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Friday, December 16, 2011

Author J.P. Bowie interview and 4 give-aways

My guest today became my self-appointed mentor at Gay Rom Lit. I snagged him on the boat cruise and made him talk to me for over an hour. J  J.P. Bowie is as wonderful in person as his characters are in his books. He has two new releases at the moment, Christmas Wishes that came out November 30, and He Ain’t Heavy that came out shortly after – both from MLR Press.

Welcome, JP. I promise not to fangirl over you like I did at Gay Rom Lit but I am still waiting for that Warrior Prince t-shirt you promised me. (I made that up but we’ll see if he takes the bait – gosh I love that book) J.P. also wanted me to include his pic – so here it is. -->

1.     How did you get started writing m/m romance? Did you always want to be a writer?

I wrote my first ‘novel’ at age 14 - it was a direct pinch from Edgar Rice Burroughs - except with men who loved men - so it was always there I guess. Later I tried my hand at some mystery a la Agatha Christie, again with gay characters. None of these I ever sent to a publisher, just as well really - they’d have been scandalized no doubt. My first published work was A Portrait of Phillip - not really m/m, more gay fiction with romance - the rewrite recently released by MLR Press is much more in the m/m genre, as are all my more recent novels.

2.     What were your early influences either in this genre or any other?

Armistead Maupin who wrote Tales of the City - not really an m/m writer but one who knows how to weave interesting stories with flesh and blood characters was a big influence on me. I hope I’ve been imbued with some of those same traits as a result. Characterization is hugely important in any story, and I think, especially in m/m romance. I don’t want my stories to be one sexcapade after another. That can get boring, after a while. The plot and the characters have to be interesting in any story I write - or read - or my mind strays to what I have to make my partner Phil for dinner!

3.     What is the hardest part about writing for you?

I have a tendency to write myself into a corner, then have to find a way out of the pickle I’ve created for myself. Sometimes it works, other times it’s the delete button being struck quite forcibly and a lot of curse words emanating from the den. I envy the writers who know exactly where the story is going from page one - not me - flying by the seat of my pants is more my style - did I just hear muttering of “You’re telling me!”?
4.     Does any one of your books hold a special place in your heart more so than the others?

My first book - A Portrait of Phillip - because although far from perfect, it made me realize I could actually do this!

5.     Tell us a little about your Christmas story and your new release. Are either part of a series or are they stand-alones?

Christmas Wishes is set in England in 1922 and tells of two Oxford professors in love having to deal with spending their first Christmas together - apart - if you catch my drift. Both have family commitments, but somehow Fate intervenes, as it so often will, to remedy the situation. 

He Ain’t Heavy couldn’t be more different, although again it’s about love and the twists of Fate. Two brothers, best friends and business partners find that secrets their parents had been keeping from them all their lives come to light in a brutal fashion. Murder exposes a brother they never knew existed, a man without a conscience who is out to destroy them, but not before he reveals to them something that will not only change their lives forever, but also make them come to terms with the feelings for one another they have suppressed for years.

6.     Do you have any writing quirks? (ie computer has to be facing a certain way, cup of coffee on the left, certain music playing, etc)

Not really, but I do like peace and quiet. Some light classical music or instrumental jazz is okay - no lyrics because I start listening to the words.
7.     Do you have any writing or reading squicks? Things you don’t like to read and can’t see yourself ever writing?

BDSM is something I couldn’t write about - I have no objection to it other than it’s not for me personally, and one or two of the BDSM books I’ve read have made me  giggle - not very manly I know, but there it is.

8.     I heard a rumor that some readers were sure you were a woman because of your writing style. What exactly did they say your style was and do you think it matters if the writer of a m/m romance if male or female?

One reviewer referred to me as Ms. Bowie. It was a good review so I thanked her and pointed out the JP stood for James Peter. My friend Carol Lynne before we became better acquainted thought I was female because my writing was ‘so romantic’.  Well, I am a romantic, can’t help it, sorry. It’s all about love, after all. No, it doesn’t matter if the writer is male or female as long as the story is good and the lovin’ is hot!

9.     What’s next on your plate? What are you working on?

I’ve just submitted Book 7 of My Vampire and I for approval and I’ve started a new Nick Fallon Investigation - no title yet - oh, and MLR is assessing A Self Portrait, a rewrite of the 4th in the Portrait series.

