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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Blog Tour: Interview with Kerry Freeman & Excerpt

Please help me welcome Kerry Freeman author of What We Deserve to the blog!


Kerry Freeman is author of Realize, Keep Me; published in Don't Read in the Closet: Volume Two and most recently What We Deserve.

Holly: Hi, Kerry and thank you for being here today! :) Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Kerry Freeman: Thank you for having me :) I live in Alabama with my husband, and I am a full-time geek. In addition to writing, I like to read (especially YA), watch movies (The Godfather is my favorite), and listen to music (I have a huge crush on Adele).

Holly: Do you remember when and how your interest in writing began?

Kerry Freeman: I began writing fan fiction as a hobby, and it blossomed from there.

Holly: On your site you say, and I quote: “Then I wrote my first gay romance, and the final piece clicked.” How did you start writing Male/Male romance?

Kerry Freeman: I read a few really good slash fan fiction stories, then I started reading gay romance books. I decided to write a gay romance story of my own, and, once I did, I found that I enjoyed writing it much more than I had the few m/f stories I’d written.

Holly: Was this first M/M romance you wrote the first short story you submitted for the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s Hot Summer Days collection, 2011 named Keep Me (which can be read for free on your site http://kerryfreeman.com/) or just the first you ever wrote before?

Kerry Freeman: I wrote a few short stories, and “Realize” was the first to be released. “Keep Me” was released next.

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about Keep Me and your inspiration for writing it?

Kerry Freeman: The Goodreads M/M Romance group had an event that allowed anyone to post a picture and ask for a story to be written using the picture as a prompt. The cover for the story was a picture prompt, and as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I wanted to write.

Holly: This year you published your first work, with Torquere Press called Realize. Can you tell us a little bit about this short story?

Kerry Freeman: In “Realize,” Ryan is a college senior who has been secretly in love with his younger roommate Will for months. When they go to a Homecoming party, Ryan discovers that he might not be the only one interested in the cute freshman.

Holly: What We Deserve is your newest work and first longer work, can you tell us a little bit about this novel?

Kerry Freeman: In What We Deserve, Sean is a geek who has found his soulmate in fellow geek Tyler. The only problem? His first love Jamie, who broke his heart years ago, comes back to town. Now Sean has two men on his hands and a decision to make about who he wants to be with.

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about the publishing process you went through with Loose Id?

Kerry Freeman: Working with Loose Id was great! They asked for my manuscript after I participated in their first Twitter pitch session several months ago. Jules Robin, my editor, was great to work with, as was everyone at Loose Id. And the cover? Valerie Tibbs did a wonderful job.

Holly: What was the writing process like? Which came first for you the plot or the characters?

Kerry Freeman: Sean and Jamie came first, and the plot flowed from there.

Did you go into the writing process knowing it would be a ménage?

Kerry Freeman: Not at all. I had a completely different story planned, but Sean just wouldn’t give Tyler or Jamie up. I tried to write it several different ways, but it always came back to the three being together.

Holly: Do you think you may ever write in a different genre(s) in the future?

Kerry Freeman: I’m very interested in writing a YA gay romance. I’m also a fan of sci-fi and paranormal and would like to try writing something in those genres.

Holly: Can we expect more works from you soon?

Kerry Freeman: I am working on two short stories, and I have a few books in my queue at the moment. This includes two sequels to What We Deserve.

Holly: Are you perhaps working on anything at the moment?

Kerry Freeman: My current project is a free Christmas story written for the Goodreads M/M Romance group. It will (hopefully) be available on my website soon.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Kerry Freeman: Thank you so much for all the support, kind words, and wonderful reviews! Virtual hugs for everyone :)

Holly: What would you say to a writer that is looking into being published?

Kerry Freeman: A good support system is the best thing you can have. Friends and family who are on your side are critical. Also, make sure to have a core group of writer friends, virtual or in person, who can get you through the rough patches and blocks. My critique group are some of my best friends and biggest cheerleaders, and I’ve never met any of them in person.


"Years after Sean’s heart was broken by his first love Jamie, he is ready to try his hand at love again with Tyler, his handsome, perfect-geek-for-him boyfriend. But when Jamie returns home after twelve years in the Army, Sean finds himself unable to choose between his passion for Tyler and his still smoldering desire for Jamie.
But if Jamie and Tyler get along, maybe he won’t have to choose after all."


