I have traveled across the United States by car many, many times. One of the things that I absolutely love about the open road and doing nothing but looking out the windscreen is the time it gives my mind to wander and think up stories. And this is exactly how I thought up You Can Run, a story about two different types of men who fall in love.
This was my first venture into writing GLBT but these two men just called out to me. Delaney Vance is an ex-soldier who watched his entire squad fall victim to hidden bombs. When he lost it, the Army cut him lose and now he drives a big rig because he has trouble being around people because of his lingering PTSD. Kyle Hardigan took a photo that could ruin his family. But his mind is having difficulty coping with what he saw, so he’s on the run until he can figure things out. Both men are dealing with issues and they each find a haven in each other’s arms.
I’ve always wanted to be the type of writer who diversifies her stories. This can be a good and bad thing because on one hand I can appeal to a wide variety of readers, but on the other hand, I can repel those readers for that same reason. Writers are readers and I will be the first to admit readers are a fickle lot. We tend to stick to what we know; afraid to spend the ungodly amount of money for a paperback in case we won’t like it. But that’s the beauty of ebooks, I suppose. It’s easy, ok, and not so much of a risk to branch out of the comfort zone.
I realize that there will be readers out there who won’t like my writing style or agree with stuff I write about. I can’t please everyone, right? But that’s not my fear. My fear is that my stories will become boring, the romance tepid, the passion between my characters forced and unbelievable. So finding new ways to gather inspiration, for me, is important. Perhaps that’s why I don’t mind road trips so much, they help my brain jumpstart into finding characters who are unique, different, and whose love is just waiting to be explored.
And since You Can Run was published, I branched out my GLBT stories with In A Chord and the upcoming The Song Bird, which comes out October 10th. I’ll be having a contest to win a free copy so please check back that day! In the meantime, to win a FREE PDF COPY of You Can Run, just leave a comment about the first GLBT book you ever read! One winner will be drawn on October 1st so make sure to leave a way I can contact you! Thanks for visiting and make sure you check out the other blogs on this hop at this link: