Seeing Red with E.L. Esch! Interview and Giveaway.
I’m thrilled to welcome back E.L. Esch, who has followed up her stunning debut, Beauty in the Breakdown, with her latest release, the heartrending Seeing Red. She’s kindly popped by to answer a few of my little questions about her writing and new story, plus to offer one lucky commenter the chance to win a copy! And don’t forget there’s still a chance to win a $20 GC and your choice of my (Kay Berrisford’s) back catalogue over at R.J.Scott’s
Seeing Red released in July of this year with Loose Id publishing. It’s a healing/comfort story about two ex-cons trying to find their way in the world after being incarcerated, but they each have very different approaches. Red, who tells the story, is a downer. He’s experienced so much hardship that it’s difficult for him to have a bright sunshine-and-rainbow-ponies outlook on life. More than once the very thought of trying to reinstate himself into society brings him down. Silo, the second main character, is Red’s polar opposite. Silo left prison ready and willing to start anew, no matter what or who got in his way. When he meets Red at a bar one night, Red is astounded by Silo’s bubbly personality. For how can a man who experienced such horrors in prison still act so happy and carefree? Silo intrigues Red, and little does Red know it he need Silo to get back on his feet. And more.
Q. You’ve written about some real troubled characters—Luke and Rowan in Beauty in the Breakdown, and then Red and Silo in Seeing Red. What draws you to write about that sort of tortured hero and how does it challenge you as an author?
Everyone struggles with demons. Sometimes big, sometimes small, but everyone has a way of handling them. I like writing about a hero that can change even in the darkest hour of his life. I guess to me it’s a nice idea to think that no matter how bad life gets you can always come back from the brink. In a contemporary romance, it’s challenging to write about a tortured hero that readers can relate to, because like I said everyone has their demons but those demons can vary in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Q. Please tell us about a typical writing day—if there is such a thing—in the life of E.L.Esch.
I wouldn’t say there’s a “typical” day. I am such a pantster. My mother and father always said I had to “write when the spirits moved me.” I find that extremely true.
Q. You’re stuck in a lift for six hours with one of your characters! Who would be your first choice to be with you—and who your last?
I’d like to be stuck with Silo, hands down. He’d be the one to keep me on the bright side. Red is actually the character I feel I can relate to most in terms of personality, so since Silo is Red’s opposite I guess he’d be mine too. For that reason I think Red would be the last person I’d want to get stuck with. We’d sit there bitching and complaining about the whole situation and making nothing better.
Q. Any exciting WIPs to tell us about?
Currently I’m working on a GLBTQ sci-fi kind of story about humanity after a war known as the Last War nearly wiped out all life on Earth. Humanity has taken to living underground since the air on the surface has become toxic from radiation and the like. A governmental council known as the Aristos has taken a seat at the helm of a large underground city known as Limerick, where the story takes place. At the head of the Aristos sits the mysterious R. Piers, commonly referred to as the pioneer of the age, the person who lead the movement to rebuild society underground. But Limerick is not the beautiful utopia the main character, Noah, thinks it is. When people start mysteriously dying in the streets, that fact becomes all too clear.
Sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read Thanks so much for answering E.L. And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Seeing Red, everyone
Seeing Red Genre: LGBT, Contemporary
Blurb: What would you do if you lost five years of freedom? If everything you’d ever known was torn away from you, all because the one person you counted on to save you didn’t come through?
This is the cruel reality for Gabriel “Red” Thatcher, convicted at age nineteen for the murder of his father. Now twenty-five and eight months out of prison, Red has nothing to his name and no one to help him. He is carrying close to him a rage hotter than white flames. Had his sister just testified on his behalf in court, he could have been spared the horrible things that happened to him in the doghouse. Things that’ll make him never look at intimacy the same way again.
Red can’t take swallowing his bitter rage alone anymore. Unable to kill the growing loneliness and ire with time, he heads into the Flower District in search of a gay bar to drown his sorrows. There he meets the bubbly, easy-on-the-eyes Silo Winters.
When Red learns that Silo did three years in prison for an accidental oil fire, he brings Silo home, not so much for a wild romp as to relieve his aching loneliness. Besides if anyone will understand Red’s pain it’ll be Silo, who’s gone through some of the same horrors he has. However, he definitely doesn’t count on Silo becoming so much more than a sexy shoulder to lean on. Now, if only Red can learn to let him in.
If you’d like to win an ebook copy of Seeing Red, please leave a comment here, including your email when prompted. Emails will not be displayed or then stored for any other purpose. Comp. closes 12th October. Many thanks
And don’t forget there’s still a chance to win a $20 GC and your choice of my (Kay Berrisford’s) back catalogue over at R.J.Scott’s
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