Please welcome Kris Ripper with
One Life To Lose
Queers Of La Vista #4
Hi, I'm Kris and welcome to the blog tour for One Life to Lose, book four in my awesome queer soap opera! Enjoy the blog tour!
Cameron Rheingold is the kind of guy who takes a book to a bar. He’s a loner by nature, but he has to engage with the community to keep his movie theater business afloat. When two young men stay after a Cary Grant film showing to chat, Cameron thinks he might have made some new friends—but their interest is more than friendly.
Josh is charismatic, and every smile is a little bit seductive. Keith is sweet and kind, with a core of steel Cameron can sense even when Keith’s on his knees. Cameron is willing to be the couple’s kinky third, but that’s it. He refuses to risk complicating things with his growing devotion, even if being with Josh and Keith feels more right than anything else ever has.
When the three of them are attacked by the killer roaming La Vista, Cameron must decide what’s more important: pretending the assault never happened and he’s the same loner he used to be, or coming clean to Josh and Keith about how much he loves them, even if they can never return his feelings.
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Q&A with Kris Ripper:
1. What inspires you? What gets you writing?
Okay, absolutely everything inspires me. Let me tell you one of the things that most gets my juices going: intense weather. (And not, like, natural disasters. Just weather.) Show me a thunderstorm and my fingers will literally tingle with the desire to get to a keyboard. Ditto serious wind. I fucking love wind. Wild, desperate, take-your-breath-away wind does it for me every time.
2. What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
I use anything and everything, depending on the book/series. Queers of La Vista had a whole lot of interdependence based on the continuing subplots (and every time you set up murders that will at some point come to a head, you have to know what you’re about with that!). There are mind maps and lists and calendars and pages of notes about various ways everyone intersects.
It was bliss.
There were not, however, detailed book outlines. I knew what needed to happen when, and I had some ideas about how characters would all interact, and I knew how the couples would come together. I’m far more likely to plot the hell out of a series than a book, if that…makes sense.
3. Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
Okay, so, we’re just gonna go ahead and limit this to Queers of La Vista. I routinely refuse to answer this question for the rest of my books, but in QLV there’s a clear and undeniable answer.
I love Cameron Rheingold, who tells the story in One Life to Lose. He is…just wonderful. I love being in his head. I hope everyone else loves him, too!
4. Which character is your least favorite, and why?
Oh, least favorite in QLV? I don’t have a least favorite. I have a few characters I feel like I didn’t really flesh out completely. I wish I’d done more with the older generation, Fredi and Donald in particular. They’re far from my least favorite characters, I just wished I’d managed to make them more dimensional, because a lot of what I was playing with was the tensions between different generations of queers.
5. If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
Oh no. I just…answered this! If I had to pick something else, it would be…well…okay, I go back and forth. I’d like to have incorporated the murderer in more…but on the other hand, I think it might have been too much if I’d done that! So I might have added, like, two additional moments of the murderer. But then again, I might not have! This is clearly why I didn’t do it. I went back and forth so many times I finally just had to surrender the books!
6. What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
Oh, I’m working on a top secret project that I absolutely love. It’s becoming this story that plays with so many things I find fascinating about people and relationships and how things change over time. But it is TOP SECRET, so I can’t tell you when you might see it!
As for what’s next…oh, I’ve got some rock stars I’ve been playing with, and some rock climbers, too…
7. Anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
That’s so open ended! Okay, how about this: I love writing to reader prompts. Usually very short little tidbits here and there (right now I’m working on a scene where Emerson from Gays of Our Lives processes politics), but it’s a lot of fun for me, and a lot of fun for the folks in my Facebook group, Ripper’s Irregulars!
Thank you, Kris!
More about the author:
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
To celebrate the release of One Life to Lose, one lucky winner will receive an ebook from Kris’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 17, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
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