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Day # 29 Birthday Bash with M/M Author Libby Drew

Jun 15, 2010

Welcome to Day #29 of JoJos 30 Day Birthday Bash.Today I am so excited to introduce you to an author I met through Goodreads, Libby Drew. I won her book State of Mind for Review, which is M/M, and was my very first M/M read. And now I am totally Hooked!!! June 4th was Libby's Birthday, So don't forget to wish her a Happy Birthday too! So help me welcome Libby, and hope you enjoy her Interview on M/M Romance!

Libby Drew

Thanks for the invitation. I’m excited and honored to be here. JoJo recently read and reviewed my novel, State of Mind, and has kindly asked me here to talk about writing M/M romance.


What is M/M romance?
It’s a subgenre of romantic fiction. In M/M stories you’ll find men who fall in love, just as they do in traditional romance books. The difference is that they fall in love with each other.

Don’t let the term ‘subgenre’ fool you. The market is growing every day, and within it, you’ll find regency and historical romances, as well as stories about vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. You’ll discover modern day love stories, mysteries, and books about spies. There are political thrillers, science fiction novels, and fantasy epics. The plots range in complexity, the settings are rich and diverse, and the protagonists come from all walks of life.

The main characters find love against all odds. Their stories are exciting and romantic, sexy and funny, and even make you cry. See? Not so different.

What sets M/M books apart from traditional romances, besides the gender of the romantic pair?
Many intelligent, informed people have weighed in on this issue. Most agree that one of the biggest differences – and a welcome one – is the inherently equal power dynamic between the main characters. These men balance their relationship in more roundabout ways than a couple in a traditional romance might. They struggle for that balance. Sometimes they fight for it. The strength of their bond rises from this process.

Who reads these books? Who writes them?
M/M romances are written primarily by women, for women, but that’s not the whole picture. Recent polls show a rise in readership among gay men as well.

So you’re writing your stories for women?
No, not really, which is why I hesitated before answering the above question, even though it’s statistically true. Above all, I write to tell a story. I work to bring a set of characters to life, put them through the wringer, and give them a happy ending. I want to do what all authors strive to do: entertain.

Are there any special challenges in writing M/M romance?
Writing any book is a challenge. Create unique, moving plots with memorable characters, then crafting those elements into a seamless, readable manuscript is tricky. But yes, I have personal challenges that I try to meet whenever I sit down to write a M/M romance.

Above all, I want the emotions to feel true and believable. I’m a woman, so delving into the male psyche is a challenge. “I love how you write ‘real’ men,” a reader said to me recently. She clarified that she enjoyed how my characters are strong and independent, aren’t overly emotional despite their passionate natures, and, frankly, are rough and tumble. That’s largely true of the characters I create, but the bottom line is, I don’t set out to write about ‘real’ men; I set out to write about men. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and that is probably my biggest personal challenge.

Tell me about your stories…
I currently have one novel, State of Mind, and one novella published with Dreamspinner Press. But I also offer a host of free fiction at my website and LiveJournal, for anyone interested in examples of the M/M romance genre or of my writing style. (link below)

Beneath Lake Redemption is my newest release. It tells the story of a man determined to debunk the supernatural aspect of some strange goings-on, and how the truth of those strange happenings changes him.

Thank you, JoJo!

Don't forget to check out Libby at:

Website:
http://www.libbydrew.com/

My page at Dreamspinner:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_229

Blog:
http://libby-drew.livejournal.com/

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3381921.Libby_Drew



Beneath Lake Redemption

Fascinated by a rash of unexplained events on Lake Redemption and undeterred by the locals’ warnings or talk of “people in the lake,” Syd sets out to uncover the truth. Soon he’s experiencing the terrors of the lake for himself, and he’s not alone: he rescues David Cooper from the mysterious waters. Trapped with his attractive and willing companion, Syd begins a fight for his life and sanity that can only be won with secrets from beneath Lake Redemption







State of Mind

Grier Crist works for the Organization—a group of Gifted “agents” who use their powers to keep peace, help those in need, and combat criminal influence around the globe. When a suspicious bombing drives Grier to break his ties with the group and go into hiding, the head of the Organization sends model agent Alec Devlin after him, claiming Grier is a murderer and traitor to their cause.
Grier manages to turn the tables and take Alec hostage long enough to convince him that the Organization is lying and hiding something sinister. The two strike a bargain: amidst enemies who want them dead, friends with their own agendas, and the growing passion between them, they'll work together to bring down the Organization in order to protect the world… and each other.My Review of State of Mind HERE
 
 
 
Thank you so much Libby for being here today
and for helping me Celebrate my upcoming 30th Birthday!!!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!
*throws confetti*

But wait don't go away! Libby is stopping by
throughout the day to chat with
her lovely fans AND Libby is also offering you awesome commentors
the chance to win some wonderful prizes!!!

