Thank you so much for having me here today on Prism Book Alliance, and for this fun interview…Phew! A couple of these questions were tough! If anyone out there has a burning question, just shoot away and I’ll do my best to make something up answer! 🙂
How did you get started writing M/M?
The short answer, JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I fell in love with Qhuinn and Blay, and their story moved me in such a profound way that I went on a rabid quest for similar stories. I had been writing a het paranormal romance at the time, but then a couple of cowboys—who clearly loved each other but couldn’t seem to get it together—introduced themselves to me in a dream and ended up taking control of my life. There was no looking back after that.
In the beginning of Pickup Men, it is very hard to figure out what Marty sees in Tripp. So WHY are they together?
When they were together behind closed doors Tripp could relax and be himself. That Tripp knew how to make Marty smile and laugh and feel loved. That Tripp would fix or replace things Marty complained about in passing without being asked or even telling that he’d done it. He listened to what Marty said between the lines so he could give what was needed—hoping all the little things made up for the one big thing he couldn’t do. And for a while, they did.
One thing I love about Pickup Men is that even though Tripp is closeted, there is no evidence of self-loathing at all, just fear. How did you reconcile his fear with his acceptance of himself as a gay man?
He knew he was gay and that’s the way it was, but he also knew what would happen if his dad found out. That fear of being outed became all consuming, morphing into something bigger than it really was, which in turn colored his actions. His love for Marty—and the crushing possibility of losing the man forever—became the catalyst that forced him to face his fears and finally learn he was the stronger force.
Now that Tripp has made up with Marty, he wants to take Marty on a weekend trip, just the two of them. Where would they go and what would they do?
Hmm . . . This is a surprisingly tough question! New York City. They would spend the weekend in the Village, wander the city’s historic sites, dance on the bar at Flaming Saddles til the house lights come on, and get their photos taken with the Naked Cowboy in Times Square. 🙂
Who do you picture when you think about Tripp and Marty?
I’m very visual so I try to find reference images of my characters before I start writing their stories. If I can’t find one that says, “this is him!” I sometimes draw them. For Marty and Tripp, I found a couple of models I can’t find last names for unfortunately. For both though, it’s the eyes that draw me in first
Pickup Men had a lot of supporting cast. Which character in Pickup Men is your favorite?
My fave from the supporting cast . . . I love them all, but Bridge is my man. 🙂 He’s solid, loyal to a fault, and has this carefree roll-with-the-punches kind of attitude that just makes people want to be around him. He might be a cowboy, but he’d be equally at home riding the waves on a surfboard.
Will we be seeing a little Gay For You, Bridge and Eric action in the future?
Yes, we will, but it’s more an out for you rather than gay for you. I’m actually working on edits for their story right now, which is titled Let It Ride.
What do you have coming up next and what are you working on now?
Let It Ride is next up for release from Riptide Publishing on May 26th. While that’s going through its production stages I’m busy working on book three in the Pickup Men series, currently titled The Bad Guy. I have two more on the docket after that, a novel-length paranormal—no vampires or shifters, but there is some magic. After that is a holiday novella to cap off the year.
For one lucky reader I’m offering up one book from my backlist, including the print version of Long Tall Drink, but first you’ll have to answer a skill-testing question! In the comments below tell me why you love cowboys. 🙂
About Pickup Men
It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light—and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.
Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.
But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.
About the Author:
Artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic and adventure seeker. After a decade of road tripping on three continents, she now calls the Canadian West Coast home. When not writing tales of beautiful men falling in love, L.C. can be found designing book covers of said beautiful men, reading, drawing, hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged buddy, and giving in to fighting her root beer addiction.
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