Author Interview & Excerpt – A Shooting Star by Joe Cosentino

If you were stranded on a desert island (food and water provided), what three things would you take with you? 

My spouse for company, my neighbor who knows how to do everything to build a hut and catch and cook the food, and Zeb Atlas to look at.

 

Do you have a designated writing area at home? What’s it like?

Like Martin Anderson, the college’s theatre department head in DRAMA QUEEN (the first Nicky and Noah mystery from Lethe Press), I have a beautiful cherry wood study with a fireplace, huge desk, bookcases, and window seat. It’s hard for me to leave.

 

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Also like Martin Anderson in DRAMA QUEEN, I’m a college theatre professor/department head. I love giving back to my students, and they teach me as much as I teach them. A number of my faculty colleagues kidded me that if they tick me off I will kill them in an upcoming Nicky and Noah mystery. While tempting, I like them too much to do that.

 

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing a new novel set at a gay beach resort in New Jersey called COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK, and sent it to the publisher. And I just started writing CHINA DOLL (the fourth Jana Lane mystery). The Jana Lane mysteries are about ex-child star, Jana Lane, making a comeback while she solves murder mysteries, including who is after her. The series takes place in the 1980’s so AIDS is an integral part of each novel. Though Jana is straight, her best friend, agent, and greatest fan are gay. PAPER DOLL was published by Whiskey Creek Press. PORCELAIN DOLL is releasing in 2016 by The Wild Rose Press. SATIN DOLL and CHINA DOLL will follow.

 

Why did you decide to write M/M Romance?

They say, write what you know about. Also, go to the mall and look at movie poster after movie poster with no gay characters in them. What does this say to gay youth? This needs to change. Gay stories need to be told. After my In My Heart bittersweet dreams novella, AN INFATUATION, was released by Dreamspinner Press, so many readers told me they laughed, cried, and were very much moved by Harold and Mario’s story. I received numerous requests for a second novella in the In My Heart series. Since AN INFATUATION was loosely based on my high school days through adulthood, I thought back to my days as a theatre major in college, and A SHOOTING STAR was born. I know this story will touch everyone’s heart. I can’t wait to share more MM stories with readers.

 

What did you enjoy most about writing this story

I loved spending time with the characters in A SHOOTING STAR. Like Harold in AN INFATUATION, Jonathan in A SHOOTING STAR is loosely based on me, though I haven’t won an Academy Award—yet. He is ingenuous, funny, warm, gullible, and has an open heart. As is the case with Stuart in AN INFATAUTION, Barry, Jonathan’s loyal scene partner in A SHOOTING STAR, is loosely based on my spouse. Barry is hysterically funny and has such a great sense of self. He is also a devoted friend. Similar to Mario in AN INFATUATION, David in SHOOTING STAR is a combination of a number of young men I met as a theatre major in college and as a young actor. Each was handsome, muscular, charismatic, sensuous, and almost other-worldly like Greek gods. Though they appeared to hold the world in the palm of their strong hands, they each had a secret weakness. David is magical, an enigma, and incredibly sexy.

The acting professor, the hysterically hypochondriac Professor Katzer, is a lampooned version of an acting professor I had in college who has since passed away. He is great fun! I also love the theme of the story. As college theatre majors Jonathan and David sought out, developed, and celebrated the good in everyone around them. The world would be a better place if everyone followed their lead.

 

What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?

I generally wake up at 3am with a good idea and jot down notes on the pad on my night table. Since I began as an actor, I start by writing a long biography for each character. Sometimes I write an outline and other times I wing it. Since I did improvisation as an actor, I let the voices/characters in my head talk to one another then I write down what they say. I show the second draft to my spouse for his notes. The third draft goes to the publisher.

 

What advice would you give to an aspiring author looking to get published?

Write the kind of stories that you like to read, and the kind of characters you want to spend time with. There’s more to romance than romance. Just like in real life, romances are full of comedy, mystery, drama, twists and turns, and big surprises.

