Interview with Rick R. Reed
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
It’s built progressively. I have a general idea of the story arc, but the characters always change how I get to where I want it to end. Once they’re created, they kind of take on a life of their own.
How do you celebrate a new book?
LOL. Start the next one.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. You have to sit down and face the blank page or screen and just work. I think writer’s block can be a convenient work-avoidance crutch. There are certainly legitimate reasons for being unable to write, but c’mon, writer’s block is not one of them.
Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Caregiver, because it brought up a lot of memories of my AIDS buddy, Jim, from the 1990s, who the character Adam is modeled after. Everything that happened to Adam in the book happened to Jim in real life. Jim made quite an impact on me and reliving my time spent with him was both joyous and heart wrenching.
Can you share something about your works in progress?
I am working on a coming-of-age story about a young man who’s just out of high school. He is from a wealthy family and is expected to follow in his father’s attorney footsteps, but he wants nothing more than to be a chef. For a summer, he works in an Italian restaurant, where he meets Vito, the enigmatic chef who is very cold toward him. He falls in love with Vito and the life. By the end of the summer, he needs to decide whether to go the way his family wants him to or strike out in his own direction, maybe with Vito at his side. I’m calling it Vito and Henry, and, at its heart, it’s about two lost souls finding each other and finding peace.
Best line you ever wrote?
In Dinner at Home, my love interests, Hank and Ollie, are talking early on, before Ollie even knows that Hank is gay, and Hank tells Ollie that he has no problem with Ollie’s lifestyle. My favorite line is Ollie’s response:
“Lesson number one in Gay 101: I do not have a lifestyle, I have a life. Remember that.”
What do you like to read?
Honestly, although I do have some favorite m/m authors (whom I will not name simply because I would leave someone out), a lot of my reading for entertainment is spent on the dark side: suspense, thrillers, horror. I love Stephen King, Ruth Rendell, Patricia Highsmith, and Flannery O’Connor.
ebook or print book?
These days, I read almost everything digitally, on my Kindle or iPad. I have even bought books I’ve been given in hardcover in their digital format because I no longer really want to read paper books.
Favorite place to read?
There are two: In the morning, I love to sit in our comfy leather chair with ottoman have my coffee and a little breakfast and read. Later in the day, if I go to the gym, I usually pass my 3-4 miles running on the treadmill or the elliptical reading. Yes, I can read and run at the same time. Only safe on a treadmill, though!
Favorite place to write?
Right here, where I’m sitting. I’m in my home office. Here’s a picture of me at this very moment, snapped with my computer’s “photo booth” camera. I am listening to Oscar Peterson and to my right is a big window overlooking Seattle’s Lake Union (also including a picture of my view). I couldn’t be happier.
Rick R. Reed Biography
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). Raining Men and Caregiver have both won the Rainbow Award for gay fiction. 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.”
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
You never know where the love of your life might turn up.
When Matt Connelly suggests to his best buddy Cody Mook that they head to downtown Seattle to audition for the gay reality TV show Husband Hunters, both agree the experience might be a lark and a chance to grab their fifteen minutes of fame. What they don’t know is that the show, modeled after HGTV’s House Hunters, will open doors of longing neither expected. For Matt, the secret love he has long harbored for Cody might be thrust into the spotlight. Cody might realize his search for his perfect-forever-man extends no farther than the man who’s always been at his side.
Husband Hunters promises laughter, tears, and, just maybe, a happy ever after. Will Cody and Matt’s story be one of best-friends-to-lovers—or an outright disaster?
“You ever heard of a TV show called Husband Hunters?” Matt asked.
Cody let a short bark of a laugh escape. “Dude. It’s House Hunters. On HGTV, like, a thousand times a day.”
“No, no. There’s really a show called Husband Hunters. It’s on the gay channel. Haven’t you even heard of it? It’s the new gay show, even more popular than Drag Race. Where have you been?”
“Husband hunting?” Cody asked.
“Exactly. And how’s that working out for you?”
