We are so happy to have Ralph Josiah Bardsley as our guest today! One of our favorite M/M Romance authors, Bardsley’s so good at capturing emotion it’s hard to bring one of his books with you on the subway. There’s just too much to wistfully sigh at—which is great at home, less so on public transportation. But it’s also exactly why we just had to know more about him and The Process! Check out our QA below and don’t miss The Photographer’s Truth, out now!
What would you say is the easiest part of writing?
For me, the easiest part is the first draft. I give myself a lot of leeway during this part of the process – I let my imagination go wherever it wants to. That’s also where I have the most fun.
What’s the most difficult part?
The editing process is definitely the most difficult process for me. Some writers love that phase – honing the language, cleaning up grammar and plot. While I respect the focus and the effort it takes, it doesn’t come naturally to me. Thankfully, I’ve got an amazing editor at Bold Strokes Books by the name of Jerry Wheeler who makes that process much smoother.
What love story stands out in your mind as the most compelling?
In general, I like a love story that requires the characters to struggle with their own demons as part of the process of falling in love. Specifically, Mary Renault’s The Charioteer is my favorite love story. It is set in WWII and the characters are at war – both in the literal sense and within themselves. Another more recent love story that I found absolutely compelling was A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. But have a box of tissue and a glass of wine handy if you read that one – you’ll need it.
Are there certain moods or scenes that are easier to write for you?
I’ve been told that I write descriptive scenes well – that I can make someone feel as if they’re walking down a street in Paris or Boston. I’ll be honest; I think my best scenes tend to be the ones that take place in Boston. Though I haven’t lived there for years, I spent most of my twenties in the city and everything about it is still absolutely visceral in my memory.