Where you get to hear the people who make publishing–and Boroughs especially–what it is.
Short pieces by our authors
Susan Mac Nicol Fresh Princes
One of the challenges of being a writer is keeping things fresh and interesting, and giving a story a unique flavour in a world of stories where it’s probably already ‘ been done.’ This is particularly challenging in the Romance genre. How to write about two people meeting and falling in love and make it a book someone wants to read?
The Men of London series introduces a diverse set of characters from differing backgrounds, ethnic roots and family life. It showcases men of ages ranging from eighteen (in a future book) to their late thirties. I tell stories about new relationships forming and existing relationships that might need some work. My men come from various parts of the spectrum with regards to their work life: chef, psychic, private investigator, detective, porn star, fashion designers, would be fashionista, financier, airline crew member, game designer, eco-warrior, drag queen, impaired teenager and sweet shop employee.
In appearance and in their choice of clothing they differ too–brooding suit clad hunky chaps, fabulous heel wearing divas,tough macho individuals in leather and jeans, a cross dresser with a superlative sense of fashion, a man in uniform, one who’s a bit of a hippy, a trendy teen and a sexy geek wearing shorts.
Of course, there are times when they wear nothing at all.
Two things my men have in common–their stories are set in and around London, and in most of the books there’s an underlying social element. Homelessness, depression, loneliness and insecurity, discrimination, damage to the environment–I like to bring in some sort of statement that tells the reader things can get better, that there is always hope for family, for love, and for starting over.
At the end of the day, I guess I’m a romantic at heart myself. And what better place is there to be than sitting in a favourite armchair reading a happy ever after book about sexy men falling in love and thinking the world can get better after all.
Tobi Doyle & Rebecca Barray The Dynamic Duo
We met in 2013 at a NaNoWriMo write-in sponsored by our local library. After Nano, we joined a local writers’ group for support and motivation. When Tobi entered a short story contest, she was struggling to get her story under the word count limit, and Becca offered to help pare it down. We were thrilled with the resulting story and realized that our voices were similar and our talents complemented each other. We became official writing partners in January, 2014, and immediately began plotting.
We begin with an idea, some index cards, and a lot of excitement. Once the story is mostly mapped out, Tobi gets to work writing the individual scenes, and Becca follows, checking punctuation, grammar and continuity, embellishing and cutting where necessary.
There are occasional discussions, but we’ve never actually argued. We’re both blunt, take criticism well, and when a disagreement arises, we listen to each other’s points and make a mutual decision for the benefit of the manuscript. We’ve decided there can be no ego in writing, and that family comes first.
We’ve become good friends and try to meet, face-to-face, three or four times a week. It doesn’t always work out, though, and often children are afoot. We signed their first contract with Boroughs at an indoor playground of inflatables, and can often be found writing by the play-land at local fast food restaurants.
Working as a duo is infinitely more fun, and easier. Each of us brings our strengths to each new project, and together we have become one hell of a writer.
Kate Moore A Charmed Life
My inspiration? Unlikely attractions and love. In Golden Boy, the unlikely attraction is between a trust-fund slacker and hard-working single mom.
When the Canyon Club series came to me out of the ether, like a blip picked up by SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence), I knew that this story of a group of princes of privilege born with Porsche keys in hand, would need a “golden boy.” He’d have a natural born cool and be incapable of an awkward move or a lame remark. He’d live a charmed life until his inevitable fall.
If you ever rooted for Molly Ringwald’s characters to win the hero in Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles, you’ll root for Josh’s tenant, Emma Gray. She’s my fourteenth heroine and my first “mom” heroine. Being a single mom in L.A. keeps her praying for good car karma, cajoling a six-year-old, and working until she’s ready to drop. It makes her fiercely protective and endlessly practical. She has secrets to protect as well as a son, and goals just within reach. She has no time for sex, and there’s no place in the closed circle of mother and child love for anyone as idle and gorgeous as her golden boy landlord.
Let the Romance begin!