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Title: A Good Enough Reason
Author: C.M. Lievens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Release Date: 05/23/2016
High school seniors Ellis and Dale are as different as day and night, or so Ellis believes. Ellis loves to write, while Dale loves soccer. Ellis has only a handful of friends, and Dale is Mr. Popularity. But when they’re partnered up for an AP English project, Ellis learns different can be good. Really good.
Dale Stephens has it all: friends, a hot girlfriend, mad soccer skills—and a secret. He’s bisexual, but because he’s never been in love with a boy, it’s always been easier to keep that part of himself hidden. Until Ellis changes everything.
As their love grows, Dale realizes it’s Ellis he wants to be with—only he’s not ready for the world to know about them, especially after the way his mom reacts to the news.
But when they are outed by a bully who has made a career out of tormenting Ellis, Dale and Ellis must face down their fears and try to stay together. What will happen when the bully goes too far? Will Ellis come out of it unscathed?
We are here today to talk about A Good Enough Reason. What can you tell us about it?
It’s my first full length novel, and my first book that doesn’t have shifters in it, unless you count my short holiday story. It’s also my first young adult story, and writing teenagers was a challenge.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Ellis and Dale are teenagers in their last year of high school. Ellis is gay, but no one knows except his best friends. Dale is bisexual, but he’s been repressing that part of himself because he wanted his life to be easy.
They’re both typical teens—selfish, scared, awkward—but there’s more to them that that. On paper, they’re opposites since Dale is a jock while Ellis is a geek, but as the saying goes, opposites attract.
What about A Good Enough Reason makes you the proudest?
Being published with Dreamspinner Press was one of my career goals when I started writing, because they’re the biggest LGBT publisher and the quality of their books is well known. I also proved myself I could get out of the shifter novella mold I’ve been writing in for the past two years.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
I’d planned A Good Enough Reason to be a standalone, but now both Mark and Matt want their stories to be written. That means we’ll see more of Ellis and Dale, but as secondary characters.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write. Some days you won’t feel like it, but always write. It’s the best way to get better at it.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
It varies from book to book. Sometimes it’s a character, sometimes a scene. With A Good Enough Reason, it was a secondary character, Mark.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
When I get toward the end of the book. I always get doubts—what if the book is boring? It sucks, right? It’s very tempting to stop writing then, but I’d have only unfinished drafts if I did, so I push through, and it usually gets better.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
I use notebooks, actually. I always write down the plot bunny as it comes to me, then I add to it when I’m inspired. I don’t abandon partly written drafts, but I do have a few first draft stories on my computer that will probably never be revised and published.
Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?
Mark, the bully from A Good Enough Reason. I wasn’t able to dig as much as I wanted to since A Good Enough Reason wasn’t his story.
What book do you keep by your bed?
I keep my Kindle there, because I always read before going to sleep. There’s also a dinosaurs book my son and I read before he goes to bed.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
House cat. They’re independent, but let’s face it, most house cats are spoiled rotten by their owners, mine included.
Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHT NOW? and if yes, what was it?
It always happens when I read about pancakes. They’re not common here in Italy, but I learned to make them.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m deep in a hockey period, so I’m reading all the hockey books and fanfiction I can get my hands on.
Rapid Fire Time:
- Neville or Ron? Neville
- Ice Skating or Ice Hockey? Ice hockey
- Larry or Sterek? Sterek
- Favorite Color? Green
- Rock or Country? Rock
- Call or text? Text
- Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter
- Shifters or Vampires? Shifters
- Dogs or Cats? Cats
What are you working on? What is next?
I just finished writing a contemporary with a paranormal element—mermaids. One of the main characters is a human, the other a merman. As for what is next, I have a fantasy, a urban fantasy, and a few contemporary vying for my attention. I’m not sure which one will win yet.
About the Author
C.M. Lievens is a penname Catherine Lievens uses when she writes stories with little to no sex, and more specifically, Young Adult ones.
She lives in Italy with her husband, three cats, and her son, who luckily isn’t going to be a young adult for many years to come, because Catherine is not prepared for that just yet. She loves to write about different people and situations, hence the need for a penname.
When she’s not putting pen to paper to plot her next story, writing while avoiding her kid’s questions (he’s way too curious for his own good), or talking to her cats, she can be found hiding in the bathroom, because that’s the only place where she can read in peace.
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