First and foremost let me say ‘Thank You’ to Sandrine Gasq Dion for joining me today. It is not often that readers and fans get to interact with some of their favorite authors, and as reviewer for Evermore Books it is a privilege to be able to do that. I can only hope that the questions I ask, will give our fans and readers an extra peek into her life that is not only informative but exciting… so enjoy!
Funny story. I started this whole thing after watching As The World Turns. The end of the show, they had killed off one of the gay couple. Well, a few of us were enraged (And by few I mean a whole hell of a lot of people were pissed). So, at that point, I decided to write what would have happened if they had been allowed to fulfill their relationship and it just snowballed from there.
Leslie: I know you have many of your books in a series? Do you find that gives you an edge over other M/M authors with just single book publicaton?
I wouldn’t say edge, I’m not a big fan of sequels, so bringing in characters from the first books gives the readers a chance to see them again without trying to create a whole new story for them. Creating the family dynamics for these characters seems to work though and I love that my guys are a family.
Leslie: Here is one I have not asked before. What is your favorite book cover? Can you tell me why?
I would say A Marked Man only because it was the first cover I ever made on my own and it was the first book I ever published. Riley and Mateo hold a special place in my heart. ;)
Leslie: How important is it to you when you write to know how your book ends before you write it, or do you just let the story come to you as you go along? When your book is part of a series, does all of that apply to the series or just book by book?
I find that a lot of the time I am writing by the seat of my pants. I’m just going along for the ride. I usually have an outline and I know how the book will end. With the Assassin Shifters I am constantly having to go back into the other books to make sure I have everything right and with 23 books in the series, it takes a bit.
Leslie: Who are your main inspirations when it comes to sparking your creativity? I guess I am asking are they fellow authors, fans, street teams, friends, family?
I think everyone plays a part in my creativity. My ties to the military play a huge part in my books and I have quite a few friends that end up in the books.
Leslie: Think back to that first book! What made you decide to write it, and take the leap to publish it? Also, did you always want to be a writer?
I decided to write A Marked Man after a few people on LRO (Luke and Reid online) Said I should take the plunge into publishing. Although I was writing fanfiction at the time, creating new characters does take work. I told myself if I was going to write a book and publish it, it would have to be completely different from what I was writing at the time. Mateo and Riley were born. ;)
As far as being a writer, if you had told me 10 years ago I’d be writing male/male romances I would have died laughing. I always loved writing but a career? I hadn’t thought about it. I was going to be a lawyer or a cop. lol
Leslie: Final question(s)… so, I guess I will make this one count! Which book are you most proud of so far? Is there anything exciting planned for the future?
I would say Strange Addiction I am most proud of. It tackled suicide and a portion of the proceeds went to the Trevor Project. I truly believe in giving back to the community and created a bravelets page in the name of the Trevor project.
My future plans involve the Rock series, which at this moment I have 3 books outlined. A male/female book will release at some point and I have Locke and Key as well as the next Olympian book in the works!
***Bonus*** If you can, describe to us a typical writing day! (Which I KNOW involves lots of coffee!)
Typical writing day? That’s interesting. I spend a good 2-3 hours answering all my social media and emails. Then I’m relaxing and playing Angry Birds. By about 9pm, my characters are jabbering in my ear and I’m up until about 2 or 3 am typing as fast as my fingers will allow. I guess I have to give my characters credit, as they are quiet for most of the day letting me get things done. I think my brain is too full of other things during the day hours to allow them to come out and play. lol