Saturday 22 April 2017

Author Interview3 - Rick R. Reed

Today I welcome Rick R. Reed to the blog to answer a few questions for Interview³ and to share a little about one of his works.

Rick R. Reed Author Interview³

1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
1. I got my first agent because I hounded Stephen King’s agent until she recommended me to the woman who would eventually become my agent.
2. My serial killer, IM, was optioned for film (I’m still hoping to one day see production)
3. I wrote my first short story when I was six years old.

2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Spare, simple, touching

3) Name 3 of your literary influences
Ruth Rendell, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O’Connor

4) Share your 3 favourite books
A Confederacy of Dunces, A Dark-Adapted Eye, Devil in the White City

5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
iMac, Google, Imagination

6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
I like where I am right now, in my office in Seattle. My window looks out on Lake Union and I can’t imagine a more perfect spot.

7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
I’m pretty content where I am and with what I’m doing, so not pining for anything, although one day I’d love to watch a movie and see, in the opening credits, “From a novel by Rick R. Reed.”

8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Write a lot. Lather, rinse, repeat.

9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
I have three releases pretty well set to go.
A Face Without a Heart in January
Dinner at the Blue Moon Café in March
M4M in July

10) Tell us about your latest release

A Guest Post by Rick R. Reed

She is my friend, my partner, my inspiration, my comfort. She’s my dog.
I’m her life, her love, her leader.
She’ll be mine, faithful and true, until the last beat of her heart.
I owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.

If you know me even slightly, you know the above can be about only one dog—her name is Lily and she’s a Boston terrier. My husband and I got her at eight weeks old and she’s now thirteen years old. No other creature has brought us such unconditional love.

It’s Lily who inspired me to write a romance with a dog at its center, its heart. Dogs not only add a special brand of unconditional love to their families (or packs—be it one or many), they can also help cement a relationship between two people in love, as she did with Bruce and me.
This is why I dedicated Lost and Found to my sweet, precious Lily.

Here’s what the dedication page looks like in Lost and Found:

This book is dedicated to my heart, my soul, my snoring sweetheart, Lily.

And here’s Lily, who’s also my muse, hard at work inspiring me as I write another story. What was I working on when this pic was taken? Perhaps it was Lost and Found.

On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.

Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there’s a problem—who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be—but that's just what Flynn experienced.

A “shared custody” compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it—and along the way, they just might fall in love.

About the Author
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love.

He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint."

Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel."