Rowan McBride in the Spotlight

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Today Rowan McBride joins us on the website and she talks about her books, muscle growth and a whole lot of other stuff.Rowan asleep-on-desk2

Hi Rowan. Thank you for being here. I have followed your writing for quite sometime and for me it’s quite exciting to have you here talking about your books.

Thank you for inviting me! It’s exciting for me as well. :)

 First, could you tell us something about Rowan the person and the writer, as little or as much as you want to?

rowan 1When I was in 10th grade (I think it was 10th. We moved around a lot so sometimes events blur together) I wrote a virtual “horse racing” program in BASIC and ran it on our Commodore 64. It wasn’t anything stunning– just eight asterisks racing down tracks. The winner was always different because the program ran off a random number generator. This gave me the bright idea to invite my friends over and take bets in my living room.

I had no idea my parents would not find the whole thing amusing when they came home from work. I got grounded — HARD — with the dreaded “until we figure out what to do with you” tag. Shortly after that, I started writing on a regular basis (not a lot to do when you’re grounded) and my parents were all too happy to encourage me in that direction.

Even now, my friends joke that it’s a good thing I write, because otherwise I’d have grown up with aspirations of taking over the world.

I guess that’s a roundabout way of saying that my day-to-day life is boring as dirt, but at least the world is safe from my clutches.

 
How long have you been writing and what was your first published book? Who has influenced your writing?

I wrote my first bit of poetry towards the end of second grade. It was brilliant. I believe it involved a dog and a log, as well as a cat and a bat.

What I consider my first published book is a collection of poetry I wrote in 8th grade for an independent study project. My art teacher took time after school to help me make a cover and teach me how to bind it. She did a good job, too, since I still have it. Got an A for the project. Does that count as a good review?

As for influences… Piers Anthony was a big one. His “Incarnations of Immortality” series gave me permission to question the concepts of God, heaven, and hell in fiction.  Poets like Langston Hughes and Lord Byron gave me a sense of rhythm that I always strive for in my prose. Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five” was my first hardcore “Wait, we can DO that?” moment.  Jet Mykles radiates fun in her stories, and sometimes when I just don’t feel the hell like writing, I open up one of her books and recapture that joy.

 You must love to write or you wouldn’t be doing it. What do like most about writing and what are the challenges?

I love creating worlds. I love meeting new characters and getting to know them over the course of a story. I love more than anything the little surprises along therowan lone way, those moments where things come together more perfectly than you could have imagined in the beginning.  It’s like magic.

I’d list most of the non-writing things a professional writer has to do under challenges. I’m an introvert and would be a full-on hermit if my friends weren’t good about dragging me out of my comfort zone, so things like promotion, marketing, etc. are very hard for me.

Pirates are disheartening. Reading comments on download sites by people who call themselves fans and rave about your work, yet are absolutely unwilling to support you in said work in any way, wears on you after a while.

So far, the ups far outweigh the downs, though. :)

Your books sometimes have unusual themes. Why do some of them have protags that grow large muscles?

I’ve always thought muscles were sexy as hell.  From big, solid guys like Frank McGrath and Tuan Tran to men with more streamlined builds like Bruce Lee and Hugh Jackman, something about all that tightly leashed power… wow.

Muscle growth is my favorite kind of transformation fiction. The closest genre I can relate it to is werewolf TF, only instead of sprouting fur and fangs the character puts on muscle.  Otherwise the two share a lot of the same conventions, such as heightened strength, a certain savagery in the personality, a spike in sex drive…

{Ahem}

I’m sorry, what were we talking about? Oh yes.

The first story I ever posted for the public was on a site called “The Evolution Forum.”  It’s a venue dedicated to male muscle growth, and currently nearing twenty thousand members.  Most of my serials are posted there, as well as some of my favorite stories by MG authors.  I learned a lot about pacing and emotional tension posting one chapter at a time on the site, and the support I received from forum members gave me the courage to attempt a novel (“Warm Rush: Chasing Winter,” except back then it was just called “Warm Rush”).

 rowan paulsdreamPaul’s Dream is my favourite Rowan McBride book and I’ve been waiting ages, double that, for Asher’s Magic. Can you tell us when Asher’s story is going to be released? Why are you so fascinated by incubi?

