AY: What genre do you write in, and why?
ED: Most of what I’m writing is a contemporary romantic-comedy style genre, although I am trying my hand at a paranormal/historical piece. I’ll probably stick with contemporary for the most part. I write about what I like to read about, Gay men who are looking for love. I think relationships are funny, so I guess my writing is tinged by that point of view. Some writers might take the subject of stalking your ex-boyfriend to a darker, scarier place. I tend to go for the slightly nutty, neurotic, I Love Lucy style. If the individual reading my book wants to get into the car with my character and help them stalk that ex-boyfriend, then I’ve succeeded.
AY: So, if you don’t mind sharing, would you tell us about your latest work in progress?
ED: I’ve got a lot going on at the moment. My second book, Dreaming of You should be coming out within the next few months from Loose Id. It’s yet another contemporary Rom/Com, about Aden Ingle, who’s in love with 2 men. The man he always thought it was his destiny to meet…the man from his dreams, and Logan, the real life man who could be more than he ever dreamed possible. I’m also working on the sequel to Self Preservation, two other contemporary novels, and the one Historical/Paranormal themed novel. I got a lot of voices in my head. Isn’t it nice that as writers we can say we hear voices and not get tossed into an institution? I love that!
AY: Do you need to be in a specific place or atmosphere before the words flow?
ED: Sometimes that can help, but it isn’t always necessary. I think music can help. I need to work on setting up some playlists for when I’m working on particular scenes. Music definitely can help get me in the proper mood. Reading another book, TV Show, or Movie that always puts me in a certain mood can help as well. Sometimes, though it just comes out, no assistance required. I do listen to a lot of 80’s pop music and a lot of club/dance music when I’m trying to write funny. It can be distracting at times, cause I’ll register a song and decide to get up and dance around my office. I usually feel sillier afterward which I think is helpful. Of course, I’m a terrible dancer…so I keep my spasms/dancing confined to the privacy of my home.
AY: What’s the strangest source of inspiration you’ve found for a story?
ED: There’s no such thing as strange source of inspiration. I’m usually just glad it shows up at all. Grateful, like when you find that twenty dollar bill in your laundry or a coat or jacket you haven’t worn in a long time.
AY: What do you like to do in your spare time?
ED: Spare time…what is this spare time you speak of? I do not know of this. : )
I’m still a newbie myself, so trying to navigate the waters of self-promotion and writing. The Yahoo Groups can be intimidating in the fact that each group has its own rules for posting. I’m always afraid I’m going to do the right thing in the wrong group!!
Other than that stress I enjoy talking directly to readers, I think that’s cool as shit, and never something I even considered as being a possibility. As much as I piss and moan about technology and how it’s stripping away all of our social skills in addition to making it more difficult to find love(just my opinion), it is super cool that authors and readers can ‘hook-up’ so easily.
AY: Name one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you.
ED: I’m actually Amish!! LMAO
Kidding!! I don’t know how to really answer that. I’d need to know what readers know or think they know about me. LOL! Did that sound all Dr. Suessy or what?
I already admitted to being a horrible dancer, there’s one gay stereotype I don’t fit. I also have terrible gay-dar!! This is a bit of a sore spot with me! I’ve always been a little pissed about it, cheated. I feel like a DVD player that will play the movies you want, but won’t let you fast forward. I mean…what is Spider Man without his Spidey Sense??
AY: What’s your favorite dirty word?
ED: Fuck! Live it, love it, learn from it. It’s all encompassing and so damn versatile.
AY: What’s your favorite holiday, and why?
ED: Thanksgiving…cause it’s halfway between Halloween and Christmas.
AY: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
ED: No way!! I have a totally irrational fear of needles. Yuck! I don’t mind it on someone else, though. As long as it’s not a tongue piercing or a…um…shoot. What’s it called, a king something, Harley something…I can’t think of the name, but the one in the um…foreskin, if you get my drift. There are two places I just don’t want any metal, and I’ll leave it at that. LOL…feel free to delete all this…it may be TMI!! LMAO
AY: If you could be intimate with three people (not necessarily all at one time *g*) without getting in trouble with your significant other, who would they be?
