Current Release: When All the World Sleeps
Describe your current release by starting out with "In a world".
In a world where he can’t tell the difference between his nightmares and his waking hours, Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. Daniel sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. As he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.
What are you working on?
At the moment I’m working on edits for Sweetwater, a historical m/m romance set in Wyoming in 1870. It’s taken a long time to get it to this point – historicals always take longer with all the research needed, but they feel incredibly rewarding. Also, it has cowboys and cheap whiskey and BDSM!
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
Massive shout out here to my coauthor J.A. Rock. She was the one who had the idea for When All the World Sleeps, and it was such an incredible idea! She was also the one who pitched the idea to the wonderful people at Riptide when she cornered them at a convention last year. And wow, of course then there are editors and line editors and proof readers and cover artists… sometimes I think writers have the easiest job, and we’re the ones whose names end up on the front cover. But there are a lot of people behind the scenes who turn a patchy manuscript into an actual novel. And those people are amazing!
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
So far, I haven’t met any readers in person. Mostly because I live in a smallish regional city and write under a pseudonym. So nobody really knows what I do! But that’s all going to change in October when I head to GRL in Chicago. I am incredibly excited to be able to go. The mm community is quite small, but very friendly, and I can’t think of a bunch of people I’d rather hang around with!
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I think this is why they invented the internet. So people like me can spend hours in front of a computer, only to realize later that we’ve got absolutely nothing done. I’ve decided I need a second computer for writing – one that has no internet access. Of course, I’d never use it.
Thanks so much for having me visit today, and thanks to everyone stopping by. When All the World Sleeps is out from Riptide Publishing on March 24 -- but you can get it earlier if you pre-order.