Author K.E. Belledonne is here at Love Bytes today with their blog tour for their book Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist.
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Author Name: K.E. Belledonne
Book Name: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Pages or Words: 53,000 words, 188 pages
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Rom Com
Today I’m very happy to be interviewing K.E. Belledonne, author of Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist. Hi Kat, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about your writing?
The nicest thing anyone’s ever said about my writing is that I “got it exactly right.” I do a lot of research about so many different aspects of my books, and it really made me so very happy that even though I’d never been in a particular situation, myself, that I was able to capture the emotional truth of it, regardless.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that impact your writing?
I’m a part-time novel writer and I find it has its challenges, but it’s ultimately rewarding. I think I’d go slightly bonkers if all I did every day was to stare at a computer screen and try to write. It works for some people, and that’s wonderful for them, but I need to have different projects to work on, and excuses to go out and not write or plot things.
What interested you about the theme of this book?
Ostensibly, this is a book about the trials and challenges of planning a wedding, but I hope readers will see the other levels of it. It’s really about the search for your own identity, and how much process it takes to fully be comfortable in your own skin.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
The most difficult part of writing for me is writing the scenes that I’m not that excited about, or that bore me. We need introductions, and little interstitial moments, and descriptions of what they’re wearing and things like this, but most times, those things are difficult for me.
Name your four most important food groups.
Cheese, tomatoes, apples and wine.
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she’s judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can’t. I’m never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You’re being dramatic.”
“I’ve got too many things buzzing in my head. There’s too many things I’m going to forget to do.”
“I thought that’s why you had that damn app, so you don’t have to remember anything; it’s all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn’t just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you’re never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It’s just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what’s going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It’s the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I’ll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don’t want you to just ‘live with it,’ Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don’t want you to just ‘live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You’re going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we’ll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik’s nerves; he was getting on Erik’s nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?
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K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
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Tour Dates & Stops:
1-Jul: Attention Is Arbitrary, Alpha Book Club
Rafflecopter Prize: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press gift card, 5 first prizes of an e-copy of Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist