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How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing in some form or another since I was about six or seven. But when I got to high school, I really started getting into it. I wrote in notebook after notebook, filling pages upon pages with words.
Before you started, had you done any fanfiction? If so, what fandom?
Fanfiction was basically how it all started in high school. A friend linked me to a story she was reading and then I decided to write my own. I’ve done many different fandoms, but my favorites to write about are bands and the one I’ve been writing the longest is Hanson.
Are you in agreement that writing fanfiction is a great way to practice ones craft, why or why not?
I’m definitely in agreement with this. Fanfiction gives you a base, a starting point to jump off of. You’ve got your characters all at hand, you just need to write them out and make people believe that what you’re writing is what these characters would really do. It’s kind of an art form all on it’s own.
Would you ever write a hetero romance? Why or why not?
I’ve actually written hetero pairings before, but I feel like these stories all come out very cliché sounding and the sex scenes awkward. So I probably wouldn’t try to get those published. I’m very comfortable with the m/m pairing and will probably stick with that.
Your first published book?
I don’t have a full-length novel as of yet, but I do have a short story called A Single Man’s Valentine that is being released today in a Valentine’s themed anthology entitled Tempting Cupid. It’s sweet and spicy and I’m very proud of it.
What books are you reading at the moment? Its okay to give a fellow author a plug!
Right now I’m reading the third installation of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. I’m also in the middle of Dog the Bounty Hunter’s second book, Where Mercy is Shown, Mercy is Given.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on a full-length novel that’s a romance and sci-fi all in one. It’s unusual, but I really enjoy working on it. It’s fun to write.
When creating your characters, do you have models in mind or are they totally fictional?
Most of the time I have a model in mind when writing a character. It helps me to develop their personality and to visualize their body language.
If you write gay romance or erotica, just how descriptive are you in their sex scenes?
I tend to be pretty graphic when it comes to my sex scenes. But of course, not all stories or even scenes need complete description, so it depends on the story. Typically though, I’m pretty darn descriptive.
I read a blog about gay fiction writer’s losing their imagination because they are writing the same subjects repeatedly, what are your thoughts? http//www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/?p=42883
I don’t think this just applies to gay fiction writers. I think that this can apply to every writer who sticks with one genre only. It’s good to branch out a little even if you’re not going to publish in a different genre because it can help generate new ideas, give you new twists on old run-of-the-mill romance or what have you.
What is your stance on issues in society like same sex marriage, DOMA, etc?
I think love is love. I don’t see the difference between a heterosexual couple wanting to get married or a gay couple wanting the same thing. I think in the end, we all want someone to love us unconditionally for the rest of our lives. Why should the government have the power to tell someone they’re a second class citizen therefore they can’t marry who they love and cherish? I think the fact that not all people can get married is just silly and unconstitutional.
As an m/m romance author or gay fiction author, should there be more m/m or gay YA novels? Why or why not?
I definitely would say there should be. I think that young gay men might rather read about a relationship that is true to them than some boy-meets-girl novel. Growing up, kids like to read about stories they can relate to even if it’s in a fantasy world. And I think that gay, lesbian and bisexual kids would love reading stories that are more relatable to their situation.
Fun questions pick at least 3
Name one celeb that you wish was gay and why?
Taylor Hanson from the band Hanson. The only reason I say this is because sometimes he makes you wonder if he really is gay.
Name two male celebs that you’d like to see in a hot make out session?
Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Definitely.
Your favorite gay tv show or movie?
I really liked “Brothers and Sisters” even though the gay piece wasn’t the main focus. I just really liked Kevin and Scotty.
Your favorite gay celeb?
ADAM LAMBERT! He’s an amazing singer that blows me away and his songs hold so much meaning for me. He’s just wonderful.
Do you feel that celebs who are gay or bi should come out the closet?
I think that celebrities that are gay or bi shouldn’t be in the closet, but I don’t think they have to make a big announcement or flaunt it. I think that, for celebrities, being in a relationship is a part of their world that they’d want to keep for themselves, the one thing that’s all theirs. And I think that people, no matter their celebrity status, shouldn’t be judged for who they love and should be able to be out without judgment.
Are you tired of Lady Gaga yet?
Nope and even if I got tired of her music, I’d still love what she stands for.
For the men in your books, commando or underwear?
Depends on the character. But as for my men in A Single Man’s Valentine, Jake is either commando for when he wears those too-tight pants or boxer-briefs. And Kris is always wearing boxer-briefs.
Favorite character in one of your books?
I’d have to say that I honestly love them both but if you’re going to make me choose, it’s definitely Kris.
The character you identify with?
I identify with Kris because he’s got this huge crush on his friend that he doesn’t know what to do with and he’s not as straight as everyone believes.
Have you attended a pride parade? If so, where you inspired when doing so?
I’ve never been, but I’d love to go to one someday.
If you’ve watched gay porn, tell me your favorite movie and or star.
Oh boy! Haha! I’m not telling! …..no one would recognize the video!
A Single Man’s Valentine Blurb:
Kris Goodwin wants to spend his first Valentine's Day since his divorce alone in his apartment with a case of beer. But his best friend Jake has other ideas and shows up unannounced. Jake has brought supplies for what he calls the perfect single man's Valentine's Day; take-out, flowers, romantic comedies and a box of chocolates.
As the evening progresses, Jake admits the harmless crush he's had on Kris isn't quite as harmless as he's made it out to be. He's actually in love with Kris. Then Kris tells Jake the real reason behind his divorce.
Jake leaned his mouth close to Kris’ ear and began to sing quietly.
When the most romantic lines of the song came about, Jake tilted Kris’ head back so he could look into Kris’ eyes as he sang about loving Kris and needing him. About how Jake wanted him to stay now that they’d found each other and Jake wanted Kris to just let Jake love him. “I mean it, Kris,” Jake murmured. “I love you.”
Kris smiled gently. “I love you, too, Jake.”
The older man shook his head. “No, Kris. I mean, I love you. It was never just a harmless crush. Why do you think that last guy and I split up?”
“I know it isn’t a harmless crush,” Kris replied.
“You… you do?” Jake was shocked.
Kris nodded. “I love you too. Why do you think Jill and I are divorced?”
“I thought it was because she didn’t like how much you had to travel for your music,” Jake said confused.
Kris shrugged. “That’s just what we told people. It was really you. It was always you, Jake.”
Jake brushed his fingers through Kris’ hair. “Then why did you want to drink yourself into oblivion tonight?”
“Because,” Kris sighed. “I thought I was going to be all alone on Valentine’s Day.”
“Then why were you grumpy when I showed up?”
Kris shrugged and averted his eyes. “You showed up and you kept saying how this was the perfect single guy’s Valentine’s Day. I’ve never known how to make the first move, I always waited for you to do it. I guess it just kind of annoyed me that you showed up on Valentine’s day as just my friend.” He shrugged and looked down his hands.
Jake tilted Kris’ face back towards his so they were eye to eye, brown to blue. “I’ve never been just your friend,” he murmured.
“No?” Kris asked.
Jake shook his head. “It’s always been you. But you were always one hundred percent straight.” A small smirk turned up the corner of his mouth and Kris grinned back.
“Well, that’s obviously false,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been a hundred percent straight. Especially after meeting you, because really, it was love at first sight for me.” Kris blushed a deep shade of red. He couldn’t believe he actually admitted it out loud.
Thanks for having me!