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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interview & #Excerpt of Changing Tide by DP Denman! #FMBBooks



Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

I never know how to answer that question. LOL. I'm from the Pacific Northwest where rain, gloom and beautiful scenery is the norm. I've spent quite a bit of time in and around Vancouver, which is the backdrop for all my stories. Anyone familiar with that city will notice the landmarks on the covers and bits of the city in the stories. I have a full-time job in addition to writing and in my free time I like watching The Simpson's and Family Guy.

What do you do when you are not writing?

I have a full-time job as a report analyst for a Fortune 500 company that pays the bills. I'm also a human rights activist working with Amnesty International in my spare time.

Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

I try to write an outline before I write the book but it doesn't always dictate the story. I'm working on book four of my upcoming series right now and so far the characters are refusing to follow my plot points. For the most part I come up with a skeletal idea for a story and then turn the characters loose. They act out the scenes and I write what I see.

Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?

The author who influenced me the most is Stephen King and to people who know me, that probably explains a lot! LOL. It isn't so much the horror aspect that made such a big impact as his talent for suspense. I'm a suspense fan to this day regardless of the genre and I try to bring that out in my writing.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?

Changing Tide is about a man who is on the verge of giving up on love. Jack spent what he considers the best years of his life in a faux relationship pretending to be something he wasn't. He has a recurring lover, Emerson, who is a shallow 20-something only tentatively acquainted with the truth. He prefers to make it up as he goes along. Their relationship is a habit rather than a commitment. They're together when neither of them has a better offer somewhere else.

When the story begins, Jack is trying to find a way to break that particular habit and hasn't had much success until David comes along. In Jack's mind, David has the potential to be nothing more than an intense short-term affair but as the story goes along he has a hard time letting go. By the end, Jack is losing control of his feelings, his fling with David, and his ability to talk sense into Emerson.

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

The characters definitely appear first for me. My stories are character driven and all about survivors. In real life, people don't usually come out the other side of a tragedy or devastating event and walk into the arms of a happy ending. I write stories where they do.

Where can we purchase this book?

Changing Tide is available all over the place! It's at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. It's also available from Barnes & Noble for Nook and from iTunes for all Apple devices. 25% of all royalties from the book go to The Trevor Project so not only do readers get a good story they get to donate to charity.

iTunes: http://ow.ly/pV3Ye
Amazon paperback: http://ow.ly/pKdDK
Kindle:  http://ow.ly/pSMoH
Nook: http://ow.ly/pTqX4
All Romance: http://ow.ly/pKdzj
Smashwords: http://ow.ly/pFhmf

Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?

My next book,
Dancer's Heart, is scheduled for release late December 2013 or early 2014. I'm also starting a series in 2014 called Saving Liam. It'll be a minimum of six books.

Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

I wouldn't say that's impossible at some point in the future. I used to be a sci-fi fan and there are certain aspects of that genre that appeal to me as a writer. You're not confined by the rules of 21st century reality as we know it. You can let your imagination run wild and create an entirely new world with different rules, customs and characters.

For now, however, I'd be happy writing about a character who is a sci-fi enthusiast with his head always in an RPG or an alien-focused television show who stumbles across a fellow geek and falls in love.

Where do you see yourself at in five years—writing wise?

I see a flock of books in my future! My goal is to publish four books a year.  

Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?

The biggest "do" is to resign yourself to putting a lot of effort into marketing. It's not something most authors enjoy but it's not an optional activity. You're a single voice in a sea of talented people and it takes effort to be heard. Regardless of how it looks from the outside, books don't sell themselves. Getting it on the shelf is just the beginning. Whether you're traditionally published or an independent author you still have to do a majority of the heavy lifting when it comes to getting your book noticed.

The biggest "don't" is not to put too much stock in what people say when they talk about the "right way" to write a story. Every voice is different and every writer's process is different. One isn't necessarily better than the other so don't get hung up on the idea that you have to emulate someone else's process. Create your own. Figure out what works for you and stick with it.

