Title: Project X
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Always was and always will be.
At least that’s what Matthew Hopkins thinks. Unfortunately, Morgan is also a brilliant law student, and easily eclipses Matthew, academically and socially.
Matthew insists he hates Morgan. According to Matthew’s best friend, Cory, perhaps he doth protest a bit too much.
Cory has received the chance of a lifetime in the form of an internship with ITM—Information Technology and Medicine—the prestigious research company where Morgan’s father is the CEO. Too inquisitive for his own good, the naturally curious Cory stumbles on a deadly secret inside of ITM. What he has learned will tip the balance of everything, but for good or bad?
Just what is the mysterious Project X?
What is Morgan’s involvement?
Matthew has to sort fact from fiction, friend from foe, as his world is turned upside down and inside out, and nothing can be the way it was.
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About the author
Nephylim was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.
Nephylim has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.
Later in life, Nephylim became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.
It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.
In present times, Nephylim lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and her two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. The part of her that needs to earn money is a lawyer, but the deepest, and most important part of her is a storyteller and artist, and always will be.
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An Interview with Nephylim by Scott
Hi Nephylim and welcome to GGR-Review. As you know this is your first time visiting our corner of the M/M Genre, so I thought we could take a minute to find out more about you and your writing.
I have to be honest, I’ve not heard of you until your newest book Project X came out. and the reason for you being here today. I’m really excited to learn a little more about you after doing some research on your past books. So why don’t we get started.
Who is the Real, Nephylim?
The one everyone sees and knows. I am what I am and have never tried to hide anything about myself. I’m a lover of all things gothic, with a wardrobe full of many shades of black.
I’m a dye-in-the-wool pagan, coming through the Druidic route rather than Wiccan, so I’m not technically a witch, although that’s how I see myself. I trained as a herbalist and like to make pills and potions. Until now, I haven’t had much space to indulge, but since moving I have a full size larder and am looking forward to making jams, syrups and herbal remedies.
I am an absolute believer in reincarnation, and my name comes from ‘memories’ of a long past life when I was a lover of fallen angels, and their children – the nephylim.
I have two children, a daughter and son, both of whom are gay, and all three of us are passionate advocates of gay rights. My son is autistic and brings a whole load of different issues to what would otherwise be a calm and sedate life.
Apart from my writing, I am an artist and a keen cross stitcher, although both of those passtimes come strictly second to my writing. I am unable to part with any of my art, so I have a house full of canvases.
I live in the South Wales Valleys, which I love, and drive an ancient Puma.
I love to help others and get great satisfaction out of doing so as often as I can.
Can’t think of anything else to say. If anyone wants to know more, please ask. I’m always open to chatting and answering questions, although be warned I’m always honest.
Where do you get your inspiration for your books, and how did that translate into Project X ?
I was a lawyer for more than twenty years, and a lot of the themes I explore in my writing come from my experiences ‘on the job’. Over the years I saw many patterns in human behavior and became fascinated with the way humans behave
to each other and the lengths they go to, to hide their true feeling, even from themselves.
I talk more in another blog post on my tour about how my experiences as a lawyer affects my writing.
As far as Project X was concerned, my inspiration came through a convoluted chain of thought that started with a mannequin. Again, I have gone into a lot more detail in another post.
How my experience translates into Project X, is also somewhat chaotic. For one thing, it’s set in a law school and the location, activities, tutors and some of the characters’ experiences are drawn from my own time there, which was a happy time for me.
In another aspect my experiences with clients and their often irrational behavior and thought processes translate to the way my characters interact with each other, and even with their own internal dialogue. A lot of my writing is experimental for me. I put in an element of human behavior that interests me, and run with it to see where it takes me.
For example, in other books it has been why intelligent people stay in violent and abusive relationships, and how a brainwashed sex slave reacts to the world around him and the people in it, after being released following a seven year captivity. In Project X it was the dynamics of a ‘love triangle’
Who are your characters and how easy were they to write for?
The three main characters are Matthew, his best friend Cory and Morgan.
Matthew is you average, popular, talented student, completely unaware of how fortunate he is to be accepted and well liked. He’s a happy-go-lucky person who sails through life with ease. Whilst not selfish and self-centered in the negative way such words might suggest, he is nevertheless very much living in his own world, blind to the feelings of others around him, and even to his own growing feelings.
Matthew’s best friend Cory is a much different kettle of fish. A total computer nerd, he is a genius in both IT and biology, to the extent Matthew often jokes he’s going to be the first person to successfully create a cyborg, fusing the two. While Matthew truly believes Cory is popular, Cory knows full well that his popularity derives directly from Matthew, and when Matthew isn’t around Cory is all but invisible.
Morgan is… How do I describe Morgan? He has it all. He’s beautiful, rich, the school’s star pupil, and an absolute bastard. At least that’s what Matthew thinks.
As the story progresses, Matthew begins to see the chinks in Morgan’s armour and to peep into the lonely, cold and often terrifying world he inhabits. It takes a long time for Matthew to realize what’s really going on, and by then it’s almost too late.
Project X irrevocably changes them all, but for Morgan it steals away everything he’s ever worked for, and very nearly his life.
As for how easy the characters were to write – all my characters are easy to write because they are very much alive in my head. I hear their voices, see their body language and allow them to tell their own stories. It’s only when I try to change the stories that things get difficult, so I generally run with it.
Your stories are not your typical M/M Romance. How, or what do you do, that gets you in the Zone when you are writing your books?
I sit down at the computer and open a word document. It’s as simple as that.
Writing is my life. If I couldn’t write I think I’d shrivel up and become a gibbering wreck in the corner. In a very real way, writing is my therapy. My life is often very stressful, especially with my son’s problems, and I suffer a great deal of chronic pain from various ailments. When I’m writing I lose myself in the worlds I create. For the time I’m there I don’t feel pain, and stress melts away. I have to say thought, the more stress I’m under the more I torture my characters.
I think the way I approach writing, both as a therapy, and a way of working through interesting elements of human behaviour, means that my work is never going to be of the ‘fluffy bunny’ type, especially when you add in my fascination for death, and my belief that trauma and drama tend to bring a person’s true self to the fore.
Here’s a fun one that I have never asked before. Let’s say we are in the park and I overhear you talking about your book. Being the avid reader I am I introduce myself and I ask: “I wasn’t eavesdropping but I couldn’t help but overhear you talking about a book you wrote, can you tell be something about it and why should I buy it?”
Project X is a story I’m very excited about. I don’t want to give away too much, but it was really fun to write and I hope that comes through when you read. There are a lot of humourous snippets in there that highlight my snarky and dark sense of humour.
I fell in love with all three of my character, who are very different, and were each challenging in their own ways, and they are the real reasons you should buy and read the book. I really think you’ll grow as fond of my boys as I am because the way they interact is fascinating.
Also, it’s not just a love story. It’s much more exciting than that. What starts as an interesting three way love/hate triangle becomes a desperate struggle for life. There are super serums, psychic abilities and a raid by the police, which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I think you’ll invest in my boys – laugh with them, cry with them…and pray for them.
I know you are super busy hopping from blog to blog during your Book Tour. I want to Thank you for stopping by GGR-Review and letting our readers get to know a little more about you.
Best of Luck with your Book and again it’s been a pleasure having you here.