Title: Uncharted Hearts
Author Name: Amelia Bishop
Publication Date & Length: August 14, 2015 – 240 pgs
Clayton Taylor is smart and skilled, and born into privilege. His expertise with navigation lands him a job on The Irish Lady, a ship which promises a world of new experiences. Half in love with Peter, The Lady’s roguish captain, Clayton signs on for adventure and a chance to test his skill against the sea. Once aboard he meets Jorge, a pillar of quiet strength.
Clayton’s life among the sailors and thieves is happy, wild, and free. He learns to sail, to fit in with the crew, and to cheat at cards. There isn’t a course he can’t chart, or a job he can’t design.
But Clayton can’t navigate love, nor can he plan for the whims of his heart. Bold and direct and often stubborn, Clayton’s uncharted heart will plot its own course, bound for a union with two men who need him as much as he does them.
Together Clayton, Peter, and Jorge will discover the heart has no need of map and compass.
The Irish Lady’s gangway was up, and I had a flash of panic. Was I too late? I caught a glimpse of Peter on deck, and called out to him. “Sir! Peter Simpson!”
He turned and strode back to the rail, a light in his eyes and a smile on his face. My trunk seemed suddenly much easier to haul.
A large black man lowered the gangway, and looked me over as I struggled up it, raising an eyebrow at my large case. He wore his hair in long twisted locks, and his shirt, open at the chest, revealed heavy glistening muscles. I swallowed hard. Was this a ship full of temptation? Would I spend my entire time here aroused and useless?
“You came!” Peter rushed to me, not hiding his excitement.
I nodded, smiling.
“I’m so glad.” He brushed his fingers over my cheek in a move much too affectionate for public display. I glanced at the large man, but he’d turned away.
“Come, I’ll get you settled in and explain your position.” Peter hoisted one end of my trunk, and led us toward the hatch.
I felt as if I had to ask him, before I went below, exactly what kind of situation I was signing on to here. “Just what sort of a ship is this, precisely? I’m sure you aren’t an entirely reputable merchant?”
He dropped his side of the trunk, and I feared I’d erred. Perhaps that was too forward a thing to ask. But his crooked grin told me he was not offended. “Is that a problem?”
Good lord, he was sexy. His chin was shadowed with a fine dark stubble, and his hair was gathered at the top of his head in some sort of ridiculous knot, which only accentuated his chocolate brown eyes and thick brows. “No…” I smiled. “But you’ll have to teach me.”
His mouth opened on a gasp. Finally, I’d unbalanced him.
“Gladly,” he rasped, and picked up the trunk again.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I write in my bedroom. Which sounds sexy maybe but honestly it is just the place where we keep the computer. My house is small, but my bedroom is actually pretty big. I have an antique desk and chair (a real old squeaky wooden chair, not a cool office chair) and on the wall above my desk I have lots of paintings my kids made for me. I keep my desk clean and nearly empty, except I do have a magic 8 ball which I use more than I’d like to admit. I’m really bad with decisions.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I am probably most like Cole, from Love You Forever. He’s an artist, and though I didn’t get to go to RISD I did major in Art education, and minor in painting. He’s been in love with the same man for over 20 years and sometimes that relationship is a bit… dysfunctional. Having been with my husband for a similar amount of time, I can relate. Cole also clings a bit too strongly to Rick, and avoids his problems by drinking or making art, which are faults I share. Wow I probably shouldn’t be admitting any of this, now that I think about it… LOL
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I would love to be a pastry chef. Baking is a serious hobby of mine, and I’d love to be able to do it as a job.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Oh man, lots of things! When I first started writing, I was doing things based on instinct. I have no training as a writer. It took me a while to deconstruct the things I was doing in order to keep on doing them “right.” Things like pacing and character development sometimes came really easily, but other times I just couldn’t figure out why they weren’t working. I had to step back and figure out why they had worked previously in order to do them properly, and it was a slower process.
I also wish I had understood how important marketing and social media was. I never took that very seriously, and I should have.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
Some people who enjoy historicals asked for more detail. I am not a fan of lots of detail. But now… I’m worried that maybe I should have put in all those physical details. What if people miss that? What if they expect it, since it is a historical? I’m nervous my style does not lend itself to historical romance.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
Daydreaming, mostly. I have a lot of time when I can’t write, like when I’m at the beach with my kids or driving or doing household chores. So I just imagine my characters in situations, and let things play out in my mind. Often I come up with really fun scenes that way!
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a contemporary m/m that is about one third done. I should finish that. But I also have a paranormal series in the works, which is way more fun. So I’m not sure what will be “next” chronologically
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in New England. I guess it does influence me, since most all of my stories are set here, at least partially. I live near the water and I go to the beach a lot, and there are a lot of water/beach/ocean elements in my stories.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I love m/f urban fantasy. It’s so fun to read, and I think the worldbuilding that goes on in those genres is just fantastic. I’m also really impressed with the action and mystery aspects, as those aren’t the kinds of plots I can manage as a writer. So I love reading them because I am never critiquing, or thinking “oh, they shouldn’t have written it this way,” I’m just along for the ride and I love it.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
I can’t be allowed in a yarn store. Or an art supply store. It’s really a problem. I have stashes of yarn hidden in odd places, because if my husband knew how much I buy he’d probably ask me to go to therapy or something. Art supplies are easier to hide, as I have bins and often the items are small and can be slipped in and no one notices. But yes, creative materials/supplies are a major vice for me.
I am a reader and writer of romantic erotic fiction of all varieties. Sometimes, the little stories in my head just need to be shared (and sometimes they are just for me). I enjoy red wine, black rum, shell-hunting walks along the seashore, and solo late-night drunken dance parties.