Hi Andrew, thanks for stopping by the House Millar. I’m so excited to have you visit. Today we are focusing on Artistic Appeal, part of the Bottled Up series. I have a few questions for you . . .
Title: Artistic Appeal
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Bottled Up, #7
Release Date: October 21st 2011
Genre: M/M, Romance, Contemporary
Review: 4 Drops
Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don’t want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but he’s not who catches Brian’s eye. Instead, it’s Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.
But pursuing Nicolai won’t be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he’s reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai’s ex, who wants him back badly.
Nicolai’s reluctance isn’t the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man—all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn’t about co-dependence, it’s about support.
Do you have plans for a new book?
I always have a book that I’m writing. My latest work release is Artistic Pursuits and I’m working eleven stories ahead of that in the fourth story in the Taste of Love series, A Slice of Love. It takes place in a bakery.
Who designed the cover of your book?
The cover for Artistic Pursuits was designed by Anne Cain. She is an amazing artist and a dear person.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Artistic Pursuits. Frank Jennings is an FBI agent looking for redemption. Leslie Carlton is an Interpol agent looking for a thief. But what they find isn’t what they expect.
Sounds great (and if it’s anything like the others in this series, it’s sure to please).
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Hopefully quitting my day job to write full time.
I wish you the best of luck on that (yes, I am a bit of a fan girl, so what?)
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
My partner would adore living in Germany and since I can write anywhere, I’d travel anywhere he wanted to go.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Ken Follett. He’s an amazing storyteller and I’d love to be able to sit down and talk with him.
What books have most influenced your writing most and why?
There are been some amazing author friends that have influenced my writing. Ariel Tachna, Nicki Bennett, Connie Bailey. For me it’s not so much a work as the authors themselves that have helped me beyond belief.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I have and read all of them, although most of my recent purchases have been ebooks.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I’m published through Dreamspinner Press. A small publisher of gay romance.
What can we expect from you in the future? i.e. More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I only write gay romance. I was lucky enough to have my own great romance so that’s what I write about.
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
I wish I knew. Sometimes a best seller isn’t necessary the best book or the best story, but the one that gets the most hype and buzz.
I wish it weren’t so, but I’ve read many lackluster ‘bestsellers’ and some amazing stories that barely saw the light of day.
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
Only once and it didn’t last long. I continued writing and the block simply evaporated.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I love writing beginnings because the whole story has yet to be told and could go anywhere.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?
I don’t generally talk about criticisms too much. They’re only someone’s opinion and nothing more. For every person that loves a story there is someone who isn’t going to care for it. I try to take what I can from the criticism if it’s constructive and move on.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes. There are stories that have moved me and I have reread them, but usually with months or years between readings.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
I use a laptop.
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I prefer to write at my spot in our family room and usually in the evenings. I have written at home, on planes, trains, in cars, on ships, and on busses.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
No one. I’d want Dominic, my sister, and my 4 month old niece. (My sister only get to come to change the baby’s diapers)
Hehe… Gotta love the little ones.
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
I absolutely adore The Big Bang Theory.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me and letting us peak inside your head a bit. This concludes the 1st part of our interview with the gracious author, Andrew Grey. Make sure to stop by on the March 8th for the 2nd half!
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About the Author
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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