Rob Browatzke on Wonderland ~ Interview

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Title: Wonderland
Author: Rob Browatzke
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Genre: Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Everything is wonderful for Alex. He is happy and in love with his boyfriend Steven. They have a great group of friends, and this, this is it. But then Alex stumbles down a rabbit hole of drugs and sex, and Steven goes missing, and things continue to get curiouser and curiouser as Alex tries to get Steven back.

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We are here today to talk about Wonderland. What can you tell us about it?

Think Alice in Wonderland meets Queer as Folk. Our main character, Alex, goes down a rabbit hole of drugs and sex and drama when his boyfriend, Steven, goes missing. In the nightclub called Wonderland, it’s easy to be distracted and confused, and even though he seems to genuinely love Steven, he can’t help but ricochet from one sexcapade to another in his quest to find him, even as he faces some demons from his past. The sequel, Through the Mirrorball, gets a bit darker, and deals with battling addiction and the power of WORDS, as Alex again faces new drama.

Tell us more about our main characters?

Alex is the main character but is backed up by a supporting cast of people from Wonderland: the Wonder Twins Jesse and Colton, whose sexual freedom is intoxicating; bartender Brandon, who dispenses drinks and flirts with equal speed; the Caterpillar, who lurks in the shadows and lures you in with the best drugs money can buy; the resident drag star, the Queen of Hearts, whose performances are strangely captivating for Alex; and Steven, the perfect man.

What about Wonderland makes you the most proud?

I think it perfectly captures the nightclub world it inhabits. While shallow on the surface, that world can contain surprising depth, and I think the book itself does that too. It isn’t meant to change the world – it’s a fast, fun read that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I think you’ll enjoy it.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Listen to your characters. Don’t force words or actions on them. They know what they want to say or do. Let them. It creates something more organic, and you may be surprised yourself where they take you.

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

his book was never meant to change the world – just be a pleasant distraction. I had a couple reviews that right turned me off reading anymore reviews but even the ones who didn’t like the plot or characters had great things to say about the writing itself. And for someone who has always loved the beauty and power of words, that’s a pretty great thing.

To answer this question, I went and checked out reviews since they came out, and was thrilled at the number of people who couldn’t put it down, even when annoyed by some of the choices Alex makes. (And don’t get me wrong, Alex annoyed me as the writer too – I’d say the boy needs to grow up, but this isn’t Peter Pan and it’s not about Neverland).

What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?

Making the time. I love to write, but it’s easy to let life take over. I always forget how much better the act of creating makes me feel. If you’re a writer, and start to feel life getting to you, or feel this pressure inside and don’t know where it’s from, your body is telling you to write. Find the time.

I also tend to have too many projects in my head and on the go. Wonderland maintains a great flow because I was only working on it and nothing else. Shelf some of those other great ideas and focus on the one. When you find your voice, you don’t want to lose it

Rapid Fire Time

  • Landlubber or Sea Dog? Land, with a view of the Sea
  • Sweet or Sour? Sour – I love a good pucker.
  • Beatles or Stones? Beatles
  • Disney or Nick? DISNEY
  • Boxers or Briefs? Briefs, preferably Andrew Christian
  • Vodka or Tequila? Water – four-plus years sober
  • Coffee, black or doctored (can you think of a better word for this?)? Doctored is a great word, but I don’t drink coffee 😉
  • Top or Bottom? Neither. Or both.
  • Think before you talk or talk before you think? Definitely talk before I think. Bane of my existence.
  • Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes. Now I’m Hungry 🙁

What are you working on? What is next?

My next is a YA fantasy mash-up of Oz, Neverland, and Wonderland (not at all connected to the nightclub above)… I’m hoping to release it later this year and am working on its sequel while still playing with the third book in the Wonderland series.

Links

Wonderland on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Giveaway

About the Author

10801851_1608075586082186_2232674562462590454_nRob Browatzke lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and loves to write.  He was born in 1977, runs a gay nightclub there, one more based on his books than the other way around, and is proud to be sober.

Farewell Giveaway
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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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