I would like to thank KC Wells and Parker Williams for stopping by PBA to talk to us a little about their first collaborative release, Someone To Keep Me. Don’t forget to check out Paisley’s review!
From the Publisher
Eighteen-year-old Scott Keating knows a whole world exists beyond his parents’ strict control, but until he gains access to the World Wide Web, he really has no idea what’s out there. In a chat room, Scott meets “JeffUK.” Jeff loves and understands him, and when he offers to bring Scott to the UK, Scott seizes his chance to escape his humdrum life and see the world. But when his plane touches down and Jeff isn’t there, panic sets in.
Collars & Cuffs favorite barman and Dom-in-training, Ben Winters, drops his sister off at the airport and finds a lost, anxious Scott. Hearing Scott’s story sets off alarm bells, along with his protective instincts. Taking pity on the naïve boy, Ben offers him a place to crash and invites him to Collars & Cuffs, hoping his bosses will know how to help. Scott dreams of belonging to someone, heart and soul. Ben longs for a sub of his own. And neither man sees what’s right under his nose.
How did you 2 come to write together?
I was a huge fan of Leo & Alex and that was what brought KC and I together. We talked about some bits of the story and then she asked if I’d help her with the plot to Trusting Thomas, which I was more than happy to do (because Thomas & Peter? Oh yes, please.)
It was after this that KC asked if I wanted to coauthor a book. I’ll be honest, I was overwhelmed and intimidated and so freaking honored to be asked. But I said no. Not because I didn’t want to be a part of it, but because I didn’t think my writing style was as good as hers and wouldn’t mesh as well. Also there was the logistics. Then a couple days later, I had a story idea and brought it to her. She loved it and Scott (a young American) and Ben (a British barman) were born.
Parker – how was it joining KC in a world she had already created and was already loved by fans?
Honestly? It was intimidating. I knew the basic characters of Leo and Alex, and Peter and Thomas, but we wanted this story to have a feel of its own. While the story is called Collars & Cuffs 3, it’s really an offshoot series. We use some of the characters from the Collars & Cuffs world in Someone to Keep Me that we give a little bit more life to as they’re not center-stage and can let their hair down (so to speak), so we see them in a more nurturing role.
Scott and Ben? They flowed. Their story and their lives came together beautifully. We had it all planned out from beginning to end. A scene came to me one day while I was at work and I rushed home to write it down and send it to KC before she woke up. She asked, “What’s this?” and read it. “Oh. Oh, yes. We need to use this.” So even though we had it planned out, we were flexible and that put my fears of working in an existing world to rest.
Who is your favorite character in the Collars & Cuffs universe.
KC – Leo: He’s such a rich character and he’s gone through so much. He’s a very strong man, and I love the way that when he met Alex it was such a revelation for him. He got to experience the joy that was out of his life for so long.
Parker – Scott: He desperately wants to belong. He wants to find the one place in the world that he will fit in. He knows what he wants, but he’s got no idea how to get it. When he arrives in England, he meets the group of men who will open the door to the world he wants to know.
Will we see more from you 2 together?
Absolutely! We’re currently working on Damian’s Discipline, featuring a character that you get to meet in Someone to Keep Me and another who is alluded to.
There is also one, possibly two more stories in the Collars & Cuffs world we have plans for, but we’ll wait to see how those come to fruition.
And I asked KC about writing a completely different type of story with me. A ghost story. So far the plan sounds like fun.
What is next for each of you?
KC – Learning to Love 4 and the last of the Personal series. Learning to Love 4 will be done in the next two months and submitted to Dreamspinner. Assuming they say yes, I’m hoping for late summer.
Personal Secrets should be out by the end of February, at least that’s my goal.
Parker – My YA alter-ego, Will Parkinson, is writing Wet Paint, the sequel to Pitch. It features two of the secondary characters who I was told need their own HEA. After that comes a shifter story I’ve been working on. If all goes right, this will be my first self-published story.
About the Authors
ABOUT K.C. WELLS
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
K.C. can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld) or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com) K.C. loves to hear from readers.
ABOUT PARKER WILLIAMS
PARKER WILLIAMS began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.
Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and Happily Ever After always has a price tag.
Where to Buy
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