ED: Well hell, Amanda. First I need to find a significant other so I’ll have someone to piss off. LOL
I don’t know, I think I’ve had plenty of intimate encounters at my age. I’d like to find the-one, or at least ‘one’ of the-ones. But in terms of the type of guy I like, I don’t really have a type. I’m an equal opportunity Homo. : )
AY: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?
ED: Hmmmm…a hot man who’d know how to survive, cause lord knows I’d be dead within a week otherwise. A deserted cabin for us to live in, cause I’m more of an indoor boy. And a Quiznos…I mean really, life’s just not worth living with out a good sandwich. I’m greedy…does it show?
AY: If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you spend the money on?
ED: Getting myself out of debt. If there was actually anything left after that…I’d probably give the bulk of that to my family. I wouldn’t have time to write if I were out spending money all the time.
AY: What’s your favorite comfort food?
ED: Chocolate for sweet, Chinese for savory.
AY: Do you have any guilty pleasures you feel comfortable sharing?
ED: I’m a total TV Whore. I know…writers aren’t supposed to say that, but I do love my “programs” as my Grammy used to say. I love to record shows like Dexter, Damages, Gossip Girl, The Closer and then take a Saturday and flop down on the couch and watch them all back to back. The hours you save by not having to sit through the commercials alone…it’s amazing. Plus you don’t have to wait till next week to find out what happens.
The shows I really love, I’ll buy on DVD and watch them over and over. Buffy, Alias, Lost, Gilmore Girls…I think I’ve watched all 7 seasons of Buffy at least 4 or 5 times. I just love that show…so damn funny. And Gilmore Girls, some of the best, snappiest, fast-paced dialogue since His Girl Friday, anyone who has trouble writing dialogue should go rent the DVD’s and watch this show, especially the scenes between the Mom & Grandmother.
AY: Do you have a favorite book or movie?
ED: I like old movies…and by old, I don’t mean Pretty Woman or Titanic, LOL. The 30’s – the 50’s. Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day & Rock Hudson…I never get tired of watching Bringing Up Baby, Gilda, or Pillow Talk.
As far as books, there’s a lot to choose from. In terms of gay characters, I’d have to say Michael Tollivar from Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City was probably the first gay guy that read about and really connected to. He was a totally mis-guided man-ho, but he wanted to fall in love soooooo desperately, it just made me ache right along with him. I saw a lot of myself in that character, especially when I was younger and just coming out.
I was in my early twenties when I read it the first time, and waiting tables in a fine dining restaurant. One of the customers, and elderly woman at that, brought me her copy to borrow and read. She had kept saying for several months when she’d come in to eat that she was going to bring me a book to read, and then one day she did. I’ll never forget her for that.
It really is such a strangely odd sensation when your reading a book and see yourself – the whole you – mirrored back for the first time. It’s very comforting and makes you feel like you belong to something bigger. Somebody else out there feels just like you. Hopefully something I write can be that for someone else someday. That would be really great.
Wow, guess you wound up catching me on an oddly serious day, LOL. Must be the daylight savings losing-an-hour, thingy.
AY: In closing, tell us a bit about your latest release
ED: Self Preservation is my current & first release. I wanted this book to be a lot of fun and still have a lot of heart. I’m pretty darn satisfied with the end result. I laughed so much while writing S-P, it was a lot of fun for me as well. That’s part of the reason I’m writing a second installment.
I think it’s also really cool that in the responses I’m getting, readers seem to be having a good time with these characters as well. I love that people have favorite characters, but they aren’t always the same one. That’s probably the best compliment I’ve ever had, and thanks to everyone who took the time to let me know you enjoyed reading it. I sincerely appreciate that.
Thanks again for the interview Amanda…I appreciate you allowing me to blather on for a while!