When Fiction Mirrors Real Life with Wade Kelly – Post + Giveaway

August 25, 2016

Wade Kelly joins us today to talk about new book “Back Off! That’s My Jock”.

When Fiction Mirrors Real Life

Thank you for stopping by Dreamspinner Press’ blog on this stop in my blog tour for my new novel, Back Off! That’s My Jock. I’ve been writing a number of character interviews in my blog tour where my characters ask the questions. For the most part, the number of questions has been limited to five. But for this guest spot, I thought I’d say a little about myself before I ask my main character, Doug Archer, to join me.

Hello. My name is Wade Kelly and I’ve been published with Dreamspinner Press since 2009. Yes, 2009. I originally wrote a novel under another pen name, but that one is out of print now. However, I have been published since then. I’ve been writing as Wade Kelly since 2011 with the novel When Love is Not Enough. I strive very strongly to write about controversial subjects and address culture and social issues in the LGBT community. When Love is Not Enough centered around gay suicide. While the other novels in my publication list are not as weighty as that one, I still try to write about subjects that are important in the world we live in. I also try to deliver a positive ending in a way that may bring hope.

I truly desire for my readers to think about the subjects in my books and not just seek to be entertained. Real life may be stranger than fiction, but fiction can also mirror real life.

Without further delay, let’s get on with the interview! Take it away Doug.

Doug: Hey. Thanks for including me again on the tour. It’s been fun so far. For those who don’t know, my name is Douglas Archer and I am the main character in Back Off! That’s My Jock. If you don’t know what the book is about and you haven’t read the other blog posts on the tour here is the blurb…

Defining his sexuality didn’t make sense until his best friend spelled it out.

Doug Archer did some pretty idiotic things in the first eight weeks of his junior year of college. First, he kissed his gay best friend, and second, he kissed a guy he’d mistaken for a girl. Not stellar moments for Doug. If he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his spot on the soccer team to the new freshman, or worse, he might misconstrue his new friend Rob’s overly affectionate tendencies for flirting. But if Doug isn’t bothered by another guy’s attention, and he normally dates girls, does that mean he’s gay or bisexual?

Sam Garber suppressed his same-sex attraction his entire life. His father told him it was immoral, and Sam did everything he could to bury his feelings. However, after meeting Doug at a party and kissing him, Sam can’t think of anything else. He decides dating girls is the best way to keep his secret hidden. With playoffs in sight, this is no time to think about guys in any other context than soccer. Only, neither boy anticipates the difficulty in suppressing his attraction for another jock!

Doug: So as you can see, this book is about me and my confusion over falling for Sam. I hope you like the story. I think it ends well, but I’m bias. Now, let’s get on with the interview before I ramble too long. Hey Wade, why don’t you start by telling the readers a little about yourself. Is there something they don’t know?

Wade: I hated reading when I was younger. I never wanted to read anything in school until I was allowed to chose my own book from the library and write a report. ANY BOOK. I chose The Black Caldron by Lloyd Alexander. It was the second book in a series and I didn’t care because it was the first book I got to choose in school. I had never read anything like it and from there I went on to read R.A. Salvatore, David Eddings, and Tad Williams in my late teens/early twenties.

Doug: I didn’t expect that answer, but I guess I understand. I’m not a big reader like my friend Chris. Have you written any science fiction books or all your stories contemporary romance?

Wade: As a matter of fact, some are not contemporary romance! This may also be news to some readers, but I started out writing sci-fi/fantasy. I wanted to create something between Star Wars and Sleepless in Seattle, so I messed around with mixing genres. I loved dwarves and elves and sword fights from the stories I read in my twenties, but I never got enough romance in strictly science fiction/ fantasy novels. I decided to write my own blend of sci-fi and romance roughly titled Escaping Reality. When I wrote it, it was 285,000 words. Technically, that was enough for a trilogy so I took it apart and planned on writing a series. It has never gotten farther than that, sadly. One day!

Doug: I look forward to that. If you were to spend time with one of the characters from your book, who would it be? And feel free to include the elves and dwarves too.

Wade: *chuckles* If it were an elf, it would be Drizzt Do-Urden from R. A. Salvatore’s Series. But If the character had to be one of mine, I’d have to say I’m quite fond of Sam.

