Huge thanks to Jen and the guys for hosting my fourth day of my seventh-day tour with Shaded Chains. Yesterday I was at Sinfully Gay Book Reviews, looking at if I could write to order from one reader, and tomorrow I’m with Attention is Arbitrary going full kink in kilt, following the Scottish theme in Shaded Chains! So please check me out there too!
Today it’s a quick Q&A session. I asked readers to go as serious or as tongue-in-cheek as they’d like with questions, and, well, they never fail to knock me off my feet and tickle a few ribs….
Are you my Dom, because you sure love torturing me!
I’d need rope, sticky tape, and a whip or two to answer that, that’s after I’ve figured out how to get into the packaging, lol.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Run – you’re next.
With everything you put your characters through, what is your biggest fear?
Tornadoes. Every time I dream of tornadoes, something bad happens in my life. So I hate tornadoes, that and water and spiders. So water spiders carried by tornadoes would just about kill me.
Would you ever kill off an MC?
Oh yes. In fact, in Don’t 6…. Just kidding. (I like keeping my head!)
Would Gray ever allow Jack to have a scene where he dominates him – and not as Martin?
In fact, in Don’t 6 — spoilers!
What sparks your creative story lines?
To start off with? Usually just a word, like Don’t…. I see the look in my eldest lad’s eyes when I say don’t around him; there’s always that compulsion to… do!
Which character most resembles you?
I’m gonna blush heavily here and say Jan Richards, from the Don’t… series. He’s an accountant, and falls into dark psychological games with Jack and Gray, not to mention the BDSM and counter-terrorism plot lines etc. He feels just so out of his depth and left hiding or blushing at how normal his life is. Not to mention how he feels like a third wheel at times who’s lost in the background. I’m there most times, wishing I could say I was dark as Gray, as sexy and loveable as Jack Harrison, with his darker personality, but… nah. They’d both probably bypass me on the street, and I’m kind of happy with that! I like normal and bland.
As an author who writes dark reads, what do you want to accomplish with your writing?
In all honesty? Nothing. There’s no hidden message regard my politics to get any type of message out there; I don’t want to use M/M writing to break through into the mainstream market. I’m just happy writing.
Seeing as you write dark books… is there any books you can’t read cos they’re too dark?
My trigger zones are actually non-fiction, in particular reads that deal with real-life accounts of abuse and rape. I can’t read them. My non-fiction shelves consist of English Language/linguistic text books, nothing more.
Lastly, I really would really enjoy you answering the question you addressed. Is there anything you wouldn’t write about? What are YOUR triggers?
I’ll always look at portraying the harder side to life because that’s life in general: it gets no censorship and little allowance for trigger zones. But I do have hard and fast restrictions to the amount of on-page content I’ll consider. I won’t ever write a scene portraying narrative real-time paedophilia, not like I did with getting into Jan’s head when he witnessed the horrendous twist on the rape-to-straight scenes in Antidote. So, yes, the one thing that’s sure to make me stop writing and toss a novel across the room is anything on paedophilia.
Thanks to all the readers for these awesome questions, and also to the Blogger Girls for hosting me! If you’d like a little darker read, please click on the giveaway link below. Leaving a comment on my publisher’s site will also get you extra entries, so please say hi!
About Shaded Chains
Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods are a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.
About Jack L. Pyke
Jack L. Pyke blames her dark writing influences on living close to one of England’s finest forests. Having grown up hearing a history of kidnappings, murders, strange sightings, and sexual exploits her neck of the woods is renowned for, Jack takes that into her writing, having also learned that human coping strategies for intense situations can sometimes make the best of people have disastrously bad moments. Redeeming those flaws is Jack’s drive, and if that drive just happens to lead to sexual tension between two or more guys, Jack’s the first to let nature take its course.
As part of this blog tour, Jack is giving away an eBook copy of Shaded Chains!! To enter, just click the link below!
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Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Shaded Chains to see what she thought of it!