Tuesday, April 29, 2014

INTERVIEW: Christopher Hawthorne Moss and #Giveaway!

Special Note: Christopher Hawthorne Moss and I scheduled this interview several weeks ago. He was super excited to participate, being a hat aficionado himself! I received word from his partner of many years, Jim, that Kit (as I know him) had a significant medical emergency that left him in critical condition. Kit is a MARVELOUS guy and one of the most enthusiastic supporters of The Hat Party. I hope you will please send your love and prayers to him and Jim as Kit works toward healing.

His giveaway will continue--I know he's excited to share his stories with you all, so make sure you check out the details at the end of the interview.

With a heart full of love and a fancy hat,

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Hello Christopher and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

On a scale 1 (super chill) to 10 (falling apart at the seams) how cool are you when it comes to reviews?!

Probably a three since most bad reviews I’ve gotten indicate a significant lack of reading comprehension and attention.  Every so often though someone who knows what s/he is talking about catches me at a goof.  I tip my hat, bow and say, “Touché!” and go on to try never to make the same mistake twice.

You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

“Despite all apparent evidence to the contrary, you are a dude, bro.”

(And because you’re a master of historicals, BONUS question! Now that you and your 13-year-old self have talked…and you still have the time machine…what time period do you and your 13-year-old self travel to and what do you do?)

Go to the 1480s and rescue the Princes in the Tower.  That would probably prevent the Tudors, which in turn would prevent all the goddamned Anne Boleyn novels.

So, you were editing along and zombies attack. And they are on fire! What do you do?

Rescue my cats, Mr. Hata and MacDhui the Duck.

What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?

Licorice bridge mix, a beloved enemy.

Describe yourself using a literary quote.

“I celebrate myself!  I sing myself!” Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

François  “Frankie”  Deramus ran a finger along his thin black moustache, leaned in and gazed at you, the exotic scent of his cologne making your head swim.   His coal black eyes sparkled in the light of the Japanese lanterns adorning the promenade on the riverboat Le Beau Soleil. On the bayou you could hear a lone violin playing a lilting Creole tune.  “Mademoiselle,” he purred, “I generally prefer the presence of Y chromosomes, but you are delicious, ma douce.  I must have you.”  His warm lips brushed yours as he removed the grand hat from your hair.  “Exquisite,” he sighed, and brushed the back of his hand over your already erect nipple.

What makes you inexplicably happy?

Overly buttered popcorn.

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

The kind of miniature dachshund whom my cats can’t but love unconditionally, as s/he does us.

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As the famous riverboat Le Beau Soleil lazily steams down the mighty Mississippi into the heart of the South, distractions of every sort attempt to pull agent for the Treasury Johnny Stanley away from his assignment. While liquor and gaming are no great temptations, his fascination with Le Beau Soleil’s owner, the debonair Frankie Deramus, means Johnny’s steadfast denial of his attraction to men is no longer feasible. Johnny fights his lust, but when he must come to Frankie’s aid, he can’t ignore his urges any longer. 

Their passionate love affair falls apart when Johnny refuses to admit two men can be in love. A bitter confrontation between the lovers at a Mardi Gras masquerade forces Johnny to run north. Frankie tries to follow, but the Southern states secede one by one, making it impossible to track Johnny down. The Civil War pits brother against brother and separates lover from lover. When at last the lovers meet again, it’s on the battlefield….

Available at Dreamspinner Press

At the time of the earliest Crusades, young noblewoman Elisabeth longs to be the person she’s always known is hidden inside. When her twin brother perishes from a fever, Elisabeth takes his identity to live as a man, a knight. As Elias, he travels to the Holy Land, to adventure, passion, death, and a lesson that honor is sometimes found in unexpected places. 

Elias must pass among knights and soldiers, survive furious battle, deadly privations, moral uncertainty, and treachery if he’ll have any chance of returning to his newfound love in the magnificent city of Constantinople. 

Available at Dreamspinner Press

About the Author:

Christopher Hawthorne Moss wrote his first short story when he was seven and has spent some of the happiest hours of his life fully involved with his colorful, passionate and often humorous characters. Moss spent some time away from fiction, writing content for websites before his first book came out under the name Nan Hawthorne in 1991. He has since become a novelist and is a prolific and popular blogger, the historical fiction editor for the GLBT Bookshelf, where you can find his short stories and thoughtful and expert book reviews. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his husband of over thirty years and four doted upon cats. He owns Shield-wall Productions at http://www.shield-wall.com. He welcomes comment from readers sent to christopherhmoss@gmail.com and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Comment between now and May 4th at 11:59 PM CDT for your chance to win an ebook copy of Where My Love Lies Dreaming or Beloved Pilgrim! 1 winner will randomly be chosen for each title!


  1. Kit! Love the interview, love the excerpts, love the cover, really love that hat, ad love YOU, sweets!
    The book sounds delicious, and---yes---that was swoon-worthy!
    Prayers and well wishes still coming your way!
    And looking forward to we get to see you again!

  2. Great interview, and I really like his idea of going back to rescue the Young Princes from the tower!

    I'm hoping he's doing well, and I send my best regards.

  3. Love that buttered popcorn myself!! Great interview Raine and Kit!!

  4. Outstanding hat, terrific interview, and awesome excerpt! Best wishes for your recovery--we're all thinking about you!

  5. Love the interview and your hat! All the best for your recovery.

  6. Another wonderful interview! Hats off!