June 9, 2013

Gay Romance: Raining Men | Interview @rickrreed #RLFblog

Raining Men 
Rick R. Reed, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Raining Men.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: Anne Cain
Length: 314 pages
Heat rating: R
Tagline: Sure he can do sex. But can he do love?
Blurb:
The character you loved to hate in Chaser becomes the character you will simply love in Raining Men
It's been raining men for most of Bobby Nelson's adult life. Normally, he wouldn't have it any other way, but lately something's missing. Now, he wants the deluge to slow to a single special drop. But is it even possible for Bobby to find "the one" after endless years of hooking up?
When Bobby's father passes away, Bobby finally examines his rocky relationship with the man and how it might have contributed to his inability to find the love he yearns for. Guided by a sexy therapist, a Sex Addicts Anonymous group, a well-endowed Chihuahua named Johnny Wadd, and Bobby's own cache of memories, Bobby takes a spiritual, sexual, and emotional journey to discover that life's most satisfactory love connections lie in quality, not quantity. And when he's ready to love not only himself but someone else, sex and love fit, at last, into one perfect package.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Bobby Nelson is a marketing executive, Aaron Shaw and Wade Carlisle are both English teachers; Michelle Nelson is Bobby's mother; and Johnny Wadd is the chihuahua he rescued. All the men are in their late 30s, early 40s, Michelle is probably 60 something.

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
Bobby, my main character. He appeared first in Chaser. Although he was gorgeous on the outside, he was scheming, duplicitous, promiscuous, and boyfriend-stealing on the inside. He called out to me to write his story and to show that even a hateful character like him could be redeemed. And I believe I succeeded in showing his redemption in Raining Men. Already, many readers are telling me how sympathetic they are toward Bobby, now that they understand him. I've never had a character that was so persistent about wanting his story told!
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Johnny Wadd, a well-endowed, so-ugly-he's-cute chihuahua Bobby rescues from behind a Dumpster near the beginning of the book. Johnny brings out in Bobby a nurturing side and the chance to understand that to get love, we must give love selflessly, expecting nothing in return.
Why do you write?
Because I have to.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I am a spur of the moment writer for the most part. I have general ideas about theme and overall plot arc, but my books are really about my characters, whom I come to love. They continually surprise me as they shape the direction my stories will take. If I have created a strong character, they practically write themselves. It's honestly a kind of magic.
What's your writing schedule like?
I am usually up at 4 am. I walk the dog on mostly silent streets, come in, have some breakfast, maybe toast and tea, read a little of whatever book I'm involved with at the moment, listen to classical or new age music and…just think. All of this takes an hour or less. Then I sit down to write with the goal of completing at least 1,000 words. I pretty much always do--and that takes me a couple of hours.
Any advice for new authors?
Read a lot. Write a lot.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
It's funny; almost all of my jobs have involved writing. I have been an advertising copywriter, a marketing writer for a professional association, and a communications consultant for a healthcare company. I sometimes wonder if I could do anything else other than write.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Caregiver. It's based on my days as an AIDS buddy to a very remarkable young man back in the early 90s, when AIDS was a death sentence. In Caregiver, I changed only his name and almost everything that happened in the book to him happened in real life. It was both a joy and a pleasure to revisit the memories I have of my AIDS buddy, who marked me, really, for life.
Do you believe in luck?
I believe in fate.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
Driving: usually jazz, like Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone or modern classical like Philip Glass. Writing: nothing. I need silence to write; music would distract.
What is your secret talent?
If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret, now would it?
What's your favorite movie?
The Wizard of Oz
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Middle

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with sausage and mushrooms.
I'm always ready for doughnuts.
When I'm alone, I morph into a scaly green iguana.
You'd never be able to tell, but I am actually 79 years old.
If I had a halo it would be bursting into flame.
If I could sing I'd do it everywhere.
I can never sing because my voice is laughable.

Previous Books

Really? You want me to go there?
Rick Reed

Books Coming Soon

Hungry for Love (September 2013)
Legally Wed (January 2014)

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6 comments:

  1. gr8 stuff here Kayelle & Rick. I have IM and enjoyed the story quite a lot.

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    1. Thanks, Jerry! Glad you dropped in today.

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  2. Thanks for having me on the blog! I enjoyed the probing.

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    1. *cough* I do hope you meant the "probing" questions. LOL

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    2. (All wide-eyed innocence)...I can't imagine what else you could be referring to. Of course, the questions.

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    3. Just checking. We had some extraterrestrials in here last week...

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