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A.L. Simpson tells all in an author interview at Readeropolis today! Be sure to enter for a chance to win the $10 Amazon GC giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Author Interview

What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?

Margaret Mitchell – Gone With The Wind

C.J. Bishop – Any of her Phoenix Club Books

Sloane Kennedy – Everything she has written

Kindle Alexander – Love all of them but especially Always

Di Morrissey - All

Judy Nunn - All

Maeve Binchy – All

Monica McInerney – All

Agatha Christie – Murder at the Vicarage

Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper

What book do you think everyone should read?
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell has a gift for description and making the words leap off the page.

How long have you been writing?
Since I was about 8 years old but published since 2015

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I usually visit the place I want to write about in my stories although I rarely use real place names. I normally use features of the region but give it a fictional name. I also speak to dozens of people.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I read a great deal. I love M/M and Gritty M/F.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
Background noise, not music but hubby watches television while I write and I can shut it off.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
One. I would absolutely mix them up otherwise.

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Gone With The Wind – Seeing a theme here? We actually visited a few southern estates when we visited the US.

Pen or type writer or computer?
I hand write in a notebook and then type – usually something totally different to what I have written down hahaha

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I love Hamish (as does everyone else, many internet arguments over whose he was when the book came out) from Born to Sin. He’s hard. Been dragged up in the ‘hood. Trusts no-one and has no respect for anyone or anything including himself. It takes a woman and little boy, along with his co-worker, to eventually turn him into the man which was always there.

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
I have so many stories to tell and it absolutely was the right decision.

A day in the life of the author?
Non-stop and hectic

Advice they would give new authors?
Stick with it. Talk to other authors until you find one who is willing to mentor you.

Describe your writing style.
Mostly first person, I write Western Historicals under my real name in third person. It’s fast paced and I like to think the reader has no idea what is coming next.

What makes a good story?
A good story is one which captures and holds the reader’s interest and isn’t predictable.

What are they currently reading?
I am reading the Barretti books by Sloane Kennedy – again!

What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I write as it comes. The only outline I do is the characters descriptions. My editor edits chapter by chapter and once finished, in its entirety.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not using an editor and being too impatient to get their book out.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I am always original. I don’t write to trends, would probably sell more if I did. Hahaha

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Start earlier

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t have a problem as I have male friends who I can turn to. Often get TMI but they are extremely helpful.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from 2-3 months but if I don’t have an edit for the young girls I mentor, I can get one written in around 6 weeks. I write from 25k to 70k

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely. Every. Single. Time. I hit 10k.


Secrets?
By A.L. Simpson
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance




Meet Kyle, a sexy, level-headed cowboy who also happens to be gay.



Luke is a police officer who was once the school football jock. He’s also gay.

After fifteen years apart, these men are set to meet again, but all is not as it seems.

Wires cross and misunderstanding has Luke running away, but Kyle has no intention of waiting another fifteen years for the man of his dreams.

Will these friends become lovers?

What is it that puts, Wendy, Kyle’s foreman in danger?

Why are the people Kyle cares about keeping Secrets?






I write a variety of stories including Male/Male, Menage and Shapeshifter.


Each book has a strong focus on story line with romantic interest building throughout.

I explore real life issues from kids on the streets to motorcyle war and put my own twist on each one.

I hope you take the opportunity to check out my offerings.






Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!





About Mayor Sonni

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3 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a fantastic read.

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  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

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