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Title: Lime and Tangerine
Author: Kevin Caucher
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Cover Artist: Adrian Rafail
Genre: Gay, Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 04/28/2016
The post-apocalyptic world has changed. Colors have changed.
The skies are now red, and the seas fandango pink.
There are those who’ve acquired skills as “squinters”. By narrowing their eyes, they can see people in different colors—colors by which they can define their mood.
Senlin was born a squinter. A child of the foster system, the lack of love has left him with casual views on sex.
When Sicong recruits him into SQX, a squinter organization, Senlin wants nothing more than to jump his bones, but Sicong’s detachment makes Senlin believe his feelings aren’t reciprocated.
Senlin and Sicong’s relationship begins to grow as they undertake missions together.
That is, until an enemy of SQX turns his attention upon them.
Inspiration for Sicong from Lime and Tangerine
Thank you for hosting me today.
The first and main inspiration for Lime & Tangerine is Sicong. Sicong is the name of one of the characters and he’s also the name of my crush for years when I was in university in China, who I shall call ‘Charles’.
Charles was–still is–straight, and I was obsessed with him because of the unrequited love. I was so in love with him that I once wrote two blog posts titled ‘Charles. Selrahc. Prince. Lee. Sicong. And all the good names in the world.’ and ‘Charles. Not Charlie. Not Chuck. Charles. My Charles. Mon Charles.’ Those were the days of the idiotic youth.
Charles is, in no way, classically handsome but Sicong, the character, is; but Sicong’s terse personality comes from my first impression of Charles. He was the only one that had a laptop in the dorm, (it wasn’t recommended by the school to bring one during the freshman year, since it’d ‘disrupt’ our studies–it’s China in the old days, get over it) and Charles was always on his laptop in his room, which I felt that he was anti-social. It was also customary for people coming from his region to be quite straight-forward, and he fitted in the stereotype perfectly.
Of course, after knowing Charles, and his talents in music, I fell desperately in crush/love with him, but of course he was–is–straight and the feelings could not be reciprocated. I was in such depression at one point that I was hurting myself. Hence Senlin’s impression that his crush was not returned by Sicong.
The use of the name was a dedication to this friendship; now that I look back at that period, I was so wilful and I’m sure I did hurt some people during that period–I don’t regret any of it though. Good thing is that everything turned out to be fine. The story, between Sicong and Senlin, is also a fantasy in itself, instead of the stupid crush that almost destroyed the beautiful fellowship between Charles and myself.
About the Author
Growing up in China, KEVIN CAUCHER never thought he’d grow up loving to write; never did he expect himself ending up in Australia either. He is now happily partnered in NSW Illawarra area and writing.
Kevin’s writing is mainly influenced by his growing up as a gay Chinese; he also sometimes pops out totally random stories that has nothing to do with his growing up.
Besides his passion for writing, Kevin has also opened a cafe in December 2015. “There, the cliché of authors writing in a cafe.”
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