I’ve had some concerns by readers who are primarily print readers that the coverage at Dear Author has been too focused on ebooks. When I asked the readers what they were interested in seeing, they responded that they would like to know more about print debut authors. We developed a little questionnaire and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM CST (as long as we have content) we’ll post the questionnaire answers along with links to the author’s site and a buy link to her book. I hope this helps people discovery new books. Now, on to the answers.
Name of debut release: Don’t Let Me Go
Release date: 12/27/2011
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
2 sentence summary: Two young men struggle to hold on to their relationship in the aftermath of a brutal hate crime. Their struggle intensifies when one graduates high school and takes a job 1600 miles away in New York City.
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Characters: Nate Schaper, Adam Jefferies, Danial Quasimi, Luke Chesser
What makes this story different: DLMG is not a story about two young men struggling with their identity; it’s a story about trust, and fear, and resentment, and a hurt so deep it threatens to tear these two young men apart.
Is this a series?:
Why you wrote this book: I wanted to write a mainstream story about a couple who just happen to be gay, and about all the challenges that might entail. I always knew it would be a story about a great love that might falter, but would always find its way.
Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? DLMG is my first book, and my first published book. It’s the result of a take-no-prisoners effort to do the one thing I never had the courage to really attempt.
What’s your writing process? When I first start thinking about a novel, I open a Word document on my computer and start capturing things—bits of dialog, scene ideas, names, news stories, facts, interesting tidbits, possible endings. When I feel like I know enough about the characters and where they might be heading, I jump in—2000 words a day minimum, seven days a week until I’m done. At the beginning, I refer to that Word document frequently, but as the story takes off, I tend to forget all about it as I get caught up in the characters’ lives.
Your next published book. Where You Are, January 2013.
The last book you read that you loved. My reading tastes are all over the place, so I’ll name three—Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
The last book you read for research. Child Abduction: Prevention, Investigation, and Recovery by Robert L. Snow. It’s for a book I’m thinking about but haven’t begun to tackle yet.
The romance book character you most identify with. Bella Swan. Don’t judge!