When Matthew comes on the scene, you then see many sides of Victor., but also Andrew shows his true colours, and I see him as someone who has a core of strength running through him, also someone who knows when to push but also when to back off. Now when Matthew first comes on the scene, it is the caring side of Andrew that draws Matthew to them, and funnily enough a softer side of Victor comes through too.
This story was a steep learning curve for all three. It all begins with Victor and Andrew asking Matthew to stay with them, to give him a safe place to stay, and even enable him to finish school. Matthew is determined to pay his own way and starts working behind the scenes at All Cocks, but what he is determined to do is film a scene - although Victor and Andrew are not sure about this, Matthew wears them down and so the scene is put in the diary. The assault on Matthew to begin with was in the background, and he just couldn't tell anyone - until the day he suffered a horrific flashback while filming the scene for All Cocks. He then went on to have a complete meltdown, and this is the part of the audio I was listening to with tears in my eyes.
Will Matthew stay with Victor and Andrew after he confesses his assault? Does Matthew actually have feelings for Victor and Andrew, and want to act on them? Do Victor and Andrew want Matthew to become part of their relationship, or is this something that will destroy their relationship? Listen and find out.........
The narration of this audio book (wonderfully done by Joel Leslie), was totally spot on. I adored the voice used for Victor, and when Matthew had his flashback, the emotion in the voices then was totally out of this world (hence listening with tears). I have to say I have only listened to one other story narrated by Joel Leslie, but I can guarantee that I will be looking for others. This is also an audio that I will be listening to again and again - brilliant story and narration.
I was born and raised in Georgia until I was 24. I was born military and married military so when my ex got out of the Army, we moved to Texas and Iâve been here ever since.
What inspired you to start writing?
I love to read, and the more I read fiction and fantasy, I started coming up with different outlandish stories in my head. One day I decided to sit down and try to turn it into something. The rest, as they say, is history.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing Opposites in 2010. So, 6 years now.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Be very sure that this is what you want to do, because for every fan you find, there will be a hater lingering in the background. Overall, the LGBT writing community is an amazing group of people. There has to be a few bad apples though, and the negativity occasionally hits you where it hurts. You just have to let it roll off and keep going. There is one rule to live by if you want to be an Author, never engage the crazy. Comment and leave praise for those positive reviews all day long. But do not, I repeat, do not comment on a negative review, ever! It never ends well.
Do you ever suffer from writerâs block? If so, what do you do about it?
Oh hell yes, donât we all? Sometimes I have to make myself write, I might trash 90% of it in the end, but that 10% I get to keep is pretty fucking amazing. Other times I have to walk away and recharge. I have hit a wall a couple of times trying to take the story in a direction it didnât want to go, or trying to force a character into a story. Iâve learned that if the character stops speaking to you, youâve probably pissed them off, so figure out why and fix it. And if you canât, either scrap them all together or kill them off and make it intense.
What Authorâs in the genre do you read?
That list would take all day to complete. Some of my very favorites though, Iâm talking auto buy just because of who wrote it, or books I have re-read multiple timesâ¦ Sandrine Gasq-Dion, Andrew Grey, Mary Calmes, Morticia Knight, AE Via, Cardeno C and Amy Laneâ¦ just to name a few.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
That is a trick question, both. Sometimes someone just starts talking and I start writing and I mold his or her part of the story around them. Then there are times I come up with an amazing storyline in my head and I have to work the characters into it.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
I am actually, lots of goodies for 2016! Gay for Pay is out now in audio, but Iâm also having it translated in French through Juno Publishing. My editor is pouring over the Opposites series books as I type, helping me clean them up and Iâm going to re-release that series. Opposites was the first book I wrote and I did it without an editor, donât do that people. I think that cleaning them up is going to give the series new life and that makes me happy, I love the dichotomy of that series so much.
Describe the perfect writing space.
Sitting at my desk with my headphones in and a Mimosa next to me. I think I might like sitting on the beach with my laptop and a drink with an umbrella in it as well though.
Do you do research for your books? If so, what does that entail?
I do actually. I like to have an element of reality in my stories. For the Opposites series I had to research high points of elevation, water lines, fault lines, different cultures and economies. For the All Cocks stories I have had to endure hours upon hours of sexy, sweaty, hot man sex. I know, itâs a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Then there are aspects to some of my stories that arenât as much fun to research, but Iâm afraid if I donât, someone that has lived through it would be offended at my ignorance.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
5 novels and 2 novellas. You might as well ask me to pick my favorite child, that is a no win scenario.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
I do actually, I love to stay in touch with my readers. 99.9% of my emails from fans or messages on facebook is hearing what they liked or didnât like about the books, asking when the next book is out, things like that. I remember about a week after Fame and Fortune released, I got an email from someone that was a survivor of sexual assault and she was telling me how impressed she was with the reality of the situation that I got right while not going too far or downplaying what happened in the book. She said while it was hard for her to read, it was very well written and conveyed. Brought a tear to my eye it did.