1. Tell us about your newest release.
“Before I Wake” is a m/m romance story with a fairy tale theme. It’s about a nurse’s aide named Jonesy who befriends a young man in a coma who was the victim of a hate crime. The story is from Jonsey’s point of view. He’s a huge man who’s not terribly book smart but he’s very compassionate. He falls in love with Michael (the coma patient) along the way and has to convince Michael that life is worth fighting for. The story has a dark and lyrical mood, like a traditional fairy tale. You can probably guess what fairy tale this is based on!
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
I wrote a few scenes from the POV of Michael, the coma patient. I thought it would be interesting to try to imagine what would be going on in his mind. He’s a big Lord of the Rings fan, so in his mind he’s lost in a dungeon. Having someone like Jonesy who cares about him ‘out here’ in the real world gradually helps make that dungeon a less terrifying place.
3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
I learned that I really like working in 1st person POV, which I haven’t done much of in the past. Writing Jonesy’s voice was a wonderful challenge, and I felt it really made his personality come alive. I also did some research on the recovery of coma patients. Their chances of recovery are so much better if they have family and friends who continue to try to talk to them and touch them. A lot of that went into the story.
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
In high school I was an avid reader of horror—Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Anne Rice. That was the period in which I decided I wanted to write. More recently, I’ve been a passionate reader of all things romance. I got into m/m romance heavily about a year ago. My favorite authors in this genre are Amy Lane, Z.A. Maxfield, J.L. Merrow, and Andrew Grey, just to name a few. Those authors helped me find my ‘sweet spot’, the things I most like to read and write, which are contemporary m/m romances with a good dollop of sweetness, humor and a twist of dark angst.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
Although this is my first published m/m romance title under this name, I have been writing professionally for about twenty years. So my family is quite used to it. My husband has always been very supportive of me pursuing whatever floated my boat, and the m/m romance is no different. He doesn’t care to read it, but he supports me writing it! As for my siblings, they probably think it’s a little weird, but then, they’d expect nothing less from me.
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
My husband and I live on a farm where we have a few bulldogs, chickens and cows. I love that life. I also enjoy hiking and volkswalking. But honestly, I read a TON. So I spend a lot of my spare time doing that.
7. How can readers connect with you online?
I’m on goodreads, and if you’re active on there, you’re welcome to friend me (Eli Easton). I also have a blog – elieaston.com and a Tumblr (http://elieaston.tumblr.com/)
Blurb for BEFORE I WAKE:
Jonesy is a nurse’s aide at St. Mercy Hospital. One night the victim of a hate crime in brought onto his ward, deep in a coma. Rejected by his homophobic parents, and seemingly friendless, Michael has no one to stick up for him as his life support is turned off. Jonesy encourages Michael to keep breathing and, miraculously, Michael does. As the months pass, Jonesy stays by Michael’s side, talking to him, reading to him and encouraging Michael to wake up. Jonesy may be a big galoot, and he may not be the smartest guy in the world, but he knows someone who needs a friend when he sees one. And if he also thinks Michael is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, well, Jonesy knows better than to hope for things that can never happen.
Author Bio for Eli Easton
Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest fiction writing.
Her website in www.elieaston.com
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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