It’s the Weekend and we are so Happy that Michael Kudo is starting us off with a look at his newest book, Red Rose.
The word ‘Romantic’ is a very interesting word, especially as it relates to Gay Romance, so when Michael asked what he should talk about I posed this question to him:
“What does the word ‘romantic’ mean to you and how does it relate to your writing?”
I’m so happy to be here today with GGR-Review to discuss the phrase ‘Romantic’: what it means to me and how it relates to my writing.
First, I want to say that I’m a huge poster-child for romance. I believe that you can’t have real romance without being truly in love with somebody, because without love, things just comes off as forced and empty. I also believe in the whole love-at-first-sight thing.
That being said, I don’t think the above applies to everyone. I’m realistic, I know that not every tale of love begins with two people locking eyes across the room or a random chance meeting between two gay guys in a close-minded town and sparks instantly fly. It does happens, but not as often as TV or other media would have you believe.
In my new novel, Red Rose (Blood), the main character Alex is in love with his former mentor, Lance, who shares the feeling but is too scared/hesitant to act because he doesn’t want to risk either of them getting hurt. Assassins are very macho and most are either homophobic or view gay people as weak. Alex and Lance talk about their relationship a few times and really struggle to work out what they have, what to call what they have, or if they have anything at all. It’s made quite obvious that Alex wants them to be together and doesn’t care about the risks, whereas Lance is more concerned and closed off. To me, this is romance. You have two people who are in love sharing moments, looking out for each other, having issues, fighting, etc. I write real stories about real situations. And in real situations, things aren’t always so perfect. Problems aren’t magically solved by hot sex and you don’t always get to kiss the prince at the end. I like my romance to have this touch of realism because without it, the story just doesn’t feel like it could actually happen. I write fiction but the love has to feel real or else what’s the point?
The Book Description:
“I don’t like to be called an Assassin, I prefer the term problem solver.”
My name’s Alex. I’m an average guy. I kill people for a living. But don’t judge me.
I don’t take jobs on just anybody though. I only kill the really annoying people, like cheaters or abusers. So if you think about it, I’m actually doing God’s work—okay, maybe that’s stretching things a bit.
Other than the whole committing murder and trying to get away with it thing, my life is simple.
Well… except for the fact I’m in love with a fellow assassin who happens to be my mentor. I also have to make sure I’m careful when I’m on the job because if I ever fail a hit, I’ll be considered a “liability” and be executed promptly. Oh, and there’s a small chance someone in the organization is trying to have me killed. But I’ll figure that out, eventually. Did I mention I’m gay?
Okay, maybe my life isn’t so simple.
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Red Rose (Blood) (The Deadly Rose Series Book 1) – Amazon
Red Rose (Blood) (The Deadly Rose Series Book 1) – Amazon UK
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Michael was born and raised on the Jersey Shore – the geographical location, not the TV show. As such, he cannot boast having tanned skin, a rock-hard body, or being BFFs with Snooki. His version of GTL is gaming, Tumblr, and Lounging. He didn’t know what to do for a living until he wrote a couple of fun short stories as an English class project and made people laugh, something he’s always enjoyed doing and decided that’s what he wanted in his future.
A self-described “Otaku” (person with obsessive interests in manga, anime, and/or video games) Michael spends most of his time enjoying those things, becoming emotionally attached to fictional characters and collecting every bit of My Little Pony merchandise available.
He lives with his fiancé of five years in the heart of NJ.