Welcome, Sage Marlowe.
For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
Hello Kam (and Dirk), thanks so much for having me today. And hi to all visitors of this blog, thank you so much for taking the time to drop by. My name is Sage, I’m an author of MM erotic romance novels and novellas. My start in the writing business was not all that voluntary, believe it or not. Whilst I always wanted to be a writer, I just couldn’t seem to get started, but then one night, at about four am, I woke up and wham! there was this character in my head. He started acting out all those amazing scenes and just wouldn’t quit, so eventually I gave in and wrote his story. Sadly, that book has yet to see the light of day, but he was the one who opened the doors for all the guys who have come to live in my head since.
All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
Fortunately I have yet to suffer from real writer’s block. Lately my alter ego’s life often keeps me too busy to write, and I sometimes find it hard to jump back into a story when I’ve been out of it for days, but it usually takes no more than a minute or two of re-reading what I’ve done so far to get in the flow. Sometimes I have a phase which I call “drained” when I feel like I’ve poured out everything that I can possibly write about. When that happens, I grab one of the books on my huge tbr-pile and read a few pages or all of it. That usually does the trick of putting me back on track.
Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m the lucky parent of a big and boisterous toddler who has set out to explore her world and everything in it. That alone keeps me well occupied. Combined with having a house and doing the administrational work being a writer brings with it, I could use an extra twelve hours in my day. Luckily I function quite well on an average of five to six hours of sleep, but believe me, if you saw me when I get up in the mornings, you’d forget all about that vision of glamour and glitz!
I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
My partner knows, and so does my family and his parents. For my mum the thrill of me being a published author exceeds the bewilderment regarding the genre and my partner’s family don’t really give a toss about either me being an author and the genre I write.
A very few friends know that I dabble in book writing, but I wasn’t too specific about what exactly it is that I write. One of them gave me a very peculiar look and went all quiet when I mentioned that I write something similar to those grey books that caused such a fuss a while back. I didn’t go into detail to save the poor darling further embarrassment. A work mate’s wife read some of the excerpts on my website and reportedly can’t speak about it without blushing.
Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
That list is shorter than you might think. I have little time to read, so I select the books I buy very carefully and there are more authors I have yet to explore than favourites, I think. Authors on my auto-buy / must-read list are Harper Fox and Josh Lanyon. Others whose work I enjoy are, in no particular order, Chris Owen, LB Gregg, KA Mitchell and indie author Dani Alexander.
If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?
Hah! I love this question and there can be only one answer – I’d choose my Romeo & Julian series to go to the big screen and, which won’t come as a surprise for those who know me, I’d kiss the casting director’s feet and more if he picked Matt Bomer for the role of Romeo and Jake Gyllenhaal for Julian.
Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
I’m currently working on the third book in my Romeo & Julian series. This book is one of the most difficult I’ve ever written as it wraps up a storyline filled with twists and turns and characters who never tell me what they’re planning to do next. To keep me sane, I’m finishing another novel in between. It is one of my older projects and has the working title “Fallen”. This one is very different stylistically from my work so far which makes it both a challenge and a huge joy to write.
Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
I’m published with UK – based publisher Total-E-Bound and US romance publisher Siren-BookStrand. All my books are available directly from the publishers as well as (within a few weeks of release date) from the big distributors such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And BookStrand of course is a distributor in its own right.
The easiest way to find all my books is by visiting my website www.sage-marlowe.com. There are book blurbs and buy links, as well as various excerpts.
These are the links to my author pages at my publishers’ websites:
Here’s the reading order for the series
Ink, Sweat and Tears
Ink, Sweat and Tears
More Ink, Sweat and Tears
Yet More Ink, Sweat and Tears
Catching a Phoenix
Keeping a Phoenix
Romeo & Julian
A Thief on Christmas Eve (Romeo & Julian 1)
A Talent in Your Lies (Romeo & Julian 2) – releases in January 2013
A Safe Place (Romeo & Julian 3) – Work in progress, release in early 2013
Then there are the three novels which I have unofficially dubbed the “Sub-Series”. Those are Sub-Mission, Re-Submission and Sub-Culture, which releases on December 31st. Sub-Culture follows up on the story of Noah and Pierce from Sub-Mission. Re-Submission has different main characters but features Noah and Pierce as secondary characters and tells a small part of their story.
Confusing, eh? Don’t worry, all books come with a reader advisory that states the reading order where necessary. And if in doubt, I shall be very happy to explain, just ask.
Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
I can often be found fooling around on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sage.marlowe0
It’s a great place to find out more about me and I’m often around to chat, so if you ever have a question or comment about a book, music, coffee or whatever, feel free to chat me up. No need to be shy and please don’t think I’m too busy or just don’t care. I’m not and I do. I’ve spent over a year in my writing cave and I’m telling you, it’s lonely in there. I enjoy a nice talk as much as the next guy and some readers have become good friends.
Of course you can also send me an e-mail: marlowe.sage (at) yahoo.co.uk
visit my website / blog www.sage-marlowe.com
follow me on Twitter: @SageMarlowe
and find me on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/SageMarlowe
I religiously answer every e-mail. It might take a day or two depending on my workload and different time zones, but you’ll hear back from me. Promise 😉
Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
I’d just like to emphasise, again, that most of us authors are just ordinary people. I certainly am, but I’m also a bit shy and very self-conscious about my work. There’s nothing more encouraging than feedback from readers, because even if it’s criticism, it shows me that there are people out there who read my books and think about them. That is a lot better than checking sales figures and ultimately, it is what keeps me going as an author and helps me to do my job right.
There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Sage Marlowe for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and talk.