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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney authors of Where the Grass is Greener! Hi Debbie & Raine, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book. Hello! We’re Debbie McGowan and Raine O’Tierney, two halves of a fantastic writing whole. We started collaborating early in 2015 and we’ve been writing recklessly together ever since! Our new book is Where the Grass is Greener (book 2 of The Seeds of Tyrone)--in addition, we’re working on book three, have almost completed a new humorous intrigue book, and are about halfway into something dark and mysterious. Any time our queue gets low, we just add things to the pile! What’s the best line you ever wrote? DM: I don’t know about the ‘best’ line I ever wrote, but I can do my favourite line, or lines. They’re from Beginnings, which is the prequel to Hiding Behind The Couch, when the characters were still in primary school. These lines are the beginning of a very long journey to a happy ending: I like being your friend, George.” “I like being your friend too. You’re kind of my best friend.” George started rubbing at his knees, embarrassed. Josh was overwhelmed. RO: Uh…Maybe the bickering Lang twins—Tyler and Rell—in Bowl Full of Cherries. “I swear to God, if you do not put Mom on the line I'm going to choke you in your sleep.” “With your bare hands or your pretentious infinity scarf?” Rell joked. Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what kind? DM: I don’t, because I can’t. Sometimes I listen to music to get a sense of the mood of what I’m going to write, and there are occasions when I try to capture a song within a story, like the chapter in Where the Grass is Greener entitled ‘The Loneliest Hour’ is inspired by ‘Four a.m.’ by Cherry Ghost. RO: I listen to music when I work but not while I’m writing… But like Debbie, I’ve used music to capture a specific mood. I listened to lots of my favorite 1990s country music during my writing down time. If your book were made into a movie, what actors would you like to see star? DM: Oh dear me. I have NO idea! I don’t really watch movies or TV, so I don’t know any actors. RO: Backs slowly away from the question… If you were asking this for our NEXT Seeds of Tyrone book, I could at least answer about one character. But this one? I have no idea! What genres do you write in? DM: All of my writing is diverse, contemporary fiction (even When Skies Have Fallen is ‘contemporary’ in that it is post-1940). Most of my stories involve LGBTQ characters, and some of my stories are primarily gay romance (or MM romance, in fact). The stories Raine and I have written together have so far been gay romance, but who knows what we’ll turn our pens to in future? That’s one of the best things about writing with Raine—we both have that same thought that what we write is ‘whatever genre’ with characters who happen to be gay/bi. RO: You’ve also written a cozy mystery! Also, I’m going to play the library card and say When Skies Have Fallen is actually Historical Fic as the definition we use at the library is historical as compared to the author’s lifetime. Oh…and me? I write all the genres. Like literally, all the genres. With gay love stories thrown in. Where and when do you prefer to write? DM: First thing in the morning, when it’s quiet and my mind is buzzing with ideas. I prefer writing at my ‘desk’ (the kitchen table), but I have written in hotel rooms a couple of times, and that felt like…being a real writer! ;) RO: I’m also better in the morning, but sometimes I’ll knock out a quick chapter right before bed if I think it might make Debs smile to find it ready for the next day. I write wherever. I’ve got a Chromebook and it just floats where I float. Right now I’m on my couch.

Meet the authors: DEBBIE McGOWAN is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven, realist fiction, celebrating life, love and relationships. A working class girl, she ‘ran away’ to London at seventeen, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At twenty-five, she went back to college to study social science— tough with two toddlers, but they had a ‘stay at home’ dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can. RAINE O'TIERNEY wants to change the world…one sweet story at a time. Known as "The Queen of the Sweetness" (well, a few people have said it anyway!) Raine loves writing sweet, character-driven stories about first loves, first times, fidelity, forever-endings and...friskiness? In addition to her solo works, she’s one half of a collaborative team with author Debbie McGowan. When she’s not writing, Raine is either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. She believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers. Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or discussing which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds! Where to find the authors: Debbie's Social Media Links Twitter: Facebook: and YouTube: Tumblr: LinkedIn: Google+: Goodreads: Website: Raine's Social Media Links Homepage: LGBT Author Interviews: Facebook: Twitter: Goodreads: Goodreads Link:


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