My very good friend and beta reader Renee Stevens has a new release from Dreamspinner Press releasing on June 12!
Renee was kind enough to answer some interview questions to give a little insight to her process and work. Let’s take a look!
What does your writing process look like? If I’m serious about writing, I turn on music, and it’s usually late at night when there are fewer distractions. I turn on the music and pull up whatever it is I’m working on at the time.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors? Just sit down and do it. Don’t worry about the first draft being perfect. Once you’re finished, or even during the writing process, find yourself a good beta/editor. They are invaluable and are there to help you smooth out your writing or tell you if you’ve gone on a tangent that has nothing to do with the storyline.
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?) I have a self-published book called Challenging Fate. It’s available on both Amazon and All Romance. As for how many books I’ve written, counting short stories, probably a couple dozen, but only a couple of them are published.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? The cover for No More Hiding was designed by Maria Fanning. I was presented with a few different options and the cover I chose really jumped out at me. I think the part that really cinched it for me was the picture of the kids. A picture of Phillip’s kids are a big part of the story.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why? I think my favorite character is actually one of the supporting character. Phillip’s brother Robert is constantly there for Phillip. When it really comes down to it, Phillip can count on him no matter what the situation.
What are you working on now? What is your next project? Right now I’m working on revising my story Joined by Blood. It’s a vampire novel that I’m anxious to get ready for publication. After that, I want to finish the two online stories I have, Forging Trust and Thwarted. Both can be found on GayAuthors.org. After that, I want to start working on finishing the dozen or so stories that are in various stages of completion on my computer.
How can we contact you or find out more about your books? I have a blog where I not only showcase my own writing but other authors as well. I’m slowly working on being more active and if you want the latest information of what I’m working on, follow me. I also have quite a few stories available online at GayAuthors.org
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Phillip Jorgensen tried to live the straight life and ended up divorced. But he wouldn’t trade his two kids, Jacob and Samantha, for the world. His ex-wife has kidnapped them and he’s been searching for them for six long years. But he’s not giving up—never, not for anything. His twin brother has encouraged him to start living again, but how is he going to find romance with all his baggage?
When he meets Vance Pierce at the new gym, Phillip sees a chance to find some happiness.
Phillip has to explain the whole sordid mess to Vance and pray that he understands that he’ll never stop looking for his children. That’s easier said than done. Telling Vance might be risky. Is their connection strong enough to convince Vance to stay? Or will he think that Phillip is too damaged to love? This is Phillip’s chance at the life he never thought he could have. But is it possible?
“PLEASE THINK about what you’re doing.” Robert reached out and snatched Phillip’s tux jacket out of his hand. “You don’t have to do this.”
“Yes, I do.” Phillip took his jacket back and forced a smile for his identical twin brother. “You know how Mom and Dad are. They’re never going to give up until they have both of us married off.”
“How can you pretend to be something you’re not? You’re gay, Phillip. Just tell them. Put an end to this farce of a wedding.”
Phillip stopped in the act of putting on his jacket and smiled sadly at his brother. He wasn’t surprised Robert was trying to talk him out of getting married. This wasn’t the first time since he’d announced his engagement that they’d had this conversation.
“You don’t understand.” Phillip finished getting dressed and stepped forward until he stood toe-to-toe with his brother. “Mom and Dad will never accept me being gay, you know that. This is my only chance.”
“Your chance for what? Can you honestly look me in the eye and tell me that you’re ready to live a lie for the rest of your life?”
“You’re acting like I don’t love her.” That was one thing Phillip could honestly say—he did love Janice. Maybe not in the typical way a man was supposed to love his wife, but he was sure he could make her happy.
“I’ve tried. God help me, I’ve tried to understand, but this is wrong in so many ways. Stand up to them. Tell them what you want, not what you think they want to hear. There’s other ways for you to have kids. You don’t have to get married to do that.”
“I can’t,” Phillip admitted. “You’ve always been the stronger of the two of us. You’ve never given a rat’s ass what Mom and Dad thought of you. I’ve always envied that. This is what I have to do, and as much as I’d like to have your support, I’m doing this either way.”
“You’ll always have my support. I just hope you don’t end up regretting this.” Robert touched his shoulder and smiled sadly.
“I know what I’m doing.” He did. Phillip wasn’t going into this marriage half-cocked. He’d thought about it a lot, and marrying Janice was what he wanted. He headed to the altar to do just that, his brother trailing behind him.
Renee Stevens first started writing in her teens but didn’t get serious about being an author until her mid-twenties. Since then she’s written a number of contemporary stories, as well as delved into the paranormal. When not writing, or spending time in the outdoors, Renee can usually be found working on GayAuthors.org in her capacity of admin and Anthology Coordinator.
Renee resides in Wyoming with her wonderfully supportive husband and a menagerie of four-legged critters. Making the most of the nearly constant negative temperatures and mounds of snow, Renee spends much of the winter months in hibernation with her laptop, the voices in her head keeping her company while her husband works. When she needs a break from writing, Renee takes to the sewing machine to design, and make, beautiful quilts.
When the snow finally disappears, usually around May or June, Renee can be found in the great-outdoors. She spends her time on the mountain, at the lake, and just anywhere that she can do some camping, take some photos, and ride the four-wheelers with her hubby. Once back at home, it’s back to writing.