 

What are your plans for the future? What more can we look forward to from you? 

I am editing A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (an American travels to Capri Italy and embarks on a romance with his handsome third cousin), a short holiday novella releasing from Dreamspiner Press in December. Then comes THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (gay fairytales novella), releasing from Dreamspinner Press in February. DRAMA MUSCLE (the second Nicky and Noah mystery from Lethe Press) releases in March with Nicky and Noah investigating why musclemen are dropping like weights while Nicky directs the college’s bodybuilding competition. DRAMA CRUISE (Nicky and Noah investigate why theatre professors are dropping overboard while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre), and DRAMA ALOHA (Nicky directs a luau show in Hawaii while he and Noah investigate why muscular hula dancers are dropping like grass skirts) will follow. The second Jana Lane mystery, PORCELAIN DOLL, releases from The Wild Rose Press sometime in 2016 too. SATIN DOLL and CHINA DOLL will follow. So I’ll be very busy! Hopefully readers will come along for the ride, and contact me via my web site to give me their feedback: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com, and on Amazon and Goodreads!

 

Which of your characters is most like you? 

Readers tell me my books are cinematic. So I’m ready to make the movies. I want to play Principal Ringwood in AN INFATUATION, Professor Katzer in A SHOOTING STAR, Martin Anderson the department head in the Nicky and Noah series, and Simon Huckby Jana’s agent in the Jana Lane series. I’m ready for my close up!

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BOOK DETAILS

Genre: Contemporary | Bittersweet Dreams Title
ISBN-13: 978-1-63476-526-8
Pages: 98
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

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On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

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Reviews for AN INFATUATION the first novella in the In My Heart series by Joe Cosentino from Dreamspinner Press:

“Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success.”

– MM Good Book Reviews

“Joe Cosentino proves there’s more than one way to a happy ending in An Infatuation, a story of first love and heartbreak delivered in a fresh and funny voice.”

– The Novel Approach

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe Cosentino for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!”

– Bike Book Reviews

“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”.

– Nautical Star Books

“I recommend this book to anyone reminiscing about that one that got away.”

– LoveBytes Reviews

“I think you will be left breathless with the reality and emotion behind An Infatuation.”

– Diverse Reader

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As an Italian-American, I subscribed to my mother’s theory that if someone doesn’t want you to see something, he will hide it in a locked vault covered with cement. So I inadvertently took a quick look at my roommate’s things on the other side of the room. He was incredibly neat. Numerous theater textbooks and play scripts lined his bookshelf in alphabetical order. The bulletin board above his desk displayed artistically arranged programs from various comedy, drama, and musical college productions listing the same male lead in each show: “David Star”.

“Do you always look at other people’s things?”

I nearly got whiplash as he entered the room.

Stammering like a kid caught masturbating by his parents, I said, “I… w-was… ad-m-miring y-your… r-room.”

Though it was a fall September day, he took off his scarf (violet) and rested it on a tall coat-rack, which held scarves in various colors like a department store window display. He was taller than me, with a chiseled, handsome face, and straight, shiny black hair, which fell down his thick neck. I admired his perfectly sculpted muscles, housed in a turquoise designer dress shirt. But what captivated me the most were his piercing crystal-blue eyes—and the enormous bulge in his skin-tight, designer beige pants.

“What’s your name?”

“Johnny Falabella.”

He looked at me like a surgeon examining a tumor. “No, it’s not.”

“Excuse me?”

“It’s Jonathan Bello.” He opened a bureau drawer, pulled out a bottle of hair gel, and tossed it to me. “You should gel your hair.” He opened his closet, revealing a multitude of color-coordinated shirts and slacks, and lay some on my bed. “And you can wear these.”

I looked at his perfectly pressed designer clothes. “Where did you get all these things?”

“They were gifts, mostly.”

“You must have some generous friends…. Sorry, I don’t know your name.”

I’m David Star.” He took a bow.

