Monday, September 22, 2014

INTERVIEW: Will Parkinson plus #Giveaway!

Hello Will 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 is your super-secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream? (Nothing is too wild!)

To write a book that means something to a young person. A story that they can look at and say, “That’s me.” Something that might give a person hope, knowing that they’re not alone. (Yeah, I know it’s not the dream some people have, but it’s mine.)

Give a shout-out to an author that may or may not know how much you appreciate them.

Give a shout-out to an author that may or may not know how much you appreciate them.

Just one? God, I could take days listing people. All of the Pulp Friction people, KC Wells, Cate Ashwood, K-lee Klein, Piper Vaughn, Rhys Ford, SJD Peterson…the list goes on and on.

Tell us about a time you were changed.

Once I peed my diaper and my mom changed me. Does that count?

No, huh? Okay. When I was a kid, I used to write a lot. I wrote stories in binder, pages of handwritten prose. It was all about being gay. Finding someone to love you, who accepts you for you who are. They were the stories I could never share with anyone else. Then I wrote a science fiction story about a monster tearing up a science lab. When I finished it, I was so proud. I took it to my father, handed it to him, and he looked at me. Then said, “What are you wasting your time on that shit for? It’s never going to amount to anything.”

I was so heartbroken. I took everything I ever wrote and threw it in a box. Only one story survived.

You’ve been challenged to a water gun fight TO THE DEATH. How do you fare?

In the words of the Wicked Witch, I’m melting. Mellllllting.

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

Addy sucked hard, moaning at the taste and texture. He leaned back, wiped off his mouth, smiled at Benny and said, “This isn’t seriously vegan, right?”

Benny finished draining his vanilla chocolate chip shake. “Seriously. 100% vegan. What did you think about the whip cream?”

A drop of shake remained on the corner of Addy’s lips. Benny smile and leaned in. “You have a little something right…” he kissed Addy. “Here.”

Addy grinned and threw his arms around Benny’s neck. He’d gotten progressively more comfortable with the two of them kissing, but this time he surprised Benny when he felt Addy’s tongue along the seam of his lips, pressing in, seeking Benny’s tongue. It was so hot, and Benny knew he was going to have trouble maintaining control as Addy’s breathing sped up.

“What are you doing?” Benny gasped as he pulled away.

“What I’ve dreamed of doing for months. You were my first kiss, and if I have my way, you’ll be the only person I ever kiss.”

And Benny’s heart filled to the point where he wouldn’t be surprised if it burst from sheer joy.

You can go back to any point in your life to give your past self a pep-talk. How old is your past self and what do you say?

He’s 13 years old. He’s just been told by his father that he’s wasting his time on his dream.
“I know it hurts. Believe me, I really do. But listen to me. Don’t let him stop you from doing what you love. You may one day write something that people will love. It might not happen tomorrow, or it might never happen at all, but you’ll be a happier person if keep trying.”

Your thoughts on libraries: GO!

Libraries have come a long way. Now they rent movies, old television shows, and a lot more than books. I think they serve a necessary part of the community, and they’ve adapted to the changing times. The problem is that libraries are also having to contend with e-books, and it would be difficult for them to find a way to lend those.

(Librarian Raine's note: We totally do lend e-books my friend! Through Overdrive we've got a TON of popular titles. My library system even has some DSP titles... *ahem* Which I may or may not have had something to do with suggesting!)

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in your career and what did you learn from it?

My biggest mistake would be thinking I wasn’t good enough to be published. That kept me from trying for the longest time, until I met Eden Winters. She convinced me that stories don’t go away. Even if I never published anything, the voices don’t go away. It’s something I wish I had learned years ago. Now I write to try and be published, but I also write for the fun, the thrill of world-building. And, hopefully, to make people smile.

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

The ones with ketchup, of course.

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Book Name: Wet Paint
Author Name: Will Parkinson
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.


ADDY SAT in the car, worry creasing his brow. Not even an hour ago, he’d been so happy. Why was he so nervous now? His thoughts drifted back to his conversation with his dad. Would Benny still want him when he found out what had happened? Would he think Addy was too broken? Addy shivered. He tried to tell himself Benny would never be like that, but how could he know for sure?

“What’s up, little man? I can hear you thinking from over here.” Benny chuckled.

“Nothing, Benny. I’m okay.”

“Addy, c’mon. I can tell you’ve got something on your mind. I need to know what it is. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”

Addy took a deep breath. “I’m afraid,” he admitted. “Of what? Camp?” “No... of losing you.”

“I don’t understand. Why would you think you’d lose me?”

“Benny.” Addy sighed. “I need to tell you some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s really not going to be nice.”


*What inspired you to write Wet Paint?

When I wrote Pitch, the wonderful people who read it, kept asking the same question. “Will Benny get a story?”

He wasn’t supposed to. Pitch was supposed to be a one-time and done story. Then near the end, something happened and it all changed. Suddenly Benny needed a story, and it played out in my head.

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

It’s the sequel to Pitch, which it’s probably a good idea to read since you’ll want to know what brought them all to this point.

*What are your hopes for this title?

That people enjoy it. That it gives them something to talk about. That someone finds depths of feeling there for the boys.

About the Author: 

WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.

None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.

He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.

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*~*~*GIVEAWAY TIME!*~*~*

In addition to entering for the Rafflecopter, comment here between now and September 26th @ 11:59 PM CDT for your chance to win a copy of Wet Paint! Make sure you leave your email address to qualify for entry.


  1. I loved Wet Paint and all the characters, except Larry. Benny and Addy made me smile a lot and cry a little.

    1. Thank you, Ineztey! Larry definitely did not seem to be a favorite. :)

  2. Congratulations on the release Will! I'm looking forward to reading Benny and Addy's story. :)

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  3. If I win this, I will definitely buy Pitch, as I prefer as much backstory as possible.

  4. Hello Will, what was the first mm book you ever read? What gave you the passion to become an author ?

    1. Hi, Lupa!

      I used to love writing when I was a teen. There were no books for young adults way back then (we're talking late 70s/early 80s), so I made up my own worlds with characters like Grant and Rusty and others. Then my dad told me I was wasting my time, my writing was never going to amount to anything. I stopped cold.

      Then I read 'The Telling' by Eden Winter, my first M/M book, and I was blown away. I wrote to her to thank her for the book, figuring she was like a rock star and I'd never hear back. It wasn't but a few hours and I got a letter telling me how much she appreciated me letting her know I liked the book.

      We got to talking and she asked if I wrote. She told me that stories never go away and I had to try. So I did. Pitch was the result, and I gave a copy to my mom so she could display it to show him that I did amount to something.

  5. This sounds great. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for hosting Raine.

  6. I'm so looking forward to reading this book. I wish you immense success, Will!

  7. Congrats on the release of Wet Paint, it is waiting for me on my kindle. Looking forward to a great read!

  8. Hi, Will (and Raine)!! *waves* Congrats on the new release. I have a copy of Pitch and as soon as I get it read, I'll be adding Wet Paint.

    I'm glad Librarian Raine added the comment about the e-books. Overdrive is an awesome resource with ever growing popularity. Every week we see more and more people at my library wanting to learn how to access our e-books. Showing them how to do so is one of my favorite things!

    1. Hi, Lynette!

      I hope you enjoy the stories. I'm biting my nails. :)

  9. Congrats on the release. I can't wait to read and have added the book to my buy list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy