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Title: Alter Ego
Author: Meredith Russell
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
The Inspiration for Alter Ego
Picture the scene, it’s a chilly January night in a quaint English village. In the village social club, the entertainment, a Seventies tribute band take to the stage. The band members are dressed to impress – shiny leggings, platform boots, wigs, and feather boas. They pick up their instruments, introduce themselves, and lead in with something by Sweet, T-rex or maybe a Slade number.
I don’t remember what the first song was but the man on lead vocals and dressed in gold glittering leggings was my dad. I’ve seen him play numerous times and with a variety of bands, covering music from the 50s through to recent rock and indie songs.
As often is the case, a plot bunny decided to attack when I wasn’t particularly looking for one. One of the other men in the band had invented himself a stage name and all of a sudden I was crafting this character James who was extravagant by night and playing up to this role he’d invented, but was shy and someone else entirely by day.
So that’s where the story came from, the initial spark of inspiration that didn’t let go until Alter Ego formed into the first book initial the Knowles Brook series.
What decade of music do you enjoy the most and why?
Sighing, Danny zipped up his jacket and pushed his hands into the pockets. He studied Craig for a moment before heading over to join him. He slid onto the bench beside Craig and gently nudged his leg.
“Hey,” Danny said. “You okay?”
Craig grunted and slowly turned his head.
Danny reached forward and brushed Craig’s fringe out of his eyes. “What’s wrong?” Craig had been overly attentive and like some super fan of Danny’s all evening.
“Nothing, man,” Craig slurred. “I just…” He blew out a breath as he sat up straight. “You and me…”
“We used to do stuff.”
Danny leaned closer. “We still do stuff.”
“Not like we used to.”
Danny rested his hand on Craig’s back. Yes, Craig had been pushed to the side in the last few years, but it wasn’t without good reason. “You know why. I have Sam to look out for.”
“You’re not his dad.” Craig sounded bitter.
This wasn’t the right time for this. Craig was drunk. Danny was merry. Maybe once upon a time they had been pretty much joined at the hip. But like it or not, Danny had responsibilities now. “Don’t. You’re drunk. I’m not going to fall out with you about this.”
“Nah, nah.” Craig grabbed Danny round the back of his neck. “We’re talking about it now.”
Danny tried to pull away, but Craig’s grip was vice-like. “What? What do you want from me?” He looked into Craig’s unfocused eyes. He knew this had been a bad idea.
“I want you to stop acting like you don’t give a shit.”
He snapped, “About how your life turned out.” A mournful expression passed over Craig’s face, and his grip slipped. He dropped his hand from Danny’s neck as if it were weighted down. Rubbing at his face, Craig closed his eyes. “I’m sorry.”
Jay James is the confident, outgoing, flirtatious, lead guitarist of a 70s tribute band. But appearances can be deceiving. Jay James isn’t real. ‘Jay’ was born out of necessity and a way for James Hall to deal with life at home after coming out. James is shy and awkward, and can’t escape the shadow of his strained relationship with his mother. As ‘Jay’, James feels indestructible, like nothing can touch him, and he can have any man he wants. But is that really enough?
Danny Ashton is stuck, or at least that’s how he feels sometimes. Five years ago, he dropped out of university to look after his sick mother. He was never prepared for the hand he was dealt—a house to run, bills to pay, and a teenage brother to support.
Together, Danny and James realise ignoring their problems will solve nothing, and if they are to stand any chance of happiness and living as the men they want to be, then they need to move forward. Can the two men face their demons? Or will they end up pushing one another away?
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