What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I write under pen name A.L. Simpson and the genre is Steamy Contemporary, M/M, Shapeshifter, Cult and Crime
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest book is Broken Bitch – Book #2 in the Broken Series. Like most authors, the ideas come to me from seemingly nowhere and the characters talk to me. I love lots of drama and real life believable storylines.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I started writing Historical Western Romance under my real name – Susan Horsnell, as it was something I grew up reading and watching movies of but, I found the time period was too restricting. I wanted to explore other genres which would enable me to tell the stories as they unfolded so A.L. Simpson was born. The reason for the pen name is because books under my real name are sweeter and with little or no sex. My readers are aware of my alternate persona and while some read both types of books, most do not.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Being older and a nurse for 35 years, I have a great deal of real life experience which I add twists and turns to. I have very dear m/m friends and I set a book on their incredibly unusual meeting in Greece which beggars belief. We had fun with that one – Destined to Shatter – and made them criminals and gun runners so only there meeting and the ultimatums are true.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The first in the Broken Series is M/M and called Broken Bastard. It’s about a young man who loses everything after being set up by his father and brother. He ends up charged and found guilty for a crime he didn’t commit. My sister was a Prison Guard for many years and she helped me to recreate some of the things which actually happen in a prison, particularly to new inmates. Although some of her stories were much worse than what happens to my character. The behavior is not condoned by the guards but it’s a case of not being able to be in ten places at once.
The second book is my new release and is called Broken Bitch. This is a story of a girl dumped in the foster system, used by people and tossed around until she too hits rock bottom. She ends up in prison for stealing. This one has an MC theme. It is also my favorite book to date because I was able to explore so many emotions – the highs and the lows. The hope and the hopelessness.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Broken Bitch is my favorite book to date because I was able to explore so many emotions – the highs and the lows. The hope and the hopelessness.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
For the Broken Series, from talking with my sister and just general life. Because my hubby was a Naval Officer, we moved around a lot and I worked as a Nurse in all kinds of fields – eg: With the newly blinded, training them in everyday tasks as well as their family. With Street kids – helping to get them into medical programs for drug and alcohol abuse and I spent a lot of time as an Emergency Nurse.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I am busy writing a couple of other books first but the third in this series will be Broken Bum, hopefully later this year.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m retired now and we travel a great deal around the country with our caravan, the dog and our Cockatiel. I usually write when we are set up in a van park and normally of an evening when we are done with exploring our surroundings.
At home, we live in the mountains in a small rural village miles from everywhere so, I have a good amount of time after housework, shopping etc to sit and write. I self-publish now because I don’t like a word count – I like to tell my characters story as necessary and I don’t like deadlines. I love to write and the last thing I want is stress which causes me to pull away.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am 10,000 words into a new M/M book. There is a Cowboy and a Police Officer with lots of secrets in their lives. There is also a female foreman on the outback ranch with her share of secrets. The title is:
Why are the people I care about keeping
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I think I already have hahaha
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The 6,000 word mark, I get stuck on every single book!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have a couple and admire those who make them.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Being invited to participate in the record breaking series – American Mail Order Brides. I have Book 40 – Cora, Mail Order Bride of South Dakota. There are 50 books – one for each state joined by a Prequel. 45 Authors were involved and it was an honor to be asked to join them in this project. It has, and continues to be, an extremely successful series and the first book I have had in Amazon’s top 20.What’s the best thing about being an author?
Knowing readers enjoy the stories I write for them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Enjoying life as I am now but our dog will be gone and we will be travelling overseas again.
Have you always liked to write?
As far back as I remember.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Get your story down on paper regardless of what anyone else says. Get yourself a good Editor and go for it. Network, make friends and most importantly remember – your readers are your most treasured resource. They will tell you if your work is good, bad, original or mediocre. Use their advice to better yourself. They are your audience and will give you an unbiased opinion. No matter how many words we write, there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Also, don’t devalue your work. I was told by an International Author who is huge – “when you discount or give your work away free, you give readers the message it is worthless.”
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews and take note of criticisms on grammar etc. I will then go back over it myself and if necessary, make the changes. I never respond and I never take bad reviews to heart because in general, reviews are an opinion and your readers are entitled to it. I know, books I love, others hate and vice versa.
What are you working on now? Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I gathered the reins on Grifter, my majestic black gelding and scanned the horizon one last time before turning toward home. I hoped I’d done enough to prevent the feral cats and foxes from taking down any more of the cattle. Electrifying the boundary fence had been costly and time consuming but, I couldn’t keep Dufus in the barn for the rest of his days and couldn’t risk losing my prized bull. The randy bull produced high quality calves which sold for a small fortune and it was what kept us making good money rather than just scraping by.
I galloped my mount across the open paddocks and felt the strength between my thighs as his muscles rippled and flexed. The horse’s strides were lengthy, he loved to gallop flat out and he ate up the ground in no time. When I slowed to approach the barn, I noticed my foreman, Wendy, talking with someone. Someone who caused my groin to tighten and heart to beat faster. Even with his back to me, I knew who the curly blonde locks belonged to.
His shoulders were much broader than the last time I’d seen him, his hair longer and it lifted in the slight breeze. The jeans he wore were molded over one helluva sexy ass.
Wendy waved when she saw me approach and the man spun around to face me. My heart missed a few beats when he smiled, pressure mounted behind the zipper of the jeans as my cock thickened with interest.
“Luke Kelly.” I barely whispered the words. It had been fifteen years since I’d last seen the man who’d haunted my dreams for more than half of my life. He’d gone off to university in the big smoke to study law and his family had moved away shortly after. I’d assumed Luke would be working in his father’s legal practice in Brisbane. So, what was he doing here? It wasn’t as if we’d ever been friends.
Wendy took the reins I held out and I dismounted. Luke took two long strides toward me, his hand outstretched. I knew it was a mistake the moment our fingers touched. A shudder cannoned through me and I fought to keep my composure as we shook.
“Kyle Walker, been a long time.”
“Luke Kelly. It has been a long time. I guess you’re working with your father, how’s the legal business going? What brings you back here to Clearlea?” More specifically, my ranch.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind
I adore Maeve Binchy, Di Morrisey and Judy Nunn
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Hamish from Born to Sin. He was one very confused, guy who was dragged up in the ‘hood (most of my books are set in the US but based on stories and experiences here in Australia.) For weeks, readers argued over Hamish being theirs. It was the first character, and the last, which generated such a response. He became so real to so many people.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original. I like to tell a story which will tug on the emotions and keep readers guessing. I love twists and turns. I have actually even killed a main character off for the purpose of an ongoing storyline.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
A lot but Margaret Tanner has been an invaluable help and support since Day 1.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I love life and live it to the full.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What would you say to readers who have never picked up your books?
I would love for you to give my books a try and hopefully you will find you enjoy them.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Western Lovin’ FB – https://www.facebook.com/westernlovin/
A.L. Simpson –
Author Page at FB – https://www.facebook.com/alsimpsonauthor/
Soiled Doves Series Site – https://books.pronoun.com/soileddovesseries/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️