BA Tortuga Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author BA Tortuga to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today BA.

To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your newest release?

My newest release is Roughstock: City/Country. It's the first traditional (m/f) romance in my Roughstock bullrider series. It's set mostly in my favorite city in the world, Austin, and features a pierced, tattooed Goth girl who meets a rodeo cowboy in a club. They hit it off, immediately, but they discover that neither one of their worlds is really interested in welcoming the other.

Official blurb: Emmy doesn't really like cowboys. She might be from Texas, but she's a city girl, truly invested in keeping Austin weird, just like the slogan says. With her corsets and tattoos, she stands out at the western bar where she ends up after being abandoned by her friends. That might be why she catches the attention of Cotton, who's a bullrider by trade, and definitely a cowboy. Cotton thinks Emmy might be the most fascinating girl he's ever met. She's not a cowgirl, and she's not model skinny, but she's beautiful and smart and he wants her like he's never wanted anything before.

As one date turns into months of seeing each other in between bullriding events, Cotton starts to think that Emmy is the all-important One. Cotton's friends and family might not be so sure, though. As Emmy's life starts to unravel around her, Cotton has to fight his fears and his confusion to prove to Emmy that city and country might just be able to work after all.

Available at Amazon and All Romance Ebooks

Tell readers something about you that makes you unique.
*ponders* I spent almost ten years doing illustrations for summer library book club programs. If you need a hippo bean bag toss drawing, diagrams on how to make your own coloring books, or a scavenger hunt map, I'm your girl. ;-)

When did you start writing?
I wrote my first published poem in 1975. I wrote my first published short in 1988.

How long did it take you to get published?
I'll answer this one for the m/m romance market, specifically: Believe it or not, I started Torquere Press because my friends, who were writers, couldn't find publishers. I did not start writing m/m fiction professionally until over a year after the business started.

Who has influenced you the most in terms of developing your personal writing?
My partner, Julia Talbot. She is the wall I bounce ideas off, the gauge of when I have fallen too deep into Texanisms, and the first person to hear the phrase, "what if there was this guy?"

When writing, do you adhere to a strict writing schedule or wait until the muse hits you?
I write on a very strict schedule, focusing on getting a certain amount of words per day.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
*cackles madly* Oh, good Lord, in every way. I grew up on a ranch, and my love is cowboys/rednecks/southerners. When I write cowboys, each and every one is imbued with all the men I've known.

What was the hardest aspect of writing Roughstock: City/Country? How did you overcome it?
The hardest part of this book was introducing a male/female romance into a series that had, up to that point, been solely male/male. I thought long and hard about the readers and, honestly, not everyone in that universe that deserved a story is gay, so I gave them their head. I'm praying my readers follow me.

What's the oddest, but useful, piece of advice your mother ever gave you?
Don't stand and watch anyone leave you.

Is there any movie character that you think is your cinematic twin?
Winnie the Pooh

Do you have a favorite author or all-time favorite book and why?
I am a huge Stephen King fan and my favorite of his books is The Stand. I love his colloquial style and how he is more focused on telling a story than writing a book.

Who would you like to pen a book with, living or deceased?
Oh, man... Living: Joyce Carol Oates, Deceased: Flannery O'Connor.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Absolutelya! You can find me at

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
Please look for my new m/m paranormal, Cats and Dogs, coming this fall, along with a m/m/f Roughstock book, featuring two Aussies that turn a Texas nurse's world upside down.

Thanks for taking time to be with us today BA!

Interviewed by: Tammy