Chris McHart is from Germany and while an accountant, writing is Chris’s real passion. Chris likes to spend time with family and has way too many animals that demand constant attention. Chris also enjoys landscaping and cooking.
Whenever Chris has a free minute, it’s spent writing on a laptop, a cup of coffee in hand, deeply lost in the world Chris’s muses have created.
When coming up for air, you’ll find Chris on a lot of social networks. Check out Chris’s website to see where you can find out more. Chris looks forward to hearing from you!
Interview with Chris McHart!
VP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m not a native speaker, so learning to write in English was quite a challenge at first. Germany has no big market for M/M, and I was used to reading in English, so it was a no-brainer to start writing in the same language I’ve been reading in. Big surprise, reading is not the same as writing, and it was awful.
I’ve studied English in school, but that was years ago.
If you start writing, you have to learn to show, not tell. You should have a certain tension, otherwise every one who attempts to read it will not finish the story because it’s boring. And you have to get dialogue right, sounding natural, not stilted.
There are so many things a newbie author has to ingrain in order to get good.
I had to learn all that, in a language I still am not as secure in as the one I speak every day.
That was the biggest challenge for me. Fortunately I have a great crit group who pointed out my mistakes. And I have an editor who knows I’m not a native speaker. She helps me a lot to get a better grip on the language.
My biggest achievement until now was not only to get two novellas accepted by MLR-Press, but in my second submission, “Grenzen” I only got two question marks because I used a wrong word! You can laugh now, but I really was proud of myself.
Right now I’m also working on showing the emotions better, to make the stories more believable and more alive.
Another quest is to find the time to write, since I am always busy. I now do it deeply into the night, but that’s not really a good time, since I’m often more asleep than awake while typing.
VP: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I absolutely love L.A. Witt’s stories, because she has a really great way of telling the story. You feel each characters emotions, thoughts, and fears. It’s amazing.
I also love Heidi Cullinan’s stories, and Damon Suede’s Hot Head impressed me as well.
VP: What do you plan on writing next?
My next book, “Grenzen,” is releasing Dec. 5th. I’m doing the final edits on it right now.
Next on the to-do list a sequel to “Never Wrong,” since Jeff and Dean keep telling me their story is not over yet. The working title is “Still Not Wrong.”
I’m also working on a menage, which has no real title yet. Right now it’s called “What It Takes” but that will most likely change a few times until the story is done.
A lot of other ideas are floating around in my head, but these three are the ones that currently keep me up at night.
Thanks for interviewing me, Heloise!
Great to have you here, Chris! 😀
Author: Chris McHart
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, May-December Age-gap
Length: 34.000 words
Jeff was raised to believe love between two men is wrong. Or is it? Can love ever be wrong?
When Jeff meets the much younger Dean, he only knows he wants him, consequences be damned. But things are not as easy, especially after Jeff’s ex calls and announces big news.
And Dean? He thinks the new neighbor is hot, but he’s not interested in something more than a rebound fuck. That’s what he tells himself, at least.
But lust isn’t a good basis for a relationship, more so since Jeff isn’t sure whether he can deal with being gay.
Love is never wrong, but can Jeff accept that?
Excerpt: Never Wrong
What the hell possessed me to buy so much shit?
I stood in front of my car’s open trunk, and tried to work out how the hell to get all this stuff up to my fifth floor apartment. Without an elevator, of course. The nice guy at the store had packed most of it in bags, but there were about eight of them. Along with a few items that were too big to fit into bags. I was going to have to make a lot of trips up and down the stairs. Damn.
I should have bought a few things at a time, not everything the first day. It figured I’d go overboard, trying to make my new apartment as comfortable as possible. Understandable though, since this was the first time I was totally, completely on my own, but I might’ve gotten a bit too much.
“You’re my new neighbor, aren’t you?”
The deep voice, coming from behind me, shot shivers down my spine. I turned. My gaze traveled up and down the man standing in front of me, and holy shit. Short, dark brown hair with grey at the temples highlighted the sharp features of his good- looking, angular face. And he had a body that made me want to beg. I didn’t know what to beg for, just that I wanted to. Damn. Muscles defined his arms, not too obvious, but clearly there. Along with the slight padding on his hips, his appearance gave me the impression that he might work out, but was definitely not obsessed with it. He was somewhere around the age of forty, forty-five, if I guessed right. A man of my tastes.