Wednesday, May 28, 2014

INTERVIEW: Jonathan Treadway plus #Giveaway!

Today we're talking with Jonathan Treadway (pseudonym of Jennifer Swanson) who comes to us ROCKING the hat! Make sure you check out the giveaway at the end of the interview.

Hello Jonathan 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!

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

Chocolate cake with chocolate icing

On a scale 1 (super chill) to 10 (falling apart at the seams) how cool are you under the pressure of blurb writing?!

5 – Summarizing things is part of my RL job so I think I’m pretty good at it. It’s trying to figure out that hook to grab a reader that’s the hardest thing, I think.

If you could go back to any point in your personal history and give yourself a message, when would you go and what would you say?
Back to college. I’d tell my skinny self to keep exercising and for god sakes, don’t gain weight! LOL

A genre-specific virus has attacked you, rendering you INCAPABLE of writing your chosen genre. What do you do now?!

Yikes! I pretty much focus on contemporary so I would have to bite the bullet and try to expand my horizons. I do have a supernatural story I’m currently writing I must admit I’m having fun with, which is roughly based on Red Riding Hood. I just finished writing a dark love story for Goodreads M/M Romance that was a real stretch for me, and I’m anxious to hear the feedback on that. So I am starting to try different genres.  I’ve always wanted to write a young adult book, and am considering a lesbian one. I have a pseudonym for my YA books already – Daphne Brookner.

Describe yourself using a literary quote.

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.” 
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

I feel like I’ve changed my life over the last five years or so by writing, volunteering for marriage equality, and meeting some fantastic people who have become close friends.

What is your 3-word zombie survival plan?

Fire kills all!

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

Leaning over the back of the stuffed chair, Armand’s hands gripped the top. He couldn’t help releasing a groan as he glanced back at his lover.

“Oh, mon dieu, that is so good,” he said in a sexy French accent. Armand put his head back down and arched his back to give Dan more room to lick his asshole, feeling his tongue slide in and out between sucks and licks.  Armand’s cock was dripping, and he shuddered in ecstasy. He felt two fingers slide into his puckered hole, and jumped as Dan’s finger curled up and glanced off his gland. Armand was already too close and wanted that huge dick pushing inside, stretching and making him hurt with pleasure, before it was too late. 

“Fuck me, Dan. Need to feel you in my ass, making me burn.”

Armand felt the head of Dan’s penis at his entrance and pushed back, taking the head of that monster cock. The pain was delicious.

“No. More. Waiting.” Dan said between strokes as he rocked deeper into Armand, sliding out and shoving more in each time, finally coming to rest when their bodies met. The slap of Dan’s balls against Armand’s made them hurt so good.

What makes you inexplicably happy? 

Going dancing with my friends at a gay bar in Cambridge, MA. We just dance and drink rum punches and laugh. It’s so much fun and I’m actually exercising! Did I mention that I hate exercising?

Worst mistake you’ve made in your career and what you’ve learned from it?

I would have to say not being active enough as an author online. My website was ‘under construction’ for a long time but I’m working with someone to get it up – we’re tweaking it now. And my blog hasn’t been updated in ages either, so that’s high on my priority list. I’ve learned that people do look me up and if there’s nothing current, then I’m losing an opportunity to connect to someone. The whole m/m community is wonderful; I feel that at last I’ve met people who understand me and a place where we all fit together. It is such a warm, welcoming group of people that I would have been lost without it over the last six years or so. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to find out there were other people out there who were as obsessed with gay romance as me. LOL

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

Miniature ones. I think they are the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

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Arriba Aruba! by Jonathan Treadway eBook
Release Date: October 02, 2013

Jilted at the altar when his best man ran off with his fiancée, Craydon “Cray” Wright trades in his Mexico honeymoon for a vacation in Aruba. When godlike Stone Ferris walks onto the plane, sits next to Cray, and makes his interest known, Cray decides to act on desires he’s felt since high school but ignored. 

He agrees to let Stone show him the island, but what starts as fun-filled and casual turns earth-shattering for Cray. When his time in Aruba ends, Cray realizes his feelings for Stone have grown beyond fun, but he worries that it might not translate to real life in LA. Can he convince himself and Stone their love can be paradise at home?

ISBN: 978-1-62798-163-7

Available from Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Jonathan Treadway is the pseudonym of Jennifer Swanson, who lives with her husband in northern Massachusetts. Jon has a professional job doing market analysis (and commuting, it seems like) during the day, and writes in the evenings and on weekends. Her stories focus on the romance and relationship between two men, and all the trials gay men have to survive in order to have a healthy, happily-ever-after (or for now) relationship. To her there's nothing sexier than two men exploring each other physically and emotionally as they fall in love. When J0n's not writing or reading the embarrassingly large number of ebooks she buys every month to support her Kindle habit, she's quilting, dancing at gay bars, or playing with her bunny Annabelle.

Twitter: @jtreadwaybooks

Comment between now and June 1st at 11:59 PM CDT with your email address for your chance to win an ebook from Jonathan's Dreamspinner Press backlist!


  1. Count me in please :)


  2. Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway!


  3. Great interview, can i come hide with you when the zombies attack, they scare the crap outta me! :-) Please count me in for the comp.