Rafe Haze hosts Morticia Knight on The Dirty Dozen Blog Hop
The Dirty Dozen - Morticia Knight
The Dirty Dozen Blog hop tour continues. Let me break it down for you and keep it real:
We are twelve Gay Romance Lit Retreat supporting authors who have three things in common: 1) We aren't legit enough apparently to be among the featured authors...ahem...right? 2) Our trigger fingers were damn quick enough to register for this category faster than all the other online applicants - which for some means we just happen to have faster internet routers, 3) we had $225 dollars to spare.
So here's to us - the Dirty Dozen! Wait...dirty? Absolutely! We're each going to hike up our skirts, spread our legs wide open, and give you a glimpse deep into our sullied private worlds by answering the same 12 questions on each of our blogs.
Today, Morticia Knight has the unfortunate privilege of being hosted on one of the least visited of all our blogs - mine. Although perhaps primed with the most scandalously wicked foundation.
Okay, Morticia...spread 'em:
RAFE: What inspires you most when you are writing?
MORTICIA: Music. It gets me in ‘the zone’. It’s sort of like a Pavlovian response that signals to my brain that it’s time to leave the physical plane and move into the ethereal.
RAFE: What brought you to write m/m? What keeps you writing in this genre?
MORTICIA: I was writing m/m/f initially when I first discovered that publishers would actually want to publish erotic romance ( a revelation in and of itself). After a while, I was reading m/m, my gay friends were giving me their opinions on what I should write and eventually I became more interested in the relationships between the two men then their third.
I keep writing it because it’s pretty much all I read any more and the original ideas I had have morphed into so many more – that it’s practically all I think about!
RAFE: Of all the characters you've written, who is your favorite and why?
MORTICIA: Roman Pasquale, the silent film star diva who takes snark to spectacular heights and who almost everyone hates. It takes a couple special people to see into his dark soul to find out there actually is someone worth loving in there. He was too much fun and had so many layers, that he ended up going from being featured in one book, to being an MC in three – the final one being where he gets his own HEA.
RAFE: Many of us have pen names that we use and there are an infinite number of ways and reasons behind them, but I doubt many of them reflect the names we wish we’d been born with. If you could micro-manage the ultimate do-over, what birth name do you want? What nickname?
MORTICIA: Galadriel. I want to be an elf in Middle Earth. It would probably suck, but I still want to find out what it would be like to be a magical being. You can call me ‘Hey you’. I’m fine with that.
RAFE: Name one unusual fact about yourself that you think your readers would be surprised to learn.
MORTICIA: I’ve told so many secrets about myself already, so I’m not sure how many more surprises there are. Let’s see…I love video games such as Halo and Diablo. Yes – I like to kill things.
RAFE: What do you do that most injures the progress of your writing, and why do you do it?
MORTICIA: I procrastinate by finding every and any excuse not to put the first words on that blank page. I usually allow myself to get sucked into social media. I think it has to do with the fear that what I’m about to write is going to suck, that I won’t have any connection to it. It takes me several thousand words before I fall in love with my characters – then I’m fine.
RAFE: If you had to trade writing for another creative pursuit, what would it be?
MORTICIA: Singing/songwriting. Of course, I traded that for writing – so I’m not sure if that would work!
RAFE: In one sentence, write the beginning of a sex scene using some kind of food. Think of it as your hook.
MORTICIA: The sauce from the spaghetti splashed onto his lover’s bare skin, right on the spot near his collarbone that he so loved to lick.
RAFE: Name one of your favorite characters of all time that someone else wrote. Can be M/M or any genre.
MORTICIA: Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. I loved the dawning realization in her, how her entire world was challenged and changed forever.
RAFE: If you could be one of your characters, who would you be and why?
MORTICIA: Juan from the Gin & Jazz series. Even though he goes through a lot of heartache, he has such a pure soul. And when he finally finds ‘the one’, he gives of himself completely. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to do that.
RAFE: How many versions of a book do you usually write before you arrive at ‘the one’, and how does your editor impact that?
MORTICIA: First of all, I have the most amazing editor on the planet, so I’m super spoiled. It’s difficult to say how many versions there are, since I rewrite sections – sometimes as many as four or five times before I turn the manuscript in. But other parts may have only been tweaked two or three times. Then it’s up to my editor to smack my hand if I’m way off base.
RAFE: If you came with a warning label, what would it be?
MORTICIA: Prone to fits of insanity.
This is book six in the Uniform Encounters series.
Love is a dangerous emotion that EMT Jared won’t risk. But it looks as though a sweet and sexy National Guardsman is about to make him wish for that—and much more.
EMT Jared Li loves his job, his friends and clubbing. There’s nothing like a night of fun getting glammed up, throwing on some heels and shaking his ass to the latest Britney tune. Life is all about having a good time with as many hot guys as possible.
Dan Harrison has been in the National Guard for about six months and out for not much longer than that. At twenty-two, he’s somewhat innocent, a little shy and not interested in meaningless hook-ups. One night at a karaoke bar changes everything for him when his fellow Guardsman Joseph introduces him to his friend Jared. Dan’s never met anyone like the luscious twink who’s filled with so much life and laughter.
A night of passion shakes them to their very cores. Jared really likes Dan, but doesn’t want to get caught up in any type of exclusive thing. Dan wishes there could be more between them, but is willing just to be friends in order to remain near the androgynous stunner.
Hanging out strictly as friends proves to be almost impossible for them both. Not only does Jared continuously lust after the muscular soldier, but he’s also falling for the caring and compassionate man. Dan’s every sex fantasy stars Jared in one of his daring club outfits, but his heart is what really matters and it’s already been lost to Jared.
A traumatic event breaks down the barriers between them and gives them the chance to be together the way they both want. But after Dan is called up by the Guard to assist at a natural disaster, the same bravery that Jared admires in Dan might be the final thing that separates them forever.
Reader Advisory: This book contains a scene of attempted rape.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, with MM and MMF pairings. Since she loves several genres, you may find your heroes in a contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi setting. One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor.
When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to her family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
Other Dirty Dozen posts on the tour include:
Date ~ Author is Hosting Author
Sept 1 ~ Max Vos Carter Quinn
Sept 4 ~ diana.copland TM Smith
Sept 7 ~ JC Wallace Max Vos
Sept 10 ~ Jeff Adams Diana Copland
Sept 12 ~ le.franks JC Wallace
Sept 15 ~ Ethanstone Jeff Adams
Sept 18 ~ writerwadekelly LE Franks
Sept 21 ~ Morticia Knight Ethan Stone
Sept 23 ~ tempeste.oriley Wade Kelly
Sept 25 ~ rafehaze Morticia Knight
Sept 28 ~ Carter Quinn Tempeste O’Riley
Sept 30 ~ TM Smith Rafe Haze