Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Posy Roberts for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from DSP Publications Fall Into You. Prism Book Alliance® recently reviewed Fall Into You. You can find the review here.
Retro Reads Spotlight with Posy Roberts
We are here today to talk about Fall Into You. What can you tell us about it?
Fall Into You is about two men navigating their love throughout their growing careers, set on the backdrop of music from the 80s and 90s. It starts in 1989 at a wedding reception where Simon is bar tending and Thomas is singing with his band, Sparklebottom. Since Simon and Thomas went to high school together, they think they know each other. Simon thinks Thomas is as straight as they come, but he soon discovers his assumption is wrong. Their intense attraction gives them a chance to start again. While their relationship grows, so does Thomas’s music career, and Simon goes back to college. They’re apart for long stretches at a time, leaving behind doubt and insecurity because they’ve never really established what they are. And that’s not all life has to throw at them.
Tell us more about our Main Characters?
Simon Philips is shy and unassuming. Thomas Shultz is brash and brave. They seem like complete opposites but have a lot more in common than they ever suspected. Both their college careers have been derailed, but for very different reasons. Simon has to bartend so he can get back to college, and Thomas moved home to care for his little sister. And then there’s Thomas’s band, which eventually takes Thomas away. But the two men keep coming back to each other, tugged together by something while they grow individually. Simon wants them to grow together as well, but he’s not sure that’s what Thomas wants.
What about Fall Into You makes you the proudest?
I was able to touch on a medical condition that is a mystery to most and something many people fear. I think I did it in a way that helped people understand this disorder better and hopefully took some of the scary-factor out of it. I happen to have the exact disorder I wrote about and have lived with it my entire life. I’ve eased peoples’ fears for years by talking with them, but I was able to reach a much wider audience this way, I hope.
If you could change one thing in Fall Into You what would it be and why?
I’d probably write it in third person so I could go into Thomas’s head too. But one of the reasons I wrote this from Simon’s POV was because that’s how we experience relationships. We rarely know what’s going on inside someone else’s head, and since Thomas is the one who is always flitting away on concert tours, I wanted to lean into Simon’s discomfort, especially when things start going wrong. So maybe I wouldn’t change that at all.
What was your inspiration for Fall Into You?
Music and letters. This story was set in a simpler time when we let our interest be known by making mix tapes rather than sending dick pics. We didn’t have cell phones or computers, so Simon and Thomas had to rely on phone calls and letters to stay in touch. There was a lot of empty silence between those.
Each chapter title of Fall Into You is a song that was released prior to when that chapter takes place. The lyrics of those songs also speak to each chapter, for those audiophiles out there. Music is at the center of Thomas’s life and Simon is a very introspective man who finds music as a tool to help him cope with his loneliness during Thomas’s absences.
Will we be hearing more from these characters?
I wrote a super short story with these guys to celebrate Dreamspinner’s sixth anniversary. It’s posted on the Dreamspinner blog and catches up with Simon and Thomas 23 years later, so in modern day. Beyond that, I have no plans to revisit these characters. I feel they got a pretty wonderful HEA, so I’m satisfied. The short is posted here: http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/2013/05/27/sexy-anniversary-short-misnomer-posy-roberts/
Tell us about some of your other titles.
My North Star trilogy—Spark, Fusion, & Flare—follows two men who were lovers in high school. Years later they reconnect, just weeks before Kevin’s divorce will be finalized. He and Hugo quickly fall back in love, and Kevin’s kids take to Hugo right away. But life has several curve balls to throw at them over the three books before they can get a true HEA.
I’ve written several novellas, most recently Tangled Mind, which is about a man recovering from a horrible co-dependent relationship. His best friend, Timothy, sits patiently beside him, waiting for Beck to finally notice he’s been in love with him for years. Another novella is Feathers From the Sky, which is now an audiobook as well. It’s a light-hearted romp in a family-filled house over the Christmas holidays. Then there’s my freebie over on ARe, The Measure of a Man. This is a story about reserved William who has always lived on the down-low and Nate, a flamboyant gay man who works as a beautiful geisha named Momo. William has to decide if his under-the-radar life can contain someone as immeasurable as Nate, even if that means risking his long-held secrets.
