No one can outrun destiny or the gods.
In Epiro, a kingdom in Greece, Perseus is prophesied to be a great demigod hero and king, with a legacy that will shape the world of Gaia. When he was born, his grandfather exiled him, and his mother brought them to Seriphos, where she created an academy for demigod youth. Perseus trains there and waits for the day when he will be able to take the throne of Argos.
Despite potential future glory, Perseus’s fellow students think he is weak. By the time he reaches manhood, he has given up the hope of having any real friends, until Antolios, a son of Apollo, takes an unexpected interest in him. Perseus and Antolios fall in love, but Antolios knows it cannot last and leaves Seriphos.
Perseus, grief-stricken and lonely, rebels against the Fates, thinking he can avoid the prophecy and live his own life. But when the gods find him, he is thrust into an epic adventure. With his divine powers he fights gorgons, sea serpents, and other monsters, and he battles against his darker nature. Perseus strives to to be the man he wants to be, but the gods have other plans.
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Are you tempted to write in other genres?
My first published story was non-fiction—the story of how my husband and I met playing World of Warcraft, an online computer game. I’ve also been published in literary fiction. King of the Storm is my first M/M Romance, my first novel, and also my first speculative fiction story.
Do you read reviews? How do you deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly?
I don’t read reviews, but if my friends want to show me a good one now and again, that’s fine.
Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start?
Usually. My inspiration for characters varies wildly from fiction to people I know in real life. Often they change as I write them.
What's the process of your writing?
Something like this: Listen to my muse, take notes, plan, write, and finally edit/despair.
How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
I carve out a few hours here and there, and hope it’s enough. It’s hard for my family to understand I basically work two jobs—my day job, and writing. They assume when I get home from work, I’m “done”, but I’m not.
What are your strengths as a writer?
Sometimes I feel M/M Romance worships the alpha male. I’m not like that, and none of the women or men I’ve dated were like that, so the alpha male trope is hard for me to relate to. Most of my works reflect a unique level of fluidity.
What is a moment that changed your life?
Going to Europe when I was sixteen. On the negative side, it made me a sort of a regretful United Statsian (American), but the benefits of having my mind opened to new cultures at that age were incredible. Even though we live on such a big chunk of the world, we’re so isolated, and I wish we would step out of our shell.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
Um… when my mom walked in on me having sex. I was in my twenties, but it was still humiliating. She just stood there—staring! And then, in this almost kindergarten teacher voice, she said, “Shouldn’t [my girlfriend at the time] go to their room now?” Ugh. Haunt me forever!
What is the best gift you’ve ever received and why?
One of my oldest possessions is a music box. It has a picture of one of the unicorn tapestries on it. I’ve dragged my husbear to the tapestries in New York, and the ones in France, because I love them so much. Unicorns are timeless.
Who is your favourite celebrity and why?
Matt Damon. Good Will Hunting was incredible. He’s a bit of a know-it-all, but I like smart and sexy people. Brad Pitt would be a good one too. I’m terrible with impressions, but he does fantastic voices.
What is your favourite wine (or other alcoholic beverage) and why?
Laphroaig scotch! I love it. My family’s going to the British Isles in 2017, and the Isle of Islay is most certainly going to be on that list. At the liquor store, I’m constantly eyeing that $450 bottle of Laphroaig, and even though I haven’t stolen a thing in my life, I fantasize about breaking in and taking it. I’ll bet the first sip would evaporate straight into my sinuses. Mmmm. Bliss.
Describe your ideal weekend.
I’d go to the Oregon coast during the fall, and run along the ocean. After eating out for breakfast, I’d wander the shops with my dog and husbear. Go for a day hike, tour a brewery and/or distillery, and play games in front of the fire of our B&B. Drink whisky. Eat chocolate. Have a bath, and finally snuggle under the covers after the fire dies to keep warm….
About the Author:
B. A. Brock has lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2007 at Portland State University—which he mostly uses to contemplate how we can achieve a civilization more closely aligned with Star Trek.
When not writing, Brock spends his time reading/reviewing novels, training for marathons, and bemoaning the fact that the world has yet to make a decent gluten free donut.
You can find more of his works, as well as reviews and his blog at http://www.babrockbooks.com
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