A warm welcome to authors Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths visiting Love Bytes today to talk about the release of the box set of their Will & Patrick series! Leta kindly offered some questions for us and their is a giveaway to participate in 🙂
Title: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married Serial
Author: Leta Blake & Alice Griffiths
Series Title and Number: Complete Set, Episodes 1 – 6
Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Release Date: 5/6/16
Length: 700 Pages
Genre/Tags: Romantic Comedy, M/M Romance, Happy Ending
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
My first story was called The First Girl (and Person) on the Moon. It was a school assignment inspired by them showing us old videos of Neil Armstrong on the moon. It’s full of terrible spelling and misunderstandings about how space works, but I find it of interest that already, at the age of five, I knew there was a difference between being the first girl to do something and the first person, and I wanted my reader to be sure to know that not only was this the first girl on the moon, but the first person, too. I was already bucking reality’s constrictions on gender!
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
Fridays are my official “writing day” and I try to hold them sacred. No doctor’s appointments, no day job work, and no favors for people can be done on Fridays. The only exception is anything that has to do with my child. Otherwise, I fit it in when I can. I have an unusually flexible day job that doesn’t require me every day, or even if I go in, they don’t require me all day, so I get in a few hours here and there whenever I can.
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
Every book is different. I wish that I had some a reliable technique or process, but generally there is a point in every book—sometimes the beginning, sometimes the middle, sometimes the end—when I think to myself, “You have no idea how to write a book! What are you doing? You have no clue!” Despite having a number of books now that prove, yeah, I actually do know how to write one. I just don’t necessarily know how to write this one. Inspiration can come from anywhere: music, memories, non-fiction books, travel, shopping, etc. I tend to let the words flow as they come and then try to nudge them into some kind of timeline/shape. I can dump a lot of words down but, usually, at some early point, I need them to start making sense in terms of a timeline. I’m also aware that a lot of early words will be cut as I find the character’s voice and background.
Where did the desire to write M/M romance come from?
My earliest childhood romantic fantasies involved Batman and Robin. It just built from there.
What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?
I can usually tell which book ideas are going to be written because the title will fall into my mind. I have a lesbian popstar book, for example, that keeps being back-burnered, but I know if a title fell into my head, I’d move forward with it a lot faster.
“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
I either say Romance or LGBT Romance depending on my mood.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is incredibly supportive. My husband does everything he can so I have more writing time available. My mother and sister-in-law read my books. My father is supportive in his own way, too.
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
Finish the book. That’s the first and most important part. If you never finish the book, then you’ve got nowhere to go as a writer. And, believe me, finishing isn’t always easy…even for those of us who’ve pulled it off in the past. Just finishing is a huge accomplishment.
Join the fun in this romantic comedy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!
Episode One: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married
After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out—unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!
Episode Two: Will & Patrick Meet the Family
Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious–and painful–when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most. Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them and you’ve got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.
Episode Three: Will & Patrick Do the Holidays
A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they? Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?
Episode Four: Will & Patrick Fight Their Feelings
Will and Patrick have embraced adding hot sexy-times to their fake marriage, but as their emotions deepen, they confront whether or not they want to be more than friends-with-benefits. The heat is high (and occasionally kinky) as Will and Patrick struggle to accept their mutual affection.
Episode Five: Will & Patrick Meet the Mob
Patrick has finally accepted that he’s in love with Will, but his newfound determination to do something about that runs up against his father-in-law’s mobster plans. Will must face the truth about his family before he can fully come to terms with his feelings for Patrick. And Patrick has to decide if this whackadoodle world is something he truly wants to be part of forever.
Episode Six: Will & Patrick’s Happy Ending
Sure, Will and Patrick are in love now, but they weren’t when they got married in Vegas. For Patrick, that’s no problem, but Will can’t shake his doubts that a relationship started through coercion can ever become the real deal. Since the Molinaro crime family has reversed their position on divorce, Will and Patrick have a chance to rectify their drunken mistake. But is divorce the right choice for them?
The Wake Up Married serial is now available in several ways:
(with the first episode priced at a low .99 and the rest at $2.99)
Not all episodes are available on these sites yet but should be by the end of July.
Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.
You can find out more about her by following her online.
A long-time reader of romance novels, Alice Griffiths finally took the plunge into writing, teaming up with best-selling author Leta Blake for the ‘Woke up Married’ serialized comedy. A lover of tropes, Alice enjoys mining old ideas and putting a fresh, funny spin on them. Formerly working in the newspaper industry, Alice is now an art curator. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
You can find out more about her by following her online.
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Two lucky winners will win one eBook copy of any Will & Patrick episode.