Rapid Fire Time
- hat or no hat? Hat
- UK Football (soccer) or American Football? Soccer
- Shifters or Vampires? Vampires
- Santa Claus or Easter Bunny? Easter Bunny, but only because of Peeps
- Beach with a book or Hike in the woods? Hike in the woods
- Peanuts or Cashews? Cashews
- Paddle or flogger? Flogger
- Beatles or Stones? Beatles
- Classical or Electronic? Classic
- Roller skates or ice skates? Roller skates!!! Oh, the stories I could tell!
What are you working on? What is next?
I have 2 books coming out in June. First is a story included in a collection of shorts all based on secrets. It’s called Cheeky Hipsters & Jocks and is out June 12th. Second is Silver Scars, out June 22nd. Silver Scars is my baby. I’ve been working on this story for a year now, and I’m so excited to share these men with you. Gil and Keith are broken men—one from a planted bomb intended to kill him and the other from misdirected gunfire—who find they help make each other stronger. And they fall for each other in the process, both willing to take chances on love again.
Title: Fall Into You
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: TL Bland
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Romance
Simon Phillips always hated Thomas.
Ever since his black nail polish high school days, Thomas Schultz has seemed like a carefree, uninhibited wild child, in stark contrast to Simon’s shy, cautious nature. Now, from behind the safety of his hotel bar, Simon must watch, distracted, as Thomas becomes a shirtless rock star for every wedding reception they work. But when Thomas slips him the key to his hotel room, Simon enters a world where the fine line between hate and attraction becomes blurred, and finds more than he ever knew he wanted.
In the social upheaval of the 1980s, love is no picnic. The AIDS epidemic has reshaped the way people think about sex, and the discontent of Generation X drowns out any love songs. Despite the uncertain times, Simon finds himself falling in love. But when Thomas’s band makes it big, the simple act of keeping in touch across the silent miles becomes an obstacle all its own.
When I finished “Oh Sherry,” I set the mic in the stand and slipped back behind the bar. My tips increased for the next thirty or forty minutes, which wasn’t unusual after I sang and was possibly another reason why I enjoyed karaoke. Business had picked up as well. What had been a decent crowd before I stepped on stage ended up being a full house by the time I took over pouring from Lisa, again. I was running like a madman trying to get everyone served when I asked a woman if she knew why it got busy so suddenly.
“Office Christmas party. Came here because the boss man loves singing Sinatra and Elvis tunes at work, and we wanted to see him try karaoke.”
I gave her a smile before she winked and joined her coworkers. I watched as she slid into the booth that lined the back wall and was quickly surrounded by many tough-looking men, nearly all of them sporting identical, hellacious mustaches. My attention was pulled backto the bar by a warm hand on my arm. When I looked up, I saw Thomas’s green eyes and his genuine smile.
“I didn’t know you sang,” he flirted, only keeping our skin in contact for a split second.
“From time to time. Long time, no see. Where have you been?” I played it cool, keeping a lid on how happy I was to see him.
“Working, actually. I was forced to take a more traditional job,” he said, as if “traditional” was a dirty word.
“The band didn’t break up, did it?”
“Oh no! Nothing nearly as catastrophic as that. No, I really had to get some cash flowing in rather than out of the ol’ bank account.” He gesticulated, and my eyes followed his elegant hands as he spoke.
“Are you… are you with the Christmas work party?” I asked as I tilted my head toward the back table. He nodded and I continued. “Where do you work?”
“The Department of Corrections, actually. I’m a cook. I make breakfast, lunch, and supper every weekday. It’s a lot of hours, but at least I’m making money, and it’s a steady job.”
I gave him an exaggerated nod, totally unable to see him working in a jail as anything, let alone a cook. At least in the kitchen he had knives to defend himself against any sort of a rumble. Suddenly I was picturing The Outsiders, and Thomas would have been the perfect Ponyboy Curtis. Thank God he had knives.
I shook my head, clearing my mind of my first on-screen crush, and focused instead on Thomas. “No wonder I haven’t seen you. We used to have similar schedules. No more.”
“You’ve been looking?” He winked.
I felt myself smile as the only reply to his question.
About the Author
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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