Daniel de Lorne writes mostly about the loves and trials of hot and sexy paranormal men – and creatures.
He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and developed a fascination for the mythical and magical early on. Daniel wrote stories from a young age but it was high school biology class he remembers fondly as providing an excellent cover for writing stories that were filled with teen angst and fantastical creatures.
From there it was just a short jump to creative writing in university, where Daniel really indulged his love for the gothic, particularly the vampiric. And plenty of essays on the topic gave it all an air of respectability.
After university he used his skills for good. He wrote about wildlife conservation for eight years before taking a break to explore Canada with his partner. It was while in this great northern frontier that Escape Publishing accepted his first book, Beckoning Blood, for publication.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I just let it flow. I start with a vague idea of characters and some sort of plot but once I start, it’s anyone’s guess as to what’s going to happen. I like it that way as it keeps me interested and in suspense. I can always revise later.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Absolutely and I let them. If a character (i.e. my brain) is telling me it wants to go in a certain way, I trust it. All the cool things happen then.
What drew you to the M/M genre in particular?
I’m gay so it feels like a natural fit. Not to say I won’t write stories about straight characters, but writing about male/male relationships is where my interest lies. Plus, I read so many straight paranormal and fantasy books growing up that writing my own helps fill the gap in what I missed.
Do you write in other genres besides M/M?
I’m more of a romantic elements author rather than one who writes strict m/m romance, so my books tend to be a paranormal story with a male/male romance in it, or a fantasy story with a m/m romance. But who knows what will happen in the future and what ideas will emerge?
What is your favourite food?
Icecream. I don’t eat a lot of it for obvious reasons but I’m a fan of good quality, flavourful icecream. Favourite flavours include bacio, lemon sorbet (not strictly an icecream but you get the idea) and this burnt fig one from Maggie Beer in Australia.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m not really either, or maybe I’m both. I don’t like getting up early but I’ve found my body clock has shifted that way. As a result, I find myself getting tired earlier. But really, it depends on what’s been going on. Sometimes you just don’t want to go to bed.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I love travelling. I’m really lucky at the moment because while my partner and I are living in Canada we’re getting to go to some amazing places. Iceland has been my favourite so far, and we’re off to the Galapagos Islands next week (that is going to blow my mind). The more unattainable places are still on my list though like Greenland and Antarctica. Not really because of the cold but because they’re so different and unique. I’ll get to them one day.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Distance is relative but in Beckoning Blood, France, Germany and Australia are featured. In other books, they’re made-up worlds and places so in a sense, they’re distant places. Bringing them to life is the hard – but fun – part.
Do you listen to music while writing?
It depends what mood I’m in. Often I use a ticking sound to keep me focused and in flow. Other times I’ll use classical or trance/dance music. Once in a while, I’ll pick a piece of music with lyrics to help get me in a certain frame of mind. Music is so powerful when it comes to stirring the emotions.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
It’s about twin brother vampires, Olivier and Thierry. Olivier is obsessed with his brother and incredibly possessive. Thierry would rather not be a twin and finds solace in the arms of his lover, Etienne. Olivier finds out and hell breaks loose. Bit hard to tell much without providing spoilers but it’s dark, bloody, violent and sexy. And there’s a love story in there that crosses centuries.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
No one writes a good first draft. It’s hard to remember that when you’re putting words on the screen that just make you cringe, but it’s true. Revisions are your friend and if you’re not willing to put in the work, then don’t write to get published. Just do it for your own enjoyment.
What's your favourite book?
I don’t have just one favourite book but there are a few that stick with me. Cloud Atlas, Holding the Man, and the Wheel of Time series are right up there. I love epic sagas and books that are life-affirming.
Daniel de Lorne
Genre: Paranormal gay m/m romance
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date of Publication: 1 May 2014
A gripping, blood‐drenched saga about twin brothers, the men they love, and the enduring truth that true love never dies – no matter how many times you kill it.
Thierry d’Arjou has but one escape from the daily misery of his work at a medieval abattoir – Etienne de Balthas. But keeping their love a secret triggers a bloody chain of events that condemns Thierry to a monstrous immortality. Thierry quickly learns that to survive his timeless exile, he must hide his sensitive heart from the man who both eases and ensures his loneliness...his twin brother.
Shaped by the fists of a brutal father, Olivier d’Arjou cares for only two things: his own pleasure and his twin. But their sadistic path through centuries is littered with old rivals and new foes, and Olivier must fight for what is rightfully his – Thierry, made immortal just for him.
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Any websites/places readers can find you on the web:
For a free read, introducing you to the “heroes” of Daniel’s book, head to his website at www.danieldelorne.com/the-boys.
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