J.E. Birk on The Worst Bad Thing ~ Guest Blog

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Title: The Worst Bad Thing
Author: J.E. Birk
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


Iceland, Stonehenge, London, Paris….
To the casual observer, it looks like a dream trip. For Tate O’Reilly, it’s anything but. He’s a man on a mission to rectify a critical mistake, and there’s nothing to hold him back—certainly not friends or family. For Tate, it all comes down to one simple thing—he must fix what he has broken.
What he doesn’t count on is meeting Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel is kind, mysterious, and seems to be on his own mission to ensure their paths keep crossing. But Tate’s hiding an awfully big secret—one he’s certain even Gabriel can’t forgive.
Does a man’s past have to determine his future? In the middle of cities filled with history, Tate is going to find out.

You Need a Title

I’m not the best at titling books. Very rarely do I start writing a book with the title in mind, and when I do, that title usually ends up changing at least three times across revisions. I lost count of how many titles Depending on You went through; it was probably upwards of ten.

The Worst Bad Thing was different. I knew the title of this book from the moment I wrote the first line, because the title was what spurred me to write the book.

A terrible, terrible thing happened in a community I was a part of. There was a chemistry lab fire in a school, and people were hurt. Badly. Teachers like myself for terrified for both the students impacted and the teacher in the classroom. How would our students overcome this tragedy, both physically and emotionally? How would the teacher in charge ever walk into a classroom again?

I remember sitting in the hallway of the school I worked in—the school right down the street from where this fire had happened, the school where I had taught the students we eventually graduated and sent down the street only to witness that fire—talking to one of my co-workers. I watched him cry.

I had never seen him cry before. I knew I never would again.

“This is the worst bad thing that’s ever happened here,” he said.

I went home that night and started writing. Largely because I didn’t know what else to do.

In time this story became about something very different than what my community went through. It became about a character named Tate. It became about his own battles and his own pain and his own way through tragedy.

But no matter what else changed about this story, one thing never did: the title. I always knew what the title of this book would be from the moment I wrote the first line.

The Worst Bad Thing was born out of a terrible event, but it ended up becoming a book about much more than horror and pain. We are all greater than the sum of our tragedies, as I can only hope this book shows.


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About the Author

J.E. Birk has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them since she was introduced to the alphabet. She hails from Colorado, where you can usually find her skiing, training for a 5K she won’t end up running, or watching grown men run into each other on football fields and in hockey rinks. You can follow her ramblings on Twitter by looking for @jebirkwrites. She’s also been known to ramble on Facebook as J Elisabeth Birk.

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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2 thoughts on “J.E. Birk on The Worst Bad Thing ~ Guest Blog

  1. Thanks so much for having me on the site to share more about Gabriel and Tate’s story! Carol, I hope you enjoy it.

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