Monday Feature

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Feature: Jeff Adams



C.S.: What do you write?
Jeff: MM romance as well as gay young adult, which may or may not have a romance element.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy this genre?
Jeff: For the romance, I’m a romantic at heart and so conjuring up stories of guys getting together is a joy for me.
On the young adult side, I remember wishing there were books out there when I was in middle school and high school that had gay characters in them. I’m happy to be able to put those stories out there now because while it’s safer to be gay for teens these days there’s still a lot of risk and it’s not easy to find someone who looks like you in fiction.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Jeff: I’ve got an office in our house. It’s where I do my day job, as well as my writing. I’ve got posters on the wall from some of my favorite musicals and plays, plus some of my favorite book covers. I’ve got a lot of books in here too—two book shelves plus a small old desk that has books on it. There’s also a rocking chair, which is the one my mom rocked me in as a child. That’s where Will hangs out when we’re working together and sometimes where I read.
I started working at a stand up desk late last year and love it. I’ve got a chair that’s tall so I can sit at it if I choose. I go back and forth a lot, depending on how I feel. It’s nice to have the option to not sit all the time.


C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Jeff: Pens and paper to scribble on if I need it. I try to keep everything for stories on the computer so I don’t have to worry about losing a piece of paper, or not finding the right page in a notebook. I’ve also got a small whiteboard as well as chalkboard squares to use when I’m plotting a story  out (which then all gets moved into the computer). There’s also a big calendar and planning space, which are both wet-erase, so I can keep things on schedule.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Jeff: Big Bang Theory figures, a couple hockey pucks, a small Star Trek communicator and Enterprise model alongside a Curious George stuffed animal and a small koala.


C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Jeff: I don’t think so. If I do, it hasn’t revealed itself.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Jeff: The internet. My self-control is pretty good given how I structure my writing sprints, but it can still be a pull, especially when I’m first starting for the day.

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Jeff: I have a nasty habit of changing tenses. And, as I’ve been trying to write more in third person, I sometimes shift, in the middle of things, back to first. Both of these are very annoying.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Jeff: Mornings are it for me. I’m usually up between 4:30 and 5:30 and writing within an hour or so after that. During the week, that’s critical since I can’t write much beyond 8:30 because of the day job. Weekends are a little more flexible and I might get more time in, but it usually all happens by noon.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Jeff: No pets at all here, helpful or otherwise.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Jeff: Read, watch too much TV (a wide range of shows including CW superhero shows, This is Us, The Voice, The Big Bang Theory, Speechless, The Real O’Neals, Empire, American Ninja Warrior and--if it’s a good season--Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance). Go to a play or musical, if one’s playing nearby I want to see.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Jeff: Drink mostly—water, coffee, cocoa or Pepsi Max depending on my mood at the time.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Jeff: It changes on mood. Some days it’s a show tunes mix, others a rock or ballads or dance mix. Sometimes I get specific and lock in on a specific musical or artist, but usually it’s a wildly eclectic mix.

C.S.: Question from the audience: Where’s your favorite place to relax and read?
Jeff: Reading tends to happen in one of three places: at the breakfast bar during breakfast, the rocking chair in my office or lying on the couch.


Release Date: 12/28/2016

Blurb: Can an onstage love story lead to a real-life romance?

Jeremy Steele is a veteran Broadway performer. For his latest role, he’s dancing alongside a man he’s fantasized about for years, TV star Ty Beaumont. Jeremy knows better than to get involved with a castmate, but when Ty has trouble learning the complicated choreography, Jeremy offers to lend a hand. When a rehearsal kiss turns into something more, Jeremy can’t help but wonder what a celebrity like Ty could ever see in a Broadway chorus boy like him. 

Will a relationship with his crush make it past previews, or can it become a long-running hit?



Author Bio: Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published. Since then he’s written several shorts and novels and he plans to keep writing as long as wonderful readers keeping picking up his books.
Jeff lives in rural northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book, it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.
Jeff is the co-host Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to m/m romance as well as pop culture. New episodes come out every Monday at biggayfictionpodcast.com.



Join Jeff’s giveaway for a chance to win (1) e-copy of a title from his backlist! (Does not include anthologies, box sets, or Love’s Opening Night.)

Thank you for supporting indie authors! Be sure to leave your own questions or comments!

