Jen: It’s the end of GLBT week and today we welcome Julia Talbot to Romancing the Book. Julia, will you share a short bio with us?
Julia: Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora’s Cave, and Dreamspinner Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Julia: My newest release is a story in Designated Bottoms, a book that came about in Savannah at Authors After Dark 2013. We released it just in time for AAD in Charlotte and my story is called Faster Bobcat. It’s a play a cat shifter who’s also a stripper, and his new toppy boyfriend, who’s a high powered executive.
Some men are bottoms by birth, others by choice. Whatever the reason, a designated bottom is someone who’s happy to surrender, to submit, or just catch instead of pitch!
In Czech Me Out, by BA Tortuga, Korde discovers what it’s like to fall for someone when food truck owner Josh takes on the cowboy virgin.
Katey Hawthorne’s gamer grad student Paul doesn’t date. He keeps things strictly physical. So why is Sammy so important to him in The Mistell?
Kitty shifter and stripper Aleks doesn’t mix business with pleasure, but he thinks Rafe might just be the master for him in Julia Talbot’s Faster Bobcat.
Sean Michael’s Peter isn’t sure about the club his friend takes him to, especially when Doms start hitting on him. Experienced Dom Rupert is happy to help, explaining about that Little Square of Cloth.
In Sgt. Hardass, by Shannon West, recent ex-Army man Jake meets up with a man he has history with, and Chad isn’t sure he can explain himself and defuse Jake’s anger.
In the Prince of Paupers by Kiernan Kelly, Prince Liam and longtime friend Deacon have to go back to Deacon’s Appalachian home, much to the prince’s dismay.
And in Switching It Up by KC Wells, Jay knows he looks like a twink, but only hunky Dean understands that looks can be seriously deceptive.
Jen: What’s the significance behind the name of your website, Sitting Pretty?
Julia: I love shifters, and I wrote a lot of lupine/Canine animals. Sitting Pretty is sitting up on your hind legs like a human, so I thought it was funny as all heck. I also feel like I’m sitting pretty good in life right now, so it fit.
Jen: What drew you to homoerotic stories?
Julia: Oh man. Anne Rice’s vampire books were the first books I read that had the kind of relationships I wanted to see and didn’t even know it. After that I never looked back, I self-identify as bi, so it was good to see people like me reflected in stories.
Jen: You got a wide variety of titles on your book list ranging from series to novels, novellas and short stories. What is your favorite to write?
Julia: I love them all, but I have to admit, I have s soft spot for short stories. I published my first of those in my teens, a slice of life piece in a lit magazine, and I love the challenge of fitting a whole tale into 5000 words.
Jen: What is on your TBR list?
Julia: Right now I’m re-reading It, by Stephen King for a book club, but in my TBR pile is the new Joey Hill, and I just discovered Ann Mayburn by sitting on a panel with her, so all of her stuff is on my Kindle.
Jen: Of your characters, which one was the most challenging to bring to life?
Julia: Hmm. I tend to be character driven, so usually the boys come first. I think maybe my upcoming novella with Dreamspinner, called Drive Your Truck, was the hardest because I had the title and concept first, and Garrison and Walt came to me in little trickles, like pulling teeth. So not normal for me. In fact, Garrison, who is a SEAL, was downright hostile.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Julia: I have that novella coming out at Dreamspinner, and two menages, one with Torquere, a Southern mystery named Georgia Knights, and a paranormal at Ellora’s Cave I can’t even tell you the title of, since I have to change it and my working title was horny god. I’m so tickled to be so busy, I promise. Writing-wise, I’m working on a book called I Don’t Dance for DSP and a femmedomme menage for EC.