Prizes:
1 signed copy of State of Mind (US Only)
2 e-books of State of Mind (World Wide)
2 e-books of Beneath Lake Redemption (World Wide)

Is this not soooo generous of Libby!!!

 Rules:
** Must answer 1 of the Questions:
~Have you read any M/M ? If so, what are your thought on it?
~ NO, have you ever thought of trying it?
***please include an e-mail address so the winner can be contacted

*Open WW AND US / Ends June 18th*

29 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Carol L. June 15, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

Hi JoJo and Libby,
First, Happy Belated birthday to you Libby. I love the m/m stories I have read because they are stories of real passion, emotions and love. The men are rough and know what they want. If they didn't contain the emotion and passion I don't think I could get into them. I really enjoyed the blurbs for State of Mind and Beneath Lake Redemption . Thanks for sharing today and I'll be looking forward to read both your stories and have them on my TRL.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Sparklybearsy June 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

Happy Birthday JoJo and Libby! *cracks open the bubbly*

Do i read M/M? YES!! Do i love M/M? YES YES YES! How can you not like manlove when it has twice the amount of man nipples a f/m book has! Lol! and i just love the synopsis for both those books up there, adding to my TBR list (State of Mind cover...HAWT!!)

Great interview! Now i must go stalk..i mean check Libby out on Goodreads =D

Victoria June 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

I've never read any M/M but have had bits in the Syndey Croft ACRO series. There is just as much passion and even more pain for what I gather.
vsloboda@gmail.com

Libby June 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Thank you, everyone, for the kind birthday wishes!

@carol--Yes, I know what you mean. I love having my characters be passionate and intense all the while navigating that tricky thing that is the male emotional state. Thanks again and good luck on the drawing! :D

@sparklybearsy--Thanks so much! I know many, many people who would agree on the nipple comment. ;) Please check out the free fiction at my site or LiveJournal too! Good luck on the drawing.

@Victoria--Astute statement! Yes, the pain can be even more intense sometimes, but the same can be said for the passion. ;) I have several free stories at my site and Livejournal if you feel like dipping your toes in, risk-free. ;) Thanks again and good luck!

MamaKitty June 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

I've read a few m/m books... most of them I didn't really care for, until I read Josh Lanyon's "Somebody Killed His Editor". Holy crap, what a great book! That led me to other books and more steamy manlub! I think a large part of why I didn't care for them before is because I was reading the kind that didn't focus on the romance part of the relationship, just the physical. And while I like the physical part of the relationship, I need that connection that comes with the romance part. Am I making sense? Yeah, I'm babbling now.

Libby June 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

Hi MamaKitty!

You're making perfect sense! I think most people have a strong desire to see an emotional buildup before the physical release. I know I do. Josh Lanyon is an excellent choice! I'm so glad you found him. This is one of the aspects of writing m/m that I alluded to above: infusing an emotional element into a story without going over the top. It's a delicate balance. Thanks so much for your comment and good luck in the drawing. :D

Suzette June 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

I've read a few M/M books and have liked them. Part of what I like is the struggle some of them go through to form a relationship. It's just like what we in M/F relatioships go through. You almost forget you're reading a M/M book. Plus, come on, let's not kid ourselves, two hot men going at it.....HAWT!

Suzette June 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

forgot my email addy for my previos comment

latinlady6929@yahoo.com

Libby June 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

Plus, come on, let's not kid ourselves, two hot men going at it.....HAWT!

I couldn't agree more, Suzette! You're right. Even when the social hurdles of such a relationship aren't the primary focus of the story, there's almost always a struggle in order to set the boundaries of the relationship. Thanks for the comment. Good luck!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr June 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

Happy Birthday JoJo! And yes, I've read M/M... practically devour it! So hot!
If I am going to read about a fantastical never-gonna-happen-I-R-L-romance (no, I'm not jaded), then I want it to be off the charts impossible for me to even place myself into the story... M/M!
Thanks for the generous prizes!
mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

s7anna June 15, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

OMG...I adore m/m romances...I started reading them a couple of years ago and I'm addicted...I'm always on the look-out for new talent in the genre so am definitely looking forward to reading from this new to me author.

