Put your hands together for the one and only: Ethan Day!!

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Ethan, thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I brought my own vat of Diet Coke, but thank you anyway. : )

 

Well that’s being prepared now isn’t it? Charles, stand by please. Ethan, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I could, but then I’d have to kill you – which wouldn’t go well as I’ve been known to pass-out at the sight of blood. I’d be incarcerated for sure, just lying there for the police to find once they arrived on the scene. I’d be the laughing stock of Cell-block D! Plus, I’m pretty sure that whole gang-bang in the shower scenario is really best experienced through the safety of porn. It is fun to say though! Seriously…say Gang-Bang over and over and you’ll see! Even funnier if you use that Little Caesar’s Pizza-Pizza voice. Of course, it’s not like I’ve ever taken part in an actual gang-bang, so I can’t speak from experience, but lots of things you’d think would be sexy in theory actually aren’t  in reality – being stranded on a deserted island immediately comes to mind. Have you seen Survivor lately? When it looks like someone wiped their ass with Blair Warner, you know it’s not pretty. Those people look exceedingly unsexy. Talk about some Facts of Life! It’s TV, people…give those bitches a brush and a bar of soap for crying out loud!

refreshing_mixed_drinks_w1Those are for me. I need a moment to catch up. While I do so, please tell us what the first words were that fell out of your mouth when you heard your manuscript had been accepted.

I honestly don’t remember if I said anything. I was alone when I received the email. I do remember a big, cheesy smile. I was also unemployed at the time, so there was a bit of a, ‘Perhaps this IS what you were meant to do with your life,’ kind of an, ah-ha moment that occurred.

What forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

I’d pretty much stopped writing for several years before I discovered there was a whole MM/Gay Romance thing going on. After reading about 10 books to get a feel for the genre and what was already out there, I felt like my writing fit pretty well. My style had always been more about what I thought was funny than the romance side of things, but they were at heart, stories about finding ‘the one’. It was kismet!

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

No thanks, my fat ass is on a diet after all the holiday face stuffing that occurred in and around my house. : )

 Charles, you have the afternoon off. He’s very content. I’ll just sip on my drinks.

How many hours a day do you spend writing?

It really depends. I can go months without writing at all, then spend six months writing non-stop. I think a lot of that has to with GayRomLit & having an EDJ. It’s difficult for me to develop a regimen of any kind when I can’t do something daily. I am always day dreaming, though, so it never totally turns off.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I tend to skip around a bit, and I do go back and revise as I’m re-reading throughout the process.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I do both, actually. I always start by just writing. For some reason, that enables me to get inside my characters head. But I will stop and scribble out a bullet list of other scenes I’ll need every now and again. How much of each depends upon how plot driven the story is. To Catch a Fox, which I co-wrote with Geoff was a very plot driven book, as was A Token of Time. There was pretty extensive plotting for each of those books.

For books like Sno Ho, and Second Time Lucky – where the relationship is the plot – things are less dependent upon knowing where the book is headed, so I do less plotting. Either way, it’s who those characters are that dictates what happens when faced with obstacles.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

Probably Boone from the Sno Ho/Summit City series, he is certainly the most fun for me to write. He gets to say and do all the stuff I wish I had in the past or would like to do in the future. Nothing is off limits for Boone. He’ll say almost anything, especially when attempting to avoid being serious or overtly lovey-dovey. He is not a gushy guy.

Luke from Second Time Lucky sticks out for me as well. His character was loosely based upon a friend who passed away many years back, so in a weird way, writing that book was a little like being able to spend time with that friend again. That was nice. Sad at times, but nice.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I’m sure I do. I sometimes wonder if that is part of the reason I’ll go months w/o being able to write. I think many times it’s about the need to re-charge the creative battery. In the first six months of 2012, I finished a rewrite and went through a hefty editing process for A Token of Time, finished writing Second Time Lucky, co-wrote To Catch a Fox with Geoff Knight and wrote Love in La Terraza. That was a lot for a six month block of time and while I loved every second of it, I do think it drained me. I also had stuff like GRL mixed in there, which sucks up a lot of time and creative energy. It’s a fabulous time, but it can wipe me out. : )

The biggest key to writers block is not to stress over it when it does come around. I avoid the stress by not contracting books before they’re finished. If I have no due date, I have nothing to wig-out over when I do get stuck.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

Usually the couch, which is totally bad for the spine, but my puppy likes to snuggle in at the hip and they don’t really make office chairs for that. As I seem powerless to resist her big, brown puppy dog eyes, the couch is where I end up most of the time.

