Please welcome Felice Stevens to the Blogger Girls!! Do you remember the moment you got the idea for this book? If so, what were you doing at the time?
I do! I was in bed, falling asleep when an idea came to me to write a book about 3 foster brothers who grew up together and how they were torn apart. In my head, the name of the series was originally The House of the Rising Sun. I have no idea why. lol
What made you want to become an author and why choose the genres that you write in?
I always wanted to be a writer. From when I was a child I was writing stories, mainly mysteries because that’s what I grew up reading. Then when I was in law school to break from the studies, I started reading romance. I picked up MM romance after winding my way through MF, then MFM and then MMM. I chose to write MM romance because I love stories about love. And I love men. And I am a firm believer that people who are in love deserve their HEA and nobody has a right to tell someone who to love.
What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t remember, but maybe Bambi? When his mother died.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When I have an idea the writing energizes me. When I’m having trouble it’s exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I have no idea. LOL Did I fail?
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
If you mean the first book I had published by Loose Id, Rescued, it was the rigorous editing process. I learned that I may love a scene or a line, but that doesn’t mean it’s best for the overall story. If you mean when I first self-published, I learned that I can actually run a small, successful business on my own. Well not my own, along with my editors, proofreaders, beta readers and my cover artist. It takes a village.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin. I’ve read it so many times it’s fallen apart.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
An otter. They’re so fun and friendly and I want one as a pet.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you currently have?
Well. In MF historical I have four. Two completely finished and one finished but not edited, one half finished. Then another one started but its been a long time since I looked at it. In MM, I have one three-quarters finished and one I started thinking about today for the next Kindle World Launch in January.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Hmm. Making sure they aren’t stereotypes. I write all different types of men both physically and emotionally. I don’t like the alpha super hunk or the twinky type. I want realism in my books and that’s what I strive for. I think getting into the head of the character and making them relatable as people is more important than their six-pack abs. Continue reading