Hey Renae, how are you today?
Hi, Beany! You know me. Ever excitable. Ever laughing. I’m actually rather glad the “big release” is all over. Now I can start thinking about Christmas.
Christmas? Nah, still too early!
Okay, lets start with the questions!
What inspired you to write Safe In His Arms?
I usually start with an idea – a concept which the story revolves around. For example, in Loving Jay, I started with the concept: what if a man didn’t realise he was gay until he met this sparkling, glittery twink who was so gay he hurt your eyes.
With Safe In His Arms I started with the concept of my favourite pairing – the twink and the bear. I wondered what sort of twink would be attracted to a big, hairy guy? A bear that looked so fierce that he scared most. And what would make a big guy attracted to a twink so much younger than him.
When I write, I don’t plan the plot, other than the last couple of words “…and they lived happily ever after.” I like to explore relationships within the stories. So I plonk my guys on a page, and then let them discover each other.
How is it different to your other stories?
In this story I’ve tried something different from what I’ve tried in previous stories – and that is exploring the story from both sides of the equation. In previous stories I’ve told the story from a single point of view – only one character. This time you get more.
This story called for it. It was impossible to only have Lon’s point of view. Both men had things going on in their life and their head that the reader needed to be aware of to accurately understand the situation.
Is there a scene in the story that you loved writing?
The beach scene.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. My favourite character in this story isn’t Lon. And it isn’t even Casey. My favourite character is a secondary character by the name of Devon. To fully understand him, you will have to wait for his story, but Devon is the type of guy to wear makeup to the beach. He’s the guy that needs to be bribed with the thought of hot, oiled guys playing volleyball before he will even set foot on the beach.
Devon is a lot like Jay from Loving Jay. So the scene in which you meet Devon (and by extension meet Ash) is my favourite scene.
Of course this is also the scene where Lon drops his shorts on the beach and manages to accidentally flash (ie tease) all the gay boys in sight. And it’s the scene where Casey arouses Lon so much that he can’t come out of the water until he… ahh… cools down.
Did you draw inspiration from anyone in particular (in real life) for Lon and Casey?
No. Unfortunately not. Oh, I wish!
What was the hardest part about writing Safe In His Arms?
Apart from the “finishing the story” bit? With all my books, I reach a point (usually about two-thirds in) where I lose interest and convince myself it is the stupidest story ever attempted. As a writer, getting over the hump is always hard.
For this story, I had to do a lot of research on therapists. Casey has a therapist who helps him work through several issues, and I needed to work out what boundaries there were. There are some other issues that secondary characters have that impact on Lon and Casey’s relationship. If you had a look at my Google history while I was writing this, you would’ve thought I was ready for the local mental hospital.
When you started writing the story did you plan how it was going to end up? If so, did it go like you planned or did you make changes along the way?
Nope – no planning involved at all.
There is a bit at the end which completely threw me. I could see the end in sight, I was typing furiously, thinking, “Yes! These guys have made it. There was the big declaration.” Then eight hours later, Lon stumbles at the first hurdle and brings it all down. I was gobsmacked! Noooo! Don’t do that!
But he did. <exasperated look>
Have you ever thought about writing a story where one of the characters has the same number of immediate family that you do?
Ha ha ha! Who would ever believe that someone would have eight older siblings?
But yes, I have considered writing that story, and even increasing the number. There is a story I’ve formulated in my head (about 5 stories from now) in which one character suffers from a huge disability of having a ton of older siblings. But I’m wondering if it will appear unrealistic?
What is your next release going to be about?
My next release is going to be a comedy. It is light hearted, silly, stupid and completely zany. If you don’t like slap stick comedy, don’t pick this one up! LOL.
It’s called Shawn’s Law and is a new take on the concept of Murphy’s Law. It should be out in February/March 2015.
What are you working on now?
I’m trying to get a couple of spinoffs finished. The Blinding Light, Loving Jay, Safe in His Arms – they all have spinoffs started. Now I just need to knuckle down and finish these stories.
I signed up for Nanowrimo this year – completely didn’t make it. Real Life interfered.
The good news is that I’m free to write next year. This year I’ve slotted writing in around school and home duties. My youngest kidlet has been at school 2.5 days a week. Next year she hits full time, and I’m already planning all those endless days of writing! I thought I may need to find a paying job, but with luck I can keep writing enough to pay the bills instead of a job at a boring office (with a boss breathing down my neck).
Thanks for having me on your blog Beany. I hope people enjoy Safe In His Arms and love Lon and Casey.
Thanks for coming Renae!
Everyone, you can find the blurb to Safe In His Arms below and the buy links, as well as the awesome cover (so pretty!)
BlurbIn the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.
Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.
But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
Buy Links Dreamspinner Press