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Title: The Music of the Spheres
Author: Chase Potter
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
An athlete and introvert from a family touched by loss, Ryan Mattson splits his life between reading and spending time with his dad and precocious younger sister. With the wounds of his past almost healed, high school is simple, and so is everything else.
But that changes when Ryan is paired with Adam for a class project. Adam, the guy with birthmarks like flecks of mud and compost-brown eyes that hide behind dorky glasses. Grudgingly, the two young men work together, and as they do, an unlikely friendship is formed.
With the passing college years, their bond deepens and grows. Even Ryan’s sister and dad take a liking to Adam, and the family – always missing a voice – seems to gain another. But just as Ryan is forced to confront what Adam really means to him, his family is dragged toward crisis. And beneath the silent snows and starlit sky of a Minnesota winter, their friendship will be tested more than ever before.
We are here today to talk about The Music of the Spheres. What can you tell us about it?
The Music of the Spheres is my fourth book, and my personal favorite of them all. Unlike the others, it was a project that seemed to find me all on its own. I had just released my third book, and I was not in the mood to write anything. Then inspiration struck.
It was a reddit post about two guys graduating college who had shared a close friendship for years. A friendship defined by an innocent physical intimacy and a captivating sense of shared affection. A friendship that ran deep, touching each of their lives in a hundred different ways and eventually bringing the original poster to ask, “Are we… boyfriends?” I was hooked.
Can you tell us more about our main characters?
They’re very different, but they also share threads of sameness. They care deeply about one another, and at a very base level, I believe that’s what makes this story work. These two men have opposing backgrounds and perspectives, but they’re connected by a sincere honesty.
What about The Music of the Spheres makes you the proudest?
There are so many things I love about the novel, but on a personal level, I’m very proud that I was not only able to put together a story like this, but that I did it in such a short time — the first draft took me just three weeks to write, and it was essentially ready to go as is.
What do you think has changed the most with your style since your first novel, The Race for Second?
I think I’ve come a long way in making my characters to be not only realistic but likeable. It might seem silly, but it’s a common complaint with my first novel that the main character is a bit of an ass.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
The obvious one is “keep writing,” but since that’s a given, I’m going to go with: be daring. Write a story that pushes readers, write a story that breaks the rules, write a story that has guts, write a story that some readers will hate but that many more will love. Do that, and even if you’re not the most eloquent writer or accomplished grammatician, your words will be read.
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
My favorite review I’ve ever gotten was a 4-star one from a skeptical reader who couldn’t believe that “an unknown, self-published book could have not one bad review. No book has all positive reviews,” and that “half the reason I decided to read the book was so I could find out just how wrong all those reviewers were.”
He went on to point out some parts that could have been tightened up a bit, and he finished with “The book is really polished and professional in every other way, though. Chase Potter is a solid writer.”
It might seem strange, I suppose, but I loved it.
Rapid Fire Time
- Love Story or Thriller? Love story
- Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed, always.
- Music or TV/Movies? Music
- Electronica or Jazz? Electronica
- Fire or Ice? Fire
- Salty or Sugary? Salty
What are you working on? What is next?
I felt like The Music of the Spheres had more of its story to tell, so I’m writing a sequel. It’s about half done and I’m hoping to have it out by April!
About the Author
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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