Wow! I just had the chance to hang out with a fellow writer. We had a ball discussing our writing habits. R-R writes romance, but not the same type of romance I do, so I was quite interested in what she had to say. She writes male/male, and she has a true passion for her stories. So much fun!
R-R’s not yet published, but working hard toward that goal. If you’re interested in M/M romance, keep her in mind and follow her updates!
Here’s a little portion of our conversation:
How much research do you do? Too much. I do research when I should be writing. I think it’s fun to learn new things. However only in the context that it’s needed for my characters to be able to live their lives. I’m not interested in learning new things if it’s not for them. I’m odd like that. Now if I had only had a character interested in science when I was young. Then I might actually have done some much needed school work.
Have you written works in collaboration with other writers, and if so: why did you decide to collaborate and did it affect your sales? I have, with my sister. We posted it on a Swedish website so we didn’t get any money for it. We did it for fun, which it was. I would definitely do it again with others if I was given the chance.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit? Yes, I let it stew for longer than that though. I have unfinished stories from 22 years ago however I sadly do not have them on file. So I can’t work on them anymore. I do have an old external hard drive that I have several old stories on (maybe 10-15 year old) that I’m going to go through sometime in the future, and I also have a lot of stories (1-10 year old) waiting for me in my dropbox. I hope that none of them have turned rotten when I get back to them.
Do your romance novels feature sex, and if so, where do you lie on the spectrum between fade-to-black and explicit? Well, considering the fact that I write romance, yes, almost all of my characters above the age of 18 have sex. However, I do not write any of it. I write kisses and touching but when it leads to something more I fade to black. I have only written one short story erotica. I might do that for stories when I have had them published later but I won’t add any sex in the actual books. I know that will disappoint some of the people reading my book because I will market it towards ‘youngsters’ who read Yaoi and shounen ai (male gay romances written for girls,) but I want to focus on the relationships, not the sex they might end up having.
Would you let your grandmother read your work? First off, she wouldn’t be able to read it because it’s in English and that’s not our native language, and I don’t believe that English was something they were taught in school when she was little. However, if it was translated…Well, I would just have to ask her beforehand about her views on homosexuality and transgenders. If she doesn’t mind that, then yes, I would let her read it. She would probably enjoy it as well. She’s an odd one.
R-R. Varg’s Bio
R-R. Varg is a 35-year-old shounen ai writer living in a small apartment in northern Sweden together with 4 cats and a dragon.
Storytelling has always been R-R’s major hobby, but it was not until recently that a sudden realization hit R-R. Getting published turned into more than just a childhood dream, it’s about to become a reality.
Looking forward, R-R’s debut novella from the Scrambled collection series will be self-published in 2018.
Visit R-R’s information hub at: http://rin-rins.net