Sunday, October 4, 2015

INTERVIEW Edmond Manning plus #Giveaway!

Hello Edmond 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 this party started!

This hat belonged to my father. It’s the one he wore for special occasions, and I love that I have it.

Tell us about a time you were done a great kindness.

Just one time? My whole life is about people doing great kindnesses to me. I’ve been very lucky. Hmmmmm. Well, I remember as a kid picking up a chestnut on my way home from school, and I showed it to my mom. I said, “What is this?” She said, “I don’t know. Let’s look it up.” We lay on the floor and opened up our encyclopedias (yes, I am old) and went through them until we found a picture that looked like what I’d picked up. Looking back, I’m sure she knew it was a common chestnut. But she made me feel ridiculously important that day—important enough to interrupt whatever she was doing to look this up with me. I remember feeling so important, so loved.  

You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

Hey. You’re about to discover masturbation. Go for it. Have fun with it. You don’t have to feel shitty about doing it—it’s not a sin. Well, I mean, it is a sin according to the Church, but you’re going to leave the church. I mean, voluntarily. It’s not like you’re ex-communicated because you’re a homo. Although, they still hate the homos in the future. Not as much. New pope is better than the last few. Anyway, good luck growing up. And try to avoid hitting that telephone pole on your sixteenth birthday, about three hours after you get your driver’s license.

So, you were editing along and zombies attack. And they are on fire! What do you do?

Gosh, let ‘em burn. I mean…they should be crispy any second now, right? Zombies freak me out. When I watch zombie movies, I basically consider them training videos for the future apocalypse. In this scenario, burning zombies, I need to keep them far enough away that I can damage their brain but not get burned. I’m editing, so let’s assume I’m on my back deck under the twinkling lights. Flaming zombie enters my yard. Oh noes! I run to the garage and grab my shovel (the pointy one) so I can stab the creature in the brain. Hold it down while it burns.

Describe yourself using a literary quote.

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

Sounds like you had a long day today, so you lie on the couch. I’ll do the dishes. Hey, guess what? I picked up a French silk pie on the way home from work tonight. I’ll cut you a piece. When I’m done with the dishes, I’ll rub your feet and tell you something funny that happened at the office today.

What makes you inexplicably happy?

Really goopy, salty cheese fries.

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

Really goopy, salty cheese fries.

Sing us a song!

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

That’s right. I just rickrolled you on your own blog.


Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

Ha. This is easy. When folks read my tales from The Lost and Founds series, they often assume (and then ask), “Are you Vin Vanbly? Isn’t that character based on you?”
Absolutely not.
Of course, all fictional character reflect some aspect of their creators, to be sure. A character must originally exist as an idea in the author’s head, and incorporate a personality that is relatable to the author on some level. In that regard, sure, I’m Vin. He likes hot dogs. I like hot dogs. He wants more love and compassion in the world. So do I.
But I never thought of him as me.
I will admit I made a rookie mistake as a first-time author, a mistake which has haunted me over the years: I made Vin Vanbly look like me physically. He’s a bear. He’s a pale white guy. He’s blond. He has facial hair. To my surprise, readers have glommed onto those meager details and said, “Ah…that’s you.”
It’s not. I should NEVER have made him physically look like me. I mean…I wasn’t thinking he did look like me…but I didn’t consider others would think he did. Gah.
Do over! Do over!
And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

Adopted dachshunds snuggling in their owners’ laps. And here’s a .gif of some dachshunds doing what dachshunds love to do.

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Edmond Manning is the author of the romance series, The Lost and Founds. The books in this series include King Perry, King Mai (a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist), The Butterfly King, and King John. King John takes place at Burning Man.

