If you don’t know who Rebecca Chance is yet, all you need to know is that she is the author where camp knows no limits. Move over Jilly Cooper and Jackie Collins, RC is the Queen of the Bonk Buster.
had the pleasure of talking to Ms. Chance last year, just after the release of her book Bad Angels, which was my guilty pleasure of the winter season. Read the review here.
As she answered the phone to me, I heard her laughing, asking what she found funny, she told me she had been watching the Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta Christmas video on a loop and couldn’t stop rewinding it to the line dancing bit. Her cackling makes me love her instantly.
No stranger to adding a bit of man on man action to her books, I asked her about it,
‘I’m bringing my editor along for the ride,’ Chance giggles, ‘She’s kind of got stabilisers on, little training wheels, on at the moment, she says as long as it’s “tender and sensitive” and I’m like ‘yeah…’ she giggles. ‘I mean I’ve been watching gay porn for 20 years… Catch up with the rest of us…’
As for gay friends, Chance has over 30 of them, where as she collected them all from?
‘All over the world, It’s fantastic I’m a sailor with a wife in every port, it means I don’t have to hang out with straight men very much, it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I don’t have a lot in common with them, most of my readers are women, gay men and one straight man called Brian – and I know him.’
After just after speaking for 7 minutes and 39 seconds I can already see why she has attracted so much gay male attention.
I ask her if she’d be all right at the dinner table if we all started to talk cock;
‘Oh darling,’ she quips, ‘that’s just at the cocktail stage!’
What does Chance love about writing bonkbusters?
‘I was born to write these things, I can put all these things that are normally hard to get into books: I can be funny, I can write about sex, I can do social commentary.
‘I’m quietly bringing on my sexual political agenda, which is that you don’t have to be really pretty to have a great time in bed, you have the right to be happy whether you’re gay or straight or whatever colour you are – and I’m doing in a way that you don’t realise I’m doing it most of time.
‘You’re gonna come out the other end (of the book) thinking “oh wasn’t that a lovely gay couple it’s so lovely that they’re in love” – you won’t realised I’ve messed with your prejudices a bit, like an evil elf working at a meta level… I love it.’
Her new book is called Killer Queens, a story about Chloe Rose, who is about marry a charming, sensitive loving… prince. Her life isn’t all fairytale though – her sister-in-law to be, is spiteful and the rest of his family looks down on her.
Within 30 pages, the first rompy sex scene happens and you won’t look at bananas in the same way again. Oh yes and there’s some man o man action too. Perfect for a summer read.
I ask her about her mornings, what can’t she get up without?
“Prosecco, coffee and Solpadine.”
There’s no arguing this lady knows her audience.
The editor and chief of THEGAYUK. All in a previous life wrote and produced songs on multi-platinum records.