Mate Monday time! Today, we have the absolutely lovely duo, Ari McKay joining us!
G’day and welcome Ari McKay. Thank you so much for joining me at my blog for Mate Monday. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you here as an author mate. I’d love to get to know you and your writing process a little better.
First, let’s do an author quickie. 😉
- Pizza or pie?
Pizza! I love pizza! McKay loves pizza, too!
- Books or movies?
Read the book, then see the movie. Both are great escapes, and sometimes you just want to stare at a screen because reading is something you have to think about.
- Food or sex?
Both, but not at the same time.
- Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans?
McKay would pick Chris Evans, but I like Chris Hemsworth, because of that accent.
- Lady Gaga or Beyoncé?
Gaga over Beyonce, but Pat Benatar over either.
- Music or silence?
Silence. Sweet, blessed silence.
- Xbox or Playstation?
Neither. We both do gaming on the computer.
- PC or Mac?
MAC!!! Mac all the way!!! I’ve had Macs since 1985.
- Mum or dad?
Um… neither? I’m not close to either parent.
- Blond or brunet?
- Abs or smile?
- Kindness or good looking?
Kindness all the way.
- Morning or night?
- Sexy clothes or comfortable clothes?
Comfortable most of the time, but sexy is nice for a change.
- Softdrink (soda) or alcohol?
And some further questions:
- What is your favourite part about being an author?
My favorite part is getting to create something that people enjoy, that they want to read, and being able to touch lives, even in some small way.
- Is there anything you’d change about your writing or about being an author?
I would love to be better at the craft of writing. McKay has an MFA in creative writing, so I’d like to be better at it. She’s very patient with me, though, and I’ve gotten better over the years.
- When did you know you wanted to write stories?
McKay has written her whole life (she’s an English teacher, after all) and I’ve written on and off since middle school, but nothing serious until about 15 years ago when I got into fanfic.
- Do you have a favourite character you’ve written? If so, can you tell us about him or her?
Daryl Greer, from Bloody But Unbowed, part of the Herc’s Mercs series. Daryl is uncouth, foul mouthed, and abrasive, but he’s got a code of honor and he is utterly and completely loyal to those he loves. He’s just FUN to write.
- What’s your favourite book you’ve written thus far?
Oh, wow. That’s a toughie! I have different favourites for different reasons. The Bigger They Come has been our most popular book, and I love it because it was new territory for us. The Blood Bathory Series I am EXTREMELY proud of, because we created a world different from anything ever done before (well, as far as we know, at least!). And Call of the Night Singers, our tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, is near and dear to my heart because it’s a Gothic, which I adore.
- Were there any deleted scenes in your books you’ve written? If so, why were they deleted, and would you ever share them with your readers?
Lots of deleted scenes. Sometimes we decide to go in a different direction with a story and have to chop things. Sometimes a scene just isn’t working. And sometimes we’re way over our word count for a submission and have to cut things out. But we keep EVERYTHING. You never know when you can use the ideas in a deleted scene somewhere else.
- How often do you write? Do you find it difficult to sit down at those times to write?
Almost every day, depending on family. Sometimes it’s difficult when we’re wrestling with a scene that’s emotional or isn’t going in the direction we planned. But one thing I love about writing with a partner is that we MAKE each other do it. We encourage one another and amuse one another and so we’re never hitting a wall we can’t climb or batter down because there are two of us.
- How do you find inspiration?
EVERYWHERE! Other books, movies, TV shows, pictures on the internet, news stories, you name it, we’ve probably got a bunny for it.
- What are your writing plans for the future?
We have a writing list that goes out over a year. We mix writing for publishers and writing self-pub books, because we try to maintain a “one book per month” schedule. We will be continuing all our current series, and republishing the Blood Bathory books this year.
- Can you tell us a bit about your book?
Our current work in progress is the seventh Herc’s Mercs, entitled “No Pain, No Gain”. It’s going to be a monster because the other stories are long novellas, and this one is a novel. But we’re addressing the issue of PTSD, and that can’t be done without showing the depth of pain involved, and how long it takes to help someone recover.
Thanks for having us, Meg!!! This was a lot of fun!!!
Book Title: His To Serve
Book Blurb: Cameron Ward is an actor from Atlanta. After a stint in New York, he returns home to find work in Georgia’s growing film and TV industry. He lands a lead role in a film, playing a submissive, but he doesn’t know anything about the lifestyle. Wanting to make sure his portrayal is believable, Cameron goes to the Candy Cane Club, a BDSM dungeon, where he meets Anton Albright, a Dom. Cameron loosens up enough to do a scene with Anton, but he discovers a side of himself he’d never suspected. But Cameron had enough difficulty coming out as gay, and he’s not ready to admit he’s a submissive as well.
Dr. Anton Albright has a reputation for being good with new subs. What he’d really like, though, is a sub of his own. Cameron is the kind of man Anton wants, and once Cameron accepts his need to serve — and, especially, to serve Anton — they explore the possibilities of a relationship that will give them both everything they want and need.
But when fame comes calling at Cameron’s door, their private, intimate world is threatened. Anton’s medical practice won’t survive his private life being held up to public display, and Cameron finds it difficult to adjust to extended periods away from his Sir. Can they find a compromise that will make them both happy, or will Cameron’s rising star force him to leave Anton behind?
Buy Link: Amazon
Thank you so much for joining me. I really appreciate you taking the time! 😀