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Winner’s Prize: An eBook copy of King John
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Where to get your copy of King John:
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About King John:
English attorney Alistair Robertson can’t quite believe an astonishing tale of kingship and transformation he hears at Burning Man, the annual counter-culture art festival in the Black Rock desert. Who are the Found Kings? Is “being kinged” as magical as it sounds?
Determined to find the mysterious garage mechanic named Vin who helps men “remember who they were always meant to be,” Alistair catches his quarry amid the extravagant sculptures, fire worshipers, mutant cars, and lavish costumes. After searching for three years, he’ll finally get to ask the question burning inside him: “Will you king me?”
Wandering together through the desert, Vin Vanbly and Alistair explore Burning Man’s gifting culture and exotic traditions, where they meet the best and worst of their fellow burners. Alistair’s overconfidence in Vin’s manipulative power collides with Vin’s obsessive need to save a sixteen-year-old runaway from a nightmarish fate, and the two men spiral in uncontrollable, explosive directions.
In this fourth adventure of The Lost and Founds, beneath the sweltering summer sun and the six billion midnight stars, one truth emerges, searing itself on their hearts: in the desert, everything burns.

*What inspired you to write King John?
King John is the fourth in a series, so in some ways, I was destined to write this by committing to the series. But I love this book and am happy to tell this tale—the story of a man who thinks he’s just too damn ordinary. Even his name, John, is ordinary.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
It takes place at Burning Man, which is a craaaaaaaaaaaaazy place in the desert. Many, many exotic hats.

*What are your hopes for this title?
I love the other titles in this series so much, I want this one to “stack up” to his already-published brothers. If readers say, “This was as good as the others ones,” I’ll be very, very happy.

About the Author: Edmond Manning is the author of the romance series, The Lost and Founds. The books in this series include King PerryKing Mai (a 2014 Lambda Literary finalist), The Butterfly King, and King JohnKing John takes place at Burning Man.

Find Edmond At: Facebook | Website | Email
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King John Blog Tour:

  1. Mon, Sept 7 My Fiction Nook
  2. Mon, Sept 7 AJ Rose Books pre-release excerpt #1
  3. Tues, Sept 8 Thorny, Not Prickly pre-release excerpt #2
  4. Wed, Sept 9 Love Out Loud pre-release excerpt #3
  5. Thurs, Sept 10 Edmond
  6. Thurs, Sept 10 Facebook Release Party, 7p-9p Central, hosted by Bike Book Reviews
  7. Fri, Sept 11 Reviews by Amos Lassen
  8. Sat, Sept 12 Vanessa
  9. Tues, Sept 15 MM Good Book Reviews
  10. Wed, Sept 16 The Novel Approach
  11. Thurs, Sept 17 Purple Rose Tea House
  12. Fri, Sept 18 Posy
  13. Sat, Sept 19 Zipper Rippers
  14. Tues, Sept 22 Joyfully Jay
  15. Wed, Sept 23 Boys In Our Books
  16. Thurs, Sept 24 It’s About the Book
  17. Fri, Sept 25 Lou
  18. Sat, Sept 26 Love Bytes Reviews
  19. Sun, Sept 27 Sinfully Addicted to Male Romance
  20. Mon, Sept 28 Josephine
  21. Tues, Sept 29 Molly Lolly
  22. Wed, Sept 30 Coffee and Porn in the Morning
  23. Wed, Sept 30 Stumbling Over Chaos
  24. Thurs, Oct 1 The Blogger Girls Reviews
  25. Fri, Oct 2 Jessewave
  26. Sat, Oct 3 Because Two Men Are Better Than One
  27. Sun, Oct 4 The Hat Party!
  28. Mon, Oct 5 Prism Book Alliance
  29. Tues, Oct 6 Jaycee
  30. Wed, Oct 7 Hearts on Fire Book Reviews


  1. Why do I think you probably have an amazing singing voice? You do, don't you?

  2. I love the story about your mom. I always loved encyclopedias. I love when people come into the library and ask where they are. I'm glad some teachers are teaching kids that Google is not the only way to look things up.

  3. You truly are one of the loveliest human beings I've ever met, Edmond.

  4. I love to read your posts on Fb. You always make me smile

  5. Congratulations to Denise Dechene, winner of the drawing for an eBook copy of King John!