Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bookblast: Empty Nests by Ada Maria Soto




Please welcome Ada Maria Soto with 

Empty Nests





Blurb:

Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears. At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.



Excerpt:


“So,” Dylan started as he scraped the last of the noodles from his plate. “Remember that conversation we were having about the new AP English teacher?”

“If you pull a piece of paper out of your pocket right now, I will never forgive you.”

Dylan grinned and pulled a tightly folded piece of paper from his pocket. “Saturday after next, if you want, you have a date.”

James was pretty sure teenagers were not supposed to be as hung-up on their father’s love life as Dylan was. “No. No, I do not.”

Dylan pushed over a printout from his school’s faculty webpage. There was a phone number handwritten at the bottom. “Thirty-five, no kids. He likes music.” Dylan had highlighted that line. “You like music, he likes music. He said he’d love to take you to see a band he likes.”


“Goddammit, Dylan! I do not need you setting me up with strangers.”

“He’s not a stranger, he’s the school’s AP English teacher, and I wouldn’t have to if you’d get out of the house once in a while. Seriously, Dad, I’m out of here in less than a year. I don’t want you moping around this place alone. I worry about you turning into a crazy old cat lady.”






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We had the chance to ask the author a question...


Hi Ada, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hi, I'm Ada. I'm a born and raised Californian Mexican-American currently living as an expat in the South Pacific with a toddler and my partner. I have studied and worked in theater, film, and television with all the usual crummy side jobs of a struggling artist. I have dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia but I try not to let that slow down my writing. I love sports and am dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Rugby Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.

Empty Nests is about James Maron and Gabe Juarez. At age fourteen, James decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But they might be too different. Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was quite little I wanted to be an astronaut. Then in the middle of morning cartoons the news cut in to report on the Challenger disaster. That killed that.

I did the brief 'I want to be a doctor' thing. Then I saw an eyeball surgery on PBS. I still can't handle eyeballs. I wear glasses instead of contacts because I don't like the idea of touching my own eyes.

Through most of elementary and middle school I wanted to be a scientist like my aunt who is internationally known and respected in her field. Somewhere around 8th grade I realized that I like science but I didn't want to make a career out of it. When my mother asked me what I did want to do I said I wanted to be an actor.

I'm not a very good actor. I'm great at learning lines but I have no stage presence.

I did my undergrad in theater directing but I spent most of those four years stage managing. I considered becoming a professional stage manager since I did enjoy it but the hoops needed to get into the union were a little too daunting.

I did my master's degree in film and television producing. Probably should have done it in writing. I'd still like to be a TV or movie writer when I grow up. I was supposed to pick up my first Oscar four years ago, so I'm a bit behind schedule, but maybe I can get this novel optioned and get one for best adapted screenplay.




More about the author:

Ada Maria Soto is a born and raised Californian, Mexican-American/WASP, currently living as an expat in New Zealand. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Directing at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which she attended in a fit of stubbornness. She got a Master’s degree in Film and TV Producing from the University of Auckland in New Zealand which she applied to on a manic whim. Nine years later she’s still in Auckland with a partner, kid, and mortgage.

She has dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia which can lead to some interesting typos.

She is a sports fan dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.


    





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