Ordinary People: research and party games

May 17, 2014

I love researching for my stories. Most of the time I can do the research online but sometimes I have to go places and talk to people.

When I was writing The Courage to Love, I traveled a few hours north to the Coringa area in Queensland to the land David and Carl moved to. With Ordinary People, I spent hours on the phone with a nurse friend and made a couple of visits to the local police station.

I don’t know about other people, but I always feel a bit nervous when I enter a police station. It’s like they’ll notice something about me that isn’t quite legal and I’ll get caught there while they extract interminable explanations from me. And I just know they all recognise me now when I walk down the street now. All those questions about kidnapping and drugging people surely got me noticed. Without the answers, Ordinary People would have been pure fantasy.

Hibiki Scotch

I used to have a friend who was a police officer. His favourite party game was one where you had to describe something that you passed on the way to his place before he gave you your first shot. He and his mates would set a situation up, like a car parked a few blocks away or someone standing on a corner. Driving to parties at his place were quite nerve-wracking. Funnily enough my descriptions of things I saw became very detailed after a few shots!

How much do remember of a trip when you’re driving from one place to another?

E E Montgomery: What else is new?

May 17, 2014

Where to now? I’m working on a few things at the moment.

  1. I’m editing the fourth (and last) story in the Just Life series. It’s Jonathan’s story. He’s just come out of a domestic abuse situation and I’m having a lot of trouble getting it right. I’ve been there and, rather than delve into it the way Jonathan and the story deserves, I find I’m glossing over things, skipping the hard bits, either because I don’t want to go back there or because when I was there I spent a lot of time doing things in a fog, by rote, just to get through the day, and can’t remember all the angst that went with it. It’s hard, but I’m not giving up. I’ve put it aside for two weeks or so, then I’m going to be ruthless. I hope.
  2. I’m also working on two Science Fiction stories. Science Fiction is my first love but that doesn’t make getting the stories right any easier. One of the stories I’ve finished and am on edit number 11. Yes! Eleven edits and I’m still not happy with the dynamics of it. I’m very close, though. I have to ramp up the emotions of the main character (again) so he’s more sympathetic and has more depth than he’s showing. Nearly there. I haven’t decided where I’ll send it though. It isn’t right for Dreamspinner.
  3. The other story is at about 30000 words – about half-way through. It came about after I read some articles on global warming, evolution and the idea of terraforming planets. I think it’s going well. It’s more structured than I usually write – I’m actually planning the second half of this book before I write it. There’s also a lot more sex in this one than I usually write because the story calls for it. I can pretty much guarantee, though, that when I finish the story, I’ll read it through and realise it’s a good story but I’ve forgotten to put the emotion in—again. Sometimes I think I live in editing hell.

Why can’t they all fall into place the way Ordinary People did? Yes, it took a few edits, but the basic story flowed really easily in my head. Vinnie is so gorgeous, I’m thinking about visiting him again. Would you like to see more of Vinnie?


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Ordinary People: Let’s play a game.

May 17, 2014


Let’s play a game. It’s a game I often play when I finish reading a book. It’s called What Happens Next?

Here’s a phone conversation Vinnie has AFTER the book finishes. What should James’s reply be?

Vinnie snatched the phone up on the first ring. “What happened?” He glanced at the clock. The sentencing should be over by now—unless there was a hitch.

 “Were you sitting on the phone?” The amused warmth in James’s voice made Vinnie want to be somewhere other than where he was, which was too far away from James. “Tell me about your appointment.”

 “James,” Vinnie warned, trying to keep his voice firm as he squirmed to release the sudden pressure in his groin. “That wasn’t the deal.”

 “You could give in and do what I want.”

 Vinnie scoffed. “If I didn’t give into a bunch of murdering pyromaniacs, what makes you think I’ll give in to you?”



Ordinary People: Late nights and hospitals

May 17, 2014

I’ve slowed down a bit because I’m in Australia and this Release Party started at 1.00am my time. Being up in the middle of the night reminds me of doing the final edits of Ordinary People.


