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Title: Back Off! That’s My Jock
Author: Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 08/26/2016
Defining his sexuality didn’t make sense until his best friend spelled it out.
Doug Archer did some pretty idiotic things in the first eight weeks of his junior year of college. First, he kissed his gay best friend, and second, he kissed a guy he’d mistaken for a girl. Not stellar moments for Doug. If he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his spot on the soccer team to the new freshman, or worse, he might misconstrue his new friend Rob’s overly affectionate tendencies for flirting. But if Doug isn’t bothered by another guy’s attention, and he normally dates girls, does that mean he’s gay or bisexual?
Sam Garber suppressed his same-sex attraction his entire life. His father told him it was immoral, and Sam did everything he could to bury his feelings. However, after meeting Doug at a party and kissing him, Sam can’t think of anything else. He decides dating girls is the best way to keep his secret hidden. With playoffs in sight, this is no time to think about guys in any other context than soccer. Only, neither boy anticipates the difficulty in suppressing his attraction for another jock!
Character Interview With Doug Archer
This is the next stop on the Blog Tour for Back Off! That’s My Jock. (The JOCK Series: Book 3) Thank you Prism Alliance for having me. I hope my readers enjoyed my stop on 2 Chicks Obsessed Blog, as well my interview podcast with Jeff Adams, and Caraway Carter’s Wednesday Walkabout.
I’m here to talk about my newest novel Back Off! That’s My Jock. This is Doug Archer’s story. For those who have read JOCK 1 & 2, all the characters are in this book. I think because of that, it is my favorite book. Doug has a lot of struggles and befriends Rob McAvoy while figuring himself out. For fans of Rob, this is an essential read before JOCK 4 comes out. (After I finish writing it, that is)
Now, let’s get right into the interview….
Doug: Hello. This is Doug Archer. Back again to interview Wade Kelly. I’m the lead character in Wade Kelly’s latest book, Back Off! That’s My Jock. If you missed my first interview with her, go visit Caraway Carter’s Wednesday Walkabout. Since this is an on-going list of questions, I guess I wonder why you write characters like myself? Is there something unusual that influenced your writing to make you focus on LGBT characters when you yourself are not LGBT?
Wade: Although it may seem like a difficult question to explain why people write the way they do, it’s pretty straight-forward for me. In 2009, I wrote a gay paranormal romance that was pretty fluffy, yet had gotten me in trouble with my church because it had gay characters. Because of that, my thought process changed about the way people see each other, more specifically LGBT people. I could not believe that people who preached love and grace would turn on ME so harshly. I lost ALL MY FRIENDS that year. They snubbed me and basically excommunicated me and all I did was write a book. It made me think about how harshly LGBT folk are treated, because it had to be 100x worse than me and I felt really crappy in 2010 when it all happened. My thoughts turned to the topic of suicide and maybe some of the reasons why younger people turn to it. If I lost all my friends over writing gay characters, then the pressures and loneliness surely could overcome someone who could not change who they are. I could CHOOSE what to write, but LGBT are born that way. (My belief) So, I try to incorporate the culture and social issues I see around me in my world and think about how people are treated. This is a long answer, but I hope it makes sense. I want to promote love and give hope in a world who really needs it. I write the human experience.
Doug: Thank you. As a bi-sexual person, I appreciate that you write my personal experience. It was a struggle for me and I believe I am not alone in that struggle. In regards to your answer, can you name one mistake you’ve made in your writing career?
Wade: Trusting the wrong people. I kind of think it’s like coming out if you’re gay. You take a chance and tell your family and friends, but sometimes it goes horrible wrong. I trusted people who made my life miserable because they think it is sinful and wrong. I see it differently. I see it as writing something that is real and true so people don’t feel alone. But what I write is not widely accepted. So I hesitate and hedge when talking about my writing. I’m getting more confident, but I am still scared to talk about writing gay romance openly because I fear ridicule.
Doug: If you had it to do over, would you?
Wade: No. I believe it happened for a reason. I was writing comedy with my fist paranormal romance. It was cute. If I hadn’t been shunned and treated like crap, then I would have never written When Love Is Not Enough. I wouldn’t have seen the hypocrites in my church. I wouldn’t have seen in injustice thrown at the LGBT community. I am grateful for my pain because it opened my eyes.
Doug: What are the most meaningful things in your life? Like, your best experiences?
Wade: Easy! 1st – When my first child was born. That was the most meaningful and beautiful experience in my life. 2nd- Adopting my son. No matter the difficulties in adopting a teenager, it was and is an incredible experience. I love him as if I birthed him. 3rd- Getting published! Totally rad.
Doug: I guess the last thing I want to ask is what’s next?
Wade: JOCK 4. I’m still writing it though. I had hoped to finish it this month, but it is more difficult than I’d had hoped. For those who have asked, it is about Rob McAvoy.
Doug: Cool! I lve that guy and I hope Rob finds love like I have. Thank you for answering my questions.
Wade: No problem! May I ask you a question?
Doug: Feel free.
Wade: What are your hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
Doug: Um, play soccer! haha. I love it. I also workout a lot. When I want to chill I watch movies. I like horror films. And I spend as much time as I can with my boyfriend.
Wade: Thank you, Doug for joining me on my blog tour.
As for the giveaways… I, Wade Kelly, will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE (items listed below) and three runner up prizes of a $10 gift card for Amazon. What you need to do is leave a comment. ALL comments are logged for a chance at the prizes. ONLY those who leave a comment on ALL eleven blog stops will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Last time I think there were 15 people in the Grand Prize drawing.
Note: If we’ve never chatted and you aren’t on Facebook, it is a good idea to leave an e-mail address because I need to know how to reach you. If I can’t, and I reply to your comment on the blog post that you’ve won but don’t hear from you, I have to give the prize to the next person on my list. Each comment gets you a chance in the drawing. If you leave one on each, that is eleven entries PLUS you are listed in the Grand Prize drawing. For a reminder if the rules, and where I’m stopping next, visit my blog post HERE.
Grand Prize includes all of the following:
1) One of my famous spoons in the colors of your choice
2) A $10 gift card from Amazon
3) One paperback signed from my back list (Not counting JOCK 3)
4) An e-book copy of JOCK 4, when it comes out.
5) And last, but not least, a soccer jersey for the player of your choice from the players in JOCK 3. (I’ll list them on my website along with pictures of the jerseys. They come in adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, & 4XL)
So there you go. If you have any questions, please let me know. Comment here or email me: email@example.com
About the Author
Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.
I can be found on:
Face book Fan group, The Wade Brigade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/247976895406172/
For more fun, please check out my blog stops on the following blogs:
July 27th – Caraway Carter’s Wednesday Walkabout
August 1st – Jeff Adams’ podcast.
August 17th – 2 Chicks Obsessed
August 19th – Prism Alliance
August 22nd – Love Bytes Reviews
August 24th – Ashley John’s blog
August 25th – DSP Blog
August 26th – Release Day! I’m on Elisa Rolle’s blog
August 29TH – Joyfully Jay
August 30th – Long & Short Reviews
August 31st – TTC Books & More
September 2nd – MM Good Book Reviews
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