Today we say hello to author Kate Fierro stopping by on her pride promotions blog tour for her brand new release of Love Starved
Kate answered some questions for us , shares an excerpt and their is a giveaway to enter
Welcome Kate 🙂
Author Name: Kate Fierro
Book Name: Love Starved
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/KateFierro
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Artwork by Valerie Schroedl, cover design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs
Pages or Words: 304 pages
Micah Geller considers himself lucky: at 27, he has more money than he needs, a job he loves, a debut book coming out, and a brilliant career in information security before him. What he doesn’t have is a partner to share it with—a fact that’s never bothered him much.
But the romantic in him isn’t entirely dead. When a moment of weakness finds him with a contact to a high-class escort specializing in fulfilling fantasies, Micah asks for only one thing.
Show me what it’s like to feel loved.
Categories: Fiction, gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
What inspired you to write Love Starved?
Love Starved, like so many of my other ideas, was born from a random plot bunny that got stuck in my head and grew into something much bigger than I ever expected. In this case, what sparked the fire was a single sentence I saw somewhere on the Internet, years ago: “Show me what it’s like to feel loved.”
“Aw, what a sweet sentiment,” I thought, and scrolled past to other shiny things.
But the little bunny was persistent. Over months and years, it kept popping up occasionally, bringing plot suggestions along: “So, how about two young people in their first serious relationship?” “Too vague? Okay, what if one of them has never been loved?” “Or, you know what, let’s give one of them some bad past experiences, how about that?” “Nothing? Really? So what would be the weirdest situation for such a request?”
It took years. The sentence sat in my inspiration folder and on my “to-write” board, the plot simmering and crystallizing somewhere on the back burner, but its time eventually came. I took it out, dusted it off and lovingly weaved it into a story about a disenchanted romantic, an escort who prides himself on fulfilling every fantasy, and an impossible, desperate request: “Show me what it’s like to feel loved.”
Can you tell us a little about the characters?
Of course. Let’s see…
Micah, the novel’s narrator, is a successful young man who has achieved a lot in his professional life already and believes that should be enough to make him happy. Still, he occasionally craves the larger than life romance he used to dream about when he was a closeted teenager in a small town, before his hopes and dreams were crushed by an unhappy relationship.
Angel is a high-class escort who takes pride in fulfilling his clients’ most intimate fantasies. He’s handsome and sweet, and a bit of an enigma as he molds himself to any scenario he’s hired to act upon.
With some help from Daphne, a manic pixie of a wedding planner, and Micah’s actress sister Claudia, the two are up for a wild ride.
If you want a glimpse of Micah and Angel, I have a little drabble on my blog, showing both of them a couple of years before their story begins.
What brought you to this genre? How long have you been writing?
I wish I’d had access to quality LGBTQ fiction – or any LGBTQ fiction, really – when I was a teenager. Instead, I was in my late twenties by the time I discovered fanfiction and the wealth of amazing stories written by talented authors that opened my eyes to the world of queer romance.
My first attempts at writing, almost 4 years ago, happened in that inclusive and safe environment of fandom, too. I’ve written almost a million words of fanfiction before I decided it was time to brave the wide, uncharted waters of original fiction – and here I am, bringing my feelings and my words to the world of m/m romance.
What is your favorite type of book to read?
I’m like a squirrel, hopping from genre to genre as fancy hits: LGBTQ, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, YA… I tend to dive into one genre completely, reading book after book until I’m satiated, only to jump into another and read my way through a pile of new (or old) releases. Whatever the genre, I enjoy stories with well-drawn, interesting characters, and plots that are dramatic and not too predictable.
Are you working on another book now? Can you tell us about it?
Yes, I am working on my second novel now, with several more bubbling in my mind already. Book #2 only has a work title for now: Project Paris. It’s a story of a college student whose long-term boyfriend goes missing on a trip across Europe, only to reappear two years later in Paris under suspicious circumstances. It’s going to be a bit of a mystery, a bit of an erotic thriller, a bit of a love story. I went on a research trip to Paris a few months ago to breathe the air and see the places I’m writing about with my own eyes, and I’m quite excited about that story.
Angel’s shoulders were broad and strong; his hands kept a warm, steady pressure on Micah’s back, holding him so close that he could feel the movement of Angel’s chest with every breath he took. They stayed near the edge of the impromptu dance floor, swaying with the music. Micah felt safely surrounded, contained—in the familiar song, in the arms that felt as if they were made to hold him, in the magic of this evening. He turned his head, just to glance at Angel’s face, and couldn’t turn away, mesmerized by the look in his eyes. They held the world within—the world of affection, of caring. Of desire. It made something stir in Micah’s belly, a long-banished want.
Angel’s eyes flickered down to Micah’s mouth, and then back up. He bit his plump lower lip.
Around them, people were dancing, music was enveloping them in its sweet enchantment, and night air cooled Micah’s cheeks. Inside, he had suddenly only one desire. And he could have it. He’d been told to take what he wanted tonight.
Kate Fierro spent ten years translating, editing, and reviewing other people’s words before making an impulse decision to write down some of her own. She hasn’t been able to stop ever since. Kate lives in Europe and is bilingual, with more love for her adopted language than her native one.
With nearly a million words under her belt, Love Starved is Kate’s debut novel.
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