Today I’m interviewing Tanya Chris, a self-published author of M/M and M/F novels.
Q1. Hello, Tanya, and welcome to my blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself. How and when did you start writing?
I started writing my first book at about the age of 10. It was a romance about a neighborhood boy and even included a lock of his hair. Unfortunately, I was well into adulthood before I actually finished anything.
I self-publish, which gives me the freedom to write in multiple genres about whatever inspires me, rather than keeping to any particular formula. Most of my published works are M/M but I also have some M/F books and a couple of menages, like You, Me & Her. I write contemporary and paranormal, vanilla and BDSM. Pretty much anything. I also have an alter-ego pen name who writes kinky erotica.
Q2. Who are your favorite authors and do you think they’ve influenced your work?
Nora Roberts was an early favorite of mine. I was impressed by how different her characters were from book to book, especially considering how many books she wrote. I’m inspired by her to make sure that every sex scene I write is specific to the characters having it, not just a menu of sex acts.
My grandmother, who was English, turned me on to Agatha Christie. I wish I could plot like that, but what makes her books so special is the way they illuminate normal people in interesting ways. Everyone is fascinating. I try to write real people who are interesting for their realness.
You, Me & Her is told from the POV of Nate who struggles to find the intimacy and the long-term connection he craves without being limited to a monogamous relationship. He becomes involved with Sherry, a woman in an open relationship, but her husband Joshua also fascinates him. Up to that point, Nate’s only engaged in straight sex, including one M/F/M threesome he’s dying to repeat. When Joshua and Sherry indulge him in that, their love triangle starts to grow a third side.
You, Me & Her is a celebration of open poly. The characters have sex with other people during the course of the book and don’t ever close their triad to outsiders. Some readers won’t find it to their taste.
Q4. Who is your favorite character from You, Me & Her and why?
Definitely Joshua. I love all three of them (and especially all three of them together), but Joshua is probably my favorite of all the book-boyfriends I’ve written. He’s everything—funny, smart, practical, patient, loving, loyal and hot.
Q5. What are you working on right now and what can we expect from you in the future?
My next release will be Aftershock, a M/M (very light) BDSM story that’s the sequel to my best-selling book, Aftercare. In Aftercare, Syed was on trial for the murder of his boyfriend/sub, Jamie. In Aftershock, Jamie will get justice and Syed will learn that he can love again. Aftershock will be released in mid-August.
After that comes a really fun enemies-to-lovers story called Among Heroes. It starts with a plane crash and ends with two alpha males deciding they want to spend the rest of their lives fighting each other. Look for Among Heroes in late September.
Q6. Who is your biggest supporter and what would you like to say to them?
I’d like to give a shout-out to all of Writer Twitter because there are too many people to mention individually. The best thing that ever happened to my writing was joining Twitter. I get so much inspiration, support, and advice from the people there. What I’d like to say to them is: please continue your cocky rebellion forever.
Q7. If you could give other authors one piece of advice, be it about writing, editing, promoting or increasing their audience, what would it be?
Find your own process. There’s so much advice out there and it gets passed around by one group of people like it’s gospel while another group of people call out the same advice as problematic, and the truth is that different things work for different people.
So if you have a process that works for you, stick with it. You don’t have to conform to anyone else’s idea of how writing gets done. But if you don’t have a process yet (stories don’t get finished or get finished but don’t get published), then try everyone’s advice until you find something that works for you.
Q8. Good one! Thank you for giving me this interview, Tanya! Before we part, tell us: where can we connect with you online?