I always feel like it is a special day when we have an author that is new to GGR stop by. I’m very pleased to have Author M.K. Elliot here with us today, she has some very candid answers to some personal questions and we learn about her writings.
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like others to absolutely know about you?
I’m a British mother of three girls, aged 2, 5, and 8. I use both reading and writing as an escape from what can be a fairly mundane existence of school runs and cleaning! Why live one life when you can live thousands of others through books? Being a mother and a writer is what essentially makes me who I am, but some days I’m a better writer than I am parent!
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I have three small children, so I don’t get a huge amount of spare time, but I do love to run. I’ve been running for two years now and completed my first half marathon last year. I also love to read (which probably goes without saying), and cooking is another pleasure in my life. I’ve also been known to binge watch paranormal shows on Netflix!
Tell us about the best experience you have had in life?
My best experience was travelling in my early twenties. I took a year out and spent three months backpacking around South East Asia – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam – and then went on to live in Australia for seven months, and I then went to New Zealand and the States. South East Asia was my absolute favorite part though, and I’d love to go back one day.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
My parents live in Spain, so I go out to them at least once or twice a year. I love to travel, but I love home as well. Even though I’m always excited to go away, I’m always happy to be home and settle down into a regular routine again.
What do you do for fun?
I love to hang out with my girlfriends, drinking wine, eating good food and putting the world to rights. No one makes me laugh harder than my friends!
What’s the best advice that you would give new writers?
Despite being self-published, I would advise other writers to try to work with some publishing houses themselves before going down that route. They should submit some short stories to publishers and learn from them, and from different editors. I’d also advise them to network with other authors (but for god’s sake, don’t spam!), and write something every day, even if it’s just a few words in a notepad.
Some of our readers might not know much about Breaking the Marine. Are you able to tell us a bit about it?
I originally wrote Breaking the Marine for the box set collection, Brit Boys: on Boys, but I’ve since had my rights returned so I’ve been able to put the book out myself.
I have a tendency to complain about my husband’s love of documentaries, but the shows he watches do inspire quite a lot of stories for me. In this case, it was the Channel 4 documentary, ‘Royal Commando School’. As soon as I saw all those boys naked together, I knew I had my setting, plus the actual training camp is located just down the road from where I live in Devon, England, so I’ve driven past numerous times. Breaking the Marine is about a new recruit who discovers the guy he got a blowjob from in the pub car park the night before is actually his Drill Instructor.
Talk to us about your experiences as a self-published author. Why did you go down this route?
I didn’t start out as a self-published author. I actually worked with a number of publishers before I decided to self-publish. At the time, back in 2010, self-publishing was only just starting to take off, and I was seeing several other authors doing well. I released my first short story collection, Rescued, and it hit the #1 spot on Barnes and Noble erotica, and I haven’t looked back. I now have eighteen self-published novels (I also write paranormal and contemporary romance in my married name, Marissa Farrar), and numerous short stories and novellas. I’ve been working as a full time author ever since.
How did your Family and Friends respond, when you told them that you wrote in the M/M genre?
My friends and family are all pretty open minded. No one really even questions it – I guess I can’t do much to shock them anymore! If anyone does question it, I tell them it’s just a love story, like any other I write, but that the main characters happen to both be men.
Finally, if you could pass on a single piece of advice to authors out there reading this interview, what would it be?
Network and learn from other authors. Each step in my career has been due to advice from other authors. Years ago, when I first started writing and submitting, we didn’t have this amazing resource of social media, and writing and submitting was very much a case of keeping my fingers crossed and dreaming. Now you can learn from authors who have already trodden the path you are on, so listen to what they have to say.
The Quick Fire Question Round:
Dom or sub?
Daytime or Nighttime?
Tattoos; Yes or No?
I enjoy learning more about the author behind the books so that is why I started doing Author Interviews I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did bringing it to you. Let us know with your comments.
- Book Title: Breaking the Marine
- Book Series: Standalone
- Author: M.K. Elliot
- Publisher: Warwick House Press (January 4, 2016)
- Book Length: 66 pages
- Genre: Erotica, Romance
- Posting Date: January 21, 2016
Brandon Rosen hadn’t planned for his final night before enrolling in the Royal Marines to involve a hot stranger and a pub car park. And he certainly hadn’t planned for that same hot stranger to turn up at the barracks in the form of his Drill Instructor, Corporal Will Stewart.
In the testosterone fuelled environment of the training camp, neither man can acknowledge their burning desire for each other. Plus taking commands from a guy who’d once gone down on him wasn’t something Brandon had ever dealt with before.
Can they overcome past pains and face up to what they really want? Or will the Royal Marine Commando School break their relationship before it even gets started?
***Previously published in the best selling collection ‘Brit Boys: On Boys’.***
M.K. Elliott is the author of the bestselling short story collection, ‘Rescued.’ A British author, she was born in Devon, England, where she now lives with her husband, three young daughters, two rescue cats, and a crazy Spanish dog. Though she has a degree in Zoology, her true love has always been writing and she now works as a full time author. As well as erotica, she also writes contemporary and paranormal romance in the name Marissa Farrar, and has recently published her eighteenth novel.