C.S.
xo

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Feature: Angel Martinez



C.S.: What do you write?
Angel: Mostly science fiction and fantasy with queer characters, though I have been known to spill over into other things. Messy, messy writer.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy these genres?
Angel: The glib and slightly facetious answer is that I live in the real world. I don't want to have to write in it. More seriously, speculative fiction provides limitless opportunities for world building, for creation and for the exploration of dangerous and difficult topics.

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Angel: I do have a study of my own overlooking the backyard. It's not a large room, but how much space does a writer need? My desk is an old four-person kitchen table piled with notebooks and random scraps of paper with my PC sitting in the midst of the chaos in regal splendor. It thinks it's regal, anyway.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Angel: Computer, iPad, notebooks for, um, notes and for daily tasks, pens and coffee.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Angel: Oh, dear. There are tons of weird things in this room. On the desk itself would be my button collection, which serves no purpose at all except to collect cat hair.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Angel: Leopold, the pink hedgehog. He comes with me to every convention and sits in a spot where he can watch me work.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Angel: My computer, what else? Far too easy to chat with friends, check up on Facebook, go down the rabbit hole of interesting articles and so on. (Also, my iPad is right here in case I want to take a break and read. And forget to stop.)

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Angel: Putting it off. I do have other things I need to accomplish every day but I tend to do all of these things and not get enough writing done.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Angel: Whenever I can get my brain to cooperate. The best times of day tends to be early morning or late afternoon.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Angel: Oh, yes. My three kitty girls are oh, so very helpful. Isis is the tortie—she's a little over twenty years old and super vocal when she wants attention. Bella is the tuxedo and will sometimes attempt a bit of co-authoring. Sweetpea is the giant part Maine coon tabby who sits in the hall and cries and cries until I talk to her.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Angel: I read. I know, that's so exciting.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Angel: Coffee, coffee, coffee in the mornings. Probably too many pastries between meals.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Angel: No. I used to, but I love music a little too well? It's too distracting to have it on while I write since I pay far too much attention to the music. Also, I can't hear the phone in case one of our parents call.

C.S.: Question from the audience: If you could have coffee with any of your characters, who would it be and why?
Angel: Any of them? Hmm. Diego Sandoval and I would probably have a lot to talk about and I'd love to beta his next book. He could even bring Finn, though Finn does not get to have coffee. Otherwise, I'd probably enjoy Charon's company the most. Yes, the ferryman of the dead, go figure. Even better than just coffee, I'd love to attend Charon's book club with maenads and a Minotaur librarian.


Release Date: 3/7/17 (up for pre-order starting 2/21)

Blurb: When a ferocious book attacks Carrington at his own birthday party, he believes it's an isolated incident. But similar books soon pop up all over town, menacing innocent people with harsh bits of poetry and blank verse that deliver damaging physical blows. It's a frustrating case with too many variables and not enough answers, and the stakes go up with each attack.
With the help of his misfit squad mates at the 77th and the public library's rare book department, the missing pieces decrease but not Carrington's vexations. His commanding officer rakes him over the coals at the beginning of every shift. His police partner has lost patience with what she sees as his delusional relationship choices and his inability to pick the right man in a vast field of two. City Hall demands that the books be stopped immediately. It's enough to put a nutritionally-challenged vampire off his skim blood.




Author Bio: The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel's cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You'll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don't expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.



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Thank you for supporting indie authors! Be sure to leave your own questions for Angel.


C.S.
xo

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ARC Giveaway: The Mystery of the Curiosities



The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book Two) is looming ever closer, and I thought what better way to kick off the party than offering a few advanced copies? (5) winners will be chosen randomly and notified on Monday, February 20th. In return for an ARC, winners agree to provide an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads no later than release day, March 7, 2017.

And like Nevermore’s blog tour last year, I’ve got another exciting event lined up for release week. Be sure to check out the blog stops for exclusive content and giveaways.

March 1 – Interview at The Big Thrill magazine
March 2 – Blog stop #1 at The Novel Approach
March 3 – Blog stop #2 at Joyfully Jay
March 4 – Exclusive excerpt featured at Facebook’s Gay Mystery & Thriller Group
March 6 – Blog stop #3 at Prism Book Alliance
March 7 – Blog stop #4 at Boy Meets Boy
March 8 – Blog stop #5 at Love Bytes
March 9 – Blog stop #6 at Sinfully Gay Romance

Thank you for your support!


C.S.
xo