BA Tortuga on Writing, Characters and her story ‘Living in Fast Forward (Radio and the Road)’ (guest blog)




Living in Fast Forward (Radio and the Road) by B.A. Tortuga
Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Available August 6 from Dreamspinner Press

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have B.A. Tortuga here today talking about her writing, her ties to her characters and her latest release Living in Fast Forward.  Welcome, B.A.!

~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with B.A. Tortuga ~


Have you ever had to put an ‘in progress’ story aside because of the emotional ties with it?  You were hurting with the characters or didn’t know how to proceed?

Oh, lord. Say Something damn near killed me. I had to stop and breathe about a thousand times. My son was going through cancer at the time, and I felt so lost that I let myself sink into Mike and Jensen so deep that I damn near got lost.

Do you like HFN or HEA? And why?

I’m a totally HEA girl. 100%. Why? points you to my wife This, ladies and gentlemen, is proof that happily ever after is a real, true thing worth believing in.

Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

Lord yes. I’m a voracious reader – romances, suspense, horror, literary fiction, non-fiction. I’m a huge fan of words and how they’re put together.

Who do you think is your major influence as a writer?  Now and growing up?

Stephen King is absolutely, without a doubt my huge influence. One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever been given was “listening to Stephen King speak was like listening to you talk.” squee

What’s next for you as an author?

I’m finishing up the first in a new rodeo series about a gay-friendly rodeo company. Then I’ll be onto my next Dreamspun Desire, Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House.

Much love, y’all.


Living in Fast Forward blurb

Acclaimed musician Hollis Lee is a little bit rock, a little bit country, and a lot in need of some TLC to mend the years of hardcore partying that threatens to ruin his career. Hollis’s manager, Charlie, has the perfect solution in mind.

Personal trainer Jeremy is even-keeled and nothing if not professional—which means doing his job, getting Hollis back to his fighting weight, and ignoring his fierce attraction to the rock star.

Turns out Hollis has a harder time resisting Jeremy than giving up sausage biscuits and cheeseburgers, but succumbing to temptation could end both of their careers. While Hollis is on tour, no one questions Jeremy’s presence, and that means plenty of time to sneak away for some steamy fun on the tour bus. But when an accident separates them, how will they sustain the relationship that’s starting to mean so much?

Second Edition

About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the  high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at

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