today we will celebrate our day to host D.T. Peterson’s Blogtour with an Interview conducted live between D.T. Peterson and Marc. Time to share 😉
Synopsis: Trevor is young, rich and single; completely open about who he is and unwilling to hide it from anyone. Cody is shy and inexperienced, exploring the desires he secretly craves to fulfill for the first time. Together, they venture down a path neither of them could have ever imagined… .
Buy Link: Amazon
Check out Dana’s review of ‘Seduction in Red’
Well, things have been extremely busy, both at work and on the home front. I’m glad that i have finally gotten Seduction In Red out the door so to speak.
We are glad as well 😉 Is it easier, now that you already had another book out, or are you as nervous as the first time you published?
I know what to expect now, a better feel for the lay of the land, but it is still a time filled with apprehension, waiting to see the reviews,
I know you wanted to show a new facet with ‘Seduction in Red’, take readers on a fast and twisty ride. Do you think you managed to do that? How has the feedback from your readers been so far?
It has great mostly. I’m sure there are some 2 star reviews in my future, there always are. I wanted Seduction in Red to be exactly unlike The Cove for various reasons. Mostly because writing The Cove drained me emotionally and i need to let that well refill a bit. I’m experimenting with style. Did I succeed? Time will tell.
I can imagine that a personal story like ‘The Cove’ would be very draining. It is based on true events from your life. I have to ask, because I know our readers will wonder. Have there been any developments in your search for ‘the one who got away’?
I finally broke down and hired the Private Investigator. Let’s just say I’m in he frequent flyer club now.
Well, I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping you will find him. In love and war everything is fair!
Even if Seduction in Red is not based on true events like your debut, did you include parts of yourself and your experiences in the characters and story?
I think as writers we tend to shade our works with experiences and familiar things from the past.
So yes, some of it is drawn from experience, I’m just not saying which parts
What was the hardest part about writing this new novel?
I started out writing the second book with the clear intention of being different. I must admit, writing graphic sex is not easy. Who would have imagined. At the same time, I didn’t want it to just be about sex, there had to be a component of love involved. I wanted the characters to be convincing and likable as well. I wanted the story to draw you in and make you care about what happens to them.
You re-released ‘The Cove’ with a new, beautiful cover and have both of the books self-published now. Having published a book with and without a publisher, what are pros and cons of each?
Let’s start with the pros. You have complete control. All the decisions about the cover, content, and promoting are entirely yours, which suits me perfectly.
And the cons, they are numerous. You have to learn formatting, decide what you think works best for the covers. promoting is akin to getting open heart surgery, it just plain sucks. I’m working on getting the books out on American Romance Cafe, each publisher has a format they prefer. It’d been a learning curve to be sure.
That does sound like a lot of work. The price for freedom and control. I know a lot of authors consider self-publishing, because they have to give a big amount of their money to the publisher. It seems if a good publisher really does all that work and does it well, it can be worth it. But you actually dropped the price of your books when you released them on your own. Is getting your stories out there more important to you than earning money from your writing or do the books sell so much better at a lower price that it is worth it
Let’s do a little math. Amazon gives you 35% royalties if you choose the standard agreement for limited distribution. If you go with a publisher they usually want 50% from whatever you make. So, If you list a book at $3.00, you get about $1,05 in royalties, or about 0,53 cents, if you pay 50% of it to the publisher (or roughly 1,50 if sold through the publisher). Unless your publisher is doing a lot of promoting, it’s not worth it.
Yes, books do sell better when they are priced lower. For me it’s not about the money, I want people to read my works and enjoy them. The recognition is worth far more than the money.
What are you planing for your next novel. Will you experiment with a different kind of story/ setting/ trope/ genre?
My 3rd work is entitled ‘Illusions In The Mist’. It is based loosely on a transgendered cybil. There will be love, of course, but I love to write to plot. At present, I have 2 possible endings, but i think I know which one works best for the story,
Do you think any of your stories will get a sequel at some point, or is the story of your characters finished when you finish a book?
Initially i was going to write Seduction In Red as a 2 book series, but I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough left for a second book. That would not have been good. Since then I have decided that a book needs a conclusion without having to wait around for the next book.
I know a few readers who can’t handle a cliffhanger, so they will be very happy about that sentiment. However I have also read books that had a satisfying end or even one that seemed like a HEA, but got an amazing follow up, even if I couldn’t imagine any way the story could continue in a natural way.
