Where do you find your inspiration?
I have ideas in my head about how I would like two men to meet and what type of people they are – the story just follows from there. I always know that they are going to end up with their HEA, I am just never sure of the journey they are going to take to get there. Makes for interesting writing days, especially when my characters are telling me what they want to do – the story usually doesn’t go the way I had thought it would.
Are you tempted to write in other genres?
Not at this point – no. I love my shifters, and have so many more ideas for books I want to write in that genre. I doubt I will ever write an M/F story because I don’t enjoy reading them. The women in those books are often portrayed as TSTL and it annoys me. I love writing about my men, because no matter what their size, they all have incredible strength – strong personalities. I do have plans for a couple of contemporary books that I might write one day, but with shifters in my head it is hard to see past them at this point.
Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start? Do you use photos or character interviews? How do you bring them to life?
I am a very visual person and I love to have pictures of the men I write about. I have an entire folder on my computer devoted to gorgeous men that I have found, or that have been sent to me by my readers, and when I have an idea for a story I go through the file, picking out the two men that are closest to the ideal in my head.
I know a lot of writers note down a whole lot of details about their characters before the first word of their story is written, but I am not like that. I let the characters reveal themselves through their actions and words as I am telling the story. It’s a bit hard to explain, but I get an idea in my head when I see a face (or body) of how that person might react in certain situations and my story evolves from there.
How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
I am so lucky in comparison to other writers because I make my living from my stories. My children are grown and the only person dependent on my is my beloved dog, Lulu. Of course, my writing day does get interrupted by my kids visiting, looking after grandchildren and trying to get my car fixed, but I have a lot more time than other writers and I am thankful for that. My kids tell me I should get a life outside of my office, but for now I am perfectly happy doing what I do. I have friends, I have family, but I love my work and I write almost every day.
Do you find the sex scenes easy or hard to write?
The funny thing about writing sex scenes is that you really do have to be in the right mood to do it. Well I do. Because otherwise my writing becomes stilted and unnatural. I run what happens through my head, and I have had more than one person ask me if I find that personally arousing. I usually laugh because honestly I am checking the position of body parts and trying to work out if what I am writing is physically possible. But I will admit, that if I am in a bad mood, or have got stuff going on in my head, then I will put off writing a sex scene until I can feel the emotion behind it. I don’t write sex for sex’s sake. To me, every sex scene has to have emotion behind it and it has to be a way for the characters to love each other that little bit more.
The first 20,000 words of this story were published as a free read for the Goodreads MMRomance Group Love's Landscapes Project. 49,000 words have been added to make this into the book my characters wanted it to be.
Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he'd shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn't have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.
Confirmed ladies man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he'd ever shifted into his wolf form. Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.
Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly. Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of thing to overcome before they get their HEA.
Pages or Words: 69,777 words
Categories: Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance
About the author:
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook here, or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4839871.Lisa_Oliver
Publisher: Oliver Group Publication
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
By the time Dimitri had got to the back door of the club he knew his wolf was close to the surface. He could feel his eyes changing and the hair on his arms start to tingle. It was only through sheer force of will that he stopped the change completely. Must not shift in front of humans, he tried to remind himself as he searched the dark alley, sniffing for his mate’s unique scent. There, deep in the shadows. The young blond was wrapped around Shane’s waist and neck like he belonged there.
Growling loudly Dimitri strode over to where the two men were hidden, his hands changing into claws as he itched to grab the little interloper and tear his body to inch sized bloody pieces. He couldn’t and wouldn’t hurt his mate, but he could and definitely would shred the little blond until he wasn’t a threat to Dimitri’s mating again.
“Dimitri, stop damn it!” Shane called out in a low voice as he carefully wound the young blond’s arms from his neck. “This is not what you think.”
Dimitri stopped himself, just, and watched as Shane spoke in a low voice in CJ’s ear and then gave him some money. CJ looked up at Dimitri and scowled at him and then took off back into the club. Shane flung out his arm and grabbed Dimitri by his belt loops and smashed him into the same wall he had been leaning on while he was entangled in his blond. But Shane’s eyes weren’t full of passion, Dimitri noticed. His mate was pissed off with him, big time.
“You just cost me some valuable information, fuck wit. Now what the hell did you think you were doing?” Shane snarled at him in a low voice.
“Is that how you get all of your information, detective,” Dimitri snarled right back. “By giving sexual favors to your tipsters?” Fuck, with Shane so close Dimitri could barely breathe. His cock was so hard in his jeans that it hurt and he couldn’t break his stare with his mate. Man, this guy was awesome when he was angry.
Shane tipped his head to the side and then took in a deep breath, obviously smelling Dimitri’s arousal. For a moment he looked confused, but that expression was gone in an instant and Shane’s angry gaze was back again. He leaned in flush against Dimitri’s body and growled softly in his ear, “CJ is an informant of mine. He’s been beaten before for talking to the wrong people and I don’t want to see my friend in hospital. We act like a hookup so he will be safe, asshole. So don’t go judging what you don’t understand.”
“But you’ve fucked him, right?” Dimitri regretted the words the instant they came out of his mouth as he watched a flash of pure murderous intent race across his mate’s hard face.
“Not that it’s any of your business, fuckwit, but I have never done anything sexually with CJ or any of my informants. Unlike you, I have standards.” Dimitri knew Shane was referring to the fact that when Dimitri was still in school he used to fuck anything in a skirt regardless of who it was. With his jock reputation and good looks he never lacked for girls willing to lift those skirts and give him what he wanted.
But right now Dimitri didn’t care that Shane was angry with him, or that he might have fucked up an investigation. Shane was leaning on him, chest to chest, but had kept his groin area away from Dimitri. And Dimitri was so turned on he couldn’t think. He needed friction on his cock and he needed it now. He reached out and grabbed Shane by his hips and pulled the man’s groin into his. Both men groaned as their dual erections nudged each other and Dimitri rocked into Shane looking for more.
“What the fuck do you think you are doing?” Shane snarled. Dimitri could see Shane’s eyes were blown with lust and the man was panting softly. Against his cock, Shane’s sizable erection nudged his and for the first time in his life Dimitri wanted to see another man’s cock. But not just any cock - Shane’s.
“I haven’t got a clue,” Dimitri said honestly, his own deep voice raspy with lust, “But I know I like it.”
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