Welcome to Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends where today we are happy to have Cade Jay Hathaway with us, sitting in the Interview Chair.
Tell us a little about yourself. If you were to pick something, what would you like others to absolutely know about you?
I have so many interests. Travel, transportation, movies, radio, reading and of course writing. And the cool thing is I’ve been able to do most of them. I would say that I’m probably one of the happiest and most content people that you’d ever meet. I truly appreciate all of the great things that have happened in my life so far, and I’m only 25 so I can’t even imagine what the future has in store.
Some of our readers might not know much about Until Forever Dies. Are you able to tell us a bit about it?
Until Forever Dies is actually an unabridged compilation of my first three novels; Happy Endings Sleepover, Sander’s Courage, and Long Before Morning. They are basically autobiographical in that the characters and the events mirror my own. It’s about a young American gay kid named Johnnie who moves overseas for his U.S. Government job and meets his soul mate, a Danish guy named Sander. And the adventures they have are very exciting.
Are any of your characters based on real life individuals? And have you ever experienced in real life any of the situations that you put your characters in?
In fact they all are based on real life people. If you happen to be one of the characters in the book you definitely know who you are, good or bad. And as far as the situations that take place, it’s the same. In fact I
wasn’t able to include all that happened in the government job scenes that form a very large part of the stories.
How did your Family and Friends respond, when you told them that you wrote in the M/M genre?
The friends had no problem, especially since they recognize who they are when they read the books. I come from a very religious Christian family who already take issue with the fact that I’m gay. My mom and stepfather have completely disowned me and have done their best to poison my young twin brother and sister against my husband, Lasse, and me. Fortunately to no avail. In fact the twins plan to move here to Denmark when they graduate from high school and attend college. They love Lasse and me very much.
Talk to us about working with a publisher, through your experiences as an author. Why did you go down this route? And, on the whole, was it a positive or negative experience?
Okay, so this will sound like some Hollywood “meet cute” story, but I was riding the Eurostar train about a month after I’d completed my final draft of Happy Endings Sleepover and my seatmate happened to be Perry Allen, the editor in chief of DP&Sons Publishers. They were starting a gay imprint called Cerulean Sky Press and were looking for material. I told him I’d just finished a gay espionage novel and at first he thought I was just messing with him. But I sent the manuscript to his phone and he promised to read it. They called me a week later with the offer, and here we are.
As for how it all went? Amazing. First off, they followed through on everything they said. I had one of the best editors in the business and I agreed with suggestions and changes. But what really got me was their marketing plan. They said the books should be released within three months of one another so that readers who really enjoyed the books wouldn’t be forced to wait a long time until the next one. And it would create an immediate catalogue of titles for me that would let the distributors and wholesalers like Ingram, American Wholesalers, and Baker & Taylor know they were serious about supplying, promoting, and working the books. And it paid off.
What’s the best advice that you would give new writers?
Two things. First, write your book. Whether you think anything is going to come of it commercially, or not, just write the book. And the second thing I’d say is never, ever be afraid of the word “no”. And when you hear it, don’t take it personally. Just keep doing your thing.
What is your average writing day like? Do you have any strange writing habits?
I’m a very disciplined writer because I have my government job that involves crazy schedules and travel, the weekly radio show which waits for no schedule, my home life, and of course the life surprises that pop up on their own schedules. So I write in tight blocks, usually late at night when the house is quiet, and I immediately edit and go to next draft when I’ve finished a session. So by the time I’m done, I’m very near a final draft when I sit down for the first whole read.
Tell us about the best experience you have had in life?
The snowy, rainy evening—January 17, 2011—that I met the love of my life, Lasse Jørgensen.
What are 5 things you can’t live without?
Lasse and the family who do love me.
Cheeseburgers and Indian food.
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
I travel ALL the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. And it’s a great part of my job. But when I’m home I want to be home. So I’d say ‘Homebody’, definitely.
Quick Fire Questions:
Hairy or Smooth?
Extremely baby-butt smooth.
Tropical or Arctic?
Single, Married or In a Relationship?
- Book Title: Until Forever Dies (Paperback)
- Book Series: Three Novels of Love and Adventure
- Author: Cade Jay Hathaway
- Publisher: Cerulean Sky Press (December 29, 2015)
- Book Length: 692 pages
- Genre: Gay Fiction, Young Adult, Espionage
UNTIL FOREVER DIES is the definitive collection of bestselling author CADE JAY HATHAWAY’s “Happy Endings Sleepover” series of autobiographical gay youth novels. Available for the first time in one volume, these tales of espionage and the beautiful love between a young American CIA operative, Johnnie Allen, and his life’s love, Sander Lars Hansen of Denmark, have resonated with lovers of gay fiction the world over. Once you’ve entered their world, you’ll never want to return. Contains three unabridged novels.
Happy Ending Sleepover
Johnnie is a 20-year-old American kid who moves to Denmark to attend school. He meets Sander, age fifteen, at a party one night and the two become fast friends. But Johnnie has a secret, and it has nothing to do with his burgeoning sexuality. Johnnie works for the CIA in field transportation, infiltrating agents and exfiltrating valuable assets all over Europe. But complications arise when Sander learns of Johnnie’s career at a time when secrecy is paramount to the success of a life or death mission. Cade Jay Hathaway’s Happy Endings Sleepover is a taut thriller with a young, gay eroticism that makes it an irresistible page turner.
Happy Ending Sleepover #1
In this exciting follow-up to Cade Jay Hathaway’s brilliant debut novel, Happy Endings Sleepover, Johnnie and Sander have settled into a wonderful life together. During a day trip to Germany, Sander’s younger brother, Jannik, is held hostage by a middle eastern terrorist cell. As events unfold, the boys learn that the taking of Jannik Mads Hansen was no random act. The clock is ticking, and time to rescue the kidnapped child is running out.
Happy Ending Sleepover #3
Long Before Morning
The world is a darkening place in this third exciting installment of Cade Jay Hathaway’s Happy Endings Sleepover series of gay youth fiction. Johnnie Allen has been tasked to infiltrate a multinational Special Ops team into Ukraine a year after the military downing of a civilian airliner kills nearly three hundred innocent people. Their mission? To send a message to the Russian president that such callous actions will not go unpunished. But another kind of callousness has attacked the love, serenity, and happiness of Johnnie’s home in Denmark. And it may prove too much for him to even process, much less conquer.