Thank you so much to Marie and Heidi for inviting me. I am delighted to be here. Last year, I was invited to submit a novella for an anthology about the beach. A friend who told me about the submission sent me an Aussie Bums commercial “to inspire me”. It inspired me big time and I ended up writing a gay romance about a beautiful, effeminate art dealer in Laguna Beach, California who has a homophobic run-in with two Aussie volleyball players on the beach and ends up falling in love with one…and then both of them. I originally planned to call the book David and Goliath because that’s how the hero, David, thinks of the nasty guy on the beach. But just before I started writing, in a fit of inspiration, I changed it to Volley Balls. People loved the title. I loved it too.
I decided to write another book in the series. My romance between David and his lovers could have been stretched out a bit, but I wanted new characters. So, as I often do, I started with the title. Balls! Hmm. What kind of balls would be good? Base Balls? Foot Balls? Fire Balls! Yes. And the title actually suggested that the book would include a fireman. So I started with a minor but memorable character in Volley Balls — David’s best friend, Rodney. What if Rodney had the hots for a Laguna Beach fireman? And what if the fireman was conservative and couldn’t see the charms of a wildly flamboyant artist? The rest is history. Fire Balls has been a bestseller.
Before Fire Balls was edited or released, my publisher asked if I would like to write a third book in the series. If so, they would print them as a three-book, single-author anthology. Of course, I said yes! And I christened the series the Balls to the Wall Series. I didn’t yet know how very popular Fire Balls and Volley Balls would be. But again I started with a title. What if the book was called Beach Balls? What if the two heroes meet underwater? The story had to take place on or near the beach. I happened to have lunch with a friend who was telling me about a big land dispute in Newport Beach, CA. which is right next to Laguna. Bingo! My heroes would be a developer lawyer and an environmentalist. Natural enemies. Yes, an enemies to lovers story. But they are both divers so when they meet, their true colors don’t show. Beach Balls comes out June 1st.
My romance with Balls continues. Many readers adore my surfer turned firefighter, Jerry, from Fire Balls. He also makes an appearance in Beach Balls. They are asking for him to have his own story. Okay, you guys — what shall I call Jerry’s book?
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