Illusions – What’s In A Name

February 13, 2015

Hi, it’s S.A. again chatting about my book being released today.

Illusions is my first published book, so I’m really new at guest blogging. I looked around at the other DSP author’s blogs to get ideas and I found a few that I thought were interesting.  One that I really liked was “How did you arrive at the title for the book“. To me, that was one of the hardest things to do because you want to look at the book as a whole and think of something that incorporates all the different characters and scenes into a single name. If you’re lucky that name or title will help tell something about the story to potential readers.

What is an Illusion? Webster’s describes it as something that looks or seems different from what it is : something that is false or not real but that seems to be true or real.

When I was trying to find a name for the new book, I thought about all the characters. Most were living in some state of illusion. Right out of the gate, we have Skylar waking up with a massive hangover to find that a fan has managed to sneak by all of his reserves and end up in his bed.  Skylar doesn’t remember her or their night, but quickly realizes that Emma (the fan) thinks she is in love with him and is convinced that Skylar will fall in love with her – once he meets her.

Ryan, who is Aiden’s best friend, is another huge fan of Skylar’s.  He’s completely starstruck and is convinced that Skylar is the character that he portrays on television. Needless to say, Ryan sometimes has a hard time separating the actor from the character.

Kelly, the 80′s “It” girl feels like she can pay for plastic surgery and keep the illusion that she still “Twenty-something” going on forever. And then we have the arsonist, whose entire agenda is based on an illusion.  Now, that I think about it, Aiden may be the only one with his feet planted firmly on the ground. But even he buys into the illusion of Skylar and Sophie at some point.

Then we have Skylar who has an illusion regarding the entire world. He feels he can do what he wants, when he wants and no one get’s hurt. That’s an illusion because it’s not possible to treat people any way you like and expect no one to be hurt. One might even argue that the fact that Skylar says he will never fall in love, never need anyone, is also an illusion. But is it really an illusion if it could be true?

However to me, Hollywood is the biggest illusion of them all. The entire entertainment business is build on illusions. When it comes to celebrities, normally the general public sees what Hollywood wants you to see. Unless you’re in a celebrities inner circle, you’ll continue to see exactly what is played out for you on the big screens and on the red carpet. And sometimes that “sight” is a well-oiled, fine tuned story. With the use of social media and the internet, it’s become harder for celebrities to hide behind their illusions as well as they used to, but it’s still there. If Hollywood wants you to believe that two people are in love off set, then you can bet money that it will be hard for you to believe otherwise. Because some illusions are better than real life.

How about you? Have you ever been a part of something only to realize later that it was all an illusion? Not real at all?

About Illusions


Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Novel
Release Date: February 13, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Art: Christy Caughie

Link: e-book

Link: paperback


Ever since arriving in Hollywood, Skylar Murphy has been loving life. He’s starring in a hit television show and on the verge of grabbing the lead role in the most anticipated movie of the decade. Poised on the edge of superstardom, he doesn’t want or need any complications to distract him from that goal. Whether he’s sleeping with a woman or a man, his noncommittal, no-strings-attached love life suits him perfectly, and despite his rep for playing gay roles, the world still thinks he’s straight.

At the launch party for his new show, Skylar meets Aiden Moore, an openly gay firefighter by day and cater waiter to the stars by night. Skylar is immediately attracted to him, but Aiden rejects him. When an arsonist appears to have targeted Skylar, their paths keep crossing. Always up for a challenge, Skylar works to win Aiden over, and he agrees to a date. Soon enough they can’t stay away from each other. Despite hiding their relationship away from the ever-present paparazzi, they’re happy together until a jilted fan joins forces with the arsonist to sabotage their future.

6 Responses to “Illusions – What’s In A Name”

  1. mandy says:

    I think it´s constant part of my life to drown in a fictional world. I have a schizoaffective Disorder and flee in my own world. For me books are my friends (stole the sentence from a book ;) )

  2. Angela says:

    After this post i definitely have more respect for book titles. Your story told us that it is really hard work finding the right title.
    I don´t think i have ever been part of something that was an illusion, but who knows :)

    I was wondering if you are currently writing another book and if so if it’s also in the m/m genre?

  3. sozment says:

    Mandy, that is completely understandable. Sometimes its safer for people (Myself included) to go away into a fictional world. About five years ago, I went into a deep depression. I was completely in love with someone who didn’t love me back. At least not the way I wanted. All I did was cry and sleep for weeks. The only thing that brought me out of it was watching John Barrowman videos of his acting out and being silly. Slowly, my day was more brighter and I came around to accept things the way they had to be. So yes, I completely understand.

  4. sozment says:

    LOL Angela. That’s the thing about Illusions. We usually don’t know we’re in one. LOL :)

    I just finished my second book, Demons, that I submitted to Dreamspinner for review. It’s a m/m but it’s a little more serious that Skylar and Aiden. I talk about it later in one of my posts. :)

  5. H.B. says:

    Titles…they either come to an author easily or not so simply. Thanks for sharing how you came up with the title for your book.

    Growing up I guess I was extremely shelter and in some ways I still am. But I use to think for some odd reason there was no bad in the world. Then in my teenage years my bubble just kind of popped. I didn’t like hearing my friends talking about other friends. I didn’t like that they wanted me to treat people a certain way.

    I know this is your first book and all but what type of genres would you like to write or will you keep to mystery/suspense/contemporary?

  6. sozment says:

    I have written one story (a m/f) that’s a romantic comedy. I would like to finish that one day. But for now, I love writing M/M and although my next one is emotional and full of angst, my third one is definitely heading back to romantic. Not sure yet if there will be suspense or just flat out fun. :)

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