Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOOK BLITZ / GUEST BLOG: Backstrokes (Dylan Madrid)

Gay / Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 15, 2014

After almost being expelled from a prestigious Chicago music conservatory for a prank gone wrong, twenty-two-year-old pianist Crawford Paul returns home to Northern California for what he predicts will be another boring summer. Concerned his scholarship is now at risk, Crawford accepts the only job he can find: accompanying a glamorous seven-year-old named Isabella to a community swimming pool for lessons. There, Crawford is befriended by a nanny named Nina, an aspiring fashion designer who finds it difficult to hide her disdain for children.

When Crawford meets Armando Leon, a lifeguard and Isabella's swimming instructor, he accepts Armando's offer to help him overcome his fear of water by way of private swimming lessons. As friendship turns into a summer affair, their lust for one another turns to love. When Crawford receives a chance of a lifetime audition, he is torn between returning to Chicago or staying in California to start a new life with Armando. As the end of the summer inches closer, Crawford and Armando fear they will be separated forever.

Dylan Madrid

Dylan Madrid is the bestselling author of the gay romance and suspense novels Mind FieldsLove in the ShadowsBackstrokes, and Star Dust Lullaby. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he's not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.

Twitter: @4DylanMadrid
Instagram: @AuthorDylanMadrid


The Life of a Male Romance Writer

A Guest Blog by Dylan Madrid

It’s not secret: what I do is very unconventional. I write love stories for a living. Whether they  are about a single gay man looking for love in London or a classical pianist who must choose  between music or a happily-ever-after – I tell tales about people falling madly in love. Sure, the  love might start out as lust, but that only makes the story more enjoyable to read – and write.  I’m a minority in my genre. A quick glance down any author list of major romance publishers  will reveal that I’m outnumbered by about 100 to 1. While some male romance authors make the decision to write and publish their work under a female pseudonym, I am one of the rare  few who believes in the theory that what a reader really wants is a great story, regardless of the  gender of the author. When a reader picks up one of my books, I want them to be intrigued by  the content, not by who did the work. 
My creative process is no different than my female counterparts. Like them, I spend hours  upon hours sitting behind a computer crafting and revising, outlining and plotting. Like me, my characters are also unconventional. My novels are wide-ranging from gay romance to romance suspense to new adult fiction. I aim to write books that will appeal to readers who don’t often  always find versions of themselves in traditional romance novels. I create characters that are just as complex, unique, and surprising as my writing career has been. I take risks on page and even greater ones by sharing my work with the curious public and often befuddled critics. But, as I teach my writing students to do, I believe in writing fearlessly. It’s really not my objective or life goal to forever change the romance genre, but I do feel my presence in the arena is needed and, for the most part, welcomed. 
I’m often amused by the reactions I get from people I meet for the first tine when they ask the question, “What do you do for a living?” and I answer, with pride, “I write romance novels.” The expression is usually an odd mixture of surprise and pity. One woman actually said to me, “I’m so sorry. Did your other books get rejected?” as if I had turned to writing romance novels when my real writing career failed before it began. Typically, people are very intrigued what I do and find it refreshing. Sometimes I’ll get a very blatant “Why?”
My answer to that question is always the same: I write romance novels because love makes 
people happy.

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