Hello everyone! I’m ecstatic to have M/M author Charley Descoteaux with me today. She shares a bit about herself and some of her stories. (Oh, and both stories contained within are on SALE today) Please say hi and leave a comment or two below.
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Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they let her sleep once in a while. Every guy deserves a beautiful love story even, or maybe especially, the ones who would usually be in the supporting cast. Home is Portland, Oregon, where the weather is like your favorite hard-case writing buddy who won’t let you get away with taking too many days off, and in some places you can be as weird as you are without fear. As an out and proud bisexual and life-long weird-o, she thinks that last part is pretty cool.
Rattle Charley’s cages—she’d love to hear from you!
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Ross Jenson is looking forward to a little midmorning delight to celebrate making Lifetime in Weight Watchers, but after he spent eight months losing ninety-eight pounds, what his lover gets him is a triple-layer chocolate cake. When Ross refuses to eat it, the newly minted ex leaves the country and dumps him via e-mail, with three sentences and a link to a chubby chasers web site. A few days later, Ross’s best friend and workout buddy takes him to her favorite club for drinks. Ross is shocked when he realizes it’s a sex club but warms to the idea in record time when a mysterious Japanese man and his silken ropes sweep him off his feet. Ross has never thought of himself as adventurous, but he can’t stop thinking about the man who makes his bones feel like gummy worms.
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Thanks for having me!
What do you find the hardest part of being an author?
This is a hard question—on any given day of the week it could have a very different answer! Right now, though, with two recent releases and three stories in process—the hard part is making time for everything I want to do. I want to chat with readers and other authors—that’s one of the best parts of this gig for me—but there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love it when my characters surprise me, when a book takes a curve that’s better than the one I envisioned. When I’m smart, I hold on tight and go along for the ride because my characters usually know what they’re doing. Besides, I’ve learned the hard way that if I try to make them do things they’re not comfortable with they just may decide to bug-out entirely.
Just how H.O.T. are most of your books?
One of my favorite parts about this genre is keeping the bedroom door open. It’s hard to hide who you are and how you feel about someone when you’re nude, and that goes double for characters. Since I’m a character-driven kinda gal, I tend to follow them everywhere—closely. Those scenes don’t always lead to the same type of climax, but they always reveal more than just skin.
Hot sweet or romantic do they tend to be?
I like it when the romance is the center of the book—that’s usually what I read a Romance for, so that’s usually what I write. Whether my stories are overtly sweet depends on the characters. Some of my guys are very demonstrative and romantic, and others barely want to speak. Deep feelings can be conveyed with gestures that might seem commonplace, but in the right circumstances can be the “sweep you off your feet” moments we all crave.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not sure about that—I think it’s for the readers to judge. Every POV character brings his or her own voice into play and I try to stay out of it as much as possible. I guess I’m on the minimalist side—I aim for short descriptions that pack a wallop. I want to make the reader feel something, though, so I’ll try just about anything a story calls for.
Which is your favorite storyline/angst situation and why? What inspired you to write about it?
I’ve always felt like an outsider—different and strange, not special and unique—so I love it when two characters seem to have nothing in common but are very much alike underneath it all. I love the way it feels to discover a new layer, peel it away and watch the characters discover what they have in common and how to make a happy life for themselves.
Boxers or Briefs? I know which I prefer . . . *wink*
Commando isn’t a choice?
Of course it is! Nothing in the way of all that yumminess? Oh, so there!
The only way to go and not feel guilty is to say Shakespeare. I can’t choose just one author in ERom any more than I could choose, say, Holly Black over Stephen King. It depends on what I’m looking for on a given day; it could be a tear-jerker or something that’ll make me sleep with the lights on or just about anything in between.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.
I love Shakespeare’s tragedies and poetry. Every time I read one I see something new—even the ones I read a few times a year.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m working on three novels: an angsty male-male contemporary Romance, a paranormal, and a YA. I’m really excited about the YA—the idea for this spec fic started with a few scribbled pages when I was in junior high school and I’m hoping to have it submitted to Harmony Ink by Christmas. If you see a Charli Green (or a greencharli) lurking around, that’s the part of me that never grew up. When I write as Charli Green my protagonists are usually young ladies, and someone will be bisexual. When I was growing up I would’ve loved to see myself in a book, but never did, so I’m writing them myself.
Thanks again for having me, Tempe—it’s been a blast!
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Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather’s death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed’s for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed’s pain away, allowing him a rare restful night’s sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed’s prepared to show him how wrong he is.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Advent Calendar package "Heartwarming".
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