Sunday, August 7, 2011

Home is the Sailor by Lee Rowan

Author Interview

What would you like new fans to know about you?
That I write mostly gay romance. Best that a person know what to expect! Also, I firmly believe in happy endings and, smart, sexy, honorable heroes who are honest with each other and themselves. The conflict in my stories comes from genuine misunderstandings or outside forces. I hate head games, in fiction or real life.

In your fantasy world who or what would you be?
Head of a huge, powerful communications network with the money to counter the messages of hate and division that seem to be the main course of today's right-wing media. Yeah, I am political. If you're GLBT in today's world, as I am, your very existence and right to exist is political.
Or I'd be a wealthy recluse with a huge forest where chainsaws were not allowed, and I'd run a no-kill animal shelter and run pets-allowed apartments where the people had to participate in site maintenance as part of their rent. And a retirement home where old people could keep the beloved pets that help make life worth living.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Mysteries. I like the puzzles. Currently having a love affair with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. Purely platonic, of course, Wolfe wouldn't stand for any monkeyshines.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Oh, lots. I could fill a book. Here are three of my favorites:
"Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Constitutional law professor Jamie Raskin, to a Maryland Senate committee on marriage equality
Don't look for a way to make money; find a way to make a living doing what you like to do anyway. Otherwise you're just raising ransom to buy your life back."

-- Barney Hillerman, brother of mystery writer Tony Hillerman

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-- Rev. Marianne Williamson, in A Return to Love
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
Well, I just signed a contract with Silver Publishing for my het paranormal story "Witch of the Wind." It will be in Silver's upcoming Halloween anthology, due out in late October. And I'm getting Sail Away, the collection of novellas from the Royal Navy m/m universe, ready to go back in print. This new edition will have several short stories that have been seen as free reads, and some NEW ones that have never been published anywhere.

Where can we find your website?

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