Looking back at his play programs, I said, “You must have starred in every play at the college over the last three years.”

“Guilty as charged.”

“What happened to your last roommate?”

“He went to LA over the summer break and started auditioning. He got cast in a new TV sitcom. I hope it takes off. It’s called Cosby.”

“At the orientation session, they said freshmen are housed with other freshmen. How did I get a senior for a roommate?”

His eyes twinkled. “Just lucky I guess.”

“Do you think it was some kind of an administrative error or something?”

“Or something.” He added matter-of-factly, “I asked for a freshman roommate.”

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Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press short stories novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

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Author Interview & Giveaway – One Marine, Hero by EM Lynley

Thank you so much, Charlie, for hosting me here to celebrate Release Day for One Marine, Hero, from Dreamspinner Press.

This was definitely one of my most enjoyable books to write, but you’ll read all about that a bit later. Here’s a bit about the story.

 

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What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

Now there are fun challenges and there are frustrating challenges, and I definitely had both on this particular book.

First off, I didn’t know a thing about helicopters. A bit of a problem since my main character Jake Woodley is Marine helicopter pilot.

Solution: take helicopter flying lessons. Oh boy, this was one of the funnest things I have done in my whole life (at least with my clothes on). I thought I’d be a little worried, since the instructor said I’d be at the controls for the entire lesson, except for takeoff and landing. But once he handed over control of the aircraft, I had an absolute blast. It helps that I’m not at all afraid of heights. I could talk all day about the experience…

Another challenge: Marines. I talked to a bunch of helo pilots during SF Fleet Week and got some great information about what kind of guys they are, which helped a lot. And spending half a day with Marine pilots? No sweat!

For the tricky stuff: Since Marine One and the squadron that runs it HMX-1 has so many national security restrictions, it was really difficult to get any information on the helicopter, the squadron, etc., for a long time. I’d actually wanted to write a story that had Marine One in it, and then last year one of the pilots wrote a book and it was chock full of details that helped enormously.

The other difficulty for me was getting general military details correct. I did as much research as I could, including watching YouTube videos of how to wear the officer’s dress blues (that sword is a real PITA to get on the first time!). I was extremely lucky that Dreamspinner’s Senior Editor Lynn West is an expert and willing to check my military details for accuracy.

What’s a typical writing day like for you?

My plan for the typical writing day is to get up and have a walk before it gets too hot here in California, then get in a couple of hours of writing before visiting Facebook and having lunch, then do a few more hours of writing in the afternoon and another session of social media and writing with dinner thrown in there somewhere.

My actual writing day doesn’t even closely resemble that. I tend to start off with social media and emails then realize it’s 11 am. Then I start writing and don’t look up for several hours, usually till I need the bathroom (sorry if that’s TMI) or I realize I haven’t eaten anything.

That’s actually a good day, where I’m so into the story I never realize how long I’ve been writing. A bad day is one where I’m actually tempted to clean the bathroom because the story is frustrating me.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Netflix instant watch. The ability to binge watch a whole season of something in nearly one sitting is such fun, though it can be very detrimental to productivity.

I tend to bribe myself into writing for a couple of hours or some word count target before I’m allowed to watch another episode. That has actually helped me finish quite a few things. It’s especially useful for working through edits that can often take even more brain power than writing.

Do you have any pets? If not, and you were given the choice to have any pet (fictional or real), what type of pet would you choose and why?

A unicorn, of course. Duh!  Unicorns poop rainbows so they are easy to clean up after.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Someone told you I’m not writing? Who???

One word, Netflix.

Sometimes I read. I also study for classes. And I love to cook.

Coffee or tea?

Yes.

I love both, not quite equally. I probably like coffee a bit more, though sometimes I really crave a fragrant herbal tea. I am particularly fond of the stress relief blends. Try out Yogi Tea’s Honey Lavender Stress Relief tea. It’s like a visit to a day spa in a cup.

What are you working on now?

