Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Love bytes says hello and welcome to authors Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell joining us today to talk about their newest release “Hard Wired”.
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Title: Hard Wired
Series: Cyberlove, #3
Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
Publisher: Megtino Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Gaymers
My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.
But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.
Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.
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You two have an amazing writing dynamic. Could you tell us about your writing process, how you work together?
Megan: Before we start each draft, we decide who will write which character. And then we just trade off writing scenes in a Google Doc. It’s really fun because I’m usually always inspired by the last scene he wrote, and am eager to write the next one.
Santino: Everything she said. In terms of planning and character development, funnily so far it’s been pretty organic. We’ve each been more in tune with one character or the other.
Hard Wired deals with very serious topics. Online personas are important parts of our lives. How do you relate to your online personalities? How different are they from you in real life, if at all?
Megan – I don’t think I’m much different online than I am in real life. It’s funny, because Santino and I met online. As in, we only talked online. We didn’t talk on the phone until after Strong Signal was published. We were great friends online, got along really well and meshed as friends. But as everyone who spends a lot of time online knows, there is a learning curve to transferring that friendship to real life. Before we met in person last year, I was a bit nervous–would we still get along, would he be the same, would I be the same? Etc. But when we met in person, it was all good. He’s the same online as he is in person, and our sibling-like banter was still there. 🙂
Santino – Piggy backing on Megan’s concerns, I had the same worries, but it was basically as if we’d already known each other all our lives and were able to pick up with the jokes and teasing seamlessly. Funniest moment was her storming into my room waving a bottle of contact solution because I’d been at it for like 20 minutes trying to get them in my eyes. So, my concerns were for nothing. Now, we call each other when something important comes up, we have plans to hang out aside from conventions, and our families are both super supportive of our work. Everyone wants to meet each other, which is pretty amazing.
Megan: Yeah, I’m convinced Santino and my husband would be excellent gym buddies so now all I have to do is convince him to move closer to me. 😀
How do you deal with your fans online and in RL? How do you feel about your fans?
Megan – I love my readers. Meeting them in person is one of the highlights of this job. Signings really do energize me. That face-to-face tangible proof of what my writing does to people is invaluable.
Santino – My readers are amazing. Not only because of how enthusiastic they are about my books, but because they’re extremely supportive.
What kind of interaction are you comfortable with online? How can you protect your personal lives?
Megan – I’m more open than Santino online but that’s because I can be and because I choose to be. I think it’s up to every author to figure out the level they are comfortable with.
Santino – I am comfortable with any discussion with readers that happens out in the open where everyone can see it. I don’t respond to PMs or DMs much, but I welcome any emails from readers.
Who was the easiest and most difficult to write?
Megan – For me, Kai was the easiest to write. He’s the most like me, and I just adored him. I miss writing him a lot, to be honest.
Santino – In the series, I would say Ian was the most challenging. He has a lot of history that affects his actions and thoughts, and trying to figure out how he would respond to different things was tricky while trying to keep him sympathetic. He didn’t always do things that were good for the people around him even if he was protecting himself.
How much are you involved in the gaming community?
Santino – I’m primarily just a lurker in Twitch channels. When I do game, I mostly play with friends.
Megan: I also lurk on Twitch, and when I do game, it’s in private because I’m really bad, haha.
Do you follow any gamers or vloggers on YouTube? If yes, who are they?
Santino: Funnily, a lot of people I started following a year ago have now sort of turned me off one way or another. But the one Twitch streamer who did recently totally charm me was Anthony Kongphan. A stock photo from his modeling days wound up on the cover of one of Garrett Leigh’s books, and he was completely hilarious about it.
Megan: I actually follow a lot of makeup vloggers. Which was actually really relevant to this book since Beau is kind of a gay inspirational vlogger. I tried to draw on how they interact with their fans and typical video speak–click like and subscribe!!–that kind of stuff.
Can you tell us about the next installment of the series?
The next book will be about Beau (Jesse’s cousin) and Zane. They are YouTube personalities who, on the surface, are opposites. We are super excited to write their story!
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Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.