Britbear’s Book Reviews is pleased to welcome author Melanie Brosowski with an interview in today’s author spotlight.
About Rough Ride (translated from Amazon):
Heath Arlington lives with his father and his employees on a ranch in Montana. He is a lone wolf, who likes to be alone in nature–until Cam hires him. The new cowboy constantly draws his attention, and Heath is interested in him more than he wants to admit at first. But when misfortune opens Heath’s eyes and he gets involved in an affair, Heath must question if Cam is the right man for him.
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Your website says you write gay romance novels. Tell me a bit about your novels. Why write in this genre?
Rough Ride – Rough Ride to Happiness (Rauer Ritt ins Glück) is my first gay romance novel and was recently released. It emerged from a small fan fiction story. Whether I am establishing myself in this genre remains to be seen. I’m still testing it out.
The actual genres in which I write are western and science fiction. I am an author in the Ad Astra series and I’ve also written a historical novel set in Ireland and America. To date I have published more than 20 short stories and poems.
Your resume (vita) says you have been chief editor of Star Trek and the SF newsletter Incoming Message. What do those jobs entail?
Incoming Message is the monthly newsletter of www.trekzone.de. The TrekZone Network is a publication of the science fiction series Star Trek and related topics dedicated to the genre and produced by fans in a volunteer capacity. As chief editor, I am responsible for collecting various articles, as well as compiling the newsletter itself.
I connected with you over your Stingray graphic novel. What made you try a graphic novel instead of a traditional one?
This was originally only a little experiment, a jump from one Ray image with one of his quotes to multiple images with a little bit of dialogue. Unfortunately, my English is not good enough to write a whole Stingray novel, though I have written some smaller, fan fiction Stingray stories in German.
Like you, I’m a fan of Nick Mancuso and Stingray from the time it was first broadcast. Why choose an 80s television show as your content? Why Stingray?
That is hard to say. I think I liked it because it is not made according to a particular formula. It’s not like MacGyver or The A-Team, where each episode has a happy ending. I especially like the mystery behind Ray, and the profound nature of the character and the series. I especially like the idea of “favours for favours”.
Your resume talks about books that have moved you. What is it about those books that interests you? Is it the author’s style, the content or the genre? Which of the three is most important to you when reading and why?
For a book to make a lasting impression on me, I have to like the style of writing. The language must also be versatile. For me, only a very few authors have managed to play with the language to paint pictures and tell the reader a good story. I will read stories regardless of the genre, whether the story is good or interesting, but they do not appeal to me when the writing is bad. In that case, I’ll put the book down and not read until the end. A book that really impressed me was From Breathing Underwater (Vom Atmen Unter Wasser). In that book, “The Miners were a normal family, until Sarah, their sixteen year old daughter, is murdered one evening on the way home. Now, one year later, the trial is over and the perpetrators have been convicted. But what happens to those who fall behind, and who cannot just go on with their lives?” It’s the look at the details, the nuances, the things that make us human, that moves me and carries me away.
Which of your books are you most proud of and why?
Rough Ride – Rough Ride to Happiness. It was a challenge to write this book, to write about the still very sensitive topic homosexuality. To tell a good and interesting story but also to show the readers the problems.
What’s next on your writing agenda? Can you tell me a bit about your next project?
I have two projects currently. One is a new gay romance novel. The other is a new science fiction novel in the Rex Corda series by Mohlberg Publishing. I am also planning a small Stingray fan site in English.
What else would you like to talk about, something that wasn’t included in this interview?
I would like to thank Nick Mancuso. It is unusual that an actor would keep in such close contact with his fans the way he has.
I totally agree.
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