Welcome Dale Cameron today to the Reading Nook blog. Please don't forget to enter the giveaway, readers, for a chance to win a great prize basket of wonderful books from the author.
Now lets talk with the author about their new book, Myths, Moons and Mayhem.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My earliest years were in Spain just after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, as the nation transitioned to democracy. After that, my family moved to the Netherlands, where my neighbors explained to me that the monthly air-raid sirens that went off throughout the city were practice in case the Nazis decided to invade again. Or maybe the Russians. But more likely the Nazis. (At the time, World War II was not “history,” since most adults could remember it.)
To this day my recurring nightmares don’t involve demons, ghouls, or serial killers, but rather Nazis and fascists.
Outside of air-raid sirens and Dutch dourness (which I say with the utmost affection), I had a pretty happy childhood in Europe. I went to international schools; by the time I was eight I’d shared classes with kids from at least a dozen nations. It was in the Netherlands that I started to write as a hobby, not just for class assignments. Sometimes it was my favorite hobby; other times it fell behind stamp collecting and pretending I was every single member of the Swedish supergroup ABBA.
As the years progressed, I continued writing and, eventually, editing. I was on the staff of my high school’s literary journal, an editor at the college paper, a newspaper and magazine intern, a freelance book reviewer, a reporter for a daily newspaper, and an editor for several non-profits. I sent poems and short stories to literary magazines, and sometimes they got accepted. I felt hemmed in by literary fiction, so I started writing fanfiction and genre fiction.
That’s what’s brought me to where I am today, a queer purveyor of gay romance and erotica, with a dash of speculative fiction on the side.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m mostly working on getting the word out about Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, the anthology I edited that just came out from Sexy Little Pages, right in time for Halloween. It’s a sexy collection of nine paranormal stories featuring gay ménage a trois.
It was conceived over a Facebook chat I had with Sexy Little Pages publisher Anna Sky last winter. She thought it would be fun to release a Halloween anthology of gay ménage erotica with that title, and ever the sucker for a good pun (the book’s initials and the abbreviation for gay ménage are both MMM), I naturally agreed.
But you probably meant what stories am I working on! I’m working on an MM romance novella based in Madagascar, the same setting I used for my story “The Cave” in Myths, Moons, and Mayhem. The novella is a contemporary romance without any paranormal touches.
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?
A spotted hyena shifter, maybe? Forget about The Lion King and spotted hyenas being ugly and evil. Sure, they’re a little odd-looking if you expect to them to look like dogs or cats, but accept them on their own terms and you can start to see how well-suited they are to their environment.
I’ve had the opportunity to travel in areas where spotted hyenas live, and I think they’re just fascinating. They’re incredibly smart and very curious about the world around them. Seriously. Just find a place where you can watch spotted hyena cubs at play, and after an hour or two, you’ll swear they are the most charming, intelligent young creatures you’ve ever met. I might be including humans in that equation…
Spotted hyenas have a complex social system, and while it’s got its downsides, I like the fact that adults care for each other’s young and that groups are fairly cohesive. They’re brave—they’ll walk right up to a lion and snatch a meal out of its jaws if their group is hungry, which I guess is why The Lion King hates them—but more often they recycle, chewing up bits of carcass that other animals leave behind. They can digest bones! That’s pretty hardcore.
What genres do you write in?
I write in most of the subgenres of romance and erotica, and sometimes outside either of those genres. Writing is my time to have fun and explore new things, so I’m always curious about experimenting with new ways to tell stories. So far I’ve written contemporary romance, erotica, erotic romance, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, magical realism, young adult, and literary fiction. I’ve never written a mystery or a Western, so maybe I should try one of those.
If zombies attacked what kind of supplies would you want?
A light sword, a double-headed axe, an endless supply of clean water, non-perishable foods, a first-aid kit that included basic antibiotics and a few epinephrine injectors (assuming the zombies have made visiting hospitals and pharmacies out of the question), lots of toilet paper, a blanket, a bar of soap, and a chainsaw.
Do you keep a notebook near for when new ideas pop into your head?
Yep. I have one that I keep by my bed. The trick is making sure the pen stays with it.
What do readers have to look forward to in the future from you?
Besides the Madagascar romance, I have a gay Mormon novella and outlines for two other gay Mormon books sitting in my drafts folder. One of them takes place at a fictional version of Gallaudet University, the world’s first university for the deaf and hard of hearing, which I lived near after moving to the US.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to write random short stories as the muse strikes.
When and where do you like to write? Are there any favourite places you like to go?
I usually write in my home office, because that's where I have my whole ergonomic set-up: Kinesis keyboard, Dragon Dictate, sitting-standing desk, and three different mouses (one foot operated) to prevent either hand from tiring out.
I got my first repetitive stress injury in college, so I have to be careful about this stuff. Though I do write by hand or on a laptop at the kitchen table sometimes. I just can't do it for extended periods, or soon I’ll be in so much pain I have to use a pencil in my fist to operate the keyboard. (The last time I worked myself into that state was a few years ago, and I'm trying to make sure it doesn't happen again.)
If I’m traveling, I’ll write anywhere: the bus, an airplane, the backseat of a car, a coffeeshop, those really gross charging stations at airports, a stoop, my host’s kitchen table. I travel with an ergonomic keyboard and extra mouse if I’m going to be away for an long time, unless I’m traveling somewhere with relatively little access to electricity, in which case I bring a blank notebook and lots of writing utensils.
How do you like to relax after a day writing?
I like to go for a walk or run, by myself or with my partner. I usually bring my camera along in case I see any cool birds or plants, though if I'm running I of course can't bring my camera with the telescoping lens, just a pocket camera. (The magnification on a cell phone isn't very good for shooting pictures of birds.)
