Please welcome guest blogger, S. A. Garcia, author of Divine Devine’s Love Song!
First off, thanks to Charlie for letting me take up space on her blog.
Writing about my own books and characters is always difficult. Writing about Divine Devine’s Love Song is especially strange. The story came out of nowhere at me. Granted I love reading science fiction and fantasy, but the idea of writing sci-fi sounded too daunting. What if I created a concept too ridiculous for words? What if I screwed up the tech? Why did I want to create a gay male romance novel set in a post-apocalyptic USA? M/M readers seem more into vampires and shape shifters than a country destroyed by an evil corporation and genetically altered heroes.
What the hell, I went ahead and started writing. Since I am a “pantster” writer, I possessed only a rough idea of the story line. I entered a blank wilderness demanding fresh words. To my relief, the words arrived in a quick manner. Right from the start, I wanted violent weather to be a huge problem for this post-apocalyptic world. Catastrophic weather and sci-fi go hand in hand. The decision wasn’t terribly original, but the concept fit the book’s needs. I grew fond of the Sea Howlers. While describing their power, the fear came naturally to me since hurricanes and tornadoes frighten me. Having an evil corporate entity running the shattered USA guaranteed me the perfect enemy. Yes, greed and power are the true enemies in this story.
My characters surprised and delighted me by taking matters into their own hands. Sam Devine was a joy to write. A wise-ass hacker from what used to be Brooklyn, Sam developed his radical internal agenda and revealed it in small doses. The more mysterious Pokatawer entered the story as a stranger even to me. As the story progressed, Pokatawer developed into a wonderful character, strong, wise and brave. Pokatawer turned into my first true alpha male character. I certainly didn’t want to argue with him about his transformation. Neither did Sam. Sam started out as an anti-hero who, with Pokatawer’s help, discovered the brave hero hiding inside him. Sam would protest that using the word brave to describe him is ridiculous. I can hear him now: “Fuck, are youse kidding me about being brave? Please, save the brave for Pokatawer.”
I also enjoyed framing this story with the tale of Tren, another brave man struggling against the odds and his radiation sickness. In truth, Divine Devine’s Love Song offers the reader two love stories, vastly different in tone and resolution. Do the stories supply the reader happy ever after endings? That’s up for the reader to decide.
Let’s act illogical and end with the blurb.
In a world destroyed by nuclear mismanagement, a deformed young man named Tren finds an intact Netpad. Once he secures a working battery, he discovers a story penned by Sam Devine, a hacker who led a rebellion against the insane corporation BCM.
Sam works for BCM out of necessity. When a meeting opens with the torture of BCM’s captive enemies, Sam receives his chance: he lies to convince his bosses he wants to further degrade one of the warriors, a man named Pokatawer. Once Pokatawer is released to Sam, he finds they share common goals and lusts.
Divine Devine’s Love Song is available directly from Dreamspinner Press or from Amazon and other ebook outlets.
S.A.Garcia’s Books At Amazon
S.A. Garcia’s Books at Dreamspinner Press
Temptation of the Incubus at Silver Publishing
I can never decide between red or white. Creating visual art and word art occupied my professional life until word art triumphed.
Reading Gordon Merrick at age nineteen sounded a wake-up call. Ten years of running B-Side, an indie music magazine, provided wild characters and curious situations for fiction. While traveling to interview bands, writing gay romantic fiction percolated in the background. Thirty years of gay romance hides in notebooks and the computer. My stories now enter the free air.
In 2011 Dreamspinner Press released Canes and Scales, To Save A Shining Soul and Baron’s Last Hunt. and Divine Devine’s Love Song.
In October 2011 Silver Publishing unleashed the supernatural romantic dark comedy Temptation of the Incubus on the world.
About all I am a slave to words. I hope my words connect to my readers.
You can read about my other books here: S.A. Garcia’s World of Words
Thanks for having me here!