Hi Rebecca! Thanks for joining us again here on Night Owl Reviews. Please tell us about your latest book, The Portland Rebels, Book 3: The Theory of Deviance.
It’s about Mikey, a shy virgin who works for his parents, volunteers at his church, and has kept his bisexuality a secret from just about everyone. He aims to play it as straight as possible when the bubbly actress and ballerina Krissy comes into his world, but Krissy has her own secrets to hide. She’d rather smile and be silly than admit she struggles with bipolar disorder. She wants to come clean with Mikey, but that will mean sharing everything, including her not-so-platonic relationship with her roommate, Rafe. And Rafe? He’s got no secrets to hide. After being shunned by his family when he couldn’t ‘pray the bi away’, he won’t keep anything in the closet, except for the growing feelings he has for both Mikey and Krissy. During a week of revelations, intimacy, and kink, Krissy and Rafe become the angel and devil on Mikey’s shoulders, tempting him in different directions. And all three of them discover that a week of pure deviance can lead to the most uncontrollable emotion of all: love.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Music absolutely inspires my writing. Every book I write has its own playlist—not only songs and artists that the characters themselves enjoy, but ones that help capture the mood of a scene. Each book has a very different sound to it, too. This book in particular had some very inspirational songs on its playlist, including the Glee version of Madonna’s Like a Prayer, Brother by NEEDTOBREATHE and Rachel Platten’s Fight Song.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
Yes! At the author signing during the RT Convention in Dallas in 2015, I met my first fan. She’d put together a scrapbook of all the books by authors she wanted to meet, and I couldn’t believe it when I saw The Duality Principle there. I ended up asking her to take a picture with me, I was so excited.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
It absolutely does, and this book especially, because it required a lot of research. I had a boatload of critique partners and beta readers on this one—Amy Jo Cousins, Amber Belldene, Tamsen Parker, and Marie Lark, to name a few. I also did some serious fact checking with a few people I know who work on Broadway, and asked one particularly knowledgeable friend countless questions about sexuality and religion. I’m extremely grateful for my village, as well as the moral support and encouragement I get from family and friends.
What should readers expect from your titles?
Readers should expect characters who are struggling, but who try to rise above that struggle, and through love, find acceptance in themselves. They should also...expect some dirty stuff. Well, a lotta dirty stuff. ;-)
What's your writing process like?
My writing process is very detailed. I’ll have a germ of an idea—a scene or a moment that I have to write down. I won’t necessarily know where in the book that scene will take place, so after that’s finished I pull back, because I always write in chronological order. I figure out who these characters are, what their GMC (Goal, motivation, conflict) is, their back stories, their core issues. After that I plot and storyboard. I won’t necessarily figure out all the parts of the book, but I’ll add to it as I go. Whatever scene I’ve just written will find its way into where it belongs in the story, and then I’ll be ready to start from the beginning. It doesn’t always go as planned—actually, almost every book I’ve written has needed some kind of overhaul a few drafts in, but it works!
What's next for you as an author?
Next I’m working on some new characters who aren’t in the Portland Rebels world. I don’t have any release dates yet, but I’ll be sharing teasers on my Facebook page and Twitter.
It has been great chatting with you.
Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy The Theory of Deviance! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter for a free eBook bonus chapter in Rafe’s POV, The Punishment Doctrine.