Last week Lily Sawyer tagged me for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.
The Next Big Thing features authors talking about their current works in progress. They then recommend up to five authors to tag and keep the blog hop going. I am tagging Dorien Grey, PA Brown, Jon Michaelsen, and Lloyd Meeker. Click on their hyperlinked names to go to their blogs (and see what each of them are up to next Wednesday, December 26).
We each answer the same questions.
Here are mine:
What is the working title of your book?
After I wrote Chaser, my chubby chaser love story that asks the question, "Is it really what's on the inside that counts?", I felt like there was more story to be told. There's a character in the book that tries very hard to thwart the budding romance between my main characters. His name is Bobby and he's slutty, gorgeous, self-centered and perhaps downright villainous. I wanted to tell his story and set for myself a challenge--to make readers not only understand Bobby, but come to love him.
What genre does your book fall under?
That's an easy one--contemporary gay romance.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Well, it would be fun using the casting couch for this one because most of the male principal characters in this book are gorgeous, which both gets them into trouble and provides the impetus for their personal journeys. Bobby I can see being played by Channing Tatum; one of the two love interests in the book is Wade, an old friend from Bobby's high school days who reappears in Bobby's life and I can see him being played by Charlie Cox, of Boardwalk Empire (Owen Sleater) fame. And then there's Aaron, the older, sexy man who teaches Bobby the difference between sex and love. I dream of Christopher Meloni in this part.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Sure, he can do sex; but can he do love?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. It will be published by the wonderful Dreamspinner Press in early 2013.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Considering I am currently at 60,000 words and consider myself 3/4 of the way done, my best guess is that I will have the manuscript ready to send off to the publisher by the end of January. That would mean it took 4-5 months to write.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
The best book to compare it to would be the book that spawned it: Chaser.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Um, didn't I already answer this? See "where did the idea come from" question above.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
It deals in a very real way with the difference between sex and romantic love and how someone who has governed his life by having way too much of the former might find the latter very elusive.
Please stop by next week and check out Next Big Thing and the author above.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Next Big Thing Blog Hop
Labels: contemporary gay romance, gay literature, m/m romance, Rick R. Reed gay fiction, Rick R. Reed m/m romance
Real Men. True Love. Rick R. Reed is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction. He is a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Entertainment Weekly has described his work as “heartrending and sensitive.” Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…” Find him at www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA, with his husband, Bruce, and their fierce Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix, Kodi.