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Title: Broadway Babe
Author: J. C. Long
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: 01/25/2017
Tate O’Connor has worked hard to realize his dream of dancing on Broadway, and it’s about to pay off with a premier in his first show. He doesn’t expect the distraction of sharing the stage with his celebrity crush: Broadway superstar Mike Chang. Drama ensues both onstage and off as Tate and Mike work closely and realize there could be something between them. However, there are those who don’t think an up-and-coming dancer is good enough for someone with Mike’s talent and fame, and rumors and misunderstandings might lead to broken hearts if Tate and Mike can’t work through their confusion and insecurity.
Recent Release Spotlight with J. C. Long!
We are here today to talk about Broadway Babe. What can you tell us about it?
Broadway Babe is a story of passion—passion for theatre and performing, in particular. It’s also a story of triumphing over your own self-doubt. Though there is a character who will play the role of antagonist for us, the real antagonist is our main character, Tate, and his own self-imposed limitations.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
First is Tate O’Connor. He’s an up and coming dancer from Memphis, Tennessee (where I’m from) who is about to get his first big break on Broadway as a chorus dancer. Tate has self-confidence problems—excluding his dancing, which he knows he’s good at. Next is Mike Chang, a new star on Broadway. He’s kind and dedicated, and pours every bit of himself into performing.
What about Broadway Babe makes you the proudest?
Honestly, I’m proud of the whole thing. But what am I proudest of? I’m proud of the journey that Tate undergoes—it’s very representative of a journey I myself went on. It took me a long time to learn to love myself, and we get to see Tate start along that road.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
I plan on writing the next installment this year, if my schedule allows. The sequel, which I’m tentatively calling Broadway Bound, which will follow one of the self-proclaimed Broadway Boys we meet in Broadway Babe, Wes Rodriquez. Where Tate’s story is one of learning to love himself, Wes’s story is one of learning to make up for a mistake, a second chance narrative.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
This is really generic and I’m not entirely sure what to write for it. What advice can I give? Just write. Trust yourself and write the story in your heart, because it’s your story and no one else can tell it the way you can. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
For me, it’s knowing that writing these stories will give someone who was once like me—a young gay kid searching for a sign of himself, a sign that his future wasn’t destined to be tragic like most mainstream representations of gay love—a chance to see themselves in what will always be a happy ever after or some semblance of happiness. If I can reach one confused, alone, uncertain kid and show them that their future is going to be just as bright, just as filled with love as a heterosexual person, then I am beyond happy.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
It varies. I have characters in my head for stories that I don’t know how to tell yet. I know their names, their lives, but I don’t know their plots. I also have plots in my head that I don’t yet have the characters for. My very first full length novel, out later this year, started with a specific scene. Broadway Babe started as a theme, because it was originally a response to a short story call.
Do you have a character in your head that you have yet to write a story for?
I do, and he’s been there for a long time. I love him, I know him very well, and I know when I do write his story it will flow quickly. With him, I even know the general plot, but I don’t know his ideal partner. I can’t give him his happy ever after if I don’t know who the partner is, so he’s waiting until the partner comes to me. I know he’s from a post-apocalyptic world, so I need a strong plot-driver for their relationship.
What’s your favorite thing to wear?
Jackets. I LOVE jackets. I once spent half a paycheck on one jacket. I have a problem. Just look at my closet, When I moved overseas from the states I literally had a suitcase devoted almost entirely to my jackets. Yeah.
How will the world end?
The world will end after a sriracha shortage. That’s going to be the kicking point that gets the apocalyptic ball rolling, man.
If you could be any Disney character who would you be, and why?
Mulan, without a doubt. I mean, have you SEEN Shang? He was my first Disney crush. One of my earliest crushes on a guy at all. Mmm, Shang.
If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
Anne Rice. I adore her writing style—the way she crafts these long, complex, beautiful sentences without ever becoming confusing or complicated. I want to pick her brain over how she picks her words, how she constructs these wonderful magical words.
In Harry Potter, what one spell would you have written in that JK Rowling didn’t?
Well, I like my erotica, so I’d definitely say a masturbation spell. These are a bunch of hormonal teenagers locked up in a castle together for most of their lives. Ejaculus?
If you could have a threesome with any two people in the world, with the stipulation that their names had to rhyme, who would you choose?
Haha I like this question. It took a lot of thought, but I’ve finally done it! Godfrey Gao and Osric Chau.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m currently reading Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood. Next on my list is Dark Run by Mike Brooks.
Rapid Fire Time
Hawaii or Colorado? Hawaii
West Wing or Friday Night Lights? West Wing
Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Lightsaber
Spring or Fall? Fall
Music or TV/Movies? TV/Movies
Call or text? Text
Jock or Thong? Jock
Sex or Chocolate? Sex THEN chocolate
Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Lord of the Rings to watch, Harry Potter to read
Kirk or Picard? Picard
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Multiple choice questions or essay questions? Essay
Lucky Charms or Trix? Lucky Charms
Tax Audit or Enema? Uh…enema?
What are you working on? What is next?
Right now I’m working on a sci-fi romance novella (MM of course) and then plan on jumping right into the next in my Unzipped Shorts novelette series.
About the Author
- C. Long is an American expat living in Japan, though he’s also lived stints in Seoul, South Korea—no, he’s not an Army brat; he’s an English teacher. He is also quite passionate about Welsh corgis and is convinced that anyone who does not like them is evil incarnate. His dramatic streak comes from his lifelong involvement in theater. After living in several countries aside from the United States, J. C. is convinced that love is love, no matter where you are, and is determined to write stories that demonstrate exactly that.
His favorite things in the world are pictures of corgis, writing, and Korean food (not in that order… okay, in that order). J. C. spends his time not writing thinking about writing, coming up with new characters, attending Big Bang concerts, and wishing he were writing. The best way to get him to write faster is to motivate him with corgi pictures. Yes, that is a veiled hint.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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