If you are self-published, why did you decide to take this route of publishing?

I spent quite a while researching the pro's and con's of traditional publishing and talking to authors who were both traditionally and independently published. I decided I would be happier as an independent author for several reasons. One was the ability to set the timetable for when things are published without having to worry about finding room in the publisher's catalog. The rest had to do with creative control and royalties. In some respects, being an independent author means I have to work harder but to me it's worth the extra effort.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

My favorite quote is by Gandhi: "You have to be the change you wish to see in the world." It's a reminder that sitting around whining about the state of the planet doesn't change anything. I think we have a tendency to look to world leaders and those with more influence to change the world but the truth is it's the combined effort of everyday people that changes the world. We can't expect the planet to be a kinder, gentler place when we get online or walk the streets of our community hating on each other and being consistently negative. Each of us has a responsibility to make our corner of the world a more positive place by being more positive people. At the moment, we seem to be addicted to hate. When we figure out how to treat each other with compassion and kindness in our RL and virtual communities we'll see the world on the whole start to change but not before then.

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

Thank you so much for buying the books and I hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Random Quickies!


Pepsi or coke?  

Coke

Do you read more than you write?  

No. I definitely write more than I read.

Favorite movie?  

Superstar.

Hardback/Paperback or eReader? 

eReader for fiction (for the sake of the poor trees). Paperback for non-fiction.

Do you own a laptop or desktop computer? 

I have a laptop so I can keep writing when I'm traveling and two PCs. It's a Seattle thing. *shrug*


Have you ever been out of the state where you live? 

Yes. I've lived in about 30 different cities and traveled to (or driven through) most of communities in southern British Columbia and at least half the states in the US.


“What are you running from?”
Blue eyes came up from his mug and pinned him with a pensive stare. He was pushing the boundaries of their intense little affair. It was supposed to be sex and casual conversation but there was a lot more to David than just a nice ass. He wasn’t the sort of man you used and threw away.
“Nothing that matters.”
“I think it does. I see it every time I look at you. I realize we’re not really friends but sometimes a stranger you’re never going to see again is the perfect forum for spilling your guts.”
“Sometimes,” David nodded and dropped his gaze to the table before he picked up his mug and took another sip of coffee. Emotion twitched across his lips. “Sometimes there is no perfect forum,” he let his eyes drift back out to sea. “I know there’s something between us that could become more than just this,” he told the water, his voice quiet. “I feel it too but that’s not what I want. I just want to fuck you, Jack,” David’s gaze drifted back to him. “That’s all and if we can’t keep the rest of it under control then maybe it’s time to end this before things get out of hand.”
“It didn’t say I couldn’t handle it the way it is. It just seems a shame when you’ve got so much more to offer than a nice body and good sex.”
“’Good sex’?” David’s eyebrows slid up his forehead.
“Ok, great sex.”
David smiled. “That’s better.”


Title: Changing Tide
Author: DP Denman
Genre: M/M contemporary romance

              Purchase: Amazon

  For Jack Lewis love comes from unexpected places…so does tragedy. When David arrived on Vancouver Island, he was just another tourist looking to charter a boat. A few hours on the water together proves he is more than that. As a world traveler, David is a man of mystery who has been everywhere and seen everything.
Attraction draws them together but an attempt at a meaningless fling fails one touch at a time when Jack feels more than he thought he would. The love affair sparks fear in David and jealousy in Emerson, the man who frequents Jack’s bed in a relationship that is all sex and no soul.
At odds with the men in his life Jack tries to talk David into staying and Emerson into going. The attempt sends things spinning out of control and he struggles with the consequences that could leave him empty handed.


DP Denman is an M/M (gay) contemporary romance author from the soggy splendor of the Pacific Northwest. She is a long-suffering hockey fan and an enthusiast of all things coffee. In addition to being an obsessed writer, DP is also an eclectic reader and determined LGBT rights activist. She lives with her fur babies and a pair of hyper-caffeinated muses.

Links

Website: www.dpdenman.com

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