Author thoughts on M/M romance, cliffhangers and more.
|January 3, 2016||Posted by Cambria under Uncategorized|
I want to address something today. It’s not in response to anything anyone said to me today, its because of a few things I’ve seen online recently, in response to somethings that have been said previously to me that I never addressed, and in early response to things I know I will hear when #Junkie comes out on January 20th.
I can’t really explain why but I already feel defensive about #Junkie. (well, I’m going to try and explain why I feel that way. bear with me). I don’t like drama. I don’t do drama. I don’t like posting these kinds of posts but these words…. these feelings they rattle around inside me and have been for a long time – since I really started just thinking about Drew and Trent’s story. Before I even started writing their book.
So I’m going to say this once.
I’m going to give my opinion in this post and this is it. This is how I feel. I’d LOVE to say I’ll never defend my boys again (Trent and Drew) but that would be a lie because the truth is I will. I am VERY protective of all my characters (esp the hashtag series characters) and these guys are no exception. If anything I’m a little more so with these two. You can have ANY opinion you want, I totally respect that. I even understand it. But don’t say anything rude to me about my guys. I will defend them.
My books are like my children, I think most people can understand why I feel that way. This is why – and yes – I realize this will make some people mad – I don’t plan on reading many reviews for #Junkie. I try not to read any of my reviews. Why? Because a review is a place for a reader/blogger/reviewer to give their opinion; express their reaction to the work. I respect that. I hope for it. I want honest reviews. But I don’t necessarily want to read it. lol. Sometimes reading reviews is hard, its like walking into a room and hearing someone talk about you or someone you love dearly.
Anyway, the point. I have one. lol.
#Junkie is the first book in the GearShark series. There will be more than just this one. I’m not sure how many there will be in the series. They won’t be standalones. #Junkie ends on a cliffhanger. Yes. I know.
I see way too many statuses of people who hate cliffhangers. Who don’t want to read series.
Well this is both.
It is also an M/M romance.
For those that don’t know M/M romance means a gay romance. I want to make it clear right now I do NOT like calling it a gay romance. To me its a romance just like ALL of my other ones. I don’t like labeling it. I don’t have to call my other books a “straight romance”. It makes me mad. but I understand its a means of letting people know what kind of book it is.
So basically I feel as though I’ve stacked the deck against myself. A series. A cliffhanger and a debut novel in a genre I’ve never written in before.
I don’t care.
This is the book that was being whispered to me by the characters in my head. This is the book I never really planned to write, not because I didn’t want to but it was never inside me until now.
Here’s the deal. If you are offended by m/m romance. Don’t read this book. If you are not a fan of cliffhangers. Don’t read this book. If you don’t want to read a series. Don’t read this book.
If you are upset with me for writing Trent in a M/M relationship, well, don’t read it.
Side note: whats the beef with cliffhangers? Yeah, yeah, you don’t want to wait. Well I think my track record with putting out books shows I am not going to make you wait very long. And what’s with the beef with series? I thought people liked spending more time with characters they loved?
I want readers to love my work. I want readers to want to read it. But I’m not writing just to please people. It is impossible to please everyone anyway. I write what I feel.
Does it hurt my feelings when someone who always reads my books tells me they don’t want to read this one? Yes. It makes me feel like they don’t think I make this kind of story beautiful. It is beautiful. Its the most beautiful book I’ve EVER written. All love is beautiful.
Does it offend me when people email me and ask me what the sex scenes in this book are going to be like? Yes. This book is just like ALL my other books. I’m not going to sit here and list what happens in this book. If you want to know what a scene or two will be like pick it up and read it. Give it a try. If you are that hesitant then don’t read it.
It also offends me that I feel like I have to “warn” people it’s an M/M book. I usually don’t, because it makes me mad to do so. But at the same time I don’t want people pissed off because they didn’t know.
I’m not offended if you tell me #Junkie isn’t for you. That’s totally fine, but don’t tell me how disappointed you are its M/M and don’t tell me you are just going to imagine my characters with who you want them to be with instead. I’m not going to not publish this book or change the story to satisfy someone who complains, so don’t bother telling me what you want different.
Just because you are a reader of mine doesn’t mean you have to read every single book I write. Its totally fine. Just don’t be rude about it. Okay?
I’m also aware that even if you are a fan of M/M, series and cliffhangers you might not like this book. That’s okay too. J I wrote this book the way I wanted to write it. That’s all there is about it. I hope people love it. I hope they feel the beauty I felt when writing it. I hope Trent makes them hold their heart when they are reading (because that’s how I was when I wrote him). I hope you walk away from this book not only thoroughly entertained but also wanting to read more.
This post is not me whining. Its not even me complaining. This is me giving my thoughts on things I’ve been seeing, feeling, experiencing. I have not been getting “hate” for this book. In truth almost everyone is SO excited. I’m actually so blown away by all the enthusiasm and excitement for this book. It thrills me (and makes me nervous, eep!) I want to take a minute to THANK everyone who has been so supportive. You rock! I truly appreciate it and I am SO glad you are excited for this book!
I’m gonna wrap up this post bc its too long, but if you want to read more about my experience/thoughts on writing #Junkie read my author’s note in the back when it comes out.
If you’ve read this far thanks for hanging in and reading.
Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie.
His high of choice?
The faster, the better.
He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon. …
So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules?
You gotta be hungry…
You gotta have balls…
And you can never back down.
What’ve we learned here at GearShark?
Drew is all of the above.
We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood.
Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.