Today, I'd like to welcome special guest author A. Catherine Noon (half of the writing team Noon and Wilder with fellow author Rachel Wilder) to tell us a little about her upcoming release.
PGF: It's such a pleasure to have you here today. What can you tell us about "Taking a Chance"?
ACN: “Taking a Chance” is a contemporary M/M romance short story,
written for the Torquere Press 2012 Charity Sip Blitz event to benefit the
charity NOH8. It’s a bit of a departure
for us, in that we usually write paranormal or science fantasy. Here’s a short blurb:
Doctor Jacob Davison has outgrown the hookups of his younger
days and wants to settle down. When he’s abandoned by the side of the
road, a leather-clad stranger stops and offers him a ride. Chance Renton is
different from anyone Jay’s ever met. He’s caring and helpful, yet cynical and
From the first moment of their shared motorcycle ride, an
attraction begins to simmer between them. Between Jay’s ex-boyfriend showing up
and the misconceptions they have about each other, does this relationship have
PGF: Okay, that already sounds awesome. Bikers and misconceptions--two of my favorite things. :) What inspired you to write this book?
ACN: The theme of the event is “Leather,” and we didn’t want to
do the two obvious ones (BDSM or cowboys).
Instead, we conceived of a character on a motorcycle, with some very
subtle hints toward BDSM play that don’t materialize in this story, but may in
sequels. We’re already planning a novel
with these two characters as well as a possible offshoot novel.
PGF: Subtle is good and sequel is even better! Which character do you like best? What is it you like about
him? Can you see yourself in either of your characters?
ACN: “Best” is a tough one, since, for me, each of my characters
are different. I don’t like any one over
any other, because of the work involved in creating them. I like Jay because he’s gentle but driven,
focused on his medical work. Chance, on
the other hand, is jaded and a bit world-weary; for him, the blush has come off
the rose. In Jay, he sees someone with
whom he can reconnect to the fire and passion of life. Together, they reinvent each other.
PGF: Do you have a dream cast for your book?
ACN: Not for this one, no; however, for others, we do. In fact, for our first book, Burning Bright,
we cast figure skater and artist Johnny Weir as our main character (not that
we’d ever admit that out loud, smile).
For other characters we actively look for models, actors, and other
public figures that we can use as inspiration.
In the process of creating the character, though, they become
individuals and aren’t related to their original genesis.
PGF: Is there a particular song you think of as being the theme song for your book
or any of your characters?
ACN: Yes, definitely. I
use Pandora.com extensively for my characters (sadly, due to licensing
constraints, the website is not available to those outside the U.S.). My profile is here: http://www.pandora.com/profile/a.catherine.noon
and I build stations for projects and books as well as specific characters; it
depends on my mood when I’m writing.
PGF: Oh, that's a great idea! What's the best advice anyone has ever given you? Or what's
the one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
ACN: Keep writing. Get on
the page. Learn to rest on the page,
play on the page, meditate on the page.
Do any of it, but do it on the page.
Best advice? From Julia Cameron,
“Keep the drama on the page.”
PGF: Hmm. Yes. Very good advice. I think I need to remember that more myself! Now, let's get personal. What's your favorite season?
ACN: Seasons in general are my favorite. I spent a lot of time in Southern California
and, if you can believe it, got tired of the sun. The seasons bled endlessly into one another
without any real demarcation. I’ve been
in Chicago for over a decade now and love the abrupt changes – they still catch
me off guard. By the time I get used to
the heat of summer, I’m having to bundle up because it’s snowing outside. This is, in my view, a good thing, because it
reminds me I’m a physical being and not just a brain with legs.
PGF: What?! You're dissing Cali weather? Okay, let's move on. Favorite places to travel?
ACN: Anywhere. I love to
travel. I’ve found something of interest
everywhere, from tiny towns in the Midwest with nothing to their name but a
dusty building with a sign proclaiming “Museum” to the fancy urban centers with
their glitzy, polished tourist attractions.
I love travel because I think it brings you out of yourself, and in the
process you meet yourself.
PGF: Oh, yeah. I hear that! Favorite time of day?
ACN: I’m totally a night person.
The world was designed by and for morning people. I mean, who said “The early bird catches the
worm?” Honestly, it was an alert night
person out when the sun rose who caught it before the morning person even
thought to brew coffee. Night. It’s where it’s at.
PGF: You're so, so right about that! Okay, one more. If you were stranded on a desert island what essentials
would you absolutely want with you?
ACN: Yarn, dark chocolate, and coffee. Oh, and a radio. You
know, TO CALL FOR HELP?? ~grin~
Watch for "Taking a Chance" part of
the Charity Sips 2012 to benefit NOH8, coming September 12th.