The Great Gay Reads Interview: Paul Magrs

The second delightful writer to grace the Great Gay Reads with an interview is the lovely Paul Magrs. Paul has written many books on many varying subjects from celebrity, Doctor Who and his wonderful, wonderful Brenda and Effie stories which are all out now with a new one following in November. I read the first Never The Bride a while ago and absolutely loved it, and cannot wait to be able to delve into the next two ‘Something Borrowed’ and the latest release ‘Conjugal Rites’ which is out this week in Paperback.

Introduce yourself to the readers, tell us more about yourself…
I was born in the North East of England at the end of the Sixties. I grew up on a New Town near Darlington through the Seventies and Eighties. I studied at Lancaster University, writing my first novels there. They were published in the Nineties by Chatto and Windus. I became a University Lecturer and Creative Writing tutor, working at UEA in Norwich, and MMU in Manchester. I live in Manchester with my partner, Jeremy. I’ve published about twenty-odd books, including novels for teens, adults and Doctor Who fans.

How long have you been writing for?
Since I was about nine.

What made you want to write? Who made you want to write?
My Mam has always read lots of novels and I got that love of reading from her. She also made it seem quite possible that, if I wanted to write novels, then that’s what I’d grow up to do.

What were your favourite reads growing up?
Terrance Dicks, Malcolm Hulke; Nina Bawden’s, Roald Dahl, CS Lewis, David Eddings, Stephen King, Douglas Adams, Eric Houghton,

Were there any books that really helped you growing up gay?
David Rees, ‘In the Tent’ – when I was about twelve. Much later, Christopher Isherwood, ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ when I was 20.

How do you feel about the state of gay fiction today?
I love American mystery novels with lots of gay characters in – Anthony Bidulka, Cleo Coyle, Dean James.

Do you feel that as a gay writer you are obligated to include gay characters in your work or to give something back to gay readers?
I don’t think I could keep gay characters out of my fiction if I tried.

What are your thoughts on the ‘gay fiction’ section of book stores, shouldn’t it be all inclusive or is it a good device for people to be able to find gay fiction?
The more sections in a bookshop my books can be found in, the better.

What is your Great Gay Read of all time and why?
EM Forster’s Room with a View. It’s swooningly romantic, bitingly funny and it’s got that bit in the pond in the woods.

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~ by greatgayreads on April 30, 2009.

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