AAD Author Spotlight & Giveaway: BA Tortuga
Jen: Many of your books are m/m. As a woman, how do you prepare yourself to write sex scenes between two men?
BA: Well, the best part about writing romance is that making love is making love, no matter what bodies do. It's the emotion that matters. After that, it's all fun research! Also, I live with a m/m writer, my best friend in all the world is a m/m writer. There's lots of inspiration.
Jen: I read on your bio, you watch a lot of porn for "research." I love that! Is it true?
BA: Sure! I admit that I'm a dork and I prefer to watch it on fast forward, but I do watch. Chris Owen has sent me some hilarious stuff from the Great White North and Sean Michael bought me one featuring a forest ranger who stood around getting oral sex the entire movie while announcing, "where there's smoke, there's fire!"
Jen: What kind of reaction did you get to that decision?
BA: Oh, so far folks have been luscious. My m/m readers have been very receptive. I've gained some amazing m/f readers, and it's been an all around good thing. :D
There's a m/m/f coming from that universe next...
Jen: You have several different series. Can you give new readers the lowdown on some of them?
BA: Roughstock is an ongoing series featuring the men and women in a bull riding league. Honestly, this is my heart's story, where I get to play with the people that are the folks I grew up with/ around.
The Road Trip series... Lord, how to describe them... Explosions, ridge running, assassins, psychics, government conspiracies, hot sex, yachts, fast cars, drugs, booze, a thermodynamics specialist, and a lot of chocolate.
Shifting Streams is an ongoing paranormal series featuring werewolves in Montana. The first book, Climbing the Ladder, introduces Mesa, the Aspen Clan's Alpha, his beta mate, Kody, and... Kody's human wife, Sammy. The second book, tentatively titled "Triad" features Canyon, Mesa's twin brother, and two albino wolves that are causing trouble all over.
I do have a new series, the Witchy Women series, coming in February, that is about three best friends from Dripping Springs, Texas, who promise upon graduation that, no matter how far they traveled, they'll always show up with one of the other's needs her. When Lily's grandmother passes away and leaves her Cowbells, Books and Candles and she starts unpacking the boxes in the back, Lily discovers how much she needs her friends back. ;-)
BA: I published my first piece in the mid-70s. I have been writing for a living for a long, long time, but I have been writing romance professionally since 2004. :D Honestly, I write 5-7 pieces at a time, moving from one to the other, so it's really hard to tell, from start to finish.
Jen: What other authors do you like to read?
BA: Oh, lord. Yes. :D I'm a huge Stephen King fan. Tess Gerritsen, Marilyn French, Sean Michael, Leah Brooks, Tasha Alexander, Chelsea Cain, Kiernan Kelly, Bronwyn Green, Maya Banks, TA Chase, Carol Lynne, Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz, Guillermo del Toro, and of course, my partner, Julia Talbot. And that's just off the top of my head. I loved the last Lydia Nyx story I read. Then there's Alice Hoffman and Douglas Clegg...
Jen: What are you looking forward to most from AAD in New Orleans this summer?
BA: I made *so* many good friends last year in Philly that I can't wait for those in-person hugs. :D
Jen: Thank you so much for sharing your work with me and taking the time to answer my questions. I'm looking forward to meeting you in NOLA!
BA: Thank you. I'm so tickled to be participating.
You can find out more about BA on her website, Goodreads, and Twitter. And for one lucky follower, BA is giving away a $10 gift certificate to Torquere Press. Just enter the Rafflecopter form below!
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