Doug: Hey, now! Don’t forget he’s my love interest in this book.

Wade: Ah, but that’s why I wrote him the way he is. I wanted to create someone for you who complimented you. You Doug, are the tough guy. You’re strong physically as well as emotionally. You’ve never been afraid to be yourself…. Well, until now maybe. I created Sam to bring to the surface your tender side. And Sam, he’s my broken character who needs a Knight in shining armor. He’s my favorite character in this book. But if you want me to pick someone else to spend the day with, I choose Darian Weston from When Love is Not Enough & The Cost of Loving. He’s someone else I wrote as a broken soul who needed a champion. I just love those kind of characters.

Doug: Next question. Is there something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

Wade: Yes. I was told one of my stories was a mirror of a fan and their partner. That partner had passed away, so that fan truly appreciated my story because both main characters were the two of them—personalities, etc.—so it was like a tribute. When I write, I never know if people will like the story or not. So when that fan made me cry with their words of appreciation, it made writing it worth it! No matter what people say about that story, good or bad, I know I touched one person deeply and for that I am grateful.

Wade: As I have done in other interview guest blogs, I get to ask one question of my interviewer. So Doug, what do you think the moral or lesson in my story was?

Doug: No comment.

Wade: Oh, come on.

Doug: Don’t act stupid. No, seriously… I guess the moral is not to be afraid of who you are. Even if you are normally self-assured like I am, there are still secrets in our hearts that can be difficult to expose. Trust your friends to have your back, and don’t be afraid to be who you are. Gay, Bi, Trans, questioning, whatever is in your soul—you are who you are. The world can be scary, but it’s not a guarantee. There are people out there to support you. Find them! Don’t hide.

Wade: Thanks Doug. That’s what I was trying to say. I hope the story conveys that. As a wrap-up, I want to let readers know about prizes!

Giveaway Time!

I, Wade Kelly, will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE (items listed below) and three runner up prizes of a $10 gift card for Amazon. What you need to do is leave a comment on the blog post. ALL comments are logged for a chance at the prizes. ONLY those who leave a comment on ALL eleven blog stops will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Last time I think there were 15 people in the Grand Prize drawing.

Note: If we’ve never chatted and you aren’t on Facebook, it is a good idea to leave an e-mail address because I need to know how to reach you. If I can’t, and I reply to your comment on the blog post that you’ve won but don’t hear from you, I have to give the prize to the next person on my list. Each comment gets you a chance in the drawing. If you leave one on each, that is eleven entries PLUS you are listed in the Grand Prize drawing. For a reminder of the rules, and where I’m stopping next, visit my blog post HERE.

 

Grand Prize includes all of the following:

  1. One of my famous spoons in the colors of your choice

  2. A $10 gift card from Amazon

  3. One paperback signed from my back list (Not counting JOCK 3)

  4. An e-book copy of JOCK 4, when it comes out.

  5. And last, but not least, a soccer jersey for the player of your choice from the players in JOCK 3. (I’ll list them on my website along with pictures of the jerseys. They come in adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, & 4XL)

So there you go. If you have any questions, please let me know. Comment here or email me: writerwadekelly@gmail.com

 

Wade Kelly on Tour

July 27th – Caraway Carter’s Wednesday Walkabout
August 1st – Jeff and Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast.
August 17th – 2 Chicks Obsessed
August 19th – Prism Alliance
August 22nd – Love Bytes Reviews
August 24th – Ashley John’s blog
August 25th – DSP’s Blog
August 26th – Release Day! I’m on Elisa Rolle’s blog
August 29th – Joyfully Jay
August 30th – Long & Short Reviews
August 31st – TTC Books & More
September 2nd – MM Good Book Reviews

Thank you for stopping by! I can be found:

Web: www.writerwadekelly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wadekellywriter
Face book Fan group, The Wade Brigade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/247976895406172/
Blog: writerwadekelly.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterWadeKelly
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writerwadekelly/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5141623.Wade_Kelly
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/writerwadekelly/

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Bio:

Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.

 

Check out Back Off! That’s My Jock today!

