Heather C. Leigh, is an already accomplished M/F author. In the third book of her Sphere of Irony Series, RESIST, we see Heather move into the M/M genre with her two MC’s, Gavin and Mitch. Our Alan loved Heather’s first foray into gay romance, and was suitably impressed by her affinity for gay characters. So we thought we’d invite the lovely lady herself to Sinfully to ask a few questions about her introduction to the M/M world.
Monique: Hello Heather, thank you for popping in for a quick chat with us today, we are so thrilled to have you here with us.
Heather: Thank you so much for having me.
Monique: There seems to be so many heterosexual authors embracing gay romance in their writing at the moment, which is something that thrills me, as it brings a fabulous genre to a much wider audience, creating even more fans which is always a plus in my eyes. How were you introduced to M/M romance?
Heather: Interestingly enough, I was first introduced to the M/M genre about a year ago. Already writing contemporary romance, I couldn’t help but notice that all of my favorite bloggers were raving about the same book. At first, I didn’t pay much attention, as I had no experience with M/M romance. When the 5 star reviews kept coming in, I finally decided I had to see what all of the excitement was about and purchased it.
That book was Nyrae Dawn’s Rush, and it opened me up to a genre I instantly fell in love with.
Monique: I love that about this genre, and it’s such a common reaction from readers after they’ve read their first M/M book. So what inspired you to write RESIST?
Heather: I was in the middle of writing my first series, the Famous series, but knew I wanted to attempt a M/M romance of my own at some point. When I created a spin-off series about a very successful rock band, I decided that I would dip my toes in the water by making one of my rock stars gay. I’ve been planning this book since about August of 2014, so finally having it done and ready for readers is mind blowing and humbling.
Monique: So did you find going into the writing process, writing from two male points of view a little different from your other books?
Heather: In the time between August and now, I’ve immersed myself in the M/M genre, to learn every important facet of a committed gay male relationship. From terminology, to getting into a man’s mindset, all of it is different than when writing a heterosexual romance. What isn’t different is that men are emotional beings, just like women. I think that surprises some people, and personally, is one of the things I love about M/M. Men can be deeper than just sex—they fall in love, get hurt, lash out, and do all of things that would typically be assigned to a female in a romance novel. Of course, some stereotypes prevail. Men, in general, aren’t very good at communicating their feelings. You do have to take that into account when writing a romance that features two men.
Monique: That was something that Alan mentioned in his review, your insight and affinity to gay romance and coming from a gay man, there is probably no greater compliment. So now you have fallen in love with the genre, who are some of your favourite authors?
Heather: My favorite authors in the genre are way too many to list. I’d include Nyrae Dawn, Kindle Alexander, Felice Stevens, Jay Northcote, and so many more. I pretty much read any M/M romance that comes up on my Kindle. I’m easy like that.
Monique: It’s definitely addictive… and great authors! Thank you so much Heather for popping in today, it has been an absolute pleasure to have you with us and we do hope that you will continue to write within the genre and come back soon for another visit.
Heather: Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy Gavin and Mitch’s story! Pouty rock star meets grumpy ex-FBI agent? What could go wrong?
Resist: Gavin (Sphere of Irony #3)
Heather C. Leigh
Published ~ 9th August
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
All Gavin Walker, bass player for the multi-platinum selling band, Sphere of Irony, wants to do is surf, play music, and occasionally get laid. The problem is that Gavin has a stalker. A potentially deadly one. The threats he receives always mention something about Gavin being gay, which isn't public knowledge since the record label wants to keep it quiet.
Mitch Hale used to track serial killers for the FBI. A live-changing incident led him to quit the bureau and start his own company providing computerized security for Los Angeles' wealthiest people. Mitch doesn't know anyone when he moves across the country from D.C. to California, and all he has for companionship is a pathetic string of failed relationships with women.
When Gavin's manager hires Mitch to find the stalker, the men instantly hate each other. Despite the constant fighting, attraction between the two blazes hot, confusing the former FBI agent. Spending time with Gavin forces Mitch reflect on what he's denied about himself for the last ten years. Listening to Mitch's plan to catch a madman thrusts Gavin's personal life out in the open for the entire world to see.
Can Gavin and Mitch stop fighting long enough to stop a stalker before someone gets hurt? Or will they stubbornly resist the feelings that develop when they're forced to work together?
This is book 3 in a 4 part series. It is a spin-off of the Famous Series. These can be read as standalones.
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Meet Heather C. Leigh
Heather C. Leigh is the author of the Amazon best selling Famous series. She likes to write about the 'dark' side of fame. The part that the public doesn't get to see, how difficult it is to live in a fishbowl and how that affects relationships.
Heather was born and raised in New England and currently lives outside Atlanta, GA with her husband, 2 kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.
She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate, everyone knows it's not real chocolate so it doesn't count) and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sneakily sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.