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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing J.K. Hogan, author of Unbreak Broken.
Hi J.K, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hey, there! IRL I’m a pretty normal gal, wife and mother and fur-mommy. I stay at home with my son and alternate between writing and graphic design. I’m also currently carrying my second son.
I started out writing m/f paranormal romance—I have a series of three books if anyone is so inclined—but I started writing exclusively m/m in the last couple of years. I just have more fun doing it.
My new release, Unbreak Broken, is (probably) the conclusion to my Coming About series. It features Rory, everybody’s favorite cuddly straight guy, who ends up being not-so-straight, but not without a lot of heartache and…well, therapy. He gets paired with a sexy cop with a teenage daughter, and much drama ensues. Hope you enjoy!
What book do you wish you could have written?
Oh, man, that’s a tough one. I think despite all the scandal surrounding Watchman, I think I would have to say To Kill a Mockingbird. This book was written in a different time, so it’s hard for a lot of people to get into it now, but I remember loving it even reading it as a teenager. Now when I read about Harper Lee’s story, I’m awed by what a breakout success it was when no one really expected it to be.
How important are names to you (in your books)? Do you choose names based on liking the way it sounds or meaning? How do you choose your names?
Names are super important. Sometimes they just pop into my head, or sometimes I’ll put in a placeholder name for a character, and by the time he ends up being important, the name has stuck. I don’t particularly like really romance-novel-y names like Fabio or whatever (sorry, dude, that’s the only one I could think of!), but I am a stickler for unique names when I can use them. Even in my own life—my son’s name is Rowan, which is pretty uncommon, especially for a boy. His brother will have an equally unique name but we’re not telling yet!
Were you already a great writer? Have you always enjoyed writing? How long have you been writing?
I don’t know if I could call myself “great” even now, because everything is subjective. All I can say is that I’m really proud of my work. Yes, I’ve always enjoyed writing, but probably more the making up stories part than the actual pen-to-paper part. I’ve been making up stories most of my life, but didn’t start writing seriously until about 12 years ago.
Which character, from any of your books, do you consider your greatest work?
Wow, talk about Sophie’s Choice. I would say it’s a toss-up between Titus from Shadows Fall, or the character I’m writing in my current WIP, Jonah. Titus was such a colorful character, so I was really proud of him. Jonah is the son of a very evil man, and he has multiple mental illnesses, so if I can pull him off in the end, it will definitely be an accomplishment.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
Hobbies are few and far between, being a work-at-home mom of a toddler and also pregnant… I don’t really have any free time. My husband and I enjoy dog agility, though I don’t compete anymore since I have the kids, but I still go cheer our dogs on. I enjoy digital art including graphic design and manga, I like to crochet, and I love opera. I’m excited to be going to my second live opera next month, Fideglio, Beethoven’s only opera.
Now check out J.K. Hogan's Unbreak Broken.....
Publisher: Wild City Press
Cover Artist: J.K. Hogan (KHD Graphics)
Series: Coming About
True series: Should be read in order
Release Date: September 16, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26118822-unbreak-broken
Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.
Harbor Patrol officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.
Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.
Pages or Words: 98,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Dr. Conlan treated me to a rare fond smile, almost motherly in its warmth. “I’m pleased to see you happier than you have been.”
I grinned back, but then my brow furrowed. “Does this make me gay?”
“Does that matter?”
“I don’t know. Should it?”
“I’ll never understand the fascination with labeling things that our society seems to have. To me, sexuality is as intangible as the universe. There’s no way to truly know what’s out there, and how it all relates to everything else.
“As humans, we seek to know, to understand, and somehow we feel that putting things in boxes and labeling helps us do that. But some things are fluid, changing and developing with the tide of the evolution of life. Do me a favor, Rory. Don’t put yourself in a box.”
I was dumbfounded, stunned speechless. I knew I’d remember Dr. Conlan’s words for the rest of my life, and I would try to stay as true to them as I could. “I won’t,” I whispered.
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Meet J.K. Hogan:
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them. J.K. is hoping to one day have a little something for everyone, so she’s branched out from m/f paranormal romance and added m/m contemporary romance. Who knows what’s next?
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives in the country with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading! For more information, please visit www.jkhogan.com.
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Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialJKHogan