of the Week - Hunter Frost

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This week Hunter Frost visits the blog. I met Hunter in #ThursThreads #flashfiction challenge when she came to write for a special Valentine's Month of Love event in February 2014. I was struck with Hunter's writing style and voice, and was thrilled to find out she lived in Las Vegas like me. Except I moved before we could connect in person. :( Hunter writes sexy M/M romance set in contemporary times. Today I asked her one question about why and how she chose her pen name.

BBTF: You write m/m romance. What first interested you in the genre and how did you get started?

Hunter: Since I love to read m/f romance, I often scour bookseller websites for new and interesting titles. During one of my searches I happened upon a historical western romance. Reading the blurb, I quickly found the story featured two men as the main couple. I was in shock. Not because gay romance novels existed, but that I had no idea they did and had never come across them in my twenty-five years of reading romance. I felt cheated and utterly naïve. A whole other beautiful, erotic, and deeply emotional world had been kept from me all those years. I was not about to be kept in the dark for long. That story led me to seek out a plethora of others. Soon I had completely immersed myself in the works of a healthy variety of m/m authors. I completely fell in love with the genre.

I knew I wanted to write stories like these, but where did I start? Well, I read everything I could find on the craft of m/m romance - mostly blogs and articles written by authors I already had the pleasure of reading. Honestly, m/m writing isn’t much different than m/f writing - the mechanics and structure remain the same - but there are minor issues that require research and experts. Somehow I got the courage to contact my favorite authors in the genre and ask them for advice. I was astounded by their responses and their generosity. The m/m romance community is filled with some of the kindest people I know, and I credit my first publication to their support. From there, I keep looking forward and meeting new people who write romance of all kinds and I’m proud to be able to participate in such a diverse community. Thank you, Siobhan, for allowing me the opportunity to share part of my experience with your readers.

Diversity is the spice of life, I agree. Great choice, Hunter. :) You can find out more about Hunter Frost's books on her website. Be sure to buy a book and tell a friend. Happy reading! 

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