Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Suki Fleet for taking the time to talk with us today.
Author: Suki Fleet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery
Jan has given up on love, at least the romantic kind.He loves his five-year-old son Henry more than anything.
But when Henry starts school, Jan is introduced to Matthew, a very sweet but shy young man who helps out in Henry’s class. Although he tries desperately to ignore his attraction, Jan finds himself falling for Matthew—he’s everything Jan needs.
But amid creepy silent phone calls and possible break-ins, things start to fall slowly apart for Jan. Matthew wants to trust Jan, but the skeleton Jan has been trying to keep buried in his closet and the guilt he feels threatens to destroy everything good in his life.
We are here today to talk about Skeleton, your latest release from Dreamspinner Press. What can you tell us about it?
Skeleton is a sweet story about love and redemption, and overcoming guilt. It’s pretty low on the angst’o’meter.
It has a little bit of mystery, two characters who like numbers, a character coming to terms with their personal responsibility for something, an ex wife who kicks arse (in a good way, when she’s needed), marshmallows, hot chocolate, silk screening
Tell us more about Jan, Henry, and Matthew.
Jan is Dutch, 29 and prone to over-thinking. His son Henry is a little different, and rather than seeing him be made to conform when he starts school, Jan wants that difference to be celebrated.
Matthew is a sweetheart and takes Henry under his wing.
Your last book, This is Not a Love Story (a Prism Recommended Read), was a young Adult title, tell us about the difference in writing for the YA crowd vs. the adult crowd.
I don’t tend to write differently whether a story is classed as YA or not. The situations the characters encounter may be different but I like to write all aspects of romance and relationships and a character’s personal growth is important to me. If it’s a question about sex, I don’t write fade to black sex scenes as I think important aspects of a character’s personality and the relationship as a whole come through here.
Jan has a kid, Henry. Many people don’t like kids in their books. How do you work a romance around a kid?
My favourite genre to write (and probably to read overall) is contemporary romance. It’s where I feel most comfortable in my writing. I like to explore real situations, and Jan’s situation as a single father who has been married to a woman because he was a scared to explore his sexuality is pretty common.
Henry is a part of Jan’s life, but the romance between Jan and Matthew is their own love story.
I think all writers would love to write a book that was all things to all people but it’s not possible. We can only try to write well whatever the subject matter.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
The middle—when all your ideas are out there like untied kites blowing around in the wind, and you have to find a way to bring them all home without tangling everything up.
Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
I’d love to be able to but, as of recently, no.
As someone who has posted stories chapter by chapter on the internet for a long time, I do think reader comments can influence a story as it progresses and I like that process. But that isn’t the same.
Now that there are so many books being released in the genre, what can a new writer do to stand out from the crowd and produce something fresh?
Find your voice. That is the one thing no one else has.
Rapid Fire Time:
- Electronica or Jazz? Electronica
- Sausage or Hamburger? Sausage
- Morning or night? Morning
- Alone or At a Party? Alone
- Love Story or Thriller? Love Story
- Fire or Ice? Fire
- Beach or Mountains? Beach
- Porsche or Prius? What is a Prius?
What are you working on? What is next?
Wild Summer is my next release later this month (23rd Oct) with Harmony Ink. It’s Crash’s story—one of the secondary characters from This is Not a Love Story. It’s very different story from This is Not a Love Story.
After that I have a coming of age novel with Dreamspinner called Innocence, which is due to be released Feb/March 2015.
About the Author:
Suki Fleet currently lives in the heart of England. Her childhood was quite unconventional and she spent some time living on a boat and travelling at sea with her family. Since she was very small she has always dreamed of writing for a living, but though she has written original fiction online for years and encouraged many new writers to keep going and follow their author dreams, it is only recently she got the courage to make her own dream a reality and actually send something off to a publisher.
By day she runs her own business selling fabric (her second love) and juggling family commitments, by night she weaves the stories that the characters in her head dictate. These stories often start with pain or longing but always end with love.
Suki Fleet has kindly offered 1 copy of Skeleton to a lucky commenter
Locally held contests will end 7 days from original posting date at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, 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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