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Introducing Rosemary O’Malley!

“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 – Jesus, did you?” – The Body, Stephen King.

This is completely true for me. Almost every good thing that has ever happened to me has been a result of knowing these wonderful women. You already know one of my childhood friends, currently writing as Emma Jameson. I’ve only had one other friend longer. Rosemary O’Malley is my oldest friend’s pen name. She and I were not the prodigies Emma was. Our work from that era would not be fit to print. As we’ve all learned and grown as writers, Rosemary has come into her own with The Red King. It’s an amazing epic romance, and it certainly belongs here, on the Irreverent Book Blog, as the lovers happen to both be men. It is not my job to review this work today, and I’m glad. There have been many wonderful reviews, by people you’ll know if you read M/M Romance. What I am going to do is introduce you to my friend.

Ah, the 80’s. Fabled in song and story.

I: Welcome to Imaqulotta’s Irreverent Book Blog!

I: “Genre” is the talk of the blogosphere.  How do you describe your particular genre and why did you choose to write in this arena?

R: I’d like to not have to use a genre, but realistically I know better. When asked, I say male/male romance.  If I’m asked to get technical, it’s male/male erotic romance. If I have to get really specific, it’s male/male historical erotic romance.  Mostly, I just say romance novel and throw the m/m in after.

I think I’ve always written romance novels in one form or another. My horror stories turn into romances. My sci-fi. My BDSM erotica. Everything winds up with a romance. The m/m part has always been there, too, but I didn’t realize that I had the opportunity to do something professionally until the past few years.

I: In that vein, which other writers in your genre do you admire and why?

I’ve been catching up on a trend that I didn’t even know about until last year! There are some tremendous writers in m/m romance, not just the contemporary, heavily emotive style but fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery….you name it, there’s a brilliant writer blazing a trail. I’ve been especially enjoying the dark fantasy approach. Lisa Henry, Kirby Crow, and Rachel Haimowitz are three of my favorites right now.

Speaking of Rachel Haimowitz, she collaborated with Cat Grant and produced Power Play: Resistance and Awakening. These are two of the best BDSM erotica novels I have ever read.  There’s soul searching and romance and even a bit of humor wrapped up in leather and sealed with clothespins.

I: Our favorite authors influence us greatly. Which writers do you admire in general?  If you had to pick a favorite, who would it be?

R: Oh, I always have to say Anne Rice. Even though I’ve moved past a lot of what she wrote, her style, her voice…everything she wrote influences me to this day.  I read a lot of Richard Matheson when I was a child (probably too young), a lot of Bradbury and Asimov, Heinlein and Tanith Lee.  My mother is a sci-fi junkie so that sort of stuff was always in the house. And I loved Frankenstein. Mary Shelley was and will always be a genius.

I: As your friend, I have an inkling of how hard you’ve been working on this novel. What was the most difficult thing about it for you?

R: FINISHING.  Just finishing the damned thing! I loved writing the characters, loved telling their story, but getting it to that point where I could say “The End” was exhausting. I wanted to sleep for a week when the first draft was done.

I: Self-publishing seems to be the future of literature. As a self-published author, is there any advice you would give writers who are considering self-publishing?

R: Find a friend, make a friend, get a mentor who’s done it. There are a million websites, magazines, self-help-how-to books but nothing can replace the help and knowledge of someone who has already done it. I owe Stephanie Abbott so much, there aren’t enough thanks in the world.

I: I believe one’s favorite movie is an intimate look into one’s mind. So, what is yours, and why?

R: I can’t choose one! There’s no way.  It would be a mash-up of The Three Musketeers (the 1973 version, thank you), Blazing Saddles, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Master and Commander, Hackers, The 13th Warrior, any of the X-Men movies, Resident Evil…and gay porn. Figure that one out!!!

I: Is there anything else you’d like your fans and future fans to know?

R: I hope I never bore you!

I: Thanks so much for visiting the Blog here! I’m looking forward to following your meteoric rise to stardom!

R: I’d be just as happy with a mediocre rise to fame, so long as I get there.

Thank you for having me!  You were my first time….it was wonderful….

4 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Stephanie Abbott's Blog and commented:
    An awesome interview from our mutual friend…

    August 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm

  2. I didn’t even know you did these interviews. You ask good questions! And Rosemary O’Malley is a darned good writer. I recommend her book highly.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    • This is a first for my blog, as well. Most book bloggers do interviews on their blogs, and I have been waiting to do one. This seemed like the perfect time.

      August 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  3. Your timing is impeccable!

    August 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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