Welcome to the 3rd week of celebrating our Author of the Month
Today's post is all about the Blue Boy series, starting with Bullet. And then a little Q&A with Garrett, because we're nosy like that. And a super exclusive announcement at the very end.
Levi Ramone entered the gay porn market for one reason, and one reason only–he needed the cash to pay his momma's spiraling gambling debts.
Seven years later, he's a veteran with a reputation as one of Blue Boy Studio's most ruthless tops, and when his boss suggests it's time for a change, he finds himself staring down the barrel of a gun.
Figuratively speaking, at least.
Enter Sonny Valentine, a go-go dancer at Blue's sister club, Silver's. Levi has secretly admired Sonny from afar for years, but there's one problem–he can't stand Sonny and the feeling is entirely mutual. When Levi learns Sonny is to play the third part in a scene he considers his worst nightmare, he figures things can't get any worse.
But when preparations for the scene from hell collide with tragic events in his personal life, he finds his fast growing, red hot attraction to Sonny the one thing left between him and a bullet.
Hot damn, look at that hunk on the cover!!
1. Hi, Garrett! Thanks for being here with us! For our first question, please describe your writing process. Because we're nosy. ;)
Chaotic. I start off with neat notes and good intentions, but midway through a book I’m a hot mess. Notebooks, iPhones, laptops. Filthy quotes tacked to my fridge. 27 million unfinished chapters. I recently developed a habit of leaving myself notes within the manuscripts too. That’s fucking hilarious…NOT. A cryptic comment that makes perfect sense to me one day will be completely unintelligible the next.
I wrote Slide in the dead of night, every night, for months, but I don’t do that so much now. Instead, I spend my weekdays writing away, work late nights in a restaurant, and spend my downtime doing cover art jobs for various publishing houses.
2. What inspired you to write Slide? How many more stories will you write in that series, you think?
Slide wasn’t inspired. It was more a deep, primal need to tell a story that was clawing its way out of me, whether I liked it or not. No one was ever meant to read it. It was never meant to be published. Oops.
I am 97.56473% sure the Roads series is done. I had an idea for a third book, but when I put pen to paper, it didn’t feel right. It felt like I was adding shit to their story they just didn’t need. Rare gives a fair amount of closure, without tying it up in a nice neat bow. I might come back to it one day, or bring Pete and Ash into other stories…cameos, perhaps, but for now their journey is over.
3. And what a journey it is! In Rare, what is the message you wanted to bring across? How is Pete different (growing) compared to Slide, and how is Ash different?
Ash is in recovery…changing and growing, adapting to the tenuous knowledge he has of what happened to him. He’s in therapy, getting back into his art, and pushing his boundaries physically…sexually.
For Pete, the challenges aren’t so obvious, though, at times, they seem to be. He’s tired and worried – emotions we’re already familiar with – but on top of that, for the first time, we see Pete questioning his identity…his role not only in Ash’s life, but his own as well. He’s been treading water for a while, focused on Ash and only Ash, but Pete’s burden is heavy. There’s things he hasn’t told Ash, things that come back to bite him in the ass when he’s vulnerable, and for much of the book it’s not clear if he’ll make it through.
Writing Pete in this role was challenging. He’s a natural caregiver, he doesn’t know how to be anything else, and Ash? Bless his heart. He’s spent his whole life believing he’s useless, and then suddenly, he needs to be the rock Pete’s always been for him. I think this role brought a new dimension to him, but you’ll have to let me know!
4. I would agree. Ash shows a ton of growth in Rare. Next question. Your Blue Boy series is very different than the Roads series. How do you get into the right mindset when writing?
I have to be very firm with myself. I know writers who can handle a dozen open WIPs at a time. I’m not one of them. Of course I’ll jot down ideas for other projects as I go, but my general rule is to focus on one book at a time.
5. Which of all the characters you have created so far is your favorite, and why?
Ash will always be my baby, but I’m pretty fond of Max too, who you’ll meet later this year. Jed is also an old friend of mine. He’s been with me for most of the past decade, and, I have a major crush on him. And I love Kai too, from Blue Boy. Dang, too many to choose from.
Going back to Ash, he is probably the one I’m most proud of. He comes full circle in many ways, as anyone who has read Freed will know, and, to quote a review I read this morning, his journey is one that will stay with me forever.
6. Tell us something you wish you had done differently in any one book you've written?
I don’t look back. There’s no point, especially with books published through a publisher. Yeah, I reckon I could pull out a million sentences I wish I’d constructed differently, but why? I don’t hate my work…yet. I’m not going to force myself to try.
7. Five random facts about you? Again, bc we're nosy. ;)
I’m super scrawny. Seriously, just a set of nobbly knees and pointy elbows.
I could eat peanut butter and chocolate together every day for the rest of my life.
I cook…a lot. I’ve worked as a chef, and make my own bread, soups, sauces, everything from scratch. It soothes me.
I’m the worst dancer the world has ever seen.
I have a unicorn tattooed on my… (HA!!!! Shall we guess??? Should our readers leave a comment with their guesses? Wouldn't that be fun?)
Where to find Garrett:
Win a copy of Bullet!!!
We are delighted to announce that we will present the cover reveal of Bones, book 2 in the Blue Boy series, exclusively on My Fiction Nook. More info to follow about dates soon.
Next week, all about Gypsy Rain, Garrett's favorite things and a funny true story that happened...
See you then!!