5/20/2011

The Story Orgy Presents: Interviews with GA Hauser

Story Orgy Presents: Interviews  with GA Hauser

 Good morning, Story Orgy Readers!  Today we have a special guest who's come to share some insights about writing and her new work.  Welcome, to The Story Orgy, GA Hauser! We don't have any prompt words for you, but maybe a few questions would suffice.  


So, here's a random beginning.  GA, what is your favorite quality about yourself?

I think it’s my tenacity and self-discipline. I have a tendency to grab onto a dream with my teeth and never let go. I also write every single day. 

Every day, huh? I stare at my screen a lot more than I actually write.  I admire that you can do that.  When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing stories at a very young age. They were naughty, so I ripped them up before anyone read them. I wrote primarily because I couldn’t find anything published at the time that fulfilled my fantasies. Now the whole man love market is flooded with stories that include gay sex and romance. Not when I was looking it wasn’t! So, I wrote my own. I suppose that was what began the idea of becoming a writer. 

It is a new world for romance  today isn't it?  I know there wasn't much like what I like to read available twenty years ago.  What inspires you to write and why?

I’m inspired by many things. The feedback I get from people, showing me that my work has touched them, is a very strong influence. I also love to give readers what they want. Like I said above there is a real craving for manlove romance, and I enjoy the fact that anyone can be a hero in my work. And well, it’s just plain fun!

That makes me smile!  It's true isn't it that there's standard hero that seems to be cut and pasted into most romance novels?  I love stories about unique people, because we are all individuals.  How many billionaire businessmen do some publishers expect us to believe are out there?  LOL. What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Keeping it real. Calling or talking to people who are in the profession I am writing about. Though I have been many things in my life, when I wanted to write about LA lifeguards, I called the LA lifeguards and asked! They were appreciative I didn’t use Baywatch as my guide! 

Well, I know since you spend seven to eight hours a day writing you must have something new in the works.  Tell us your latest news?

I have several projects cooking right now. Since the release of my first shape-shifter, Of Wolves and Men, I will be getting the sequel ready for release soon.
Also, I am working on Mr. Right at the moment, and releasing My Best Friends Boyfriend in May. Then! Book 9 of the Action! Series in on the list to complete.


Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Blurb for My Best Friend’s Boyfriend:

If Gavin Mecklenburg thought his job of working on high voltage power lines in Seattle was risky, he was taking an even bigger chance for a disaster by messing around with his best friend’s new boyfriend.
Trina Yamagachi was what Gavin called a ‘serial engager’. She chewed men up and spit them out, breaking off relationships with men just before her wedding day.
Gavin met Trina one afternoon while buying a watch for himself at the jewelry store she worked for. He and beautiful Trina became best friends instantly. But when Gavin realizes that his new handsome neighbor- the one he has become infatuated with- is Toby Montgomery, Trina’s latest conquest, Gavin doesn’t know what to do.
As friendships are tested, and choices become harder, Gavin has to wonder if getting involved with his best friend’s boyfriend is more trouble than it’s worth.
Sometimes the rules of attraction and lust win and sometimes they make you lose, but in the end, it’s all about finding the one you love and being true to your heart.


  

Now, that sounds like a great read!  That's a cute title... how did you come up with it?

Love the song by The Cars, ‘My Best Friend’s Girlfriend’. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.

And Gavin!  What a sexy name that is, masculine and sweet.  Can you tell us about him?

The main character is Gavin Mecklenburg. He’s a high power linemen with the Seattle Power Source company. He’s gay and best friends with a woman who is a man magnet. The woman character is based on one of my best friends from when I lived in Seattle. His apprenticeship with the power company has been all consuming until he meets his man.

Definitely not your typical hero.  How did you develop your plot and characters?

I spoke to an employee at the Seattle power company, (not with the made up name I used of course) and he gave me some great insight into the job of climbing power poles and working on high voltage lines. Awesome stuff!

So, my eyes keep trailing back up the page to that cover... its definitely sexy.  I do love denim.  Who designed it?

Me. I do all my own covers now. But if you check out the credits in each book, well, they are my characters! I wonder if anyone notices that.


Wow!  That is a sexy cover!  It always amazes me that people can do that themselves.  I'd spend hours pondering over which font to use and where to place the text.  Maybe we can talk more about that some other time?  Where can we purchase the book?

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com, Kindle, and All Romance ebooks and Smashwords.
Purchase    here. 
           
 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, Love is Never Wrong! No Matter the Form!! People need to get over their fears of same sex couples. It’s a subject I am passionate about.

 How much of the book is realistic?

I don’t know! I think the action in some is directly from my personal experience. Like in Top Men. The calls the two officers went on, I did personally. So in each book a little of my life is given out. But I doubt you would know when, unless you know me very well.

  Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?

I got to that a bit in the previous answer. Most of my novels are about family, friends, and acquaintances I have met over the years. It’s never safe to hang out with a writer. All your information ends up in their work!

 What are your current writing projects now?

Right now I’m working on Mr. Right. It’s about a young man who was a toy boy for an older man, who just died. It’s a story about the young man’s regression to bad behavior over the net, etc, and his encounter with a therapist who is in a similar spot. The therapist has to deal with the ethics of falling in love/lust with this delicious young man.
  
 I'd really like to read that.  Coping with loss is such a personal thing, its sure to be an emotionally engaging book.  Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?

I wish I had more time to read. After writing for 7-8 hours a day, I am too worn out to read. But I still try and pleasure read a bit.

I can understand that.  Do you have any advice for writers?

Yes, NEVER GIVE UP!!! I say that whenever anyone asks. You stop trying, you lose. Just because one publisher didn’t like your work, means another one will. Keep writing, keep trying.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Run! I run every day, and without it, I’d go nuts. I am a very physical person and if I couldn’t bike, run, or exercise, I’d lose my mind.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

I never imagined I could do this and support myself. It’s an amazing journey to go from a little bit here and there, to an income. I am very lucky and have great friends and fans to keep me going.

So, GA, if you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?

I would have to say, thank you. Thank you for years of reading GA Hauser novels and giving me great feedback and wonderful reviews. And as for ‘wisdom’ never stop fighting for the things you believe in. Be passionate about civil rights. Believe that ignorance and intolerance will be defeated. Dream. Fight. Never give up trying.

That's a message that resounds on many levels.  Thanks so much for sharing your work adn yourself with us today!  

Thank you so much for letting me do this interview. It means a lot to me to share my feelings and thoughts. GA


6 comments:

  1. What an awesome interview from one of my writing heroes! Love you GA and great interview, Lee!

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  2. Great interview, GA and Lee! I really enjoyed reading more about you.

    Just finished reading My Best Friend's Boyfriend last night, and posted a 5-star review on Amazon.com. What a great book and hot, angsty romp. Definitely a recommended read.

    Thanks for sharing about yourself!

    Hugs,
    Sam

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  3. Thank you everyone for your sweet words, and for Lee for giving me the opportunity to be on her blog. xxoo

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  4. Thanks for the great interview with one of my favorite authors Lee. Ga Hauser has inspired me to be versatile in the characters I choose to write about. She spent a lot of time describing how and why she picks this interesting rainbow of heroes in your interview and it gives me license to be more bold in character development for my own writing. I appreciate this type of ingenuity.

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  6. Thanks Guys!! It's wonderful to hear I have inspired you to do your own thing. Very nice, indeed! :-*

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