How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?
For authors and other creative types selling their wares? I think both are great tools for marketing and self-promotion. For everyone else? They can be a good way to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, but they can also be places to bully, to cheat, to create drama and cause trouble.
What makes you angry?
Writing related? I hate when people look down on Young Adult authors thinking their stories are dumbed down and simple, that they’re not as “good” as authors who write for adults.
What’s your next project?
I am working on a series of short stories called Errand Girl of the Undead. They will be released separately and then an omnibus edition. It’s a lot of fun!
How do you feel about self-publishing?
Considering my first two books were self-published, I’m all for it, but it has to be done right. It seems to get a bad rep because there are those authors who rush to put their work out and don’t do the proper edits or formatting, etc. I think it’s a great option though and there are several self-pubbed authors who have made it big.
How important are friends in your life?
No man is an island! Friends are very important, for support, a sounding board, escape, compassion, commiseration, to just name a few! Mine are always willing to read my work and listen to ideas.
How many friends does a person need?
There’s not a magic number, but I believe, as we grow older, we learn to weed out those who aren’t really friends. Friendship is a two way street and if someone is all “me, me, me” then they’re probably not the best person to have as a friend. It should be give and take and if you’re lucky to have a lot of people who fit that bill, congrats! If you only have one or two, there’s no shame in that either.
Do you find the time to read?
Lately, I find I don’t have as much time to read as I like. Life has been busy but hopefully will settle down soon. I used to read close to 200 books a year. I don’t think I’ll make it back to that, but I’d like to pick the pace back up!
Who do you admire?
Author wise? Any author who has kept at it throughout the rejections, who have continued to have faith in their work and kept hunting until they found just the right agent/publisher and then hit it big.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
I’m a very laidback person. I try to let the unimportant stuff roll off my back and not get too worked up over things I have no real control over. It doesn’t always work but typically it leads to less stress. Roll with the punches people.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
I have a real hard time accepting compliments, regardless of whether it’s about my writing, my appearance, etc. I’m sure there’s a deep seeded reason for that, but we won’t get into it now…
Secrets. Their weight can be crushing, but their release can change everything—and not necessarily for the better. Ian is no stranger to secrets. Being a gay teen in a backwater southern town, Ian must keep his orientation under wraps, especially since he spends a lot of time with his hands all over members of the same sex, pinning their sweaty, hard bodies to the wrestling mat.
When he’s trying not to stare at teammates in the locker room, he’s busy hiding another secret—that he starves himself so he doesn’t get bumped to the next weight class.
Enter Julian Yang, an Adonis with mesmerizing looks and punk rocker style. Befriending the flirtatious artist not only raises suspicion among his classmates, but leaves Ian terrified he’ll give in to the desires he’s fought to ignore.
As secrets come to light, Ian’s world crumbles. Disowned, defriended, and deserted by nearly everyone, Ian’s one-way ticket out of town is revoked, leaving him trapped in a world he hates—and one that hates him back.
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Genre - LGBT, YA
Rating – PG-13
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