You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?
There are others out there just like you, you just have to search them out. The world is not as scary as your home life would lead you to believe it is. It gets better. It also gets worse. It doesn’t stay one way all the time.
You’ve just been made ruler of the earth for one hour—what’s your first command?
Everyone who has more than enough must give some to someone who doesn’t, and that includes animals in need of food, warmth, and love.
Describe yourself using song lyrics.
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.
You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)
Tousled hair you try to tame with your fingers, cheeks red from a stiff breeze in March, stumbling when the dog leash gets tangled around your ankles because the dog is a bit rambunctious at the sight of a stranger. Despite the chaos, there’s a smile on your face that says you adore him and his antics. This is when you are most attractive to me.
What makes you inexplicably happy?
The feel of soft fur and a wet nose against my cheek.
What is your biggest, most-wild writing dream? (Nothing is too outlandish!)
That Quadruple Flip will become a ABC Family movie—The Cutting Edge 4—Quadruple Flip—around the time of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The part in there where the athletes protest the treatment of gays in Russia will catch on and even though no one can go back in time, someone will say something. The movie’s director also falls in love with me, but that’s another story.
What is your favorite literary quote?
So many. There is one I cannot find that says something like “No writer has a full or content life; that’s why he/she creates other worlds.” I also like, from John Irving In One Person-- “Novels are just another kind of cross-dressing.”
What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?
Fried chicken. I am not a bad cook, but burnt, raw, or rubber, those are the only three ways I seem to know how to make friend chicken.
Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.
Double Flip. My first book for Dreamspinner. It sold well, but it was not written well at all. The reviews were awful, and rightfully so. It had potential, but I really wish I could go back and write it all over again. I had no clue what the genre was all about and wrote it like the stuff in the back of gay men’s magazines. I am a MUCH better writer since then, and I only hope some of the people who read it and think that is all I am capable of will give me a second chance. I learned that editors have your best interests at heart and that one should always know the genre –READ some of the books from the publisher you are submitting to beforehand—and that I can always do better.
And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?
The kind that sit on your lap and give face kissies.
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Seth Anderson thought he was a finalist in the Hot Jack cologne modeling contest for King's Department Store, but Sandy King, upon reviewing Seth's photo and resume, just wanted to jump him like a horny kangaroo. Seth quickly learns there is pain behind Sandy’s bravado and a sweet, lonely man behind the act. A holiday romance blossoms like the flowers on an Australian Christmas Bell. When Seth, used to a family dynamic without boundaries, oversteps by outing Sandy to his estranged grandmother, however, everything changes. Sandy is furious. He breaks things off with Seth and threatens to return to the US. As Christmas approaches, any chance at happily ever after seems as likely as a snowstorm in Sydney. It would take a miracle from above to set things right. Good thing ‘tis the season. oaches, any chance at happily ever after seems as likely as a snowstorm in Sydney. It would take a miracle from above to set things right. Good thing ‘tis the season.
SETH ANDERSON stood beneath two massive black iron Christmas angels that hung above the entrance to King’s Department Store, Sydney, Australia’s second biggest retailer. His wavy black hair bounced as he bopped his head to “Magic Jack” on his MP3 player. King’s had held a Christmas song writing contest in 2013. “Magic Jack,” about a magical flying male kangaroo—a jack—who takes over for Santa’s tired lead reindeer on Christmas Eve, had somehow won.
Christmas cards bring images of horse-drawn sleighs and cheeks so rosy. Snowflakes fall and stockings hang above a Christmas fire so cozy. Frosty panes, boughs tipped in white, warm cider in a pot. A kangaroo, an outcast jack, says, “Why’s it so damned hot!”
It was an okay song that had made it to the radio. A few weeks before the 2014 Chrissie season officially kicked off, Seth softly sang along to the silly, somewhat suggestive tune flowing through his earbuds.
“I wish I lived at the North Pole. I’d really love the chill. I long to build a snowman and race my sled downhill. The hot Australian Christmas weather makes me feel so blue. Oh dear, Santa, could you use a magic kangaroo? I’m a flying jack, a magic jack, a hot and steamy flying jack. One day I jumped, and I took off and flew to Perth and back. From New South Wales to Alice Springs to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, I traveled ’round the outback lands just wishing it was colder.”
Seth, too, wondered what it’d be like to play in snow. As a child in Sydney, he had never even felt snow. Maybe someday, he thought. At twenty-eight, on a late November morning, he was at a “Magic Jack” audition of sorts. An Internet technician at a huge Sydney office complex, Seth did some amateur acting on the side. This role, if he got it, was more modeling than acting. Still, once he’d been talked into it, he thought it could be fun.
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Also, check out David's holiday novel Christmas Spirit from Secret Cravings Publishing
*What inspired you to write Tidings of Comfort and Joey Down Under?
I was just coming up with punny titles when I looked up anthology calls online. Tidings of Comfort and Joey popped into my head. When I saw the Dreamspinner call for holidays around the world… Joey… baby kangaroo… the story practically wrote itself. Actually, most of my stories do. I NEVER have the slightest clue what they are going to be about. “Didn’t see that coming,” I say a lot.
*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
I have wanted to be part of the Dreamspinner Advent since I first saw Paul Richmond’s cover with the guy in the open bathrobe in his Christmas briefs from a few years back. Men are visual. The cover was sexy and funny and I fell in love with it and Paul’s artwork right then and there.
*What are your hopes for this title?
I want people to Feel something… a chuckle, an “Aww” on one page and a touch of anger on another when Seth makes a bone head move we all might make. I’d love to simply hear: “Good story. When can I look forward to another?” I’d also love to hit the Dreamspinner Bestseller list again, which Double Flip did, but… See above.
About the Author: David Connor wanted to be a soap opera writer ever since his 8th grade English teacher wrote atop one of his papers “You should get a job writing for As the World Turns.” David has written for soap opera publications and for a radio soap, and now writes steamy romantic stories—soap operas in print. He has written several novels and novellas, and has also contributed to a number of anthologies in the gay erotic romance genre. David also writes stage plays, and humor and satire from the home he shares in upstate New York, the setting for many of his books, with his kitty cat, Molly. David believes he is also sometimes visited by loved ones no longer here on Earth, including the spirits of Max, the dog, and Mrs. Fat Pants, the cat, not only at Christmas, either.
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