And, now, without further ado...
Hi there! LC Chase, here.
To save my good friend Kade from interviewing himself—and because I already worry about the conversations he has with his fictional characters *g*—I decided to step in and throw some questions at him about his new book You Can Still See the Stars in Seattle, writing, and dancing like Britney. Enjoy!
LC Chase: Twilight Zone...or the Outer Limits?Kade Boehme: Twilight Zone, duh. Best. Theme song. Ever.
LC: Good answer. Now here's the tricky part: original black and white, or the remakes?Kade: Oh, c'mon! That's EASY. Original black and white. Preferably the first three seasons with Rob Serling. That voice. *orgasmic shudder*
LC: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? And why did you choose the M/M romance genre?Kade: I don't think it was ever a realization so much as I've ALWAYS done it. Same with M/M. I was writing about boys who love boys, even in short stories and *cough* smut, *cough* for the Nifty Archives back when I probably shouldn't have been doing such things. But you know how us boys will be boys. So there I was writing something that I NEVER thought would be publishable. And BAM... here I am.
LC: Funny how things just seem to happen like that sometimes, eh?Kade: It's so weird. Like, I never thought there would be such a popular genre where gay men actually got their stories told. Then I picked up an M/M back in '07 in a brick and mortar and I saw the light.
LC: And the light is a beautiful thing. What were something surprising things you learned in creating your books?Kade: There are three things that stick out to me the most. 1) How attached I get to the damned characters makes me fear for my mental health. 2) The writing is actually WORK when you're committed to it being the best thing you can put out there. Those badass readers deserve the best you can give 'em. (Although, who could ask for a cooler job? I'm just sayin'.) And 3) I was not prepared for how much I'd blush when I wrote a dirty scene. I'm a total slut-face but GEEZ. My stepmother reads my books!
LC: I have to agree with #1. I worry about your mental health sometimes too, when your characters are actually tapping you on the shoulder.Kade: Why do I hang out with you again? K
LC: You love me. Moving on. This is kind of a three-parter. Can you tell us a little about your newest release, You Can Still See the Stars in Seattle? Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? How did you come up with the title?Kade: Well, the title started it all. It was a random line in a text message that gave me one story idea. Andy Riley from Wide Awake then decided to inform me that he' d like a turn telling his own story, please, and You Can Still See the Stars in Seattle was his. It was all definitely from imagination, though. Well, except Madyson. She is actually based on a really good friend of mine. She's the only real life influence, other than maybe a name here or a Seattle landmark there. My favorite part to write was definitely a scene between Andy and Tyler, from Wide Awake. It was cool revisiting that in a totally different way. And good lord, writing Andy's shenanigans... He's probably been one of my favorite characters thus far.
LC: So loving that story. What does your protagonist think about you? Would Andy want to hang out with you, his creator?Kade: Oh lord yes. We're both from Atlanta, we both drink too much and we both like baseball. Though I'm way more—as you would put it—glittery than he is. He'd give me a lot of shit, but he's extremely good natured. He really likes everybody. Well, except his cousin Amanda, but that's all complicated and it's in the book.
LC: There you go with the teasing again... Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?Kade: I try to stick with the theme that's kinda become my brand: the fight for love. I feel like characters should be as realistic as possible, without losing the loveliness that comes with being an M/M character. It is character driven romantic fiction, after all. But I still feel like they have to fight for and earn their HEA. I'll NEVER just hand it to them freely. I want that for every character. When someone tells me I did something authentic, that's the best compliment I can ever receive.
LC: That is definitely a great compliment.Kade: It’s one I’ve seen and it’s super humbling.
LC: So, how does your writing process look? Consistent with regular amounts of word counts daily/weekly… or more sporadic with a gush of words all at once and then a dry bed for a while?Kade: Well, I consistently do at least 1200 words a day on my main project, even if it's just adding to something already written or making revisions. But I'm what I call a "Manic Writer". Yeah. It's exactly what it sounds like. I'll sit down at least twice in a week for like five hours and spill out 10k. I'm known for working on three projects at once, and it's not unheard of for me to have a 15-20k word burst in a weekend. It's pretty insane. If they could all just be on ONE THING, that'd help immensely.
LC: What would YOU like your readers to know about this book, or you in general?Kade: It's not a long book, but it's been my most painstakingly planned book. I'm usually a bit less linear, much more off the maps with my writing. This one, Andy was pretty insistent I get right. It's not lengthy, but I promise there was a LOT of love put into it. Some of my favorite characters yet are in this one, the length made it to the goal accidentally and unforced, and the effing cover is AMAZING.
LC: *g* What can we expect to see next for you?Kade: I have one that's finished, my largest project to-date. Trust the Cut. It's about ready to be sent to publishers. It's a lot darker than WA or Stars, so I'm interested to see how people respond to it. It's a really personal work. Probably the biggest piece of my soul went into writing Jesse and Tucker's story. Other than that, my next big projects are being co-written, and I don’t know who's okay with me saying what just yet.
LC: *sigh* More with the teasing. Do all the boys really put up with that?Kade: You'd be surprised. ;)
LC: Er... Actually I'm thinking maybe I wouldn't. *g*Kade: *laughs* But you know me too well so it's cheating.
LC: One more before the bonus questions. What's a day in the life of Kade Boehme like?Kade: Hmph. Weekdays I'm pretty tame. Okay...so maybe I start EVERY day by dancing in my underwear. But that's just my pick me up. There's a lot of writing and work. But weekends... There's always meeting up with my girl MJ O’Shea for drinks, dancing, cream cheese hot dogs, donuts and Azteca. In that order.
LC: Everyone should start their day off dancing in their underwear.Kade: I agree. Good for the heart. And it doesn't hurt with the legs either. Spin class ain't got shit on a good Britney Spears dance routine.
LC: *laughs* Okay. Bonus Questions:Music? ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Yes. Even country. I am from the South. Preferably upbeat music, though. I'm pretty upbeat and part of that is the people I surround myself with and the music I listen to.
Food? Italian. Pasta. Pizza. Any kind. Any way. Give me carbs or give me death. I also LOVE Japanese cuisine, but I’m on a no carb diet at the moment so I’m kinda obsessed with the idea of pasta right now.Color? Blue. Any shade. I love it.
Season? I’m totally a spring/summer kid. I spent a lot of my life on the beach. I love driving with the windows down, music loud or reading on the beach.
First future ex-husband? Definitely Quinn Jaxon. Google him. I won't have to answer any more questions.