Monday, November 10, 2014

Interview with Andrew Grey and a Giveaway!

I had the great pleasure to interview author Andrew Grey. He is well known in the LGBT community as an amazing author of gay romance. If you have not had the chance to read any of his work, well, you might just get your chance here.

First, I have a wonderful interview for you. I have to say, Andrew Grey is such a delight. For those who have met him they tell me he is fabulous and even those who speak to him I would always hear how terrific he is. Well, I haven't met him but I have indeed had the honor of talking with him. He's as wonderful as you all say!

Enjoy this interview:

When you look at your very first book you ever published to your newest, what changes do you see? How have you grown?

  I think my writing is more descriptive and emotional.  I also like to think that it’s much better and smoother, easier to read.  I remember the earlier works and the plots were simpler and the characters not as dimensional in my opinion.  Not that they were bad just early.  As for how I’ve grown, I think I’ve gained a great deal of confidence.

 There is so much you've already covered in your books: Farmers, chefs, Bears, Muscle Men, Athletes... on and on. You have an amazing variety. Is there a character type you haven't written yet that you really want to?

  I am going to write paranormal, especially shifters.  I am starting a new pen name, Dirk Greyson.  Dirk will write action/ adventure and paranormal.  Dirk’s first story is Day and Knight coming in May.  Its action, adventure, intrigue with two men who butt heads and aren’t sure whether they want to fight or f#$%. 

What's your writing process like, from start to finish?

 I’m a pantser.  I get an idea and write it.  There isn’t much advance planning.  I generally know the beginning and end and form there, I let the characters take me. 

You write many series, but you said once that each of your books are all stand alones. Is there a reason you write them that way?

 I feel that’s fair to the reader.  If a reader picks up a story in the middle of a series, I want them to have a complete story.  Sure there will be other characters that they won’t be as familiar with, but their reading experience should be complete. 

A Chaotic Range is your newest release and book 7 in your Range series. Each book you write (or any author writes) is special. What about this book whispered in your ear and said, "Write me."

 David needed his chance at redemption.  I started it in A Volatile Range, but I needed to bring that relationship to closure.

 You've been in this business awhile and many writers have said they look up to you. So, what advice could you give a new writer or even a seasoned one who admires your work and wants to improve?

 Write what you love, not what you think will sell.  If you love what you’re doing, it will come out in the story and your readers will feel it. 

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 Every story has challenges.  Sometimes it’s to get the emotion just right, other times its dealing with a difficult character.  The story I am writing right now takes place in Liberia, so I have to get the feeling right for a place I have never been. 

 You go to many conventions and are constantly mingling with your fans. Can you tells us one of the best fan moments you've had?

 There is nothing better than meeting a new fan and seeing their eyes light up with excitement.  That happens at every convention and it warms my heart like you can’t believe.  I’m just a writer and I spend my time alone at home with my stories.  But those moments make it all worthwhile.  One of the best moments was at an early convention, in the morning.  I was heading down to breakfast and a group of young ladies got in the floor below mine.  The doors closed and they took a look at my badge, jumped up and down and cried “You’re Andrew Grey!!!”  What else could I do, I started jumping right along with them and we had a ball. 

 What are you working on right now?

 I am finishing up A Spirit Without Borders.  It’s the story of two doctors working in Liberia to help with the epidemic there.  It’s challenging, relevant, and hard as hell because of the people they meet.  Dillon, my main character also gets a number of surprises and learns a great deal about himself and in the process finds love in a place he never expected it.  (And not just romantic love) 

How can your fans follow your career, books, and events you're involved in? (Social Media, Websites etc...)

Twitter:  @andrewgreybooks

Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived all over the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now works full time on his writing. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving husband. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

For the giveaway today, Andrew Grey is offering ONE reader a chance to win one of his books in his Range Series including the newest release A Chaotic Range:

A Chaotic Range

Most of the time ranchhand David rescues stray cattle, but this time he and his fellow cowboys Wally and Haven save a stranded motorist. David is surprised to find his former high school classmate nearly frozen in his car. After learning that Brian Applewright's boss fired him from his ranch for being gay, they invite him back to theirs to take a job.

David and Brian moved in different social circles at school, but working together brings them closer. However, David has a rocky history on the ranch. The foreman is his ex, and he only recently returned after a heartbreakingly unsuccessful attempt to find greener pastures. He can't risk his heart getting close to anyone.

But on a ranch, nature has a way of forcing an issue. When a snowstorm threatens, David and Brian head out to mend a fence and round up some stray cattle. David gets injured, and they must survive in the snow, cold, and wind. It might be the start of a relationship... or the end of their lives

You can also purchase it here: Buy at DSP

There are 7 yes SEVEN books to this series so if you haven't had the chance, then it has come! You win, you choose: Range Series by Andrew Grey

This contest will run until November 17th at midnight EST. So enter below! REMEMBER: REVIEW WHAT YOU READ. IT MATTERS!

I'd like to thank Andrew for this outstanding interview and generous giveaway! Good luck to you all.

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  1. I've read and enjoyed all the books in the series so far. I'm looking forward to reading A Chaotic Range.
    I've just checked my list of most read authors and Andrew's up there at #2 with 39 books read - I'm obviously a fan <3

  2. I think I may have almost all of Andrew's books. But, my all time favs are the Love Means...series.

  3. I have just started reading Andrew's books recently and have been desperately trying to catch up with all the series he has. So many books. Thank you for the chance to win a book in this series.

  4. I love the series Love Means. Have all of them! Thank you for the great interview and a chance tat the giveaway!


  5. Andrew Grey is an amazing and very talented with how he writes to draw you into his world.

  6. Love Andrew's writing. Would love to read this series.

  7. he is new author for me but i have read alot of great reviews of his books

  8. I've read a lot of Andrew Grey but nothing from this series. I really enjoyed Stranded and Taken. They had a good balance of romance and mystery/suspense. Thanks for the chance.

  9. I have this series and I would love to win the latest book, Chaotic Range, I have read quite a few of his books and to recommend just of a few them well is a bit tricky as I also love the Senses series, the Of Love Series, the Good Fight series, the Bull Riders and Tales from Kansas and there are so many more to mention and that I want to also collect. Now I have paranormal stories from his Dirk Greyson to look forward as well, thank you <3

  10. I really love the Senses and the Art Series!