Sjd Peterson—the Mini-interview

Q: Ask any writer why they write, and they’ll have pretty much the same answer: because they can’t help it. That’s fine, as far as it goes, but there’s usually more to the story. Can you share a bit of yours with readers? What brings you to M/M romance in particular?
A: I guess the biggest reason I have for writing what I do, is I’m a firm believer in the heart doesn’t care what gender a person is. We may deny ourselves that love, but if we would just listen, our hearts rarely steers us wrong. Also, writing is cheaper than therapy. A lot of people complain about the voices in their heads. I never do, I just write down what they say!

Q: From what I know about your novel, Lorcan seems a compelling character—the kind that makes the reader curious to fill in the blanks about him and reading on in the hopes of finding some of that information. What influenced you when you created him? What do you like most about him? Does he have a characteristic flaw—perhaps something you don’t like about him? (It’s okay to be vague, we don’t want to give too much away.)
A: Lorcan is very special to me, and is based loosely on a very important person in my life. He’s been taunted his whole life for looking more like his mama than his daddy and he’s grown out his chestnut hair just to taunt others further. He really doesn’t care that others think he’s gay, what he hates is that they look down at him with disgust when they say it. He is flawed in that he’s stubborn as hell and sometimes quick to fly off the handle. I think what I love most about Lorcan is his innocence and his ability to love. He hates labels and doesn’t understand how anyone can look at a couple, regardless of the combination and not see how lucky they are that they found someone to love.

Q: What did you most love about writing this novel, and why?
A: I came up with the characters, let them tell the story based on who they were and it amazed me where they took the story. It didn’t matter if I had an idea of what should happen, they would fight me on every turn if I tried to write something they didn’t agree with. It was as if they took on a life of their own and it was more powerful than mine was. The ending is probably what I love the most, not because of the content per se but because it shocked the hell out of me. It wasn’t anything like I had envisioned it to be.

Q: What’s in store for your readers? Will they see more of Whispering Pines Ranch?
A: After Lorcan’s Desire I have a novella titled, Simple being released from Silver publishing on July 30th of this year. It’s another one of those stories that took on a life of its own. I was trying to write a simple love story, but I realized that human beings make love a hell of a lot more complicated than it needs to be and if we would just leave the baggage at the door, love really is that simple. As far as more in the Whispering Pines Ranch series, there is a lot more to come in the future. The second book in the series, Quinn’s Need, picks up right where Lorcan’s story ends. It has already been contracted by Dreamspinner Press with a tentative date of release of November 2011. I’m currently about to start the third book in the series Ty’s Obsession. I also have plans to write Conner and John’s story, who are two characters that are very important in all three books. After that I have a few ideas swimming around in my head!

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