Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Connie Bailey, Ellis Carrington, Edmond Manning, Chrissy Munder, Caitlin Ricci, Andrea Speed, M.T. Aspen, Jayce Ellis, Sera Kane, Dev Bentham, George Seaton, Renee Stevens, Emery C Walters, Vicktor Alexander, Alicia Nordwell, C.C. Dado, M.A. Church, Troy Storm, Mickie B. Ashling, KC Burn, Jon Keys, John Goode, John Amory, Grace R. Duncan, Felicitas Ivey, Elizabeth Noble, Bree Cariad, Lila Leigh Hunter, Laura Lascarso, J. C. Long for stopping by today. Please give them a warm welcome.
Title: One Pulse
Author: Connie Bailey, Ellis Carrington, Edmond Manning, Chrissy Munder, Caitlin Ricci, Andrea Speed, M.T. Aspen, Jayce Ellis, Sera Kane, Dev Bentham, George Seaton, Renee Stevens, Emery C Walters, Vicktor Alexander, Alicia Nordwell, C.C. Dado, M.A. Church, Troy Storm, Mickie B. Ashling, KC Burn, Jon Keys, John Goode, John Amory, Grace R. Duncan, Felicitas Ivey, Elizabeth Noble, Bree Cariad, Lila Leigh Hunter, Laura Lascarso, J. C. Long
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: 09/19/2016
Gabriel Richardson’s lover, Tobiah Alcott just asked him to get married over a chat window. And he was crazy enough to say yes. Now he just had to get up there before the license office closed, so they could get married. Nothing stands in the way of true love— except long drives, traffic jams and thunderstorms. Will Gabriel make it to the Town Hall before it closes?
We are here today to talk about ‘Get Me to the Church Town Hall on Time’, part of the One Pulse collection from Dreamspinner Press.
The book is a collection of short stories from Dreamspinner Press to raise funds for the victims of the One Pulse nightclub attack.
What can you tell us about it?
It’s a short story about Gabriel’s journey to get married. Something a gay man couldn’t even believe could happen, before 2004. He just runs into a few issues along the way.
Marriage is such a big deal in American society. It’s a legal institute giving a person rights like no other thing can over another person. It’s a sign that you’ve finally ‘grown up’ when you do get married. Even if you’ve been living on your own for years, as well as having grown up responsibilities and a career.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
They’re two characters in search of a novel [laugh]. Both of them are ordinary people, no hidden drama in their life. Their love is a quiet, sort of geeky and low key. While it seems spontaneous and crazy, the thought had been on both of their minds for a while. Tobiah just beat Gabriel to the punch.
What was your inspiration for this story?
The story is based on my second marriage. We, my husband Mark and I eloped. To get married in Massachusetts, where we live, there was a three day waiting period and some other problems. No biggie, for the most part, but we were under a slight bit of a time crunch due to a number of things. And we were going up to Vermont for vacation before he started his cancer treatments, and there was no waiting period, so we decided to get married up there.
I drove up later to meet Mark later and everything in the story happened to me as I drove up to Vermont. And we really did get our wedding bands 45 minutes before the ceremony and about five minutes after the store opened. The look on the clerk’s face was priceless.
If you could rewrite your first published novel what would you change?
I would actually plan for Dreamlands to be part of a series. I wrote it as a one shot, l never expecting it to be published. It’s actually part of a shared universe I wrote in with a friend. The universe is based on a defunct horror campaign my first husband ran.
Dreamspinner published Dreamlands, but due to a lot a things I didn’t write the second book, ‘Back to the Dream’, until almost a year later. There was a huge gap between publishing three and four ‘Uneasy Dreams’ and ‘Twisted Dreams’, because Dreamspinner launched Dreamspinner Publications and they were part of that line. And I have five written, but I want six submitted at the same time. I’ve run into time and energy constraints, due Mark’s illness.
What tool do you use to plan scenes? (such as index cards, white board, ouiji board, etc)
I’m usually a pantser. Since I’ve been writing novelettes for the last couple of years, it suits me. But when I’m planning out a novel, I used to use an excel spreadsheet. Now I’m trying the index card method, but I don’t know if I’ve been very good with it. I tried plotting out the novel I started over vacation this summer. I’m about 13K words into it, so I do need to get some sort of plot and outline going, since it’s a suspense novel. It’s a skill I’m going to need to learn.
What do you keep in your bedside table?
A lamp, a jewelry box and a bunch of books, depending on what I’m researching. Also my ancient clock radio, so old it only has AM stations. Sometimes a laptop, if I want to write in bed.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
I’d want to be a cat. I know the odds are low I’d be a pampered indoor kitty like my three, Tamazusa, Mason and Phoenix. They’re all indoor cats because I live in Boston, where you have to worry about both cars and coyotes taking them out. But Cats are also apex predators who wipe out whole species, that need to be kept inside so they don’t wipe out the bird, chipmunk and squirrel population before something bigger gets them.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I just finished Rhys Ford’s ‘Mad Lizard Mambo’, which is an excellent book. Her world building is realistic and detailed. I love what she’s done with Sidhe (Elven) biology. Her description of San Diego makes me want to go back there and visit. The book is a sequel to ‘Black Dog Blues’.
I’m in the middle of rereading Mary Calmes ‘The Servant’, part of Dreamspinners’s Fairy Tale series the company did years ago. It’s a very interesting take on the Puss-in-Boots tale. It’s on my Pad and I started it while waiting for test results in the doctor’s office.
For paper, I just picked up a couple of horror anthologies, ‘Cthulhu’s Dark Cults’ and ‘Once Upon an Apocalypse’ through Chaosium, a role playing game publisher. They publish Call of Cthulhu and Runequest games. I’m going to kickback Friday night after the gym and read either the anthologies or Rub Thurman’s latest ‘Nevermore’.
About the Author
Felicitas Ivey is the pen name of a harried IT support tech at unnamed Boston-area university. She started writing male-male romance as part of her midlife crisis, because she was starting to get bored of bodice-ripping heroines needing a man in their life or to save their butt. Plus the guys always seemed to have the better adventures.
Felicitas’s been a fan of fantasy since her father introduced her to Conan the Barbarian and Tolkien, and horror when Lovecraft and his creepy-crawlies found her in college.
When she’s not writing or at the Dreaded Day Job, Felicitas is brewing and knitting. Her house is overflowing with books and her yarn stash, and the basement is slowly filling up with mead and wine. Felicitas lives in Boston with three cats (Tamazusa, Mason, and Phoenix) and a stuffed Minotaur named Angenor. Her husband also lives in Boston.
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