Doran Callaghan doesn’t know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.
Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn’t know he had. Doran’s natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn’t seem to know about boundaries—or even to have any—and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.
While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran’s past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier—or himself—is a gamble he’s willing to take.
Buy link: Riptide Publishing
For When to Hold Them the inspiration was the setting of Bluewater Bay.
Olympic Park basically screamed 'park ranger' at me, and Xavier just strolled in, in full, glorious 3D; with Doran, a little more shadowy at first, behind him. Both guys were talking (they don't always), and the story fell into place in the most beautiful way imaginable; it practically wrote itself.
I hope they can always expect real people. Full-fledged characters with all the faults and potential grace of the human condition. And I'll always explore a topic that interests me deeply, that tugs at me and won't let me go until I've written it out. I'll always be 100% involved in what I write, and pour my heart and soul into it. No shortcuts.
That I can write a book in six months. Seriously, that has never happened before. It was a streak of good luck that seems to have used up all my writing karma points, because the current one is fighting me tooth and nail. ;)
It's less the writing that takes time than the shaping in my mind. Usually a book needs to percolate through my conscious and subconscious mind for a few months before I can actually start to write, before it's well-rounded and interconnected in theme, plot, and motivation. Up to now I would have said that makes it at least a year with all rewrites and edits. Go figure.
I write my first draft on a portable keyboard that I drag everywhere - outside on the deck, in the park, in the coffee shop, in front of the fireplace ...
Everything else I do at my desk with shelves of references and dictionaries within easy reach, half a million browser tabs open, and Scrivener up on the Mac.
I usually have headphones on, with music that to me fits the book I'm currently writing. My playlist is a big part of putting me 'in the zone'.
Not sure I believe in writer's block as such. If I'm reluctant to go back to a manuscript, or I find myself staring at an empty page not knowing how to continue, it usually means that something doesn't work, and that I have to take a long, hard look at my planning/plotting/character motivation - that sort of thing. I'll either take a long walk on which to do some pondering and free association (aka day dreaming), or I'll sit down with a roll of paper and some crayons to puzzle things out with a generous amount of arrows, underlinings and circles.
I'm currently working on another Bluewater Bay novel, and after that I plan on returning to the world of Santuario to see what Tom and Matti are up to. I eventually want to get back to Alex and Bengt as well. I love them too much to let them go, and their story is not completely told just yet.
I don't know about favourite, but I quite like this one by Neil Gaiman:
"When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.'"
G.B. Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.
Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands. Santuario is G.B. Gordon’s first published work, but many more stories are just waiting to hit the keyboard.
Connect with Gordon:
Website and blog: gordon.kontext.ca
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