Author: Isobel Starling
Book: Sweet Thing
Series: Pretty Boy, #2 (standalone)
Page/Word Count: 237
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2017
Cover Artist: Isobel Starling
About Isobel Starling:
Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.
5 Questions with an Author:
- As an author myself, I know inspiration is everywhere and can strike at the most inopportune moments (like in the shower, when you don’t have anything to write with!). So, what was the inspiration behind Sweet Thing? As an artist with a 20 year career behind me I have worked with plenty of models and objectified them. I always treated my models with respect, but unfortunately many models find themselves in abusive situations, especially when it comes to high fashion. I worked as a nanny for a high fashion model in New York when I was 19 and boy, did I see a few things! I drew on that experience for The Pretty Boy series. The series comprises of two novels and a prequel novella about two male models, Pieter and Simeon. Pieter is bisexual and his love story is M/F. Simeon is gay and he has a whole heap of substance abuse issues to deal with, along with the fact he is in love with his best friend. This bromance is entwined with both men finding their paths to true love.
- What is your writing process? I am both pantser and plotter. I generally have an idea and run with it until it comes to an end, then I plot around it.
- What is the hardest part of that process for you? Releasing the book is the hardest part for me. I do almost everything myself, and Beta’s are the first to read it after I’m done with a novel. Releasing a book to the public and getting that first feedback from bloggers and readers is the scariest part.
- 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? It’s been a rollercoaster. I don’t think there is a writer out there who hasn’t had the odd bad review. Writing is so personal. Not everyone will like every book, and it takes time to find an audience. I learned to keep my head down and just keep writing. The first book is always the one we learn with and make all of the mistakes with. I am writing my 14th book at the moment and I hope I have learned from my mistakes. My goal is to keep trying to improve my craft and write wonderful stories. If a writer starts this journey with the expectation of being a millionaire they are going to be disappointed. It takes a long time to make any money as an author, and so the only wish I have is to write good books because I love it.
- What can readers expect from you next? My next release will be the audiobook of “Counterblow” Shatterproof Bond #4, then the audiobook of last year’s Christmas comedy “Detective Fox and the Christmas Caper”. As for writing, I am currently working on the next Shatterproof Bond novel “Powder Burns” (book #5).
5 Fun Quickies:
- Favorite curse word: Fuck
- You’re auditioning for American Idol, what’s your song?: “I’m a Believer” The Monkees
- Over or under (toilet paper, of course): Over
- Weapon of choice: Wit
- Evil mastermind, easily convinced partner in crime, or innocent bystander: Mastermind, but not evil.
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