Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Set Me Free by Kitty Stephens

Author Name: Kitty Stephens 
Book Name: Set Me Free 
Release Date: June 9, 2016 
Pages or Words: 63,000 words 
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance 
Publisher: Interlude Press 
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer

  Blurb: When an affluent college-bound boy falls for a young artist, he must choose between the life that’s been mapped out for him and the chance at true love.

 They found a secluded spot to sit off the main drag and scarfed down pieces of pizza and people-watched. Aaron had been full of nerves earlier, but Lucky put him at ease. He had that way about him.

 “I’ve got a few minutes left,” Lucky said when they finished their food.

 They got up, sipping at their drinks as they made their way through the crowd back toward Lucky’s booth. It was now or never. He had to ask, had to get the words out, or miss his shot.

 “Can I ask you something?” Lucky spoke up before Aaron could. Maybe Lucky would… Aaron held his breath, nodding. “It might sound weird.”

 “Sure,” Aaron replied, his heart beating a little faster. He had no idea what was coming now; what could Lucky possibly want from him? A kiss? “Can you take your picture for me?”

 Aaron blinked at him. Lucky tilted his head off to one side and Aaron turned his head the same direction. His gaze landed on a photo booth, realization sinking in. His mouth fell open, unsure what to say. It was a little weird because they barely knew each other, but also flattering.

 “I’d really like to draw you again.” Lucky seemed slightly embarrassed. “I mean, I could take pictures on my phone if that’s better for you, but that seemed creepier somehow.”

 Aaron couldn’t help the chuckle that escaped at Lucky’s words, even as the idea of Lucky drawing him again and again left him breathless. “Um,” he managed to get out, glancing around at the crowd. A familiar blonde head caught his eye and he nearly choked. Was Lyn at the carnival? Wasn’t she supposed to be with their mothers? Aaron pulled Lucky by the hand into the photo booth and slid the curtain shut. Lucky slid money into the slot as they sat down. His breath caught as Lucky’s hands touched his face gently.

“Like this,” Lucky whispered, turning his head to the side. The camera flashed. Lucky’s fingers turned his head to the front, pulling away just in time for the camera to go off again. Once again, Lucky’s fingers turned his head to the side, only now he was facing Lucky, staring deeply into his eyes. Aaron tried not to hyperventilate as he held Lucky’s gaze. The camera flashed for the last time but neither of them moved.

 “Go out with me?” Aaron suddenly blurted out. He had to do something or he might do something even more insane, like kiss Lucky. Aaron so wasn’t ready for that yet.

Lucky's eyes widened and he smiled. “Sure,” Lucky drawled after a moment. “When?”

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Let’s start by telling us, in twenty words, or less, what your book’s about. 

A wealthy young man meets an artist who turns his world upside down and presents him with the choice of a lifetime.

What was it that led you to write in the genre(s) you write? 

I seem to really have a knack for writing teenagers well. I enjoy writing that age group and the issues that face them.

Are your books character led or plot led, or both? 

Both. Sometimes I start with the plot, but there are places where characters just take over.

What is your favourite part of the writing process? 

When a scene just flows and it just works really well.

What is your least favourite part of the writing process? 


Where do you get your inspiration for your characters? 

From everyday life.

Tell us a little about the characters in your book and their story. You can use more than twenty words this time. 

Aaron’s parents have planned his whole life, right down to his marriage to his best friend. Then he meets Lucky, and realizes he wants more out of life, and he has to have the courage to take it.

If you could have one wish what would it be? 

A million dollars

What's your deepest fear? 


If I came to dinner what would you feed me? 


Which of your characters would you like to be sharing the dinner table with us? 

Lyn. She’s unpredictable and would make things interesting.

Tell us in the character’s own words, what he/she would have to say about you. 

She would say that I’m boring and need to live a little.

What would they say (again in their own words) about themselves, and their story that will make us want to read about it? 

She would tell us to read it because Aaron and Lucky are adorable.

Which other fictional character(s) would you like to be present at the dinner party? 

Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Barry Allen.

What other authors would you say have either influenced your writing or you would like to emulate? 

J.K. Rowling, Joss Whedon, Suzanne Collins.

Which character from literature, would you most like to have invented? 

Harry Potter

What do you prefer writing. A one off novel, a series or short stories? 

Anything! There are benefits to all of them.

What kind of books do you read (if you have time to read)? 

Romance novels.

Where do you see yourself personally and professionally in 5 years time? 

Personally, I see myself still married, raising my son. Professionally, I hope to have written a few more books.

Do you have any other projects in the offing we should look out for? 

I have a few ideas but nothing set yet.

Where can we find you? 

You can find me at @kittystephenswr, kittystephenswrites.tumblr.com, and facebook.com/kittystephens.

Meet the author: 

  Kitty Stephens’ writing aspirations date back to her childhood, when she and her brother would make up stories about characters in their favorite books. She eventually started writing stories in online fan communities, and majored in English at Ohio State University. She lives in Ohio with her husband and son. Set Me Free is her first novel. Get to know the author on tumblr at @kittystephenswrites and on Twitter at @KittyStephensWr

  Where to find the author: Twitter: @KittyStephensWr Tumblr: kittystephenswrites.tumblr.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KittyStephensWrites?fref=ts Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764318-set-me-free

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