I’d like to welcome Clare London to the blog today. Clare says: ”I’m an author of male/male romance and erotica, and have been publishing my work since 2007 in both print and ebook, from novels to short stories. My official bio says I enjoy both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters – and I believe that’s always going to be my way.”
1. If I was coming to the UK on vacation, tell me one place I MUST visit?
I’d take you on my hubby’s London Bridges Tour, where he drives us back and forth through London over every bridge over the Thames. That way you’d see the sights and the transport and the people, and be right in amongst it. Then supper at the George Inn in Southwark (near London Bridge), a 16th century coaching inn where Shakespeare used to pop in for a pint after a hard day at the Globe. Well, I’m using a little poetic licence there, but apparently both he and Charles Dickens really did visit.
2. Rolling hills and sleepy villages or fast paced city life?
Fast paced city life. Too much green makes me hyperventilate.
3. Do you really drink tea all the time? How do you take it?
4. Have you ever met (or seen up close) a member of the Royal Family? Share the details.
I met the Queen once. Well, to be strictly accurate, I was standing outside Marks & Spencer in Exeter when she went past as part of her visit to the city. But I’m sure she would have said hello if she’d known I was there. I remember thinking how much younger she looked in real life, and how bright and cheerful her clothes were.
5. Who is your favourite British author/book (outside of your genre)?
I’ll have to say Lee Child (who’s British, even though he’s living in the US). But P.D. James and/or Ian Rankin run a close second.
6. Coronation Street or East Enders? Your favourite character?
If I have to choose – and I can’t say I follow either – it’d be Eastenders, and my favourite character would be the much-maligned Dot Cotton. EE never seems to be anything but relentlessly, fascinatingly depressing, but I haven’t watched Corrie for years. The character turnover there is too high, or maybe my attention span is too low? I mean, whatever happened to Bet Lynch?
7. Who is your favourite British actor or actress?
Ken Stott. Fantastic talent, fabulous voice. I’d watch him reading a cereal packet.
8. What was your first published story?
A short called “Goes without Saying” in a local print anthology in 2005. It was an m/m original that I made more ambiguous before submitting, because I wasn’t sure if the antho editors would welcome m/m. That was both defeatist and dismissive of me, wasn’t it? My only excuse is, it was years ago, before I discovered the m/m publishing community. Plus they’re running the antho again this year and I’ve just had an unashamedly m/m story accepted into it! And you’ve reminded me to post that original story to my website, in case anyone’s interested.
9. I’m coming to your house for a traditional English meal (your choice from breakfast to midnight snack). What are you going to serve?
It must be a brunch. All those breakfast things that can satisfy at any time of the day, and incidentally *cough* one of the few things I can cook well. Fried egg, bacon, sausage, tomato, baked beans, fried bread, mushrooms, black pudding *g* etc.
Thanks for sharing Clare. You can find lots of info about Clare and her list of books at the following sites:
GLBT Bookshelf: http://bookworld.editme.com/clarelondonbooks
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/clarelondon