Creatures that feed on sexual desire were little more than a passing curiosity for me as a kid. As an adult, though… Oh my god. The possibilities!

I’m unsure when I’ll be able to finish “Asher’s Magic.” I have a prologue written and I had a storyboard laid out, but I realized there was too much world building and not enough character development. My stories have always centered around the characters, so I’ve had to start over as far as storyline.

On the upside, the new scenes I’ve been coming up with have been much better!

 You must have a strange streak in your personality that you like sadistic semes in anime. What is it about Akabane Kuroudo of Getbackers that’s so hot? Is it the hat?:) Why don’t you write his character (or someone like him) in one of your books?

A snazzy hat certainly doesn’t hurt.

What I love so much about characters like Akabane is that they have an unapologetic attitude of “my love might KILL you, and I’m okay with that.”  Yes, they’re psychotic, but they’re also elegant as well as playful. I have no idea why I fall for that archetype  every single time in anime, because no way in hell do I ever go for it in real life, but I adore them.  Never fails.

Oh, believe me, characters like Akabane are coming. Keep an eye out for names like Vincent, Sleepless, Malcolm, Mathias, Slypher, Dorian, and Gryffin, just to name a few.  Muwahahaha!

{cough cough}

Sorry. Take over the world moment there.

 You identify as gender fluid which means, in its simplest form, that you’re partly female and partly male. In your case I believe you said that you were male most of the time. Without going into too much detail can you explain how this works? Are you a transsexual? How did you figure this out before you knew what gender fluid was?

For me, gender is a spectrum. While I don’t fully identify as male OR female, for the most part I hang out on the masculine side of that spectrum. But I do flow back and forth, which is where the term “fluid” comes in. I don’t have a choice on how I feel any given day, but I’m past the point where I try to suppress the feminine in favor of the masculine and vice versa.

I don’t identify as a transsexual person. It is my understanding that a transsexual person’s gender does not match their body at all, so they have made or are planning to make a permanent transition into the body they should have been born with.  My gender is fluid so this isn’t a viable solution for me.

For most of my life I tried to fit the binary. Boys are boys. Girls are girls.  I turned a part of myself off and focused on being what everyone wanted me to be.  I wasrowan warm rush an honor student all through elementary and most of high school. I fell asleep during my SAT and still got accepted into many colleges. I learned how to do logic problems the night before my LSAT and got into law school without any trouble. When I look back on things, I know I tried to sabotage myself in dozens of little ways and just couldn’t quite pull it off.

Finally I got sick enough to land me an extended stay in the hospital and, wow, it was the first time in years I had a chance to breathe. I took the time trying to figure out what I wanted and what I liked, and realized I didn’t know myself very well at all.  Somewhere in that whole process I was telling someone close to me that, hey, I liked being a man and I liked being a woman. Is that weird?  It was the first time I’d said it out loud.

After a little more talking, that person asked me which I’d rather be. I blinked and realized I couldn’t choose and, more importantly, why did I have to?  I remember being pissed off at the world for a while.

But, yeah, I suppose that was when I figured it out before I knew what gender fluid was. :)

As a reviewer I sometimes have difficulty when I refer to an author in a review and I’m not sure of his/her gender. How would you suggest I proceed – assuming I can’t ask them outright because people get offended by the question and think I’m trying to trap them when all I’m only trying to determine is whether I should refer to them as “him” or “her”. (I can’t keep calling the author by name throughout the review without it sounding repetitious.) What would be my best approach other than the direct one?

There are a lot of ways to use gender neutral language. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a standardized system for English yet, so it can get complicated.

One thing that seems to work is the use of s/he for “she” and/or “he.” The downside there is that there is no convenient parallel for “his” and/or “her,” since him/r has been criticized for not really being gender neutral.

Another option is to use invented gender neutral pronouns. The most common I’ve seen are “hir” (pronounced like “here” as in “Hir smile is dazzling.”) and “sie” (pronounced like “see” as in “Sie smiled.”).  There’s a good chart with a list of other pronouns on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_neutral_pronouns.

