Quintette asks writers five quick questions. This week’s interview is with:
1. What’s the name of your latest story – and how hard was it to pick a title?
My debut novel is called Loving Jay. The title came surprisingly easy, about two chapters into the draft. The story is about how easy Liam found loving Jay, and is the journey of his love, from meeting until falling in love with this wonderful man he met on the train. It is all about Liam loving Jay.
2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest story?
Hahaha! Are you talking about movies and television? My actors will need to be taken from years ago when I actually watched TV. Although a foreign actor, I’d love to see a young Til Schweiger do Jay. Til can do the comic act with a straight face and would definitely put a swish into Jay that I would love.
Here is a pic of Til in the early days, alongside Ashton Kutcher for my Liam.
3. What five words best describe your story?
Funny, adorable, loving, fluffy, romantic.
4. Who is your favourite fictional couple?
The Owl and the Pussycat?
I don’t know! That is such a hard question that I’ve been thinking of it for days. But truthfully I’ve always wondered what the Owl and the Pussycat saw in each other. I mean, he was the bravest hero in my opinion, to take on a woman who would eat him if she got hungry, and take only honey with him on a boat trip. And of course, she was a brave woman to take off with her lover when they were not married, which in those days was extremely heroic.
As a child I adored Cinderella and Prince Charming, but that story is rather lame now that I read it as an adult. What sort of prince cannot even keep up with a woman who is in high-heels made of glass, running down a set of stairs wearing all those layers of material as a dress? He must’ve been rather slow.
I guess, in the end, my favourite couples are those who are extreme opposites. There are too many to list, but know that I love nearly every single book I read.
5. What song always makes you cry?
Another hard one! I’m going to go with Butterfly Kisses, by Bob Carlisle. Especially since my own father passed away, this song makes me cry.
About Loving Jay
One thing Liam Turner knows for sure is that he’s not gay—after all, his father makes it very clear he’ll allow no son of his to be gay. And Liam believes it, until a chance meeting with James “Jay” Bell turns Liam’s world upside-down. Jay is vivacious and unabashedly gay—from the tips of his bleached hair to the ends of his polished nails. With a flair for fashion, overreaction, and an inability to cork his verbal diarrhea, Liam believes drama queen Jay must have a screw loose.
An accident as a teenager left Liam with a limp and a fear of driving. He can’t play football anymore either, and that makes him feel like less of a man. But that’s no reason to question his sexuality… unless the accident broke something else inside him. When being with Jay causes Liam’s protective instincts to emerge, Liam starts to believe all he knew in life had been a convenient excuse to stay hidden. From intolerance to confrontations, Liam must learn to overcome his fears—and his father—before he can accept his sexuality and truly love Jay.
Renae lives in Perth and writes in five minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.
- Renae’s website: http://renaekaye.weebly.com
Buy Loving Jay
- Loving Jay (ebook – Dreamspinner)
- Loving Jay (paperback – Dreamspinner)
- Loving Jay (ebook – Amazon)
- Loving Jay (paperback – Amazon)
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