December 23, 2013

Lovelight Gleams #GayRomance @keiraandrews #RLFblog

Where the Lovelight Gleams 
Keira Andrews, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Where the Lovelight Gleams.
Genre: M/M contemporary holiday
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover artist: April Martinez
Length: 22,000 words
Heat rating: Explicit
Tagline: Can these Hollywood actors take their romance offscreen?
Blurb: This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it'll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan's invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.
Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?

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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Ryan and Cary are both twenty-five-year-old actors. They are co-stars on a CW-esque sci-fi show called Space Academy.

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
I've always loved the holidays and I thought it was high time I wrote a Christmas romance. I have fond memories of Christmases at my family's cottage on Georgian Bay in rural Ontario, and it was the perfect setting to convey the cozy warmth of the holiday. I've long wanted to write about actors, and it was the perfect opportunity to juxtapose Hollywood with this peaceful setting far away from the glitz. I love the snow and mistletoe, family and friends--and of course food!
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Water or Diet Coke if I need some caffeine. Also my white noise machine if my neighbour is belting out Britney, as she is wont to do from time to time. (I give her an A+ for effort, but it's not so fun to listen to!)
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
You'd find me catching up on my favourite TV shows and movies, at yoga class, or curled up with a good book.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I'm a mix of plotter and pantser. I always know where the story will end up, and I have a general idea of how to get there. But I need the characters to come to life and fill in the details and twists and turns.
What's your writing schedule like?
I aim for 3,000 words per day, five days a week. I get up by eight a.m. and work for a few hours before going to the gym for a class at noon. Then shower, lunch, and back to work until around seven p.m. Although sometimes I'll keep going if I'm on a roll! I usually work through the weekend so I can take some time off mid-week to run errands or perhaps sneak in a cheap Tuesday matinee.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I was a waitress from the end of high school through university and post-degree studies and travel. Until recently I worked as a marketing copywriter before becoming a full-time novelist.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Semper Fi, my upcoming WWII-era drama/romance. It's the most ambitious book I've written, and I did a lot of research on Marines in the Pacific and post-war life in America. It's not an easy era in which to set a realistic gay romance. Some people shy away from the war, which I understand. But I loved writing it and I hope readers will respond to it.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
For fun I'm rereading K.A. Mitchell's An Improper Holiday (how I love an M/M historical at the holidays!). I'm also reading The Naked Truth About Self Publishing, which obviously isn't research for a particular book, but general career research.
Do you believe in luck?
Definitely. Some of the best things in life are due to sheer dumb luck! For example, I feel very fortunate to know some of my closest friends because we happened to like the same TV shows and started talking about them online in the same forum.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
When driving I listen to pop music or Broadway show tunes. I generally never listen to music while writing since I find it distracting.
What's your favorite movie?
It's hard to choose, but I have to go with Strictly Ballroom. It makes me grin like a fool every time. A life lived in fear is a life half lived!
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I'm the baby and I have an older sister named Wendy. As a child I couldn't say her name and called her "Girl" for years, much to her chagrin!

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with ham, bacon and pineapple.
I'm always ready for an HGTV marathon.
When I'm alone, I talk to myself an awful lot.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm a geek. (Actually, I don't hide that well at all!)
If I had a halo it would be sparkly, of course.
If I could do a headstand in yoga I'd probably pass out in shock that I actually kept my balance. And you should never pass out while doing headstands!
I can never go bungee jumping because I'm too paranoid something will go wrong.

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