Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is ELI EASTON. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
Writing about Second Chances
I’m going to talk about the work-in-progress I’m currently finishing up, because it’s all I can think about at the moment. 🙂 I’m about to turn in a new novel to Dreamspinner called “A Second Harvest”. It’s about a Mennonite farmer in his forties named David. He’s a widower with two grown kids. He’s given up on anything ever happening to him, and sees the rest of his life as a progression of endless days. He feels old in body and mind. But then a new neighbor moves in next door—a gorgeous young man who proposes an arrangement to cook for them both and share grocery expenses. That arrangement turns into sharing meals together and then to a friendship that sparks things in David that he had buried long ago.
I adore romances that feature mature heroes. One that comes to mind is “Handyman” by Claire Thompson. I love the idea of a man who has been repressed all his life finally having the opportunity, and the courage, to explore his fantasies (and maybe fall in love too).
We all make choices in life—what field to study in college, when to get married and why, when to have children (and sometimes that ‘choice’ takes us by surprise). Many of those decision lock us into a path for life, or at least for a very, very long time. It takes courage to break out of a rut like that. But it also takes self-insight. Habit can become so ingrained we may not even think about why we do things anymore, if we’re truly happy, or if there might not be a different path that would make our relatively short life happier and more meaningful. I wanted to explore those themes in “A Second Harvest”.
This seems like a good time of year to think about such things. So for the new year I would grant you a session of alone time with a mug of hot cocoa or a flask of booze—your choice—to ponder whether or not there are course corrections you could do to make you happier. Only please don’t stop reading m/m romance! 😉
Happy New Year,
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.