Please welcome L.L. Brooks to our blog today as she talks inspiration and writing hot scenes!
What’s your name and where do you come from?
L.L. Brooks from Arizona, high desert foothills.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Nature of the Beasts, m/m erotic with mild bdsm, is the second of the Black Mesa series. Catching up with Brand, a wolf shifter, and his lover, Daniel, a cougar shifter, while they face the challenge of learning to live with someone, a close relationship neither expected, and threats from Brand’s rival, Oren, the alpha for the pack Brand left when he was 16. A sub-story is Cullen, a wolf kin, and Shannon, a wolf, and whether or not she can convince him to mate with her. In the mix, Philip fights his attraction to a cat shifter who is working to restore the cougar species by a complicated method involving seducing wolves, which endangers the life of both. Brand calls in Silver, a Native American alpha for a northern pack, informing him of what he’s learned of the cougar danger. The six along with Silver and his beta make plans to investigate the cougar threat to determine how serious it is and who is responsible.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I work as an editor as well as being an author. After working on dozens of m/m, many involving wolf shifters, I jumped into the genre.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I clean. Yeah, I know that sounds weird, but anything I find myself unable to sit still and work, I clean. My husband and my house appreciate it, believe me.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Okay, I admit it, I’m a procrastinator. I should clarify that a bit. I’m a procrastinator about everything it seems, except my work, whether editing or writing. I did mention how much my husband and house appreciate me getting on a cleaning kick. All those things I put off putting away find their rightful place among other things. I’m an expert at getting things done at the last minute.
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
The characters tell me. Or maybe it’s the story. Hummm, being a pantser, I’d have to say both decide it for me as I write. I don’t start a story with a hot scene in mind, but if it fits who the characters are developing into as the story goes along, I let them get it on.
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Oh, good heavens, imagination. I’m certainly not a shifter though my husband does something think I’m a witch, a good one that is.
What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
Nothing changes around me for a love scene. Laptop in my lap, when I get to where one has to go, I just keep writing.
After what they’d already endured would death threats coupled with Daniel’s insecurities drive him away from Brand?
L.L. started in the erotic genre two years ago, primarily m/m with an occasional m/f. Shifters and vampires have joined the list of m/m characters, several with co-writer Shannon West. Oklahoma born, L.L. makes her home in Arizona, kept company by her husband and two rescued dogs, guy and Nekko. The last two serve as reminders that she should occasionally get up when they demand an outside trip. Also working as an editor, she finds little time for other activities, but does enjoy a night out with hubby, spending time with the family and friends, and—yes, she admits it—shopping, except for groceries.