We've featured AJ Llewellyn on the blog before. You, however, are new to the
blog! So first I have to ask, how did you and AJ come to the decision to
It was a long time ago. A.J. published a book in
the publishing house. where I was. I had written once with a few people. It was
a disaster. I told myself I’d never do it again. But on a whim, I asked A.J. to
write a book with me. It was an idea I had about two writers who meet on line. I
asked and A.J. said yes. Black Point was born.
Who came up with the idea
for the Laid series, and who handles which part?
Laid is A.J.s baby. She
asked me to write Laid 4 and I was hesitant. It’s tough to write a character
that is not your creation. I had to study the guy and get his voice right. I
choice Jack and it went really well. So Jack is now my baby.
say you are a planner as a writer or that you let the flow guide
the plot? I’m both. I do have an outline in my head but I don’t block the
creative flow. If it takes me elsewhere, that’s okay.
Take us back to
your first book. What was it and can you tell us what
getting that contract
was like for you?
My first book was Eternal Souls. It was male/male erotica
and I was writing that when many people thought that e publishing wasn’t real
publishing and when many writers wouldn’t touch m/m. When it was accepted, I was
really excited. I still love that series.
I wish there was more about you
on the internet. What would you like your
readers to know about you?
guess I’m a bit of mystery. My life is really really busy and I suppose that’s
why there isn’t a lot about me. I run a business and sometimes I work 9-9. I
don’t work at the office anymore on Fridays so Friday, Saturday and Sunday
are my writing days. One day I will go to a writer’s conference. I would love
that but I don’t have the time and they are often in the U. S. I’m in Canada so
everything seems far. What should people know about me? Um. I don’t spend a lot
of time on line. I don’t have time. I am a person who believes in justice. I am
a sociologists by training and a teacher. I speak two languages. I have a couple
of university degrees and also a diploma in counselling. I am both left brained
and right brained, about equal which I’M told is rare. I own a little house and
am waiting for my new kitty, a British short hair. I walk to work. My office is
five minutes away. I have two, sometimes three employees. I like to relax, I
like to watch movies, and I love to take long walks. I have been with the same
life partner for a long time.
Do you have a favorite fan-meets-DJ
I met a woman in Montreal once who had read my books. It was strange
because we were talking about books. She told me her favorite writer was D.J.
Manly and I almost fell off my chair. She went on and on about Arsenic and Rio…a
book I’d written. I didn’t tell the woman I was D.J. Manly. She never knew. It’s
one of my favorite stories.
What's next in store for the Laid
We’re doing a Xmas version…about a …naughty Santa.
have other books coming out at SRP that is all you? Can you tell us
Not at the moment but I most likely will.
you to write taboo romance?
I have never viewed it as Taboo… I guess that
is the answer. Also, I have never been a fan of male/female romance. Although I
like romance. I know some books about two guys falling in love just mimic the
male/female traditional dynamic. I don’t like those books either. I like
starting at an equal starting place. It’s more interesting to write. Guess you
figured I’m a feminist.
Is there a taboo that intrigues you such that
you're tempted to write a
story about it but haven't yet?
Not that I
can think of.
And just for fun: If you could pick three things that
you are as a person, what would they
Those three qualities are very
important to me.
DJ, thank you for taking the time out of your
busy schedule to chat with us!
You're a great talent and we're so excited to
have you here at Stiff Rain
I’m excited to be here. And thanks
so much. D.J.