After interviewing ten authors thus far for the Weekly Saturday Author Interview series, I’ve had several requests to participate as well – so, at the risk of appearing self-serving, this week I answer the standard questions (with some modifications) asked of previous interviewees. Hope you enjoy!
Where do you live?
I live in the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia, in a suburb about two miles north of infamous Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
This may sound cliché or corny depending on your frame of reference but first and foremost what I am most proud of is being in a relationship – albeit not yet allowed legally to wed in my state – for 29 years. That’s ancient in gay years for sure. I met my partner, Rick, while in a bar in Midtown Atlanta, the Armory, when I was quite drunk and made a lewd gesture (I grabbed his crotch) to him. A bartender I knew had actually asked Rick to take me home to keep me safe. He tucked me in his bed and slept on the soda. We’ve been together ever since.
Without getting too personal, can you share a little about your home life?
Well, I shared some about how I met my partner above, but to expand a little more, We bought our first home in nine years after being a couple, realizing we’d be together for the long haul. We anticipated being in our home for a few years before making another move. We’ve yet to move from our original home. We have four monstrous terriers; one boy and three girls, of which two are mother and daughter. In 2009 during the worst of the economy, I was laid off from a company I’d been with almost 20 years. We took a very big leap at that time and I began working with my partner to increase our business. We’ve managed not to kill each other.
What inspires and challenges you most in writing?
My inspirations are varied, but I love to watch people in public. My previous corporate career required lots of traveling and I would often spend time much in airports awaiting connections, weathering cancelled flights while watching people, imagining their lives. Most interesting ones have become characters in my stories, so watch out! Challenges; they are too numerous to list, but some I mention may be familiar to many writers. I am very introverted. Writing is one thing, but putting myself out there to market and promote is far more challenging for me. One of the reasons I attended GRL this year was to meet and mingle with other writers and readers in a very open, comfortable environment.
You’ve answered this question a lot of times, but please indulge our readers (and fellow writers): Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines?
I am a total puntster on short stories and novellas, but for longer works, I tend to sketch a minimal outline, create bios of main characters and build upon that as I go. Rarely do I outline detail until I’ve reached about fifty to seventy five percent mark of a longer story.
My goal is to spending more time writing in the gay mystery, suspense/thriller genre and finishing one of my current WIP, a paranormal romantic novella with strong mystery/thriller elements. This is my first paranormal-themed story, and the amount of research into the subject matter has been extensive to ensure I get things. I am also working to finish the sequel and final part to False Evidence: Murder Most Deadly 1, which I hope to have out sometime in 2014. False Evidence was released last spring, but just six weeks after release my publisher closed the doors. I spent a few weeks researching to find another publisher willing to re-release my backlist as soon as possible. The publisher who offered contracts to re-release the erotic thriller I co-wrote with Alex Morgan, Switch Hitter, is Wilde City Press. I’ve also signed a contract to re-release False Evidence with WCP, but waiting to re-release until I’ve finished the sequel. We feel it’s best to combine both False Evidence and the sequel under the title Murder Most Deadly. Wilde City Press just released my debut full-length novel, Pretty Boy Dead, a police-procedural, mystery/thriller featuring closeted homicide detective, Kendall Parker, the first in what I hope is a long series.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Absolutely! Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Ice-Cream, neuromuscular massages and Tia Maria on the rocks.
Have had you ever had to deal with homophobia after your gay novels are released, and if so, what form has it taken?
Actually, no, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering I only began publishing since late 2008. Acceptance these days is far greater to most writers, if not all, of the gay mystery, suspense/thriller genre, I clamored to read twenty-thirty years ago the moment each of their novels was released. Ground-breaking novelist such as Victor J. Banis, Vincent Largo, Felice Picano, Michael Nava, Joseph Hansen, Richard Stevenson, Michael Craft, Mark Richard Zubro, among many more.
At the risk of “sounding self-serving” (a comment from Spock in Star Trek (2009)) can you share a little about your current release and/or WIP?
Earlier this month, I released a debut full-length novel, Pretty Boy Dead with, Wilde City Press, the first in my planned Kendall Parker Mysteries series.
Early reviews of Pretty Boy Dead:
“Pretty Boy Dead is a well-written police procedural with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. As an opening for the new series, it works perfectly – while this story is done, you want to know more about Kendall Parker. Hopefully, there will be much more.” – Reviews by Jessewave
Read the entire review: http://www.reviewsbyjessewave.com/2013/11/20/pretty-boy-dead/
“…early on the “who” and” why” in regards to the murder seemed fairly obvious. But then the author throws out clues that make the reader think maybe they haven’t quite gotten it figured out after all. This was the case for me for sure. There is one thing that I can say that I most definitely did not see coming. This is a good thing because for a while there, I was beginning to think that the story was a little bit too predictable. Thankfully that predictability flew out the window.” – On Top Down Under Book Reviews
Find Jon Michaelsen on the web:
Now Available: PRETTY BOY DEAD