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Title: The Mighty Have Fallen
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Release Date: 01/18/2017
Theatre headliner Trevor Rowland is at the peak of his career when disaster strikes. In one fell swoop, he loses his eyesight, his fame, and his boyfriend, who absconds with most of his money. Trevor must take on a flatmate, hardworking East Ender Jack Burrows, to afford the rent. Anger and bitterness have taken up residence in his heart—but Jack shines light into the shadowy corners with his relentlessly sunny disposition.
Jack introduces Trevor to a local drag club and convinces him he can enjoy the stage again. Trevor’s defences slowly come down as Jack becomes much more than a barely tolerated roommate.
But will Trevor’s fragile trust be destroyed when it appears he’s been manipulated yet again by a man he’s come to care for? Will he reclaim his life or crawl back into a shell of defeat? Trevor must learn to trust not only a man, but himself, once more.
We are here today to talk about The Mighty Have Fallen. What can you tell us about it?
I love the theme of having to lose everything in order to gain everything. I appreciate a character reprioritizing what is valuable in his life. When Trevor loses his sight, his career, his fame, money, and lover, he gains perspective and a new love who is more than he’d ever hoped for.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Trevor Rowland has been a theater headliner since he was young. His talent was so great he didn’t have to struggle much in his career. When he is felled by an illness and subsequent blindness, he must call on hidden reserves of strength. His new flat mate, Jack Burrows is a hard working East Ender who has never had anything handed to him. Jack’s sunny disposition contrasts nicely with Trevor’s gloomy mood. Jack brings him back to life in many ways, including suggesting Trevor might be able to perform again on the stage of a local drag club.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Keep plugging away and finish something. New writers may reach the tough part of a story and quit to pursue a new idea. That can be a bad habit to fall into.
My other advice would be about marketing. It’s difficult to get your work noticed. While self-publishing is fine and I’ve done plenty of it, for a new writer it’s probably best to hook up with a publisher if possible, which can help you gain more exposure as well as helping hone your writing skills.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
Plotting, particularly figuring out a dark moment and how to get out of it. I’d be happy to write nothing but beginnings. I love laying out the characters and setting a scene. I love the romance of pillow talk and intimate moments. Creating obstacles to overcome and action is the harder part of writing.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on?
I only have a couple of abandoned stories. I feel itchy and uncomfortable when I don’t finish a project. I especially want to complete my coming of age in the 70s/murder mystery which I’d intended to finish by the end of this past summer. I will finish it, though it may never sell many copies since it’s so different from what my readership expects from me. It’s a nostalgia piece that revisits a lot of my childhood—minus the murder of course J.
Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
I jot down any glimmer of an idea in any genre. When I’m caught up on current projects, I mine the folder for ideas to resurrect. I’m chock full of ideas, not all of which will ever be executed.
How important are secondary characters to your story telling?
Sometimes it’s nice to write a story with an isolated environment so I can focus exclusively on the protagonists. Summer Devon and I did this in The Shepherd and the Solicitor, which features a hermit living in the middle of nowhere. But secondary characters can bring so much color and interest to a story I try to use them when I can. In The Might Have Fallen, other performers at the drag club and Trevor’s family and friends all add to the story.
If you could be any Disney character who would you be, and why?
I fell in love with Peter Pan as a small child. I wanted to be him, flying and carefree, and also fall in love with him as Wendy did. This prompted me to write a gay take on Peter Pan called Peter and Wendell. So, I guess I’d choose Peter above all other characters.
If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?
I have the nature of a cat, a bit self-centered and happy to be alone for much of the time, but also glad to curl up and purr with a loved one when I feel like it. Definitely a cat type.
What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading a book called The Dressmaker, set in Australia in the ‘50s, about a woman who returns from the city to her small home town to care for her sick mother. So far I don’t love the writing style and doubt I’ll finish it. Anyway, there’s a movie version with Kate Winslet so I can just watch to see how it turns out. After writing much of the day, I’d rather watch a show then read, let the actors do the work for me.
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m working on a gay version of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady in which two men make a wager on whether a shoeshine can be transformed into a gentleman. The gent tutoring the poor man naturally falls in lust, then in love with his creation. The tentative title is The Masterpiece.
About the Author
You can learn more about me, Bonnie Dee, and my back list of many romance books at http://bonniedee.com. Find me on FB at Bonnie Dee Author or Bonnie Dee. My Twitter handle is @Bonnie_Dee. I’m not the most active social media person but I turn up occasionally. Most importantly, please take a moment to sign up for my newsletter to learn of upcoming releases. Newsletter signup form
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