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I picked up his cup, and as I stood, I spotted a familiar face sitting at a table between me and the soda fountain. It wasn’t until I focused on her escort that I panicked.
“Oh fuck.” I quickly sat back in the booth and scooted up against the wall.
Tyler frowned. “So you give me grief, but you can say it whenever you want?”
“Quiet.” I leaned across the table and whispered. “Who would be the absolute last person I’d want to see right now?”
His eyes went wide. “You cannot be serious.”
I laid my head on the table. “I wish I weren’t. He’s here with his mom.”
Tyler began to lean out of the booth. “I want to see him. Where is he?”
I grabbed his arm and pulled him back. “No, he’ll see you.”
“What are we? In high school? Tell me where the hell he is so I can look at him.”
I sighed. “Second table from the drink fountain. His mom’s wearing a red shirt, I think.”
Tyler leaned out of the booth again. He was still and silent for several seconds before sitting up again. “Oh.”
I could see that Tyler’s playful mood had taken a nosedive. “Oh? That’s it?”
“Yep.”
I laid my head back down on the table. So much for not seeing Jamie. Why were they even in Atlanta anyway?
I jumped up, determined to at least get out of the restaurant without having to talk to them. “Let’s go.”
“Sean…”
I reached out and grabbed Tyler’s arm. “Don’t make me yank you up and carry you out of here.”
He held his hands up in surrender, his cheeks burning again. It always turned him on when I was dominant and demanding. The blush made me think our night wouldn’t be a total loss after all.
There was no way to leave without passing their table. I pushed Tyler in front of me, gave his ass a little smack, and told him to walk fast. I hoped the shield of his body and a little speed might get us out of there unnoticed.
“Don’t stop, no matter what,” I whispered.
Face forward and back straight, Tyler headed down the aisle between the tables. I wasn’t far behind. Just as we passed their table, I heard Dr. Matthews speak.
“Sean?”
I pulled up beside Tyler and urged him forward with a hand to the small of his back. He stumbled slightly, but neither of us stopped. I cringed when I heard her voice again.
“James, was that Sean?”
Rushing outside, we walked a few yards down the sidewalk before stopping to lean back against the outer wall of a nearby store.
Tyler chuckled. “I think I just officially turned into a teenage girl.”
“Oh, I don’t know about that.” I pulled away from the wall and turned to Tyler, wrapping my arms around his waist. “You certainly don’t feel like a girl.”
“Yes, but I do feel like a complete idiot.”
Taking a chance, I kissed him. It was the only way I knew to apologize. He went stiff in my arms, but I didn’t stop. He finally relaxed, moving his lips slowly with mine.
“Forgive me?” I ran the pad of my thumb over his reddened lips.
“I must, since I let you kiss me in front of God and everybody.” He gave me a shy smile.
“This wasn’t exactly how I planned to spend our lunch hour. Come over tonight and let me make it up to you?”
“Only if you provide the food and the beer.”
“I think I can manage that.” I quickly kissed him once more. “It’s the least I can do after using you as a human shield.”
Still entwined around each other, we agreed on a time for dinner and said our good-byes. Tyler allowed me another quick kiss before pulling back and walking away, sparing me one brief look over his shoulder.
I could see him standing there out of the corner of my eye. I wasn’t sure how long Jamie had watched us, but judging from the look on his face when I turned toward him, he’d seen plenty.
Our standoff lasted long enough for me to really look at him. His skin was darkly tanned, and his arms and chest were bulging with muscles I didn’t remember him having. While obviously growing out from its army cut, his hair was still very short, and the dirty blond was mixed with a little gray at his temples. As he stared back, he wrung his hands, passing his fingers over the prominent veins. His bottom lip was clenched between his teeth.
The only thing that hadn’t changed were his eyes. Deepest brown. Expressive. Bottomless. No matter how hard he fought to cover his emotions, they were obvious with one look into his eyes. Even as he held his body confidently and almost confrontationally, he watched me with eyes that were sad…pleading…desperate. Still, he didn’t move toward me. He just waited.
I turned and walked away, leaving his wringing hands and puppy-dog eyes without a glance back.


When I started writing, I wondered which genre made me the most excited to put words to paper. Okay, words to Google Docs, but that doesn’t sound as pretty.
I quickly discovered that I enjoyed writing contemporary romance set in the South. Born and raised and still living in the South, I love writing about the small towns and big cities and the people who call them home.
Then I wrote my first gay romance, and the final piece clicked.
Two men finding their way through the world to each other, despite everything that tries to keep them apart…that’s the story I want to write.
I live in Alabama with my husband and two socially-awkward dogs. A tomboy and a geek from way back, I have a day job but dream that I will one day write full time. I have a weakness for yaoi, Japanese stationery, YA, and Adele. I own an impressive t-shirt collection. Nowaki & Hiroki are my homeboys.
Favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Dune series (the ones written by Frank Herbert), The Year of Magical Thinking, Pride and Prejudice, Beautiful Creatures & Beautiful Darkness, A Wrinkle in Time, Drawn Together (Z. A. Maxfield), Breathe (Sloan Parker)
Favorite authors: Harper Lee, Madeleine L’Engle, Frank Herbert, Z. A. Maxfield, Sloan Parker, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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