I started writing historical novels in 1996 when I was working in Sri Lanka, but did not get my first one published as work got in the way, and I almost got entangled with a vanity publisher. Fortunately I got my MS back, and didn’t pay the publisher anything before they went bang.
Q: What inspired you to write your first romance novel?
I was always sad that history never mentions romance, which must have been there or they wouldn’t have produced heirs, so I started writing romance novellas four years ago, after I retired. I call them novellas, as I get bored if they’re too long, and I don’t like padding my MS just to reach a word count.
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception about a man writing romance?
I don’t really know. I have read a lot of romance books, and find that many women authors find great delight in things like fabric of a dress, which frankly I would find difficult to do – the softness of a lady’s skin is for me… But I do like exploring the feelings and emotions of my characters in great depth.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
The first novella I wrote was in the first person, but I’ve given that up unless I’m writing in the first person female. I usually keep an Excel record of characters, places and chapters, which I find very help full. In one book I started writing about a Clemence, but by the last chapter I wrote Clarence. Thank you that editor.
I should also note that sometimes my characters change the plot as I write.
Q: To date which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
One book I had to wrestle with involved a man and his attractive step-daughter after his wife died. It was not so difficult to write but to adapt to the editor’s likes and dislikes, and I had to compromise with my hero seducing a college friend of his step-daughter.
Q: What books have most influenced your life most?
My first romance novella has a lot of my own life experience written into the plot. I’ve left it in for that MS, but have avoided getting too close to home ever since.
Q: What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?
One of my concerns is authors who write about things they don’t really know about, and make it up as they go, whilst a little web search would have guided them correctly. So my advice is don’t write about things you don’t know about.
Q: What is on tap for the rest of 2016?
I’ve just published a new murder and mayhem novel – Chocolates and Cyanide – and I’ve got two romance novels in the draft MS format. Two because one was delayed by a publisher, and then they turned it down, so I’m revising it. The other I just completed a few days ago.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
I have two websites:
www.Lordmaity.com for historical novels, and
www.adammannauthor.com for romance novellas.
And on Twitter @Lordmaity and @adammannauthor and @Butterflybooks9
Join me on Saturday as we read a teaser from Adam’s story, West African Heat. ~Tina