My sister was in hospital and I spent quite a bit of time sitting with her. I used her as a guinea pig and read the story to her while we waited for test results and meals, and the dark of night to pass. My sister is not a quiet woman—her laugh can be heard for miles around, if there’s a favourable wind. I’m usually very quiet—except when I’m performing. In full ‘entertainment mode’, I’m dramatic and forceful, and… loud. The first night, the nurses asked us to be quiet. I really did try to read quietly after that, but, let’s face it, Vinnie is dramatic too. After the second night, they moved my sister to another room. I wasn’t sure whether to be mortified at disturbing everyone or amused that all it took to get a private room was loud laughter. Which would you have been?


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Giveaway: Ordinary People by E E Montgomery

May 17, 2014


The story for Ordinary People was a bit of an accident. I had one sentence from a writers’ retreat a couple of years ago that I didn’t know what to do with. Then I overheard on a bus: “You’d think he’d have a more interesting life with a name like that, but he’s so ordinary”, and Vinnie was born.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve overheard on a bus or train? The response that makes me laugh out loud (or cringe in sympathy) fast and hard, will win a copy of Ordinary People.



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Ordinary People – Is Vinnie a stereotype?

May 17, 2014

Vinnie is a stereotype. He’s the quintessential gay man, with conservative but impeccable taste in clothing, a good cook, almost obsessive about keeping his house clean, and he’s very dramatic. He knows he’s a stereotype, but looks upon himself as something like the ‘average’ in a list of numbers: there are a whole heap ‘more’ and a whole heap ‘less’. What do you think about stereotypes? Are they the average, or do they show a lack of education/acceptance?

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Ordinary People on sale today!

May 17, 2014

Ordinary People is on sale this week as part of Dreamspinner Press’s seventh anniversary celebrations. Today’s the last day for you to buy it at the discounted rate:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_518

Apart from birthdays, I don’t celebrate anniversaries much. What do you do for significant anniversaries?

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Harmony Ink New Release: May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

If You Really Love Me by Gene Gant

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

When Ellis and Saul go from workout buddies to boyfriends, Ellis couldn’t be happier. But happiness is fleeting. If You Really Love Me by Gene Gant, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.










With time ticking until graduation, Ellis Carter doesn’t have a plan for after high school. Since his best friend Cary dropped out, he has no one to talk to. All he knows is he doesn’t want to continue being a burden to his mother. Adding to his daily torture is the school’s new resident bad boy, Saul Brooks. So to say he’s amazed when the mysterious Saul invites him to the gym for a workout is an understatement. Soon, they go from workout buddies to boyfriends, and Ellis couldn’t be happier. But happiness is fleeting. His mother begins a new relationship he thinks will lead to pain, and Cary makes a decision that could take him out of Ellis’s life for good. Just when he needs to lean on his boyfriend the most, Ellis discovers Saul has a secret that could break them apart.

Length: Novella (172p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: May 1, 2014

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Harmony Ink New Release: April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

Breaking Free by Winter Page

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

Raimi is finally a girl, as she was meant to be. She fights to free Clare from the clutches of a bully and they move beyond friendship. Breaking Free by Winter Page, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.











Raimi Carter is finally a girl, just like she always knew she was meant to be. At a new school where nobody knows she’s had gender reassignment surgery, she hopes to finally live the normal life she’s longed for, happy in her own skin.

Life is great until she discovers a dangerous bully is blackmailing head cheerleader, Clare Strickland, threatening to reveal her secret: she’s gay. As Raimi fights to free Clare from his clutches, the two girls move beyond friendship. But secrets from their pasts and their own fears of coming out tear them apart—maybe forever. Baring their souls to each other could cost them everything. For two girls trapped and desperately in love, only strength, courage, and trust in each other will help them break free and claim their future.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Transgender, Lesbian | Release Date: April 10, 2014

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Harmony Ink New Release: April 3, 2014

April 3, 2014

Us Three by Mia Kerick

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

When Casey, Nate, and Zander work on a class project together, a new bond forms. High school becomes more complicated for them. Us Three by Mia Kerick, a Harmony Ink Press Young Adult title available from Dreamspinner Press.











In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.

No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

Length: Novel (180p.) | Genre: Contemporary, M/M/M or More, Young Adult, Gay | Release Date: April 3, 2014

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