Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
What, no alcohol? You want me to open up to you and you can’t offer me a little something to lubricate the process? Girl, what’s up with that?
Sorry. I think we have a little something left over from New Years. It’s got rum in it and I would hope that means it’s still good.
Pour me a tall one, sweetheart. Have I mentioned how lovely you’re looking today?
OH! Really, you’re too kind. I was so excited that you were coming over that I went and had my hair and nails done, even shopped for this new dress. All for you. Hold on a second. -smiles- Charles! Please bring Mr. Reed some of that tasty kick ass beverage we keep hidden for special guests. Sorry, we really should have an intercom installed here. While we’re waiting, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, my standard bio goes something like this:
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a two-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”
But knowing you, I suppose you want something more personal. -Nodding.- How about this? I just got married in December and now I can stop calling Bruce my partner and start calling him my husband, thanks to the government and the voters in the great state of Washington.
That is wonderful to hear and a very big congratulations to you, Rick. Though I must admit, you are looking happier than ever. One day I hope to meet your wonderful husband and Lily. Now, I must ask because I’m a nosy thing. When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
“Hey Bruce, what do you want for dinner tonight? You want me to cook or should we order in Thai?”
But seriously, it’s always a thrill, made new each time it happens.
You cook? Lucky man Bruce is. Can you please tell us what forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?
Dark, evil forces that took control of my heart and my psyche, forces that refuse to release my soul until I tell the perfect story of the richest and most emotionally-charged m/m romance ever.
Ever huh? Well I have to tell you that I have read all of your books, and each time you seem to outdo yourself. I remember one of your early works, way back when. Penance. I have a used copy of that book, read it in two sittings with my mouth agape. Truly, you aren’t kidding when you say dark. You really deserve an award for that story alone and I’ll have you know I still think about Jimmy. It remains one of my favorite dark stories to this day. I’m just being honest. OH and look! Charles, darling you’re marvelous. Please, Rick, take your pick.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
No pot brownies? It’s legal here in my home state, you know. Um, I am watching my waistline, so I’ll skip the cookies. You can give me a refill on that tasty mixture, though, but this time make it a double.
Of course. Charles. Leave the tray. You can go now. Rick, how many hours a day do you spending writing?
Probably, three or four, most days. But I spend many more hours than that thinking about what I’m going to write.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
I revise as I go along. My process is to begin my daily work on a new novel by reading and revising what I wrote the day before. That serves two purposes. For one, it gets me in the mood, so it’s sort of like foreplay for my writing mind. And, for another, it helps ensure that, by the time I finish, I have a pretty clean manuscript to submit (not that I don’t read it over and do a big revision once it’s all done, which I do).
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
I write characters and let them guide me along. In the process, they tell their story or stories. I have tried outlining and planning things out, but the way that works better for me is to just have a general idea of the story I want to tell and where I want to go with it, and just follow my instincts.
Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?
Right now, it’s Bobby, from CHASER. In CHASER, he’s a villainous character, egotistical, duplicitous, and self-absorbed. In the sequel, which I am just now finishing up, RAINING MEN, we get to know Bobby better and see from where his character flaws have sprung. I hope readers will see he’s just a damaged guy, hiding from himself, and only wants what most of us want out of life—someone to love him.
Yes, looks like I pegged him right after all. That was a great story as well. Look for that review coming soon. Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
I’d like to bitch slap those writers that go on about it. I think they’re just looking for an excuse not to sit down and confront putting words to paper (or screen, to be more 21st century). Writing is about inspiration and imagination, sure, but it’s also about discipline. I don’t believe in “writer’s block” and never will.
Yes, personally I chalk it up to no time on my end. I don’t have time for writer’s block, hell, I don’t have a lot of time period. So, shall we continue then?
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Our guest room is also my office. In the corner against the window (with inspirational views of the Cascade mountain range and Lake Union), I have my desk and file cabinets.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
Well, when I’m writing, my husband is usually at his office downtown, so he’s the only one who would see the sign, so no. I mean, the dog might see it, but she can’t read, so there wouldn’t be much point (and she will not tolerate a closed door, anyway). If I did put up a sign, it would more likely say: “Born in sin? Come on in!”
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
Vinegary. People slipping and falling…or farting. If they do both at the same time, that’s really hilarious.
OH! You’re positively wicked. I do love that in a man. What is the most frequently asked Rick R. Reed question?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?
Ahem! Rick, they are back. So, tell us what you’re working on now.
RAINING MEN, my novel about sexual compulsion and the difference between sex and love. It’ll be out early this year from Dreamspinner Press.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?
Eat a lot of Payday candy bars. It seems to work.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?
Thrillers, mystery, suspense, and horror. My favorite authors are Ruth Rendell, Stephen King, Patricia Highsmith, and Flannery O’Connor.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-
To sleep with? The one with the biggest…brain.
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I’m doing it right now, which makes it difficult, since I am typing with only one hand.
You have made me blush! Hiding under that pillow as you are doesn’t hide the uh…arm movement at all. Just thought I’d let you know. So, any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?
RAINING MEN, probably in March. I also have a print collection of short works that had only been published electronically called THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE. That will be out later this month, from Amber Allure.
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
Sure. I welcome all of you into my cyberworld:
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!
Yeah, dream on. Thanks for the drinks and the hospitality. See you around!
Charles, I swear, that man just has NO idea what he’s going to miss. Shall we?