I will say that although some people don’t mind the word, I can’t stand being called “it.”  Can’t stand it.  The word’s never been used in a context towards me that wasn’t derogatory, so nowadays using it to define my gender has a very negative and personal connotation.

For the record, the direct approach has usually been okay with me, especially if it’s been presented as completely my choice, as in “I was wondering which pronouns you would prefer me to use.”  My response has always been that I like the invented gender neutral pronouns, but I don’t mind “he” or “she” because I figure I could be on either side of the spectrum at any given moment so it’s at least accurate some of the time. :)

 Want Me is one of the strangest books I have ever read. I understand a bit of the background about why you wrote the story but my question is, how did you come up with the concept of a relationship where one protag is taking over the other’s life in such an incredible way?

“Want Me” falls into a subgenre of muscle growth called muscle theft.  Originally, the story was supposed to be a super simple five chapter short written for arowan want me stressed out friend of mine.  As such, it began with the most basic and probably most common muscle theft tropes out there the timid geek roommate, the cocky and popular jock, a magic spell.  “Want Me” was somewhat different because Joel wasn’t a bad guy, and the majority of theft stories are revenge stories.  Walker also turned out to be a more rounded character than I intended.  Yeah, he’s crazy as hell, but he’s so far off the deep end that there’s a weird kind of innocence to him. 

In the end I got caught up in both characters, as well as the spell itself, and the five story “short” spiraled into a full-blown novel.

 Of all the books you have written do you have a favourite?

Want Me. I love the darkness, and the concept of two characters trapped together in a spiral that keeps spinning ’round and ’round.  It also let me play with poetry a bit, which I haven’t been able to do in a long time.

 Which book is your best seller to date?

Hard to say. “One Good Hand” had the strongest opening, and “Paul’s Dream” seems to have the steadiest sales.  But all my stories have done well for me.

 Tell us about your upcoming release One Shot. The cover is on the website in the “Coming Soon” carousel.:) Christian our Webmaster wants to know when he should move it to the “Currently Available” carousel.:) When do you expect that the story will be available for purchase and what is it about other than what’s in the blurb? (One Shot is now released)

Nick is a by-the-book boss, who’s a good guy but lacks a personal life because his job is the center of his world.  Although he has a minor crush on Riley, one of his subordinates, it’s strictly “look but don’t touch” and there’s no way he’d cross that line.

With the advent of a universal flu shot, a slew of things that defy statistical probability turn his world upside down.  Many of those events center on Riley, who over the course of the story gets bigger, stronger, more aggressive. Where before there was no chance of the two men getting together, suddenly the odds change.

What else do you have coming out within the next 3 – 6 months? Dare I hope that Asher’s Magic could be available within that time frame?

My muse isn’t speaking to me, unfortunately. Possibly because I’ve been cracking the whip at him for three years now without a break.  So I’m taking some time off to relax and recharge. After that I plan to jump in to whatever story calls to me, including neglected serials and long overdue sequels. :)

 What does Rowan do for fun when no one else is around?

I lay out on the carpet and stare at the ceiling fan.

Barring that, I watch anime, play music (I’m on a bizarre quest to teach myself “Three Blind Mice” on every instrument I can get my hands on), and hike. I used to climb a lot, but I’m nursing a wrist injury right now so had to give that up for a while. I’d like to learn to box. And to play the drums.

 What’s fun about living in Texas? What’s the best part? Is there anything about where you live that you would want to change?

The best part of Texas is having so much of my family nearby.  I have several nieces and nephews, and it’s hilarious to watch them play out the same childhood dramas my brother and I thought were so important when we were kids.

I’d change the summertime heat in a heartbeat if I could.  This past summer we had over fifty days of 100+ degree weather.

ROWAN UNPLUGGED

In this section we try to relax you for the next series of questions. The guys in the hot tub are very experienced at their job and they massage you or whatever you want them to do (as long as it’s legal).:) So here we go. Are you comfortable? The water isn’t too hot is it? OK.

Which sex would you like to make out with? Both?

Guys. And gals who look like guys. And guys who look like gals who pass as guys. Oh! And gals who look like guys who look great in drag.  {Runs out to rent Victor/Victoria, Some Like it Hot, Zerophilia, and possibly Sailor Moon Stars if I can find it.}

Oh, and David Bowie. Pretty much circa any decade.

