Welcome to Meet My Character! – the author blog tour where you get to learn something about a character in one of my latest or upcoming novels, as well as characters in books of other authors.

Thank you to the awesomely fun Kasey Lane for the tag. Be sure to check out her rockin’ website.

What is the name of your character?

19123338_sMitch Colston

Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Fictional

When and where is the story set?

The story takes place in a mental institution, in a universe that is similar to ours, with some key exceptions. Some people have the ability to manipulate the world with magic. Others can see events that happen in the future. But the rest of them? They’re just regular boring old humans like us.  Judging by the technology, this universe is at least a few generations into the future compared to ours.

What should we know about him/her?

Mitch is a 16-year-old Magic and has spent the last several years in Safe Haven Mental Institute. He’s part of a small percentage of Magics who find themselves mentally injured due to their abilities.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Mitch wants to go home, especially after his Precog doctor accidentally reveals that Mitch will never be medically cleared to leave Safe Haven. In order to escape the Precogs that run Safe Haven, he’ll need the help from the mysterious new patient, Kyle. Together, the boys discover the Institute might be a more dangerous place than they ever imagined.

What is the personal goal of the character?

On a personal level, Mitch struggles with his sanity. Is he really crazy? His gut tells him the only way to figure out he truth about himself is to get far away from Safe Haven.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The working title is Safe Haven, and it’s planned to be the first book of a series. It’s still in “revising the first draft” stage, and the story is still growing, so I haven’t talked about it very much yet. I wrote a little about it here, but that’s about it.

When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

My original goal was March 2015, but that may change depending how the rest of the series plays out.

 

Who’s next on the blog tour?

Ofelia Gränd is Swedish through and through. She is constantly thinking of stories she would love to write. Anything and everything is a source of inspiration that has her lost in thought, staring off into space, in no time at all. Sometimes she turns a street corner, and sees a different world. She is often walking around mumbling to herself and her intended characters. Every so often she is painting mental pictures of their appearances, or wishing that she was better at Photoshop, because she knows exactly what the cover of the story in her mind should look like. Real life, however, interferes all too often, and the stories mostly remains unwritten.

Matthias Williamson has always had characters in his head. There were times when he was little when he couldn’t go to sleep because there was too much talking going on. He finally stopped one day and started writing what the characters were saying, and stories emerged. Finally, he’s finishing the stories.

Pledge Number Seven AudiobookT.K. and Seven are taking the next step — audio!

Narrated by Casey George, the Pledge Number Seven audiobook runs approximately 2 hours. We’re in the final stages of production. It’ll be available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes, and compatible with just about any device, including:

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<i>Safe Haven</i> takes place within the walls of a mental institution.

Safe Haven takes place within the walls of a mental institution.

I’ve been invited to the Fabulous Five Blog Hop by the oh-so-awesome Hunter Frost, author of m/m romance. Her current titles include “What Can Brown Do For You?” from Torquere Press and Goodreads Love’s Landscapes story “A Thoreau Affair.” Hunter is definitely an author to watch in the m/m romance genre!

 

What am I working on?

July has been a difficult month in terms of finding time to write, but bit-by-bit I’m revising the story I wrote during NaNoWriMo last year, tentatively titled Safe Haven. It’s an urban fantasy-ish young adult novel — yup, I’m stepping out of my contemporary comfort zone!

Safe Haven, the first of a three-book series, tells the story of a sixteen-year-old boy with magical powers held prisoner in a mental institution by a militant group with precognition abilities. He must escape before he’s killed, an already-difficult task which becomes nearly impossible as he falls in love with a fellow patient and vows to save him, too.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

My husband asked me the other day why I wrote Safe Haven with a gay relationship. Why not make one of the characters a girl and therefore possibly increase the audience?

From the moment the idea of Safe Haven took shape, I knew I didn’t want a story about grappling with sexuality, coming out, homophobia, and other themes common with gay romance. I wanted a story about a boy who comes into his own as a hero, who just happens to be gay.

Why do I write what I do?

Next my husband asked if the gay romance audience would be expecting those themes and be disappointed if they weren’t in the story.

Sure, there might be some readers who think a gay teenage boy must struggle with his sexuality and coming out.  But I feel it’s very important — especially in the young adult and new adult genres — to have stories with gay characters that aren’t about being gay. All teens need stories with gay heroes.

Why?

So that someday, an author’s well-meaning spouse won’t have to ask the questions my husband did.

How does my writing process work?

In the plot-vs-character debate, I am definitely a character-first writer. My story ideas start with the characters, their goals, their motivations, their back stories, and how they’ll change from the beginning to the end.

I would love to be able to sit down and figure out every scene — even if it’s just a single sentence — before I start writing, but honestly, I’d never write anything if I waited for that. I usually figure out the big milestone scenes, and maybe a few of the ones in between. Things always change as I go anyway.

I’m a big believer in getting the first draft out as quickly as possible. Writing in sprints of anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, I have the most fun writing first drafts because anything is possible. At any point in the story, a new idea can pop in and completely change the direction. Writing quickly, without going back and fixing any inconsistencies, helps me get the first draft done. Without a completed draft — no matter how messy it is — the story will never be finished.

Revisions, on the other hand… I suffer through revisions. Sometimes a lot of words have to be tossed. New words always have to be added. Multiple passes are required.

It’s no surprise that it’s taken me til the end of July to start revisions on Safe Haven, which I wrote last November.

 Who’s Next on the Blog Hop?

Jade Eby, author of new adult romance. Her titles include The Right Kind of Wrong, Whiskey and a Gun, Capricious and its sequel — just released — Voracious.

Todd Garrison: Look for Todd’s contemporary gay erotic stories, written under the pseudonym David Aprys, and published by Bruno Gmünder, available online at Amazon.com. Changeling, his genre-crossing novel of psychological suspense and romantic fantasy, is forthcoming.

Debbie McGowan, author of contemporary fiction, with M/M & F/M romance and a bit of sci-fi fantasy (light). “I write about life.” Her most recent releases include Checking Him Out (Love’s Landscapes – free) and In The Stars Part II – the latest installment in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.

Matthias Williamson, author of M/M romance. His titles include Resistance, Falling for You, and coming soon — Dare.

Aja Hannah, young adult author. Check out Zarconian Island, the first book in her Zarconian series.

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