Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)
Jacob Z. Flores: First of all, thanks for having me here at Full Moon Bites. I appreciate you agreeing to be a stop on my blog tour.
As for more about me, I come from the planet Krypton, which was destroyed by cosmic upheaval. I arrived on Earth as an infant and was adopted by a couple named Jonathan and Martha Kent who raised me in
Wait. That’s not me. That’s Superman. D’oh! I hate when I get us confused.
Let’s see. My life is not quite as glamorous. I live a pretty typical life with a husband, three children, and two dogs. I have worked as a college English professor for the past 17 years. Between being a family man, gainfully employed, and an author, I sometimes feel like Superman trying to accomplish everything that needs to be done.
Holly: Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
Jacob Z. Flores: The Gifted One is about a man named Matt, who falls in love with Gabriel, his guardian angel. Gabriel must rescue Matt from the demons that want to kill him and the promise Matt holds as the seventh son of a seventh son. Gabriel, however, must also shield Matt from the angels who will not allow the love that grows between Matt and Gabriel to exist.
Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?
Jacob Z. Flores: The Gifted One actually came about because of a nightmare I had. Let me tell you, my dreams can be pretty bizarre, and they often scare the fool out of me. Still, they provide me with some excellent fodder for my stories.
A few months ago, I had a dream where I was standing in a dark room and the only other object I could see was this door. Now, confined spaces and me aren’t best friends. I just about lose my mind, so being trapped in a dark room was frightening enough without what I kept hearing on the other side—heavy breathing. Whatever waited on the opposite side of the door kept trying to get in and I had two choices: stay in the dark by myself or let the door open and let whatever it was out there inside with me.
The choice was quite easy. I kept pushing back on the door to keep it out and it kept trying to get in. Then, the door turned to paper and caught on fire. The whole time the thing on the other side was laughing because it knew it was going to get me, but when the door vanished, a bright light appeared behind me and destroyed whatever was on the other side. I woke up before I saw whoever turned on the light but once I was awake, I wrote down that dream and a whole bunch of questions.
What was on the other side? Why did it want to kill me and just who brought the light that saved me?
My answers to those questions turned into The Gifted One.
Holly: Where can we purchase this book?
Jacob Z. Flores: From Dreamspinner’s website. Here’s the link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3686
Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?
Jacob Z. Flores: Most definitely!
I’m currently working on my Provincetown Series, which is set in Provincetown, Massachusetts. If you’ve never been to or heard of P-town (as it is most commonly referred), then I encourage you to visit. It’s a beautiful place at the tip of Cape Cod, famous for its windswept dunes, charming atmosphere, and the eclectic group of characters that descend upon the town every summer.
In Provincetown, being gay is the norm, and everyone is accepted. It has something for people who enjoy a thriving art culture or an endless party. Pretty much anything goes in Provincetown, and as such, love and conflict are pretty common.
I want to write a series that captures how the town, as well as the men who visit and dwell there, are responsible for tearing couples apart and bringing them back together.
Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?
Jacob Z. Flores: That’s an easy answer—a whole bunch! I typically infuse my characters with the personalities of people in my life. Sometimes, one character can represent more than one different person I know. I will combine all the positive aspects of a couple of my friends and infuse them into one character, who represents them at their best. I’ll then do the exact opposite for their negative characteristics. To me, it helps make the characters more believable if they are based off personalities that I’m familiar with. It also makes them a hoot to write.
Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Jacob Z. Flores: I’d like to thank my readers for investing their time and hard-earned money reading my novels. I know that there are many options out there for good m/m romance, and I appreciate everyone who reads any of my books. I simply love to write, and without the readers, I wouldn’t be allowed the chance to pursue writing as a profession.
I also want readers to know that I have several projects in the works and tons of new ideas, so expect to see more from me in the coming months. I won’t rest until all the voices in my head have had their say or until they institutionalize me for listening to these voices.
Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?
Jacob Z. Flores: I’ve actually been thinking about that. When I wrote The Gifted One, I intended for it to be a stand-alone. However, when I finished the galley edits for the book, I realized that more story could be told. I’ve written down some plot elements I’d love to explore further, but I think I’ll wait and see what the reaction to this novel is first.
Holly: Pepsi or coke?
Jacob Z. Flores: Easiest question EVER! Coke! I won’t even let Pepsi touch these lips, and there aren’t many things I can say that about. :)
Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?
Jacob Z. Flores: Dark chocolate. Talk about yum! If it’s dark chocolate, I’ll eat it even if it’s brussel sprouts dipped in dark chocolate. That’s how much I love dark chocolate!
Holly: Cats or dogs?
Jacob Z. Flores: Dogs. Not because I hate cats but because I’m more deathly allergic to cats than dogs. This was a fact I didn’t learn until I had thirteen cats when I was in middle school. They were all strays. Naturally, you should read “stray” as a cat I found while walking home, which I then picked up and brought home with me. I didn’t know I was allergic until my face turned red and got puffy from all the cat hair. Since then, it’s been dogs for me.
Holly: Favorite movie?
Jacob Z. Flores: Alien. It is by far the best movie EVER! I’ve watched it at least a billion times. My family is tired of it, and they roll their eyes every time I put it in the BluRay player, but I don’t care. It’s a great movie that still scares me to this day. The most chilling part for me is when Ripley is running through the ship, hoping to reach Lambert and Parker in time, but she doesn’t make it. I’ve never heard a more terrifying or lonely sound than when Lambert’s final scream echoes throughout the ship.
Holly: Favorite color?
Jacob Z. Flores: Rainbow. Why? Because it’s fun to taste the rainbow. :)
As his birthday approaches, Matthew Westlake fears more than just growing a year older. He fears never seeing another year at all. Each birthday brings a close call with death, leaving holes in his memory, recurring nightmares, and one more glimpse of his guardian angel. This birthday Matt must stand against ancient evils that have hounded him since birth, because he is a Gifted One—a seventh son of a seventh son.
Within Matt rests the unlocked potential of a force for good, but it also makes him a target. Being the Gifted One and dodging demonic attacks aren’t Matt’s only problems, though. He’s fallen in love with his protector, the Archangel Gabriel, and Heaven will condemn that love to save Matt’s soul. But Heaven doesn’t count on Gabriel loving Matt in return, defying divine law and placing them in danger from demons and angels alike.
Jacob Z. Flores lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn’t stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his husband, Bruce, their three children, and two dogs, who represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.
You can follow Jacob’s musings on his blog at http://jacobzflores.com or become a part of his social media network by visiting http://www.facebook.com/jacob.flores2, http://twitter.com/#!/JacobZFlores, or http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5142501.Jacob_Z_Flores.
I am offering to one lucky person at the end of my tour an eBook copy of The Gifted One so make sure to follow me on all my stops the more you enter the more chances to win.