Welcome to Talk to Me Thursday with M/M Romance Author AM Halford!
Confession time! I am frequently as impatient as a child on Christmas morning. Sad, but true. Therefore, there will be weeks when I will run Talk to Me Thursdays to feature another author or person from the Romance Novel industry who I am simply dying to talk with and I don’t want to wait until the next week.
Today is one such Thursday! Shall we begin?
I first encountered AM Halford a few years ago when I was looking to add fresh voices to my fictional worlds. I was kicking off the Tulsa Immortals series and wanted to make it a multi-author vehicle to offer readers a little sumthin’, sumthin’ for all tastes in paranormal romance. A mutual friend, Kristina Galbert, suggested AM Halford and I talk. Via PMs on Facebook and a few calls, we did just that. We soon discovered that we worked well together, bouncing ideas off each other and the like. I am so honored to have this young author of Male/Male romance as a part of my Tulsa Immortals universe. As of the day I am writing this piece, Ms. Halford has two stories in my Tulsa Immortals series; Leo’s Salvation and Coyote’s River, with plans to write at least one more for the series.
AM Halford’s writer voice is fresh and young, yet mature. Her storylines are exciting, fast-paced and fairly straightforward. Her love connections between her characters are delightful. Her humor, a blast to read!
So, let’s MEET AM Halford!
About A.M. Halford in her own words from her page on Amazon.com
I live in Southern Oregon and enjoy spending as much time outside as I possibly can. My partner and I often find ourselves hiking with our two dogs when the weather permits it. Fishing, camping, and photography are also activities I greatly enjoy. If the weather doesn’t permit going outside I like to curl up with a sketch book and draw whatever comes to mind.
I got into writing as an outlet for personal therapy and have since expanded that into a hobby and profession that I enjoy. I often write down anything that comes to mind, combing through the ideas and expanding on plots that sound the most interesting. I like to write believable relations between people overcoming unfair hardships set before them. I always love a happy ending and no matter the hell my characters go through they’ll always get their forever person.
The following are Ms. Halford’s responses to my interview questions. Enjoy!
Let’s talk about your favorite genre to read? To write?
My favorite genre to read has got to be scifi! Followed closely by paranormal.
I write primarily in the paranormal genre. I enjoy the freedom it allows me and the world building that comes with writing the stories.
What inspired you to write your first book? And, please, tell us about that book.
I was inspired to create ‘A Dragon’s Dream’ by my hikes and fishing trips around southern Oregon. I honestly had the idea for the setting of the book before I had the plot or characters. Jason and Michel came second. What drove me to actually publish my first book was I got fired from my job for telling the boss to fuck off, he was a creep.
Do you have a favorite theme for the stories you read and write?
If I had to pick it would be overcoming hardships. Whether those hardships are large or small, I think it’s great to watch a character grow from page to page. Another would be acceptance, especially if that acceptance leads to finding their HEA.
Let’s talk POV? Which do you prefer and why?
I write in third person because it allows more diversity in voice I think. I enjoy seeing a story from multiple angles, and third person allows that to happen in a more natural way.
What’s on the top of your TBR pile right now?
Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to even look at my TBR pile in weeks. If I had to pick, it would probably be Audra Hart’s next Tulsa Immortals book ❤
Ain’t she cute? 😉
Do you mind sharing the synopsis of your latest story with our readers? Maybe give us a tease to whet our appetites? How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I have multiple stories I’m currently working on, but I think I got something that’ll make you wish I was writing faster.
Warrior Omega: Ragnar, knight of the kingdom comes a far north fief as a merchant’s escort, but also to find a life partner. He’s heard of an undefeated omega, the son of the overseeing lord, and wishes to try his hand and winning the sword wielding omega.
Gunnar, the omega in question, has had his heart broken once and to keep it from happening against declares that he will wed no one that cannot first best him in a one on one duel. So far he’s been able to defeat every suitor that’s come his way, but he is not prepared for Ragnar.
“I welcome you and your men to my home. Kare, Gunnar!”
Biting back the fear he felt seeping into every bone of his body, Gunnar stepped forward with his birthing father. Just like that the tone of the newcomers shifted. All eyes moved from Tobias to Gunnar and his skin prickled with unease. He hated this!
Magnus took Kare’s hand as soon as he could and Gunnar remained back a step. “This is my mate, Kare, and our son, Gunnar.”
With the prompting, Gunnar raised his eyes to the people staring openly at him. He straightened his back and met each of their wide eyed expression with confidence he didn’t entirely feel. When he finally locked eyes with Ragnar something changed in the air. There was no rejection in the man’s eyes. No confusion. If anything Ragnar looked pleased by the announcement.
Gunnar’s instincts told him to take a step back. To flee the presence of such a man.
Ragnar dismounted and approached Gunnar. With effort he maintained his ground and let the knight take his hand. “A pleasure, Gunnar,” the rough man said surprisingly gently, before placing a kiss to Gunnar’s open palm.
Warmth spread up his arm and started down his body. Removing his hand from Ragnar’s Gunnar threw up his defenses and glared at the knight. “Lord Gunnar is my title, knight.”
Tobias chuckled behind him while everyone else gawked.
“Of course, my mistake,” Ragnar easily recovered.
Wow! This sounds wonderful. *Crack* That’s the whip cracking to get Ms. Halford writing faster!
Can we talk about character development? Do you have a set process for developing your characters? Do you plot them out ahead of time or do they develop as you write the story?
I do a quick plot outline which my characters and story follow throughout the book, but for the most part their development takes place as I write. When I do try and plot out the development ahead of time I find it comes off artificial. As for their personalities, that is entirely my characters. Take Gunnar from above, he’s a self-assured but guarded man, with reason. Ragnar is just self-assured and cocky, with a gentle nature when directed at those he cares about.
Please talk to us about where readers can find you on social media and where they can find your books. Maybe share a bit about your top 3 favorite books?
I can be found on multiple social media sites, a list of which I’ve provided below. All of my books can be found on my amazon page, as well as my website.
As for my top 3 favorite books, that’s a hard one. Dragonsong and its sequel Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey have got to be first, with Dragonsong being just a bit ahead. Longest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz, would be number two. And in third place Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.