I’m thrilled to welcome Nova Arisól LaMason, whose debut publication, Sapling, is out now! Nova is one HOT writer and an amazing person to boot. Read on and enjoy!
Q: Please tell us about your exciting new story, Nova? Who are the characters we’re going to meet?
Gladly! My debut ebook is a male homoerotic, contemporary novelette entitled Sapling. The story takes place in a deep forest in British Columbia, Canada. Syo is a nineteen-year-old university student focused on becoming a conservationist for endangered species. His strong love for nature also fuels an aggressive hatred for its destroyers. On his way back to his dorm from a café downtown, he decides to stop in the roadside forest to collect data for a report project that he was given. In a clearing of tree stumps, he discovers the log cabin of a rugged and reclusive but surprisingly wise woodsman named Jack, who fulfills damn near every stereotype of a lumberjack. Despite hating him for chopping down trees for his own sake, Syo feels a discomforting sexual attraction to him. As Jack shows him his way of life, that attraction grows. Syo gets caught in a wildfire, but, well, the trees don’t burn.
Q. How are you going to celebrate release day?
Tea and liquor. I haven’t figured out in what order yet. Maybe a cup in one hand, a bottle in the other. Who knows?
Q. What inspires you to write?
Anything. I first started writing ten years ago with fanfiction for anime and video games. About seven years ago, I moved on to online role playing and Dungeons and Dragons. I no longer do tabletop gaming, but I revived some of the characters that I created for my writing. I’m still a big anime and video game fan, though, and recently, I got into British TV shows, like Merlin. All of these different media inspire my plot writing.
Sapling was an exception, though. At the time, I was working as a host at a restaurant. This lumberjack-looking construction worker came in to sit in the bar area. As I let him pass, in my head, I was screaming, You are hot! I need to do something with you! Without hesitation, I grabbed a server notepad and jotted ideas down. Jack was loosely based on that guy.
I do read, but not as much as I’d like to. From books, I usually get more writing style ideas and vocabulary than plot- or character-related stuff.
Q. Any exciting WIPs in the pipeline?
Fourteen. I have fourteen.
Powers That Be, help me.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take to get through all of them, but I will say that one is a three-story, fantasy miniseries. I’m super excited to work on that.
An excerpt from Sapling:
The sun had just set, now, and Syo had no idea of where he was. Dark clouds enshrouded the land, and a rumble across the sky lashed at his feet like whips. He had to get back to the dormitory. Unfortunately, he walked without direction, and before long, the storm was upon him. He covered the camera hanging from his neck with his folder, then looked down at his notepad, disheartened. Since Jack was nothing like the lumberjacks that he knew, Syo couldn’t use the experience for his report. All of those observations in the home of a woodsman, wasted. He sighed and covered his head with the notepad, no longer caring about his notes. Fifteen minutes, over thirty rumbles and flashes, and countless raindrops later, Syo considered himself royally screwed, to which he cursed furiously. Lost in every way, he slammed his back hard against a tree and let his mind drift further into the abyss.
A sudden jerk by the wrist pulled him back to life, a hand of salvation. Jack. With rain-soaked hair clinging to his nape and forehead, sleeves rolled up his thick forearms, and a concentrated scowl on his face, he fought the raging elements with nary an ounce of fear. The torturous feelings of lust resurfaced, but Syo gave up on fighting them. This man fucked him up. He just wanted to shove Jack to the ground, rip his jeans open, and eat him up, and that desire sickened him. It wasn’t who he was, but right then, even for the moment, that was all that he wanted.
The forest is burning. Want to see the fire? Order Sapling here.
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A huge thanks to the delightful Kay Berrisford, of whom I am a fan, for featuring me on her blog!
It’s been a pleasure to have you, Nova. Please come back soon and tell us about the next release :)