Ever since my very first book was published a highlight for me has been interacting with readers. I love learning about others and giving them a place to tell us about themselves. If you're interested in joining the fun email me email@example.com or use the contact link at the top of the page.
Stanley: I’m an artist, fashion designer and teacher, though that wasn’t always the case as I was a psychiatric nurse for twenty years until an assault by a patient left me with a damaged spine. I do like to think of myself as a ‘glass half full’ person, and although disabled I’m grateful to be alive, and when I hit 60 next year I will be looking forward to the next chapter of my life!
Elizabeth: What are your hobbies?
Stanley: Other than reading, I enjoy drawing, sewing, visiting art galleries and travelling. I also enjoy foreign language films and thought I would learn a new language and chose Swedish, though to be honest I understand it a lot better than I speak it!
Elizabeth: Why were you drawn to this genre?
Stanley: As a gay man, I think it was inevitable, although it was a female friend who got me started!
Elizabeth: Why do I like this genre?
Stanley: I enjoy the wide variety of characters that reflect both positive and negative aspects of gay men, and I like to immerse myself in their stories, probably because I’m an old romantic.
Elizabeth: How did I discover M/M romance and gay literature?
Stanley: A female friend recommended ‘Dirty Kiss’ by Rhys Ford, and after that I was hooked
Elizabeth: What are your reading habits?
Stanley: I make time to read every day, be it ten minutes or a couple of hours, and before I go to sleep I listen to audio books
Elizabeth: Do you prefer paperbacks, hard cover or e-books?
Stanley: I love all formats of books, but lately because of my arthritis I tend to read more e-books, and usually on my smart phone or tablet.
Elizabeth: Favourite TV show and/or movie
Stanley: My favourite TV show is ‘Game of Thrones’ followed closely by ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’, which is an annual song contest that started in 1956 and it also happens to be one of the campest shows on TV. My favourite all time film is ‘Camille’, the original with Greta Garbo
Elizabeth: What music do you listen to?
Stanley: I have a varied taste in music, but my favourites are – Abba (‘The Winner Takes It All’ is my all-time favourite song), Celine Dion, Nanne Gronvall, Kim Jae Joong and Versailles.
Elizabeth: Why did you decide to do the interview?
Stanley: Bottom line – I thought it would be fun, and something different – which it was!
Elizabeth: What is your favourite type of romance plot?
Stanley: I can honestly say that I don’t have a favourite type of plot, just as long as the writing is good (but I do like a happy ending).
Elizabeth: Who are your favourite authors?
Stanley: I have books by a wide variety of authors but in particular I have three favourites; Rhys Ford, Rick R Reed and TJ Klune. When I read books by any of these three I know I’m going to be taken on a wonderful journey, where I might laugh or cry, be on the edge of my seat, or all three, but I know I’m going to enjoy their work.