1.     Finally – a few quick choices:

a.     Coffee or tea…………….both
b.     Dog or cat…………………again, both
c.      Beach or mountains…..beach
d.     Pecs or abs…………….both!!
e.     Smile or eyes……….smiling eyes
f.      Cowboys or rockstars…..no contest - cowboys!
g.     Who would win in a fight – vampires or werewolves? And why…
Vampires - their bite would seduce the werewolf and he’d be putty in the vampire’s hands - just made that up by the way, but hey, I might use it next time!

J.P. has generously offered 4 separate prizes to commenters. One copy each of Christmas Wishes, He Ain’t Heavy, plus 2 of his backlist titles, A Special Christmas and A Present Christmas. Random.org will be busy drawing 4 numbers this time – prizes awarded in the order listed (or something like that :P). 



Be sure to check out J.P.’s website for information on how to buy all his fabulous books, J.P. Bowie


  1. Hey, J.P. Great interview! I'm a Tales of the City fan too - I really liked that Maupin came out with Michael Tolliver Lives and gave us another look at Michael that was pretty much a m/m romance. All his characters are great but I have a soft spot for Mouse.

    I read A Portrait of Phillip recently, enjoyed it a lot, and your new book sounds really interesting.

  2. Great interview and giveaway. Thanks.


  3. Great post! JP is new to me but I'll definitely be checking out his books :-)

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  4. What a great interview! K-lee, you always make my bookshelf grow!

    Congrats JP! I can't wait to read more of your work;)

  5. I would so love to be entered in this contest! Thanks for such great books!


  6. Thanks everyone and K-Lee for inviting me to interview - Happy Holidays to all! Cheers, JP

  7. Love reading about our sexy voiced JP!! Whoot yooo. Please put my name in the hat so to speak.


  8. Really enjoyed the interview, I love Tales of the City too,


  9. Nice interview, J.P. ^.^ I agree with "too much sex". I know! There should be no such thing, but when I started writing m/m it was like I just had to get it out of my system and wrote one sex scene after another, but now I'm more about the love and intimacy (without being too fluffy). I refuse to say my early writing didn't have well thought-out characterization though - but that's just because I wrote in other genres before I got sucked into m/m, so it was kind of automatic along with the story building and plots.

    K-Lee, your interviews are the best - so funny, lol.

  10. Another author I didn't know. Thank you K-lee for introducing him to us!
    JP, your new book sounds very interesting and I for sure will be checking out your other works. Thank you for your interview.

  11. And my email address!

    eripike at gmail dot com

  12. Great interview! I have a few of J.P.'s books in my TBR pile. Looks like they'll be moved up to the tip top! Thanks.


  13. I love J.P.'S books. Hope I win!

  14. You guys are as awesome as usual. JP and William were so nice to me at GRL, letting me hang with them, listen to a little gossip, and even introduced me to Rick Reed. I was so fangirly embarrassed. JP is also responsible for getting me hooked on gladiators. If you like that sort of thing you have to read Lucius & Callistus then Warrior Prince. Fabulous love story.

    Just a reminder to leave your email address so we can track you down if you win - unless you're already in my crew of lunatics and I know where you live. ;)

  15. Hi JP,

    It was great to learn more about you and your books. Smiling eyes and cowboys sou ds like a great combo to me.


  16. Great interview JP



  17. Fun interview! Thanks for the
    chance to win a book.

    aelnova@aol.com :)

  18. Loved the interview!

    Count me in for the giveaways! :D

  19. Great interview. Can' wait for the next Nick Fallon book. And He Ain't Heavy sounds awesome. Gonna go buy now!!

    Thanks for the contest J.P. and K~Lee.


    danibatth AT aim DOT com

  20. Hello J.P
    love your vampires, great interveiw
    Merry Christmas :)


  21. Waking up after a neighbor party last night! So lucky to have good neighbors - and lucky too to have lovely readers! Thanks for your comments and good luck in the drawing! Cheers, JP

  22. Loved the interview!
    oh~ I'd love to be entered in the contest too. >w<
    Thank you!


  23. Thanks for offering up so many books! :)


  24. I loved the interview! Thanks J.P. for offering up so many. I would be ecstatic to win one of them!
    Happy Holidays


  25. I have read your cowboy books and really enjoyed them. I have several of your other books in my TBR pile and wouldn't mind adding to that. Thanks for the interview and the giveaways.


  26. Thanks for all the comments guys. Contest is now closed and I will go draw the four lucky winners. :)