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Title: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
Author: K.E. Belledonne
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Romance
Release Date: 06/23/2016
When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?
VBT: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist – K.E. Belledonne
Recent Release Spotlight with K.E. Belledonne
We are here today to talk about Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist. What can you tell us about it?
It’s a light hearted romantic comedy about two men trying to plan their wedding. Daniel feels like he has an enormous number of traditions he absolutely has to adhere to, and he is aided and abetted in this belief by a particular wedding planning app, who is very perky, and very demanding.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Daniel is an young stained-glass artist, who has started his own artistic cooperative store in a New England university city. Erik is a German archaeologist who is teaching at the university. Daniel is a wise-cracking free-spirit
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
What about Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist makes you the proudest?
What makes me proudest about this book is that it’s a light and funny romantic comedy about two gay men getting legally married to each other. It’s positive, it’s upbeat, it’s even downright silly in parts. There’s no catch, there’s no consequence, there’s no horrific acts, or even much angst because of their sexual identity. It’s a fun little book about two men in love, and, especially in light of recent events, I’m just so proud that I can offer that to the world.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
What’s next for these characters is a long and happy life together. I don’t have a current plan to write any more about them, but who knows?
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write, as often as you can. Write whatever comes out – let it be a novel, or a short story, or a poem, or your thoughts about an event, or just stream-of-consciousness writing. Just get words on paper, as often as you can.
What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?
I cherish every single comment and note I get from readers, but one sticks out in particular. For my last book, a reader wrote me to thank me for writing the book, for showing to the world that the homosexual world and the heterosexual world are not that far apart, and that love is possible, despite everything. He and his husband just got married!
What one story made you lose sleep as a kid?
A book called ‘Wait Till Helen Comes’ by Mary Downing Hahn. It’s the first scary book I ever read, and my palms still sweat whenever I think about it! I remember being absolutely terrified of the dark for months after, because I was certain Helen (the ghost) was going to come looking for me and try to lure me to the pond to drown me.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
Yes, I have a “draft graveyard” on my harddrive – a bunch of things that just for whatever reason weren’t working out, or that I needed to put on pause to write something else instead. I also have an actual hardcopy file where I stick story plot ideas, inspirations, and such.
How do you choose names? If you decide to change a name, do you feel that it alters your perception of the character?
I spend a lot of time on names; I research socio-economic and/or historical events of the time period. I think names provide such important, yet subtle clues about the character – the reader probably doesn’t recognize that they’re doing it, but every reader makes assumptions about a character just on the character’s name alone. If I write a book about a guy named Adolf, the reader is going make assumptions about that character that I, as a writer, can either confirm or deny.
What do you keep in your bedside table?
I actually don’t have any drawers – it really is a bedside table. So, I’ve got 2 or 3 books that I’m reading, a yogurt jar stuffed with pens, a small candy dish I keep the jewelry I wear every day but have to take off at night, and a small dish of hair ties and clips. There’s also a begonia in a gorgeous little pot, and a Christmas Cactus which I’m trying to bring back from just a tiny nub of still-living plant.
If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?
I would be Stasia. She’s Daniel’s best friend, and she just says whatever she thinks without really worrying about whether or not anyone’s going to like it. She’s very confident, but still very caring. Plus, she’s a much better knitter than I am, and that makes me a little jealous.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
I would be a dog. I can’t remember ever meeting a dog I didn’t love They just make sense to me. I think I’d be a very good one!
What is your favorite lollipop flavor and which character in a fave book would you like to see suck on that sucker?
My favorite lollipop flavor is cherry, and, an oldie but a goodie – I’d love to see Mr. Darcy sucking on it.
Rapid Fire Time
- Batman or Superman? Superman
- Neville or Ron? Ron
- Hawaii or Colorado? Hawaii
- Ice Skating or Ice Hockey? Ice hockey
- Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Tropical island
- West Wing or Friday Night Lights? West Wing
- Mr. Bean or Leslie Nielsen? Mr. Bean
- Paddle or flogger? Flogger
- Peanuts or Cashews? Cashews
- Australia or England? Australia
- Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Light saber
- roller skates or ice skates? Roller skates
- Sushi or pasta? sushi
- Windows or Mac? Linux!
- Santa Claus or Easter Bunny? Santa Claus
- Handcuffs or Rope? Rope
- Hats or Fascinators? Fascinator
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m currently working on a mystery, for which I have too many ideas, so I might just turn it into a series!
About the Author
K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/kebelledonne
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