So tell us about your latest or upcoming release. What is this gem about?
"The Substitute" is another in my series of tradesmen tales. In this story, a union journeyman plumber risks his career by assuming a false identity to substitute for an injured buddy who owns a non-union plumbing business. "
's" day turns surreal when
he arrives at the first appointment and discovers the client is expecting sex
and not plumbing services. Gary
How often does your muse distract you from day to day minutiae?
I live in the Frozen tundra of
. My muse resides at my adopted
home of Summer Haven, Florida (USA). She doesn't come around much when I am
here in the cold but fills my mind with stories when I'm walking the beach in
Summer Haven. Minnesota
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be
I don't know if The Terminator is a paranormal creature but I'd like to be a killer cyborg, charged with hunting down and brutally dispatching bad guys in serious need of killing.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I shovel snow. Actually all our snow fell out east this year. In real life I am a handyman for hire. My stories usually have confrontations with real life problems suitable for HGTV. I think by grounding my stories in the reality of leaky faucets, it helps make the fantasy elements more believable.
Are any of your characters like you?
Yes, my main male characters tend to be like me, self effacing, witty, but sometimes clueless about the wiles of women. As a writer I think it's important to have characters who can reveal emotional truths. I'm not a good enough writer yet to create characters out of thin air and imbue them with traits I don't understand.
Do you have a favourite quote from any of your book(s)?
I have used a line in several of my stories that comes from real life. Back in college (eons ago) a group of us guys played basketball on Friday nights, then went out for copious quantities of beer. Over beers, one of the guys had ants in his pants telling us about a girl he had just met who invited him for dinner on Saturday night. The last thing she said to him was "Rest up." Wow.
If a movie or TV production company chose to produce your books into a series of shows or movies, who would your ideal cast be?
For "The Substitute" my male character "
" could be Ben Affleck or
Matt Damon. " Gary " meets two very different
women in the story. The first is the curvaceous, lusty Katherine
"Cat" Reynolds who I see as Eva Mendez. The second woman is very much
the opposite, she is tall, blond, thin, reserved and very chilly at first,
ideally played by Nicole Kidman. Gary
If "The Substitute" is ever is made into a movie I want to be on the set. I love the characters all these fine actors have played, but I also have a thing for Eva Mendez.
A substitute plumber's world turns upside down when he discovers his buddy's business is providing more than plumbing services to an exclusive female clientele.
A journeyman plumber breaks union rules, risking the loss of his career, and assumes a false identity to substitute for an injured friend who owns a non-union plumbing shop. When "Gary" arrives on the job, he is stunned to discover that the client is expecting sex and not plumbing services. It's the beginning of a day of surprises.
Motivated by his obligation to a friend and seduced by the allure of the client, "Gary" has some of the best sex of his life. He is at peace until he overhears the client making an immediate referral to a friend. Torn between conscience and friendship, he accepts the referral.
His day turns again as Britta initially spurns his services, much to "Gary's" relief, then asks him to do some plumbing work. While he is working, Britta slowly drops her hostile manner, sharing more of her personal story. "Gary" finds himself longing for a deeper connection, but has to dispel Britta's feelings of inadequacy and deal with his hidden identity.
One minute I was getting ready to install a new faucet for this really hot divorcee. The next thing I knew, she was naked, splayed out on the massive onyx granite kitchen island of her fabulous McMansion. Her legs over my shoulders, my work pants on the floor, I'm banging her furiously. She was screaming and panting, heavy breasts flopping like luscious melons, her pussy pouring out love juice over my cock while she clutched the backs of her thighs. Her head thrashed in the pile of her frosted, layered mane of silver and black hair. She was so strong I thought she was going to lift my two-hundred-pound frame from the floor as her back arched in the agony of a hard orgasm.
I was breaking all the rules that day, but the last one I ever expected to break was fucking a client on the clock. But technically, she wasn't my client.
My strange odyssey began when my plumbing trade school buddy, Steve, called me in desperation from the ER where he was being treated for a severely turned ankle.
"Dude, you gotta take this job for me today." His voice was full of mirth, making me suspect he was loaded with painkillers.
"Steve, you know I can't do that. I'm a union journeyman, and you're a non-union shop."
I couldn't work for one of my best friends, not within the rules the union had set for us. Rules that protected us from exploitation, but limited our choices.
"It's just one job, goddamnit. I don't have anyone else I can trust."
"Yeah, but that one job could cost me my career."
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Author bio and links
Spencer Dryden is a new to writing fiction, but an old guy on the threshold of draining any reserves left in Medicare and Social Security. In real life he is a handyman, an at-home dad, inventor, and web videographer, living a quiet life in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, USA.
He earned an MBA from a prestigious Midwestern university but is so far behind on the career earnings scale of his peers that the university has offered to refund his tuition if he will return his diploma and disavow his affiliation, lest he continue to denigrate the school's impeccable brand.
He has a beautiful trophy wife ready to spend his royalties. Like all good romance writers, he has a cat but prefers to pet his wife.
This is his fourth work published by Breathless Press.
He can be reached at multiple locations:
Check out his website: http://www.fictionbyspencer.com/
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He is a regular contributor to the multiauthor blog, Oh Get A Grip: http://ohgetagrip.blogspot.com
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