Lovers & Fighters Release Party Extravaganza! ft. Nash Summers

September 8, 2015

Lovers & Fighters by Nash Summers

Hey guys. I’m Nash. Thanks for stopping by.

I’m here to chat about my new novella that’s coming out tomorrow titled Lovers & Fighters.

You can also check out my pathetically small Pinterest inspiration board for Lovers & Fighters.

 

I wrote Lovers & Fighters about a year and a half ago. It was my first exploration into M/M contemporary in a slightly longer format. I have a tendency to write short stories. I think it’s because of my short attention span. I went through a lot of ups and downs with the story, mostly because I thought I created two almost unlikeable characters. Scott and Julian each have redeeming qualities, and hopefully most readers will enjoy their story despite their obvious flaws. Or maybe because of their obvious flaws.

At one point in the story, Scott reflects on his poisonous first love. I call the relationship poisonous because I viewed it as being manipulative, one-sided, and extremely unhealthy. I think a lot of people have been in relationships like this. Not necessarily abusive relationships, but ones where the love is so fierce yet completely unrequited.

 

Here’s a quote from Lovers & Fighters about first love, and first loss:

It felt to me like someone had ripped my heart out of my chest, like there was a vacancy there that I wanted to fill with all the bad things that embodied this talented boy I’d thought I loved.

My first love took me this way. It wasn’t an unhealthy relationship, and we’re still friends, but the kind of longing I felt at that time for another person was something indescribable, and almost torturous. I knew I’d never be able to go on without him in my life. Mind you, I was sixteen years old, knew everything about everything, and thought my life would fall apart if my best friend was angry with me. So, I wanted to write a story about that kind of overbearing love, not necessarily first love, but consuming love. Lovers & Fighters is the result.

A few lovely readers have said that this story isn’t a romance, and that it is, instead, a love story. That’s given me a lot of food for thought. I completely agree with them, and thinking about it now, I think a good majority of the stories I’ve written, or plan to write, could be considered love stories instead of romances. Which makes sense. In person, I’m not romantic.

Sometimes when people I know ask me what kinds of stories I write and I say, “Romance”, they’re surprised. It might be because I’m an atypical romantic. Romance to me isn’t flowers or rom-com movies or wedding rings (not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things, of course). To me, romance is companionable silences while driving through the rain down a dusky stretch of road. It’s listening to my favorite album and holding someone’s hand. But it’s also drinking beer and playing a co-op FPS together.

I guess I think the word romance can mean absolutely anything to anyone.

 

Thanks for stopping by! If anyone out there in the great, big blogverse would like to tell me about their first love, or even their ideal version of romance, I’d love to hear it.

 

- Nash

3 Responses to “Lovers & Fighters Release Party Extravaganza! ft. Nash Summers”

  1. Carolyn says:

    I’m an atypical romance reader, as I’m in it for the love story, not necessarily the HEA or HFN (not that those aren’t lovely), so I know about feeling a bit out of step there. I am also not into flowers and grand gestures. I think they’re fun for other people and will happily shed tears at engagement videos or ooh and aah over others’ romance, but for me, it’s the steady companionship, the SEEING YOU and VALUING YOU that gets me every time. My first love was born in absolute silence, sitting next to each other on the bus as a senior in high school on school trips, holding hands and not speaking of it before or after those moments on the bus. Until we couldn’t not talk about it. I knew it wasn’t a forever love, but it was strong, and to be seen and valued was such an amazing feeling. It’s what I still find absolutely romantic. :)

    By the way, typing that out, now I’m minutes closer to getting my Lovers & Fighters pre-order released. ;)

  2. Nash says:

    Hi Carolyn!

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m drawn to HFNs as well, or just blips of romance that you know won’t last. They’re special because they can’t last. Also, sometimes when I’m reading something and there’s a big, grand HEA, I allow myself to wipe my hands clean of the characters. But I like holding onto them forever, wondering what they get up to in the passing years! :)

    I absolutely adore that story of your first love! It reminds me a bit of the young adult book Eleanor & Park. The two have to sit next to one another on the school bus every day. It’s so charming and sweet.

    Also, thank you so much for pre-ordering Lovers & Fighters! I really hope you enjoy it. :) Despite having almost dislikable (or maybe just dislikable) characters and all.

  3. Carolyn says:

    I never thought of that with the HEAs, but it’s so true, things just get all tidied up and you don’t have to think about them. It what we’re like in the USA, very unhappy with ambiguity. I’ve always enjoyed that aspect with art films and “foreign” films because there’s lots of nooks and crannies for your brain to explore. I can do fun and fluff, but I like to have to work for it, too.

    Aww, glad you liked it. I look back sometimes and think, was that really me? How come we didn’t say a word or act like anything was happening? It’s sometimes hard to remember who we were in moments of before.

    I haven’t read Eleanor and Park, though I’ve heard so many love it. And speaking of loving a story (champion at segues over here), I did most thoroughly enjoy Lovers & Fighters. Which of course I always feel funny about saying when a book has made me hurt for the people in it, but there you go. I’m glad you decided it should be shared with the rest of us!

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