G.B. Gordon is stopping by today to share the release of the latest story in the Bluewater Bay Universe, Bluewater Blues. To celebrate the release of Bluewater Blues, one lucky winner will receive $20 in Riptide Publishing credit! Now buckle your seat belts, we've got a ton of stuff to share with you today.
Jack Daley left his music career behind—along with his domineering father—and is struggling to make a new life for himself and his autistic sister in Bluewater Bay. When a summer storm sweeps a handsome stranger into his general store, Jack is more than ready for a fling. No strings attached, because Jack can’t share the secrets he and his sister are hiding from. Unfortunately, his feelings refuse to stay casual.
Mark Keao is married to his job as a costume designer on Wolf’s Landing. He’s autistic, so he’s used to people not knowing how to interact with him, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be a hermit. Especially when he meets Jack Daley, who dances with brooms, shares his love of the blues, and gets him like no one else. But relationships have proven complicated in the past.
Just when Mark is ready to try anyway, Jack pulls back. But Mark isn’t giving up, and neither is Jack’s sister. And then there’s the music both men love, bringing them together time and again. It will take trust, though, to bring them together for good.
Guest Post with Author G.B. Gordon
My Writing Kryptonite
The thing that kills my mojo, that sends the muse into a whimpering ball in a corner, and makes me do dishes and laundry--anything but write--is fear.
So, here I am, a neurotypical writer, planning a novel with not one, but two autistic characters, one of them a protagonist. Talk about writing outside my line. What if I can't do it? What if I try and screw it up? What if I break someone's heart?
In the end I had to try. Because every time I hear 'what ifs' from writers, my teenage reader self cries, "Just fucking try!" Because there was nothing but a huge void. Nothing even to rail against, nothing to define myself against, if only in opposition. (And no, I don't have an all-valid answer to whether you should write outside your line. It's a contested topic. And one that every writer has to answer for themselves.)
I told myself that if I screwed it up, I could still bury or burn it and never mention it again. A shout-out at this point to Riptide Publishing and sensitivity readers. For me, knowing Bluewater Blues would get a sensitivity read from an autistic editor before it ever hit an unsuspecting public was an immense relief. I suspect circus artists feel like that about safety nets. Thank you for that.
So, I researched, and plotted, and researched, and wrote Bluewater Blues. Mark incorporates bits and pieces and traits from a number of different people who, to my knowledge, have never met. But Margaret owes a large chunk of her existence to a girl with a shy smile and an angelic singing voice who blew me away.
To this day I don't know if I did it right. I only know I did it with all the love and respect I've come to feel over that year of research. And with a heart full of gratitude. For letting me in, for sharing yourselves, for giving me your time, and pieces of your lives. Thank you so much.
For anyone interested in autistic own voices blogs, I cannot recommend Amythest's accessible and generous contributions enough. She blogs as neurowonderful on tumblr and youtube.
Please also check out disabilityinkidlit.com It's an invaluable font of recs and information.
An Excerpt from Bluewater Blues...
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.
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