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

I use music a lot for that. I have a plethora of play lists to either keep or put me in a certain mood. If there are too many distractions around I’ll simply pop in the ear buds so I can drown out the offenders.

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I don’t know. I’m sure snarky would be one word to describe my sense of humor. I can be a teensy bit sarcastic, lol. But I find all types of humor appealing, from bitchy to pratfalls and everything in between. Satirical, Screwball, Ironic, Self-deprecating – whether raunchy or highbrow – I never met a laugh I didn’t like. : )stunned

 

What is the most frequently asked Ethan Day question?

Are you planning to write a sequel to…?

Or

When is the sequel to…releasing?

Or some other variation of the same theme. Usually about either Self Preservation, Dreaming of You, or the Sno Ho series, though I do get it with most of my books to differing degrees. The Dreaming people don’t ask so much as inform me that I need to do it, lol. I appreciate that folks enjoyed the characters enough to want more. It’s a very nice compliment.

No one asks questions about me personally; likely because I tell people more than they wanted to hear to begin with in interviews and through online commentary, lol.

What are you working on now?

Specifically, at this precise moment, I’m working on a contemporary short story titled, Northern Star. It’ll be my first book for Empire Press since taking over the small publishing house with Geoff Knight, and a few of his Australian pals, Kath and Adrian. Adrian has done several covers for Geoff and now works with Resplendence. He did my cover for Love in La Terraza.

Northern Star is a mix, some sad and serious to go along with the funny. Deacon is the child of an alcoholic mother and absent father and carries around a lot of that weight as a result. He meets Steve – an older guy who’s recently divorced and has been closeted most of his life. Steve has some guilt he’s wrestling with over the choices he’s made. I’m pushing to have it finished and ready to go in time for the launch of the new Empire Press website in April.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

Walking away from the writing every now and then is usually the best medicine for me. Veg’ing out with a book, movie, a weekend on the couch with Netflix and TV series marathon. Chatting with friends online, on the phone or in person. Anything that takes me out of that writers head space for a while.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Everything I listed in my answer to the previous question. : )

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

I’ll be honest and say that when I read, it’s almost always gay-related, regardless of genre. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that almost all television and film feels heterosexually themed right now. Not that I have anything against het-themed entertainment, but it’s nice to see yourself reflected back every now and then. Right now, it seems like books are the only place I can find the whole me.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

Yikes! I dunno…they all scream work to me, lol. Can I be a horse trainer who just watches the horses? They’re pretty to look at, but horses are big! I try not to screw around with things that are bigger than me that have a mind of their own…unless they walk on two legs and have opposable thumbs to use when popping open the lube lid. : )id-juicy-lubricants-10-tube

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I’ve got a lot on my coming soon plate. A sci-fi/paranormal romantic-dramedy titled, Welcome to Meteor Springs, which will have a little mystery/suspense vibe thrown in for good measure. I’m hoping this will the first book in a new series – depending on whether or not people like it.

Geoff and I have the second Fox book as well as a short story for a Zombie themed antho titled, Zombie BoyZ. It’s a project Geoff has pulled together which will include stories by Geoff and myself, TJ Klune and Eric Arvin, & Ethan Stone & Daniel Kaine.

