Author Interview - LM Somerton
Hello my lovelies, I am thrilled to welcome a wonderful author and lady to my blog as I put her under the spotlight to find out all about LM Somerton. This is a wonderful interview and I hope you enjoy it. You can also check out her author bio and her social media links after the interview.
Thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am so excited to have you on my blog. So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you write?
Hi Daniel - I was born in Bath, Somerset and if you talk to me on the phone you’ll hear I haven’t quite lost the accent. I’ve worked in marketing communications for more years than I care to remember and now live in Northamptonshire. I’m married, with a teenage daughter.
I would love to hear about how you got into writing M/M fiction.
It all started with a dare. I was between jobs and over lunch with a gay friend started talking about writing. He reckoned there was no way a straight female would ever be able to write mm romance and I had to prove him wrong. Obviously.
You feature BDSM in your writing, what made you want to explore this kind of sexual activity.
It’s less about the kink and more about the complex psychology of relationships involving power exchange. That’s what interests me most. There is something inherently romantic about the trust involved.
As an aspiring MM writer, I sometimes get nervous about writing a sexy scene. How long did it take you to get comfortable with writing something so sexually explicit?
I think my sex scenes have become tamer as I’ve gone along! I think I can be detached from the action and focus on the emotions better now. To start with I was more concerned about getting things right than how explicit the scenes were. Fortunately I have some very open friends, who love to share.
What advice can you offer to aspiring MM writers?
Practice. A lot. I started out writing on the free site Literotica and got a lot of really useful feedback from readers on the site. Sharing work with friends who will be honest with you is invaluable.
What kind of genres do you love to write, and where do you get your inspiration from?
All my published work to date has been mm with varying degrees of BDSM. I’ve written paranormal, contemporary, thrillers and adventure. I’d like to venture into sci-fi one day. My inspiration comes from all around me. The smallest thing can trigger a plot idea – a photograph, piece of music, a day out – they’ve all been responsible.
So what is a typical writing day like for LM Somerton?
I don’t really have a typical day. I have a full time job so have to fit my writing around that. If I do get a rare day to myself, I start early. Large quantities of coffee are involved. I write slowly and often delete as much as I write. I’m my own biggest critic and have zero self-confidence that what I’m writing is any good. I will happily write all day with breaks for fresh air and snacks though I can get distracted by the wonders of Facebook as my online friends will testify.
I would love to hear about your writing career so far and your journey to publication.
I have been incredibly lucky. An editor who read my free work suggested I should submit something. The first story I sent in, The Portrait, was accepted by Totally Bound so I’ve never yet had to face a rejection letter. Almost three years and seventeen stories later, I still haven’t quite accepted the whole ‘published author’ thing.
You’re are currently published with Pride Publishing, what are they like as a publisher and what are the team like to work with?
They are amazing. Very supportive, professional and a lovely bunch of people to work with. The art department rocks and I’ve loved each of the editors that I’ve worked with. They make my books so much better. As a publisher they are innovative and always looking for new ways to market their authors and books – it’s exciting to be part of.
What do your family and loved ones think of your success?
My parents were sixties teens – nothing I could do or say would ever shock them. My Dad thinks it’s hilarious and tells all his mates that I write gay porn – I’ve given up trying to re-educate him. My mum likes to ogle the covers. My husband is somewhat bemused but is quite content that I have something to keep me busy and consequently not nagging him. My daughter is too young to read the books yet and still at the heavy sigh stage when I make inappropriate comments about shirtless men on the TV.
What do you tell people who ask what you write?
That I write kinky gay romance. I have never yet had a negative response.
What’s next for LM Somerton?
Good question. I have so many ideas and requests for sequels, I don’t know where to start. I’m working on writing plans for the next 18 months at the moment and they’ll definitely include a full-length paranormal and another book in the Tales from the Edge series.
The fun stuff:
Who is you ultimate celebrity crush?
I can’t pick just one! Eoin Bailey, Wes Bentley, Liam Hemsworth, Douglas Booth, Sam Claflin… we could be here some time.
If you could, what celebrities would you pair up in an MM scene?
Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney from Chicago Fire – preferably in uniform.
What is your favourite part of a man?
Eyes. Arse. Eyes… no, arse.
Who are the authors that you love to read?
Kim Dare, Sean Michael, Bailey Bradford, Morticia Knight in the mm genre. Outside that, Rob Thurman, Jim Butcher, Mike Carey and Mark del Franco.
LM Somerton lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She's fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.