Thursday, September 25, 2014

Interview In Process: Wet Paint @PridePromo @WillParkinsonau #authorinterview #bookcontest #mustread

I love when I get to turn the spotlight on an author and *cough cough* grill them good...hehe

Being an author has enriched my life in so many ways. The voices in my head have quieted down a little since I've started writing about them (save for Wick and Shan...nothing will get those two to shut up *heads desk*), I get to entertain people with my books, and I've met the most eclectic group of individuals around. I do so love the friends and family I've made through my writing...and am proud to have one of them here my hot seat...answering my unedited questions...hehe.

Please welcome the multi-talented Will Parkinson to my blog. He's not only a great writer...he is a decent, good person who also happens to be completely and absolutely evil in god I love it! lmao He's promised to answer a few of my questions and give us a glimpse at his new release Wet Paint (which I have read and—well I'll save it for the questions).

Let's get to the basics of what everyone is dying to know...

So tell us Will...what don't you wear when you write up all these great reads?
Glasses. Shoes. Underwear. Not necessarily in that order.

And what are your go to munchies...what food powers your brain?
Believe it or not, these awesome teriyaki roasted seaweed strips from gimMe organic that Laura Harner turned us onto.

Any music playing in the background to keep the words flowing?
Barking dogs and whining cats. Does that count as music?

Alrighty then...that takes care of the basics. do you feel about turning me into a perv for finding Benny totally drool-worthy? Nah...just kidding...kinda.
Amused and honored. And he’s eighteen by the end of the story, so you’re good to go on that one.

Speaking of do you think he's changed from the first book? Were these changes intentional or did they surprise you as well?
Benny grew some. In Pitch he let Taylor push him away when things got rough. In Wet Paint, he hangs on tight and won’t let Addy do the same thing.

What's a one sentence synopsis of Wet Paint?
The story of Benny, Addy, a first kiss, and true love.

Now, the guy that stole Benny's heart...Addy...Will, you just about killed me with Addy's story. This poor man—Boy? Guy? Victim? You know what...take a moment and tell us how Benny sees Addy.
Benny sees Addy as someone he loves. Addy is not a victim, he’s not weak. Though Benny still wants to protect Addy. It’s a dichotomy for him, because Benny is someone who holds you close once he brings you into his family.

You force your readers to feel Addy's pain so vividly—not a bad thing at all, mind you. What kind of emotional backlash does that put on you as the author?
Some people thought I was too blunt with what happened to Addy. :shrug: It happens. I tried to tone it down some, but I can’t sugarcoat it and make it seem like everything is okay, because it isn’t. If someone reads this book and gains strength as a survivor of emotional or physical abuse, then all the naysayers in the world don’t matter a bit.

Do you see a third book in this series happening? Oh I don't know...another kid from the camp perhaps?
There are two more potential stories for the series. One of them would be another young adult, the other would be new adult. And I have something rattling around for Benny and Addy that would be new adult or adult written by Parker Williams.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?
Oddly enough, I don’t know many young actors, so I don’t know who I could see in the roles. The young men whose pictures I used to make the Wet Paint video could really be my boys.

And finally...if you had to turn your experience with writing Wet Paint into an erotic novel...what would you title it?
Not Now, Daddy Has A Headache


About Will: WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.

None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.
He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.

Check Will Parkinson out here:

Wet Paint
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink

We've got blurbage:
Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.

Pick up Wet Paint here: 
Excerpt here:
ADDY SAT in the car, worry creasing his brow. Not even an hour ago, he’d been so happy. Why was he so nervous now? His thoughts drifted back to his conversation with his dad. Would Benny still want him when he found out what had happened? Would he think Addy was too broken? Addy shivered. He tried to tell himself Benny would never be like that, but how could he know for sure?

“What’s up, little man? I can hear you thinking from over here.” Benny chuckled.

“Nothing, Benny. I’m okay.”

“Addy, c’mon. I can tell you’ve got something on your mind. I need to know what it is. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”

Addy took a deep breath. “I’m afraid,” he admitted.

“Of what? Camp?”

“No... of losing you.”

“I don’t understand. Why would you think you’d lose me?”

“Benny.” Addy sighed. “I need to tell you some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s really not going to be nice.”

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