Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Red Dirt Heart 3 Blog Tour & Interview @NR_Walker #GayRomance #Giveaway

Book Name: Red Dirt Heart 3

Author Name: N.R. Walker
Author Bio: Who am I?
Good question…
I am many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.
I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don't let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.
I like it when they do dirty, dirty things… but I like it even more when they fall in love.
I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.
I've been writing ever since…

Author Contacts:
Facebook:  N.r. Walker
Facebook Fan Page: N.R. Walker Author
Twitter:  @NR_Walker

An Interview with N.R. Walker

Welcome! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a 38 year old Australian woman, married with two kids. I’ve just started writing full time, being fortunate enough to quit my evil day job and do what I love for a living.

Why did you choose to write M/M stories?

I found M/M in fanfiction first. I used to write hetero stories, but as soon as I found slash fiction (m/m) I have not read or written anything hetero since.

But I don’t actually “choose” to write it. I write about the characters in my head, who talk to me, and they just happen to be gay.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration for a story can come from anywhere – a dream, a TV show, a comment, a song, or just out of the blue.

Character inspiration is difficult. I usually have the character in my head, and then spend time scrolling internet pictures looking for him (such an arduous task lol). Though sometimes I will find a picture and it hits me that that person is my character and so I will add traits to the character to match the picture.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

I normally have the ending first. I know how the book will end, and even the final lines. Then I get the beginning, and I then just fill in the story in between. I will sometimes, but not always, have plot points or milestones the characters need to go through, but I leave it up to them to tell the story, not me.

How do you come up with the titles?

All of my titles are taken from a line in the book.

How much of the book is realistic?

I believe that realism, even in fiction, is very important. It allows the reader to connect to the character because the reactions/thoughts of that character is something they can relate to.

That being said, you can have a character do the most unbelievable of things, but simply justify the reasons or motive behind the action – usually with some emotional connection – and you make it real. That’s the beauty of fiction.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book? 

No. I like that readers can see the growth of my writing from my first book to my latest release. Well, I hope they can, because if I’ve not become a better writer after 17 books then maybe I should look at my craft. LOL

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write from the heart. Don’t write for anyone else, it won’t work. Always keep learning. And always, always, ask around before submitting to a publisher.

Can you share something about your works in progress?

I have one well under way, hoping to release in November-ish, one I’m aiming to release around Christmas time and some very patient characters waiting for their turn but they need to sort their plot out a little more before I can start writing them.

Thanks so much for having me!

Red Dirt Heart 3
Publisher: N.R. Walker
Cover Artist: Sara York


Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier. With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.

He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.

He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.

But what happens when he doesn’t?

Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.

We climbed into the ute and Travis drove, only mumbling under his breath once or twice about what side of the road he was on. I thought we were headed to find something to eat, but he pulled up at a pet store.
“What are we doing?”
“You’ll see,” was all he said as he was getting out.
I followed him into the pet shop, past the puppies, fish and birds down to the kennels and produce. When he stopped at cat beds, I shook my head. “Oh, no no no. We’re not getting a cat. We used to have one, it lived in the shed and the bloody thing was feral.”
He didn’t even look at me. “It’s not for a cat, Charlie.” He picked up a cushion-box looking thing with a hole in the front. The label called it a cat igloo. “It’s for your damn wombat.”
“Oh,” I said brightly. “Well, that’s okay then.”
He pushed Nugget’s new bed into my chest. “So he sleeps in his bed, not ours.”
A sales guy, about eighteen years old, walked up and was looking at us funny. He probably just heard what Travis said, and I didn’t care. I just shrugged, guessin’ that I’d come a long way in the last six months. “How did I know he’d think it was playtime?”
Travis sighed and turned to the sales assistant. “Do you have any feed pellets for wombats?”
He raised his eyebrows. “Wombats?”
I nodded. “Yep, you know, ‘bout this big,” I held up my hands to show him, “shape of a brick, cute little thing.”
Travis took a god-fucking-help-me breath. “About a year old, pain in the arse, stubborn as hell, boot-chewin’, gets into everything type of wombat.”

Tour Dates/Stops:
October 29: Smoocher’s Voice
October 30: BFD Book Blog, Queer Town Abbey

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