Friday, April 11, 2014


Today we are talking to the awesome DP Denman who is also inspired by Simpsons quotes and has an idea for a writing cafe that I want to invest in. DP, shut up and take my money! (And yes, that's from Futurama not Simpsons...)

Hello DP 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!

Woot! I'm thrilled to be at the party, Raine. How do you like my hat?

(LOVE IT! ~ Raine)

What is your favorite writing memory?

It's the times I'm so engrossed in a story that eight hours pass without me realizing I've spent half the day in front of the computer.

If you could go back in time and have a conversation with 13-year-old yourself right now, what would you say?

You'll never find happiness living your life for everyone else so don't put so much importance on what they tell you to be or what they say you are. There are far worse things than not conforming to popular opinion…like living your life as a prisoner of it.

Share your secret writing dream with us! (Your most wild, outlandish dream!)

As a writer and a fan of coffee, I would love to combine the two in a café where local writers can gather to drink lattes, write a few chapters, collaborate and make connections.

A drunken relative has just insulted M/M rom up one side and down the other. Plus they spilled their drink on you in the process. What is your most articulate response?

Honestly, I wouldn't say anything. I've been in that position with other topics and it serves no purpose to argue with someone on a rant. If they know I write m/m rom then they're only doing it to get a rise out of me. It makes them look worse if I say nothing and let them keep talking than if I engage in what will become a pointless argument. If they don't know I write m/m rom…well, at some point I'll tell them and enjoy the look on their face when it hits them.

Describe yourself using song lyrics.

I don't know that it describes me as a person but it does highlight the passion that drives me.

One more depending on a prayer
and we all look away
People pretending everywhere
It's just another day
There's bullets flying through the air
and they still carry on
We watch it happen 'over there'
and then just turn it off.

We must stand together.
There's no giving in.
Hand in hand forever
That's when we all win

Written by Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Chad Kroeger

Speaking for people who don't have a voice is what drives me. As a community, LGBTs aren't equal as long as there's an asterisk representing those who are still abused and marginalized. They can't fight for themselves so I work with groups who fight for them.

Would you walk across the country on foot for the assurance of a Big Six publishing contract?

Ten years ago, I would probably have said yes but now that Indy is a viable option I'm enjoying controlling my own career.

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

He took a breath and strode to the bed that dominated their living room. Cord called it a set. He thought of it as the epicenter of his nightmare. Opaque curtains covered the sliding glass door across the room to let in the light but obscure the view of their Burnaby neighborhood. Bright photography lamps stood opposite the bed to add a glow to the room and ensure everything was visible for the camera. The color of the sheets changed, the music changed, the men Cord brought into the apartment changed. The only constant was him and the damn camera that made it all necessary.
He was a porn star, but the title was perverse and laughable. He wasn’t a star. He didn’t live in a mansion. He didn’t ride around in a limo. He was just a guy living a recurring horror who refused to think about the collection of loyal internet viewers that were intimately familiar with his body. It was better to pretend it was all for Cord’s amusement because the truth was too ugly to face.
            Cord called "action", and he replaced the smile with a look of anxious desire as he settled into his designated role of the inexperienced twink at the hands of a well-hung stranger.

What is one mistake you’ve made during your writing career that you’ve learned and grown from?

Only connecting with other writers online. The relationships are so much richer and more inspirational when you connect with people in person. It doesn't matter that they write a different genre. As writers, we have many things in common, regardless of what we write.

Explain yourself in 7 1/2 words.

I take the plight of underdogs seriou…

What is the most RANDOM thing to ever inspire you?

The Simpsons. Every now and then the writers will come up with a random gem that leaves me staring at the screen wondering how Homer could be so profound.

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

The puppies! They are so cute with the big floppy ears they trip on when they run. Adorable!

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You do what you have to do to survive. For eighteen-year-old Liam Newman that means living the life of a gay porn star, a job he loathes. He isn't a star. He's a prisoner and his warden is the man who saved him from the cold Vancouver streets.

Justin has been Liam's next-door neighbor for two years and has had a crush on him for just as long. Oblivious to Liam's porn career, he 's content to mind his own business about Liam's turbulent relationship until the truth stumbles drunk into his apartment one night and he realizes something must be done.
When Liam's boyfriend turned producer decides rent boys make more money than porn stars Liam's nightmare takes a horrible turn. Justin must find a way to rescue him before it's too late.

About the Author:

DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.

In her spare time she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

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