Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview and Giveaway: Fiona Glass

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Fiona Glass to the Place for a little chat time as part of the Riptide Rentboy Collection Blog Tour. Fiona has a wonderful story in the collection called Necessity's Door, you totes wanna check that out.
At the end of the interview, be sure to check out the cool giveaway, then be sure to come back Thursday when Fiona returns to talk more about the story.
Now, let's do it to it. Welcome Fiona!  

Hi Fiona! Welcome to my Place. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited
that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.
If we could, let start out with telling me a little bit about yourself.
First of all, thanks for inviting me!  I'm Fiona Glass, a 40-something writer from the UK.  Originally I'm from Liverpool but I left the city many years ago for work and have lived in various places since then, mostly the UK's second city, Birmingham.  Now I'm in the middle of moving house to the Lake District, a stunningly beautiful area (and National Park) in the north-west of England.
In between packing boxes for the move (and looking after my husband of the last twelve years) I'm a full time writer and specialise in darkly humorous fiction, usually involving gay characters and almost always with a twist in the tail.
Tell me about your current book.
'Necessity's Door' tells the story of Jake, an openly gay detective who goes undercover as a rent-boy to try to trap the latest crime boss in town, a nasty piece of work who likes rough trade.  Needless to say the operation is fraught with difficulties - all of them men! - and it doesn't help when Jake finds himself being sucked into the lifestyle.  Will he get out with his honour, his virtue and even his life intact?
How has it been working with Riptide?
It's been great.  I've not had a book published with them before so this is my first time and I'm impressed by their professionalism and their determination to create the best product in the market-place.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I suck at this sort of thing but... because it's fun, full of action, and has a unique voice... and because you'll never find out if Jake gets out with his honour, his virtue and his life intact if you don't!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes, I've just this minute finished a gay paranormal novel - my second ever novel.  It's set on the wild west coast of Ireland and involves a couple of paranormal investigative journalists, a ruined church, and rather a lot of ghosts.  I'm hoping to submit it somewhere in the next few weeks.
What inspired the book?
The book, like many of mine, came about very much as a result of asking myself 'what if?'.  I'd heard about police who went undercover and found it hard to draw the line between their official life and their undercover world, and I wondered what would happen if that undercover world was one of a male prostitute.  Was there any way a cop could enjoy that life, or the trappings it could bring (easy money, a way of meeting new men)?  Was there anything that would tempt a cop to stray from his official position as a police officer?
I wrote the original story some years ago now but only last year there was a case here in Britain where a cop went undercover as an environmentalist, and came to identify with his new friends' [ ] and goals so much that he went too far and started putting them first and his work second.  So it really can happen!
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I'd wanted to be an author since I was five years old so you could say it was a dream come true to write at all.  As to what inspired me to write gay fiction, I think it was probably Mary Renault.  When I first read The Charioteer I was amazed that a woman writer had managed to write a book about male homosexuality - and get it published!  I thought that if she could do it, then so could I (although I'd never pretend to be anything like such a brilliant writer as she was) and it really spurred me on.  After that I found some m/m fiction on the internet and the rest is history!
What authors do you read?
Almost anything that sounds good from the blurb (and perhaps the first few paragraphs of page one) but my all-time favourites include Mary Renault, Dorothy Dunnett, Mary Stewart (especially her Arthurian series), Patrick Gale, and Alan Hollinghurst.  Oh, and Tolkien of course - The Lord of the Rings is a firm favourite which I re-read every few years, and I enjoy Stephen Booth and Ian Rankin crime novels as well.  I always enjoy discovering new authors whose work I've not come across before; recent finds include Carlos Ruis Zafon and Mark Mills.
 What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
I love watching anything to do with antiques and will happily sit through endless repeats of Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Cash in the Attic, Antiques Road Show, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is.  Most of them are typical daytime telly and most of them are pretty cheesy, but that doesn't seem to matter as long as they're full of beautiful, interesting objects, gleaming old furniture, priceless Chinese vases and the like.  A girl can dream!
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Why?
I'd prefer to go back to the past, but only the recent past.  There was an old ruined house in the seaside town where we used to have holidays when I was a kid.  It had been very beautiful, but had suffered a direct hit from an incendiary bomb during the war and been left half-derelict ever since.  If you peered through a gap in the front door you could still see the lovely wooden panelling in the hall and the banister rail leaning drunkenly away from the wall, and the whole place had a wonderful atmosphere that was somehow creepy yet peaceful at the same time.  Sadly the house was demolished in the 1990s to make way for swanky apartments and there don't even seem to be any pictures of it left.  I would love to go back in time and take some photographs, because I never got the chance.  And it would make the most wonderful setting for a story.
*smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.


Being an openly-gay detective in Birmingham comes with its share of problems. For one, the pay is awful. For another, Jake always gets stuck with the crappy undercover jobs. Like posing as a prostitute to catch the new crime boss in town—a man notorious for rough sex with pretty young rentboys.

Jake’s latest op is fraught with difficulties, all of them men. Like his partner, Mac, who he’s secretly fancied for months. And his new client, Graham, who he keeps sleeping with for reasons far beyond maintaining his cover. And of course there’s the target, Frank Warren, who’s much harder to lure than Jake had anticipated.

The longer the job drags on, the tougher it gets for Jake to juggle his own needs with those of the job. They may be closing in on Warren, but Jake’s heart—and moral compass—are slipping through his fingers. Mac is there to back him up, but is he really the man Jake needs? Tough to tell among all those lies Jake's been telling himself and everyone else.
Like the sound of it?  Want to read more?  There’s an excerpt and further details at the so feel free to click on over there and have an explore.

During this blog tour I’m holding a little contest with a variety of prizes.  There’s a perfect-bound (ie print) copy of my earlier gay cop story ‘Any Means Necessary’, a print copy of Radgepacket Volume 2 which contains my gay short story ‘Rock and a Hard Place’, and various bits and pieces of general swag!
All you need to do is answer the following three simple questions, the answers to all of which can be found in ‘Necessity’s Door’.  When you have the answers, and I’ll put all the correct entries into a hat (well, actually a willow-pattern bowl, but who’s checking...) and the first correct entry drawn from the bowl at the end of the blog tour will win the prize.
Here’s the questions:
1.  What is the real name of The Blue Baboon gay club?
2.  What colour is Frank Warren’s hair?
3.  How much does Warren pay Jake for sex?
Think you know the answers?  Then get emailing and good luck!  I’m looking forward to hearing from you.  And in the meantime if you’d like to find out more about me and my work, then please just drop into or .


  1. Stopping by to show support for a great read!

    1. *waves* Hiya darlin' :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thanks so much Kassandra - it's lovely to 'see' you here, in a virtual sense. ;)

  3. It's getting kind of late here in England so I'm heading off for my beauty sleep *g* but I just wanted to say thanks, Amara, for the lovely warm welcome. I'll 'see' you again on Thursday. :)

    1. My pleasure Fiona. Dream well m'dear!

  4. Excellent interview as always, Amara! I am so glad I stopped by and got to know Fiona a bit more. This book is on my 'to-read' list so, sadly, I don't have the answers! But, happy to get to know Fiona more!

    Best Wishes!

  5. Well, since I haven't read it yet as it's on my TBR list, I don't have the answers either. But it was interesting to hear more about Ms. Glass. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Thanks Brenda and Emily for calling in, and for your lovely comments. The contest finishes at midnight (US time) Thursday night (7th June) so if you read super-duper fast you might still have time to enter. LOL



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