And while I was hoping to have the third and final Summit City book done before GRL in Atlanta, it will likely be what I get started on just after. But Boone and Wade will have their wedding day! What that day will look like I still don’t know, lol. The final book will be centered on that wedding theme and will include Chip and Gabe’s story.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

http://ethanday.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ethandayonline

http://twitter.com/ethanday

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2842849.Ethan_Day

http://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Day/e/B002BOFAVM

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

And get dishpan hands!?! Madge, surely you jest! ; )

Yes, simply because you wanted for nothing so Charles has the rest of the day off. Once again, thank you for coming by!

 

Loving Him by Diana DeRicci

Title: Loving Him
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
Pages: 176
Characters: Sam Rooney, Hunter Reece
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Can a jilted groom still find love on his honeymoon without the bride?

Hunter is on a solo-man honeymoon. Sam is on a belated graduation trip to paradise. Deciding getting drunk together beats doing it while across the bar from each other; Sam offers a brotherly shoulder of understanding when he learns just why Hunter is in paradise alone.

Review:

I’ve read several books by Ms. DeRicci before and I’ve really liked all of them. She has an easy style of writing that I appreciate and the chemistry between her heroes always jumps off of the written page.

As a reward for all of his hard work, Sam’s parents gave him a long vacation at an island paradise. All inclusive drinks and all the sun and fun he can handle should make Sam a happy man, but taking a vacation alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so for the past three nights he’s found himself at the same bar, drinking the night away. Every night, he’s noticed a very handsome man doing the exact same thing. Drinking…alone and looking both sad and angry at the world. On the third night, Sam decides to take a chance and sits beside him. He figures since they’re both lonely and alone, it wouldn’t hurt to find out the man’s story and maybe he’ll even make a friend in the process…right?

Hunter Reece is drinking his honeymoon away. It’s a honeymoon he’s taking by himself since his fiancée has decided to run off with someone else. Not bothering to do more than drink his sorrows and frustration away, he’s not too thrilled to be interrupted by some man named Sam who insists on being chattier than he’d like. But despite himself and with the help of liquor loosening his tongue he starts talking to Sam and soon a friendship starts to bud between them. But when an attraction starts to grow, this confuses Hunter because he knows he’s not gay. As he hangs around Sam more and more the attraction grows and Hunter finds himself giving into his desires and soon he and Sam have connected on both a physical and an emotional level. But life in paradise is short lived, so what will happen to the budding romance once the vacation is over?

I really liked this book a lot. At first, Hunter is a very bitter man. (I don’t blame him) He’s unhappy and upset and pretty grouchy about it. But as his friendship with Sam develops and something special starts growing between them, Hunter is confused by his sudden attraction to Sam, but decides to just go with it. I did like this about him, but Hunter definitely has some communication issues that he must deal with. Because he’s not the most open of men, he often hurts the ones who care the most about him. This was one of the reasons why I had a harder time liking Hunter, but as the story continued, I began to see what Sam saw in him. I also liked how he came to recognize his faults and really tried to change and grow into a more confident man.

I totally fell in love with Sam. He’s truly a sweet and sexy man who seems to wear his heart on his sleeve a little. He’s very loved by his family and is confident about himself and his sexuality. I enjoyed watching Sam work on Hunter loosening up as well as the friendship that developed between them.

Loving Him is a fast-pace novel with two heroes that really lived and breathed off of the written page. I loved the descriptive storytelling ability that Ms. DeRicci has and was immediately swept up into the lives of her characters. Lovely and romantic, Loving Him is a book I’d recommend for those who believe that love has no boundaries and can conquer all. Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Diana DeRicci from MLR Press

Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?

I’ll take a soda, please. Something diet would be great.

Charles! She’d like a diet something or other. Now, while we’re waiting on him, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m a SAHM (Stay at home mom) with one kidlet. He’s in the fifth grade and smarter than your average bear. 😉 I’ve been lucky to be able to stay home with him, which also was what prompted the writing. I was at home a lot with a toddler and bored. I cracked open some files from my younger years and * poof * One writer. I got bit by the bug hard. Except for a lag of writer’s block that lasted about a year, I really haven’t let up since I started in 2004.

When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted what were the first words that fell from your mouth?

