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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Sean Michael author of Three to Get Ready, a Mannies Incorporated novel
Hi Sean, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
I’d have to say the actual writing. I love it. I love making up stories and putting words on paper (so to speak) and giving the characters who show up in my head life. I think I’d probably go a little (or a lot) crazy if I didn’t have writing as an outlet.
When I was in junior high, I can remember walking to school (it was a little over a mile away) and telling myself stories. Out loud. I’m sure I looked like a nutjob. I didn’t care, though, the stories were what was important.
Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?
All the time! Of course, this is how I write. The characters inhabit my brain and I take down the stories they dictate. Often enough, I know where the story is going – or at least I think I do, but they are always in charge and can turn on a time and change the story as I’m writing it without notice. I have also learned not to fight them. Fighting the characters leads to not being able to write.
How did you celebrate the release of your book?
I think this one deserves frozen lime margaritas and buffalo chicken fajitas, with deep fried ice cream for dessert at the Lone Star.
I have also made up some fun promo for this one, as Kris Norris did me an adorable stick figure two dads family as the new “Mannies Incorporated” logo.
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
I keep needing new ideas for the Mannies book so the aren’t the same. So this time, I thought what if there were these two guys who used to know each other and they broke up because the now-manny wanted kids and the now-dad didn’t. Wouldn’t that be an interesting twist?
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
Sometimes the characters arrive in my head complete with names. Sometimes one has a name and the other I have to come up with on my own. If that’s the case, I usually try to come up with a name that suits the first one. For instance, Jack showed up, full name included – Jack Jones. But I had to name the man who would be his manny and more. With a name like Jack Jones, I knew I didn’t want something fancy or unusual, it had to be something common that went with Jack. So I tried out “Jack and…” with various names until something that worked came up.
Sometimes I don’t get either name and have to look up both. Often I’ll check out a baby name site and see if I can’t find a name that suit my character – is he the strong silent type? Is he strong as an ox? As steadfast as a mountain? Is he a horny bastard who needs a porn star name? (Yes, that is how Rig, Rock and Dick all got their names – I tried to come up with what sounded like porn star nicknames to me).
Have you ever written naked?
If I said yes, would that be like kissing and telling – only writing and telling?
Let me just say this – when inspiration strikes, it doesn’t matter where you are, what time it is or what you’re doing or wearing – the urge to get the words in your head down on paper can sometimes be all consuming.
Now let's check out Sean Michael's Three to get Ready....
Book Name: Three To Get Ready
Series: Mannies Incorporated
This book can be read as a standalone
Publisher: Sean Michael
Cover Artist: Kris Norris
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/452671.Sean_Michael
Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.
Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as Manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.
When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work together, or will their past keep them from having a future together?
Pages or Words: 64,000 words/190 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
Dan Miller followed the instructions on his GPS to one Jack Jones' house for his interview. He was trying to decide if it was a good or bad omen that he'd dated a Jack Jones. It had ended, so maybe bad. On the other hand, they'd ended because Jack didn't want kids and he did, which was better to learn early on, before they'd invested a lot of time in each other, right? So good sign.
Chuckling at himself, he went over what Drake at Mannies Inc had told him about the family.
Single gay dad, one special needs son - the boy was nearly six and clinically blind. Apparently he could see general shapes if they were high contrast and he could see lights and light contrast. There were twin girls on their way. In a couple of weeks in a few weeks in fact.
Newborns were Dan's favorite. He loved that new baby smell. He loved their chubby little cheeks and limbs, their fat bellies and how quickly they changed.
After reading the file, he'd had to agree with Drake that he seemed like a really good fit for the family.
The position was live-in, so he paid close attention as the condo came into view. Not far from the beach, it was a decent size, not too big, but not tiny. The front was neat and he could see the backyard was fenced in.
Pulling into the drive, he turned off the engine and took a deep breath. Okay. Interview time. He climbed out of the car, with his best ‘I’m the perfect man to look after your kids’ face on.
He knocked on the front door.
"Daddy! Maddie, someone is here!"
"I'll get it, man. Hopefully this one will work for your daddy, Mr. Picky. I have to leave the week of Thanksgiving. I have to."
The door opened and a lovely dark-skinned young woman stood there with a skinny little boy in thick glasses. "Hey there. Can I help you?"
"Hi, Dan Miller. I'm here to see Mr. Jones?"
"Sure. Come on in. I'm Maddie, Nathan's personal assistant." She winked at him.
"Very nice to meet you." He shook her hand.
Then he turned his attention to the little boy. "Hey there, You must be Nathan."
"Uh-huh. Nathan James Jones." One hand was held out. "Pleased meeting you."
Dan took Nathan's hand and shook it solemnly. "Pleased to meet you, too."
"Hey there. Sorry, man. I was paying some bills. Crazy life."
Dan looked up at the familiar voice and blinked. Strong jaw, blond curls, and the bluest eyes in the history of the earth -- that was Jack. His Jack.
Dan felt like he'd been poleaxed.
His Jack who didn't want kids, no way no how was he fucking crazy for even suggesting it.
"Jack?" Oh, smooth, Dan. Clearly it was Jack. Hell, even if he couldn't believe his eyes, the folder he'd gotten from Drake had said the guy's name was Jack.
"Dan? Danny? Oh, my God!" Jack's eyes went wide. "Look at you. You look amazing."
He kind of hated the way Jack's words made him stand a little taller, a little straighter. "So do you. The years have been good to you." Twelve years. Shit, things had changed in that time, that much was obvious, but not how just a glance from those devastating eyes could make his cock perk up. That hadn’t changed a damn bit.
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Tour Dates & Stops:
18-Dec: Inked Rainbow Reads, Gay Book Reviews, Mikky's World of Books, Kirsty Loves Books, Dawn’s Reading Nook
21-Dec: Sassygirl Books
23-Dec: Velvet Panic
25-Dec: Havan Fellows
30-Dec: Bayou Book Junkie
1-Jan: Happily Ever Chapter
5-Jan: Making It Happen
12-Jan: Jessie G. Books
13-Jan: Bonkers About Books
Meet the author:
Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago."
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/