Interview & Contest: Lee Brazil

Jen: Today we welcome Lee Brazil to Romancing the Book. Lee, will you share a short bio with us?
Lee: Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it’s nevertheless one hundred percent true.

Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.

Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don’t belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don’t fit?

Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see… There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are…beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.

I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It’s why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it’s why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.

If I’d had my way, I’d have been a fencer…or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I’ve come to realize that’s the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.

If I hadn’t learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college…teaching…or writing.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Lee: The Ice King is a very short m/m romance. It’s an office romance, a boss/secretary sort of thing. It began as a prompt, three objects, and grew from there.

CPA Rafe Montaigne’s day is heading downhill fast and he hasn’t even had a decent cup of coffee yet. What could make it worse? A secretary in a snit.

CPA Rafe Montaigne’s day is heading downhill fast and he hasn’t even had a decent cup of coffee yet. What could make it worse? A secretary in a snit.

Elian is efficient, attractive and cold as ice toward his boss, and he has been since Rafe’s ex stopped by the office.

Rafe is a sophisticated player, a businessman who knows how to have fun and he’s not particular about whether his playmates are male or female.

It seems Elian isn’t quite so indiscriminate… What’s a boss to do when his secretary won’t play nice?

 

Here’s a short excerpt:

The clack of computer keys signaled Elian’s return to his desk, and Raphael grimaced as he realized he’d have to pass by that judgmental stare, those assessing eyes, to get to his own desk and the coffee. Should have taken the opportunity while the man talked to his plants to dash to his inner sanctum. He’d planned to be early, but one fiasco followed another, and of course, super secretary beat his ass to the office again. He ran a hand through his curly black hair, trying to make sure it was semi neat. Glanced down to check his clothes before he caught himself. Fuck. He was drenched to the skin. There was no way he looked like anything but a drowned rat. Who was the boss anyway?

He pushed open the heavy wood door that boasted Montaigne and Associates – though really, it was just him and Elian – and breezed through to the inner sanctum. The room was blessedly cool after the humid heat of the outdoors, and Elian had turned on the peaceful music he favored. Rafe made to step past Elian, whose gaze was focused on his computer screen.

Immediately the typing stopped, and the long elegant fingers fell into his lap. Rafe found his gaze locked on those hands, such soft, strong hands. Every nail was buffed to the perfect shine, trimmed to the perfect length, shaped by God into a perfect oval of healthy pink. He swallowed. He could nearly feel those nails digging into his muscles, scraping down his back, leaving fiery trails of sensation to burn their way to his groin.

“Your messages.” Elian’s icy voice jolted him from his fantasy not a moment too soon. Much longer and he would have been embarrassingly aroused, despite the fiasco of his morning.

More bad luck? In the beginning, Elian had addressed him in a much warmer tone. Once, he’d even had a good morning and a how was your evening for his boss. Since that day, though, it had been nothing but the cold shoulder.

 

Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Lee: Oh both. I have occasionally plotted something out chapter by chapter. Havan Fellows and I had a pretty decent outline going for the holiday story we wrote last year. But sometimes, I just wing it. The Ice King was a wing it. It started with a prompt.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Lee: Not really. I usually sit in my kitchen where my office is and try to work there, and if that doesn’t work I take my laptop and migrate around the house. If I still can’t manage to be productive, I pack it all up in the car and drive somewhere that I can see the sun.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Lee: I have a really awful memory so this is a big one for me. I usually get great ideas when I cannot write them down… like while driving into town for groceries. What I usually end up doing is repeating it over and over inside my head… like a mantra. Sometimes the words slip out loud, and I’ve garnered some really strange looks in the produce section.

Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Lee: Awesome. I’d go back to Regency England. The three things I’d take with me are a really comfortable pair of faded Levis, a kindle chock full of books, and music. Can’t leave my Tom Petty collection behind.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Lee: In the erotic romance genre my favourite authors are Jet Mykles, Ally Blue, and Amy Lane. But right now, I’m reading Laura Harner and Tom Webb’s Altered States series.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Lee: In my free time I read, watch Top Chef, and garden. This year I have an indoor green house, and I’m plotting out what to plant next month.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Lee: I’m currently focused on Pulp Friction 2015 with my writing partners, Laura Harner, Havan Fellows, and Will Parkinson. PF is an intricate series of interlinked series of m/m romances.

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2 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Lee Brazil

  1. laurie g says:

    i have always liked jl langleys works. she was the first author i read in the m/m genre and her writing style is what i like

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