Howdy, Delighted Readers!
We have a special guest today- our first author interview of 2017 as a matter of fact. Today we welcome for the first time to our blog Elyse Springer author of Whiteout the first in the Seasons of Love series.
Come on in from the cold and get cozy here by the fire. Are you a cold and winter person? Do you live/ have lived where it gets below freezing?
Oooh, thank you! Despite the fact that I’ve written an entire book centering around winter, I absolutely despise the cold. So, um, I’m gonna snuggle in a little closer if you don’t mind 😉
I am not a winter person. At all. Despite that, I live in New York now, and have lived in (literally) some of the coldest places on earth. I actually used to live and work in Antarctica, so you’d think I’d be used to the cold by now!
Speaking of cold, your first Season of Love series begins with a winter setting for your story. I love how you placed each of the stories in a different season. How did you come up with the idea for your series?
When I started writing Whiteout, I wrote the first half, and then backdated each scene and realized it started on December 21… the first day of winter. And at that point, I already had a second novel being outlined, which would take place in the spring after Whiteout ended. So I figured, “Why not write one for each season!”
And it’s a production of Rent that loosely ties each book together, so of course I had to call the series “Seasons of Love” because I’m cheesy like that.
Of course, I had to sneak a peek at each of the stories and their blurbs (gorgeous covers, incidentally).
Thank you! Natasha Snow designed them… she’s so ridiculously talented, right?!
I was quite taken by the fact that each of your romances were between folks of a variety of sexual orientations. I’ve always been something of a love is where you find it sort of person so I appreciate that your series takes on a variety of relationships with each different story. But I have to ask, was it difficult to write a series of romance stories with people of these various sexual orientations instead of sticking to just one sexual orientation for the whole series or was it more difficult getting inside the male mind vs. the female for your characters?
I read a lot lot LOT of queer romance (and not-queer, too!), so I read stories with a wide variety of relationships. But I didn’t find it difficult to write each orientation… people are people, and love is love, so what I was writing really was the romance. I wanted to show how romance can be defined differently through four very different relationships.
Sorry, I feel like that’s a lame answer. I struggled the most with writing Changing Colors… not because the characters are both men, but because it’s a relationship that fundamentally changes how both of them see the world, and it was harder to write that aspect than anything else.
Whiteout is the first of your stories to release. What was your favorite part about Noah? About Jason? Is there a favorite non-spoilerish scene for you?
Ahhh, so hard to avoid spoilers! My favorite part about Noah and Jason are the ways the come together and connect, even when it seems like everything is going wrong. Little moments were their love shines through. Noah has no idea who he is, but his personality comes through in tiny ways—he’s a total dork, but also super stubborn.
One of my favorite scenes is a flashback as Noah’s getting his memories back, and involves a very romantic evening in, chocolate-covered strawberries, and the exchange of sexual favors for Noah agreeing to move in with Jason. It’s sweet and sexy, but it’s also both of them being dorks.
And, have to ask, if you do New Year’s goals/resolutions/life assessments, etc, what’s one you made for the New Year?
In 2016, I made a resolution to “have no regrets”, and to do the things that I wanted to do. And I did… I traveled, I submitted my book, I wrote a bunch of books, I met amazing people, and it was probably the best year of my life. So for 2017, my only resolution is “More of the same!”
Thanks for dropping by, Elyse! I’m looking forward to each of the four Seasons of Love. Congrats on the release of Whiteout.
Thank you so much for having me!
Hello! I’m Elyse, and welcome to the blog tour for my new release, Whiteout! This is the first book in the Seasons of Love series, and I can’t wait to introduce you to Noah and Jason.
Noah Landers wakes up one day with a headache and no memory of where—or who—he is. Jason, the man taking care of him, tries to fill in some of the blanks: they’re in a cabin in Colorado on vacation, and Noah slipped on ice and hit his head. But even with amnesia, Noah knows Jason is leaving out something important.
Jason O’Reilly is sexy as hell, treats Noah like he’s precious, and seems determined to make this the romantic getaway they’d apparently dreamed of together. But Noah’s more concerned that he’s trapped alone with Jason in the middle of a blizzard while his slowly returning memories bring hints of secrets and betrayal.
Noah’s not sure what’s the truth and what’s a lie. But as he learns who he is—and who Jason is to him—he’s forced to reevaluate everything he believes about himself, about loyalty . . . and about love.
Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/whiteout
About Elyse Springer
Elyse is an author and world-traveler, whose unique life experiences have helped to shape the stories that she wants to tell. She writes romances with LGBTQ+ characters and relationships, and believes that every person deserves a Happily Ever After. When she’s not staring futilely at her computer screen, El spends her time adding stamps to her passport, catching up on her terrifying TBR list, and learning to be a better adult.
She’s always happy to chat with other readers, and you can find her online at:
- Website: http://elspringer.com
- Twitter: @ElyseSpringer
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elysespringerwrites
To celebrate the release of Whiteout, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 28, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!