|Your Happy End|
EE Ottoman welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book,
Your Happy End
Genre: Gay Romance, Queer Superhero Romance
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover artist: Megan Derr
Length: 14,000 words
Heat rating: quite kinky to exceptional (depending on your glove kink)
Tagline: Love and robot spiders.
By day Jun is co-owner of a comic book shop. By night, he provides the high tech gear used by superhero team Ghost Hawk and The Spider. Cooper is the computer genius and information specialist behind the vigilante known as The Shadow Avenger. Attraction and a love of graphic novels make for a good start, but if they want to last Jun and Cooper will have to overcome secrets, danger, Cooper's past and Jun's firm belief that people in the superhero business don't get happy endings.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Jun is in his mid-twenties, he designs and builds high tech equipment for superheroes.
Cooper is also in his mid-twenties, and works as in information specialist for another superhero.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I had been writing for myself or publishing on the internet for free for years never thinking I could actually get published. Then I saw an open call over on Less Than Three Press' website and it looked fun and I was between jobs so I had some spare time. I sat down and wrote what would eventually be the short story 'Regarding the Detective's Companion.' When I submitted it I never thought it would be accepted and was shocked, but very happy, when it was.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love coming up with new characters, getting inside their heads and figuring out who they are and how they think. I love world building, getting the opportunity to design a culture from the ground up is incredibly exciting and challenging. I am getting more and more found of writing plots and coming up with increasingly complex twists. I also love writing about sex, figuring out how the characters feel about their bodies, their sexualities, themselves as sexual people (or not), their kinks and their desires ... It's just a lot of fun.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I consider my writing to be a job and thus try to treat it with the same level of seriousness as I would any other job. I try to make time everyday for writing related work. Responding to my publishers and editors as promptly as possible is important to me, as is being thorough and trying to be as professional as possible.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Truthfully being an author is the least stressful job I've ever had. Being a full time graduate students is lots more stressful as is any of the other day jobs I've held. Writing, editing contacting people about cover art and such is what I do to unwind. I have learned to pace myself though, to take some time off and spend it with my family or just make myself a nice dinner and what something fun on tv.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I think aspect of most people I've met end up to some extent in books. I am very paranoid about writing someone, living or dead, too completely into a book though and usually try very hard not to do that. I want my characters to stand on their own and not be tied to an actual person. Places though -- houses I've been in or streets I've walked down -- will sometimes appear in my stories whole sale.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I've been a full time student for most of my life. Right now I am in graduate school studying intellectual history. I've also worked as a paralegal in legal aid, as an intern in a human rights investigation office, as part of an youth ministry team, as a fast food employee and I am now working for resident life at my university.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I think Your Happy End would be a good one if you were looking for something fun and sexy but didn't know where to start. It's a short, light hearted story that doesn't take itself too seriously and isn't too deep or angsty. I think it would be an enjoyable read to dip your toes in the water, especially if you were a superhero fan or a fan of geeks falling for other geeks.
If you love fantasy or horror but weren't too sure about the whole gay romance thing then I'd definitely keep my eyes out for my upcoming novel Like Fire Through Bone which is fantasy/horror adventure story with a solid romantic subplot and some pretty hot sex scenes. There is definitely enough fantasy and horror there though that I think genre fiction fans would enjoy it.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a lot of LGBTQ romance and erotica. I also love reading fantasy, science fiction, and gothic horror. I read a lot of non-fiction both for research for my writing and for my history degree. Every so often I read mystery and historical fiction as well.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
It's hard to say. I think ebooks are the way of the future although I doubt paper books are going anywhere anytime soon. We will continue to see more small presses springing up and do quite well. Although I do think there is a case for self publishing, there will definitely continue to be a place for traditional publishing.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I adore Halloween. I love watching horror movies, reading horror stories and making slightly scary food, getting dressed up. It is one of my favorite times of the year.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I very rarely getting truly bored because I am almost always doing something. When I have some spare time though tend to I cook, usually something complicated and time consuming. I knit, I just finished knitting a Doctor Who replica scarf. I wanted it to be as close to the one Tom Baker wore in Ark In Space as possible. I read, I watch tv, mostly though I write.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Mark Gatiss with glasses, his natural hair color and some awesome suits. It would involve mummies, haunted houses, ornithology, mysteries in
fashionable menswear, and a great deal of alcohol and geekery.
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 mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, tomato slices, olives, veggie sausage, and goat cheese.
I'm always ready for unexpected wormhole through space and time or possible rescue abandoned kittens.
When I'm alone, I talk to myself, but mostly write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I am just a little bit weird. And unusually short.
If I had a halo it would be made from the bones of my enemies.
If I could model vintage inspired menswear I'd do it in a heartbeat.
I can never be a professional pole dancer because I'm not coordinated enough.
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