Friday, June 13, 2014

INTERVIEW: Brad Vance plus #Giveaway!


Hello Brad 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!




Thank you so much!  I’ve got my New York Giants hat on now


When did you first become serious about being an author?

Oh, ever since I was little, I’ve been hellbent on being a novelist.  I had terrible handwriting as a kid, and still do.  They tried and tried to make me learn cursive, but I just couldn’t, or wouldn’t.  So eventually my parents got me a typewriter, and once I could finally get the words out, I was off to the races – I couldn’t write enough.  I even gave my childhood story to Dane Gale, my protagonist in “Apollo’s Curse” – I really was the kid who wrote stories in which my dog was secretly the Empress of a race of spacefaring canines.

If you had a superpower, would you use it for good or for nefarious?

Well, my favorite superhero is Captain America.  We’re getting married someday.  And how could I ever be his betrothed, if I did nefarious things with my own superpowers!  That said, I would love to play a Bond Villain.  I like looking in the mirror and saying darkly, “Goodbye, Mr. Bond.”

Give a shout-out to another author who may, or may not, know how much you appreciate them.

Evan J. Xavier and Leigh Jarrett, my co-moderaters of the Google+ M/M Erotica board.  We need to do some podcasts again, guys!

Have you ever tried collaborating? Why or why not?

No, the possibility has never come up.  Dane, Rose and Sherry all collaborate on romance novels in “Apollo’s Curse,” and it works out well because they each have different strengths they bring to the project.  I could use a “Rose” of my own to handle some of the sales and marketing, that’s for sure.  But I’m pretty much a control freak, and I’d have to work with someone who was also a perfectionist.  It could be fun, though, if the chemistry was right.

Talk about a moment—big or small—that changed your life.

There’s a scene in Apollo’s Curse that’s drawn from life – sort of.  I didn’t work in a liposuction clinic, but, like Dane, I did have an epiphany after someone in a position of power over me was verbally abusive.  I knew, right then and there, that I had to double down on “being Brad Vance” if I ever wanted to be truly independent.  I’d have to make it as a full time writer, if I wanted to make sure that nobody could have power over whether or not I could pay the rent.  I’m still working on that.

What is your super secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream?

That’s easy!  Anne Rice, with her million plus Facebook followers, anoints me as her very favorite M/M romance, erotica and paranormal author!  Ellen DeGeneres then sees this and puts me on her show.

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

It wasn’t hard to find him again.  And to find the “other images with this model” link.  And click.  And click.  And blow up my browser window to 200%, so that when I zoomed the photos, his face, then his eyes, filled my screen.

And what surprised me was that there were not only so many images of him, but that he could be so many different men in so many different pictures, different settings – he was the tender lover with the rose, the snarling Viking, the cool guy in a band, the Miami Beach tool, the shifter/werewolf, the business man, the college kid, the gym rat, the outdoorsman, the poet, the drill sergeant, the soccer player, the swimmer…  As I looked at each picture, I was totally convinced that I was looking at the real man, that that was who he really was…until I looked at the next.

And yet, always, he was clearly recognizably himself – Paul.  It was those eyes, reminding you that he was in there, somewhere, behind the image, and you’d never know which one he really was, he was all of them, he was whoever you wanted him to be…

You’re writing along and you’re attacked by a horde of zombies…ON FIRE…how do you survive? Or do you become a zombie too?

Hmmm.  Did you see “Warm Bodies”?  Wow, who knew that dorky kid from “About a Boy” would grow up to be…Nicholas Hoult!  If he could be my zombie boyfriend, I’d totally let that happen.

Your thoughts on libraries: GO!

I worked in a library when I was a teenager, shelving books.  I was exposed to every single section, every subject, every book in the library – that was an education in itself.  And I was good, and I was FAST.  Like, three times faster at shelving than anyone else.  So, when I’d burned through a cart full of books, I’d hide in the corner and read for five or ten minutes before coming back for another load.  I got paid to read!  Who wouldn’t kill for that job?

Fill in the blank. If I couldn’t write, then I would ____.

