Elizabeth Coldwell is the author of the Steel City Nights trilogy, set in a fictional nightclub in Sheffield. The third book sees the club’s owner embarking on a forbidden relationship with a sexy policeman. She told us more…
Xcite: Tell us a little about Steel City Sins?
EC: It’s the third book in the Steel City Nights series of novellas. The first two have concentrated on employees at the club, but this one is about its owner, Scott Beresford. It starts with what looks like a simple break-in in his office, but events quickly escalate to a point where Scott is sure his life is in danger. The detective assigned to the case, Fraser Adams, thinks Scott is hiding something. But Fraser is hiding something, too, and that’s his attraction to Scott…
Xcite: Where did you find the inspiration for the book?
EC: I tried to think of the kind of person who might own a nightclub, and what his backstory would involve. All the books in the series have been very different. The first was a straightforward love story between two mismatched characters – a sassy drag queen and a straight guy who realises he’s into other men. The second involved a ménage situation. This one has more of a mystery element to it, because I liked the idea of writing about car chases and gun-wielding villains for once.
Xcite: Fraser is a closeted policeman. Why didn’t you write a character who’s comfortable being gay?
EC: These days, we’re told that it shouldn’t be a problem for people in jobs like the police or the army to come out because there’s much more acceptance of all sexualities, but it isn’t always be that easy. Fraser is worried that people who’ve known him for years will treat him differently. Once you have that idea in your head, it’s hard to overcome.
Xcite: Why do you enjoy writing male/male erotic romance stories?
EC: I love writing in just about every genre, but for some reason I like looking at situations from a man’s point of view. Most of my characters are straight-acting gays because I find them interesting to write – the very queeny type who usually turns up in chick lit as the gay best friend is such a terrible cliché that I like to steer clear of it.
What are you reading at the moment?
EC: A compilation of Charlie Brooker’s TV criticism. Sometimes, you just need to read someone going into a spittle-flecked rant about Big Brother or EastEnders…
Blurb: Scott Beresford has worked hard at making Steel City one of Sheffield’s hottest nightclubs; and a break-in at the club’s premises strikes him as only a minor setback, at first. Fraser Adams is the detective in charge of the case, and a man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality and his attraction to Scott. When it becomes clear this is no routine burglary, and someone appears to want Scott dead, Fraser’s fight against his own feelings becomes a fight to save the man who has awoken his desires. But will giving in to those needs prove the ultimate sin?
Formerly the editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine and co-founder of the Guild of Erotic Writers, Elizabeth Coldwell has been writing erotic fiction for over twenty years and her work has been widely published in the UK and US. She enjoys writing across the spectrum of erotica genres, from m/m space opera to girl/girl messy fun, vanilla to BDSM, paranormal to contemporary.