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  1. Well, I don't know about what it's like where you are, but I'm stuck in a heat wave. What a time for some ocean-related story fun! I can imagine enjoying the cool water now, and if there were dolphins? *squee* I hope you enjoyed reading, or re-reading Carlos's Earth Day story, Dolphin Delivery. Share your thoughts in the comments below after you enjoy my interview with him! Who do you like best, Jerry or Tom? Jerry Maguire or Tom Cruise? Aren’t they the same person? LOL. I love the way you start these interviews with questions out of left field. Smart way to put the interviewee at ease. The mouse! Although the sound of ‘Jerry, Jerry, Jerry’ rattling in my head reminds me too much of Jerry Springer. The fact I’m not a big fan of cats may have something to do with it. Top sheet or no top sheet? Top sheet. The question reminds me of something that happened a couple of years ago. I wrote a scene where a character pulled a bed sheet over himself and his other half. A reader mentioned I was obviously a Floridian because I didn’t mention blankets. It was a learning moment in my writing career. I’ve been careful with little details since, taking into account my experiences don’t always fit a character. It’s helped me differentiate my men and women enough readers sometimes recognize who the individual is through speech and actions before I identify them. If you were writing a book about your life, what would that title be? So little time… I’m a wannabe explorer and a bit of a daredevil, and I’ve realized I’ll never live long enough to experience everything I’d like to. I mean, I still have nine states I’ve never visited! Having characters do some of those things I haven’t has been a poor substitute, but at least I’ve been there in spirit. In CDMX I wrote about visiting Chichén Itzá, something I haven’t done. But researching and writing about it made me feel as if I was traveling with my characters. I hope my feelings translated well enough readers had a similar experience. Are there any new authors or books that have grasped your interest? I don’t read as much as I used to and most of what I do read is non-fiction. Biographies, history, journals, and current events analysis. On GA, I’ve enjoyed works by some of our recently promoted authors. @Mawgrim has me hooked on his PERN fanfiction. @astone2292 deserved his promotion; I’ve been helping him clean an older story and he most definitely shows promise. @Mrsgnomie writes beautifully, but with her stories, I have to pace myself; everyone knows I’m allergic to romances. LOL For some reason, shifter stories attract me. Surprising since I’ve taken a couple of stabs at the genre and haven’t been happy with the results. @kbois and @WolfM have written stories I’ve enjoyed reading. What advice would, or do, you give to new authors not sure if writing is something they can do? Try it. The worst that could happen is you’re not good at it. Success is sweet and failure can be painful, but we learn more about ourselves when things don’t go well. And when you do try it, take your time. Read other authors for inspiration. If you’re posting on GA, figure out who the popular authors are and study their work. Why do readers enjoy their stories? Pay attention to how they write more than what. Research the subject you want to tackle and don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Is there a theme or plot device you’d never be able to write into a story? Not sure about plot devices. I think I want to try a story told by a narrator. Would that be second person? I’m so ignorant… However, there are plenty of themes I’m not interested in writing about. Most involve sex. I also don’t do well with angst, so I’m unlikely to write a story where the character’s overly introspective, tentative, or indecisive. My characters, males and females, tend to be take-charge people of action. And sometimes they act or speak before thinking! If you had to cast two people or actors as Pete and Tag, who would they be? CJ Abellé and Owen Liston. LOL Okay, for those scratching their heads, CJ and Owen are the MCs of a series of mine. The Earth Day stories were supposedly made up by Owen, an environmental attorney, for their daughter, Liebe. Hence the name of Dolphin Delivery’s protagonist. Pete and Tag are stand-ins for CJ and Owen and therefore resemble them. Pete’s of Hispanic descent, olive complexed, and hairy chested. Tag’s a fair-skinned blond. If you become interested in CJ and Owen, google Maxi Iglesias and Alexander Ludwig. Those are the actors I