 How many guys (or gals) do you think you can handle at the same time? Do you know this from personal experience or you’re just guessing?

Dude. I have the attention span of a guppy. I get a gold star when I can handle one.rowan one good hand

 Have you ever peeked into someone’s house at night to see if they were having fun? Were they?

Being that I keep my windows heavily covered to prevent anyone from seeing my fun, I haven’t had an opportunity to see someone else’s.  Although with my luck, if I did take a look I’d find myself thrown into the plot of “Rear Window.”

 Have you ever done any of your writing without any clothes on to get you in the mood? Did it work?*g*

Getting naked does not get me in the mood to write. Getting naked just gets me in the mood to be naked.

 The guys want to know if they would be allowed to go into the hot tub with you?

Did they bring beer?

 What last words would you like to leave with us?

Last words sound so final.  I want to come back if you’ll have me!  {separation issues}

Thank you Rowan.

Thank you, Wave.  It’s been a pleasure being here.  :)

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55 thoughts on “Rowan McBride in the Spotlight

  1. Tam

    Great interview guys. Rowan is very funny. I have to confess I’ve only read Lone which I enjoyed by this author. Will have to expand my horizons I suppose. I have never heard of the muscle growth genre (?), a chance to learn something new everyday.
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    There is always the ubiquitous “they” when you aren’t sure of someone’s gender. “They walked to the store.” “Their dog’s name is Spot.” Doesn’t say boy or girl, and depending on the context you know whether you mean “they a couple” or “they a single”.

    1. Rowan McBride

      @Tam – Hi Tam! Thanks for thinking I’m funny, and I’m glad you enjoyed “Lone.” Not a lot of people have heard of muscle growth as a genre, but it’s definitely out there. Sometimes it’s referred to as MG (Muscle Growth) or MGS (Muscle Growth Stories) or FMG & MMG (Female Muscle Growth & Male Muscle Growth). The list goes on. It also overlaps with a lot of other fetishes and genres, like they tend to do. :)

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      I agree. There are a lot of situations where “they” works very well in context. I think a lack of a standardized system for gender neutral pronouns has made a patchwork that includes “they” as more and more acceptable as a singular, even if it is grammatically incorrect.

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      @Bryl – Beer? Come on in! If it’s pumpkin ale I’ll kiss you on the cheek. :D If…If you’re amenable to that, of course. lol.

      ***

      @Mathilde – Aww. You bought 8 copies of my book. How could I ever complain about that? You’re definitely not the type of pirate that disheartens me, believe me, so stop feeling guilty, yeah? :)

    2. JenB

      Naughty Tam. *swat* Jen the Editor says “they” is only suitable as a plural pronoun.
      *
      Super fun interview. Rowan, you’re such a cutie. Next time I’m down your way we’re totally meeting up at Rudy’s. *smishes*

  2. Wave Post author

    Tam
    Thanks. She is very funny!*g*

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    When I refer to an author during a review it’s kind of difficult to keep referring to him/her as “the author”, or by name throughout. In this case “they” wouldn’t work since it’s plural – unless its a writing partnership.

    1. Tam

      Technically it’s plural but I have been known to use it in the grammatically incorrect singular way when I’m unsure. LOL Guess that’s why I’m not an author. Grammar rules? Who needs ‘em. ;-)

    1. Wave Post author

      Bryl
      See, the word you’re looking for is
      not “interrogator” but “interviewer.”*g* It may not seem as if there’s a difference but I can assure you there is.:-D

  3. Mathilde Watson

    Hey! Great interview! Rowan, you are total awesomeness!
    I agree with you on the whole pirates issue, and no one even thinks about it anymore; and I am ashamed to admit that it is kinda how I first discovered you… *sheepish smile* I was working on my first werewolf story and my brother sent me a .pdf copy of LONE. I absolutely loved it of course, so much so that I bought 8 copies so that everyone in my writer’s group could have one… but I will probably always feel guilty about it…
    …anyway, I just wanted to make my presence known, and to say that I think you are greatness itself! …yeah…

  4. Rowan McBride

    Awesome interview Rowan! Interesting life to-date, very interesting. And Jesse, you’re a great interrogator!

