Interview with Draven St. James

I am a Draven St. James fan. While I haven’t read his Firehouse 6 series, I thoroughly enjoyed Scent of a Wolf. So when given the opportunity to help spread the word about book 3 in the Firehouse 6 series, I jumped at it.  Below is an interview I conducted with Draven.

Read through to the end. I saved my last question until after Fused by Fire book blurb and cover photo.

Question: Fused by Fire is book 3 in Firehouse 6 series. Besides the obvious reasons to write about firemen; they’re smokin’ hot and save lives, why did you write a series on firemen? Do you believe writing about firemen is cliché?

Answer:   I wrote a firemen series because I know a lot of guys who work in that field and I find them to be amazing. Their strength, courage, and humor drew me in and inspired me. As for whether it is cliché…it can be, but so can a lot of other topics. I think the challenge is to create characters that bring new life to the fireman genre. In the Firehouse Six Series, I’m creating a whole new world for readers to experience, with some really amazing men. 🙂

Question:  It looks like you began your career with the Firehouse series then wrote a paranormal mm romance, Scent of a Wolf, another firehouse book then Covert delivery then your latest firehouse book, Fused by Fire. How many novels are you writing at one time?

Answer: Right now I’m writing another book in the Scent of a Wolf series. It will be Liam and Sean’s story. However, I’m also working on Taber’s book, which will be the fourth book in the Firehouse Six series. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, I’m writing another shifter book that is unrelated to the Scent of a Wolf series.

Question: You published 5 books in one year. How did you keep up that crazy schedule?

Answer: First off, I have an amazing editor and publisher. Then there are my supportive fans and patient family. My friends are always there to push me to better my work and provide me with more coffee. Without all of those fantastic people there is no way I could have put out that many books. I am lucky to have a very flexible schedule and that I type 120 words a minute.

Question: I read Scent of a Wolf. I can see the psychological aspects shining through. Have you ever thought about writing a thriller? Have you thought about writing other genre’s than erotic?

Answer: I’m hoping that as I continue to release more books that I’ll be able to branch out into other sub-genres. Although I intend to stick to the m/m. Other genres do hold appeal, but I find erotica is such a fun playground to expand in. I don’t see myself switching to another genre any time soon.

I asked Draven about making Scent of a Wolf part of a series, and that question has already been answered. I just had to pause and say, I can’t wait to read more of that series. And I guess I’d better become acquainted with the men of Firehouse 6.

Question:  Would you rather write serial novels than regular novels? What does writing serials appeal to you?

Answer: I would rather write serial novels than just regular novels. The reason serials appeal to me is that I like to be able to see the secondary characters grow. Plus, it allows the primary characters to still play a role in other books, thus the readers don’t have to say goodbye to characters they love. Each book enriches the previous ones and the layers form a world that is woven from many stories.

Question:  What do you read?

Answer: Ah, when I use to have time to read, I primarily read m/m erotic fiction.

Question:  Some personal questions, Where did you grow up? How many siblings? Where are you in the order?

Answer: I grew up in Oregon and still reside there. I have eleven siblings and I’m one of the middle children.

Question:  This question is for you female fans. Will you write a M/F romance? Why or why not? (NOTE: I included this question because many erotic authors, write through the spectrum of the genre, mm, mf, mfm, etc.)

Answer: I hope I’m not disappointing anyone by saying that I won’t write M/F romances. That erotic genre is not a place that I find inspiration to motivate me. I know others who excel with the M/F stories and believe it best to leave it up to them to passionately create those tales.

Fused by Fire

Release Date:  May 20th

 Blurb

            Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.

Simon has had the biggest crush on Lieutenant Firefighter, Michael Donovan since the first day he saw him. Which just happened to be at an interview for a job to work as a firefighter. Before his desire to lick the gruff older man from head to toe affects his work, Simon transfers over to being a paramedic. Just when he’s begun to build a life that doesn’t include hot shower fantasies of Michael, the object of his angst is thrust into his path.

All too quickly, Simon begins to barrel through Michael’s defenses and dig up the desires Michael has fought so hard to hide. As passions flare out of control, tragedies collide from every side. Michael’s struggle to keep Simon at a distance starts to crumble beneath the weight of the secrets that Simon is hiding.  Will Michael be able to protect Simon when he needs it the most or will he lose Simon forever?

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Question:  What is your favorite book you’ve written so far? Favorite character? And last but not least, your favorite scene from Fused by Fire.

Answer: My favorite book so far IS Fused by Fire and I think that is the case because I adore Simon so much. Writing his story was a lot of fun. Made more so by the enthusiastic response of Firehouse Six fans to the coming release.

Picking a favorite scene is pretty much impossible, because Simon makes a splash of fabulousness throughout, I did pick an excerpt to the beginning of an amusing scene between Simon and Michael.

 

The muffled thud of shoes came from the front deck. He wasn’t expecting a delivery, so that left one of his many unwanted visitors. A knock followed shortly after. He glared at the door and picked up the book again.

Another knock, this one much harder.

“Michael, I know you’re in there.” Simon’s words filtered into the house.

Michael stood and stared at the door. What the hell was Simon doing here? Out of everyone, he hadn’t expected him.

“Come on. Don’t think I won’t make a scene.” Simon’s voice got progressively louder.

Michael’s heart thumped.

“I did warn you,” Simon said in a singsong fashion.

What? Michael took a step closer to the door.

“I can’t believe you’re doing this to us,” Simon yelled for the whole damn neighborhood to hear. “After all I sacrificed for you, you just use me and throw me aside!”

Michael’s mouth dropped open. Oh, the Newmans were going to have joint heart attacks, and Mr. Benson was going to record this for YouTube.

“I gave you my virginity,” Simon screeched. “And you—”

Michael threw open the door and jerked Simon inside the house.

“What the hell are you thinking?” Michael snarled as he slammed the door.

“I’m thinking I not only got you to open the door but got inside your house.” Simon’s dark green eyes sparkled. “But seeing how things look”—his nose wrinkled—“that might not be a good thing. It looks like Animal House exploded in here.”

Michael glanced around the room and grimaced before settling his attention on Simon. Did the man have to look so sexy?

He mentally smacked himself upside the head. This was Simon, not a potential conquest.

Simon had also seen him at his most vulnerable. He’d cried on the guy.

“Are you single-handedly supporting the pizza industry?” Simon asked as he ventured around, peeking in the boxes and cringing. “Nothing is going to climb out, right?”

“Ha, ha, ha.” Michael’s face heated in embarrassment. Just another part of himself he’d prefer Simon not see.

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