Interview with J.P. Bowie

Today I’m interviewing well known author J.P. Bowie. Hi Jim and welcome.

Hi Wave – good to be herejim photo

Why don’t you start by telling us something about J.P. Bowie the author and the person?

Well I ‘m originally from the Scottish Highlands – Aberdeen – actually its known as the Gateway to the Highlands. The Queen is a neighbour during the summer months. I moved to London when I was 19, worked in the theatre for several years before migrating to the US. I also worked  for a cruise line as casino manager for a couple of years – that’s where I met my partner, Phil.
 
jim Murder Above 4th copyYou have over 25 books to your credit. What, in your opinion, are the keys to your success?

Well. the internet plays a big part of course in getting my name out there, but really it’s the readers who bring success – without them I’d be plonking away on my keyboard for nothing but my own satisfaction.

What has surprised you the most about your writing career?

 That I actually have one!

You write stories that cover the gamut from mysteries, paranormal, historical, westerns, and gay fiction. Do you find all of the research for your books to be daunting? Since you probably have a day job how do you find the time?

 I think every author’s complaint is that there aren’t enough hours in the day. One thing in my favour when I’m writing historical stuff is that I’m a bit of a history buff – loved it when I was in school, and have maintained an interest through the years. And of course, the Internet is a great source of information on just about any subject. Then again, I work in a bookshop – it’s all there at my disposal. Lucky me!

Your first book is A Portrait of Philip. The plot is unusual in that one of the protagonists, Peter Brandon, wakes up from a coma 3 years later and finds himselfjim pop immersed in a murder mystery.  His lover Philip has been murdered, and through a series of events he meets someone who becomes his partner who helps him solve the murder. Of course I have condensed the plot which is much more complicated. What made you tackle such a complex plot for your debut as a writer?

 The original idea was just a straightforward story about a couple’s recovery from gay bashing, but I read an article about a woman in Mexico who’d been in a coma for ten years, then suddenly woke up. I found that fascinating – to wake up after all those years and find that life had of course gone on without you – people had died or moved away, momentous events had taken place without your knowledge etc. That’s when I changed the plot to have Peter wake from his coma of 3 years – ten seemed a bit extreme – and find out his lover had been murdered, and no one brought to justice for the crime. How he learns to cope with this knowledge is the centrepiece of the story – support from his mother –  new found friends – and eventually a romance with a hot detective.

Your said in another interview that you’re writing the screenplay for A Portrait of Philip. Are you doing this in the hope that you can sell it to a studio, or do you already have a deal in the works? If so, can you talk about it?

I’m afraid the screenplay is a long way from completion – it’s a tricky process, very different from writing a book, and I want it to be really good before sending it to a studio. I do have  a couple of people who might help – but that’s about it for now.

Time After Time was the second book that I read which you had written (the first one was The Warrior Prince with Lucius and Callistus) I love ghost stories and Time After Time was the perfect concept – mystery inheritance of an old English estate with lots of money, a new beau, reappearance of old boyfriend, and ghostly goings-on. You must have had a lot of fun writing this story. What was the best part?

I really did enjoy writing Time after Time. Michael and Jonathan became very real characters to me – and I hope to the readers.   I think,  one of the funnierjim TAT cover 2 moments is after Michael meets Jonathan in the graveyard and they both realize they have met the man of their dreams – literally. Then Jonathan takes Michael to a pub in Cambridge and embarrasses the hell out of him by kissing him in full view of everyone there – before telling him its a gay pub.

Why do you like to write vampire stories? You now have 4 books in the My Vampire and I series and I was wondering if you have decided on a story arc?

 Vampires are sexy as hell – especially the ones I’ve created –  hot and insatiable lovers. They are fun to write about, because you can have them do practically anything and everything – they’re not limited by human constraints – they just have to be careful of the sunlight, which makes going for a daytime country stroll a little difficult. Bound in Blood which you’re about to mention is the final chapter in the series – I think…

The 5th book in your My Vampire and I series, Bound in Blood, is due out in December. What’s your 10 second elevator pitch to get someone to buy the book?

 Sexy vampire saves a young mortal from a vicious beating and love blooms – until the mortal finds out the truth about the man who makes his eyes roll back in his head!

 Of all the genres that you write which one is the most fun to write?

I really enjoy them all – but I think the paranormal has to be the most fun. You’re only limited by your imagination. Linking mystery and the supernatural is my favourite thing. A Portrait of Phillip has a paranormal thread running through it, as do the subsequent  Portrait novels.

Most authors say that they love all of their books because they are their children. Which book was the most challenging to write and why?

jim Warrior Prince Final Front Cover 11 7 2008 Small VersionProbably The Journeyer – I was still a newbie then and was self publishing plus self editing and it was the longest story I’ve ever written. I was just pleased as punch that Erastes of Speak Its Name gave it a really nice review and that it did very well in the UK and in Canada.

I usually ask authors to give advice to up-and coming-writers, but in your case I would like to know what was the best advice that another author (or anyone) gave you that helped you in your writing career? Who were your influences?

The best advice I got was simple – keep working at it. Even though you may get rejection, if you feel your work is worthwhile, don’t get discouraged. Even J K Rowling (Harry Potter) was rejected in the beginning.  I pass that on to would-be authors who email me asking how to get started. There’s no doubt it can be an uphill struggle, and rejection can sting, but just keep plugging!

