Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

Today, I have author A.D. Britten in the interview chair.  We’re discussing his latest novel A Soul Unbroken, a m/m contemporary romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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1. Hi, A.D. First off, readers have an idea of the writer you but what about the everyday you? Can you share about your personal life?

A.D.:  Well, like the many of the main characters in the story I am gay and from Indiana. I grew up in a good but rather conservative area. So, I definitely understand having to be careful who you can be open with about being gay. Besides writing I also am a rather musical person, and come from a very musical family. I’m not a creative writer by profession so it takes a lot of effort to actually complete a story, but it’s definitely worth the effort after it’s completed. Also I am a single, unfortunately, for right now.

2. I’ve been perusing your website and see that A Soul Unbroken is your first LGBTQ+ romance release. Why did you choose to write in this genre?

A.D.:  Well, I think that there is some romance in some of the other stories (like Thorsen or The Meeting at St. Augustine’s) that I have written, however, love is one of the main things that the main character Joey can hold onto in his life. Perhaps that is why it is more important in this story than in others.

3. Can you tell me what inspired you to create this novel?

A.D.:  A while back there were some changes that were happening where I am from that were not entirely welcomed. In the news there had been some mention about hustling and that it was not a part of the culture there, but in another news segment it basically showed that it was already in the state. Not that it was something that people talked about, but it was not as alien as people made it out to be. For some reason that whole controversy stuck with me and helped me write the story.

4. Can you share your writing process through A Soul Unbroken?

A.D.:  I initially wrote the story when I could. It was initially published by an independent publisher in 2006. But I wanted to revise the story a few years ago, since I thought it would be good to revisit it. In the process, so much had happened politically and socially so that some of that is in the book, for instance the main character and his boyfriend getting legally married.

5. Let’s talk about the main characters for A Soul Unbroken. What do you love most about Joey and what makes you want to shake him?

A.D.:  There is definitely not much about him that would make me want to shake him. I love that fact that he knows how to survive and he is open to learning new ways to live life.

6. The same for Allen. What do you love most about him and what makes you want to shake him?

A.D.:  Allen clearly has some issues. I like the fact that he is clearly very smart and dedicated to improving himself after screwing up. I don’t like the fact that it took him so long to get it together, although it’s understandable why he didn’t. Yet he could have avoided a lot of problems if he’d gotten help for himself sooner rather than trying to carry all his troubles on his own.

7. Without giving away any spoilers, what was your favourite scene to write?

A.D.:  I liked the beach scene. There were a few that I liked but that was an important scene.

8. What makes A Soul Unbroken different from other m/m contemporary romances?

A.D.:  There are lots of things, I think, that make the story unique. One, it takes place among people who are poor, and it’s not set in a major city that most people readily recognize like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. Rather it’s in a smaller town not known for its gay community. It also includes important characters who are not all gay, some are straight. A few are rather conservative, but they are still tolerant enough to interact with gay people.

9. If a reader asked you why they should read A Soul Unbroken, what would you tell them?

A.D.:  I’d say that if they are interested in a book unlike most fiction books out there, with a story that will stay with you then they should read it.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

A.D.:  You can definitely expect more short stories. I have initially been putting them up on Booksie on the advice of a writer friend, but I plan to slowly move them to either my website 1morewriter.com or to the new Kindle Vella from Amazon. I do have other ideas for books, but it will take time to write them.

11. What do you enjoy most about writing?

A.D.:  I like everything about it. I like the physical act of typing or writing the words on a page. I like the internet and book research and interviewing people. I have read an entire book just to write one short story because I needed to have some background on the culture and time the story was set in. That probably sounds odd but it’s true. I like trying to find the right phrase or word to express an idea, a thought, a feeling, etc. I like the whole process.

12. What do you enjoy least about writing?

A.D.:  I can’t say there is something that I like the least about it, but the marketing part can be challenging. Due to the subject matter of some of the stories it can be hard to really know who exactly is my audience and how I should be marketing the stories.

