Today I welcome Roe Horvat to the blog to answer a few questions for Interview³.
Roe Horvat Author Interview³
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
I’m ESL. I started writing in English first after I hit 30. It has been difficult and sometimes, hilarious.
The first book I started writing in English was a MF romance parody. The MC had a gay best friend. Before I knew it, he took over the entire story, and suddenly, I was writing a very serious gay fiction novel. I have no control whatsoever.
I wrote my best scenes on my iPad, standing in the middle of my kitchen, between preparing sandwiches, changing diapers, and dodging three other people trying to talk to me. When I feel like I have to write it down that instant, it’s necessary to pause everything else and write it.
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Crisp, emotional, capricious
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Brandon Witt, Amy Lane, Douglas Adams
4) Share your 3 favourite books
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Pride & Prejudice, Too Loud a Solitude
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
Thesaurus.com, Thesaurus.com, Thesaurus.com
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
Cafés in Gothenburg, my back patio, the rooftop pool of Hotel Don Paco in Sevilla, Spain
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
Co-write a horror or a mystery
Finish The Novel
Write the ultimate gay romance parody
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
Respect the hard work of others and keep jealousy in check
Respect your needs & quirks and be kind to yourself
Never complain to readers about bad reviews—only one reader in ten will really LOVE your book—write for them
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
I want to finish The Big Novel: Simon’s story (you might spot his name in Dirty Mind). I’ve been working on that one on and off for almost four years (head meets desk). I can’t seem to do it justice.
Another MM contemporary novella is in the pipeline, title Czech Beer.
There’s one more novella—more of plot bunny right now—I saw a guy meeting his family at the Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg a few weeks back, and he’s been…rattling around in my cranium.
10) Tell us about your latest release
Dirty Mind is available on Amazon from Sept 1st. It’s my second contemporary MM novella, after The Layover. This time, it’s less serious, and…not that safe for work? Dirty Mind is not erotica, but it’s definitely about sex—my fluffy take on intimacy and pornography.
Beaten Track Publishing
1 September 2017
Age range: 18+
Heat Factor: 4
When his young friend and protégé Christian transfers to Freiburg for medical school, Alex is overjoyed…and terrified that Christian will find out about Alex’s indecent alter ego. The time they spend together, as lovely as it is, could overturn Alex’s carefully balanced life. Suddenly, the writing is not good enough, his hair seems to be thinning, his careful hookups leave him unfulfilled, and his dreams are haunted by the innocent young man he’s vowed to protect.
However, Christian is not a boy any more. He’s a grown man of twenty-one, clever and deadly attractive. And he’s hiding some secrets of his own.
Roe was born in former Czechoslovakia and endured a miserable adolescence in the post-communist wasteland. Equipped with a dark sense of sarcasm, they left for Germany and later, Spain.
Finally, they settled in Sweden, where the weather is nasty but the freedom great. Roe works as a motion graphics artist, loves Jane Austen, Douglas Adams and everything in between, preferably by the fireplace with a strawberry daiquiri in hand. Roe writes contemporary romantic fiction—it conveniently balances out their real-life pragmatism.
When not hiding in the studio doing graphics, Roe can be found trolling cafés in Gothenburg, writing, and people-watching.