Julie: Why don’t you start with telling us a little about yourself?
Ethan: Well Julie, I’m really just a simple boy with a simple dream, to be the coach of the Dallas Cowboys…cheerleaders! : ) Those girls are the real movers & shakers in this country. Whew! Hips don’t lie? You said it, Shakira, Shakira! I wouldn’t say no to an all access pass to the men’s locker room either, but don’t let’s ask for the moon. Sorta stole that last bit from Bette Davis. Still having a few Now Voyager flashbacks from a few days ago. Other simple dreams include becoming a world famous author, being able to get fountain soda without having to leave the house, never needing to say I’m sorry, and to be a fireman. Well, okay, so maybe being with a fireman? Probably the latter, considering I hate being hot. Lord knows I’d run into that first burning building and start whining about the heat, asking why someone doesn’t turn on the air conditioner. Not very butch, I know, but hey it’s not easy being green. Speaking of butch, don’t take any of that football stuff out of context. I’m not big on sports, although I do love me some athletes. You know what they say, “Love the sinner, hate the sin”. ; )
Julie: I see your first release is a Loose Id book called Self Preservation. Would you like to tell us about it?
Ethan: Would I ever! : ) Let me begin by telling everyone to read it. LOL. I bet no other authors have ever come right out and said that.
Ethan: Seriously…they have?
Julie: Yeah. Most of them, actually.
Ethan: Really? Damn it! I thought I totally had something there. I can’t believe Read-It has already been done. Guess its back to the drawing board for my new ad campaign. Well, Self Preservation is basically about a guy who finally, after years of pretending his life hasn’t changed, dives back in head first in an attempt to get back his one great love before losing him forever to another man. I’d say my favorite theme or message from Self Preservation is that it’s never too late. Even if we end up losing everything that has ever meant anything, we can still wind up happier than we ever thought possible. That the life-accidents can be more wonderful than the plans we make for ourselves. I had a lot of fun writing this book. As my first published, I’m sure it will always be special to me. For me, a book that makes me feel great when I’m finished reading it is a good book. I think Self Preservation does that.
Julie: Your second release, Dreaming of You, is from Loose Id as well. How would you describe it to readers?
Ethan: A bowl full of romance, mixed with a lot of laughs, a dash of angst, and a pinch of crazy! Dreaming is about Aden, a guy whose fantasy life has always been better than anything real life has ever placed before him. Of course all that changes when he meets Logan. For me this book is about choices, reality vs. fantasy. It’s about how we can’t always trust our eyes. That you should lead your life by what you feel, not by what you see in front of you. Aden is a very quirky character. He was lots of fun for me to spend time with. Hopefully readers will feel the same.
Julie: When you sit down to start a new book, do you begin with an outline or synopsis, or do you just go with the flow?
Ethan: Usually a bit of both. I tend to begin by free writing, usually thirty to forty pages. At that point I’ll stop and put on my plotting hat. I’ll make a list of possible scenes I might like to add, sort of begin molding where I think the story needs to go. Then I’ll start writing again. I usually do this three or four times per story. Once I finish it, I’ll go back over the thing again and again, adding layers until I’m happy with it.
Julie: What is the best advice you ever received? What is the worst?
Ethan: The best advice? Hmmm. That putting out on the first date makes me hopeful, not slutty. : )
I’m not sure how I feel about the so called ‘bad’ advice. Mainly because I feel like even when I’ve implemented someone’s advice and had it blow up in my face, I usually wound up taking something from it. A life lesson, or a silver lining kind of by-product. Even something as mundane as, “Hey, God damn it! I relaxed like he said I should, and it still hurts like hell!” LMAO! I’ll let ya’ll take that in whatever context you’d like. 😉
Julie: Do you work on multiple projects at the same time?
Ethan: Not really, I’m a horrible multi-tasker. I like my stories like I like my men…one at a time, please.
Julie: What are you working on now?
Ethan: Well, my third book, As You Are, will be released through Loose Id September 29th. It’s similar to Self Preservation and Dreaming in tone and writing style. Another of what I like to call ‘Gay Romantic Comedies’. As You Are is about Julian, a guy who’s in love with his roommate despite the fact his roomie doesn’t seem to feel the same. Julian is what his best friend Gabby refers to as a Love Bigot. If love doesn’t come to him in the form of that perfect romantic movie moment, Julian doesn’t seem to see it. My favorite thing about Julian though, is that he’s completely comfortable with who he is. He doesn’t feel the need to make excuses for what he feels or thinks. To me, that’s the definition of strength. I also have a short story titled Snow Ho, which will be released as part of an anthology from MLR Press that will also include stories by William Maltese and Jason Edding. Snow Ho is about what happens to Boone when he winds up dumped on the eve of his one-year anniversary and ends up at a bar having one too many cocktails. It should be released this fall or early winter. I’m always tinkering with A Token of Time, which is a blend of contemporary, paranormal, and historical. It’s a step out of my romantic comedy comfort zone and into a more serious subject matter. It’s about two-thirds of the way finished, but it’s not something I work on full-time. I’ll be teaming up with Carol Lynne. We’ll be writing a full-length novel together about a reporter and a cowboy, and who does cowboy better than Lynne? We’re still in the plotting stage at the moment, but we should begin writing late fall/ early winter. I’m excited to be working with her. She’s an amazing author as well as a really great friend. Finally, rounding out the year, I’ll hopefully be getting sequels to both Self Preservation and Snow Ho written.
Julie: Where do you get the ideas for your books?
Ethan: *whispering* From the voices in my head. : ) I love being a writer! Possibly the only occupation in the whole world where you can openly admit to hearing voices without fear of being tossed into the crazy house.
Julie: What do you hope for your writing career in the next few years? Any goals that you have yet to obtain that you have set for yourself?
Ethan: Did I forget to mention that whole world-famous thingy? : ) Actually, I’d say that at this point it’s all gravy. I’m able to do something I love, which keeps me laughing most days. Now, if I could just write myself a husband. Did anyone see where I placed that Magic laptop?