Title: The Rekindling of Love
Author: Derrick Knight
Publisher: Self Published
The Rekindling of Love is your debut novel. What can you tell us about it?
The Rekindling of Love is basically a gay Peyton Place story. Dwyer Von Strohm and John Fitzgerald are the main protagonists. They grew up in the small town of Glasburg, Illinois. They have known each other for most of their lives. Dwyer and John started out as friends but when they came of age realized that they had stronger feelings for each other than just friends.
During their senior year of high school they become lovers. Since they lived in a small conservative town they kept their love affair a secret or so they thought. Someone who dislikes Dwyer finds out about his and John’s secret relationship, and plots to destroy both boys. Eventually, the villain initiates the perfect scene to severe the love both boys have for each other. The villain coerces John into betraying Dwyer. When Dwyer finds out about John’s betrayal, he is devastated. Dwyer breaks up with John, his first real love, and leaves for college never wanting to speak to John again.
Fifteen years later, Dwyer is forced to move back home to the small town of Glasburg, Illinois and live with his parents. Dwyer gets reacquainted with old childhood friends Nathaniel Schmitt, Erik Wolters, and Lance Perry who are also John’s friends. All the guys are gay and are in committed relationships. Soon Dwyer and John’s paths collide and it is obvious both men still have feelings for each other.
The Rekindling of Love is the journey of Dwyer and John possibly of rekindling their love they both shared a long time ago. Both men must confront the demons from their past if they are to fall in love again.
The Rekindling of Love isn’t just about Dwyer and John’s courtship. There are three other subplots going on at the same time. Mark Glaser and Erik Wolters have been partners for over ten years. They both are professors at Gale College. Mark is living with HIV, which he got from an assault that happened to him in Los Angeles when he was attending college. His assailants were not caught. Now Mark is getting harassing phone calls and anonymous letters. Is this stalker one of his attackers from long ago or a new foe?
Nathaniel Schmitt and Dustin Hurst have a perfect relationship, they live in a wonderful large home, have great jobs, and supportive families. The only thing missing in their lives is a child. For years the two men have tried to adopt a child but had been unsuccessful. Now there is a change for them to adopt a baby but will Nathaniel’s obsessive-compulsive tendencies and Dustin’s introverted personality prevent them from having a family of their own?
David Smith and Lance Perry met during their senior year at Gale College. David is an art teacher at the local high school. He is also an artist. He specializes in watercolors and pencil etchings. David is a very talented artist. One day he gets the opportunity to display is work at the local art gallery. The curator of the gallery wants him to include his naked sensual drawings of him and Lance. The conservative School Board President finds out about David’s art exhibit and uses David’s event as a political tool for her re-election campaign. Will David’s art show be a success or will he lose his job because of his perceived pornographic artwork?
I understand The Rekindling of Love isn’t your typical gay romance novel, but this is how the characters introduced themselves to me. All my characters wanted to tell their stories.
Who are your literary heroes outside of the m/m genre and why?
Growing up Agatha Christie was my favorite author. I liked the way she was able to disguise her clues within the story about who the real murderer was. I really liked her detective character Ms. Jane Marple. It was Agatha Christie who inspired me to be a writer.
I like Sue Grafton because her detective character Kinsey Millhone is a wonderfully original character. Finally I like Jacqueline Susann and Margaret Mitchell are because both authors wrote groundbreaking books.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would love to have the powers of Marvel Comic Phoenix character. I would love to be able to read peoples minds and levitate objects at that person if I didn’t like what they were thinking.
But the superpower that would match my personality is that of a healer because I work in healthcare. I would be a magical being who is able to heal people through touch or by a magical potion.
If you could breed a character who was a love child of three different media icons, who would you choose?
A) Anderson Cooper
B) Albert Einstein because who wouldn’t want to be a parent of the next genius?
C) Michael Fassbender especially his Magneto character.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Believe in yourself and your talents as a writer. Don’t let other people’s negativity affect your work. Write for you not others.
What book do you keep by your bed?
Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now”
What is the nicest thing a reader has ever said to you via email or a review?
My novel is their favorite book they had read all year.
Rapid Fire Time:
Boxers or Briefs? Briefs
Beer or Wine? Wine. A nice chilled Merlot. Yes chilled.
Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
Green or Purple? Purple
Batman or Wolverine? Wolverine
Love Story or Thriller? Thriller
What are you working on? What is next?
I have written the second book in the Innkeeper’s Series. It is entitled “The Perils of Parenthood”. It is the story of Nathaniel and Dustin’s experience of becoming parents. Fasten your seatbelts it is doing to be a bumpy ride.
Currently, I am writing the third book in the Innkeeper’s entitled “The Strength of Love”. The primary villain responsible for breaking up Dwyer and John has returned to Glasburg with the perfect weapon for malice.
I am also working on the book “The Secret of Heirlooms” where a supporting character from my novel “The Perils of Parenthood” may be one family’s only hope for survival.
Where can readers find more about you on the web?
Currently I can be found on Facebook.
What obstacles have you faced as a writer?
Besides having a story tell, a writer truly needs to find a good editor or beta reader. Having someone who is experienced and talented at the technical aspects of writing will make or break a writer. I have learned a lot on my journey to having my first novel published.
There are many online editing services marketing themselves claiming to be the best! Writers who are going to self-publish really need to scrutinize the editing service they are choosing to hire. All their websites will have testimonials of writers satisfied with their online editing service. Be cautious!
My recommendation for all new writers who have finished they first novel and want someone to edit your work is first do some detective work. While a nice appealing website is attractive you want to know the abilities and creditability of what the editing service is advertising. Ask for references. A good editing will give you the names of satisfied authors. Once you get the names of those authors, go to online bookstores and websites and check out the reviews of those authors by actual paying customers. See if the customers are making good or bad comments about how the book was written. Are customers making comments about technical problems in the story, such as grammar, punctuation, and how the story flow.
Once you decided on an editing service or beta-reader, ask them how the process will go. Will they just read your manuscript once and provide comments but not allow you to ask questions? Once you make the changes to your manuscript the editor or beta-reader has suggested, will you be able to resubmit your revised manuscript for further evaluation? Will there be an additional charge for multiple reviews? Does the services want your involvement and allow you to ask questions as your book is being edited. The more open the editing service or beta reader is the better chance your rough manuscript will be transformed into a wonderful story well received by customers.
Also, be cautious of an editing services wanting payment in full before they even start editing your manuscript. Payment in full before starting the job, I believe should be a red flag. If we own a home and are going to remodel the kitchen, as a homeowner, we would take bids from various contractors, ask for references, discuss end goals of the project, and not pay that contractor until they have completed the project and you are satisfied with the end product. You should have the same attitude when hiring an editing service or beta reader.
Dwyer Von Strohm thought his life was perfect. He had a great job as a pharmaceutical sales representative; he lived in Chicago’s premiere gay community, drove an expensive car, and had an unlimited number of hot gay men to pursue. Dwyer thought he was living the life he had always dreamed. Then one day he becomes a casualty of a poor economy. In a very short time, Dwyer loses his job, loses his status in the gay community and is reduced to living a lonely existence.
Dwyer’s situation forces him to move back home and live with his parents in the small town of Glasburg Illinois. Dwyer left Glasburg many years ago because the love of his life, John Fitzgerald, broke his heart. Dwyer reunites with gay friends from high school who are facing their own life challenges.
Soon Dwyer and John’s paths collide and it is evident both men still have strong feelings for each other. Will Dwyer find it in his heart to forgive John or will he let the demons from their past prevent them from rekindling the love they once shared?
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