    Oh yeah…& I got beer.

    @Tam – Hi Tam! Thanks for thinking I’m funny, and I’m glad you enjoyed “Lone.” Not a lot of people have heard of muscle growth as a genre, but it’s definitely out there. Sometimes it’s referred to as MG (Muscle Growth) or MGS (Muscle Growth Stories) or FMG & MMG (Female Muscle Growth & Male Muscle Growth). The list goes on. It also overlaps with a lot of other fetishes and genres, like they tend to do. :)

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    I agree. There are a lot of situations where “they” works very well in context. I think a lack of a standardized system for gender neutral pronouns has made a patchwork that includes “they” as more and more acceptable as a singular, even if it is grammatically incorrect.

    ***

    @Bryl – Beer? Come on in! If it’s pumpkin ale I’ll kiss you on the cheek. :D If…If you’re amenable to that, of course. lol.

    ***

    @Mathilde – Aww. You bought 8 copies of my book. How could I ever complain about that? You’re definitely not the type of pirate that disheartens me, believe me, so stop feeling guilty, yeah? :)

    1. Bryl R. Tyne

      @Bryl – Beer? Come on in! If it’s pumpkin ale I’ll kiss you on the cheek. :D If…If you’re amenable to that, of course. lol.

      If ever I had the opportunity, I’d make an exception just for you, Rowan. Guaranteed. ;)

  5. Emmy

    I actually went out and got my swine flu shot on the off chance that I’d be taller…or turn into a pretty twink. Sadly, all I got were the sniffles for a few days. I blame this on you :P

    Seriously though…when are you going to write a Dorian book? WANT!

  6. Jennifer LeBlanc

    Nerd. :-P

    I noticed I was not mentioned at all in your interview. I’ll assume this was an oversite since I am such a huge influence in your life. (What would you do without me tormenting you in “comments”?) Well, now I can see why it took you so damn long to answer the questions. I think I need a nap now. If you need any further abuse, you know where to find me. ^_^

    1. LibrasArt

      Ah Jen, what would Rowan ever do without you?? I think he’d become utterly bored with his quiet existence in sunny Texas and try to take over the world with his growing army of muscle men… mm… muscle men… Rowan, my man, if I promise to be a better wingman from now on, can I be your Commander? I’ll TOTALLY score you a number (or at least an email!) the next time we’re out. ;-) So yea… Jen? You have saved us all from the doom that is “Rowan”… or somethin’… o_O

        1. LibrasArt

          Shh! Here’s a secret – I’m really a great wingman… I’m just letting Rowan live in his own little world for now, as long as it gets me more access to muscle men… ;) He didn’t NEED my help at DragonCon! You shoulda seen him workin’ it with “Wolverine” and “Grimmjow”. He’s just being humble. *snort*

      1. Emmy

        Cobra Commander? *knew* there was sumpin different about you!

        also…please note that there were no pics of anybody workin it with anybody else in the 3000 you posted. you’ve been holding out on us. I’m so disappointed in you :P

        1. Rowan McBride

          @Emmy – It’s the gender dysphoria. Mine is relatively mild, but while I feel comfortable in my own skin, I get jarred when I see my picture because it doesn’t match the image I have of myself in my mind. Hence the hand drawn manga-style self-portrait at the top of the page. lol.

          1. Emmy

            *thumps* was talking about the D-Con pics, silly bunny. tons of pics posted, but none of you working it…or getting worked, as the case might have been XP

      2. Rowan McBride

        @LibrasArt – No you may not be my Commander, as I have issues with authority. Yes, do work on your wingman skillz. Yelling “Go Rowan!” does not count, so stop confusing “wingman” with “cheerleader.” O.O

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        ps– I’m sorry that these replies seem to be all over the place. I seem to be having trouble getting the hang of the blog interface. :(

      3. JB

        his quiet existence in sunny Texas …. hehe, lately, Texas has been anything but ;) My relatives are thinking of trading in their car for a boat.

