Happy Valentine’s Day, ukgayromancers. Today we have another Rugby themed book, Personal Secrets, this time from my lovely friend, K.C. Wells. Here she talks about how she got into hulking, sweaty men.
Over to you, K.C.
A new fascination with…rugby?
Before we go any further, let me make something perfectly clear.
I am not a rugby fan. Football fan. Cricket fan.
In fact, me and sports? Uh-uh…..
Oh, I’ll watch swimming, ice skating, gymnastics, yeah.
But sports where great hulking men run around a field, chasing a ball, getting hot, dirty and sweaty, resulting in them having to take long showers after in a steamy locker room, standing there together, naked, soapy, their skin glistening, the water sluicing down to their…..
Er, what were we talking about? [blushes]
Oh. Yes. Rugby. [clears throat]
Yeah, I don’t ‘do’ rugby. And yet I’ve just published a story about that very topic. How did I get to this point?
I blame Max Vos. It’s all his fault.
(For those of you unfamiliar with his books, Max Vos is an gay American author of MM books, whose characters are usually hairy bears. And the sex is hot. Max doesn’t pull any punches where sex is concerned.)
Max is also one of my closest friends.
Let’s go back to early last year, when I was writing a story about a closeted publishing executive and his one night stand with an escort, who then turns up the next day as a candidate to be the exec’s new PA. Thus was created the fictional Trinity Publishing.
The office manager was a guy called Ed Fellows. I gave him a biker jacket. Nice touch, I thought.
The book was Making it Personal. Max was reading each chapter as I wrote it. He made a comment about the lack of regional accents in my books, considering they’re set in England. At this point I’d written four books, to be precise.
So… I made Ed a Cockney.
OMG. Max LOVED him! Ed was brash, funny…and straight. He was a breath of fresh air. And my readers liked him.
Toward the end of the year, I wrote a short story, set in the Trinity world, and the events in it took place after the epilogue of Making it Personal, some five-six years after the story.
Max asked if I was going to put Ed in it.
Then he came up with a brainwave. “Why don’t you make him a rugby player? And he comes to the hospital all dirty, after drinking with his team-mates in the pub all afternoon and evening, after the match?”
Hmmm…. Now there’s an idea.
So Ed went into the story, along with his team-mate, Colin, who drove the drunken guy to the hospital. Colin…who kept sneaking glances at Ed when he thought no one was looking…
Yep, you guessed it. I suddenly had an idea for another Trinity book. And Max was sooooo on board for that one. He was chomping at the bit for me to get started, in fact.
In the meantime, I wrote the second full length book in the now Personal series, Personal Changes. Ed was in that one, too. And I dropped little hints that maybe Ed might not be as innocent as readers might have originally thought.
When the book came out, the pleas started.
“Ed and Colin – do they get a book?”
“OMG – Ed’s story next? Pretty please?”
I thought long and hard about Ed. There wasn’t a lot of physical description in the first book, nor in the short story. Now that I knew I was definitely going to give the last book in the series to Ed, I added a little more in Personal Changes. But when it came to the time to begin writing the final book, Personal Secrets, Max started searching out images to …inspire me.
And boy…did he find one.
Wow. I was drooling. THIS was Ed. This was what was uppermost in my mind when I was writing.
When it came time to design the cover, my wonderful, talented friend Meredith Russell, who has designed all the Personal series covers, sent me a whole pile of pics so I could choose Ed and Colin. Max and I were on Skype, going through them all. Colin was fairly easy. Ed? Not so much.
And then we found him. Oh hell yes.
Okay, so he wasn’t hairy, but Meredith can work miracles. And she did.
And thus came into existence the beautiful cover for Personal Secrets. These two ARE Ed and Colin.
Now, there was one little problem. I couldn’t write about rugby. What did I know about rugby? Max put me onto Donna Gallagher in Australia, who was really helpful. I put together Ed and Colin’s rugby team, along with their positions. And it worked!
The book came out on the 11th. The pleas started pretty much the same day. You see, my fans had been taken with a young rugby player called Rod, who’s only just come out. When he meets the huge – and gay – Derek Miles, you could almost see the sparks. And, of course, the readers wanted Rod and Derek’s story.
Sigh… more rugby?
I said no. That was an end to the Personal series.
No. Sorry, but no.
That was before I woke up yesterday with my head full of stories about rugby players….
I guess I’m going to be writing about rugby players for a while.
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.
K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.
The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
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K.C. can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld) or through comments at the K.C.Wells website (www.kcwellsworld.com ) K.C. loves to hear from readers.
Personal Secrets by K.C. Wells
Talk about the morning after the night before…. Ed awakens to find a nearly-naked Colin asleep on his sofa. The problem is that for some reason, he can’t get Colin out of his mind. Okay, so it wasn’t the first blow-job Ed’s ever gotten from a guy—or given, for that matter—but that was a long time ago, right? And why does Ed now want more?
With friends Rick, Angelo, Blake and Will to advise him, Ed finds himself on a completely unfamiliar road, as he struggles to accept that maybe the line he is walking isn’t as straight as he’d first imagined….