A cowboy story. Well, it’s supposed to be a cowboy story, but it’s turning into a lot more and the more I write the more complicated the characters get. They got so damn complicated they didn’t even meet until about 100 pages into the story, which does not fly for romance readers! I’m rewriting the whole beginning now. Next question?

EM Lynley_Helicopter lessonWhat did you enjoy most about writing this story?

I think I already mentioned the Marines and the helicopter lessons. You’d be surprised to find out there is more than that.

Another really fun aspect was getting to bring in some of my experiences working in Washington DC. I worked in the White House complex and we got to hang out on the South Lawn when Marine One arrived or took off. It’s a great (staged) photo opp, but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless. And I finally got to bring in my White House Christmas party experience, though since one of my characters is a recovering alcoholic, the awesome eggnog only got a walk-on appearance.

What’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or both?

I’m both. A lot depends on the kind of book I’m writing. I tend to write mystery/suspense (like One Marine, Hero) so the plot requires some careful planning, which can take a lot more time upfront, rather than having to string the whole thing together again if you figure out a big problem.

With contemporary romances I’m more of a pantser. I like to develop the characters first and decide what kind of problems they are going to face, then the story pretty much flows out of who they are. That can be really fun and very freeing after a tightly plotted book. Sometimes I surprise myself when I let loose and the story just writes itself and I find I’ve written 30 or 40 pages in a day. Unless of course the characters don’t meet until page 100, then I do have to go back and clean up more than I’d like. To avoid that, I discovered I should really plan the first few scenes and how they meet. Next time!

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I used to agonize over this a lot more. I had one book where someone was smuggling something and I asked a bunch of writer friends what they thought of my idea and people poked so many holes in it I put the whole book aside for a couple of months. Then I asked my non-writer housemate and she came up with a really easy and fantastic solution that made the story more interesting. So, asking for help from everyone and anyone is a good first step.

The other is to just relax. I’ve learned over the years that if I set my brain on another task, just as I’m getting focused on that, it will start spitting out ideas that solve the first problem. That also seems to happen in the shower a lot. No idea why. But it’s true that your brain does keep working even when you are not consciously aware of it.

That’s a great thing, because it reduces the amount of work a writer has to do. What I mean by that is storytelling and writing does get easier the more you do it because a lot of the “processing” happens in the background and when you sit down to write your brain just gushes really great ideas onto the page almost without you having to think too hard about it.

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He’s a hero to everyone but himself.

Marine helicopter pilot Captain Jake Woodley struggles after receiving the Medal of Honor for a mission where he didn’t bring every man back alive. Being called a hero and having his photo plastered across the news makes him hate himself more. He despises his cushy job flying with the Marine One squadron, carrying the president and other officials, when he’d rather risk something, even death. He gets his wish when he’s ordered to fly a series of classified trips.

Matt “Beau” Beaumont has been relegated to covering the fashion beat after getting downsized from a hard-news position. But an unexpected invitation to a White House dinner might be the boost his career needs. Offering a hot marine an after-dinner blowjob wasn’t on Beau’s agenda, but when Jake takes him up on the proposition, some phenomenal casual sex soon blossoms into a relationship both of them crave.

When Beau’s extracurricular research uncovers defense department funding anomalies, he soon discovers the trouble goes higher than he imagined. Just as events start to make sense, the investigation puts Beau and Jake in deadly danger. It takes a daring play by Jake—risking everything he loves—to uncover the truth.

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EM Lynley writes gay erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

She is the author of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, the Precious Gems series from Dreamspinner Press (Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone), and the Rewriting History series starring a sexy jewel thief, among others.

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Author Interview – In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

Hello all! Please welcome the fabulous Roan Parrish who’s here today to answer a few questions on writing, guilty pleasures, pets, and more!

