I’m delighted to welcome back Bren Christopher, who is here to answer a few of my little questions and tell us all about her Christmas release, The Perfect Moment (Patchouli for Christmas 2). One lucky commenter is also in with a chance to win The Perfect Moment and Patchouli for Christmas, so do please remember to say hi
Q. Please tell us about your exciting new release.
The Perfect Moment (Patchouli for Christmas 2) is a sequel to Patchouli for Christmas. In the first story, Michael was pretty nervous about even going on a real date, so where does their relationship stand two years later? Throw in the unexpected return of Jude’s old boyfriend, and Michael’s self-doubts come close to crippling their relationship.
Here’s the blurb:
As a New York City event planner, Michael Cove is more than capable of handling temperamental artist Jude Kendrick’s moods. They’ve been dating for two years, and their relationship is going well. Why rock the boat?
When Jude asks him to move in, Michael refuses. In Michael’s experience, no relationship truly lasts. Convinced that Jude would soon tire of him, Michael is not willing to take that risk.
But Jude needs more. Michael is the brightest part of his life, and the late nights and early mornings their schedules allow are not enough. Jude needs Michael to be there for him, and he wants to be there for Michael. Living together, they’d have more time for each other. Michael’s refusal to move in leaves Jude alone just as the holidays, with their terrible memories, darken the horizon.
When Jude’s old flame reappears, all bets are off. Faced with unexpected competition, Michael’s doubts come boiling to the surface. Now he must make a life-changing decision, and learn his own heart in the process. Status quo is no longer an option.
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Just for fun, I also wrote a short story called Patchouli on Retreat. I think of it as Patchouli 1.5, because it falls between the two Christmas stories. So there are actually three stories now in the series. In this short story, Jude drags Michael to a yoga retreat in the Catskills, where Michael is completely out of his element. The week of togetherness at the Retreat could either tear them apart, or move them to the next phase in their relationship. The story is free now at Amazon and most other ebookstores.
Q. What are the most fun parts of writing a sequel – and what are the hardest aspects?
I enjoyed revisiting the characters. Since I was already familiar with Michael and Jude, as well as the settings and the minor characters, I didn’t need to invent them from scratch. Then again, the characters have to evolve and new secondary characters are introduced, so there is still a lot of thought that has to go into the story.
One difficult aspect is judging how much backstory is necessary in a sequel. Readers should be able to read each story in the series as a standalone. Although you may get more from the story if you’ve read the first Patchouli for Christmas, you should be able to read the sequels without feeling like you’re missing anything crucial. Some backstory is needed so the reader understands what’s going on, but it should be minimal – otherwise it’s an information dump that slows down the story.
Q. The characters from your books have all been invited to a big Christmas party. Who would be the most fun to party with, who might get embarrassingly drunk on the punch, and who might be a no-show?
Oh, a fun question. Let’s see. For partying, it would have to be Jamie from Friday Night Jamie – but only if the Christmas party is held on a Friday night! His schedule won’t permit going out any other night. He’d be the one most likely to get drunk too. He really likes to let loose, but that’s okay. Matt will be there to see him home.
As for a no-show, Scott from Big Cypress Crossroads is sort of a cranky cop. I can’t really see him showing up for a Christmas party unless Noah makes him.
Q. Any exciting works in progress to share with the fans?
I’d like to do one more Patchouli for Christmas story. Michael and Jude are just such fun characters to write about.
But the next long work I’m writing is an m/m science fiction story. I grew up reading science fiction and if I can combine the kind of space adventures I’ve always loved with m/m romance, I’ll be in writing heaven. I plan to make it a series. Basically, a doctor from a wealthy family flees a troubled past and joins an interstellar humanitarian aid organization. On a war-torn planet, he meets a mercenary. They are at odds at first, but end up having a series of adventures together.
Readers, I wonder how many of you are interested in an m/m science fiction adventure series? If you read contemporary, will you also read science fiction? I’ll be interested to see your comments.
If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Perfect Moment. And if the winner has not yet read Patchouli for Christmas, I’ll throw that in too.
Thank you so much for having me here, Kay. I really enjoyed it. I’ll be hanging around today in case anyone has any questions. I hope everyone has a great holiday.
Thanks so much for dropping by, Bren
The Perfect Moment is now available from Loose Id. You can read an excerpt there, and another excerpt at Bren Christopher’s page.
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