Today I’ve got an interview for you with Viktor Alexander who wrote Groom of Convenience. Check it out!
Describe your book to us.
This book follows Orley Garrick, the Duke of Whitcomb, whom we met in Groom Of Convenience, the duke who was kidnapped and tortured in 1812, as he meets and is enchanted by Chester Boland, the Tafrican male woman, a maid in his friend’s Heathcliff Eddington, the Duke of Pompinshire’s (from Groom Of Convenience) home. Orley and Chester elope and because of the scandalous nature of their relationship, their marriage, and because of Orley’s past in the Nafoleonic (Napoleonic) Wars, their lives are in upheaval and in danger. Betrayals that go deeper and higher than they could have expected are revealed, attempts on their lives are made, romance and angst abound.
Have you ever read something that made you think differently about your genre? Can you tell us what it was?
I’m trying to think about all the books that I’ve read over the years and if any of them have made me think “differently” about the M/M genre. I can’t say that there is. I read a lot of books that seem to be along the same vein. They all promote the sentiment of love is love, self-acceptance, self-awareness, tolerance, and making the world a better place. I will say that Amy Lane’s Bolt Hole was amazing to me. I really connected with the character of Terrell Washington. Though it wasn’t the first interracial book I’ve ever read, nor was it the last, it was the first that I had such a visceral reaction to, and it was the first where an author was so truthful about the feelings and thoughts black men have about their lives so much of the time. What made me think differently about the genre was the fact that while I, a black man, applauded Amy over her depiction of Terrell and his struggle with being black in America, much less gay, there were others who raked her over the coals about it. I was shocked over it. It made me more determined than ever to try and get more authors to write black main characters. To get white authors to write black characters. Because while no one bats an eye if I, a black author writes a white character, if a white author writes a minority character, there seems to be more scrutiny placed on them. I think it made me see that there was a double standard in place, but it also made me offer myself up to talk to for authors who wanted to “do research” for a minority character.
Tell us about your character’s family life?
Before they married, Chester was one of thirteen children who worked at Southerby Manor for the Duke of Pompinshire, Heathcliff Eddington, III, with his mother Wilhelmina and his maldy Imogen Boland. Chester was not the direct middle child, but he was also not the youngest, nor the eldest. His mother is Tafrican female woman, and his maldy is an Anglish female man. Chester is a gorgeous male woman, raised with all of his siblings, and serving alongside all of them in the Manor, except Thomspon who rides with Heathcliff, the duke, around the country, and in Tlondon.
Orley, a male man, was an only child before he met Chester. His mother died when he was young and his grandfather died short after. His father was abusive, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and he died after Orley bought his commission.
The two of them meet and decide to elope. They have a house full of servants. Orley’s valet: Chester’s brother, Ben; Chester’s lady’s maid, Missy. They have a housekeeper and a butler at each of their estates and properties. Cooks, maids, servants, stableboys, groundskeepers, etc. They have stewards, kitchen maids, chamber maids, scullery maids, coachmen, grooms, gameskeeper, nanny, etc. And then there is there is there newest addition…
Orley is wholly dedicated to his family, he loves them, and he makes sure his staff and his tenants are well taken care of. It confounds most of the gentry as seems smitten with his husband and family, and seems to genuinely care for those in his employ and those in his care, which is not at all in fashion, but Orley could not care less, and does what is right.
Compare yourself to your main character.
My assistant, Melissa, told me that Orley and I were the same. She said it’s because he’s possessive, loyal, strong, faithful, has endured hell but can still smile, he’s dominant, romantic, doesn’t care about crossing the lines that others have put out there because they don’t matter to him. As I was writing the book, Orley would do or say something and I would chuckle sometimes because it was totally how I would have reacted. I will say that of the characters I’ve written about so far, Orley is the one I connect with the most. Though I have a feeling that’s going to change later on in the series
Describe your past week as a type of landscape or a weather forecast.
My past week was cool in the morning starting off in the low 40s, with big, low hanging, heavy, grey clouds. There was a 10% chance of rain every morning, with temperature in the high 80s in the afternoons. The nights were a comfortable 75 degrees with the stars in full force.
Check out my book The Shape of Honey!
Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.
Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.