Prism Book Alliance would like to thank CJane Elliott for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Aidan’s Journey
Author: CJane Elliott
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Prism recently reviewed Aidan’s Journey. You can find the review here.
The star of the University of Virginia theater department, Aidan Emery is lusted after and admired for living out and proud. He uses his talent and good looks to his advantage and never sleeps with the same guy twice. But his glamorous patina has been carefully honed to hide the pain he carries inside.
Aidan wasn’t always such a player. He starts college naively romantic, hungry for the attention he can’t get from his workaholic father and mentally ill mother. Unfortunately, that leaves him ripe pickings for predatory professor Rodney Montgomery. Rodney’s flattering regard seduces Aidan into a dysfunctional relationship that destroys his innocence.
Life looks up for Aidan when he finally breaks free of Rodney’s pull and moves to New York City to make it as an actor. Meeting sweet fellow actor Patrick Jaymes seems like the start of a fairy tale. But before Aidan can rebuild his life into happily ever after, family secrets rip him wide open, leaving him easy prey when Rodney decides he’s not willing to let Aidan go.
Interview with Aidan:
We are here today to talk to Aidan of Serpentine Walls and Aidan’s Journey fame. Why don’t you introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello there! I’m Aidan Emery and I love the word “fame” up there in the first line! That’s because I’m an actor living in New York and hoping to make it big on Broadway. My high school drama teacher, Ms. Parigini, is convinced I could also make it in Hollywood, but we’ll have to see about that. Anyway, thanks for having me on your blog, Brandilyn! (Just a warning: I tend to use a lot of exclamation points when I’m excited!)
Many people that read Serpentine Walls wanted to see you end up with Pete. Did you ever feel anything for him, or was he just a diversion from your admittedly less than healthy relationship with Professor R?
Oh yeah, I felt something for him. (This is where I smile mirthlessly, thinking about my younger dumb self. Although thanks to therapy, I have a lot more compassion for that younger me now.) I talk a lot about Pete in Aidan’s Journey. That guy really got under my skin. I tried to be all callous like I usually was in my less-than-stellar U.Va. manwhore period, but I couldn’t quite manage to with Pete. The truth is, he touched me and reminded me of when I was still idealistic and romantic. Pete would have scoffed at being called a romantic, but he totally was. And he was adorable and fun. But in my 4th year of college, I was in no shape to be The One for him.
Can you name 3 Actors that have influenced you and your desire to become an actor?
Neil Patrick Harris – I was totally inspired by him coming out in People magazine when I was a senior in high school. I thought if he could do it, maybe so could I one day. I was so giddy getting to see him on Broadway last year in Hedwig and the Angry Inch that my boyfriend Patrick had to practically pin me in my seat to keep me from floating to the ceiling!
Ms. Parigini – She was my high school drama teacher who saw my potential and put me into the theater productions as a geeky freshman. I wouldn’t be an actor today if it weren’t for her. She was a great actress too, but she gave it all up for love, and warned me not to do the same. I’m happy to report that I didn’t have to give up acting to have love in my life – you can read more about that in Aidan’s Journey.
Robert De Niro – I was flabbergasted by Taxi Driver, which I saw in high school. I couldn’t believe what he did with that part, and the director Martin Scorsese is one of my heroes who I’d give anything to work with one day. When I first came to New York and was in Velma Langston’s Actor’s Workshop, Robert De Niro visited and coached me in a monologue. It was one of the high points of my life!
Tell me three things that readers of Serpentine Walls and Aidan’s Journey still don’t know about you.
- This one is a deep, dark secret: I used to suck my thumb all the time as a little kid, which drove my father crazy. When I’m super stressed, I still sometimes suck my thumb in bed at night. Patrick thinks it’s adorable. Plus he loves my oral fixations….
- I played one disastrous season of Little League baseball when I was nine, insisted on by Father. I was the world’s biggest klutz and dropped out halfway through. Thank God Mother saved my life later that same year by enrolling me in a theater class.
- I smoked cigarettes for a brief period when I was fifteen, because all the kids in the drama department did and I was trying to be cool. Ugh.
