Please welcome Christine D'Abo and
Thank you for having me here today. I’m so happy to be able to talk to you about my new book, WORKING IT, which is book one in my new Ringside Romance series. Don’t let the series title fool you, this is low on the boxing and high on sexual tension.
As an avid reader of all things romance, I personally love it when authors take chances and play around with what we consider typical romance tropes. Those situations that for whatever reason, really work for us as lovers of romance. One of my personal favorite tropes is the whole boss-assistant dynamic. There’s something wonderful about the tension that can be created when two people are working together, under pressure and in close quarters, that appeals to me.
I wanted to take this trope and do something a little fun with it. What would happen if both the characters were gay? What if they were so vastly different that under any other circumstance they probably never meet, let alone fall in love? What if they worked day in and day out in an office together?
In WORKING IT, Nolan Carmichael is working through the trauma of a serious car accident. He gets a job as Zack Anderson’s executive assistant, a position that no one at the company wants. Somehow the two of them work through their differences and fall in love.I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
Nolan Carmichael is getting a fresh start—new career, new company, new life. The only problem is, he liked his old life just fine . . . until an accident robbed him of his health, his job, his self-confidence, and his ability to go out in public without having anxiety attacks.
Zack Anderson has scared away his last four executive assistants. So when he hires Nolan on a whim, he’s not too worried, since Nolan will be gone within the week anyway. Two weeks later, Nolan has made himself indispensable, completely reforming Zack’s schedule, life . . . and libido.
But in a company already torn by internal politics, one wrong step could ruin both their careers. And not only are they working to reopen Ringside Gym, Zack’s retreat when he was a troubled teen, but they also can’t help themselves falling for each other. If only the rest of their lives could go as smoothly as things do when they’re alone together.
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Our Q&A with Christine:
1. What inspires you? What gets you writing?
I’ve always loved telling stories, even when I was a kid. My parents called this “lying”, and yeah, maybe I did a little of that, but man I had an active imagination. I’ve learned to channel that creativity over the years, which had provided me with a constant source of inspiration. Sometimes all it takes is a single thought, one of those “what if” moments. Most of the time what really gets me going is the desire to explore a particular idea.
For my upcoming book, Working It, I wanted to play around with traditional romance tropes and see what would work in M/M romance. Having a Boss-Assistant romance can be interesting when looking at it through that lens. It’s those types of ideas that keep me coming back to my computer every day.
2. What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
I used to be a hardcore seat-of-my-pants author. The excitement of not knowing exactly where my story was going to take me gave me a bit of a thrill. As the years have progressed, I’ve becoming a bit more of a plotter. Not much more, but a bit. I typically work in a three act structure, and need to outline what each of the turning points will be. Sometimes they change as I get deeper into the book, but they serve as a guideline for me.
I have a giant white board in my tiny office in the basement where I write out the details of my plot. I also have a writing journal where I track the pertinent details for my stories, especially if they are a part of a larger universe.
3. Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I’m one of those authors who tends to fall in love with the characters of the book that I’m working on. But if I had to choose, I’d say Alyssa from 30 Days is probably my favorite. She’s emotionally resilient in a way that I don’t think I could be myself. Writing her happened at an emotional time in my life and she helped me get through a lot.
4. Which character is your least favorite, and why?
But, we’re not supposed to have a least favorite child!! I wouldn’t say that he’s my least favorite, but certainly my most difficult character to write. His name is Eli and he’s the hero in book three of the Ringside Romance series, Making It. Eli was challenging because of some things that he did at the beginning of the story. He was selfish and hurtful, and I had to find a way to redeem him. Needless to say, it was a challenge.
5. If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I think every author would change something about each of their books if they had the chance. I guess I’m actually do this right now. I’m re-releasing some older books of mine, ones I wrote and published with a smaller publisher before I really knew what I was doing. My style has changed, my ability to go deeper into a character’s point of view had gotten better. I hope to go back to that very first book that I published and make some of those changes, make the characters come to life more so they are more engaging to the readers. Yeah, that will be a big job LOL!
6. What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
I just finished writing book three in the Ringside Romance series, Making It. I’m going to catch my breath and then I’ll be jumping into a self-publishing project. I’m re-releasing my Eternal Bond series (sci-fi romance) and can’t wait to get it back out into the world.
7. Anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
I love talking with readers. If you want to chat, you can find me mostly on Facebook and Twitter. I also have a monthly newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on all of my releases. You can sign up for my newsletter at my website.
More about the author:
A romance novelist and short story writer, Christine has over thirty publications to her name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement, she’s most likely spending time with her family and two dogs.
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