I called my DH to come read the email because after more than three dozen rejections, I knew I was hallucinating! I believe it was along the lines of: Am I imagining that?

Here you go. Charles, you’re a doll! sodaWhat forces brought you over to the MM Genre and what made you want to write it?

I hadn’t intended to write full-time in the MM genre. I had one book, a ménage with a MM relationship in it prior to the heroine’s entrance. It was a test, like many do, to see what genres fit and what felt best. I discovered I liked aspects in the same way I like aspects of many things: fantasy, contemporary etc. I like freedom of writing diversely to keep my muse happy. I didn’t really give the MM pairing a second thought. It was a good story, hot and appealed to both my paranormal side and my adventurous side to try new things for myself and in the story.

Then, I had a character come to me. I had him lined up beautifully! Knew what his story was, knew how to get him an HEA and everything! But…my muse had other ideas. That was when I found out Jake (Delany’s Catch) was gay. I didn’t freak but I had a long conversation with my muse and she wouldn’t budge. I have to admit I had reservations building a full circle relationship around a GLBT couple, but I did have some good mentoring to get me through it all. And I loved them, both characters. I love getting into a man’s psyche. It’s a genre I’ve fallen in love with because of those two stories.

Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.

Oh my! Yes! I was wondering if those were up for grabs. *grin * I’ll just snatch some cookies for now. cookies

How many hours a day do you spending writing?

Writing? That’s debatable. I’m on the computer almost from the time I get up until bedtime, but I’m doing things like promoting, interviews, hunting up new books to read for me personally, or writing. Once I’m in a good groove, I can write for a few hours straight though.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

More revise as I write. I’ll write in chunks then go back through it and fix things, add here, move stuff there. It also keeps the story straight in my mind because I write as the story develops.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I’m total pantser. I get the idea for a book, a character, a location and let ‘er rip! I don’t even know the whole plot until I’m about halfway into it. I write the way I read, one page, one chapter at a time, letting it all develop the way it will as we go along.

Of your characters do you have a favorite and why?

I really adore Charlie from The Charlie Factor. He’s so sweet underneath the tortured wall he uses to hold the world at bay. He also finds a way to move past the pain he’s been living with and grasps at life with both hands. To me, he’s the perfect analogy of getting back up no matter how many times life knocks you down.

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

The worst case of writer’s block I had roughly a year long. It was stress related and took forever to get out of it. A friend at the time challenged me to write something out of my comfort zone. At the time, it was something erotic, spicy as I could get. It worked. Most blocks now are shorter and really something that I can power through.

Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)

I write on my bed, tucked up against a pillow or at my desk. It just really depends on which is giving me the best chance to dive into something. My desk sits right inside the front door, so peace and quiet are rarer if I’m there. I can hide in the bedroom. 😉

When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?

They wouldn’t care. I get bothered all the time, writing be damned. LOL

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I think I have a great sense of humor, playful. My DH has a differing opinion. He usually can make me laugh.

What are you working on now?

I’ve got about a handful of other books that are in the works.

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I read. A LOT. I know others can do better than me, but I read close to 200 books a year. I also just let my mind wander. It’s kind of like not hunting for your keys. They turn up when you’re not focused just on them. I get ideas the same way. When I’m not stressed over getting one, they just pop up.

What kind of books do you like to read outside of the MM Genre?

Really anything is game. I don’t really read historical and I can’t touch horror. Hardcore BDSM is another I usually don’t get into, other than that? It’s all fair game.

Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer-

When I was in high school I was training quarter horses, saddle breaking them and working them to be accepting of a person on their back. I miss having the freedom to just saddle up for a few hours and vanish down some country road. I’d love to be able to do that again.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

Um…Sleeping??

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

I also have one that will be on the release roster soon from Purple Sword Publications, Run With The Moon.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

Sure!
www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Diana-Castilleja/
www.dianadericci.com
https://pinterest.com/dianacastilleja/
www.dianacastilleja.com

It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!

Be happy to! Save me a piece of that cake to take back with me. 😉

Oh you bet! Here you go!!

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