A.F. Henley on Writing The Chase and the Catch
Once again, welcome to the The Chase and the Catch blog tour. 🙂 Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of Forty-two Stairs and please, please don’t forget your Rafflecopter entries for a chance to win the grand prize. The contest deadline is at midnight on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The winners will be selected at random and will be notified via email for prize delivery. Please note that the winner must respond within seventy-two hours of the congratulatory post.
Good luck! ❤
My intentions at the beginning of this blog tour where simple ones: offer up an excerpt, run a giveaway, and tack on a purchasing link to send the interested in the right direction. People don’t necessarily want to read my babbling, I told myself. And the ones that do hear enough already, I’m sure. Cinderella disagreed. The conversation went something like this:
(Please understand that this ‘conversation’ mostly took place in my head, and has been completely and undeniably paraphrased with the kind of blatant disregard for accuracy and truth that only someone with a self-assessed creative license can manage.)
Cinderella: Would you reconsider your post and give the readers a bit of an idea on how you came up with the idea for The Chase and The Catch?
Me: Uhh… no. No, I don’t think so.
Cinderella: I’ve found that posts like that are usually well received.
Me: Yeah. I’m sure. But… it’s complicated.
Cinderella: I think it would be very beneficial.
Me: Yeah, well, thank you. But I’m not even sure I could make it sound reasonable. We’re talking webs. And shadow ghosts. It would be hard to explain…
Then she got tough. She said “Please.” Everybody knows that a Canadian doesn’t stand a chance against a please. It’s like kryptonite. Or Tim Horton’s coffee.
Now, before I lose readers with my references, let me confirm that The Chase and The Catch is not a paranormal story. It’s not fantasy, or horror, or anything that relates to the above referenced ghosts, or even something edging on esoteric misadventures. It’s a contemporary romance, as most of mine tend to be, that centers around two men. It’s about finding connection, and staying true to who you are and what you want from life and love.
You might be thinking (at least, I know I would be in your shoes) how does one go from webs and shadow ghosts to connection, truth, and fulfillment?
Herein lies my dilemma. And I think the best way to explain will be to get you to grab a set of wings from the left corner of the room there, throw them over your shoulders, snug them up good, and follow me…
What? Why are you looking at me like that? You wanted to know where the idea started, right?
Right there. Yes, way, way up there. On that branch that looks like it’s reaching off into the night. The one that overlooks the pathway that leads toward the gate.
Too obscure? Okay, I get that. Let’s skip forward a few steps then…
When I sat down with this story idea in my head, I did it to follow a shadow. In the dark recesses of my mind, something told me that until I took a walk with this shadow and saw where it was headed, I wasn’t going to be able to make sense of the journey, let alone the destination. I made the shadow a man, and I called that creation Parker Chase. I conjured up a relatable main character, and I gave him the name John Liege. Then I set John on his feet (more or less) and told him to go find out what this was all about.
That’s it. There is no more on where this story comes from, because that’s where the story took over for itself. While I sat up there and watched, John and Parker played their roles and figured out how and if there was going to be a happily-ever-after.
Which leaves a major question, doesn’t it? Did John’s story end up offering any epiphanies on the shadow?
It’s an easy question to answer: No.
The funny thing about characters is that once I set them free to roam across the pages of fiction, they not only nudge the story in the direction they want it to go, they snatch the reins out of my hand and do their damnedest to kick me off the driver’s seat. John and Parker’s story is just that… John and Parker’s story:
After one of his fans committed suicide, John lost everything: lover, confidence, drive. When he is given a chance to get back on his feet, he is happy to take it—even if it’s just writing an actor’s autobiography. It might not be romance, or even fiction, but it’s something, and there are worse people to work for than the charming, successful Parker Chase.
That doesn’t mean working for Parker is easy, however. A staunch supporter of living for the moment, Parker goes against everything John believes in. He feels out of place in every moment of Parker’s Hollywood life, stuck in a game of wits that at times seems almost contrived…
Check out the excerpt of The Chase and The Catch here: https://josephinelitonjua.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/the-chase-and-the-catch-blog-tour-excerpt-and-giveaway/
Copyright © 2014 by A.F. Henley
Published by Less Than Three Press
Gay Contemporary Romance
Please note: Novel contains some explicit content.
The Giveaway (please click on the image to join):
Now, just because you’ve stayed with me right to the end, I’m going to pop in the Rafflecopter entry link, and let you all have a chance at winning. What can you win? How about a pretty little Swarovski crystal spider clip, a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market, and a signed, print copy of The Chase and The Catch (when available).
** Please note that this giveaway is being offered tour-wide and there will be one awarded winner for the entire event.
Giveaway link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6cc2dd0711/
My huge thanks to Cinderella Stories for having me by, and an extra special thank you for your request. It’s been an honour to be here.
AF Henley ❤
About the Author:
Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.
A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.
Henley has been proudly working with LT3 since 2012, and has been writing like mad ever since—an indentured servant to the belief that romance and true love can mend the most broken soul. Even when presented in prose.
Find more here:
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/A.-F.-Henley/e/B00FIODWSK/
Publisher’s Page: http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-a-f-henley/