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20 Responses to “When Fiction Mirrors Real Life with Wade Kelly – Post + Giveaway”

  1. H.B. says:

    Thank you for the interesting interview with Doug.

    I’m curious about about pen name you previously used. I started reading m/m fiction in 2009 so I wonder if I ever picked up your title XD

  2. H.B. says:

    I meant novel not title, lol.
    I also forgot to provide my email: hum humbug AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Laure Lind says:

    Hi Wade! I just bought this book, along with a few others, from DSP and this one won my ‘which book do I read first’ lottery! I’m excited to start reading it. Thanks for writing such true to life stories in which everyone can identify with at least one character. :)

  4. Wade says:

    H.B. – I wrote Sculpting Clay as Linda Reilly. I will eventually rewrite that novel as Wade Kelly. And no need to leave your email when I see your comments all over. Thank you for following me :)

    Laure Lind- WOW, thank you! I do hope you like it! :D

  5. Trix says:

    A Star Wars/Sleepless in Seattle mashup sounds weirdly appealing! Even though I think I’m out of the grand-prize running since I have no Facebook (looks like Ashley John’s comment section is Facebook-enabled only), I’m loving the tour thus far…

  6. Jenn says:

    Oh I already love Doug! Great interview and I am so excited about reading this book! Love this tour – so fun!

    jenndonald00(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Jen CW says:

    I remember reading The Black Cauldron. I think I read the whole series after one of my teachers read The Book of Three to us in class. Thank you for another great interview installment. :-)
    Jczlapin@gmail.com

  8. Wade says:

    Trix- I’ll have to take that into account! It is difficult enough to visit every post, but then not people able to comment :( I’ll ask Ashley.

    Jenn- I think you will like book 3 :)

    Jen CW – :D I’m glad to know someone else heard of that book.

  9. Jen says:

    Thanks for another great interview! It’s amazing that one of your books paralleled a reader’s relationship. I guess you got the realism part there. ;-)

  10. Jen says:

    Forgot me email…

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

  11. Wade says:

    Thanks Jen. It was really cool for me to find that out. Made me feel real good. Glad you stopped by! :D

  12. Ineztey Garcia says:

    Yay!!! Its finally out and I started reading it. Another great interview with amazing characters. Can’t decide which one is my favorite so I can get my shirt.

  13. Christina Az. says:

    Ah you are my kind of girl… hated reading at school too but after I got to chose my own woohoo never looked back =D

    I always wanted to read Salvatore but before I could start m/m sucked me in and never let me go xDD

    PS: If you come across in a Despina Az….. comment in a previous blog that’s me and I don’t have FB so borrowed my sister’s =D

  14. Wade says:

    Thanks Christina! Yes, I got it and knew it was you! Salvatore is good, but I know what you mean about M/M :D

    Ineztey – You are funny. I don’t have that problem of picking since I can own them all, but I’m wearing Sam to GRL.

  15. Kristian Erdmann says:

    I love this interview!! It’s totally my fave I think…

  16. sheila shepherd says:

    The more I read the more looking forwards to this book I am! Can’t wait!!!
    psshepherd(at)earthlink(dot)net

  17. Grace Pope says:

    Ok now I want Your scifi trilogy lol. Awesome series!!

  18. Lisa says:

    I can’t imagine not being a reader, but I can understand the whole not wanting to read stuff for school thing because book reports are work & that takes all the fun out of it! Thanks for the interview again.

  19. Wade says:

    Kristian – Your fav? Cool! Thank you for reading them all!
    Sheila- Oh good. That is the intent. To make you want it.
    Grace- I’ll finish that sci-fi trilogy eventually!
    Lisa- I like reading NOW. :p

  20. Wade says:

    Hello, lovely people. I have picked the winners.
    The runners-up for a $10 gift card from Amazon are:
    Kristian E.
    Sheila S
    Ineztey G.
    There were 11 contestants in the final grand prize drawing.
    The winner is… drum roll….
    Jen CW

    I appreciate all of you following the tour around to 12 stops! WOW. Such dedication. I hope you will come back the next time I have a book tour. I’m still writing JOCK 4, but I hope that one will be out next year. We’ll see. I need to finish writing it first. Thank you for your support!

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