Hello and welcome Tristram La Roche to my site. He has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
So let’s begin...
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are?
I’m a British author, born in London at the start of the Swinging Sixties and dragged all over Europe as a child thanks to my father’s work. As an adult I’ve lived most of my life in London but also many years in Italy and France. I actually know Europe better than Britain. I was married and have a grown up son, and went through a traumatic ‘coming out’ in my thirties. I’ve been with my partner for fourteen years and we are ‘official’. I’m now a full-time author but have worked in yacht charter, design and real estate management.
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I always felt it nagging away at the back of my mind but never did anything about it. There came a point when I hated my work so much that throwing it all in the air and having a go at writing came naturally. So in a way it was accidental, there was no long term plan, but at the same time nature took over and railroaded me into it. I think this is what I was always meant to do. Finally, I’m doing it.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
In a way it was all rather sudden. I wrote On My Knees, chose one publisher to send it to and it was accepted. Then I was stunned for a few days. I went around in a daze. Publication day was nerve racking, wondering if it would sell. I couldn’t stop smiling when it rose into the Kindle bestseller listings (and it’s still there!).
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
My latest novella is called Lorenzo il Magnifico. It’s about an under-achieving guy, Luke, who is desperate for better things. He goes to Florence, a city I know well, for a break and to begin studying for a master’s degree so that he can further his career. Whilst there he meets Lorenzo and things begin to change. Lorenzo il Magnifico is available from Evernight Publishing, Amazon, All Romance E-Books, Bookstrand, Smashwords and 1placeforromance (I’m sure there are other sites, too).
5) What are you currently writing?
An historical MM set around 450AD involving the Romans and the Huns. It needs a lot of research to get the settings and events right. I’m really enjoying it, since ancient Rome and European history interest me enormously.
6) What inspires you most when you write?
Real life. I draw on my experiences all the time. If I feel numb, some classical music or opera, or perhaps a really good film, will light my fire.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
I’m pleased to say all good. I love the editing process, the backing and forthing chewing over ideas and trying to find the exact word or phrase. And I love seeing the cover art for the first time.
8) What are you reading now?
The Weaverfields Heir by David Bridger. I’m about a third in and really enjoying it. It’s a paranormal family saga, a bit out of the ordinary for me, but Bridger is a great writer.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Good wine (especially Bollinger) and food. I don’t eat much of it, but chocolate is another. Oh, and nice cars.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
Be prepared for hard work and don’t give up. If you feel you can do it, get on and knuckle down. Read and read and read. You can’t write if you don’t read.
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself.
My next release is called Fixed! and should be out in September. Naturally, I’ll tweet about it and post updates on my site.
Thanks for having me and good luck!
Tristram will be giving one lucky Commenter a free e-copy of his book so please don’t hesitate to comment.
Blurb for Lorenzo il Magnifico
When Luke visits Florence he hopes it will be the start of a new chapter in his life. A chance meeting with a tall, handsome waiter and that chapter starts far sooner than he could ever have imagined.Lorenzo is everything Luke has been looking for. Hot, sexy and uninhibited, he pushes buttons Luke never knew existed. But Luke lives in England, Lorenzo in Florence, and the time soon comes for them to part… Can this holiday fling become more than just sex? Can it, in fact, turn into a magnificent romance?
Here’s an Excerpt from Lorenzo Il Magnifico
Luke stood at the center of the room with his mouth gaping. “It’s huge.”
“Yeah, think how much it’s going to cost me to get it as I want it,” said Lorenzo, raising the shutters half way. The glow from the street lights fanned out across the parquet floor.
“I love it. But why did you buy something so big?”
“I didn’t buy it. I inherited it from my grandmother.”
Luke knew about the strange Italian inheritance laws. With Lorenzo’s mother already dead, the flat would pass to the grandchildren. “You don’t have brothers or sisters?”
Lorenzo shook his head, walked up to Luke and wrapped his arms around his waist.
“An only son. You must have been spoiled,” said Luke, returning the gesture and tucking his thumbs into Lorenzo’s waistband. His shirt was damp in the small of his back and he smelled of the restaurant.
“Are you going to spoil me?”
“Ruin you.” Luke slipped his tongue between Lorenzo’s lips and went for his tonsils, tearing at his clothes. Lorenzo pushed him back. “What’s wrong?”
“Let’s go to bed.