Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Will Parkinson for taking the time to talk with us today. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Wet Paint
Author: Will Parkinson
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
10 favorite characters from books:
Thank you so much for hosting me today. Nothing like starting out with the hard questions, is there?
I read a LOT of books. I have an entire country devoted to the men I’ve fallen in love with. It’s called ‘Manada’. (For those wondering, it used to be Canada, but I bought it and turned it into a haven for my book boyfriends and other hot men. We are taking applications for residency. Talk to me later.)
Okay, to be honest, I don’t know that I can limit this list to ten under normal circumstances, but seeing as how this is a Will Parkinson book, I’m going to divide my choices up into 5 from Young Adult and 5 from the sexy side.
- Sam Gribley: He’s a character from my favorite book as a kid – My Side of the Mountain. A story of a boy who runs away from the city to live in a hollowed out tree. When I was a boy, I wanted to be Sam. Of course this is all pre-vegan days, so I wouldn’t have had to train Frightful (Sam’s peregrine falcon) to hunt for veggies.
- Peter Pan: Literally the coolest forever kid out there. To be forever young, hanging out with a bunch of kids just like you. To never go home again. Yup. That sounded great.
- Spider-man: With great power comes great responsibility. Don’t laugh. A lot of what I learned came from comic books. They taught me to see people as more than the color of their skin (trust me, with my father’s ‘beliefs’ that was very important) or their sexuality (and for me, that was hard hitting.) Peter was an average kid with problems of his own. He wasn’t super-invulnerable, able to move planets, and he had family who depended on him.
- The X-Men: They were a corollary for being gay when I was growing up. Mutant in my mind = gay. Hated for being what you are, no matter what you did to try and make people’s lives better.
- Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys: I know this isn’t one person, but these characters challenged me (from childhood to young adulthood). I loved seeing if I could figure out who did the deed. (Usually not, but that didn’t stop me from trying.)
Onto the adult books!
- Michael and Jay from ‘The Telling’ by Eden Winters. This was my first m/m story. At the time I didn’t even know it was a thing. These characters captured me with their lives and love. I devoured this book in one sitting, and then wrote the author. I didn’t expect to ever hear from her. I figured an author? Hell, they’ll be sitting up on a pedestal looking down at us mere mortals. I could not have been more wrong. Within minutes of sending my mail, I heard back from Eden who became more than a friend. She was the one who got me to start writing, and I am forever grateful for that.
- The characters from Pulp Friction 2013/2014. The four authors who write the series – Tom Webb, Laura Harner, Lee Brazil, and Havan Fellows – pulled me in on something I wasn’t sure I would enjoy. A story that had no total closure until the end of the series, which ran a full year. Yet month after month, I was there. Grabbing up these books as fast as they put them down. I fell for every one of the men, because they were all so vastly different.
- The men of Collars & Cuffs. This was my introduction to K.C. Wells. Leo and Alex sparked my imagination in a way few other characters did. She built this lush world full of men you really wanted to get to know. When she asked me if I was willing to talk over the second book of the series, Trusting Thomas, I jumped at the chance. While we were working, she wondered aloud if I would be willing to write a book with her. That’s where Someone to Keep Me came from, and where Damian’s Discipline is coming from in September or October.
- Devon & Scott from K-lee Klein’s ‘Lazy Sundays’ and ‘Lazy Valentines’. Oh hell, Devon was a freaking god. I loved his attitude toward Scott, even though Scott had problems (at least he thought so). Devon was patient and attentive, loving and kind. He’s definitely on the VIP list in Manada.
- Donal Morgan from Rhys Ford’s ‘Sinners’ series. Not a gay man (at least not that I know), but he imparted a great bit of advice on his clan. It doesn’t matter who you love, so long as you love… This is a man that all fathers should strive to be.
- Colt from Keeping Sweets by Cate Ashwood. Goddamn, that was one sexy cowboy.
And that’s my favorite characters. I know that there are more than ten, but I can’t help it if some of them are in series.
ADDY SAT in the car, worry creasing his brow. Not even an hour ago, he’d been so happy. Why was he so nervous now? His thoughts drifted back to his conversation with his dad. Would Benny still want him when he found out what had happened? Would he think Addy was too broken? Addy shivered. He tried to tell himself Benny would never be like that, but how could he know for sure?
“What’s up, little man? I can hear you thinking from over here.” Benny chuckled.
“Nothing, Benny. I’m okay.”
“Addy, c’mon. I can tell you’ve got something on your mind. I need to know what it is. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”
Addy took a deep breath. “I’m afraid,” he admitted. “Of what? Camp?” “No… of losing you.”
“I don’t understand. Why would you think you’d lose me?”
“Benny.” Addy sighed. “I need to tell you some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s really not going to be nice.”
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.
High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.
When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.
About the Author:
WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.
None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.
He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.
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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