A Writer in Love

by Guest Blogger on August 7, 2012 · 12 comments

in A-C, Contests, Guest Blogger, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Soldier

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

IOwntheDawn

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.

Buy: I Own the Dawn

M.L. Buchman Photo

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/.

Be sure to check the author's Contest page for a chance to win a free, signed copy of I Own the Dawn. Below is a contest sponsored for LRP readers:

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.

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1 Maureen August 7, 2012 at 7:08 AM

I think it’s great that a male author appreciates how great romances are. I am most passionate about my family, I know I think of them more than anything else.

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2 erinf1 August 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Thanks for a fun post and giveaway!!!

I love reading military romance b/c I love reading about strong and confident heroes/heroines. The romances are deeper and more complex b/c of the danger they’re in. Love ‘em :)

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3 bn100 August 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I like their sense of honor.

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4 Estella August 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Don’t think I have ever read a romance by a male author. Would love to read this book.

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5 ML "Matt" Buchman August 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Funny, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a romance by a male author either, at least not knowingly. I’ll have to fix that.

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6 Diane Sallans August 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I think what I like best about a military romance is that the characters always seem to be so dedicated; to their missions & to protect their loved ones.

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7 ML Buchman August 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Diane: One of the things I found amazing as I did more and more research on the Night Stalkers is that I didn’t have to idealize these folks particularly to get them to work in a novel. To fly for SOAR, they need five years flying for the Army before they’re even allowed to apply. They actually volunteer 4 or 5 times to get there, Army, Special Forces, airborne… And if they get in (not many do), then it is 6 months to 2 years more training before you’re declared mission ready. That’s dedication. That’s commitment. A little humbling actually. These folks are the Mel Gibsons and Meryl Streeps of a very secret world, the best helicopter pilots and crew chiefs on the planet. Very humbling.

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8 Kristy August 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I enjoyed reading The Night Is Mine and look forward to reading your newest release!
I like reading about strong heroes and heroines accomplishing their mission and falling in love at the same time. Plus the language in the book isn’t all rainbows, flowers, and tea. Things that go Boom and Bang always makes a book that much more exciting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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9 Keira August 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM
10 Cris August 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

(Still playing catchup for Matt’s blog hop contest!)
I think it’s legend that a male author recognises–and writes– the greatness of romance, since those relationships are central to the fibre of human nature! Matt’s the only male romance author I’ve come across, but now I’m going to go searching for more!

[Random side note: I love listening to audio versions of books I've read, but male narrators of romance novels always throw me for a bit of a loop, even when they do an excellent job!]

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11 ML Buchman August 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Cris, I’d love to record an audio of these, see if I could change your mind about male voices reading a romance… but publisher hasn’t yet exercised the audio options and who knows if they’ll select me. Could be fun!
(Thanks for joining my hop-a-long contest! Link in the bio above.)

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