Hello all! Today we have the lovely Skylar M. Cates dropping by to answer some fun questions, plus there’s a fantastic giveaway which you’ll find the details to at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!
What was the most challenging part of writing The Only Guy?
First of all, thanks so much for hosting me today!
I love Aaron and wanted to give him his own story, but I never realized how much of his backstory would have to be carried over into The Only Guy. Originally, I thought I’d write a story of unrequited first love, where both guys had been in love right from the start and separated due to a misunderstanding. But at this time, I wrote a novella with the lovely Cate Ashwood called Five Ways A Boy Can Break Your Heart. It was about unrequited first love, lol. I told Cate I couldn’t write such a similar book for Aaron, but I was now tied into his backstory too. What should I do? Then it occurred to me: What if the guy you think you love as a teen is not the one? What if you missed the right one all along? He was right in front of you, but you didn’t see him? That happens so many times in real life. At that moment, Jesse was born and the story really shaped itself.
If you were stranded on a desert island (food and water provided), what three things would you take with you?
My family (husband, kids, dog)
My computer (with magical, never-ending battery power)
Is there a genre you haven’t written in that you would love to write?
I’d like to write a family saga. It would be a multigenerational type of tale.
Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a bit of both?
Both, maybe? I have a general sense of where I want my book to go, and I’ll research key elements (like being a Night Stalker, for example. Or having a heart condition), but I won’t outline every detail. I’ll let the story take me into unexpected places. I’ll listen to the characters.
However, I am a very conscientious about revision. I will write and rewrite obsessively. I don’t shy away from hard work. I want to produce the best possible product, and I’m known to revise right through my galley. I’m pretty easygoing with most things in life, but I’m toughest on myself and my work.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
You know…At first I was going to say chocolate or alcohol, but I don’t have much guilt over those things. LOL!
I realized my guilt is that I often need/want to be left alone. I enjoy my own time. That’s a parent’s guilty spot, right? Or it is for me.
Do you have a designated writing area at home? What’s it like?
Yes, a very messy study that my husband calls my “zone.” It’s littered with papers and pens, half sipped coffee in giant mugs, and piled high, well-loved books.
What’s a typical writing day like for you?
I don’t have one. I’m not a type “A” personality by any means, so I don’t set word count goals or anything on a given day. Basically, I grab any time that I have, plant myself in my chair, and write until I’m exhausted. Some days, I am too busy with the kids to write, and other days I have time to write for a while. Either way, I try and forgive myself for any lost hours, do the best I can, and move forward as much as possible.
What inspired you to write the Guys Series?
Writing a series was a dream of mine. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see the second book being released! I tend to enjoy spin-offs with secondary characters too. Specifically, I wanted to write a story with a loving family (The Guy from Glamour), and I considered continuing Dean and Anthony’s story as book two, but soon enough Aaron and others demanded their own story as well. One of the best things is that I still had space to revisit Anthony and Dean in The Only Guy, and allow the readers to see their story progressing alongside Aaron and Jesse’s.
Aaron and Jesse have an Ugly Duckling type of story (and one thing I wanted was for him to fall in love with the duckling before he ever becomes the swan)
Coffee or tea?
Oh, God, coffee! I’m hopeless without it. I like it strong and almost black.
I do enjoy tea, but it is not a necessity.
What are you working on now?
I’m debating that very thing!
Cate Ashwood and I have started a new novel together (but her beautiful baby’s arrival might interfere with that, lol).
The Guy series has a third book in submission—Henry’s story, and I’m contemplating a forth. It would be Mac’s story. The readers meet him in The Only Guy.
I have a werewolf story that is done, but needs a sequel. I also have a holiday story half-done, a story of long distance swimmer half done, and that family saga on my mind. I had a plot bunny for a YA about a boy whose parent is gay (I don’t think we have enough of those stories available). Finally, readers often ask me about a sequel to Exposed….Gosh, I’m not sure what to do first. I‘d love to hear what folks find most appealing from this list! I’m quite divided on it.
Blurb: Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he’s forced to take a medical discharge and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge.
Jesse Ross knows how to hide. He realizes he’s an oddball, and that he’s an outsider within his own family. He also knows his secret love since childhood, Aaron, only wants his good-looking, favored older brother. Yet Jesse could never completely abandon his intense feelings for Aaron. Over the years, Jesse was a faithful pen pal to him. Still, he’s shocked to his core to find Aaron on his doorstep.
As long-buried secrets and past hurts take center stage, the two are overwhelmingly drawn to each other. But it’s their future that may force them to risk everything.
BIO: Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.
LINKS: Skylar can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or her website: http://skylarmcates.wordpress.com.
Giveaway: To celebrate the release of The Only Guy, Skylar will be giving away winner’s choice of either Exposed, The Guy From Glamour or The Only Guy in eBook format. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Contest ends May 27th at 9 a.m. (Est)