Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Jason Lloyd for taking the time to talk with us today. . There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: Queer Dirty Laundry
Author: Jason Lloyd
Publisher: Ginge Publishing
Cover Artist: Jason Lloyd
Jason Lloyd stops by Prism Book Alliance with a character interview and exclusive snippet from his book Queer Dirty Laundry. He’s also offering an ecopy to one lucky commenter!
Interview with Kevin Matthews from Queer Dirty Laundry
Hello, I’m Jason Lloyd, the author of Queer Dirty Laundry. A few weeks ago, I asked fans of the book to submit questions they would like Kevin Matthews to answer. Kevin not only is my best friend, he is also a main character in the book. He was so excited to take part in this, he said, and I quote, “Oh ma gerd, I’m gonna be famous!”
I would like to thank Prism Book Alliance for allowing me to share this interview with you. I also would like to thank the fans for submitting the questions and my publicist, Joleen, from Parenthetical Author Services for setting up my blog tour. If you need help promoting your work, email Joleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now to the interview!
For those who don’t know you, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a 26-year-old college graduate with a marketing degree who still works in the wonderful world of retail. However, I don’t want this to sound like a horrible start at making an OK Cupid account. When I’m not selling my soul at my job, I usually relax with some Netflix (I’m a TV show junkie). It’s really a sickness. Since it is summer, I’m trying to work a lot on my fitness. Vacation time! I’m really just a down to earth guy that loves to be with his friends and is a total Mama’s Boy.
You’re a main character in Jason Lloyd’s new book Queer Dirty Laundry. What was your reaction when you found out you were going to be in his books? What’s it like to be written about?
I was really freakin’ excited to be a character! I just knew there were so many funny stories that we had experienced as friends that were waiting to be told. And some of the dumbest things I have ever said, which is one of the things that made me nervous. Being written about is a great experience and it is fun to read and relive those moments that I sometimes forgot, but now these moments are in writing forever!
In Queer Dirty Laundry, you and Jason are on your way to Philadelphia and you each share stories about coming out and first-time experiences. Do you believe that a person’s past can really dictate who they become as adults?
I do believe that, but it’s up to the person to decide if that’s who they really want to become or try to change that and become the best person they can be. You control who you are. If you want the past to define you then, that is your decision. If something horrible has happened in the past and you want to carry that into your adulthood and control your decisions, then that is up to you. However, it would be a better option to say, “Hey, that doesn’t define me, I decide who I want to be.”
In one chapter, Jason talks about his struggles in high school. How was your experience?
Thankfully, my experience was great. Sure, there were the occasional assholes, but I never had a problem. Never was I taunted or brutally made fun of (at least not to my face). I had a wide variety of friends (nerds, choir kids, theater kids, pretty girls, cheerleaders, the funny guys, the stoners and the skanks). I got along with everyone and everyone got along with me.
Do you think people were accepting of your sexuality?
I’m sure it took my parents some time to get used to, but everyone else accepted my sexuality before me. I came out when I was a senior in high school and that was still a very unusual thing, even back in 2005-2006. Honestly, it made people love me more. The people (and I mean guys) who I thought would get weirded out by it had absolutely no problem with it. I’m grateful to have been a teenager at a time when, I think personally, things were “getting better” for gay kids. I wish everyone could have the experience, if not better, than the one I had.
How would you describe your friendship with Jason? What’s it like being friends with Jason?
Jason is definitely one of my best friends; he goes right up there with my best girlfriend from childhood. She would probably kick his ass if she read this too. We have a freakin’ WILD time together. He is pretty crazy, as you can tell when you read his books. I can see Jason and me being old, sitting on the porch with some vodka after our husbands have died, and still talking about random shit.
People seem to be intrigued by your friendship with Jason. Why do you think that is?
I think readers are definitely intrigued because we have a great dynamic. We can play off each other very well. There’s no way people can’t laugh when both of us are around.
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty, loyalty, and a great personality (but not as good as mine, obviously). Friends should always be there for you no matter what. Not to brag or anything but I will say this, I have an amazing group of friends. Ones I know I can count on and I know they will be around for a long, long time.