*hugs*
Anna

Libby June 15, 2010 at 3:39 PM  

@sweet vernal zephyr and s7anna

Thank you! Please come on over to my blog or website for some free reads. I'm a big believer in giving people a taste of what they're buying. I appreciate your comments and good luck on the drawing. :D

desi June 15, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

I love reading m/m and will continue to read lots.
deslauree3 at aol dot com

Robin K June 15, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

*blushes* If you enter me for the print copy of State of Mind I will give it a go. Would be a whole new idea for me. *blushes again*

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Libby June 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

Thank you, desi and Robin, for the comments. Good luck!

@Robin--Thanks for giving it a try! If you feel like a sample, pop over to my website or LiveJournal. ;)

Andrea I June 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM  

Happy Belated Birthday Libby. I've never read M/M, but I'm open to trying it.

ainfinger@comcast.net

JoJo June 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

ok, im gonna make this short and sweet cause i dont wanna suck up any of libbys space today.

1st HAPPY BIRTHDAY (late) LIBBY!!!! *throws confetti*

2nd when i first recieved State of Mind, i was really nervous on how i was gonna take it.I mean it was my first (and only so far) M/M read. I told my husband about it and he looked at me like i was wierd for trying it. But i have to say i truly Loved it!!! Libby you did a wonderful job on the characters. You made both Grier and Alec strong men. and i love how you have the build up between the two before and romance. PLUS a wonderful story line to go with it. I think that has been my fear of trying M/M, that it would be all wam bam thank ya sir..and no story. You did and excellent job and i can wait to see if we get to read more!!!

You guys are going to luv luv luv State of Mind

*grins* ya ok...wasn't short and sweet but oh well! lol

Oh and BTW hubs found a little bunny a month 1/2 or so ago (which we already set back loose into the wild) and his name was Devlin...yes after mr. Alec! ;0)

JoJo

CatsMeow June 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM  

Hi Libby, Hope you had a wonderful birthday.
I must admit, I am intrigued. I have never tried M/M romance, but I'm game.
c.

Jason June 16, 2010 at 1:22 AM  

I read a lot of M/M romance, although I prefer if the romance is secondary and the main plot is more sci-fi or fantasy, just with the underlining romance being gay (I'm in that small but increasing group of gay men who read this stuff). I've not read Libby's book yet, but it is on my to read list.

Thanks, you should review more authors like this!

jason@jasonkivela.com

Libby June 16, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

Thank you, Andrea, Cats Meow, Jason, and especially JoJo!

@Andrea--I'm so glad you're willing to give it a try. I think you'll find it addictive. ;) Good luck!

@JoJo--I might have pegged you for a rescuer of bunnies. ;) Thanks for the opportunity to be here. I had a blast. Happy Birthday!

@Cats Meow--Good luck! I hope you win, but consider giving one or two m/m books a try anyway. Thanks so much for the comment. :D

@Jason--I'm waiting for the day when I can walk into a bookstore and not find our books shoehorned into a corner, but rather front and center with the rest of the romances. A good many of these stories focus on plot and characterization. The characters happen to be gay, but that doesn't define the storyline.

Thanks so much for the comment and good luck on the drawing. :D

Colleen,  June 16, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

Happy B-day Month! :D
I have read a few M/M books and enjoyed them... will continue reading them... Have not read your books yet Libby... will add your name to my list to try!

greenshamrock AT go DOT com

joder June 16, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

I love books from the m/m genre and am constantly looking for new to me authors. I've had this one on my wishlist for some time so I hope I win. I love this genre because having two sexy men dealing with relationships is very appealing since the men actually express emotions in these stories.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

booklover0226 June 16, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

I read m/m books (am reading one now) and I just love them.

I find so many of them to be so tender and sweet and I'm just drawn to the characters.

I've read various m/m books, contemp., fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, and sci-fi.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Jenn June 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

I have read a few m/m books and was surprised to find I enjoyed them. Really not much different than m/f, and definitely hot.

dfordarla June 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

I've read a little M/M and right now my favorite guys are Quinn & Blay from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was a little surprised to like the M/M relationship but still just as hot as M/F.

JoAnna June 17, 2010 at 7:31 PM  

I have read some M/M and I have enjoyed them.

beckerjo@verizon.net

Elizabeth June 17, 2010 at 10:23 PM  

Yes I want to read every single book that you pit up for the contest all these books sound wonderful

Stella (Ex Libris) June 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

Happy belated birthday to both of you Jojo and Libby!

I have read only one M/M story so far: Ménage by Emma Holly, and liked it a lot, it was seriously scorching HOT!

Would love to read some more ;-p

Please enter me too.

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books June 18, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

Happy belated B-Day!!!!!
No, I actually havnt read any M/M but Ive seen stories and have been tempted, but I have never read one. I would gladly read one in the future!

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