This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the Author
Sarah Madison is a writer with a large dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. An amateur photographer and a former competitor in the horse sport known as eventing, when she's not out hiking with the dog or down at the stables, she's at the laptop working on her next story. When she’s in the middle of a chapter, she relies on the smoke detector to tell her dinner is ready. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy.
Sarah Madison was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards and The Boys of Summer was the winner of Best M/M Romance in the 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards.
Interview with Sarah Madison
Why did you write this book?
I had this image in my mind I couldn’t shake in which one of the main characters, Rick Sutton, is leaning against a Spitfire, dressed in a RAF flight officer’s uniform. I thought it might make a cool dream sequence, but when I began researching the Battle of Britain in order to get the details right, I was appalled at how little I knew of the time period or how much these young men sacrificed. The more I read, the more I needed to know. I spent over a month immersing myself in WW2 history, finally coming up for air and realizing I had to do justice to their story. Finding a way to give my heroes their happy ending was the hard part, but never fear, I believe in happy endings.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love mysteries and sci-fi/fantasy. I love historicals and romance, too. So if you want to make my day, give me a murder mystery set in the 1800’s with aliens. Actually, that’s kind of hard to find, which is why so many of my own stories have a weird mix of genres.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Oh, I have so many! Lord Peter Wimsey from the Dorothy Sayers novels, and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, for example. Sherlock Holmes. Spock. Amelia Peabody from the Elizabeth Peters novels. The lovely thing about a great character is that they are enduring—people remember them long after the book has been read. The Sherlock Holmes stories are riddled with inaccuracies and frequently told from a passive viewpoint, and yet we don’t care because Holmes himself was incandescent. His presence made the story come alive.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire right now. I’m working on the first in a series of stories set in the 1950s about a couple of agents who investigate paranormal events—kind of like Ward and June Cleaver meets the X-Files. I’ve also got a Regency M/M romance in the works, as well as a contemporary M/M romance involving the sport horse world. I’ve also got paranormal sequels planned for the Sixth Sense series, and my vampire/shifter story, Crying for the Moon. I have LOTS of plans; just not enough time to write!
Please tell us about your latest book.
David McIntyre has been enjoying the heck out of his current assignment: touring the Hawaiian Islands in search of the ideal shooting locations for a series of film company projects. What’s not to like? Stunning scenery, great food, sunny beaches… and a secret crush on Rick Sutton, the hot, ex-Air Force pilot who is flying him around.
Everything changes when a tropical storm and engine failure force a crash landing on a deserted atoll with a WWII listening post. Rick’s injuries, and a lack of food and water, mean David has to step up to the plate and play hero. While his days are spent fighting for survival, and his nights are filled with worrying about Rick, the two men grow closer. David’s research for his next movie becomes intertwined with his worst fears, and events on the island result in a vivid dream about the Battle of Britain. On waking, David realizes Rick is more than just a pilot to him. The obstacles that prevented a happy ending in 1940 aren’t present today, and David vows that if they survive this stranding, he will tell Rick how he feels.
About the Book
Title: The Boys of Summer
Genre: Contemporary/Historical M/M romance
Author: Sarah Madison
Book heat level: (based on movie ratings): R
Buy This Book
This story is available for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press’s site at this time. Other links will be available after December 21, 2015.
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