Interview with Aleksandr Voinov

Many of you love Aleks’s books and can’t wait for the next one. He’s a prolific writer and it seems to me that as soon as I put his latest release on my TBR he has another one on the way. 🙂 Since I don’t know as much as I would like about Aleks’s books I’m looking for some help from you, his fans.

His two latest published books are: Scorpion (solo) and Dark Edge of Honor (with Rhianon Etzweiler.)

His backlist is formidable and none of his books fall within the “warm and fuzzy” category. 🙂 His heroes are tough, hard nosed and are willing to do anything for their principles or comrades in arms, even die for them.

Aleks’s interview will be published on November 2nd, less than 6 weeks away and I plan to send the questions to him by the end of this month, if not before. I would appreciate it if you would leave your questions soon in the comments to this post. Make them as hard hitting as you can to suit his personality. :thinker: Thanks guys.


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  • I enjoyed “The Lion of Kent” and part of the reason was because of the historical setting and the research that went into the writing. Is there a region/era that Alek would like to write about but is finding the research too difficult/challenging?

    Also, my next book to read is Scorpion, and then Special Forces (I ordered the revised book at Lulu). What are the difficulties when writing with a co-author as in TLOK, versus writing alone as with Scorpion? Will the sequel to Scorpion be out this year? after reading the reviews for both Scorpion & SF’s, I’m expecting I’ll want the sequels ASAP!

  • I have two questions:

    1. I am intrigued by the way Special Forces unfolds over something like three decades and enjoy the sense of things unfolding over time in Aleks’ other stories. Do you tell stories that require longer timeframes because that is the only way to show complexity and change in the protagonists and their worlds?

    2. There is a lot of aggression in the stories I have read. I see it as integral to the characters and the worlds in which they live. Why do you think this is such a feature of the stories you tell?


  • I don’t know if we’re supposed to comment on this thread, so delete this if you want. But I second Ellie’s question. I haven’t bothered to read any m/m/m menage stories, but my overall impression is that open relationships are very. Where are the books in which two people have an ongoing relationship (like Dan and Vadim) but also have affairs. Is this something female writers have trouble with? Female readers?

  • Not sure it can be considered a good question, but here it comes.
    I really loved “First Blood” and could not wait to read more about Nikita and Chris.
    The next book was tentatively listed “in the works” on the website (marked as unfinished, but half-written or something like that) and even had a title. However, when I checked back on it about a month ago it disappeared. Hence the question – does the author plan on continuing the story or unfortunately it is “off the books”?
    Thank you.

  • I’ve only just finished reading Special Forces so am not yet familiar with all of Alek’s work so my question may be situational to these books…

    In Special Forces, particularly in Veterans the last book, neither MC, Dan and Vadim, or significant supporting characters are monogamous emotionally or physically. Does Alek believe this to be a more authentic portrayal of gay men in committed relationships than the HEA/monogamous stories normally written in the M/M genre? If so, does he worry that M/M readership, comprised primarily of women, may be turned off to his writing? I’d be interested to hear about the feedback he’s received from fans and editors about this.

    Thanks Wave!

  • Oboy! Perfect timing. I’m a big fan of his work and have a tendency (maybe too much of one) to compare other books to his. Yesterday I read and reviewed (on Goodreads)Harper Fox’s Last Line. To put it bluntly, it was disappointing–the tight plot and the believable protagonists weakened by vague and unnecessary paranormal elements. It got me to thinking how seldom women manage to write totally convincing books about strong men. How they shy away from the hard edge and soften their protags, usually weakening them in the process.

    So, for Alexandre: Do you feel this is true? If so, do you think it’s an attempt to comply with the most popular market: romance? Or is it something in the female psyche that demands some softness in their protags? Just for the record, yes, there are tough female writers, just not enough of them.


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