Tuesday, January 6, 2015

INTERVIEW: Will Freshwater plus #Giveaway! #GayRomance

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!

You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message.  What do you say?
Read more and worry less. Don’t bother trying to impress anyone but yourself. Be true to who you are and revel in the knowledge that you’re special and loved. There’ll be a couple guys along the way you should spend more time getting to know, and a few you should steer clear of altogether. I won’t tell you which is which because finding your own way is the most important part of growing up. Think with your head. Feel with your heart. Trust your instincts. It’ll all work out in the end.  

So, you were editing along and zombies attack.  And they are on fire!  What do you do?
Assuming I don’t have a bag of marshmallows handy, I’d probably cover my eyes with both hands since that’s what I do when I watch scary movies. I still hold on to the irrational belief that if I can’t see them, they can’t see me. Even though I faithfully watch The Walking Dead each week, I’m more into the young and glamorous undead. My guilty pleasure is hunkering down and binge watching TV shows like Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals.  
Describe yourself using song lyrics.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done/There’s nothing you can sing that can’t be sung/There’s nothing you can say, but you can learn to play the game/It’s easy/All you need is love.  “All You Need Is Love” — The Beatles.
It’s in the stars/It’s been written in the scars on our hearts/That we’re not broken, just bent/And we can learn to love again. “Just Give Me a Reason” — Pink
You have 200 words: Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)
Beneath the cover of darkness, the two friends held on to each other as the boat rocked. Peter knew they would probably never be this close again. After a minute, Danny pulled back but not away.
“Wow, we’re both a mess then, huh?”
Peter wiped his nose on the sleeve of his jacket and chuckled in agreement. Not surprisingly, it looked as though they were about to defuse the situation with humor and another round. Trying his best not to seem disappointed, he told himself that settling for a lasting friendship wasn’t settling at all. Peter had almost started to believe that was true when Danny angled his head and leaned forward.
It’s almost impossible to describe the intensity of emotion that fuels a first kiss. Like breath, something invisible passes between two people when their lips touch. Until now, John Wells had just been pretending to be someone else. But against the odds, that other part of him, this guy named Peter, had found someone to love. The possibility that Danny could feel the same way — a chance at happiness —changed everything.
What makes you inexplicably happy?
Spending quality time with friends in Provincetown makes me happy. There’s something about the natural beauty of the seascape and the sense of remoteness that inspires me and amplifies whatever I’m feeling. Although some writers can be mysterious and reclusive, I love spending time with people and sharing stories and experiences.
What is your biggest, most-wild writing dream? (Nothing is too outlandish!)
Ironically, my biggest writing dream is to see my book made into a movie. Although I did my best to describe all the scenes and images swirling around in my head, sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d love to watch real people portray my characters and see the whole story play out on a big screen.  
What is your favorite literary quote?
“It was a courageous thing to say. Exposing a sincere emotion nakedly like that at the Devon School was the next thing to suicide. I should have told him then that he was my best friend also and rounded off what he had said. I started to; I nearly did. But something held me back.  Perhaps I was stopped by that level of feeling, deeper than thought, which contains the truth.”  A Separate Peace — John Knowles.
What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?
Cake. Frosting, to be exact. I’m emotionally addicted to it. As a kid, I learned how to make it with butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Every day, I’d come home from school and make myself a big bowl to eat as a snack. After about a week, my mom figured out what I was doing and cleaned out the pantry. I’d like to say that those were the “sweetest” days of my childhood.
Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it?
The worst mistake I’ve made in my writing career has been sharing too much, too soon, with too many people. In the past, I haven’t always made good decisions about when and how to seek constructive input from friends and colleagues. Slogging through rough drafts isn’t fun or easy, but it’s something I have to do for myself, by myself. If I open up the creative process too soon, I run the risk of letting other people’s opinions distort the story and characters. When it comes to writing — putting words on paper to express something I think or feel — I’ve learned to trust the voice inside my head.
And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?
Anyone who has read Favorite Son knows that one of the most important characters in the book is Chance, the feisty little dog who adopts my protagonist and helps heal his broken heart. Inspired by his indomitable canine spirit, I’d have to say that the best kinds of dachshunds are the ones who manage to find the people who need them most. Unconditional love heals all wounds.
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Book Title:  Favorite Son
Author:  Will Freshwater       
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Book Length:  204 pages
Genre:  Gay, Romance

Book Blurb:

Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John's perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him. 

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness.

What inspired you to write Favorite Son?
The genesis of Favorite Son can be traced back to an ordinary morning in 2001.  I was riding the DC metro to work, struggling to process the very painful end of a thirteen-year relationship, when a good-looking guy glanced my way and smiled. A brief conversation on the train platform quickly led to a date and an intense, but ill-fated, romance. Although the relationship didn’t last, the experience inspired me to write a short story that eventually grew into a novel.
Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
Favorite Son is clearly a work of fiction, but many of the themes and most of the characters were drawn from my life.  Except for the names “John” and “Peter,” the prologue of the novel is an actual narrative of the events surrounding my birth in 1968.   
What are your hopes for this title?
A fair number of critics have commented that Favorite Son lacks several key elements of a traditional M/M romance novel. I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. After all, playing by someone else’s rules is never as much fun as making up your own game. For me, writing has always been about more than turning out another good book.  Literature should push limits and change the way people think. I hope readers will continue to put aside any preconceived notions they have about romance and appreciate the emotional complexity of this story.

About the Author:

Will Freshwater was born and raised in a small steel town outside Pittsburgh. He graduated, cum laude, from Boston College and was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Will has lived and worked in Boston,  Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Tampa. Although he has spent the better part of the last twenty years working as a successful corporate attorney, Will can happily confirm that his true vocation is writing. He currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his husband, Stephen, and their golden retriever, Rory. Favorite Son is Will's debut novel, and he is hard at work on his second novel.

Author Contact Links:

Twitter:   @WillFreshwater  https://twitter.com/WillFreshwater


Will is giving away an e-copy of Favorite Son. Comment below for your chance to win! Contest ends January 11th @ 11:59 CST. Make sure to leave your email address!


  1. It's nice to know some corporate attorneys have souls! The ones I've met seem to be lacking them. Good luck with the writing!


  2. Congratulations on your new release! Great post and love the interview.


  3. Congratulations on your first novel, Will, I wish you much success with it and those yet to be published. Favorite Son sounds like a very good story. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing such interesting views of the book and your life.
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  4. Great interview - I've read some great things about Favorite Son. Thanks for a shot at winning a copy.

  5. Thanks for the interview and a shot at winning a copy