Good morning all! As some of you know, I’m a Supporting Author going to GayRomLit 2014 in Chicago! (This will be my first convention YAY!) However, today I’d like to talk to you about what inspires me when I’m writing. What pushes me to write the stories I do.
When I wrote my first m/m romance, it was as a push from a friend in reaction to how I often am treated when I go out—I hate shopping due to the attitudes of others about my mobility. You see, I don’t “look sick” whatever that means, so I’m often harassed at Wal-Mart, the grocery store, etc. for using the little electric shopping carts and more. A friend said I should write a story where the MC had mobility issues like mine and then give that character a happy ending.
LOL, yep, that was the entire basis of me writing, giving characters the love and acceptance I wanted. You see, I’m also now single and have had my mobility used against me on that front too, so it made sense, her suggestion. Mind you, I really don’t think she expected me to write a sensual Dom and an abuse victim falling in love ;) but that’s who came to me.
I’m not the kind of author that can plan out, outline, and pre-plot all the lovely things in a story. Nope, I’m a totally character driven author, so on top of bossy characters dictating their stories to me, everything from the news, to stories my friends tell me of their lives or pasts, to simple random thoughts influence my writing and spurn me to write more. I love sharing hope, love, and joy, even if it is only between the pages of my books.
So what is my inspiration? Life!
Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 22, 2014)
Amazon: Temptations of Desire
Amazon Kindle: Temptations of Desire
Desires Entwined: Book Three
Alexander James Noble is a gender fluid gay man who gave up on finding Mister Right a long time ago. He’s not asking for much, though. He just wants a guy who loves all of him and appreciates his feminine form too.
At the local LGBTQ center where Alex regularly volunteers, he meets Dal Sayer, an officer of the Milwaukee PD. Because he’s been rejected one too many times, Alex doesn’t trust the huge cop and the interest he shows in him, but once Dal sets his mind on something, he goes all out. Pushing aside his preconceived notions, Alex opens up just a little and soon caves.
From their first date—while dealing with his father’s failing health and his parents’ demands for him to settle down and have children—Dal never takes his eyes off his goal of making Alex his. But proving to Alex he isn’t like all the men who couldn’t see him for who he truly was and only wanted to hide him away is harder than he thought.
About the Author:
Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud omnisexual / bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t–defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.
Tempe is a hopeless romantic that loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life, though writing has always drawn her back–no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life. She lives in Wisconsin with her children, reading, writing, and enjoying life.
Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, Rainbow Romance Writers, and WisRWA. Learn more about Tempeste and her writing at http://tempesteoriley.com.
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