- Phaze Books
- Release Date
- June 2011
Patrick Medcaff is a thirty-something blue collar worker trying to make ends meet in Manhattan. He dreams of owning a condo, and in order to do that he has to work a part-time job along with his full time job as a handyman at the ritzy St. Jennings hotel. Patrick will be the newest addition to the New York City College janitorial staff where he is introduced to the shark looking handsome Dean of the Economics department, Christian Jennings.
When Christian and Patrick meet, sparks fly between the two. Patrick thinks nothing can come out of their attraction because Christian is a college graduate who comes from an affluent family made of money, while he barely has two pennies to rub together. Christian, on the other hand, can't get Patrick off his mind, and will prove that although they are opposites in every way, their desires for one another can't be ignored.
Soon these two are embarking on a secret love affair. But when an ex-boyfriend of Patrick's comes back to claim him, Christian will do whatever he can to keep Patrick as his own.
BOOK INTERVIEW on July 2011
Interview by Laura
KT, thank you for being with us this month to tell us all about your latest release!
Q: What is the inspiration for your latest release, BURNING FOR YOU?
I love the idea of opposites attracting and thought what would happen if a somewhat older college dean fell for a hotel janitor? Would they be able to connect not just sexually but mentally? The fun was writing these two men and helping them find a common ground together, which leads them to falling in love.
Q: That's certainly a different set up from what I've read before. So, what can you tell us about Patrick Medcaff? What kind of man is he? Please give us a bit of his background.
Patrick is a hard worker who is a shy homebody. He dreams of bigger and better things for himself. He comes from a family where saving money is important and his father has been pushing him to buy a home and start a family. He's just gotten out of a relationship with another man who didn't really appreciate him and he's still hurting from the rejection.
Q: What prompted Patrick's dreams of owning a condo? What issues, if any, does he have and which he's working on, which prompted this particular dream?
Patrick believes if he owns a property like a condo, he's achieved great success. He feels he'll never have a traditional family type of lifestyle for himself because he's gay. He's still coming to terms with his sexual orientation and being honest with his parents who have a very traditional mindset in regards to marriage.
Q: Please tell us about the college dean, Christian Jennings. What kind of man is he? What does his family have to say about his sexual orientation?
Christian at first seems to be a stuffy college professor, but he's actually more liberal in his thinking. He comes from a very affluent family who has a great deal of money. His father wanted him to take over the family business, but instead he went into higher education. His sisters are very successful women, both of whom own their own businesses. His two sisters are lesbians, so they accept Christian for who he is and love him unconditionally. The same goes for Christian and the way he feels for his sisters. The Jennings siblings are a very close-knit group.
Q: What does Christian see in Patrick, and vice-versa?
When Christian first sees Patrick, he has a very physical attraction toward him. Then as he gets to know Patrick, he becomes attracted to the person Patrick is and not just the outside package. He's impressed with Patrick's work ethic and the goals he set for himself. Patrick is more in awe of Christian because of how educated he is and how Christian goes out of his way to "court" him and show him how incredible of a man he is.
Q: Surely, there would be obstacles in their being together, and one of which was Patrick's opinion on the discrepancy in terms of their financial standing. What other obstacles do our heroes face on their journey to happy-ever-after?
Patrick isn't that outgoing and comfortable in social settings with big crowds. He likes to stay at home, while Christian enjoys being around people and taking advantage of what Manhattan has to offer a single man. Patrick questions why Christian would be interested in someone like him because he feels he doesn't have much to offer Christian. Also, Patrick's ex-boyfriend wants him back and that puts a strain on his new relationship with Christian.
Q: The plot gets thicker! Which character, Patrick or Christian, is the more difficult to write? Why?
Patrick was harder to write because he closes himself off from others and is afraid to be honest and say what's on his mind. He doesn't allow too many people into his life and has a big issue with trust. I didn't want to show Patrick as being too standoffish or having very low self-esteem where the reader may have problems with connecting with Patrick on an emotional level.
Q: What is your favourite scene in the book? Why?
Over the course of the novel, Patrick grows in a beard, mainly because Christian likes the bearded look on Patrick. There's this scene toward the end where Patrick wants to shave his beard and Christian asks if he can shave him. This scene is erotic as well as showing the trust and love these two men share together.
Q: As a writer, you've come so far. What is the most important lesson you have learned?
The most important lesson is not to get yourself down about reviews from those who might not care for your work. Obsessing over a negative review can destroy your self-esteem and hinder your writing. Not everyone is going to like what you've written. All you can do is move on and write the best possible book and be proud of what you have accomplished.
Q: Well said, KT! You have several books under your belt, with a variety of pairings: m/f, m/m and f/f. What would you say is the main difference in writing the different kinds of couples?
The sexual and emotional dynamics are a big difference when writing for three different pairings. You must keep in mind that a male character will react and think differently when they're involved sexually with another male character. The same goes with a female character involved with another female character.
Q: Please share with us a fun fact or unique behind the scenes experience in the course of your writing, whether this story or others.
Since I went to college for television and film, I see my stories much as if they're on the big screen. I visual each scene as a movie and sometimes I'll act out a scene or scenes to make sure they are realistic.
Q: What's up for you in the coming months?
In September, I have a Historical Lesbian Romance from Ravenous Romance coming, including a Straight Interracial Contemporary Romance called Xavier's Loving Arms from Decadent Publishing in October. Also, around that time, I'll have a short M/M Contemporary Romance called A Bid For Love that's part of Decadent Publishing's new 1 Night Stand series.
Thanks for the fascinating insight into BURNING FOR YOU!
Short Bio: KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. Under her alter-ego, she is a well known book reviewer and blogger who doesn't shy away from voicing her opinion. A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and known for writing "out of the box" romances. KT has been quoted in such publications as the Romance Writers of America's Romance Writers Report and Night Owl Reviews. She has also been mentioned in the Guardian.UK, Publisher's Weekly's Beyond the Book and at Bookseller.com. KT is a top ten best-selling PAN (Romance Writers of America Published Authors Network) author at Amazon, as well as being a multiple All Romance Ebooks best seller and a Night Owl Reviews Top Author Pick.
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