Besides having a giraffe-like tongue, do you have any other hidden talents or treasures?
Nope… I’m pretty sure that’s my best talent. It’s great to have. I never have any yogurt left at the bottom of the container, and I never have anything left at the bottom of the… well bottom. (ba dum ching!) That was supposed to be the drum thingy after a joke, which I just googled for the noise and found out it’s called a Rimshot… hehe, hehe!
Last question: you’re described as an easy going, fun loving, crude douchebag with a heart of gold. Do you think that is an accurate description?
YES! Yes, I do. I mean it’s all true, only maybe go easy on the douchebag. I can be a douche for all the right reasons though. It’s all because of love. Although someone once asked me, “How do you still have friends?!”
Here is one of my favorite scenes featuring Kevin Matthews from Queer Dirty Laundry.
“My mom kinda caught me masturbating yesterday!”
“What?” I laugh. “She walked in on you flapping away to porn?”
“Not exactly,” he laughs.
I look at Kevin and shake my head. I’m waiting for him to elaborate more. He turns to look at me and smiles. His guffaw echoes in the car. It is as if his laughter came from the very depths of his belly. I always find his laugh so infectious. It instantly causes me to smile.
“Well… I was watching porn in my room. A real-real good one too. This little slam pig was getting his sloppy hole invaded by this silver haired daddy.” Kevin appears as if he remembers the porno and stops the story.
“So?” I ask.
“Oh, so I’m on my bed using my Fleshjack, going to town, getting pretty close to shooting ma seed.”
“Oh god! She sees you using it!” I exclaim.
“Not exactly,” he laughs. “You know how my bed is almost against my bedroom window?” I nod. “Well, what I didn’t know was my desk lamp was creating a shadow of me on the window blinds that could be seen from the outside. When my mom pulled into the driveway and looked up, she saw my shadow puppet show. At first, she was like ‘Is he? Nah, he can’t be!’ and then she was like ‘Yep! He totally is!’ and then of course she would not shut up about it and thought it was hilarious! When I came downstairs after I was um… done, she told me what she saw outside and informed me to turn the desk lamp off next time.”
What would you do if everything changed in the blink of an eye? Life teaches us that everything happens for a reason. Every good or bad experience, every event, shapes us into the adults we become. We are our pasts and they shape our future.
In this nonfiction coming of age mini memoir, Kevin and Jason embark on an adventure to Philadelphia to visit friends and to get into their normal hijinks. Along their journey, they confide in each other the only way best friends can; through laughter, love and pain. They share stories of coming out, first time sexual experiences and dramatic events that changed their lives forever. This hilarious and heartfelt journey through the past can only strengthen their friendship in the present.
Your best friend knows all your little secrets. They know all your dirty laundry. Can you air it all out? How dirty is your laundry?
About the Author:
Jason Lloyd is the author of hilarious m/m romance featuring an array of interesting characters. Salty Aftertaste (Ginge Publishing, 2013) was his first creative non-fiction novel. It reached Smashwords Top Best Seller list in Gay & Lesbian Fiction and was the #5 best seller in the New Adult genre on All Romance eBooks (ARe).
His second book, Queer Dirty Laundry (Ginge Publishing, 2014), is a creative non-fiction novella and is based on his popular blog by the same name. In 2011, QueerDirtyLaundry.com was nominated for The Best of Gay Philadelphia under Best Gay Website/Blog. Jason’s blog was also in the top ten numerous times on Best Male Blogs.
Jason is currently working on an m/m romance and mystery/suspense fictional novelette series called Filthy Fibbers. Filthy Fibbers is centered on five friends and the scandalous secrets they keep. The book takes place in a small Pennsylvania town called New Hope.
Jason grew up in a small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia. A majority of his writing takes place in Eastern Pennsylvania including Philadelphia. He currently resides in a small town in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
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Jason Lloyd has kindly offered Hey gang, do you have a catchphrase or maybe a hidden talent? Tell us what it is in the comments for a chance to win an ebook copy of my new book Queer Dirty Laundry! One person will be randomly selected from the comments.
Contest will end 7 days from original posting date (or as stated on the Rafflecopter) at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.
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.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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