Interview with author CF White

Today, I’m welcoming CF White to my blog. Author of six m/m romances across three series of novels, she writes love stories with humour, drama and heat set in often gritty urban landscapes. So join me as I find out more about CF White – her characters, her influences, and more.

The three novels of the Responsible Adult series..

  1. How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication? 

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since a very young age I wrote stories and novels. I used to rush home from school to write and whenever I’d go on holiday with my folks I always had to have a pen and paper to write on the beach instead of building sandcastles. By the time I was around 14 I’d written two novels. My parents were super supportive and did send off to a couple to publishers. Rejection is hard at any age but at that time, the rejection kinda stopped me in my tracks. Then, as is inevitable, life took over for a while (or I should probably say teenage social life). I went off to uni, studied film production and switched to writing scripts. Then the pressures to get a paid job on graduation thwarted any chance of writing for a living, so I got a job, I got a husband, kids followed and writing all but stopped.

Then a few years back, an idea I’d had roaming in my head for years came back to haunt me – it was about a footballer and his path from the academy to the professional playing field all while discovering his sexuality and falling in love with a man he couldn’t hide in the shadows. I had no idea about mm romance then, but a burning desire to write the story. So I did some research and found the mm community. I devoured books and suddenly became an instant fan. Knowing there was a market for gay romance novels, I slowly started to write my first book in fifteen years – The District Line. I was guided to the online platform Wattpad and plucked up the courage to post my chapters on there, just to see if there was anyone even vaguely interested in my book and if I had any talent at all. Cutting a long story short, The District Line became quite successful on the site. It was featured by the platform staff, excerpts taken up in Cosmopolitan magazine and suddenly I had a decent following. I came up with a few more ideas and posted more regularly. It was after a year or so of doing that, that I looked into publishing for real.

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CF White reviews The Captain and the Cricketer

I thoroughly enjoyed The Captain and the Cricketer. I love that it’s a bit of a lark, a bit of a mystery, a bit of a second chance romance with an ending that one can just sigh whilst fanning oneself over. I love Henry’s tweed, I love George’s green eyes that only sparkle for Henry, and I love that bloody British village. I want to go there. Now. Please?

OK, I’ll just go read this awesome book again.

Read CF White’s full review on Goodreads.

Interview with author Tora Williams

I’m really pleased today to welcome Tora Williams on my blog. We’ve known each other since meeting a few years ago at Romantic Novelists’ Association meet-ups, and in that time we’ve seen each other go from would-be authors to published authors.

Tora’s debut novel Bound to Her Blood Enemy is available to pre-order now on Kindle now, and will be published on 25th June 2018.

Over to you, Tora…

The cover of Tora's novel, Bound to Her Blood Enemy

  1. How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?

When I was a child I was always making up stories in my head (others might call it daydreaming!) and I wanted to be an author. But real life got in the way and I only started writing seriously in about 2010. I soon realised that I was obsessed with providing my characters with happy-ever-afters, so I focused on writing romance. In 2013 I was lucky enough to get a place on the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme. As part of the scheme I was able to submit a manuscript every year for assessment, and the feedback I got really helped me improve. The support from friends I’ve made through the RNA has also been invaluable, and they kept me going each time I got a rejection. Then in January 2018 I finally got the longed-for email from The Wild Rose Press saying they’d love to publish Bound to Her Blood Enemy.

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