Kol Anderson, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Prisoner.
Genre: MM Contemporary/Erotica
Cover artist: Kol Anderson
Heat rating: R-Rating
Tagline: What Doesn’t Kill You Can Still Leave You Broken
Aaron Taylor is a hustler, the dream everyone wants to come true. He has been working at an escort company for the past few months and just when life seems to have gotten better and he is beginning to think that he has a grasp of this line of work, his handler sends him to a new client. Vincent Greene looks like he might just be Aaron’s best client yet but Aaron doesn't know that Vincent's cruelty will end up becoming his worst nightmare.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Aaron Taylor: 21. Sex worker.
Vincent Greene: 38. Undisclosed.
Sebastian Summers: 32. Software Engineer.
Eric Grayson: 41. Hedge Fund Manager.
"Vincent," the man introduced himself with a handshake. "Vincent Greene."
Aaron stepped inside the room and took off his jacket placing it neatly on a chair, all the time feeling Vincent’s eyes on him, his gaze sweeping appreciatively over his own body.
"You were a tough one to get," Vincent said, when his eyes finally reached Aaron's face. "Guess people really like the blue-eyed-blonde stereotype."
Aaron smiled instead of letting the comment get to him. "I don't know, maybe," he said, licking his full lips. "There's nothing wrong with liking stereotypes is there?"
Vincent put the half-empty drink on the table and stepped closer, his eyes never leaving Aaron's and his fingers trailed Aaron's face, caressing the cheek on one side, the other hand resting on Aaron's neck, drawing him in and Aaron expected a kiss but it didn’t come. "How will the world move forward if people don't let go of stereotypes?" Vincent asked instead.
"They will eventually. They just need a little more time, I think."
Vincent grinned as if he hadn't expected that reply. His hand on Aaron's neck started making small, massage-like movements as the other slid behind his neck. "How old are you, Aaron?"
"Old enough," Aaron smirked, enjoying the feel of those fingers.
"No, seriously," Vincent said, the movements of his hands stopped but they remained on Aaron's body. "Tell me. How old are you really?"
"Look, I turned twenty-one a while back," Aaron replied. "I'm no longer a minor, in case you're worried."
"I'm not worried," Vincent said, smiling now, and he drew Aaron in closer, and started to kiss him at last, his teeth grazing Aaron's lips, tongue darting in and out of his mouth. Vincent broke off long enough to speak. "Now I know why you cost so much more than the others," he said and his mouth was on Aaron's again, hot and demanding.
The kiss was such a turn on Aaron found himself wondering what it would be like to have sex with him. A little voice in the back of his head made him feel guilty about it, reminded him of his obscene love for Sebastian, but he told it to shut up because work was work, and he had to do it anyway, so what was so wrong with just enjoying it once in a while? The way Vincent’s mouth was still searching him, it was obvious he felt something too.
"So," Aaron said, when Vincent finally broke off and he could still feel the slight stinging sensations over his mouth from where Vincent's stubble had scratched him. His hand was still behind Aaron's head holding him close. "What did you think about this blonde stereotype, Vincent?"
"Call me Vince," he said, letting go of Aaron and then he walked over to the bed, and sat on the edge, his eyes on Aaron again. "Take off your clothes."
Aaron smiled and slowly unbuttoned his shirt, revealing the wife-beater he was wearing underneath. He was about to take that off too when Vincent asked him to stop. "Come over here," he said, miming the command with a finger.
Aaron stepped towards the bed, Vincent's face at the same height as his chest. His warm hands slid under Aaron's shirt, rubbing his stomach, going over his flank, fingers stopping to pinch a nipple. Aaron was really getting turned on now and Vincent used the same hands to slide Aaron's jeans off his hips, sliding them off along with his shorts, revealing an erect penis. Vincent seemed pleased at the sight and his eyes darted up towards Aaron's face.
What websites do you visit daily?
Well goodreads is kind of a given isn’t it? I also use Facebook a lot… I enjoy reading and goodreads is where I can discuss my current MM reads or whatever.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Everything. Love the anticipation, fear almost, at the beginning of the story, enjoy finding out what happens to the characters that are running around in my head… I swear sometimes they even surprise me! And then that moment where you type in THE END and just let go…
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Well like I said, big fan of reading, so I love Dostoevsky – just feels like he captures the essence of despair – of angst – and among the new MM authors I love Lisa Henry, JA Rock and Rachel Haimowitz.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Well, I used to write ever since I can remember. But in the middle I got distracted, after high school everyone started talking about careers in terms of lucrative and future prospects and everything and that’s where I ended up making the biggest mistakes of my life: I should have started writing MUCH sooner.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I’m sort of a binge writer…I get periods where the good old writer’s block hits me but usually, a good enough book or a movie or watching a TV show that I love will take care of it and the inspiration is soon striking again. Sometimes I also deal with writer’s block by moving on to another project and then I will go back to the previous one when I’m back into it.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Stress is something everyone has to deal with I guess. But again, my usual remedy always works: movies, books, chocolate!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Read a whole lot of MM. Obviously I love the darker stuff. But I also read Noir books and classics like Dostoevsky and Oscar Wilde are my favorites. I also happen to be a fan of Proust and Somerset Maugham.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Well obviously The Prisoner becoming a best-selling new release! When I opened the new release section and it was on 32 or something I flipped! I couldn’t even believe it. And the reviews and the love I received for this one in just a couple of weeks… it was unbelievable and yes, proudest moment of my life.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Okay my iPod. Kindle, and even my laptop. I always have a hardcover leather-bound of Proust and Human Bondage on my nightstand so that’s definitely going with me…
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I like Christmas. The idea of it. The food the smells… everything about it.
What good book have you read recently?
Recently, I read The Good Boy by Lisa Henry and JA Rock and it was amazing. Definitely plan on reading more of their stuff.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I never get bored. How can I? I don’t understand when people say they’re bored, really I don’t. Because there are like a thousand books in the world and like a million good movies I still haven’t watched…
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Ooooh Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey from White Collar) haha. That man is hot! That or Alexander Skarsgard. Actually on second thought I do believe Christian Bale is like my alter ego or something!
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with pineapple.
I'm always ready for bad stuff.
When I'm alone, I have so much fun.
You'd never be able to tell, but I actually enjoy watching horror movies.
If I had a halo it would be Azazel, the fallen angel, misunderstood, misrepresented…
If I could be a successful enough writer, I'd leave my day job.
I can never judge anyone because I have done plenty to be judged for.
Books Coming Soon
New Love – Secret Cravings Publishing July 5th 2013
Hell and Beyond – Second installment of The Broken Series (sequel to The Prisoner) – July 31st, 2013
The Soulmate – Sin Series – August 31st, 2013
An MM Vampire series in September/October