Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Spotlight with a Giveaway~ Autumn Fire

Talking with author Cameron D. James....

Sources of Inspiration

A question I often get asked is whether Autumn Fire (or any of my other publications) are based on real people or real situations.  I’ve even been asked if Autumn Fire is the dramatization of how I met my partner.

I hate to shatter reader fantasies, but it’s all made up... sort of...

While no characters or plot points have been based on actual people or events, there are most definitely elements of real people and elements of real situations that have made it into the characters and plot of the book.  Dustin is gay and in the closet and Kyle is gay but claims he’s straight (despite having an obvious crush).  Anyone who’s gay or knows someone who’s gay can probably relate to these generalized character types.  So, I haven’t based these characters on people, but elements of real people I know, and some of their attitudes and experiences, have made their way (abstractly) into my characters.

I think it’s impossible for a writer to not do that.  You have to write what you know.  That’s one of the most basic writing rules.  Well, if you’re making stuff up, how do you write what you know?  You take character traits you’ve witnessed or experienced, mash them all together, and create a unique and new character.  You take events that are plausible (that you may or may not have personally experienced) and give it a serious makeover to create something unique and new.

So, while I don’t know a real Dustin and a real Kyle, and Autumn Fire is not the story of how I met my partner, I certainly see pieces of people I know in Dustin and Kyle, and I certainly see pieces of my own lived experiences (even pieces of how I met my partner) in the plot of Autumn Fire.  It’s all fiction, but there are elements of reality to it.

Autumn Fire by Cameron D. James
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Dustin likes the closet. It’s warm, comfy, and dark. Who needs to be out when you can get all the anonymous sex you want via the internet? And, besides, coming out is messy and gets you nowhere--certainly not a relationship. Real gay love is fiction.

When Dustin meets CollegeJock22 for a quick blow-and-go in the university library men’s room, everything he thought he knew crumbles. He can’t get that man out of his head and will do almost anything to have him. The only problem? CollegeJock22 is even more in the closet than Dustin.

He’s in so deep he can’t even see the crack of light under the door.


Excerpt –

Hot blowjobs! Call Dave!

Dustin glanced over the phone number scrawled in faded ink, marring the grey paint. A half a dozen more “offers” decorated the wall—hookups made inherently sleazy when delivered in bathroom graffiti.

Not that he should judge, since he occupied the stall in the men’s room at the back of the library for an anonymous blowjob with some guy he met on the internet.

Dustin barely knew anything more about CollegeJock22 than he did about “Dave,” but it was still different…somehow. He’d at least seen CollegeJock22’s picture, if only a grainy crotch shot.

His thoughts crashed to a halt when the bathroom door next to him opened. Blood immediately pounded in his ears, so loud he struggled to hear the hesitant footsteps make their way to the urinal. Cold sweat spread across his forehead. He’d done his share of hookups, but never in a public place before. The danger of being caught both terrified and excited him.

Dustin stared at the sneakered foot, visible just below the stall wall, as the other man stopped at the urinal on the other side of the metal divider. He waited for the signal. Until he heard it, he didn’t know who had come in, CollegeJock22 or some random dude needing to take a piss.

He heard a zipper open, but not the telltale sound of urination. The foot shifted. The pant leg lifted, briefly flashing a white sock. The signal. Dustin flashed his own sock.

Nothing happened. Embarrassment swelled as he realized the awkward coincidence. This was not CollegeJock22.

Then the other man’s feet moved. Another wave of cold sweat peppered his skin. He’d been right. CollegeJock22. Now he just prayed the man wasn’t fat and ugly, his profile one big lie. Dustin’s breath grew shallow and his heart thudded as the man stood on the other side of the stall door.

Dustin left it unlocked, as planned.

It squeaked softly as CollegeJock22 nudged it open.

All doubts vanished. Quite simply, CollegeJock22 would be the hottest guy Dustin ever hooked up with, the rare man who actually lived up to his profile. He easily stood five foot eleven with tight golden curls peeking out from below his ball cap. His muscled chest pulled his shirt taut beneath his open jacket and his cock…a gorgeous piece of meat dangled from his open fly. The thick and semi-hard dick sprouted from a dusting of fine hair, probably at least seven inches when erect.

About the Author:

Cameron D. James is a lover of books, coffee, chocolate, and cute Starbucks baristas.

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1 comment:

camerondjames said...

Thanks for hosting me on this blog tour! :D

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