Welcome to the first Writer Wednesday! A couple of Wednesdays a month, I hope to feature another writer and their work. Any writer of any genre is welcome to request participation by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title WRITER WEDS COUNT ME IN! and I will get back to you about the details of participation. I hope this is a fun thing for all of us!
1. Doubtless, your latest novel, is not your typical gay romance. Can you tell us a little about what makes it different?
DOUBTLESS is definitely a love story, although it doesn’t have a traditional happily ever after ending. It’s a story about self-discovery, coming to terms with lost opportunities and learning to move forward from them. It’s really about learning how to love yourself. (And yes, I can hear everybody humming, “Greatest Love of All” right now. LOL!)
2. What prompted you to break from the usual formula of boy meets boy leading to a foregone happily-ever-after? Was it a rewarding departure?
I wanted to give Steve, Connor’s best friend from PRICELESS, his own story, but then I realized he still had a lot of issues to work through (being in love with Connor chief among them) before he was ready for his own love story. I thought Doubtless could serve as a fitting prologue to both that story and the Connor/Wes Christmas/wedding story I’m writing now.
3. Was there a specific point of inspiration for this book? How did you decide to write this particular story?
By the time I was done writing PRICELESS, I knew Steve needed his own story. He’s one of those characters who steals every scene he’s in. In Priceless, we see him mostly through Connor’s eyes – and to Connor, it looks like Steve’s got it made. I couldn’t wait to tell Steve’s side of it, where things aren’t nearly as rosy.
4. You’ve written many books over the last several years. How do you keep your productivity up? What motivates your productivity?
An empty bank account. LOL! Seriously, I’ve always got a story or two brewing. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which one to write first. I wish I had the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time, but my writing brain only seems to work on one track.
5. Of your prior books, which is the closest to your heart? And which do you think deserves a wider audience?
ONCE A MARINE is my favorite book that’s currently in print. I really adore my heroes Marc and Cole. The book marked the beginning of my association with Riptide, and a major turning point in my development as a writer. In short, it’s been a touchstone for me on any number of levels.
ALLEGRO VIVACE is the book I wish everyone else loved as much as I do. I have a feeling the subject matter – a May/December romance between a brilliant young violinist and his teacher – might have put some readers off. Plus, there’s all the classical music the characters talk about, which I love but a lot of people find boring. Ah, well. It truly is the book of my heart, and I don’t regret writing it or its sequel (SONATA APPASSIONATA).
You can order Doubtless here: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/doubtless
Loving your best friend is hard . . . especially when he’s marrying someone else.
On the surface, Steve Campbell seems to have it all: a beautiful home, a snazzy car, and a dream job as one of the country’s top 3-D optics researchers. But underneath, he’s restless and dissatisfied, tired of empty encounters with leggy lab assistants and endless evenings alone.
A chance meeting with a handsome escort lifts Steve’s spirits and opens his eyes to his long-repressed attraction to men—and his love for his best friend and business partner, Connor Morrison.
Connor might’ve loved Steve like that once, but now it’s too late for their happily ever after; Connor’s about to ask his boyfriend to marry him. Fortunately, it’s never too late to learn about yourself, and maybe Steve can find a happy ending on his own.
EPIC Award–winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she’s not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever’s on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
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