Influences are a mixture of straight and gay – Robert Crais is a great detective story writer, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – his character development is terrific – something I strive for in my stories – really believable characters – even if they’re vampires!

What would you say is your greatest achievement as an author?

 My very loyal readers – I get a rush every time I get emails saying how much they’ve enjoyed this or that story and that they can’t wait for the next one. Gives me a warm glow – and a smug smile!

You’re a pretty prolific writer so I’m probably taking a risk asking you this question, 😀 but what do you have coming up within the next 3 – 6 months?

Apart from Bound in Blood, a new Nick Fallon investigation, Murder Above Fourth will be released shortly by MLR Press. It’s a follow up to A Deadly Deception. Then I have another western – Ride ’em Again Cowboy for Total-e-bound, oh and a couple of shorts in anthologies. I’m also writing another vampire story – not part of the series. So not too much.

What’s next for J.P. Bowie personally and professionally?

 I just got back from NYC and would love to visit the city again soon. Phil and I are planning a trip to Italy to visit the town where his grandparents were born – Abruzzi, I think. And then more writing of course. Oh, and I’m doing some audio work for total-e-bound. Challenging stuff!

 
J.P. BOWIE UNPLUGGEDjames 3

I usually like to have fun with the authors I interview by having them take off their clothes and go into the hot tub with the hunks who sit around all day with towels and oil. Are you game for a good time? Are the guys touching you inappropriately? No? I guess we need to crank up the music and the heat. OK Let’s party.

Woohoo!  What the hell is inappropriate? Hi guys!

Which of your characters do you think is the hottest and why? Is he hot enough for you to play with?

Jim Centurion_2_Boulogne_Luc_ViatourWell, at the risk of sounding creepy – Marcus Verano, my main vampire is probably the hottest thing on two legs. He was a Roman Centurion in another life, and he’s definitely someone I’d play with – just don’t tell Phil. Of course, I could always swear I was hypnotized.

When you’re thinking up all of those smutty sex scenes in your books do you practice before you execute? Like 25 times before you get it right? g

Not quite 25. I’m a quick study. Now I’m blushing.

What’s the best sex scene you have ever written? Was there more than one person in it? 🙂

jim My Vampire and I jpg  3I think the ones involving vampires – like I said there’s nothin’ they can’t do. I’ve only written one sex scene involving 3 people – two men and a woman. That was in Personal Trainers=- and I really had to roll the years back to remember how that went!

How much fun was it working with Siegfried and Roy? Since you were Head of Wardrobe, were you taking off or putting on their clothes? How much work could it be –  didn’t they just wear loincloths? g Other than their talent with animals what was the best thing that you can remember about your time with them? Would the guys in the hot tub like them? 🙂

They were both quite nice guys – if a little diva-ish…well, a lot diva-ish…and that’s about all I’ll say on that subject. (You’re no fun. I thought we would get the real stuff. Damn!!)

Here’s the $64,000 question. Which of your protags would you like to bed? Why? (Are you sweating? Guys, turn down the heat, you don’t have to bake Jim, he’s hot enough) 😀 They are getting feisty because you’re still wearing your tighty whiteys and they’re commando. :-DDD

Well now, let me think  *pauses to remove tighty whiteys * um, hell just about any one of ’em! – but if I had to choose, it would be a toss up between Marcus and Nick Fallon.

 The guys want to know what’s a nice Scottish boy from Aberdeen doing in the US? Oh, and could you tell them what was it like singing and dancing in London withjim boundinblood_800(2) your two left feet? {What? No I can’t ask him that. Oh OK.} They want to know if in your travels you were able to seduce many sweet young things and could they have your leftovers?

Too many to recount – and there are no left overs.

Before we leave you with the guys, any last words? (Oh, they would like to invite Phil, your partner, to join them too.)

Watch out Phil – a couple of these guys were touching inappropriately and they’re a good six feet away!

Thank you Jim. I really enjoyed having you on the site despite the fact that you didn’t give us any dirt about  Siegfried and Roy (He probably has one of those non disclosure contracts mutter mutter)

Just like to thank everyone who has been so supportive – my fellow authors and editors some of whom have become good friends, and my publishers, Laura  Baumbach at MLR, who is also a great writer, and Claire Siemaszkiewicz in the UK. (I have the Oscar right here after that speech :-D)

Thanks Wave,  it was a blast – especially  the hot tub part. I’m going to insist all future interviews are conducted this way.

J.P. BOWIE’s CONTACT INFORMATION
website: www.jpbowie.com
email: jpbowie@cox.net
blog: http://wwwjpbowie.blogspot.com

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25 comments

  • Hello Jessie & Jim
    enjoyed the interview made me laugh 🙂
    love your vamps but
    is there a tentative date of release for Murder Above Fourth!
    Marie*

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  • Devon? I’m one of the lucky ones too. I get to work with Jim on all his MLR books. Sometimes it’s good to be an editor.

    Wave/Jim, fantastic interview you two. Learn something new about a guy every day.

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  • I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Bowie in the flesh, and more charming, delightful man you could not hope to meet! He has the hint of a Scottish brogue, more pronounced as the evening passes and more beer is consumed. He is witty, clever, funny, irreverent but always mindful of people’s feelings, even people who drive him nuts! He is truly a gentleman and all I got to say is, Phil, you’re lucky Jim’s gay, or his hoard of squealy girl fans would be giving you a serious run for your money!

    Good job, Wave, an excellent, insightful and fun interview!

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