NEW RELEASE: He Is Mine by Mel Gough

Author: Mel Gough
Book: He Is Mine
Page/Word Count: 88K words
Categories: Bisexual Romance, Contemporary Romance, Psychological/Suspense
Release Date: September 7, 2018
Cover Artist: Black Jazz Design
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Blurb:
Get He Is Mine by Mel Gough on Amazon & Kindle UnlimitedFor you, it was just a fling. For me, so much more…

NYPD detective Brad Moretti’s life is in tatters. A relationship destroyed by his boyfriend’s bipolar disorder has left him feeling guilty, inadequate and emotionally scarred.

Vivienne Aubert seems to have it all – a Hollywood career, supermodel looks, and a director husband about to make it big. And yet, a one-night-stand with rising superstar Damien Thomas makes Viv wonder if she hasn’t settled for second-best. Used to getting her way, she embarks on a ruthless quest to make Damien hers.

Unaware of Viv’s fatal attraction, Damien returns to New York, where a chance encounter with Brad sparks a prompt and rapidly growing affinity between the two men – which Viv is determined to terminate.

Can Brad head off her delusional desires before she destroys his newfound happiness, or will he fail to protect yet another lover?


About Mel Gough:
Mel Gough - AuthorMel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years. If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they would undoubtedly say “Reading!” She would take fifteen books on a three-week beach holiday, and then read all her mom’s books once she’d devoured her own midway through week two. Back home in her mom’s attic there’s a box full of journals with stories Mel wrote when she was in her early teens. None of the stories are finished, or any good. She has told herself bedtime stories as far back as she can remember. In her day job, Mel works as PA and office manager. No other city is quite like London, and Mel loves her city. The hustle and bustle still amaze and thrill her even after all these years. When not reading, writing or going to the theater, Mel spends her time with her long-time boyfriend, discussing science or poking fun at each other.

Interview with Mel Gough:

  • What was the inspiration behind He is Mine? There are two big questions I asked myself when I got the idea for the book. One, can I write about a main character who is unlikeable and still make her interesting enough for people to want to stick with the story? And two, can I write a book about the effect that mental and physical health problems have on the people around the sufferers? The first of these questions was born out of my curiosity as a writer, the second is something that’s close to me personally. My female main character is Vivienne, and she’s not nice. I never intended her to be, but I wanted her to be real, and I wanted to touch on why she is the way she is. This is a romance novel, so I’m not trying to make some huge philosophical statement. I just like people with flaws, and I’ve wanted to write a character that’s more flaw than virtue for a long time. I’m not sure you could call her an antihero because she’s not someone you root for, ever. But she’s a great antagonist, and I think she does a brilliant job disrupting my other main characters’ lives. Think of Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. You feel sorry for her but you still want her to go away.
  • What is the hardest part of the writing process for you? I think it’s is making the story work on paper. I’m experimenting with plotting at the moment, and I find that it does make some of it easier. But I find it harder to really make the story come to life when it starts out as a bunch of index cards. I’ll persevere with the plotting because my stories are getting more complex and I can’t pants when there are so many different aspects to keep track of. I’m the happiest when I get to the point where I have a first draft (which for me is the manuscript after the first run-though; the one before I call Draft 0 because it’s really not anything like the actual story yet.)When I start the second edit, that’s when the story finally becomes real for me.
  • There’s a big leap a writer takes from putting words down on paper for the love of it and actually publishing those words for public scrutiny. What was that journey like for you? Like a lot of M/M romance writers I came from fanfiction. I think fanfic is a great way for a writer to develop because you can play in someone else’s sandbox first and don’t have to worry so much about world building or even character creation. You’ll find readers quickly, and get encouragement without having to go through the anxious time of being an unknown writer first. People already love the characters you’re writing about, and I think at that point getting love and encouragement for being brave enough to publish your stories is much more important than constructive criticism. You first need to believe in yourself, otherwise how can you build on your love of writing? Fanfic isn’t the only way to do that, of course, but it worked well for me. And I still think fondly of my fanfic days. I was very lucky and got a publishing contract quickly for my first book. It was with NineStar Press, they’re a small publisher in the US focusing on LGBT stories, which is something very close to my heart. They’re really supportive of new writers. The community is wonderful and I got to work with proper editors for the first time. All of that really helped build up my confidence further. After the first book, I was impatient to try new things. I’m quite techy and enjoy learning about new programmes and processes. I’ve also worked in marketing in my day jobs a lot, so that aspect didn’t feel so foreign to me. I decided that I really wanted to try the self-publishing journey at least for some of my books. So I embarked on what you could call my third writer phase. I love being in control of the process, and I’ve done really well so far with audience building and finding my feet. But the amount of work is quite staggering, and the learning curve is steep.As for what comes next, I’ll keep an open mind. I’m not totally wedded to either self-pub or traditional publishing. I’ll keep my options open.
  • What advice would you give an aspiring writer? If you love writing, don’t give up. All kinds of writing are valid. If you’re a fanfic writer who’s doing it for the kudos and the friendships you’re forming, keep doing it. If you just write for yourself and/or your friends, that’s great too. As long as it’s fun, you shouldn’t stop. No matter where you started off, if you want to expand into original fiction that you’d like to see published, it’s likely that you’ll have to put more hard work into this than you ever have into anything in your life. That’s what it was like for me. Obviously, it’s not brain surgery or hard physical labor, but if you’ve mostly done 9 to 5 office work, then this is quite a game changer. I still love it, and the fun hasn’t gone out of it yet, but some days, I do wonder what I’m doing here. And then I write a really good scene, or see a printed copy of one of my books, or have someone tell me they liked something I wrote, and I remember why it’s all worth it!
  • What can readers expect from you next? I have the second book in my M/M romance series with NineStar Press coming out in October, and I’m currently working on my first historical M/M romance. It’s set in the 1950s and it’s going to be a bit of a tear-jerker. Next year I’m planning to start a new series and have two additional ideas, one for a dystopian novel/possible series and one for a novella. Busy times!

5 Fun Quickies

  1. Least favorite endearment: Babe. Makes me think of pigs. Not that pigs aren’t cute, but it’s a nope for a person!
  2. You’re auditioning for a singing competition, what’s your song: I can’t sing to save my life, but if forced at gunpoint it’d probably be “I can see clearly now” by Johnny Nash, because I know the lyrics.
  3. If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be: There’s a blue one in Germany called “Smurf”. That’s me.
  4. Sleep with your socks on or off: On in the winter because I can’t sleep when my feet are cold.
  5. Ask for permission or ask for forgiveness: I was just asked that the other day. You guys must think us writers are super naughty people. Forgiveness, I’m afraid.

Where to find Mel Gough:

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