  7. JB

    Good job on the interview! Quite interesting. ;) I purchased One Shot first, which was very enjoyable. I’m looking to purchase One Good Hand at the end of the month and possibly Paul’s Dream, too. The muscle growth aspect has intrigued me, though I admit to being intimidated by muscle-bound people IRL. Want Me sounds like a book I might enjoy. I like the dark theme, especially if it has a hopeful/positive ending. Thank you for the interview :)

    1. Rowan McBride

      @JB – Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed “One Shot.” The pair in “One Good Hand” is my favorite pairing out of the ones I’ve written so far. I love how Ace is this big whomping mess but still takes responsibility for a total stranger, and I love how Spade gives Ace what he needs. “Paul’s Dream” was a different kind of story for me, and I’m happy that it was so well received.

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      I never know what anyone is going to think of “Want Me.” Some people were surprised because it was much darker than my usual stuff, and others were surprised because they were expecting rivers of blood and fields of corpses– neither of which appear in the book. lol. Whichever side of the fence you land on, I hope it’s a fun ride. :)

  8. LadyM

    Rowan & Wave, great interview. Informative AND entertaining.
    ~
    Paul’s Dream is one of my favorite m/m books (I have also read One Good Hand and Lone and liked them) and I have a habit of checking Rowan’s site every month just to see if the sequel was announced. Can I bribe you with beer to get it faster? We have a great selection of European brews here. XD

    1. Rowan McBride

      @LadyM – LOL! I don’t think I’ve ever written while intoxicated, actually. “Asher’s Magic” is *probably* not the story to test that method on. ;)

    2. Wave Post author

      Lady M
      I try to ask questions that are not the usual run of the mill.
      *
      I slipped in the question about Asher’s Magic but she’s not biting, beer or no beer.*g*

      1. Rowan McBride

        @Wave – :D Even on those days when I do nothing *but* write, I tend to jump from story to story. And there have been a lot of instances where I honestly thought I was going to be done within a few weeks and a year later the story’s still unfinished. So nowadays I don’t like to say “I’m going to have a book done by ___,” because I’ve gotten to know my writing style enough to learn that any date I give could be off by months or even years, and I hate to disappoint readers that way.

    1. Rowan McBride

      @Jourdan Lane – Haha! But it wouldn’t be *Texas* if it did, I suppose. We have a certain survival mentality here, even if I am currently enjoying central AC while typing on my laptop which is connected to wireless internet while I drink a hot cocoa spiked with espresso.

      -

      We’re frontiersmen.

  9. ARCHEON

    Nice interview. I’d give it a gold star. ;-)

    Ever since Rowan burst onto the scene with jaw-dropping talent in crafting stories so human, so touching and so mesmerizing that I’ve often wondered if the Gods had somehow pre-ordained this. From skillfully written stories posted on the Evolution Forum to the recent publications, Rowan’s work is an absolute joy to read.

    One doesn’t have to be necessarily into MG to understand how Rowan weaves complex and intricate stories. (Yes, I’ll admit I’m a big fan of MG.) However, I’m an even bigger fan of the story that combines literary restraint with a voice that speaks to and includes the heart of our humanity. Rowan’s work transcends the MG genre.

  10. animemiz

    (drools) Muscle growth… yay!!!! i have read One Good Hand and Paul’s Dream. Still waiting anxiously for the Asher’s Magic. However if the muse is not there, then as a reader – can only wait. So good luck on that! I was actually wondering when I read Paul’s Dream was this a start of a series, because I saw some loose ends with Zakai as well.

    1. Rowan McBride

      @animemiz – I’m with you on the muscle growth. :)
      -
      The “Touching Fire” world is a good one. I’m looking forward to jumping back in when I’m ready. Zakai is a lot of fun to write and I love how Asher gets under his skin.

      1. Wave Post author

        Rowan
        I swear I didn’t put anyone up to asking you about Touching Fire and Asher’s Magic. This is all their idea.*g*

        1. Rowan McBride

          @Wave – Oh I understand! It’s a popular story and I think the only one of mine where the pairing for the next story is pretty clearly defined. Anyone would be invested in Asher and Zakai, I think. Hell, *I’m* invested in them– just not in a place where I can do them justice yet. lol.