You love movies. What are some of your favorites?
One movie that I absolutely love and isn’t all that well known is Truly, Madly, Deeply. It’s an acting tour de force by Alan Rickman (sexy!) and Juliet Stevenson; an odd little story where Alan’s character has died but comes back as a ghost and actually helps Juliet’s character get over her grief and move on with her life. It’s amazing. The tragic thing is what happens to Alan’s character – dying suddenly at a relatively young age – happened in real life to the director, Anthony Minghella, who died suddenly at age 54. So weird.
Um, I’m talking too much, so let’s move on to the next question. ☺
Tell me more about Patrick
Patrick is the most wonderful person in the world. He’s kind, sexy, talented, and he waited a very long time for me to come to my senses and let him in. He’s also brave and strong, and has made a life for himself despite being kicked out by his homophobic parents when he was a teenager. But he’s not perfect. For instance, whenever he takes the garbage bag out of the kitchen trash can, he NEVER replaces it. EVER. So you see what I have to contend with!
Rapid Fire Time:
- Tea or Coffee? Tea, the way Rodney aka Professor R (who’s a British citizen) taught me to make it.
- Sweet or Sour? Sour
- Australia or England? Australia, because I’ve never been there and I hear it’s full of bad boys who are fun to party with.
- Love Story or Thriller? Love Story (yep, I’m a sap)
- Alone or At a Party? At a Party!!!
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
- Sausage or Hamburger? Um, neither? I’m a vegetarian. ☺
- Vodka or Tequila? Hm, gonna go with Vodka, because I drank way too much Tequila (and even more Scotch) back in my depressed, debauched days.
This one is for your author. What is next? What are you working on?
Hi, Brandilyn! I have a novella in the editing process at Dreamspinner Press, which should be released in December or January. It’s called Wild and Precious and is set in Washington, DC. It has the requisite tall and handsome man, Graham, who is the editor of an arts magazine, his cute employee Brent, who is an aspiring writer trying to figure out his sexuality, and a sexy bisexual musician guy, Cody, who’s helping Brent with his explorations. Although there are three main characters, it isn’t a ménage story, but a coming of age and happily ever after romance.
I’m also writing the next novel in The Serpentine Series, which is about Jed, the nice guy that Pete has a friends-with-benefits relationship with in Serpentine Walls. I wanted to give Jed a chance to shine and have his own happy ending, because he ends up being crushed by Pete’s indifference. Jed has an older brother, Kent, and Kent has an intriguing roommate, Tucker, and there will be a book featuring them after the Jed novel is done.
Thanks again for having me and Aidan visit your blog today!
Every good story begins with a journey. Mine started on a June day in 2011 as the Amtrak train pulled out of Union Station in Washington, DC. Lee and I were bound for New York City, ready to dazzle ’em all with our acting and singing chops. Look out, Broadway, here come Aidan Emery and Lee Dunlap, the stars of the U.Va. drama department! Jazz hands!
I was leaving my family home—which I’d recently been kicked out of by my father. I was also leaving behind a long-term, toxic relationship. Yes! I felt pretty fucking victorious sitting on that train, talking and laughing with Lee. I’d done it! Left my past behind! Right? I was sure, with all the surety of a twenty-one-year-old, that my dragons had been slain and New York City was where the gold awaited.
Not so fast there, bucko, I want to tell myself now. You’ll get to the gold, but you have many more hard roads to travel before you arrive. Oh, but don’t despair—there is a Prince Charming at the end of it all.
About the Author:
After years of hearing characters chatting away in her head, CJane Elliott finally decided to put them on paper and hasn’t looked back since. A psychotherapist by training, CJane enjoys writing sexy, passionate stories that also explore the human psyche. CJane has traveled all over North America for work and her characters are travelers, too, traveling down into their own depths to find what they need to get to the happy ending.
CJane is an ardent supporter of gay equality and is particularly fond of coming out stories.
In her spare time, CJane can be found dancing, listening to music, or watching old movies. Her husband and son support her writing habit by staying out of the way when they see her hunched over, staring intensely at her laptop.
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