I have Blaine D. Arden visiting Pants Off today and it's such a pleasure having her here and chatting it up. Please give a warm welcome and a fist pump for Blaine.
Hi Blaine and welcome to Pants Off, super thrilled to have you here today.
Hello Darien :) It's good to be here. *sits down* Comfy couch you have here :)
Tell us a bit about yourself, and how long you've been writing?
a purple haired, forty-something, wife, mother, author and singer. I've
been married to the love of my life for close to twenty-two years; a
very patient man who's given me space to grow, is my staunchest
supporter, and doesn't mind me bringing home strangers for sleep-overs.
We have two sons and a foster son, aged 17, 20, and 19, and a ten year
old cairn terrier named Kendra.
I was born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, a city I never
quite managed to leave, and now am not so sure I want to leave, unless
it's to move to the UK after hubby's retirement. I spent most of my
rather sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and
acting them out with my Barbies. Barbies I kept long enough for my boys
to play with them when they were little (before they realised Action Man
The first time I actually wrote one of my stories
down was when I was twelve or thirteen. It was a silly play about
Indians shooting bananas. It doesn't make sense, I know, but it had to
do with a Dutch children's song, and for some reason I wanted to turn it
into a performance for me, my brother and my cousins, to show our
parents and grandparents. And just to show how completely and utterly
nuts it was, I searched for the lyrics and translated them for you all
to enjoy. I promise, no Indians or bananas were hurt during the making
of these lyrics.
In the forest, in the forest
they don't eat, they don't drink
but shoot with bananas
Toemba toemba toemba toemba toemba toem-ba
In the forest, in the forest
they don't know what arrows are
and shoot with bananas
Toemba toemba toemba toemba toemba toem-ba
Was gay fiction something you always wanted to write? Or did you develop it as an interest over time?
seems impossible, but it does feel that way sometimes. I was about
seventeen/eighteen years old when I started writing my first gay
fiction. Until then I'd written stories that might have been considered
chicklit, maybe, not to mention a couple of simple and very sappy plays
about love, and bananas, as I've mentioned above. I was a real sucker
for love. Still am, actually.
It was mid-eighties when I saw "An
Early Frost', a film about a young lawyer who never told his parents he
was gay until he found out he had AIDS. Every mention of homosexuality
seemed linked to negativity and AIDS, and, sweet naïve idealist that I
was, I wanted to show the world how beautiful love between men could be.
The negativity prevailed, though, and for a while I doubted my view on
gay romance and stopped writing gay characters. It didn't last long,
because the moment I saw the film 'Beautiful Thing', I knew my point of
view wasn't wrong at all, and I went back to my precious men, and never
I loved The Forster a hella lot, and I believe I am not the only
one who wants to know this. Will we ever get more of Kelnaht, Ianys,
It's not written in stone, and I don't like making
promises, but I do have plans to turn it into a trilogy. Though I didn't
wrote it with a sequel in mind, I think the boys deserve for
their story to be told. And let's not forget the Guide. As much as I
love Kelnaht, Ianys and Taruif, the Guide is my favourite character.
The Fifth Son is a great story with some very wonderful elements,
BDSM being one of them. Will you ever right a full fledged BDSM novel
with whips and chains and all that fun stuff?
Oh, I want to. I
really do. But every time I write something BDSM related, it never
turns out to be more than a scene, a snippet. I've had a few ideas over
the years, but they were all too fleeting, too incomplete. I think it's
something that needs to grow in me. So... someday, I hope.
You enjoy writing Sci-Fi/Fantasy based on your current works. Any
plans on working with other tropes (like best-friends to lovers without
the elves and magic)?
No elves and no magic? Oh... Er... I don't know. Though neither appear in Aliens, Smith and Jones.
don't go looking for tropes to write, really. I just go with the flow,
go where my characters, my ideas, lead me. That's it. Will there be more
stories without elves or magic? Possibly, but even without them, I'll
most probably write Fantasy/SF, because that's where I feel most at
home. I do like my elves and magic very much.
