Interview with R. M. Burns

When did you first start writing?
I wrote short stories in grade school as a creative outlet; I have a lot of imagination. One of my stories was selected by a group of authors for a talent contest and I had to read my story to the entire school. It was scary, but it fueled my lust to create. I have written a novel and I'm in the editing process.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My lesbian partner died and threw my life out of kilter. I looked for support and found very little. My story is an attempt to give support to other lesbians who are feeling left out. People may or may not realize or care that there is a major difference between lesbian relationships and other relationships, and in the height of grief, we need each other more than usual. I needed the understanding and I had to get it on the Internet, mostly from the underground lifestyle of which I was a part.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to get my story out to other lesbians quickly and indie publishing is the way to do that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is seeing my characters come to life and when the story goes in a whole new direction that I didn't forsee.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me; without them I would be just another person who wants to write. I love you, fans!
What are you working on next?
I'm always working on my first novel or a short story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Vicky Whipple because she wrote the very first lesbian grief book and it helped me through my journey of grief.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life in all it's glorious struggle inspires me to get up every day; I don't want to miss a thing!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an OCD cleaner, so my home is spotless. I also spend time with my partner, friends and acquaintances.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is fun and a creative process I truly enjoy. The cover should reflect a theme of the story. With You Forever has an actual dungeon scene that has been treated to look distorted. I pick colors based on the mood of the story. Blue was chosen for With You Forever because blue was mary's favorite color. The dress collar in the middle looks similar to the one I gave to mary.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love variety, so whatever catches my fancy at the moment will get read.
Describe your desk
My desk is a custom-made coffee table with a hydraulic lift. I have my laptop on it, as well as several coasters for drinks. It has a compartment for storage that is very handy.
Published 2013-08-26.
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Books by This Author

With You Forever
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,320. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Death, Grief, Bereavement, Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Coming out
This is the true story of my journey through grief. I am a lesbian. Some people would consider my story racy, as I acknowledge that I was in a BDSM relationship with my deceased partner; to me it is a way of life. My main goal is to share my story with other lesbians so they will not feel alone; I felt so alone when my partner died suddenly.