think could play them when the movies are made. But I may have to interview a few candidates before settling on the ones that fit well. Did you have the dolphin rescue idea first or the knowledge that Tag was a fishing guide? The rescue came first. Along with Liebe. Then it was a matter of creating the right conditions for the action I envisioned. I chose the Florida Keys as the setting because it’s an environmentally sensitive area, and it’s a place I know well. Enough so I could write about it without constantly consulting google to see if I had it right. Since the real Liebe’s parents are wealthy, white-collar men, I wanted Tag and Pete to be of more modest means and work with their hands. Tag as a fisherman/guide/diver epitomizes the Florida Keys and gave me a character I could have out on a boat constantly. When you read the other stories in the series you’ll see what I mean. What is your favorite part of Dolphin Delivery? It used to be the actual rescue. I’ve seen similar ones live and they’re thrilling. Today, I’d say it’s how Liebe interacts with her fathers and describes them. WARNING- You had to know if I was involved, there was a chance politics would surface. For the change in my preference, you can thank Florida’s governor, and his championing of a law trying to eradicate the acceptance of GLBTQ individuals. For that is what could happen when children are not allowed to learn. When we don’t teach about differences. I’ve been wondering if Liebe would be allowed to talk about her family with classmates. Would the teacher get in trouble for letting her do it? What would have happened to my niece when she wrote about her favorite family member? Me. The one she said liked boys better than girls and had a really nice boyfriend. Revolutions never end. We fight daily to preserve the country we call home and the LGBTQ community must continue fighting to prevent hate-mongers from taking back our hard-won rights. Off the soapbox. Can you share a little of your current or upcoming work with readers? I set myself the goal of publishing something every month this year and so far I’m six for six. The next six months will see a variety of short stories, mostly following my most recent story. I have a short character story for someone I’m introducing as a recurring character in the series, a wedding as the backdrop for an anniversary—that will be for GA’s Anniversary Anthology—a week-long sailing trip in the Med, and I’m outlining something involving the Coast Guard, a foggy port, and a creature of the sea. That one’s just for you, Cia. LOL Thanks for the feature, thanks for the opportunity to ramble, and thanks to all of you for reading. Okay, I open the floor for questions and comments.
  2. I've been toying with the idea of writing a children's book. Dolphin Delivery is the working title and may change. GA limits the way in which images can be shared but I envision illustrations accompanying each scene in the book. Would love to hear what you think and if there would be an interest in the story. Here's the initial draft of the first scene. Dolphin Delivery: A Children’s Story “Daddy, Daddy! You’re home!” Liebe ran to the door and raised her arms. “Pick me up, Daddy. Pick me up!” In one motion, her father lifted Liebe and twirled her around. His baseball hat fell off when he did. “Wheee!” The little blonde girl squealed in delight. “How is my favorite four-year old?” Her father asked her after stopping and giving her a kiss and a cuddle. “Daddy! You forgot my party. I’m five now.” Liebe had celebrated her fifth birthday the previous week. “Oh, that’s right. How’s my favorite big girl.” Her father gave her a bunch more kisses all over her face and returned her to the floor. “I’m good, Daddy. I missed you.” Her father was a fireman. He slept at the fire station when he worked so she had not seen him since yesterday. “Papi’s washing Spot.” Papi was her other father. Spot was the puppy she got as a birthday present. He was white with black spots all over. “Did you go out in the boat today?” her father asked. “We did. That’s why Papi’s washing Spot. He jumped in the ocean with us.” She pointed to the dock behind the house. Her other father was on it, next to their boat, rinsing soap off the puppy with a hose. “Was it fun?” “Yeah! We had a great time. Mamma showed up and went swimming with us. She’s fat!” ILLUSTRATION Front: Blonde fireman in t-shirt and pants with suspenders holds blonde girl against his chest. Background: Dark-haired, bearded man in t-shirt and board shorts rinsing Dalmatian puppy on dock with boat next to them.
