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Author: Quinn Anderson
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: 10/31/2016
Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client.
Until a man named “John” starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck. It’s not just that John has money, or that his rumbling baritone drives Zack wild. He’s everything Zack isn’t: educated, poised, and in total control of his life.
A twist of fate brings them face-to-face, and now that they’ve seen each other—and spent an unforgettable night together—they can’t go back to the way things were. A sex worker and a trust fund brat . . . It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but with less stabbing and slightly fewer dick jokes. Hopefully they can pull off a more successful ending.
Hello, everyone! This is Quinn Anderson, author of the Murmur Inc. series, and I’m here to share some inside information about, Hotline, coming out October 31st. Stay tuned to hear about where I get my ideas, writing comedy, and how I went “undercover” as a sex worker to research my novels. Leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing gift card!
Researching Hotline: Working “Undercover” as a Phone Sex Operator
Hotline was a labor of lust as much as a labor of love. When I decided to make my main character, Zack, a Phone Sex Operator (PSO), I knew I needed to do more than just Google what that meant. I suspected that being a PSO was much, much different than having phone sex for recreational purposes, and looking back, I was completely right.
The first thing I did when I began researching my novel was call a local sex hotline and ask for an interview. I had no idea what to expect, but what I got was more or less a screening like any other. I talked to a polite but blunt woman in the hiring office. She sent me a brief script and then instructed me to leave her a voicemail reciting it so she could ensure I had the right “sound.” In phone sex, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like. If you have the right voice, you’re in. After I passed my audition, I was given instructions for how to take clients and log calls from my home. In Hotline, PSOs work in a big call center, and those absolutely exist in real life! But many PSOs work from home, on their own personal phone lines, in their spare time. (Psst! It can be a great way to earn side money around college or a day job!)
Phone sex was both exactly what I expected and nothing like I expected. I knew I would be taken out of my comfort zone and that I would probably encounter some creeps, but I hoped the experience would be empowering instead of degrading.
Parts of it were. There were some men I spoke with who made a genuine effort to get to know me (or rather, my PSO persona). There were others who didn’t even want sex; they just wanted someone to talk to while they were away on business and were willing to pay for it. Most of the men I spoke with were awkward or lonely or bored. One of the few regulars I accrued in my brief stint confessed to me that he’d never even held a girl’s hand, he had such severe social anxiety. My heart went out to him. In some cases, I felt like I was doing a lot of good.
There were less-empowering parts, however. I won’t go into a whole lot of detail about that, but in a two-week span, I learned more about what some men fantasize about than I ever cared to know. I was asked to take my phone into the bathroom and let them listen to me pee more times than I could count (or that my bladder could accommodate. I had to fake it. My house plants were extremely overwatered during this time.) I’d say BDSM was the most common request, second only to threesomes. I had to pretend to have sex with a lot of women I made up on the spot. Good thing I’m a writer! I treated it like a character-creating exercise. I was also asked to roleplay shrinking men down to bite-size and slowly crushing them to death, or eating them, or stepping on them. And my clients got off on that! I was asked to roleplay some dark topics too (rape, bestiality, underage), but luckily I was permitted to refuse these, or I might not have made it past my first day.
At the end of my two weeks, I was definitely ready to hang up the phone. I’d logged twenty hours—much less than a full-time PSO—and yet I’d nearly lost my voice twice, I’d learned a valuable lesson about not Googling everything you hear, and even with over ten years of smut-writing experience under my belt, I had officially run out of synonyms for the word “sexy.” But! I felt I knew just about everything about professional phone sex, and I was more certain than ever that a book with a PSO for a main character was something that I needed to write.
If you have any more questions about it, feel free to track me down and ask! I may never be shy again after my time as a PSO.
To celebrate the release of Hotline, one lucky winner will receive $10 in Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 5, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
About the Author
Quinn Anderson is an alumna of the University of Dublin in Ireland and has a master’s degree in psychology. She wrote her dissertation on sexuality in popular literature and continues to explore evolving themes in erotica in her professional life.
A nerd extraordinaire, she was raised on an unhealthy diet of video games, anime, pop culture, and comics from infancy. She stays true to her nerd roots in writing and in life and frequently draws inspiration from her many fandoms, which include Sherlock, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Buffy, Marvel, and more. You will often find her interacting with fellow fans online and offline via conventions and tumblr, and she is happy to talk about anything from nerd life to writing tips. She has attended conventions on three separate continents and now considers herself a career geek. She advises anyone who attends pop culture events in the UK to watch out for Weeping Angels, as they are everywhere.
Her favorite television show is Avatar: the Last Airbender, her favorite film is Tangled, and her favorite book is Ella Enchanted. She can often be spotted at conventions, comic shops, and midnight book releases. If you’re at an event, and you see a 6’2” redhead wandering around with a vague look on her face, that’s probably her. Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, and Tamora Pierce. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending too much time on the internet, screwing the rules, finding the Master Sword, guided falling, consulting for the NYPD, guarding the galaxy, boldly going, and catching ’em all.
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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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