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Belinda McBride

What inspired you to write your first book?

I think I just had a whole lot of stories backed up in my brain and while I’d never had much luck writing them before, getting a laptop changed the whole game. I was able to take it with me and write whenever and wherever an idea hit me.

When we met I was inspired by your intellect and wit. You are a true scholar. Do you bring that into all of your books.

Well, not all of my stories! LOL! Truthfully, I was a history and cultural anthropology student so I love myths and folklore and the grand tapestry of our world. So there’s always some grain of either history or myth in almost everything I write, even my space operas and adventure stories.

If you had to choose one book that you are most proud of, what would it be and why?

Wow. That’s a tough one because I’m actually re-reading some of my older books right now. I think right now I’m getting a glow on The Bacchi, which is a space opera about two men from different planets who fall in love. It’s interesting because I was free of “Human” rules when I wrote it, because both men are from alien species. One of the men is intersexed and was raised to think of himself as a man. The other is a high class sex worker who suffered a great loss. They aren’t alpha males, and in all honesty, the book doesn’t play by the rules of m/m romance. But as I’m reading through it, I love the complexity of the characters. And as a bonus…one of them is green. LOL!

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

It’s a pretty motley group. I think Tolkien really captured my imagination early on. After that, I remember reading Georgette Heyer’s “Devil’s Cub” when I was in Jr. High and sensed, rather than understood the sexuality simmering under the surface of that book. That book made me fall for anti-heroes. After I graduated from college, my first job was managing a comic book store where I encountered the brilliance of several comic writers and illustrators. I really love a strong visual attached to story-telling. So I encountered writers and artists like the Kuberts, Christina Z, and Neil Gaiman. When I started writing myself, I quickly realized my work was too sexual to go mainstream and so I just wrote with no real idea of publishing, until I ran across Antonia’s Bargain by Kate Pearce. The hero is bisexual and the heroine cross-dresses. It just hit me on so many levels and I realized that there might be a market for my odd, genre crossing, gender moshing stuff. LOL!

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

Yes and no. I don’t feel like I’m the character, but I try to empathize with the character and let their voice flow through me. Sometimes I jokingly say I channel the characters, but in a way, that’s how if feels.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Nope. I’m struggling with a story right now because I don’t like elements of it. If I don’t like a story, I simply can’t write it. I’ll probably start another draft of this one and keep going till I get it right.

You’ve written a wide range of books. Do you have a favorite? If so which one and why?

The answer to that question will change daily. J But I really have a love for “Belle Starr.” It may not be my best book, but there’s not a character in that story I don’t love and even all these years later, I have so many ideas to continue with Belle and her family. I felt really free when I wrote that one.

For my readers who are unfamiliar with you, if they were to purchase one of your books which would you recommend to start with?

Well, if you are comfortable with M/M romance, I’d suggest Blacque/Bleu. It’s a surprisingly sweet story about a big, butch wolf shifter who is deep in the closet. His love interest is a dying vampire. They give themselves three days to be together, and then Blacque (the wolf) has to dedicate his life to the pack. If you don’t like gay romance, I’d suggest Belle Starr. It’s a fun romp about wolf shifters in space.

I know that you are a master soap maker. What got you started doing that?

I’m not quite a master…yet. But when my oldest daughter was in high school, she had a science assignment to make soap and to define the process of saponification. The soap was a failure and it just bugged me that we couldn’t make it work. So I tried it again and again, till I was getting pretty good. I’ve been making soap for over ten years now, and it’s still a passion for me.

You are an avid dog lover and participate in lots of animal events. Tell us about your pets and how you spend time competing together.

I have 3 Siberian Huskies and two young Salukis. (they’re a Middle Eastern sight hound.) My two active show dogs are Wyatt (a Siberian) and Ero the Saluki. Iris will start training in a couple more months. We hit a couple shows a month, except for in the summer, when it’s too hot. I’ve never been much into mushing, but Wyatt sometimes runs on a friend’s team. I’ve started Ero in lure coursing, which is when the dog chases a “rabbit” (a stuffed toy) on a track. It’s a heck of a lot of fun seeing the dogs doing what they’re bred to do. Showing is a lot of fun, but it’s a beauty pageant. Seeing the dogs in performance events is just cool!

11. How do we find you?

My website is: http://www.belindamcbride.com

My blog is http://www.belindam.blogspot.com

I tend to hand around mostly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belinda-McBride/49209583129

And I’m addicted to Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/belindamcbride/

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