Today I'm featuring an interview with Alex A. Akira and sharing more about her newest release, DOJO Boys: Dragon and Crow!
Have you ever gone out in public, realized your shirt is on backwards, and just don’t care?
No. Horribly, I’m an introvert so pay close attention to my appearance when venturing into society.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Drawing and painting, running, martial arts, hiking, rock climbing, yoga and sex…not necessarily in that order.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Write daily, research three days or more a week, and meditate if I can’t find the words to express what I want to say.
How many books/stories have you written? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written about 45 stories, but only 8 were written for publication. Right now 3 books are published with 2 more to be out in September 2015.
I love Dragon and Crow because it was my first full manuscript, but whatever I am working on in the moment tends to get the most love. At this moment that work is Doll Drone, a yaoi android story scheduled to be a webepisode series on my website in September of 2015
What do you think makes up a good book?
I like intense stories that engage a reader and take them places they may not have gone before. I believe a story should get increasing better as it develops; the climax should be good, but the end should be even better. I also like characters that display courage and emotional growth in concurrence with the events of the story.
If you could give advice to yourself when you first started writing, what would it be?
For the love of God, get an editor… and a beta reader.
Did something inspire you to write a story that involves martial arts themes?
I’m a martial artist, so I figured I’d start with a subject I know something about.
Did the characters or the plot of Dojo Boys: Dragon and Crow come to you first?
I’d have to say the characters. I knew I wanted to write about a young American martial artist falling in love with a visiting martial artist from Japan. But once I envisioned Michael and Kiyoshi… well the storyline just kind of took off to where the characters wanted to go. Of course they wanted to go everywhere, so I had a lot of research to do to make the eventual plot work.
If your Dojo Boys was made into a movie, who could you picture playing the parts for Michael and Kiyoshi?
Wow, the writer's dream question huh? I'm going to answer by revealing the real-life inspirations for these two characters.
The character of Kiyoshi was inspired by: Hyde, Mizushima Hiro, Sato Takeru, Oguri Shun and David Chiang.
The character Michael was inspired by: Pablo Morais, Simonas Pham, Cameron Gentry and Michael Ealy.
So any actors that can capture the charming personalities and exquisite beauty of those mentioned, step on up… let’s talk.
Can you share anything about your current or future projects?
I’m currently reworking the two-volume sequel to Dragon & Crow, Dojo Boys: The Italian Connection, scheduled to be released in September 2015. I’m also writing an anthology of Dojo Boys shorts, which I’ve temporarily named Dojo Boys: The Lost Chapters, scheduled for a 2016 release.
Besides the yaoi android web series, Doll Drone, I’ve got a drug dealer-college student action-romance called Sweet in the works.
I’m also writing and illustrating another yaoi action series for my website, called Smithy which chronicles the adventures of a yahoo from the Midwest who gets scouted by a modeling agency. He discovers his mother, who raised him, is in a witness protection program when his modeling job unintentionally exposes her. Soon Smithy is using his unique “survival skills” and his international modeling gigs to track down her killers. This series of anecdotes will be appearing monthly on my website in Autumn 2015.
Title: Dragon and Crow - Deluxe 2 Volume Set
Series: Dojo Boys
Series: Dojo Boys
Author: Alex A. Akira
Publisher: Triple A Press
Cover Artist: Alex A. Akira
Length: Volume 1 – 275 Pages; Volume 2 – 390 Pages
Release Date: 25th May, 2015
Blurb: Twenty-three-year-old, Native American, Michael Black’s well-ordered life is disrupted one evening when he is ambushed at the dojo he frequents by a mysterious Japanese youth who goes by the name of Kiyoshi.
Soon circumstances have the gorgeous teen staying with Michael at his apartment. The gifted nineteen-year-old is an intriguing mix of angst, innocence and crafty intelligence, but Michael is honor bound by a promise to his sensei to keep his distance. Michael tries to keep his desire in check, but what can he do if the exquisite teen keeps kissing him?
Volume two finds Michael in deep water when, in trying to help Kiyoshi, he is persuaded by his sensei to participate in a joint government undercover operation to bring down a Yakuza lord.
Before long Michael is immersed in beautiful men, martial arts and espionage all to gain the trust and love of Kiyoshi. Secrets, lies, sex and action combine in this racy, romantic, adventure of two men, Michael Black and his sensei, Ichiro Kimura, navigating a dangerous path for true love.
Three Winners get $25 Amazon Gift Card each.
Seven Runners-up get a free e-copy of the prequel to this series – DOJO BOYS: The First Misunderstanding.
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