October 20, 2012

Character Interview: Patrick from Love Comes Silently @andrewgreybooks #gayromance

Love Comes Silently.
Andrew Grey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Love Comes Silently.
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: L. C. Chase
Length: 61,000 words
Heat rating: Three Flames
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How do you say “I Love You” when you can’t say the words?
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.
For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn't sure he can have.
Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick's silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Patrick is in his late twenties and makes furniture. He used to be an opera singer until an accident robbed him of his ability to speak.
Ken is an artist, about thirty and he’s taking care of his five year old daughter with Leukemia.

Interview With Patrick

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I used to be outgoing. Now I spend most of my days working in my wood shop or taking care of my yard. Julianne, my cousin says I morose and a pain in the ass, but that’s because she loves me. Now I stay away from most people and try to live my life as quietly as possible.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I lost my strongest point. I used to be an opera singer. I performed all over the country and my career was just beginning to take off when I was in an accident. I regained consciousness and was told I was lucky to be alive, but I would never talk again.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
Yes. I suppose you could say I’m a stubborn mule. But a weakness, it has to be the little bald girl across the street. She’s been sick for a while and I want her to be happy. See unlike most other people in town, she talks to me like I’m a regular person.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I wish I knew. I’m just myself. The little girl across the street was so sad and I wanted to cheer her up so I brought her things to make her happy. I also liked the way her daddy smiles when she’s happy.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Probably chocolate. Although if I were truthful, then… Ken is probably my guilty pleasure. Winks naughtily.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
Fifty two. I feel like I’ve lived a long time already.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Learning to Speak Without Words.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Tahiti. I’d take Ken and Hanna there and we’d lay on the beach. Ken could paint like Gauguin, Hanna could play in the warm water to her heart’s content and at night, Ken and I would make love to the sound of the ocean.
What song would best describe your life?
I really try not to think of music. But if I had to pick one I’d say The Humming Chorus form Madame Butterfly. It’s the only song I can still sing if I concentrate.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Julianne would say people would use my head to pound nails.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
It’s not a store but I’d be a library. It’s introspective and quiet.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Music class. I lived for music and band. Given what I do now, I probably should have taken shop.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Silent but deadly. No, still waters run deep.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Patrick

I love pizza with lots of meat.
I'm always ready for a quiet evening with Ken and Hanna. I know I’m totally boring o=in the wild and crazy department.
When I'm alone, I build beautiful furniture.
You'd never be able to tell, but I always wished I could fly.
If I had a halo it would be silver.
If I could sing again just once I'd sing Hanna to sleep.
I never learned to sign because I’m too damned stubborn.

About the Author

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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  1. Honored to have you here, Andrew. Your books sound wonderful!

  2. Thank you so much Kayelle. It was great being your guest. I appreciate you hosting both myself and Patrick.

  3. Always glad to meet fine gentlemen such as yourselves. It was my honor.

  4. I like the premise of this book. My dad made furniture, my daughter is gay and I was a hospice volunteer for 18 years. I get this story.

  5. Julie, you can't get much more real than that, can you?

  6. Julie

    Thank you. There's nothing better for me than when one of my stories touches someone. My only question is are you sure I didn't somehow channel into some portion of your life? :)



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