I have my first ever blog post up on the Totally Bound site!
I've been told I'm allowed to post it here as well, so I will. :-)
This is my first post here so I wanted to start out by saying hello
and introducing myself. My name’s Faith Ashlin and I’ve written m/m
romance for as long as I can remember.
Have you ever thought you were odd?
Picture the scene; about 10 years ago.
Over custard tarts and a cup of tea, I was telling my mum about my
imminent weekend trip away to meet some ladies I’d got to know online.
Mum looked totally scandalised.
Mum: What if they’re axe-murdering lesbians?
Me: Why would they be lesbians and why would they axe-murder anyone?
Mum: Isn’t everyone online a lesbian and a murderer?
Me: Even the men?
Mum: Oh yes, especially them. Why would you want to meet these people?
I tried to work out if she was teasing me – how does anyone get to be
71 and not know that it’s quite hard for a man to be a lesbian? – but
she appeared deadly serious. It was then I realised that I couldn’t
explain to her why these ladies and I had become friends.
These were the first people I’d talked to that also liked m/m
stories. Ever since I was a kid I thought I was odd because I was the
only one I knew who wanted the hero to run off into the sunset with his
best friend, rather than the heroine. Not only were there very few
stories for me but I also felt I had to keep it a secret because no one
Here were some lovely ladies that seemed to be just as odd as me and I
adored them for making me feel normal and at home. I decided then that
it was rather nice, being odd.
I like to write stories with beautiful young men falling in the kind
of hopeless, life-long love that I dream of. I adore a happy ending but I
don’t like to make things too easy for them. I like to put them in
difficult situations and make them work for their love. It’s so much fun
being in control.
Another thing that I always thought made me odd is that I get
obsessions about weird things. I’ll be deeply interested in a subject
and spend ages researching it. A few examples; Samurai, circus trapeze,
the Tour de France and WW2 planes.
Yes, I know, it’s odd. Although, I’ve started to realise that I’m not
the only woman that loves WW2 planes. After all, what’s not to love?
That’s a Lancaster, one of only two still flying in the world.
How about a group of Spitfires?
If that doesn’t make your insides go a bit wibbly then you just aren’t as odd as me!
I like to use things that interest me in my books and WW2 planes have
to be a good start. But the Lancaster has too big a crew for things to
get ‘interesting’ and the Spitfire only takes one man. Then my uncle
told me about the Mosquito plane he’d worked on just after the war and I
fell in love.
The Mosquito has a crew of two, who were pressed close together in a
small cockpit (at least they were in my mind), dressed in gorgeous RAF
uniforms or flying jackets, under constant threat while they fought a
war that had to be won… My heart went pita-pat and my brain started
whirring with all the possibilities.
That’s the great thing about writing; you can take whatever fires
your imagination and use it in a story with heroes that do whatever you
want. Oh I love the power of being a writer!
So, if I’m odd, then I’m going to revel in it. I’ll wallow in my
oddness because it makes me happy and that has to be a good thing. I’m
all for celebrating being odd!
The book inspired by the Mosquito is ‘Pathfinder‘. It’s available now from Totally Bound and Amazon.
Bobby is fighting fervently amid the planes and bombs of World
War Two when events take a passionate turn with the arrival of a new
pilot. Can Lewis offer him more than he thought possible?
During the Second World War, two airmen from Texas join the Royal Air
Force, while America is still neutral. The attraction between them is
immediate. Bobby, a navigator, has given up on thoughts of
relationships, concentrating instead on the war he fervently believes
in. Lewis, his new pilot, is full of life, and passionate about planes
and playing his part in the war.
They connect immediately with intense, but furtive, sex. Their bond
grows during many tough raids and passionate nights, until Lewis pushes
Bobby to admit how he feels. Bobby didn’t think love was a possibility.
But now Lewis is here, real, and offering everything he could never
admit he wanted.
Can they have a future together during the war?