  3. Coming to Gay Authors on March 1, 2020
  4. US Army Rangers Sergeant Bradley Thomas Kennedy lost his legs when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Ranger chronicles the first couple of years following the IED incident. Will he recover sufficiently from his physical and mental wounds to lead a fulfilling live? Will he get the girl in the end? Here's a little look at the story.
  5. Working on a short story about a couple of college football jocks. Anyone interested in reading it?
  6. Coming to Gay Authors next weekend... A revised and expanded version of a flash piece I posted years ago in response to a weekly prompt.
  7. Someone mentioned Brett Davenport reminded them of Spicoli.
  8. Although nearly 15 years old, this New York Times article still provides a good description of my city. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/15/us/a-gay-boomtown-is-more-mainstream-and-less-the-cliche.html I dug it up after walking through closed-to-traffic Wilton Drive—the town’s main street—during the Stonewall Festival this past weekend. The outrageous outfits, loud music, and alcohol consumption were still there, but what grabbed my attention was something else. Lots of kids, from infants in baby carriages to slightly older ones walking with their parents—both same-sex couples and heterosexual ones. Corporate America and governmental institutions amongst those with booth displays. Police officers from neighboring cities who volunteered to work the festival to show their support for the gay community. These are all signs our lives as outlaws are nearing the end. That the GLBT community is becoming an integral part of the melting pot. And that it does get better thanks to the struggle of those who came before us.
  9. On the first Monday of the month, I announced the CSR Feature was Carlos Hazday's series, Atlantis Shift. It features two stories, Tidal Power and Detskoye Porno, but check out my interview with Carlos to see his thoughts on writing in general, those two stories, or if there might be more to come! He always gets to ask authors questions and share the answers, so enjoy this chance I had to turn the tables on him! When it comes to reading, do you have a preference for paper or eBook/online books or stories? I’ve read on both but have realized I prefer printed over digital. Ten years ago, when I sold a large house and moved to an apartment, I gave away several hundred books. A few favorites I replaced with electronic versions and enjoyed reading on my tablet. Over time, I’ve recaptured the love for the physical presence of a book and the delight of turning pages and folding a corner to mark my place. It’s also a great sleep aid. Reading on a screen can interfere with dozing but falling off with my glasses on and the weight of a book on my chest is a thrill again. What do you like to do when you’re not writing or collecting questions & answers for Ask an Author? Riding my motorcycle! I own a 2010 Harley-Davidson Road King. For anyone not familiar with scooters, that’s a BIG touring bike meant for more than speeding down the highway or bumming around the city. Over the past ten years, I’ve ridden in 41 of the 50 states and a small corner of Canada. In all kinds of weather. The feeling of freedom is infectious. If on a busy road, I’ll blast the sound system; if on a quiet one, I’ll let the engine roar and the whistling wind blowing through my hair be my soundtrack. And no, I rarely wear a helmet. It’s the rebel in me. What’s one location you haven’t been to that you’d love to go to research for a story? Brazil! Although I’m almost fluent in Portuguese, the South American giant is a place I’ve never visited. I can imagine a story straddling the beaches of Rio and the Amazon jungle. Exotic locales alone could be a great inspiration. The danger would be that when you throw in sultry weather and half-naked hot men, I may just forget about writing. What do you think the most valuable advice or piece of education you’ve learned about writing is? Patience. Something sorely missing from my personality, but what I advise new writers to develop. Too many good story ideas are wasted in the rush to publish. It takes months for a chapter of mine to see the light and, even then, I often find errors. Only a fool thinks they can offer a quality product by themselves. I’ve been lucky to have a few talented individuals work with me. Particularly @Mann Ramblings. I’ve benefitted from his experience working with professional editors when publishing his books. I also know at times he’s consulted @Renee Stevensand @Cia when in doubt, so my gratitude to all three. Things he corrected at the beginning are no longer an issue. I’ve paid attention to what he fixes, internalized, and hopefully improved my writing. What’s the first thing you do when you start to write a story? (Plotter, pantser, get in a particular place to write, have your coffee/tea/drink