Today, for Author Interview³, I welcome Alina Popescu to the blog to share her work.
Alina Popescu Author Interview³1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
1. My first novel ever featured ninjas who travelled through trees and the love interest was a boy I had a crush one. I was ten, so it figures…
2. My first critique group included a bunch of high school class mates. Most loved whatever I scribbled except my desk mate. She thought the dialogue sounded too much like talking to me 😃
3. During some classes, think home ec, I pretended to take notes when I was actually writing. I was fourteen so not to0 good at this. I got caught by the teacher, because I got engrossed in the story and forgot to stop writing from time to time, to follow her dictation patterns...
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
From my point of view, how I feel it when I write – it’s visual, immersive, and coffee-dependent.
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Umm, okay, this is hard. Seriously hard. Mihai Eminescu (Romanian poet), although more of an influence on perspective on certain things, not necessarily on my writing. Anne Rice (back in the day, not her current stuff). Frank Herbert (Dune is one of my all-time favorite series)
4) Share you 3 favourite books
Childhood loves – Winnetou (Karl May), The Three Musketeers (Dumas), I, Robot (Asimov)
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
My laptop, coffee, Internet (for research and procrastination)
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
At my desk, in the kitchen while having coffee in the morning, any coffee shop.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
A mystery, a horror, and a dark fantasy 😃 I would love to write those. I might get the dark fantasy one, but I don’t trust myself with mysteries, and I can barely read or watch horrors… So yeah, good luck with that, Alina!
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
Build a platform before you publish, get accustomed with the idea of promoting your work, don’t rush to compare yourself with big stars in terms of results.
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
Keeping up with my WIP drafting schedule—it’s brutal but doable, releasing a new story every month, getting two submissions accepted.
10) Tell us about your latest release
Touches is a collection of four short stories, all of them contemporary gay romance, all following the adventures of two friends—Tudor and Radu—as they try to find that one perfect match to make their love life complete. The stories have been written over a couple of years, and I don’t think I am done with these characters just yet 😃 They might make an appearance for Christmas or something…
Touches is a collection of four contemporary gay romance short stories following the same cast of characters. They can be read in any order, but to better immerse yourself in the characters’ lives, reading them in order is advised
Sometimes a single touch is enough to change everything. Physical or emotional, a touch can tilt the world on its axis and shift your entire life. It can lead to hell, or it can lead to paradise, but things will never be the same…
A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR
Tudor has big plans for New York City.
Ditch his homophobic colleague. See a musical. Definitely check out the go-go boys.
Meeting one Phantom on Grindr wasn’t in the script.
Tudor gets caught up in a whirlwind when his favorite musical character steps off the stage and into his life.
A TOUCH OF PARADISE
Hauled to work in Hawaii, Tudor has little time to enjoy the island paradise.
His obnoxious friend Radu has it much easier, using his free time to set Tudor up, dangling a willing Hawaiian beauty in front of him.
Having been burned by long-distance relationships before, Tudor stubbornly resists Kahoni’s advances.
But can Tudor be worn down enough to enjoy a touch of paradise?
A TOUCH OF KINK
A moody and angry Tudor follows his friend, Radu, to the airport to pick up a client.
Despite Radu’s efforts, he’s still sulking over his boyfriend, Kahoni, not being able to fly over for his birthday.
But the airport only opens up the door to a stream of steamy surprises for Tudor. Will his mood improve?
A TOUCH OF GAY
Radu has always joked with Tudor about his friend’s gay rubbing off on him. Neither of them has taken that joke seriously until Radu’s meltdown and crazy confession: Radu thinks he might be gay.
Despite Radu’s insistence that Tudor’s gayness has helped him figure out his own, there’s more to that story of discovery. Charismatic, sexy, and all around amazing Marius, the man Radu has been crushing on for months, pushed the loud-mouth, offensive Radu into exploring who he truly is.
Figuring out he wasn’t all that straight is the easy part. Getting enough courage to talk to Marius, that’s a whole different challenge, as Radu seems to turn into a stuttering idiot around Marius. Will Radu learn to be confident enough to pursue Marius? Or will Marius act faster and challenge the confused Radu too soon?
About the Author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.