July 14, 2015

Gabriel Church - Rubble and the Wreckage @roddclark #RLFblog #MM

Rodd Clark shares the creation Gabriel Church from the book Rubble and the Wreckage.

About the Book

Title Rubble and the Wreckage
Genre M/M Romantic Thriller
Author Rodd Clark
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gabriel Church knows you can't take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told.
Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can't think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer's own words. It's been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.
There was never anything more than a gentleman's understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel's life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian's interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel's endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

Introducing Gabriel Church

Name: Gabriel Church
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Kentucky
Profession: Drifter
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): White
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Toned, strong, big.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Christian Maxwell
Tell us about this character, please.
Educated, attractive erudite man in mid-thirties; closeted gay when the story begins but desperate to find someone he trusts who can break the confines of his life.
How does your hero dress?
Gabriel Church is the anti-hero of the series and dresses rough and casual. It is his body that attracts not the denims and flannel and tee-shirts he is accustomed to wearing.
If you could only hear this character's voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
Church is a dichotomy because he appears red-neck illiterate from the outside, but in truth has his deep profound thoughts and belief-structure. His voice is masculine without being wordy, but his control is always sensed and displayed by the few sentences he blurts out. His speech illustrates a subtle wisdom with a serious knife-like edge, because after-all, he has seen and done it all during his lifetime.
How educated is this character?
Gabe is street smart but even with his high school education he shows he is envious of Christian's brain and intellect. He considers the man an enigma and struggles with the knowledge that his life could have turned out very differently had he been given the same chances at a college education. One that Christian has taken for granted.
Is the character book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Christian as a protagonist is trained and educated with a background that gives him the leg-up over his peers, where Church is self-taught and possesses than skill of reading people and sizing up his competition.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Gabriel survived only by his wits, and in a place where a bed with clean sheets is considered a luxury.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth?
Christian Maxwell was raised with financial comfort and due to his degree always assumed his life would run according to plan. He is the exact opposite of Gabriel Church who has never known wealth and comfort but sees the futility in such pursuits, namely because he has seen the others he has killed die without fanfare and without their protection of wealth or reputation. The rat-race of others, as Church has called it, it something fragile and easily destroyed in his perception. He holds no interest in obtaining any financial freedom, nor does he expect to ever find it.
On what special skills does your character rely?
Gabe relies on his ability to read others and spot their weaknesses; it may be why he is so fascinated with Chris Maxwell, his polar opposite. Christian doesn't seem to possess that skill at all, and this creates a symbiotic relationship of Gabe wanting to protect his lover from the dangers he sees so clearly.
Are any of his skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
If you were to ask Church that question in private he would easily say it was his ability to fuck, and fuck well. He would smile his twisted grin and flash his pearly whites, but in truth the reality was that he considered himself a survivor, regardless of the odds. He lives his life without assistance, makes no apologies and is very much the man's man, counts only on his own abilities to get from point A to point B.
What kinds of things does your character always carry (in pockets or purse)?
Church carries only a pocketknife and loose change, rarely more than that.
What is your character's family like?
Church has a dismal past and walked away from his family long ago. Whereas Christian loves his family but doesn't seem to express pride in them or their accomplishments. Both men have slipped from the confines of family, but for very different reasons and with very different outcomes.
Is he close to family?
Christian is close to his family, but can go weeks without speaking to them. Church has not spoken to anyone in his family since he left as a young adult. But for him in particular, the ghosts of his childhood haunt him more regularly than he would care to admit.
Does he have children?
Is your character involved in his community?
How well does he know the neighbors?
Not really an option for a man on the run from the law.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Church can only see in shades of gray. His beliefs seem rigid and morally unyielding, but he is plagued by every decision he makes. Those decisions become questionable only after meeting someone new that he forms a connection with, though he can't fully fathom that at the time.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
"I think he likes the bad boys more than he's willing to admit."
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
"I wanted my story told, but he gave too much away, I don't like that others can see all the shit I've done, particularly fucking a man."
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
"My sister, he didn't spend much time on her story, but then again I think he believed it might make me sad, but he'd be wrong."
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
"I have a story, good as any others I suppose…"
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
"Yeah, time to back the fuck off me. Write about someone else for a change!"

Buy This Book

Publisher: Driven Press / http://www.drivenpress.net/

Author Bio

Rodd lives in Dallas, TX at the moment but hails from the sticks of Oklahoma. Interested in the M/M Mystery, Romance and Thriller genres but has a varied interest in many good books. His books have a darkly distinctive voice and deep characterizations. His latest work is the Erotic Romance Thriller "Rubble and the Wreckage" and he is currently working on the sequel which he hopes to have released in 2015.

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  1. Thank you Nicole for allowing me the opportunity of showing your readers who Gabriel Church is in my eyes. I hope they enjoy learning more about the dark twisted sexy man he is. I hope everyone who enjoys the book will look for the sequel out later in the year. Thanks again,

  2. I'm glad you like the blog. I created Romance Lives Forever to be a place where authors can share their new books, and talk about their characters. Glad to have you on board.


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