Kirby Crow has a new book coming out, her first contemporary M/M romance, and I’m very happy to have her on the blog today to answer some questions about her new release, her plans for the future, and herself.
You can also look forward to an excerpt from MERIDIAN at the bottom of this post.
And there’s an eCopy of MERIDIAN to be won as well – good luck 🙂
Mel: Kirby, as far as I know, so far you’ve written mostly fantasy. What made you venture into new territory writing-wise and where did the idea for MERIDIAN come from?
KC: Actually, I write all over the board; romance, fantasy, scifi, horror. I was writing contemporary horror with gay protagonists several years ago, so it’s not really new territory for me, but yes, I am more well-known as a fantasy writer. I think that’s cool.
MERIDIAN came from my interest in the after-effects of catharsis in characters. Boromir is a good example. What if he had lived? What kind of man would he have turned into? It’s easy enough to introduce a character by putting him through trauma, but we don’t always see the recovery. If they even survive, that is. Those are the things that make a character fascinating; the history we know of them. We can’t help wondering how they handled some things, what they did to get over the pain, what kind of scars it left and what the future means for the people they love. That’s kind of where Matty Sawyer comes in. He’s already been through the worst period of his life, and this is how he picks up the pieces and keeps going.
What I find really interesting is that, when we start to wonder about fictional people as if they were real, we weave that imaginary loom to support their lives. They almost become our friends. We identify with them, we care about them, we even get possessive of them. It’s not always necessary to illustrate a character from birth onward to get to that point, either. Sometimes you can start in the middle. That’s what Meridian is: Matty and Grant are both in media res. They’re at a crucial point in the middle of their separate stories, and the reader drops in when they meet.