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The Truth As He Knows It
By A.M. Arthur
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor
Pages or Words: 83,000 words, 255 pages
Do you listen to music while writing?
Sometimes. I am all over the place when it comes to how I write. I used to play music all the time. I’d often have a playlist of songs that reminded me of the stories or characters. Now more often than not, I write either in silence, or with the background noise of a fan running. Sometimes if I want music, I’ll choose something that’s instrumental, instead of with lyrics. Some of my favorite instrumentals are the scores for “Band of Brothers” and “Dante’s Cove.” It depends on my mood, or if I need help getting in the mood to write a certain kind of scene.
What do you do while writing that others might find unusual?
I can’t really think of anything. I don’t believe in rituals. I know sometimes I’ll see a writer say “I can’t write without my tea!” or “I have to be in a coffee shop with noise all around me.” I write whenever I can, at whatever time of day is convenient. I don’t need anything special around, although I always have something to drink within reach, usually water. Water feeds the brain and body, so hydration is important.
I know, I’m boring.
Which of your books was the most difficult to write?
Out of all of my books that have been published, I would have to STAND BY YOU. While I wrote it fairly quickly, it wasn’t an easy book. The romance was a very slow burn romance, with a lot of sexual tension. Romy went to hell and back, so getting him through everything he was trying to overcome was a special challenge. Knowing in my heart that the way it ended in terms of Romy and Brendan’s sexual relationship was correct (and some readers have disagreed with it, which is their right). I really wanted to give Romy the story he deserved.
Now, if we aren’t talking published, then THE WORLD AS HE SEES IT wins hands-down for most difficult. This is the second Perspectives book, and once you meet Tristan in THE TRUTH AS HE KNOWS IT, you’ll understand why his POV was so difficult to get into. But once I figured him out and knew where his story was going, it got a little easier.
Who is an author you would like to meet and talk to over dinner?
Michael Moss. He’s a nonfiction, food writer who has authored multiple books on food and the way we eat in America. I’ve become very aware of processed foods, GMO’s, and how our eating habits affect our overall health and enjoyment of life. I now eat gluten-free to help manage chronic pain. SALT SUGAR FAT is a must-read about the processed food industry. I would love to pick his brain and simply have a conversation about food.
Slow and gentle or up against the wall?
I’m pretty vanilla in my own life, so I’d have to go with slow and gentle. Up against the wall sounds like it has its own merits, but I imagine you can only go so long before someone gets a leg cramp.
Perspectives, Book 1
Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.
When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.
Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.
The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
“I want to see you again,” Shane said.
Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”
Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”
“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”
“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”
“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”
Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”
“About thirty hours.”
“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”
“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”
“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”
“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”
He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”
“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”
Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.
“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”
“You’re welcome, cowboy.”
Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.
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About the Author
A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.
When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.
Where to find A.M. Arthur:
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.
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