Hi all! This week’s guest for Friday Five is author Douglas Black. Thanks for joining us this week, Douglas.
So, Douglas, what kind of books do you read for fun?
I spend a terrifying amount of time on my Kindle.
Easily fifty percent of what’s on there are MM erotic romances. Partly, that’s because I like to know what’s going on in the genre I write in, but really it’s got more to do with me being a massive fan of a great number of MM authors. I always have my eyes peeled for a new release by people like James Lear or Josh Lanyon. Their work can never come out quickly enough for me!
The rest of the space is taken up with crime fiction or political/satirical works. I’m obsessed with ‘Tartan Noir’ (if you don’t know what that is, I urge you to look it up!) A real favourite ¬– one I can read over and over again – is Not The End Of The World by Christopher Brookmyre, although anything he writes is fine by me!
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
You’d think given what I just said about my Kindle, I’d pick that, but the truthful answer is my phone (I’ve got the Kindle app on there!).
I’m fortunate to have a number of genuinely amazing friends ¬– the type that would do more than just help you get rid of a body – but unfortunately they’ve decided to fling themselves all over the world. Without my phone, and all the different apps that I use to stay in touch with them, I’d be a very lonely Douglas!
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?
Tough one. I’m going to go for world peace, an end to all hunger, and a self-cleaning kitchen.
What is best writing advice you can give?
“Write.” I know how rubbish that sounds, but really it’s the only advice anyone can give. You’ll discover a process that works for you in time, but until then just keeping filling in the blank page with words. First drafts are usually hideous, but the more material you cram into them, the happier you’ll be when rewrite time comes around!
Port In A Storm follows Alex, a young university graduate, working a dead-end job to avoid joining the family law firm like his father wants. Jake is a perpetual traveller, handsome and worldly with his fair share of emotional baggage and an attitude towards life that Alex adores.
With Jake’s itchy feet making it impossible for the man to stay in one place for too long, their relationship starts out as a series of hook-ups in unlikely places – an airport sleeping POD, a caravan in Bamburgh, a Venetian townhouse – but soon these brief meetings aren’t enough and that leaves Alex with a new problem to worry about.
It seems no one has ever been able to tame the wandering man, so if Alex wants Jake it looks like it’s going to cost him. Alex is going to have to decide what price he is willing to pay to be happy, before Jake and Alex’s family’s patience runs out.
Douglas Black was born and raised in bonnie Scotland. An archaeologist by trade, Douglas started writing MM erotica as a means of avoiding starvation at university before returning to the genre in 2012.
Welcome to your fantasy.