ready to go…?) Look up hot men on the internet to model my characters after… Nah, not really. That comes later in the process. I’m a chronic planner. The spark may be a location, a character, or an event. I generally will jot down whatever it is, and then flesh it out into an outline/timeline. Once I have a beginning and an end, I sit at my desk and start working. Since most of my writing’s done in the early morning, a mug of coffee is always by my side. Did you do any particular research for the fantastical aspects before you wrote Tidal Power and Detskoye Porno? Not at all. I researched locations for both stories, power generation for the first one, and kiddie porn for the second. Dolphin anatomy was also in there. As far as the fantastical aspects, I relied a bit on previous readings. Anne Rice’s vampires, Rob Colton’s werewolves, and Cia’s were-creatures all floated around in my head. But I wanted something different, so I used those as a starting point to create my own myths. What do you think the best parts of these stories are? (scenes, characters, particular aspects of the writing, etc…) The concept. The emergence of shifter dolphins as a result of Atlantis sinking into the ocean. It‘s something different and opens up a world of opportunities for water-related stories. Being born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico and Miami, the ocean’s always played a huge part in my life. The Atlantis Shift series were written and posted a few years ago, and writing is an evolution. What changes do you think would improve the stories from your viewpoint as an author now? Where to start? Tidal Power was an experiment in dialogue-driven storytelling. No narration and no speech tags. Somebody slap me if I try that again. The second story’s a bit better but not much. Both would benefit from additional descriptions of locations, characteristics, and action. Written when I was getting my feet wet in the authorship business, I thought I knew what I was doing. Fool! Do you have any ideas, plots, plans, or thoughts you want to share with readers about the Atlantis shift series to come? Yes, I do. My idea was to follow the dolphins through different adventures where they would team up with other fantastical creatures. So far, werewolves, vampires, and dragons have been featured. I have blurbs involving witches, Santeria gods, and elves amongst possible characters. Each story would deal with a real-world situation where the dolphins team-up or face-off with the other beings. A new series installment is on my list of 2019 projects. Please share any other inside tidbits about your current works, your stories those who enjoyed these stories might like, or special sneak peeks of works to come for readers here! I’ve concentrated on the CJ series in the recent past. Currently, book ten is in the works. The story about a wealthy, Hispanic, gay teen with political aspirations will conclude with his graduation from college. It’ll begin posting in January. The list of future projects includes a children’s story or two, further adventures for the Key West biker in American Steel, fleshing out flash pieces of Colt and Tony in Chelsea, and potential CJ spinoffs. The pantheon of character in that series is rich, and I’d like to explore a few of them in more detail. Either flashbacks or future events. I do have quite a bit written on one dealing with Chipper, the musician in the group. And there’s always the possibility of further CJ stories following his work in the State Department and his rise to prominence in the US. But I need a break first.
  10. October brings us a nice long month to read, a full 28 days, so I wanted to feature a series. Carlos Hazday's Atlantis Shift series delves into the mystical world under the waves that so fascinates many due to the very mystery it still holds on the planet, and I couldn't pass it up. It's also another older feature from his early days showing his creativity from the beginning and his growth since then. You'll get to know more about these stories and Carlos in my interview at the end of the month, so make sure you read up and come back on October 29th! Atlantis Shift Series by Carlos Hazday Tidal Power Length: 8,373 Description: Two ancient species join forces to battle a common enemy. A Reader Said: I think I agree with most guys here in that you left us wanting more! After reading the story I have an entirely new appreciation for dolphins that I never even knew existed The wolves are still my favorite, though! ~albertnothlit Detskoye Porno Length: 8,858 Description: The dolphins of Nova Scotia return in an all new adventure! A Reader Said: Definitely interested in more. I like all three of the shifter groups we've met - the wolves, dolphins and the dragons. Great story. ~avidreadr Don't forget to come back for the Discussion Day on Monday, October 29th!
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