13. I enjoy doing random questions, so humour me:

  • What’s your favourite movie?
    I like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I’m not really into fantasy but I like those movies. They are very well done.
  • What book is currently in your e-reader?
    Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  • Who’s your favourite musical group?
    Well, I actually do like Aerosmith, but there are lots. I enjoy different types of music.
  • What song puts a smile on your face?
    Freedom by George Michael

14. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A.D.:  Read the book and review it on Amazon, even if you don’t like it!

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Book Title: A Soul Unbroken
Author: A.D. Britten
Publisher: Self-Published
Original Release Date: May 26, 2019 – Recently re-edited
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: 412 pages

A hustler’s life drastically changes after he enters a homeless shelter.

Blurb:  Joey Christopher has never had an easy life, but living with Allen made everything better. His mere presence made Joey happy and made life seem more manageable despite Allen’s serious faults. However, when Allen is arrested during a drug bust Joey must learn to live on his own for the first time. He even spends some time in a homeless shelter, while he does everything possible to get Allen home to return to the life they once lived only better.

Note:  This is a standalone book.

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For the rest of that day Joey told himself that he wouldn’t go to Gary’s party; he couldn’t go. He meant to take the card out and tear it up before leaving work, but forgot. When he got home later that night he meant to take it out and rip it up, but he was so tired that he just got ready for bed and went to sleep. The end of the week came and the card was still there in his jeans pocket. He happened to wear the same pair of jeans that Friday that he had worn on the day of Gary’s visit. Joey took a deep breath as the last customer left and he went through the store rearranging misplaced books on the shelf and tidying up the store.  At around 5:30pm, Mr. Griffin came out of his office and told Joey that he could go home early. He would finish up.

The next day was going to be busy with another book signing and Joey was going to be the only person that morning. The older woman who had worked there last time, Mr. Griffin’s cousin, could not make it there until later in the day.

So Joey left the store and told himself he was going home and he meant to go home. But somehow he found himself at 7 pm standing on Gary’s porch, one of the first to arrive at his party. He lived at the same address he always had. As soon as Gary looked through the peephole and saw Joey standing at his door, he opened it and invited him in.

Joey, looking a little uncertain, walked in.  He had not taken two steps when Gary drew him close and planted a long and ardent kiss on his lips. Joey was surprised by it but didn’t resist.  It had been so long that although he was never deeply attracted to Gary, he relished the feeling.  “It’s been a long time, Joey,” Gary said afterwards. Joey wanted the kiss to continue, against his better judgement, but Gary’s attention turned to the room.  It was then that he noticed some of the familiar faces in the living room and kitchen, all people from Gary’s small publishing house.

“Hi, how are you?” Madeline said smiling. She was sitting at the dining table with a few other people, a man and a woman, with whom she had been talking. She raised a glass of wine to Joey, having recognized him from the earlier party. Joey wanted to melt. He suddenly realized that it had been a long time since he’d had any alcohol. Why on earth was he being so celibate about everything now? He asked Gary for a glass of wine, which he dutifully poured for him, until a previously unseen large, fluffy, gray cat hopped up on the table, spilling the bottle in the process.

“Awwwww!” Madeline said, standing up to avoid the spill. “Silly cat!”

Gary went to the kitchen to get some paper towels.

Joey stood there, a little stunned. “You have a cat?” he asked.

“Yes, what’s wrong? Are you allergic?” Gary asked concerned.

“No,” Joey replied.  “You just don’t seem the cat type.”

“Well, he’s the last remains of Hollis, an old boyfriend,” Gary said with a slight weariness to his voice.

Madeline picked up the now mostly empty wine bottle and went to the sideboard to replace it, while Gary and another guest continued to clean up the mess. “I told you, you should’ve gotten rid of him,” Madeline playfully chastised. “As soon as he was gone, that cat should have been gone too. Why keep memories of Hollis around anyway? You’re over him now, or so you say.”

Gary just smiled at Joey as he got up from the floor, threw away the red, wet paper towels and took Joey by the hand, leading him to the back of the house where Gary’s bedroom was.

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A.D. Britten is a published author of various short stories, articles, and two novels.

Find A.D.:  Blog/Website | Twitter: @ADBritten1

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