Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I don’t really see much point in making the bed. I hate getting up in the morning. I kinda just yank the covers back when I get up…
What are you wearing? (You gotta tell the truth now! *smirks*)
Oh man. As I type this, I am currently wearing a plain white T-shirt and green boxer shorts.
So, I know you’re recently married (congrats!!) but have been your partner for a long time. Does he help you with your writing processes at all?
He doesn’t really help directly. Sometimes he throws out ideas, but he generally just lets me do my thing. But knowing that he supports me and is proud of me helps immensely.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Not really. I’m kind of all over the place. The way I have things set up, I can write from anywhere: the PC at my desk, my laptop, or even my iPad.
What do you do if you get writer’s block? Does any other media help you, like music or TV, as inspiration or distraction?
Usually I have to get up from my computer and take a break. Sometimes I walk around while running things around my head, or maybe I’ll crawl into bed, get under the covers and let my mind wander.
Where did you get the inspiration for this book? Imagination or something from real life?
To be honest, I got the inspiration from a picture of a burly cowboy holding his hat in a very strategic position. That provided the initial inspiration for the character of Baxter and from that point, I worked out the plot of the story in my head.
If your book were made into a movie, who would you picture playing the leads?
Wow, this is a tough one! But such a good question. I think someone like Ryan Kwanten would be a good Matty. He’s at that stage where he is growing out of his ‘twinkness’ like Matty. Baxter is a lot harder for me to choose. If I had to narrow it down, I would pick someone like Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
What’s been the biggest challenge with publishing so far for you?
I think the biggest challenge has been overcoming my fears and diving in head first. I’ve had a lot of support along the way, from both my fans and from fellow authors who’ve been down the same road as me.
Big question, since you have legions of fans of all your stories … what’s next?
I’ve submitted a second book to Dreamspinner Press, a paranormal romance. It is scheduled to release in February/March of 2014.
I also have “The Cassini Mission” (the follow-up to “The Degan Incident”) coming to GayAuthors.org’s premium site, to be followed by an ebook and paperback release.
And one more about you … tube socks, ankle socks, or no socks at all?
I prefer to go barefoot with no socks, but when I have to wear them, I choose ankle socks.
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When Madison “Matty” Ward finds himself out of work and without a place to live, his cousin comes through with a job on the Gates cattle ranch. Despite not knowing anything about herding cattle or taking care of horses, Matty does his best to impress the older hunky foreman, Baxter Hollingsworth. Baxter is drawn to the new young hand, but he’s deeply closeted, and after an openly gay veterinarian shows he’s interested in Matty, Baxter’s repressed feelings lead to an explosive encounter. Baxter then withdraws—leaving Matty feeling angry and used—until an accident forces him to confront his fears.
As soon as Brian parked his truck, Matty got out and looked around at what would be his new home.
The air was crisp and clean, and the stars sparkled bright in the clear night sky. It was so quiet that it was a little disconcerting. But there was something about the peacefulness that appealed to Matty.
A pair of shepherd dogs ran through the yard, playfully chasing each other. Matty stopped and watched them for a moment until they ran far enough away that their bodies melded with the darkness.
Floodlights lit up the area where Brian had parked the truck, alongside several other vehicles to the side of a long two-story structure. A golden glow beckoned him toward the homey front porch where comfortable chairs and rockers sat. Matty could easily imagine himself sitting for a spell to enjoy the clean country air. In addition to the long house, there was a big two-story farmhouse with a big wraparound porch, where he assumed the owners lived. The horse stable was a large red barn, and past that was a big equipment shed. Farther back on the property, Matty could see the window lights of what looked like a small log cabin.
Matty smelled what he assumed was the cattle in the distance, though he couldn’t really see them in the dark.
“This is the bunkhouse,” Brian said, tipping his chin toward the long building. “That’s where I stay. You’ll get your own room there, too.”
Matty turned toward the sound of a woman’s voice. A man and a woman were standing on the big house’s porch, waiting for the two cousins. They looked to be in their sixties, and Matty assumed they were the ranch’s owners, the Gateses. The woman had friendly eyes and was all smiles as she waved. She wore very little makeup, but every strand of her graying hair was set perfectly in place. Mrs. Gates’s grandmotherly appearance immediately put Matty at ease, and he smiled and waved back.
Her husband stood at her side, his arm wrapped around her shoulders. His square jaw and dimpled chin were dusted with a salt-and-pepper five-o’clock shadow that gave him a rugged look. Despite the hard-looking face, the older cowboy wore a welcoming expression. As Matty and Brian approached, he pulled his hat off, exposing thinning hair that matched the coloring of his stubble.
“C’mon, cuz,” Brian said, slapping Matty on the back. “Let me introduce you.” He led Matty to the porch. “Fred and Ethel Gates, this is my cousin, Madison Ward. He goes by Matty.”
Matty smiled to himself. Fred and Ethel. How cute.
“I’m Matt,” Matty corrected. “It’s nice to meet you, sir, ma’am. Thank you so much for the opportunity.” Matty shook both of their hands.
“Aw, now don’t you worry about that, Matty,” Ethel said. “Why don’t you come on inside and I’ll fix you a snack? You must be famished after that bus ride.”
“I don’t want to put you to any trouble,” Matty said, glancing toward Brian.
Fred chuckled. “Matty, son, you don’t want to start your time here by turning down Miss Ethel.”
Matty widened his eyes. “I didn’t mean any disrespect, sir.”
Ethel shot her husband a look. “Hush, you.” She linked her arm around Matty’s and escorted him inside.
Matty cleared his throat and smiled at the woman. “I still want to thank you for giving me the opportunity. I promise I won’t let you down.”
She waved her free hand, dismissing Matty’s words. “You’re family. That’s what we do.”
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