Cody paced his studio apartment and thought his friend Matt wasn’t as clueless as he had assumed about Cody’s romantic situation. “So far, my wish to be desired by many, won by few has gotten twisted around so it’s ass backwards.”
Matt obviously had to think about that for a moment. When he put it all together, he laughed. Not for the first time Cody thought of how his friend’s laughter too strongly resembled a donkey’s bray.
“Anyway,” Matt went on. “This show is kind of like your House Hunters in that it showcases someone looking for something and gives us three scenarios to watch and help them decide. Except instead of houses, it’s husbands!” Matt shrieked this last with something like delight—or lunacy.
“You’re kidding.” Cody rolled his eyes. He walked over to his kitchenette and began pulling out the makings for his breakfast: a couple of eggs, a loaf of Dave’s Spelt bread. “Is there a reason you brought this up? I can’t imagine anything more horrible. They actually get people to go on this show?” Cody sighed. “Whatever happened to romance?”
“The Internet,” Matt replied without missing a beat. “It’s a new day, as Miss Nina Simone once sang. Men get their manmeat digitally now. Soon Amazon will have drones delivering studs to your front door.”
“Whatever.” Cody was getting tired of the conversation. “You want to go out tonight or what?”
“Cody!” Matt complained. “You didn’t let me tell you the best part! Husband Hunters is right here in Seattle… today! They’re doing a talent search for some Pacific Northwest episodes.”
“And this affects me how?” Cody filled a pan with water, threw in some white vinegar and a little kosher salt, and set it on the stove to come to a simmer for his poached eggs.
“We can try out. Are you dense?” Matt went on, a little breathless with excitement. “What with the snow, there won’t even be as much competition. With your hotness and my wit, we’ll both be shoo-ins.”
Cody laughed. “You’re kidding me, right? What about the school?”
“You think they’d mind? Have you noticed that our principal is a legally wed leather daddy?”
Cody chuckled. “Only in Seattle….” He set two pieces of bread in the toaster and checked the water again for signs of boiling. A watched pot…. “You feel free to trot on down to the auditions, but this is nothing I want any part in. It’s gross.” Cody scratched the top of his head. “What do you have to do to audition, anyway? Kiss guys?”
Matt laughed. “One can hope. Come on, Cody. It’ll be fun. And you never know. It could change your life.”
“So could a car accident.”
Matt blew out a big sigh. “Don’t be a spoilsport. You know you can’t resist my charms. The casting call is being held at the Westin downtown. What time should I pick you up? My four-wheel drive will plow right through this shit.”
“I’m not going. It’s undignified.” Cody cracked the two eggs into separate ramekins.
“Dignity is overrated. What time should I pick you up?” Matt repeated.
“Didn’t you hear me? I’m not doing it!” Cody pushed the bread down in the toaster.
“Look. You may not think I’ve noticed, but I know you want to find that special someone, that soul mate character. I’ve seen how you moon over Pete at school.”
Pete was a biology teacher who bore an amazing resemblance to Colin Farrell. He had just married his sweetheart of eleven years, Johan. The couple was seldom apart. It was sickening. Except it wasn’t. It was sweet and gave Cody a glimmer of hope that somehow, somewhere, someday there was a man out there for him. Cody’s heart gave a little lurch. He knew it was true. He wanted what Pete and Johan had.
Matt went on, “So why not just try this? The truth is neither of us will probably make the cut. But it’ll be fun to go to the tryouts, see who else turns up. And who knows? The man of your dreams may be twitchin’ down at the Westin, looking for the same thing you are.”
Cody had to begrudgingly admit Matt had a point. “Okay,” he said, defeated. “But after? We go to Terra Plata for appetizers and lots of Bloody Marys. And you’re buying.”
“Deal. If it’ll get you there.”
“Is that it, then?”
“Yeah, yeah. I’ll pick you up at one. The casting call starts at two.”
“Okay, good-bye. My water’s boiling.”
“Your water broke?”
“Oh, shut up!” Cody was about to hang up when Matt shouted into the phone.
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