I’d like to thank Morgan Brice for stopping by. Morgan Brice, AKA Bestselling Author Gail Z. Martin, has released the first book in a M/M Paranormal Romance series. I wanted to know how it was to change writing genres and writing in in a different mindset, gay men.
- When did you decide to write UF/PR? Did you write any paranormal romance prior to Witchbane?
As Gail Z. Martin, I’ve written epic fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, and monster hunter snarky humor. Some of those series had an undercurrent of romance, but were mostly action, with implied (but not explicit) sex.
I’ve read a lot of paranormal romance, and the series I love the most have a crime/mystery/urban fantasy plot as well as the tangled lovers’ path.
Some of my favorites are Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffin series (and her SPECTRE, Spirits and Hex books as well), Charlie Cochet’s THIRDS series, Rhys Ford’s Cole McGinnis series (and so many more!), KJ Charles Magpie Lord and Green Man series, Mary Calmes Marshals series, Pandora Pine’s Dead Speak series, Jordan Castillo Price’s Psycop…the list is very long!
When I read enough of a type of book, my writer brain kicks in and starts coming up with ideas for series of that type that I want to write. So here I am!
- Was it difficult to write a male/male romance? How does a woman get into the headspaces of two men in love.
I’d been reading enough MM romance that I didn’t find it difficult to write the relationships. Most of my other series (as Gail Z. Martin) have male protagonists, so I’ve been writing a male point of view for over a decade. In that sense, I just took things a few steps farther, and brought in the romance angle. I’d say Witchbane (and the upcoming second series, Badlands) is about 50% urban fantasy and 50% romance.
- How many words do you put down in an average day? Do you work on one book at a time, or do you do multiples. You write a lot of good stories in very short periods of time.
I shoot for 10-15 pages a day (double spaced, 12 point type). I usually get 10 unless I’m on a roll. At the beginning of a book, I can spend several days doing a detailed outline. A good outline helps me write faster down the line. If I get stuck on a chapter, I fall back and outline.
Generally, I am writing one book and involved in the editing, production, cover sourcing for others. So we juggle a lot! (My husband is full-time in the business with me, and we co-write some series). Switching back and forth keeps me from getting stale. It can be a little disorienting, though, to keep track of what world/time period I’m currently working in when I have to switch off!
- What do you think of self-publishing? Did it work out the way you thought it might? Was it more or less difficult?
I started off with two very large publishers (Solaris Books and Orbit Books), and now we are mostly indie except for three series we are doing with Falstaff Books. I’ve also done short stories for anthologies for a lot of small presses. There are pros and cons about each path.
I’m very grateful for the start I got with big publishers, because it taught me a lot about how the business works, and it put me in bookstores (under my Gail Z. Martin name) where it was easy for people to find my books.
Self-publishing has changed so much over the last decade. It’s possible now to put out an indie book of the same quality as one from the big publishers. But that means learning how to put a book together inside and outside so it does look professional, and that’s a little harder than you might think.
We’ve done short stories and novellas tied into our other (Gail Z. Martin and Larry and Gail) books for several years, keeping readers connected to series in between books. Now we’re moving into new series (as Morgan Brice and as Gail Z. Martin) that are completely indie for full-length novels, so it’s a whole new world for us. I’m enjoying it very much.
With traditional publishing, you don’t control a lot of things, and you still have to do most of the marketing. With self-publishing, you control everything, but you can’t do some of the things as an individual that a big publisher can do (like getting into bookstores). So it’s a trade-off, but I’m really having fun.
- How did you find your cover artist? Did you have more say than with traditional publishing? It’s fabulous.
Thank you! I found my cover artist, Lou Harper, because I admired the covers of an author friend and asked who did them. I’m very fortunate to be working with several very talented artists who do wonderful work.
I definitely get more say in the covers now than when I was in traditional publishing (of course, I get to pay for them, too!). I really do get to collaborate from the beginning, picking the models, suggesting the background, working with the artist on the symbols and overall feel. It’s fun!
Here’s the quick recap for Witchbane: Seth Tanner and his brother Jesse’s fun evening debunking local urban legends ends with Jesse’s gruesome murder. Seth vows revenge on Jesse’s killer–too bad the murderer has been dead for a hundred years. Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual killings that feeds the power of a dark warlock’s immortal witch-disciples, and he’s hell bent on stopping Jackson Malone from becoming the next victim. He’s used to risking his neck. He never intended to risk his heart.
Watch for the sequel to Witchbane, Dark Rivers, later this spring! And a second, all-new series, Badlands, will also be out soon!
I’ll be a Supporting Author at Gay Romantic Lit Retreat in October, so please look me up and say hello!
Witchbane is available in ebook on Kindle, Kobo and Nook and in print. We’re working on audiobook. Read a free excerpt here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/1KAlPdEE3guNvY6FQzox73GBosdaVeH3k/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=msword
About me: Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions.
Follow Morgan on Twitter @MorganBriceBook, on Facebook in the Worlds of Morgan Brice group https://www.facebook.com/groups/143333126341151/and check out the Morgan Brice Books and Stuff board on Gail’s Pinterest page at www.Pinterest.com/GzmartinYou can find more about Morgan at www.MorganBrice.com
Thank you Gail!
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