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What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

Stopping. As a reader, I really like long books, and I love series. (Also, I think being a longtime sci-fi and fantasy reader really primed me for length.) I love knowing tons of details about everything and will happily read pages-long descriptions of what someone’s house looks like. It’s just part of the incredible joy of getting to inhabit a world other than my own. But, of course, not everyone’s quite so keen on such things—and, no, there are no such descriptions in my book. So I kept having to tell myself not to write another scene of Rex and Daniel talking over dinner or not to describe Ginger’s tattoo shop in even more detail. As it stands, I guess In the Middle of Somewhere is a bit long for the genre, maybe? But not for me. Give me 500 pages of great character development, descriptions of stuff I’m interested in, and a little smooching, and I’m basically in heaven. J

Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?

Oh, totally: mystery. I really enjoy mysteries but find the prospect of writing one pretty daunting. When I watch mysteries in the form of movies or TV, I definitely do the whole look for clues and try to solve the mystery thing. Strangely, though, when I’m reading mysteries, I don’t do that. I don’t try to solve the mystery at all, really. I think perhaps it’s just different training for those different media. Watching a movie is pure consumption, so I have lots of mental energy left to put the puzzle together. With reading, I kind of luxuriate in all the bits that have nothing to do with the mystery—prose style and characters’ thoughts and all—because that’s what I’m used to doing as a reader. For that reason, writing a mystery seems really difficult because I’m not trained to read that way. Of course, I say this, but I am actually writing a series that is sort of . . . mystery-adjacent? I think I’m refusing to say they’re mysteries to try and trick myself into not stressing about it.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Gymnastics movies. Well, okay, I’m not actually guilty about it but people always seem slightly embarrassed for me when I bring up. I have no real interest in sports, but I do like sports narratives a lot. They are intrinsically dramatic, have ensemble casts, follow a built-in structure of episodes with escalating stakes. Good stuff. But gymnastics has the added delight of being both an individual and a team sport, so there’s this tricky desire to both beat your teammates and collaborate with them. And gymnastics movies usually revolve around some major competition so there are heroes and villains and . . . sparkly outfits! Besides, gymnastics is such a psychological sport that inevitably the characters are attempting to work through personal issues alongside their gymnastics issues. Delightful. What’s that? My favorite one? It’s a tie between a movie and a TV show.

Movie: definitely Stick It. This movie is legit wacky, with weird almost absurdist bits of humor, strange music video-esque graphics sequences, and Jeff Bridges. There are a few truly cringe-worthy moments, but it has lines like, “It’s not called gym-nice-tics,” and there is a political action against the gymnastics federation that attempts to control the gymnasts, so there you go. If anyone needs to borrow it, I definitely do not own the DVD (which has great bonus features).

TV show: Make It or Break It. Y’all. This show. It got cancelled midway through the third season, I think perhaps in a panic because the real Olympics were about to collide with the fictional Olympics in the show? Not sure. This show is terribly dramatic, includes a character who is evil incarnate, and also features Candace Cameron (strangely, she is not the evil incarnate).

Do you have any pets? If not, and you were given the choice to have any pet (fictional or real), what type of pet would you choose and why?

Oh, jeez, an invitation to talk about my cat? *Grabs it with both hands and hugs it!* I do: I have a lovely cat called Dorian Gray. She is very large and very gray and extremely soft and fluffy. I actually was never an animal person growing up. I didn’t hate them or anything, I was just indifferent. Then, during grad school (yes, I blame the intellectual alienation of grad school for turning me into a softie), all my friends had cats, somehow, and I got very jealous. I was really apprehensive about getting one, since I had no experience with pets, really, and was concerned I might hate sharing my space with this weird little thing that just wandered around touching all my stuff. But then I went to the shelter and all the other cats were either playing or trying to get my attention, but this one cat was just . . . kind of sitting there watching. I now know that Dorian’s just chill; at the time, though, I was convinced that she’d, like, given up all hope of finding a home and was resigned to eternal loneliness, so . . . I adopted her. 

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE! Nuf said. Okay, actually, one more thing to say. In addition to drinking coffee, I love love love cooking with coffee. Recently, I’ve been making a rub of unbrewed coffee grounds, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper for salmon and it’s pretty awesome.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the third book in the In the Middle of Somewhere series right now.