I take my cat out for walks, but often this is more boring than relaxing, because her idea of walking is to wander a few feet, settle down on the ground, and then stare at some invisible prey for the next eight minutes before she's willing to move again. So I usually bring a book or do stretches or bring my camera and hope I, also, find something interesting to stare at.
Nature documentaries or a good TV series like Orange Is the New Black are among my favorite indoor winding-down activities. Not that this last season of Orange Is the New Black was relaxation-inducing ...
I like to quilt and bake, as well. These tend to be more wintertime activities. My mom sent me the Great British Bake-Off cookbook for my birthday, so I have that to look forward to this winter.
How much of your own personality bleeds into your characters?
Few of my characters are autobiographical in outward terms, but bits of my personality definitely find my way into them. They have tendencies toward navel-gazing; social awkwardness and uncertainty about how to respond to certain social cues, whether it's while flirting or at work or making small talk with the neighbors; a sense of belonging to more than one culture, and also a sense of belonging to none; and a love of cats.
Though not all of my characters share these traits. One of the fun things about writing fiction is immersing yourself in someone else's worldview. I've had a lot of fun writing extroverted characters and people who focus more on what their five senses tell them than on the chatter between their ears.
And I love to write characters with hobbies or professions I have little firsthand experience with—flying model airplanes, being a professional wrestler, digging up fossils—because then I get to do research. And I love doing research. I used to be a reporter, and the itch to ask a million questions about things I'm no expert on—it's never gone away.
Title: Myths, Moons & Mayhem
Editor: Dale Cameron Lowry
Authors: Rebecca Buchanan, Elizabeth Coldwell, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Morgan Elektra, Greg Kosebjorn, Clare London, Dale Cameron Lowry, Carl Redlum, Rob Rosen
Publisher: Sexy Little Pages
Genres: anthology, paranormal, menage, LGBT, MMM romance, MMM erotica
Universal ebook Link: https://books2read.com/mythsmoons
Amazon universal link (paperback): http://getBook.at/mmm
More information: https://dalecameronlowry.com/books/myths-moons-mayhem/
Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.
Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.
A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.
Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons & Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.
To celebrate the release of the paranormal gay ménage anthology Myths, Moons & Mayhem, editor Dale Cameron Lowry and Sexy Little Pages are giving away trick-or-treat baskets filled with delectable paranormal, scif-fi, and ménage ebooks (epub or mobi) for your reading pleasure.
About “The Cave”: Losing sleep to the sounds of his tent-neighbors’ nightly lovemaking has nature photographer Ethan at his wit’s end. What kind of magic can convince the two men he should join them?
An ecstatic moan rises over the crackle of the cooking fire, followed by a sudden shhh!
“As soon as I get home from Madagascar, I’m going to tie my husband to the bed and fuck the living daylights out of him.” Heather glances over at the tent our cohorts, Joseph and Mendrika, disappeared into minutes ago, and from where the sounds emanated.
I’ve been half-hard all evening from watching the two men at dinner, and now hearing them—if Heather wasn’t here, I’d have my dick in my hand already. Instead, I focus that energy into the fire, poking at the coals with a long stick. “Since I don’t have a husband, I guess my hot fantasy about getting back to the US involves taking a long shower and sleeping in an actual bed.”
“Well, that too. Maybe I’ll sleep first, then fuck him. They both sound pretty tempting.” She laughs, but it turns into a yawn. She covers her mouth. “Sorry. Long day.”
“That’s the understatement of the century.” I rub my shoulder, which still twinges from the afternoon’s emergency rescue.
“You look a little tired too, Ethan.”
“A little, I guess. Happens sometimes after I use magic. You want to compare notes tomorrow instead?” Heather and I are on assignment, covering a paleontological expedition for one of our regular nature magazines. We usually stay up after everyone else to go over our notes from the day and write up a blog post if we have good material. It’s why we’re out here now while the rest of the team sleeps—or fucks.
“Are you sure? I know how much you hate to get behind.”
“Positive. Get some sleep.” I pat Heather’s elbow.
“Sorry, did you hit it during the fall?”
“I hit everything.”
“Go to bed. I’ll get the fire, and—”
Another sound emanates from Mendrika and Joseph’s tent, this one deeper and even less controlled than the previous one. Then a gasp and a stutter, like whichever one of them made the noise is trying to regain control of himself.
My cock shifts in my field pants. The fire pops, its flames too large for the ember fuelling it.
Heather does a double take. “Did you do that?” She knows me too well.
An impish grin spreads across her face. She pokes my elbow, then points to the blaze. “Those horny bastards are getting to you, aren’t they?”
“If you already know the answer, why are you asking me?”
“Oh, c’mon. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, Ethan. Everybody’s magic gets stronger when they’re turned on.”
“I don’t see you levitating.”
“Only because I’m so exhausted from today.” She yawns again and stretches her arms above her head. “I don’t understand how Mendrika has the energy for sex after doing acrobatics in that pit with me all afternoon.”
“Maybe he’s leaving all the acrobatics to Joseph.” The fire sputters again as I let myself imagine Joseph in a particularly gorgeous contortion, his legs wrapped around Mendrika’s shoulders, his back arched, his thick neck stretched long and taut with pleasure.
“You’ve clearly given this some thought.”
I don’t answer. No, I haven’t, isn’t an option. Heather can spot a lie from a mile away. And Yes would lead to too many questions. A man gets to keep some things to himself, and my fantasies about Joseph and Mendrika have grown into a prized possession over our two weeks in Madagascar—especially since our first, clothing-optional trip to the local watering hole.
About the Editor
Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies. Find out more at dalecameronlowry.com.
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