This story is book one of a series called All Saints. All Saints you find out is a hostel where LGBT kids can come and sleep safely overnight, and this is managed by Tate, one of the main characters in this book.
Now Jonas, hmm what to say about him. To begin with, I wasn't sure I was going to like him. He came from money, and although he was 21, had never worked a day in his life. He had the rich and pampered lifestyle - but with one massive thing missing from it all - love. He was sent to stay with his Aunt for a while by his parents, due to being suspended from College.
Tate was altogether different. He lived with his two sisters, once he was old enough to get custody of them, as all three were orphaned. Tate has started the hostel, and worked hard there every day, including staying over some nights, but the most important people in his life were his two sisters.
Tate and Jonas meet, in the thrift store that Jonas's aunt owns and runs. At first, Jonas was unsure of Tate, and at times was a little standoffish with him. Somehow Tate managed to see below the front that Jonas put on, and began to see the real person underneath.
Slowly, Tate managed to peel back the layers that Jonas had surrounded himself with, and the real Jonas began to appear, and be himself which was a gay man. His father is totally homophobic, so it was like Jonas had been living a false life while with his parents.
Together with Tate, Jonas began to explore the life he could have being gay, and although only taking baby steps, seemed to be embracing his new life, and becoming a totally different person too. Gone was the arrogant man, he enjoyed helping others, and was beginning to enjoy his life in the small town with his Aunt.
Just as things were going well for Jonas, his dark past in the shape of his father comes back to the small town, and now Jonas has a few decisions to make, if he is brave enough to do so. Will he cower to his fathers demands yet again? Does he think his life in the small town would be better than that with his parents? Will he remain true to himself and admit to his parents he is gay?
Hi A.M., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello! I’m an m/m romance author, who mostly writes contemporary but occasionally delves into paranormal. I live in Hicksville, USA with two rambunctious cats and a large collection of horror film DVDs.
My newest release, Come What May, is the first in a new NA romance series with Carina Press. Jonas Ashcroft is suspended from college after a fraternity prank goes wrong, and he’s stuck working in his aunt’s thrift store—his very first job ever. Tate Dawson runs an LGBT homeless shelter nearby, and when their paths cross, sparks fly. So do insults, misunderstandings, and smexy times.
1) What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?
My book, Come What May, is contemporary New Adult m/m romance (say that five times fast). I was drawn to writing m/m romance because I enjoy reading it. I like m/f romance, but sometimes the tropes and gender roles drove me a little nuts. It’s hard to explain, but expectations of an m/m romance feel more open, because it’s two guys falling in love.
There’s actually a moment in Come What May where Tate, one of the heroes, goes into a mini-rant over gender roles and how the whole point was that they were two dudes, and there was no girl in the relationship. He kind of misunderstood something Jonas said and took it out of context, but his point stands.
And I threw the New Adult label on there, because that’s what we’re calling it now, even though the m/m romance genre has been writing these sort of college-age, coming of age, “new adult” stories for years and years. M/f romances made it a popular thing.
2) How many days a week do you write?
Now that I’m a full-time writer, my goal is four days a week. I do work one day a week outside of the house, so that I can pretend to be a social person, and I want to give myself two days off to do whatever. Lately I’ve been doing what I call office work (a lot of promotion, go figure), more so than writing on a novel, but I’m still putting words on paper. And it takes time.
3) On average, how long does it take to write a book?
Anywhere from three weeks to a year or more, depending on the book. I have WIP’s that I started last year. I’ve sat down and banged out a book in twenty-one days. But I suppose a fair average for a full-length novel is three to four months.
4) Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
I don’t have a book trailer. I’ve never experimented with them, because I honestly have no idea if the investment is worth the return. I don’t watch book trailers. I rely on the blurb and on reviews to decide if I want to read something.
5) If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
Bear the Kitten, from my April release The Heart As He Hears It. Look at her life? She is absolutely worshipped in every way by two hot guys…