I’m also writing a series that’s linked to Edgar Allan Poe’s detective stories. It’s set in 19th century New York and features a Poe expert who gets caught up in the investigation of a murder that the police think might be Poe-related. The Poe expert and the detective in charge of the case are simultaneously irritated by and attracted to each other, and they have some adventures, romantic and otherwise. So, yeah, as I mentioned above: mystery-adjacent.

Why did you decide to write M/M Romance?

My favorite part of reading has always been, uh, having feelings, I guess? And falling in all kinds of love with all kinds of characters. And romance, as a genre or a frame, unapologetically puts characters and feelings in the foreground of the story. So, even when it intersects with another genre—mystery or horror—the focus on characters and feelings is still there rather than being viewed as something that detracts from the work. I think I wanted to write under that banner because of this focus. So that, even if I write a series of Edgar Allan Poe-related mysteries (er, mysteries-adjacent), a reader will know that the characters and their feelingzzz will be featured, rather than incidental. I mean, romance novels are often dismissed for precisely this focus—as happens with nearly any media form that gets culturally associated with women—but for those of us who are all about characters and feelings, declaring something a romance serves as a kind of beacon for the reader that assures them they can have their horror or mystery stories and retain their romance too.

What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

Well, my favorite part about writing in general is that there’s always a story going on that I get to participate in. So, if I’m walking around or on the subway or eating a bagel, there are always bits that make me think about my story, or bits that make their way into the story. It’s like getting to live in two worlds at once.

In terms of this story in particular, I think in terms of pure enjoyment the conversations between Daniel and Ginger (his best friend) were up there. As a reader, I really like a strong cast of secondary characters—both for themselves and for the way they make the main characters prismatic—so those were super fun to write.

What are you finding to be the most challenging part of being a published author?

Gosh, well, I know I’m the nine-millionth person to say this, but the hardest thing is the moment when the potential energy of the book kind of transmutes into kinetic energy and I don’t have control over it anymore. Of course, that’s also the really cool part—especially when it means hearing from people who’ve really enjoyed the book or to whom it’s meant something. Oh, and social media. Social media is hard.

Which of your characters is most like you?

Well, at the risk of sounding like a raging egomaniac I think all of the major characters have elements of me in them. I mean, okay, Daniel from In the Middle of Somewhere and I share certain . . . propensities. Toward over-thinking and over-analysis, for example. Toward expecting the worst and being suspicious of anything that isn’t. Being bad at accepting help. And, of course, Rex and I share our superhero physiques. J

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: In the Middle of Somewhere (In the Middle of Somewhere, #1)
Author: Roan Parrish
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: July 10, 2015
Word Count: 138,000 words

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DANIEL MULLIGAN is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates look down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Northern Michigan, but, a city boy through and through, when Daniel arrives in Holiday, Michigan, it’s clear that this small town is one more place he just won’t fit in.

REX VALE clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his large, muscular body until it can handle anything, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people. Though he loves the quiet and solitude of his little cabin in the woods, Rex can’t help but want someone to share it with.

When Daniel arrives in Holiday, they are smitten with each other, but though the sex is intense and explosive, Rex fears that Daniel will be one more in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in could be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls that have been keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia where a secret is revealed that changes the way he understands everything.

Can a scrappy professor, an intense carpenter, and a stray dog make a go of it in their cabin in the woods? Sometimes, you have to go to the middle of nowhere to end up exactly where you want to be.

Author Roan Parrish

About the Author:

ROAN PARRISH grew up in Michigan and lives in Philadelphia, but is always a few minutes away from deciding to move. A former academic, she’s used to writing things that no one reads. She still loves to geek out about books, movies, TV, and music—now, though, she’s excited to be writing the kind of romantic, angsty stories that she loves to escape into.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, wandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and cheese. But mostly cheese.

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goodreads book page: http://bit.ly/1QIoRjm