Darrell McBreairty Stops by to Discuss Tommy ~ Interview and Giveaway

I would like to thank Darrell McBreairty for taking the time to talk to us about his new book, Tommy.  Check out my review for Tommy here.   MUSA has also offered you a giveaway, so don’t forget to check that out!


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What can you tell us about Tommy and your inspiration for this story?

Someone told me about opening a bedroom door in an aunt’s house on a trip to the bathroom and glimpsing the mummified body of a young cousin lying on the bed.  The aunt, in her grief, had gone in the night to the cemetery after the burial and dug up her son’s body.  Who knows if this story is true, but it haunted me for years.  Tommy is the results.

Who have been your literary influences?  Do you have any current favorites in the m/m genre?  

Influences:  Thomas Hardy, Colette, Marcel Proust, Adre Gide, Jean Genet, William Faulkner, John Millington Synge, Jean Rhys, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, and Edward Albee.  And that is the short list.

Peter Ackroyd, Colm Tolbin, and Andre Acimen write m/m novels that are destined to become classics.  These writers do not necessarily write exclusively for a gay audience, but the gay characters appearing in their writing are fully developed and real.

I really enjoyed your vivid descriptions of the landscape and flavor of Maine in Tommy.  To what extent do your natural surroundings play a part in what you write?

Environment becomes virtually a Greek chorus in my writing.  I am a photographer, and I love music, so light, shadow and sound are a constant in my world.  The weather and seasons determine much in my characters.

In a genre that usually provides HEAs or HFNs, I was surprised by your bold choice to go a different route in Tommy.  Why did you feel it was a necessary fate for your characters, and were you ever worried that readers would be alienated?

After Stonewall, gay stories were supposed to have happy endings, but that is not always the way things work in life. Aren’t we tired of sappy romances with happy endings?  I understand that the AIDS crisis, much as the Depression of the 1930’s did, sent us all scrambling for escapism; but it is beyond time to accept that life is not, for any of us, a Doris Day movie.

I was intrigued by the contrasting story lines in this book and the idea of presenting two completely different voices.  What can you tell us about this process?

The story began with the  mother’s voice, but I soon learned that Tommy’s story couldn’t be fully realized without the voice of someone connected to the community but not necessarily a family member filling in the details that the mother would not know.

I feel that characters are not fully developed if they are not part of a family and a community.  John Rechy’s City of Night is a great novel, but the characters live in an exclusively gay environment with a shadowy connection to a wider world.  The character Tommy becomes more real to us because we understand him in the context of his family, their story and their connection to each other and forces that created him.

According to your bio, Tommy is your first publication in a series.  What can you tell us about this book and future releases you have planned for this series?

Tommy is set in fictional Irishtown, Maine, on the Canadian border.  Two other e-books released in the Irishtown series are set in the same locale with the same connection to family and community.  Seasons focuses on a love affair between two women and the conflict inherent in the attraction of one of the women to a male character, but a parallel story also unfolds involving two mismatched male lovers, one of whom is the best friend of the female protagonist.  The Passing of Martha O’Shea, whose focus rests on the relationship between three women in a death watch for their friend and mother, contains a back story about the tragic relationship between two men in northern Main in the 1950’s.


About the Author

Darrell McBreairty is a writer/photographer living in his hometown of Allagash, Maine.  In addition to publishing in numerous regional periodicals, he has had short stories published in Christopher Street and James White Review.  Tommy is his first publication in his Irishtown series with MUSA/Erato.  The Passing of Martha O’Shea and Seasons, from the same series, were published by MUSA/Erato in January and April 2013, respectively.

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MUSA has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter their very own copy of Tommy.  MUSA is also offering 30% off of this title today and providing a $10 voucher for MUSA publishing to one commenter from the two MUSA interviews conducted today!


Farewell Giveaway
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10 thoughts on “Darrell McBreairty Stops by to Discuss Tommy ~ Interview and Giveaway

  1. This story does sound very intriguing! Thank you for the interesting interview 😉 I don’t mind stories without HEA or HFN if it is well done. Many of the great stories that started this genre were very tragic and there are many obstacles that could lend well to tragedy in a story about love that is not accepted in the community.

  2. I haven’t heard of some of these authors,I’ll have to find time to look uptheir works. Thank you for the interesting interview.

  3. I suggested Tommy for my book club and we are reading it now (I finished) and wow. I plan to write a review as soon as the club is finished. 🙂

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