Title: He is Mine
Author: Mel Gough
Genre: M/M Romance, M/F elements, Psychological Romance
Expected Release Date: September 7, 2018Summary:
For you, it was just a fling. For me, so much more…
NYPD detective Brad Moretti’s life is in tatters. A relationship destroyed by his boyfriend’s bipolar disorder has left him feeling guilty, inadequate and emotionally scarred.
Vivienne Aubert seems to have it all – a Hollywood career, supermodel looks, and a director husband about to make it big. And yet, a one-night-stand with rising superstar Damien Thomas makes Viv wonder if she hasn’t settled for second-best. Used to getting her way, she embarks on a ruthless quest to make Damien hers.
Unaware of Viv’s fatal attraction, Damien returns to New York, where a chance encounter with Brad sparks a prompt and rapidly growing affinity between the two men – which Viv is determined to terminate.
Can Brad head off her delusional desires before she destroys his newfound happiness, or will he fail to protect yet another lover?
I started out in fanfiction, where a lot of the stories are about two make characters from the original work falling in love. I really liked that, how it transforms stories and ideas, and when I decided to start writing original stuff I stuck with that. I also like writing female characters though, and in He is Mine one of the main characters is a woman.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I love naming characters! It comes so easily (I've probably jinxed it now) and I don't have to actually work on it, they just happen. I also like editing, because I like to make things tidy. And it's such a thrill to see a finished story, in paperback especially. It's this "I made dis, yay!" feeling that never gets old!
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I read a lot of M/M romance, though not as much as I'd like. I read own voice LGBT stories too. And a lot of crime, some horror and SciFi. Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Val McDermid are some of my all-time favourites.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Hilary Mantel, though I'd have awful stage fright (or whatever the author equivalent is) because she writes such incredibly beautiful books.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
It came about five years ago for real, though I wrote a lot as a kid and a teenager. But I had to master English first for it to really hit me that it was what I wanted to do.
Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years.
If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they would undoubtedly say “Reading!” She would take fifteen books on a three-week beach holiday, and then read all her mom’s books once she’d devoured her own midway through week two.
Back home in her mom’s attic there’s a box full of journals with stories Mel wrote when she was in her early teens. None of the stories are finished, or any good. She has told herself bedtime stories as far back as she can remember.
In her day job, Mel works as PA and office manager. No other city is quite like London, and Mel loves her city. The hustle and bustle still amaze and thrill her even after all these years. When not reading, writing or going to the theater, Mel spends her time with her long-time boyfriend, discussing science or poking fun at each other.
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