I’ve had the pleasure of knowing R.J. Scott since our fanfiction days, and seen her career hit the stratosphere. She’s always been there to help me as I ventured into the world of publishing. R.J just writes and writes and writes… I want to be her when I grow up.
1. How did you discover the MM/gay romance genre?
I started out writing MM in a similar way to a lot of authors I know and love in this genre and that is through Fanfiction. I wrote J2 (Supernatural fandom) taking the rather edible Jared Padalecki and having him top Jensen Ackles. Usually my stories had angst, Jensen was generally beaten up in some way, unless of course I decided to beat up Jared, and there was always had a happy ending (apart from a hundred word drabble that had Jared dying in a frozen lake after rescuing his dog – I blame Meredith Russell for that one).
The first words I ever wrote in Fanfiction were ones I just used in Ellery 5 (The Paramedic and the Writer). The sentence read… Jensen Ackles was fucked. Even then my characters used bad language! ROFL. Of course I didn’t use the Jensen Ackles part but the sentiment was the same. Getting into fan fiction was all Meredith Russell’s fault – her angsty stories dragged me in and wouldn’t let me go (thank you MR!).
Over a million words later I realized that this is what I wanted to do for a career. Being a writer is something I have always wanted to do—but it was never realistic to think I could make a living doing what I loved. After all, only a few authors ever get published and I wasn’t even writing what seemed to sit in shops – I wrote MM… I wasn’t seeing how I was making this work. Then, Chris Quinton friended me in the fandom and I saw she was published. We got to talking and to be fair it is entirely her fault I write MM (thank you C!).
I like to think I write strong characters and given them happy ever afters and about a year after my first book I was finally able to give up web design and concentrate solely on writing. I am so lucky.
2. What made you start writing in the genre?
Definitely the J2 fan fiction. I never realized how much I loved a good bromance that turned hot and heavy. It is only with hindsight that I realized I had been *slashing* men since the days of Battle of The Planets (an animated series when I was eight or so) and The Tomorrow People (yes I mean the original one way back in the seventies).
3. Where do you base your book(s)?
This is a difficult one. I tend to base my books in the US. As much as people in the US are fascinated with the UK, I am fascinated with the US. I learn from research and have a wonderful amount of facebook friends all over the world who will help me if I get stuck. I also have a fantastic editor of my self published work, Erika Orrick, who patiently explains to me when I write something that isn’t ‘American’. One day I will even get my head around the education system in the US.
The Gallows Tree is set in the UK, in fact it is based in a village close to me. It was fascinating to visit and take photos and have a physical idea of what something looked like hands on—as opposed to relying on Google maps and image searches.
Ellery is set in a place I visited last year, Tennessee. While the experience is now consigned to memory I am glad it gave me my TEB Ellery series.
4. Tell me about your current/forthcoming novel.
I have a few books coming out in the next month. The Case Of The Dragons’ Dilemma (with Amber Kell) and Chase The Sun (with Meredith Russell) are both out in August.
From myself I have The New Wolf at eXtasy (released 1 August), The Barman and the SEAL (30 August) from TEB, and The Paramedic and the Writer will be available at third parties from 23 August.
5. What are you writing at the moment?
I am having a week in Wales for a family holiday and taking notes for a book idea I have there, and I am currently head-down and writing my next 60,000 words novel, Big Sky – the first in a series of three books set in Montana. I am also working with Amber Kell on The Case Of The Sinful Santa, book 4 in the End Street Detective Agency series.
Planning is underway for book 4 in mine and Meredith Russell’s Sapphire Cay series.
Lastly planning is also underway for Texas 4 which is my next big project. Texas 4 is titled Texas Family and follows Jack and Riley on their journey to growing their family, and also charts Sean and Eden, Steve and Beth.. and all the favourites. Including another peek into the lives of Eli and Robbie. This is out 15 November from Love Lane Books.
RJ Scott lives just outside London. She has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies and was told to write a story. Two sides of A4 about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born. She loves reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror; however, her first real love will always be the world of romance. Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and more than a hint of happily ever after.
She is published with Total E-Bound, eXtasy Books, and self publishes through her own publishing company, Love Lane Books.
Love Lane Books: https://www.lovelanebooks.co.uk/