AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: G.A. HAUSER
M/M fan favorite G.A. Hauser has let the bunnies pry (oops I mean ask) a few questions…
In the sequel to Of Wolves and Men we find ATF Agent Roman Burk and horse wrangler Charlie Mosby, still investigating the strange curse they have been burdened with.
Charlie struggles to come to terms with his boss and co-workers on the horse ranch in Heber, Utah, knowing he is Roman’s gay lover. This new problem of changing into a wolf or crow whenever they grow angry or emotional, has both Charlie and Roman near the end of their rope.
Roman loves Charlie, but he loves his job back in Reno as well. Though Charlie has been his champion and ally through their ordeal, Roman doesn’t know if Charlie would be willing to give up his life and career and join him in the city.
Another wrangler, Butch Crowell complicates the situation for the two men, whose life is already too bizarre for either of them to believe. Butch instills jealousy in Roman as he too becomes enamored with the handsome cowboy Charlie.
In the end, it’s up to Charlie to decide which path to choose, and if leaving a place where he has lived and worked for years is the best course of action.
The Order of Wolves is about the alpha male, and who will inevitably be top dog.
Tell us a little about The Order of Wolves, what inspired you to write it?
With the onset of so many wolf-man transition movies becoming popular, I wanted to try my hand at it. I suppose like all fans of erotic romance the idea of falling in love with a wild beast, *I’m smiling as I say that* is quite exotic. In my two-book story, not only do we have a wolf-crow-shape-shifter, but he’s an ATF Agent in love with a cowboy! So all of my, and hopefully your, fantasy men are included.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I have an idea of where I want to go, but the stories are character driven. I have worked with outlines in the past and I never stick with them. The characters begin to move and develop in their own directions.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
Before I began writing there was a hole in the market for gay romance. I either had to read porn or stories without gay sex. So I decided to write my own to fulfill a need I felt was lacking in the market. Luckily that has changed and there are many good writers of gay erotic romance around. This is the genre I wrote long ago, and it is still my favorite.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Yes indeed. Mark Antonious Richfield. At first my fans didn’t quite know what to make of him. My first editor, who was Barb Perfetti of All Romance ebooks, said he was too ‘metrosexual’. At the time Mark was trying to love a woman. I knew where Mark was going…he was GAY! But of course, he was hiding. So his confusion created the readers’ fascination. But anyone who has read any of my books knows Mark makes guest appearances all over them. He’s a British, top American supermodel who is having a terrible time growing old and competing with his gorgeous son Alexander. Luckily Mark has three men who are his loyal ‘husbands’ and lovers. They keep him sane and sated.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I’m not sure how to answer that question. My characters pretty much are who they are when they are created. I don’t usually struggle with them or their personalities. I suppose if I was writing about someone who was a historical figure, that would be a struggle.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
Yes!! I do quite a bit. I have all my friends, my past boyfriends, the list goes on. I even wrote about some people I didn’t get on very well within a past job, they became the ‘villains’. The funny stories are mostly from Top Men. I worked as a police officer with the Seattle police department and had the hottest partner on the planet. Let me just say some of the sex scenes on duty between Mickey Stanton and Jeff Chandler (my LAPD cops) weren’t fiction. But shhh…don’t tell anyone!
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Time. I run out of time. I publish all my own work now as The GA Hauser Collection LLC. And there are days when I have to do other things, like promote, do blogs, review edits, find cover designs. And I love every aspect. But I have found some days I am on fire and writing twelve hours. I can’t believe I have been working so long and have to force myself to shut off the computer and stop, though the ideas are still racing out of my head. The weeks move too fast.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
Hmm. I think nothing I do would surprise anyone! Let me think…I studied with the Gemological Institute of America and have a gemology degree. What that means is I can grade diamonds and identify colored stones.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate strawberries and sex! (preferable at the same time)
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
An idea is always a good place to start. I like to think of something that challenges me, something fresh. I don’t want to write the same book twice.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I don’t play music while I write. I like it very quiet. But I do include songs in my stories that the characters are listening to or singing. They usually are from groups I enjoy.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
That is something I think about constantly. It’s very difficult because mainstream Hollywood men are so damn ugly, short and not appealing to me in any way. The Polo ad I’ve seen in magazines does remind me of Mark Richfield. Perhaps Lucas Ridgston from the Bel Ami boys could play Steve Miller, but he’d have to lose his eastern European accent. You see my problem? Pretty boys don’t exist on TV. (And yes, that is just my personal opinion)
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was never a big romance novel fan. I started hunting for gay fiction in high-school. I read Anne Rice and Edmond White, but neither gave me what I craved.
If you still have one of those pesky day jobs what is it?
No more pesky day jobs. I write full time and put in a very long week, sometimes no days off. But I love it, and would never want to do anything else. I paid my dues doing hard work as a police officer, working for the British Airport Authority in security, a library, health clubs, with a diamond buyer for a retail jewelry chain, a model for photography and art, I’ve done enough pesky work. Time to write for a living.
Who do you like to read?
I spend so much time writing, I don’t read any longer. And I avoid reading contemporaries because I don’t want their ideas to get into my head. I spend my time reading my proofs for the printer.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I am working on Going Wild, Book 9 in the Action! Series. By the time this interview is released in June, who knows? I wrote a short story for an anthology with other gay manlove authors which may be out by now. I am writing another gay erotic love story called Happy Endings.
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
Ha! Well, my questions are even more absurd. They don’t know how or why I would write about two men making love. Duh. I’m a woman who loves men. Could anything be more natural? I’ve not had anyone discount romance the way you’ve mentioned. As a matter of fact, romance makes up a large majority of all book sales. So they can ‘poo-poo’ all they want. The fact is, it sells.
Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me on my website www.authorgahauser.com
And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and anything from Dilettante Chocolates.
Thank you so much for the interview. I very much enjoyed chatting with you.