I think each writer needs to decide what is best for them, I know my attention span, so….
What happens with scenes you ultimately take out of your book or decide not t use? Do you have any outtakes of your previous books? And is it hard to take certain scenes out, even if you know it is for the best?
Originally The Cove clocked in at over 120,000 words. I cut a lot out of that book. I doubt I would recycle any of it, the unless i start out to write another Cove. But I might.
Some scenes work, and some scenes need to come out. I have no idea really why my mind makes those decisions.
It seems t work well for you. Sometimes we just have to listen to our gut, when we make these decisions! have you done any kind of research for your books and if yes, how strongly does what you learn influence the story?
There are several historical references In Illusions In The Mist. I admire the time and effort that other authors put into their work when writing historical novels. You can’t fake history. The scenes and the settings have to be correct. The things you learn when doing background research help you fit the story into the context of the times.
Do you read books in this genre as well and has any author’s work really influenced you?
I don’t read other works in the m/m genre. I want my works to be solely in my style and uninfluenced. I can’t say any one author has had a profound impact on the way i choose to write, but i have always been drawn to mystery and adventure stories.
Unless you count Earnest, the guy knew how to live and write about it.
Will you ever try to write a mystery or adventure story?
The short answer…yes.
And the long answer? lol
Epic Adventure? Sounds intriguing!
I think everyone has one Great Epic in them
Well, I can’t wait to read yours! I think that is a great conclusion to the interview *g*
Any last words – wow, that sounds gloomy – you want to say to your fans and soon-to-be fans?
Life is short, have fun!
“I’m Trevor,” he said smiling broadly, stretching out his hand.
“Hi, I’m Cody,” I said shaking his hand.
He held my hand longer than I was used to and I gazed at the rings on his fingers and the bracelets on his wrists.
“How did you know what I was drinking?”
“I noticed you as soon as you walked in,” he said, seductively, smiling.
“Yeah, I’ve never seen you before. You must be new.”
“Oh,” I half smiled back, “I’ve never been here before. It’s my first time.”
“Thought so,” he continued, in between swigging on his beer and checking me out.
“Huh?” I replied, leaning closer towards him, unable to hear him above the music.
“C’mon,” he shouted above the blaring disco music as he grabbed the beer bottles off of the bar, “follow me.”
He led me around the dance floor, to the back of the club where it was less noisy.
“Here,” he said sitting down, closely, next to me at a table, “This is better.”
“It is, I can hear you now.” I agreed.
“You’re really cute,” he started, “but you look really young. How old are you?”
“Just turned twenty one,” I stated proudly.
“Sweet,” he said grinning deviously, “but you look younger…”
“I get that a lot…” I replied.
“It’s cool, I’m twenty three. Not too old for you is it?”
“No idea yet,” I replied nervously.
“Can I ask you something?”
“Yeah,” I replied.
“Have you done anything yet?”
“Yeah, you known, been with another guy?”
“Oh, no. Not yet.”
“Hot. But you want to?”
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.”
“Guess that’s why you’re here,” he chuckled.
“Yeah, I suppose so, I’m curious…”
“How about you?” I asked.
“Me?” he said proudly, “I’ve been out awhile. Can’t ya tell?”
I could actually. He had an air of confidence about him, secure in knowing who he was, not caring about what anyone else thought. He had long blonde hair and stunning blue eyes. He was almost androgynous looking. I couldn’t help but not look at him as I had followed him from the bar, gazing at his lean and slender body.
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Buy Link: Amazon
D.t. Peterson lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He enjoys traveling, and being outdoors. His hobbies include canoeing, hiking, whitewater rafting, and furniture making. His debut novel was The Cove.
Tour Dates/Tour Stops:
October 10: Rainbow Gold Reviews
October 13: MM Good Book Reviews
October 14: The Hat Party
October 15: Michael Mandrake
October 16: Love Bytes
October 17: It’s Raining Men
October 20: Fallen Angel Reviews
October 21: Prism Book Alliance
October 22: Havan Fellows
October 23: Amanda C. Stone
October 24: Iyana Jenna
October 27: Cate Ashwood
October 28: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
October 29: Inked Rainbow Reads
October 30: BFD Book Blog
November 3: Regular Guys, Hot Romance
November 4: Queer Town Abbey
November 5: Multitasking Mommas
November 6: Wicked Faeries Reviews
November 7: Jade Crystal, Rainbow Gold Reviews 😉