Jan 11, 2012

Interview/Giveaway with author May MQueen

First off I would like to welcome author May McQueen here at Curse of the Bibliophile. I would also like to give her a big thanks for agreeing to do an interview with me.
You can read my review of her book "Voyeur Hall" here.


Voyeur Hall - A Naughty Hot Shot Synopsis:

  Jo is a pretty, laid-back undergrad. While immersing herself in her studies at one of the dirtiest haunts on campus one night, she meets Jared. She's immediately drawn to his carefree personality and suave character, and the two hit it off. Just as the conversation seems to be taking off, Jared suddenly leaves Jo, claiming he has a job to get to. Jo's interest is piqued by his suddenly secretive behaviour, and she decides to follow him. When she sees him enter Vickers Hall, one of the most rundown buildings on campus, infamous for its utter lack of appeal, she is baffled. But then more and more people follow Jared's example; curious as to why so many people are flocking to Vickers Hall, she decides to investigate. What she finds there is the last thing she ever expected to see—a secretive peep show run by the residents of the dorm. But Jo is far from perturbed. If anything, she is more intrigued. Especially when she finds out just what line of work Jared is in.
    

1. What would you consider a perfect day for you as an author?

No chores, no commitments—just me, my computer, and a boatload of inspiration.

2. What sort of research (if any) did you do for this novel?

Little to none, actually. Having graduated not too long ago, thinking like a student and creating a fantasy some students might find appealing was not difficult in the slightest. 

3. Is there any character in particular that you enjoyed writing about the most?

A particular character, no. Particular interactions—Jo and Jared. They could have had conversations till the world fell down around them, the rate they were going. I actually had a difficult time getting them to shut up.

4. Were any of your characters or events from the book based of real life people or
experiences you have had?

Now that you mention it, I can make a few connections.. Jared is probably the embodiment of the Fine Arts program despite not actually being a student. I also had some friends in a choir group that basically threw orgy parties every other weekend. I never attended, but if I had to picture what one would be like, it'd be Voyeur Hall.

5. Are there any other projects you are working on that you would like to tell us
about?

There was a short story I was working on that quickly blew up to novella status that may blow up further to novel status. Originally it was going to be a simple one-time encounter between friends, but the heroine, Audrey, demanded a bit more development through sexual exploration. After reading a few opinion polls on what readers want from their erotica, a bigger tale was born and Audrey got her plot after all. I'm hoping that her story will be my next appearance.

6. Did any of your characters give you a difficult time while writing this book?

This sounds weird, but the waitress at the Boathouse. She had so much potential! Such a tale! But she pushed the word limit, so I had to cut her. I was heartbroken. Like I'd murdered a pet. She also didn't fit into the story, but that's besides the point. She was so tragically misunderstood...

7. Cappuccino or Coffee

Oh. Um. Water, please.

8. What do you like to do in your down time?

Writing is my downtime. I feel guilty for doing other downtime things because I always complain about not having enough time to write. But to try to keep healthy I curl a couple times a week, to research my field and keep my skills sharp I read a variety of novels from an array of genres, and to rot my brain I watch lots movies and play video games.

9. Do you relate to any of your characters?

Not in this story, no. I actually try to relate to my characters at a minimum level most times in order to make sure they're not “Mary Sue” characters, or basic carbon copy prints of myself; makes for a more dynamic and interesting cast. Jo is someone I'd respect a great deal were she real, and would kinda have a girl crush on her in the sense that I'd want to be like her. Jared is the kind of guy I'd want to go drinking with every weekend.
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