I’ve been tagged by the lovely Ofelia Grand in the Meet the Characters Blog Hop. I’m going to introduce you to Matthew, from my recent release Skeleton, but first a little more about Ofelia.
Ofelia Gränd is Swedish through and through. She is constantly thinking of stories she would love to write. Anything and everything is a source of inspiration that has her lost in thought, staring off into space, in no time at all. Sometimes she turns a street corner, and sees a different world. She is often walking around mumbling to herself and her intended characters. Every so often she is painting mental pictures of their appearances, or wishing that she was better at Photoshop, because she knows exactly what the cover of the story in her mind should look like. Real life, however, interferes all too often, and the stories mostly remains unwritten.
In real life, Ofelia is living with her husband and their three children in a small town on the southwestern Swedish coast. When she isn’t a stay-at-home mom, she is teaching Swedish and Swedish as a second language to teenagers and adults. She has been thinking about teaching English, but since she isn’t fluent in the language, she is sticking to the one she knows well. Therefore, she, more than anyone, is a bit perplexed about why she thought it would be a good idea to try to write in English. But, she’ll probably come to her senses— sometime.
Ofelia’s new story From All of Us to All of You is expected to be released 1st December as part of the Boughs of Everygreen: A Holiday Anthology by Beaten Track Publishing. Proceeds go to The Trevor Project.
Now, I’m going to talk a little about Matthew. One of the main characters from Skeleton.
Who is Matthew?
Matthew is a sweet and shy character who has a temporary job at the school Jan’s son Henry goes to. Because of a difficult childhood he lacks confidence.
Where does Skeleton take place?
Skeleton takes place in contemporary England. It’s set in the street I used to live in, though not my old house 😛
What won’t Matthew talk about?
Matthew doesn’t like to talk about his past. He had a breakdown when he was quite young and because of that he has a few issues coping with different situations.
What is Matthew’s goal?
Matthew’s goal is security and a normal life. Love.
What is the problem?
One of the problems is Matthew’s shyness, which makes it hard for him to approach people. Jan gives him the confidence to eventually leave the half way house where he lives.
Jan has given up on love, at least the romantic kind.He loves his five-year-old son Henry more than anything.
But when Henry starts school, Jan is introduced to Matthew, a very sweet but shy young man who helps out in Henry’s class. Although he tries desperately to ignore his attraction, Jan finds himself falling for Matthew—he’s everything Jan needs.
But amid creepy silent phone calls and possible break-ins, things start to fall slowly apart for Jan. Matthew wants to trust Jan, but the skeleton Jan has been trying to keep buried in his closet and the guilt he feels threatens to destroy everything good in his life.
Meet Next Weeks Authors:
Nic Starr lives in Sydney, Australia, where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters—and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
Nic Starr’s new release A Day at a Time is going to be released on the 29th October by Dreamspinner Press.
Sean Vargos is quiet, well respected, and dedicated to his job. But Dave Simpson sees Sean as more than a coworker. He’s fought his attraction to Sean for months but can’t get him out of his thoughts.
They tentatively embark on a relationship, but Sean isn’t all that he seems. He struggles to put his past behind him and overcome his fears.
Dave, with his good looks and open nature, accepts that sometimes Sean’s doubts get the better of him and he runs. Dave just wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn’t have to dictate their future.
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Dawn is from the North East of England. Her life is spent juggling. The juggling balls are: children, husband, work (occasionally), voluntary work, professional knitting (notice she doesn’t class this as work), and writing. When she has time she actually sleeps.
For a long time nothing she wrote was shared, even with her husband. Nothing seemed to be right. Then she discovered the M/M genre after a very dramatic encounter with the movie Brokeback Mountain. She became desperate for those characters to have a happy ending, and through this desperation (i.e. frantically searching the internet for happier ending fan fiction) she discovered a wealth of original M/M fiction. She’s never looked back since.
Her favourite quote is by Philip Pullman of “His Dark Materials” fame, who said: “If you want to write anything that works, you have to go with the grain of your talent, not against it.” This is the quote she churns out every time someone asks her “Why gay romance?” The other quote she gives is her own (or maybe she might have heard it somewhere else as well) and that is “Why the hell not?”
The whole point of writing for Dawn is not to publish and be read but just to get it all off her chest and out of her head. If she doesn’t write it down then she ends up having long conversations with the characters out loud and her husband thinks she’s nuts.
Dawn Sister is the author of See You Smile.
Jake is forty five and has lived alone for some time. He’s happy. He’s not really in the market for any kind of romance, so why has his new neighbour set his heart racing and his stomach churning with butterflies?
Jake’s watched this neighbour with interest over the last few weeks, telling himself that writing down this guy’s every move in a special note book whilst observing him from behind his ivy on his deck is perfectly normal, but he is actually beginning to think he’s turning into a creep. He can’t help himself though. He’s addicted. This new neighbour is quite simply the most beautiful creature Jake has ever set eyes on. He is also young enough to be Jake’s son. How is he ever going to get to know this guy without everyone, including the neighbour, thinking he is just a dirty old man? And how is he ever going to reconcile the fact that he is at least twenty years older?
The age gap is the least of his problems though, because this guy is elusive to say the least. Jake has a plan, but even the best laid plans go astray. After some disastrous attempts to meet his enigmatic neighbour something happens to bring them together and then Jake faces the possibility that he may have fallen for this guy, but how is someone young enough to be his son going to look at him as anything other than a friend?