Below is my interview with my dear friend and writing partner Kerry Freeman. She is promoting her newest release, "What We Deserve" and I am proud and honoured that she allowed me to pick her beautiful brain!Just a few more days, until What We Deserve comes out. How do you feel about your sophomore project being released? How are you keeping calm?
The book coming out is so much different than the short story. When the short story came out, no one but my friends knew who I was. It was a while before other people began reading and reviewing. For WWD, which is my first novel, it's going to be different. Through my short story and the freebie I wrote for the Goodreads M/M Romance group's Hot Summer Days, readers have gotten to know me, and they are waiting for the book to come out. I'm absolutely terrified :) I'm not keeping calm at all. I hope everyone likes the book *fingers crossed*
How excited are you for this book? What does What We Deserve mean to you?
Wow, this is a hard question to answer. WWD isn't just a year's worth of work. (I started working on it last October, and wrote it for NaNoWriMo 2010.) I'm very attached to Sean, Tyler, and Jamie. They're like my babies. And I'm sending my babies out into the world and just hoping everyone loves them as much as I do.
What gave you this plot bunny for What We Deserve? Where did this idea come from?
WWD started as lunch at Arby's. I like to go there sometimes to get away from the office and write. As I was eating, I saw two kids, one a boy of about sixteen and the other a girl of about twelve, waiting for their to-go order. The girl looked at that boy like he hung the moon, and he listened to every nervous, rambling word she said to him. He doted on her, and I immediately thought that, in a few years, he was going to look at that girl in a whole new way. When I got to work, I couldn't get those two kids out of my mind. Then the voices took over, and the kids became two boys, the younger completely besotted with the older.
How did you prepare for this complicated story line? How did you keep all the "hes" straight? *snort*
I'm going to be honest: I don't see how anyone writes gay menage in third person :) I immediately started writing in first, which got rid of one of the hes. From there you just have to make sure that any "he" when all three guys are together is proceeded by their actual name. I don't outline sex scenes. I have an outline, but the sex scenes are indicated by "and they make love" or even "and they fuck like bunnies." ;)
Tell me what you love about each of the boys: Tyler, Jamie, and Sean.
Sean is confident in himself. He's geek, he's gay, and he doesn't hide either. When he does hide something, it causes him a great deal of mental distress.
Tyler has this chill, confident exterior, but he really just wants to be loved and loved in return. He wants to make his lovers happy.
I love Jamie's loyalty. He's learned the hard way how not being true to yourself can hurt a person and the people they love. He would never betray his lovers or purposely hurt them.
Give us a little taste of what we can expect from What We Deserve please!
Here's an excerpt: http://kerry-freeman.
blogspot.com/2011/10/wordy- wednesday-excerpt-from-what- we.html
As a long time fan of Kerry's (you can ask her about how I stalked her), I can tell you that this story does not deviate from her incredible prose and emotional binds between her characters' relationships. Although, there are now three in this book, you still feel the passion, the loyalty, and all of the emotion we have come to expect from Kerry's work. Go pick up a copy of What We Deserve today. You won't regret it! :)