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: THE MARRYING KIND
Release date: 06/19/2012
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
2 sentence summary: Gay wedding planner decides to stop working in the industry until he can get legally married too. Fine, until his sister announces her engagement.
Genre: comic, romance
Characters: Steven: writer for the Gay New York Times and the first person narrator of this novel.
Adam, Steven’s partner and the wedding planner who sets the action in motion.
Amanda, Adam’s sister she is involved with Steven’s brother Peter.
What makes this story different: I like to say it is the only thing funny about marriage inequality. No one want to be preached at. My book is funny and sweet but might leave people who don’t already support marriage equality with a changed point of view on the subject.
Why you wrote this book:
One day I was watching Oprah. She was having an over-the-top fantasy wedding on her show. As I watched the couple exchange vows, I started crying. Keening really. An extreme response considering these were strangers and it was TV.
But still I cried. I cried right through the commercials. And when Oprah returned she was joined by the wedding planner. He seemed gay to me. But he had a British accent so maybe he was just European. Suddenly it hit me that I was crying because I could not legally be married. Then as Oprah would say, I had an aha moment. What must it be like to be gay and be a wedding planner and not be able to get married?
I decided this would be my way to talk about the importance of equality. But it was important to me that I do it in a funny and entertaining way.
Now I think, if enough people find it and read it, my sweet little book could help change the world (or at least the USA)
If one person changes their mind on this issue because of my book, I will be very happy. But I’d be happier still if it changed a million minds. :)
Why is this your first published book? How many did you write before? It’s the first book I have ever written.
What’s your writing process? Fits and starts. Between other jobs. Trying to be more disciplined. Also try to keep going without editing the same section over and over. (Hard for me.)
Your next published book.
The last book you read that you loved. The Lacuna
The last book you read for research. I read a lot of coffee table type books on party planning for the character of Adam.
The romance book character you most identify with. Since I make reference to the novel in my book, I’m going with Scarlett O’Hara. She is determined, to say the least.
You can check out more about Ken O’Neill and his books at http://www.themarryingkind.org