I would like to thank Skylar Cates for taking the time to talk to us about her latest Dreamspinner Release, The Only Guy. Watch for my review coming soon. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Your latest release is The Only Guy from Dreamspinner Press. What can you tell us about it?
It opens with their childhood (one is a young child, one is a teenager). I really enjoyed showing the history of these two characters together and the different stages of their lives as they meet again. There was a letter writing aspect to it too, and that was fun for me.
Gosh, what else? I need to think about this. It’s hard to put your novel into a few words (why so many authors have such trouble with blurbs, lol). For me, the story is about awakening. Aaron is clueless about a love that is right in front of him and need to “see.” Jesse is awake to love, but needs to have confidence in his own worth. Both of them struggle with their families and their place in the world.
Both of the books in The Guy series have Military MCs, what inspired them.
I have a friend who just retired from the military. I watched him struggle with his benefits and his future. He wasn’t sure what to do. He loves his wife and kids, but it was a huge adjustment to be at home. I have read so many wonderful books about military guys and PTS, but I was interested in guys like my friend—men and women who sincerely miss the military on a daily basis. Who have the challenge of being able to be at home and changing with their new circumstances—that did inspire me.
Readers may or may not remember Aaron’s very brief appearance in The Guy from Glamour, what made him your next MC?
Oh, he would never let me get away with ignoring him. Right away, his personality grabbed me. The harder part was his love interest. I originally planned an unrequited love, based on his backstory in Guy from Glamour, but I had just finished a novella with Cate Ashwood called Five Ways A Boy Can Break Your Heart about unrequited first love. I did not want to do a similar thing. Once I saw Jesse in my mind, though, and knew that Aaron didn’t get love right that first time at all, the story fell into place for me.
I think many of us are this way. We look back on our teenage crush and think: God, really? I liked that person? LOl! Aaron was not the same as when he left and became a Night Stalker. The type of person he wanted therefore was no longer the same. I liked the idea that life experiences can shape the person we love into something/someone unexpected.
Are we going to be seeing more in The Guy series?
Henry’s story is contracted with DSP for December 2014. I’m excited about this one. It is an enemies-to-lovers trope. Henry and his love interest have to fake a relationship (only they have this whole secret, volatile history together). Unlike the other two, this one also has a few thriller moments, which was ultimately rewarding for me to write (if a challenge). It is a romance first and foremost, but there is a mystery to solve too.
If there world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?
With my husband, kids, and dog —in our bedroom or kitchen. We’d be in our pajamas, eating delicious food, playing games, watching silly movies, and cuddling. Lots of cuddling.
If you could be any Disney character who would you be, and why?
Although I’m probably most like Goofy in my real life, and I considered being Mulan because she kicks butt, I ultimately would pick Winnie the Pooh. He’s a simple fellow. He just wants some honey in his life, and he wants the company of his good friends. He appears pretty satisfied most of the time and well loved.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
Yes and no. I try to read ones that offer insights and valid criticism, but I tend to stay away from other ones. I’m working on having a thicker skin. My feelings get hurt pretty easily, and the mean ones do tend to stick in my head.
I recently read a quote by Kate Atkinson. She said about finding reviews hard: “Reviews are not discussions, it’s not a dialogue, it’s one person saying what they think about you, and you never get to say what you think about them…” She made an interesting point. When I started out publishing, so many writers warned me not to comment or engage the reviewers/readers. It felt so odd not to thank them, or open up a real dialogue with them. It’s something that I still struggle with these days.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
There are so many moments: I had a reader for Exposed explain to me in great detail how the sequel should go. I found that amazing and touching that she put all this thought into my characters and their future lives. Mary Calmes sent me a private note about The Guy from Glamour, and I was thrilled that she enjoyed it! Totally a fan gal moment for me there! Finally, I love when a reader writes to me and says the book is a “keeper” for them, or that they could relate to the characters and it touched their hearts. It makes me cry. There is not much better than that kind of feedback!
What is next? What are you working on?
Oh, lots of things. My trouble is figuring out what to focus on:
Leta Blake keeps urging me to publish this werewolf shifter story that I pretty much finished. Maybe I’ll do it for Halloween? I kept thinking it needed a sequel too, so it sits on my computer.
I’m working on a holiday story. It’s a cute one about a holiday hoax and a fake relationship that turns real.
I have a half-finished novel with the fabulous Cate Ashwood too. Her sweet baby might get in the way for a few months, but we will complete it. It is about an athlete and a scandal.
I’ve become obsessed lately with a story about three open water swimmers. It has three stories in one book. One is a gay male and does have a love story, but the other two swimmers are not gay—I’m not sure where that leaves a home for this one, but I’m having an amazing time with it. Each one has a reason to swim The English Channel, and each one is on a journey to get there. (Do you remember that old movie Chariots of Fire? It is a bit like that with three people all fighting for the same goal for very different reasons. I am playing the music all day, lol).
Finally, I’m always considering a sequel to Exposed, or perhaps continuing The Guy series with Mac’s story, but yeah…I don’t know. I’d love to hear from readers about this!
Where can readers find you on the web?
My wordpress: http://skylarmcates.wordpress.com/
Skylar M. Cates on Facebook and Twitter
From the Publisher:
Aaron Weiss knows how to escape. Years ago, he ran from a romantic disappointment and impulsively joined the Army. Now, he’s forced to take a medical discharge and readjusting to life at home proves a challenge.
Jesse Ross knows how to hide. He realizes he’s an oddball, and that he’s an outsider within his own family. He also knows his secret love since childhood, Aaron, only wants his good-looking, favored older brother. Yet Jesse could never completely abandon his intense feelings for Aaron. Over the years, Jesse was a faithful pen pal to him. Still, he’s shocked to his core to find Aaron on his doorstep.
As long-buried secrets and past hurts take center stage, the two are overwhelmingly drawn to each other. But it’s their future that may force them to risk everything.
About the Author
Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.
Skylar Cates has kindly offered an eBook of The Guy from Glamour or The Only Guy (reader’s choice) 1 lucky commenter.
Contest ends 1 June @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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