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Author: A.L. Bates
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Cover Artist: 8th floor studio
Genre: Gay, Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 08/19/2016
A few weeks following the events that concluded DEEP, Book One: The Ariel Series, Captain Joel Riley is struggling to adjust to his new relationship with his medic, Sean, and when a face from Sean’s past sets out to destroy Joel and his ship, Joel faces an impossible decision: Sean or Ariel.
Sensing Joel’s dilemma, Sean makes the decision to leave. He does so knowing he must confront his past and the abuse he suffered. Subjected to the same trauma again, this time at the hands of his brother, he uses the strength Joel taught him to take his future into his own hands.
For Joel, life without Sean proves unbearable and he comes to the realization that he needs more than just his ship. He sets out to bring Sean back… whatever the cost.
One of the hardest things about taking on a sequel is developing your main characters into something new. It’s hard because it almost eradicates your first story. When I wrote Deep it was a story about Joel and Sean coming together and finding each other. But to move on into a new book I have to move away from that happy ending. I have to add a comma to that sentence… coming together and finding each other, only to then realise being in a relationship is harder than either imagined.
So Surfacing had to start by ruining Deep’s happy ending. As much as I would love Joel and Sean to skip off the ship hand in hand and live happily ever after, it wasn’t going to happen and it wouldn’t make good reading. The boys had to hit a hurdle, but not just a problem that they could overcome and eventually regain their happy ever after Deep-ending – that’s cheating, that’s not development – these boys had to once again evolve and turn into something new.
When I wrote Deep I pulled apart their characters – what made them tick, what they were afraid of, what held them back, etc. – and I wrote a story to see them both happy. Sean was lost and hiding, living in fear and perpetually at odds with who he was. Joel was stubborn and unable to connect to his feelings, destined to die at the bottom of the ocean broke and alone. After a few glasses of moonshine, secrets willingly and unwilling disclosed, and two near death experiences, the men found themselves, not only together, but having grown into new, better people.
When I wrote Surfacing it was time to pull them apart again and see what new picture I could make with the pieces. And once I did the cracks started to show. Sean was still too obedient and prone to submitting to Joel’s will – how long would it take before he found himself in a position he didn’t want to be in? Joel was struggling with the idea of having something other than his ship to love and take care of and he was naturally pushing Sean away. Oh dear, it all quickly started to unravel.
But luckily all was not lost. With the men suddenly separated and despairing, it was time to start the reconstruction. Instead of staying in the familiar ocean both men leave for Earth. Their travels change them and shape them into new stronger people. The dynamics of their relationship changed entirely. And the big question even I couldn’t answer until I finished that final chapter – would their ending still be together?
About the Author
About the author
A.L. BATES has a keen interest in Sci-fi and adventure novels and enjoys writing stories with strong characters in imaginative backgrounds. Although an avid writer, Deep is the first published novella by A.L. Bates.
A.L. Bates can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoralbates
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