That’s Dane’s dilemma in “Apollo’s Curse” – what if the Curse is real, what if after the magical year is over, he can’t write again?  I would have to take up the guitar, or painting, or something creative.  I’d go mad otherwise.

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

Ummm I’m guessing you have a wiener dog!  My best friend has an older wiener, and she loves to get in your lap.  She needs help getting up there now, and she shivers, so you have to wrap her in a blanket with just her head sticking out.  But she loves it.  So the best kind would be the lovey lapdog kind, I’d say.


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Cover Artist: Brad Vance
Publisher: Brad Vance Erotica

All Dane Gale ever wanted was to be a successful writer.  After a few sessions with his new friends Rose and Sherry at a romance book club, well, the more romances they read, the more they’re convinced they can do better.  And do they ever!  They join their creative forces to become “Pamela Clarice,” self-published romance novelist.  When they look for a cover model for their first book, Dane sees the photos that will change his life. 
Paul Musegetes is the world’s most popular romance cover model, and the most secretive.  Dane soon finds himself obsessed with this supernaturally handsome man, and when he meets Paul at the Romance Writers’ Ball on the Summer Solstice, he and Paul connect for one night of passion…

After that night, Dane's a writing machine.  He can’t stop writing romances, and every story he touches turns to gold.  But he also finds that he can’t write anything but romances. And soon he's spending every waking moment of every day writing another after another...

Then Dane finds out that this Midas touch has a heavy price.  After the next Summer Solstice, he’ll never write again.  Not a romance, not a serious novel.  Nothing.  Not even a grocery list.  And that leaves him with only one option – find Paul, and get him to break the curse.  But before he can do that, he’ll have to track down Paul’s equally mysterious photographer, Jackson da Vinci…

Excerpt:

It wasn’t hard to find Paul again.  And to find the “other images with this model” link.  And click.  And click.  And blow up my browser window to 200%, so that when I zoomed the photos, his face, then his eyes, filled my screen.

And what surprised me was that there were not only so many images of him, but that he could be so many different men in so many different pictures, different settings – he was the tender lover with the rose, the snarling Viking, the cool guy in a band, the Miami Beach tool, the shifter/werewolf, the business man, the college kid, the gym rat, the outdoorsman, the poet, the drill sergeant, the soccer player, the swimmer…  As I looked at each picture, I was totally convinced that I was looking at the real man, that that was who he really was…until I looked at the next.

And yet, always, he was clearly recognizably himself – Paul.  It was those eyes, reminding you that he was in there, somewhere, behind the image, and you’d never know which one he really was, he was all of them, he was whoever you wanted him to be…

Available from Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords

BONUS QUESTIONS:

What inspired you to write Apollo's Curse?

The cover model, Francesco Cura, really has been a semi-obsession for me (not stalker crazy obsession, so maybe “fascination” is a better word).  Every time I comb the picture sites for cover art, there he is, and that picture is always the one for me.  He really did seem like a mysterious, supernatural being.  Only when the book was done did I finally feel like I could ruin the mystery and investigate who he really was…and that’s when I discovered that he is also the photographer!  I was exultant – I knew I was right, I knew he was more than just a pretty face, I was totally justified in using him as my muse.  I wrote him a gushing fan letter a week ago and didn’t hear back, but, oh well!

Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?

It’s getting dinged by some reviewers because there is no sex in it.  But the way the story unfolds, it just felt right to do it that way.  It really is a throwback to the old Barbara Cartland/Harlequin kiss-on-the-last-page romances.  Which was a risk, given my history of super hot hardcore sexin’.  But I’m not sorry I did it.  It’s a great story – and it’s the first book I’ve written that my mom could read, and she liked it a lot, so there’s that.

What are your hopes for this title?

The same as every author – intergalactic fame and unlimited riches.  That’s delusional, I know, but honestly, you have to be delusional in this business.  If you got up every morning to write and said to yourself, “I expect to sell a modest number of copies of this novel, which will be approximately as good as anyone else’s,” you’d never get out of bed.

About the Author: Brad Vance is a popular author of gay romances, including the best selling novel, "Given the Circumstances." He blogs at http://bradvanceerotica.wordpress.com, and can be reached at BradVanceErotica@Gmail.com.
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