  11. Bookheart

    Great interview! Rowan, I’ve got several of your books. I intend to get them all when money allows. Not only does your books have MG, but they also make you think and feel. They have more dimensions than I could ever have imagined. Keep up the wonderful work.

    1. Rowan McBride

      @Bookheart – Thank you for such kind words. I love writing, and one of the reasons I’m taking a bit of a break is to make sure I *keep* loving it. I still believe 80% of crafting a story is magic, and I never want to lose that feeling.
      -
      /SappyMoment

  12. B

    Here’s a funky (serious?) question: if you could have any one person model for a cover to one of your books, who’d it be?
    As a related question, if you could get any artist to do a cover, who’d that be?

    On to the plaudits. I feel kind of like piling on, saying your writing is awesome, but it is awesome, so I’m going to say it anyway. ;)

  13. Mary M.

    Nice interview!! It’s always fun to learn all those little details and thoughts from the people you know about but don’t really KNOW – not unlike peeking at people’s windows actually *g* All that information about muscle growth genre ( you got me with mentionning Hugh Jackman…what a male), gender fluidity, neutral pronouns… I’ll go to bed knowing a bit more than I did when I woke this morning!
    *
    I bought Paul’s Dream several months ago on Wave’s recommendation but still haven’t had the time to read it (I’m notoriously slow at reading e-books). I do hope I can do so before Asher’s Magic, which I gather must be the sequel, is released. :) Lol.

    1. Rowan McBride

      @Mary M. – Man, I once told a friend of mine that if I looked like Hugh Jackman I’d make it my life’s goal to sleep with anyone I could. Which is probably why God made me funny-looking: trying to save my soul. ;)
      -
      lol. Whenever you get around to reading “Paul’s Dream,” I hope you enjoy the story.

  14. Rachael

    Great interview Rowan!
    I have to admit, until I became a fan of your work, I had never even heard of MGS, and to be honest, if someone had explained it to me before reading your stories, I would have been…lets say perplexed. However, now, well I’m a fan. ^-^
    I have read Paul’s Dream, Lone, and Warm Rush,(Warm Rush being my favorite by far), and now with all the hype I have been reading about Want Me, and how different it is from your other books, well I am very curious to read it.
    In the interview, you wrote about how you loved writing because you love to create worlds and meet new characters that you get to know over the course of a story. And you said that you love the little surprises along the way as well as the way things come together at the end almost like magic. All of that was so incredible, I feel the same when I am writing, but I don’t think I could articulate my thoughts quite as well as you.. :P
    That being said, I have two questions for you:
    First, when you find yourself stuck on a spot in a story you are writing, how do you find a way to work yourself out of it?
    And the second question I have is about the ending/conclusion of a story; for you, do you plan how your stories end, or do you just write until the climax before the ending comes to you?

    1. Rowan McBride

      @Rachael – The first draft of “Warm Rush: Chasing Winter” took me just over three weeks to write, can you believe it? I barely ate, I barely slept, I got cramps in my hands so that by the end they were stuck in a weird claw-position for a while. I felt like my brain was on fire the entire time, but I loved it. That “boy next door” dynamic. Always hard to resist.
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      I loved writing “Paul’s Dream” as well, but that one took eight months to write, and I was *re*writing whole scenes all the way up into the final draft before publication. Which just proves you really never know how a story is going to play out. And that prayer is always a good idea. O.o
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      Sometimes when I get stuck on a story, I can feel what’s supposed to happen just beneath the surface. On those occasions I turn on a playlist that best fits the mood and plow through the scene.
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      Other times it’s just best to step away from the computer. Go hiking, climbing, hang out with friends, organize my bookcases. Or I read for fun– old favorites and new writers. Or I take a mission in “Final Fantasy: Crisis Core” and kick some poor monster’s *a$$* to vent that frustration on my psp. While I’m doing these things that have nothing to do with writing, often the answer clicks in the back of my mind, and when I sit down at the computer again I crack my knuckles and have a very “Let’s do this,” attitude.
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      Or sometimes you’re just horribly burned out and you need to take a break without feeling guilty that you’re not writing, even though there’s always a part of you that only feels settled when you are. :)

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