Guest Blog by M.L. Buchman, author of I Own the Dawn
I’m a male romance author. And one of the most common questions I get is, “You do WHAT?!” Okay, at my day job, I wear nice clothes and run a key department for my company. I’ve consulted for a Fortune 100, worked live theater, designed and built houses, developed complex office automation solutions, and a myriad other odd things. Let’s just say my resume is best described as eclectic. But back to my writing romance:
“You do WHAT?! Why?!” (yes, the exclamation marks are always there. We need a new piece of punctuation that is a shocked question. Or how about a comma that denotes disbelief.)
Even other male writers typically ask the question that way. My response is, “How can you not?!?!?!”
Okay, let’s start out easy. What did Adam want to do when first cobbled together in Genesis? Fall in love. Fred Astaire, Jason Bourne, Captain Kirk? Fall in love. Whoever Da Vinci was painting as Mona Lisa, they were deeply loved.
So why would I want to avoid telling these stories?! I just don’t get the question. The best thing that ever happened to me was the woman who said, “Yes!” nearly fifteen years ago. That and the amazing step-daughter I got as part of the bargain. Falling in love has been the best part of my life.
So that’s part of it. The joy of getting to revel in that moment. To take two people who you’d never think would be together (in my current book: a fine Bostonian First Lieutenant late of West Point and a street chick turned into one of the U.S. Army’s best snipers.) And then, through a whole voyage of discovery over months or even years, I get to discover not only how that can be together, but that they must. They are the other’s soul mate. I get to rediscover day after day of writing just how amazing an experience it is. It’s like I’m courting my wife all over again.
The other big part for me is the richness and truth it brings to the page. Even my science fiction, fantasies, and thrillers have strong love stories. It forces the characters to expose themselves; to reveal, at least for a moment, who they truly are. And at that moment of truth, then comes victory.
I write romance to remind myself to be true. True to my life’s mate, true to who I try to be, and true to my dreams. For how else, other than putting my heart on the page, can I hope to engage yours.
And I don’t see it as writing a romance, I see it as writing about passion. I’m passionate for so many things. Tell me something that you’re passionate about, I’d love to hear! And please check out the contest page on my website: by following along my blog tour for the month of August, you will have multiple chances to win a signed copy of I Own the Dawn: http://www.matthewlieberbuchman.com/?p=294
I OWN THE DAWN BY M.L. BUCHMAN – IN STORES AUGUST 2012
Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III
Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot
Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers
Name: Kee Smith
Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter
Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done
You Wouldn’t Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does…
When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. L. Buchman has worked in fast food, theater, computers, publishing, and light manufacturing. It’s amazing what you can do with a degree in geophysics. At one point he sold everything and spent 18-months riding a bicycle around the world. In 11,000 miles, he touched 15 countries and hundreds of amazing people. Since then, he has acquired a loving lady, the coolest kid on the planet, and lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit http://www.matthewlieberbuchman.com/.
GIVEAWAY: 1 copy of I Own the Dawn. 1 winner. Open to US and Canada only. Enter by sharing what you like best about military romances. Last day to enter: August 12, 2012.