Review, Interview and Giveaway: The Next Call by Sue Brown

Mark Grayson volunteers for an LGBT helpline, the same one that helped him through his teenage years. One day he takes a call from “Ricky,” a suicidal man being forced into a marriage he doesn’t want. For weeks Mark talks to Ricky and provides support, but he’s frustrated by the lack of information Ricky provides and the decisions he’s making. In the meantime, Mark starts a relationship with another volunteer. Then tragedy strikes and Mark takes time away from the helpline, but when he comes back, Ricky is waiting. Mark realizes Ricky is stronger than before and their relationship changes, but Mark isn’t sure what their future holds if their relationship is destined to be at the end of the phone.

This story is absolutely beautiful. Mark has such a kind heart. I hated his ex Tam and how he treated Mark. All of the side characters are wonderful and make the story come to life. I was able to figure out Ricky’s true identity pretty quickly, and the tragedy that happened. I was still heartbroken by the tragedy even if I expected it. I wanted to gather Mark up and hug his hurt away. I would love to read more about how Mark and Ricky build their relationship now they’ve met and got together. But if there’s never another story with these characters I’m perfectly happy with how things ended.
Four and a half

Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Sue: I don’t listen to music at all. I tend to write to the accompaniment of two dogs snoring, whatever my daughter has on the TV and whichever teenager is talking to me. I did try writing to ‘music to concentrate to’. That was fine until the music had running water in the middle of it. Which idiot did that? Instant loss of concentration and running for the bathroom.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Sue: I was a full-time writer and it suited me because of my family situation, but recently I’ve needed extra money, so I now have a part-time job as well. I’m working for one of my publishers so I can fit it in around everything else.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer again?
Sue: I do hope to go back to full-time within a couple of years. I became a full-time writer after I finished my degree. Now I’m struggling to fit it all in, but isn’t that everyone’s problem?
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Sue: I try to hit at least two thousand. That’s a reasonable monthly amount. I admire people who can write more.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Sue: Many moons ago, I used to write a story, have a couple of weeks downtime and then start the next one. Now I have several on the go all the time, and downtime doesn’t happen.

Thank you for hosting me.

About Sue:
Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has gotten expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

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