So you have a new release coming out. Can you tell us a bit about it, and your future plans in writing?
Smith and Jones is coming out this Friday. It's about an unlikely bond
between a mortal and an immortal, between a human and an alien--well...
ex-alien, but still. Connor Smith works for Primrose, an
organization tasked with monitoring and tracking aliens and alien
technology. It's a job that doesn't know the meaning of "nine-to-five".
It also doesn't leave much room for a social life, a complication that
Connor hasn't minded, until now. At the prodding of his best friend,
Connor reluctantly puts himself back in the dating pool, even though it
means lying about his remarkable life.
Jones has led a remarkable life of his own. Stranded on Earth in 1648,
Noah was forced to transform himself permanently into human form to
survive. He soon learned that in doing so, he'd become effectively
immortal, aging only at a glacial pace. Alone, with no way to contact
his people or return home, Noah becomes a silent observer of human
civilization-always in the world, but never of the world. Then, hundreds
of years later, he sees a face in a crowd and instantly feels a
connection that he thought he'd never feel again. But he's too late:
Connor's already taken.
Destiny is not without a sense of
humor, though, and the two men are pulled inexorably closer, snared by
the same web of dangers and conspiracies. Worse, Primrose is now aware
of Noah, and they aren't ones to leave an alien unrestrained. So while
Connor struggles to understand the strange pull he feels toward Noah,
forces without as well as within are working against them to keep them
As for my future plans. I have a story in Storm
Moon Press' 'Carved in Flesh' anthology, which comes out in September,
and I'm working on a short and a novel.
The short is about a
legal researcher falling for the Defender he works for, and who happens
to be a transman. The novel is about two men falling for each other
without knowing that one of them is responsible for the death of the
other's best mates. And it has dragons. It's a story I started writing
in 2006, but I couldn't get past a horrible plot hole and shelved it.
I've solved the plot hole--I think--and I'm really enjoying visiting that world again. I hope to have finished that before September/October.
that, I still have plenty of ideas and unpolished first drafts to throw
myself into, both gay and trans*. I also still have a non-gay mystery
novel that I want to sink my teeth into again, about an abducted girl
and a magical computer programmer. Yup, plenty to do. Maybe it's time to
petition for those extra hours in a day.
Who has it better Top or Bottom?
I've been looking at this
question for a while, and the only thing that springs to mind is, why
would either have it better than the other? To me a top and a bottom
have a symbiotic relationship, they complete one another and being
together keeps them balanced. So... I'd say they're both better when
they're with each other :)
What book/books are you currently reading, and is it causing a pants losing?
at e-reader* Right now, I'm reading Dudleytown by LB Gregg, and I'm
enjoying it so far, though I've only just started it and they just
crashed their car on a dark road near a ghost town. If I'm losing my
pants right now, it would be because it's a bit scary.
In the past few days I've read Incursion by Aleksandr Voinov, Between
Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton, Every Minute by Acer Adamson and
Lazy Sundays by K-Lee Klein. Oh... and Nicole Kimberling's One Man's
Treasure. At least, I think that's all. I'd have to connect the e-reader
to my laptop and start Calibre to see which books I've deleted lately.
And no, deleting stories isn't a bad sign. I tend to delete books
immediately after reading, because that's the only way to keep track of
what I read.
Did I lose pants? A couple of times, at least. I enjoyed them all very much, though they're very different stories. :)
also reading a comics series called Elfquest. I haven't read it in
years, but recently found out that the whole series is now online.
Interracial Love in books. Your feelings in 5 words or less?
Pants, is it better to write with them on or off? (for research purposes only ^_~ )
around the room and listens for voices up stairs* I have virtually no
privacy with all these men around 24/7. So, yeah... in this household,
it's better to write with pants on.
Thanks for being here today Blaine it was lovely chatting it up!
Thanks for having me here. It was fun :)