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Hi, Rhi! What draws you to romance? M/M romance?
Romance in general is fascinating to me, regardless of genre. I enjoy exploring various layers of relationships that exist between people. Romantic interest is one of those. And while I’ll admit I usually plan romantic interest or attraction between characters in a story – it’s often the only aspect of a plot that doesn’t change in the course of a story’s evolution – I don’t overtly focus on it. There are so many layers of interaction to explore, for one. And I like to explore the natural progression of those interactions.
If one of your titles could be made into a movie, which would it be and who would play the lead roles?
Oh this is a tough one. I have to pick just one? It’s like trying to choose just one favorite song. But I have so many! Oh, fine. I’m snarky, I’ll pick Blacker Than Black. I’d want Andre Pejic (international runway model sensation) for Black, Camui Gackt (the Japanese pop rock star) as Monsieur Garthelle, Stav Strashko as Blue—that would take a bit of a makeover, but it would for anyone—and, well, Jhez is difficult. While I can picture Jhez in my head just fine, the closest I can come is a cross between Bryce Jameson and Kate Beckinsale. It’s not quite the same in my head, but Kate would fit into Red’s argyle socks and Dr Martins with ease and do them justice.
Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written? Why is he/she your favorite?
This is difficult. To be honest, they’re all my favorites for different reasons. Every last one has some aspect or facet of their personality or character that I find fascinating. Mike is a quiet, solid strength learning to fight for what’s most important to him. Garthelle has a heartless vicious streak. Black has an inappropriate sense of humor. Blue sees the world differently than everyone else; people are music, to him. Jhez has an argyle fetish. Only red argyles, she reminds me. Then there’s Adagi, who I’m still struggling to figure out. Don’t think anyone’s met him just yet.
Along with about a dozen or so others that very few people know yet. Like Hamm, who doesn’t wear clothes, and Marc, whose best friend is his sniper rifle.
How could anyone expect me to choose one from a list like that?
What’s your current book list and where can we buy them?
Blacker Than Black was my debut solo work and released in January of 2012 by Riptide Publishing. It’s available in electronic and paperback formats. You can get it from Riptide, Amazon, or through your favorite book retailer.
Do you have any special writing rituals?
I have to have coffee. When I’m struggling through something particularly difficult—which is often, since it isn’t worth writing unless I’m challenging myself and the reader in some way—I light a bit of incense and burn some sage. My local grocers think I’m strange for all the fresh sage I buy.
What made you publish with Riptide?
Serendipity. I was trying to find a home for “Blacker Than Black” around the time Rachel and Aleks began plotting to take over the world. It was not well received at a few different publishers, for various reasons. Trans* content and artistic style were the two largest factors. Aleks invited me to send it to Riptide for consideration.
Can you believe Riptide is one year old already?
It feels like they should be hitting the five-year mark. Has it really only been one year? I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the next year!
What does it mean to be a Riptide author?
It means being one big happy family! …Complete with estranged weirdos, slightly creepy second cousins, and emo teenagers with black nail polish and unlaced combat boots.
Strangely enough, it works. Riptide is very much about embracing what makes an author’s works unique and celebrating the quality and talent that each brings to the table. You can’t get that kind of authenticity just anywhere.
Thanks for stopping by! Where can your readers find you?
You can send me a direct email at Rhianon.firstname.lastname@example.org
My author website is http://www.rhianonetzweiler.com
My writing blog is http://rhianonetzweiler.blogspot.com
You can follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/#!musefodder
Check out my Goodreads author page http://www.goodreads.com/rhianonetzweiler
Or friend me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rhianon.etzweiler
About Rhi Etzweiler
Rhi Etzweiler spent her formative years seeped in military culture, and many of her writing inspirations bear that mark – with a definitive twist. Her main genres are science fiction and fantasy, but she enjoys spicing things up with a speculative mixture that sometimes defies an easy label. Next to Elizabeth Moon and Meredith Ann Pierce, she still counts Jane’s Defense and Popular Science among her influences. “I used to read these articles about cutting edge technology and science, and wonder what impact it would have on society and culture. How it would change us.”
Her biggest failing is the inability to write a “short” story – they may begin that way, but they rarely stay small. “It’s like asking someone to tell you about their life,” Rhi says of her muses. “Like any real person, once you get them talking, it’s unlikely they’ll shut up any time soon.”