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Gentlemen Romance Writers
From Shakespeare to Nicholas Sparks, the gentleman romance writer is not extinct. This week, please welcome my lovely and genteel guest, Larry Hammersley, who write clean and inspirational romantic fiction. After networking online for several years, we did a book signing together last year in Kentucky. I discovered he was a true humble gentlemen who loves his family, respects others and has a wonderful talent for writing sweet stories. He has become a bit of a running mentor of sorts as I start my second year of running and exercise, and he is a wonderful friend. If you enjoy proper and cozy stories, you'll appreciate his contemporary romances and modern historicals.
Hi Larry! Thanks for letting me pick your brain. First, please tell us what it's like to be a male romance writer in today's market?
It isn’t easy. I feel I need to write stories from the female POV, and I’ve done that with my first accepted novel, A Change of Heart, alternating chapters with the male and female POV. One of my short stories was exclusively from the female POV (Motorcycle Woman) and I wasn’t sure if I was handling that right. In both cases the editors didn’t have serious problems with it.
I don’t feel it is necessary to be explicit with the actions between a man and woman. Their feelings for one another should be based on something more solid than physical, something that outlasts the passion of the moment.
How do you balance the important things in life with writing?
I’m still trying to figure out how to do that. I have no set schedule as to when I write. When other duties are at a lull I grab the chance to do some writing. It may be home alone or waiting at a doctor’s office or some other place where I have a long wait.
What was your first novel?
If you mean the first accepted one it was released early last year: A Change of Heart. If you mean the first novel I wrote it would be A Tale of Two Asteroids. A remark was made about that title wondering if it was an intentional pun of the novel A Tale of Two Cities. Well, it wasn’t and that novel was written probably forty years ago. I've never done anything with it except submit a portion to a writers conference at Indiana University.
What is the best feedback you’ve ever received?
That is difficult as there have been so many wonderful and in-depth remarks about my writing from the ladies of our sweet romance group. When someone remarks about their thoughts on exactly what I mean that is the best I can hope for. Example? Some years back, with a now defunct local writers’ group, a lady remarked on a section of my motorcycle woman story as being so sad. That is exactly what I wanted to convey. It did have a happy ending, and I believe the sadness intensified the happiness at the end.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to write a novel or novella about a Bible character from the Old Testament: the Shunammite woman from 2 Kings 4 and 2 Kings 8. She is such a wonderful character. I also want to find a home for my new science fiction novel, The Silver Dart. Likewise, I need to revise some of my novels which are gathering dust in a rejected state. I’ll be continuing in that effort.
Will you share your most recent release?
That would be my science fiction novel, Higher Mission, which released last year in ebook form from Champagne Books, Burst Books imprint.
Thanks for stopping by, Larry. I wish you the best of luck with your books. I can always count on an uplifting story when I pick up one of your books.
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Check out my Smashwords story, Small is Beautiful. Can Judy, standing only five-one catch the eye of Brad, a towering 6-5 basketball player? Go here.
Read my free short romance story Ice Rink Romance by clicking here.
Can Ted, a 59-year-old widower and runner, win the heart of the running redhead, Hillary, who is 28? Go to Smashwords for my recent story entitled Runner's High by clicking here.
My first accepted novel, A Change of Heart is available from Wings ePress. Go here to purchase, view blurb and excerpt.
My science fiction novel in ebook form entitled Higher Mission available from Champagne Books, Burst Books imprint can be purchased by clicking here.
My short story, Marcy's Struggle is in Victory Tales Press Summer Anthology. The Smashwords version can be found here.