Name G. A. Hauser
Where are you from- Fair Lawn, NJ
Author G.A. Hauser is from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA. She attended university at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and has a BA in Fine Art from William Paterson College in Wayne NJ where she graduated Cum Laude. As well as degrees in art, G.A. is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). In 1994 G.A. graduated the Washington State Police academy as a Peace Officer for the Seattle Police Department in Washington where she worked on the patrol division. She was awarded Officer of the Month in February 2000 for her work with recovering stolen vehicles and fingerprint matches to auto-theft and bank robbery suspects. After working for the Seattle Police, G.A. moved to Hertfordshire, England where she began to write full length gay romance novels. Now a full-time writer, G.A. has penned over 140 novels and short stories. Breaking into independent film, G. A. was the executive producer for her first feature film, CAPITAL GAMES which included TV star Shane Keough in its cast. CAPITAL GAMES had its Film Festival Premiere at Philly’s Qfest, and its television premiere on OutTV. G.A. is the director and executive producer for her second film NAKED DRAGON, which is an interracial gay police/FBI drama filmed in Los Angeles with the outstanding cinematographer, Pete Borosh. (also the Cinematographer for Capital Games)
The cover photographs of G.A.’s novels have been selected from talented and prolific photographers such as Dennis Dean, Dan Skinner, Michael Stokes, Tuta Veloso, Hans Withoos, and CJC Photography, as well as graphic comic artist, Arlen Schumer. Her cover designs have featured actors Chris Salvatore, Jeffery Patrick Olson, Tom Wolfe, and models Brian James Bradley, Bryan Feiss, Jimmy Thomas, Andre Flagger, Grigoris Drakakis, among many others.
Her advertisements have been printed in Attitude Magazine, LA Frontiers, and Gay Times.
A. has won awards from All Romance eBooks for Best Author 2009, Best Novel 2008, Mile High, Best Author 2008, Best Novel 2007, Secrets and Misdemeanors, and Best Author 2007.
G.A. was the guest speaker at the SLA conference in San Diego, in 2013, where she discussed women writing gay erotica and has attended numerous writers’ conventions across the country.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My next release; THESE FOUR WALLS will be coming out in a week. It’s a gay erotic romance about secret lives.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began nearly 20 years ago. I wrote my first story when I was in my teens. I enjoyed the process and have always been creative, having gone to art school.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until recently. Although I have been managing to make a living, just by writing, I still wonder if it identifies who I am.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was tired of searching for gay erotic romance- back in the day, before ebooks, there was a big difference between porn and romance- I wanted to read a crossover, and there weren’t any to be found.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Usually 3rd person POV with most of my characters leading the way.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
THESE FOUR WALLS is about living behind a mask. It’s about everyone, really, since we all have secrets.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
As always, love is love, is love, is love. I strongly believe in equal rights.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most of my books contain something from real life in them. A little nugget of factual experience and a dab of fantasy.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Mary Renault- she was a goddess of words, and I loved her.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Since I am all consumed with my own work, I haven’t read for pleasure in ages. Besides, the last thing I want is to read a peer’s novel, and end up with their plot in my head. Not going to happen.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
There are so many, naming one is tough. I am very fortunate to have fellow authors who have supported me& helped me promote, like Patti Logan, or Stormy Glenn, Kage Alan, and Sharita Lira. And that doesn’t even begin to express how grateful I am for fan’s support. So many!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. It has been for more than a decade, and hopefully, this is it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope. It’s fine as it is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Other than what I mentioned above, it has become a source of pleasure; mainly to promote love, tolerance, and equality.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sample Chapter for These Four Walls:
Jimmie Beck tapped his pencil on his lip while sitting in his dining room. Textbooks were open in front of him as March sunshine filtered through the sheer curtains.
The walls were painted ‘uptight’ white. A white linen tablecloth covered the dark brown dining table which was surrounded by six chairs. A matching china cabinet held his grandmother’s antique crystal and silver.
A chandelier with bulbs the shape of tiny flames threw angular shadows on his notebook.
“Okay. Multiplying polynomials.”
Jimmie sat up higher in his chair.
Rudy Oberon, the teacher living next door, was tutoring him.
“Combine like terms.” Rudy wrote an example on his notepad.
Jimmie hadn’t the vaguest idea when he would ever use these math equations again, other than his freshman year exams.
Jimmie looked into Rudy’s brown eyes.
“Do you want to take a break?”
“I can’t do this. It just doesn’t make sense.”
When Rudy put his hand on Jimmie’s shoulder, Jimmie forgot about his math lesson. “You’ll get it. Just stick with it.”
Jimmie’s mother, Emily, stood by the dining room threshold. “Can I get you anything? Iced tea? Water?”
Rudy allowed his hand to rest on the table. “Iced tea sounds good.”
“I’m okay, Ma.” Jimmie slouched in the chair and set the pencil down.
Rudy moved the textbook closer to himself and fanned through pages. He then, slid the book in front of Jimmie. “Here are sample questions. Why don’t you see how you do?”
His mother handed Rudy the tea in a tumbler glass filled with ice. “Thanks, Emily.”
“How’s Jimmie doing, Rudy?”
“Fine.” Rudy sipped the tea.
Jimmie looked at the end of the chapter to see the questions. He put a bookmark on the page and then flipped to the beginning of the chapter. His mother returned to the kitchen, and Jimmie could hear her fixing dinner.
“Do you want me to read the chapter now?”
Rudy set the glass down on the white linen table cloth near the centerpiece of candles and silk plants. “You can do it later. Just make notes on the equations you have trouble with.” Rudy stood from the chair. “Don’t give up. I know you can do it.”
Jimmie glanced at the bulge in Rudy’s faded jeans. He tapped his pencil eraser on his notebook while Rudy said goodbye to his mother.
Next, Jimmie heard the front door to the house open and close.
Jimmie gazed out of the picture window as Rudy passed by, walking across the lawn to his own home. Rudy looked into the house as he did and smiled at Jimmie.
Jimmie read the information Rudy had written for him, examples of math equations. On the flipside of one of the papers was a note. After reading it, Jimmie erased it. He picked up the glass of iced tea and drank from it, licking his lips.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes it’s tough wrapping up, ending the book. The one I am now working on, has hit over 70,000 words.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I did. I traveled around the globe, and now have a wealth of places to choose from- however, I have a particular love for Los Angeles.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Mostly me. I find photos from wonderful models and photographers.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Two of my novels are already full length feature films: NAKED DRAGON and CAPITAL GAMES. I was very pleased with the men who I cast in the leads.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up, and don’t be a troll. We all need love and support.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes. THANK YOU!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
My first book was Dr Seuss! Ha! Loved them when I was tiny.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The world makes me do both. Hopefully more laughing than crying.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
My mom. I miss her.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
My headstone is already erected. It reads, ‘Mark Antonious Richfield died when GA’s pen was laid to rest’ My fans will understand.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Yes. Cooking, running, biking, and having a good time.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Vice News, old Columbo shows, Veep, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love many different foods, so there are too many to list. My fav color is blue. And my music is eclectic as well. From Led Zep to Shawn Colvin.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would most likely still be a police officer.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?