Scattered Thoughts (that’s me) has loved having all the authors here this week. And we still have another surprise day to go where I will announce the winners and the Pulp Friction authors will have one last post together.
So, don’t forget to leave a comment, either at the end of today’s post or on the review post. Either way, we will count that as an entry.
And now for our fourth and final Pulp Friction author, T.A.”Tom” Webb and his City Knight series. *offers up a chair and a cup of coffee*:
TW: Thanks for having me, Melanie. Well, me and my guys Marcus and Benjamin. Now, these two men are rather mouthy and will tend to jump in and say what’s on their minds before you or I know it. So, bear with us and I’ll try to filter it all into something that makes sense for us all.
ST: *sinks into her chair, pets the pups*
TW: When Laura, Lee and Havan and I started talking about some kind of series that would be like the old pulp fictions, what immediately came to mind for me was the Doc Savage pulps I read as a kid. I loved him, and always thought he was kind of like me, in that he was different. When I put a name to it—gay—I realized he never was with a person of either sex, but I could easily imagine him as mine.
So, when we put the series here in Atlanta, we talked about each of us putting out six stories. My first idea was to write two sets of three stories—a trilogy—for two sets of characters. Then Marcus whispered in my ear, and he was this mature cop who patrolled the area around his home. I asked him why, and the whole story came out about his doctor lover who was shot and killed senselessly, and how he made a promise to protect the neighborhood. Kind of Doc Savage meets Batman.
A man like that deserves a happy ending, so I imagined who would crack through a man like that’s shield? Because Marcus, he deserves someone who would make him laugh, someone who would light up his dark nights and make his heart beat again.
Now Ben, or as Marcus calls him, his Benjamin, isn’t a slam dunk. He has a past of his own that tried to keep him away from Marcus. He’s younger, smart as a whip, but so closed off from his own feelings because of his own soul-crushing experience—he was raped—that it was a challenge for him to connect to Marcus for more than sex.
But he does. And the trilogy follows how they two men circle each other and gently open up despite all the horrible things in their pasts, and the bad things coming after them in their present. But, they make it.
So, when it came time to write the other two men I had in mind, Marcus and Benjamin said they weren’t ready to step aside. Plus, we—Laura, Lee Havan and I—had started interweaving Chance and Zachary and Archer and Wick with my boys, so how could I leave them hanging?
ST: You can’t, that obvious, plus it would make your fans cry. Not a good thing.
TW: Plus, slowly but surely, the fans caught on and would have killed me if I let them go. And we had to find out who killed Travis, and then Marcus’s brother Frankie showed up with little Marcus, and they have a loud voice too.
My plans, now that all five books are written as well as the final book we all will co-author, are to write a small holiday story for Marcus and Benjamin called “Christmas Knight”. And at some point there will be a novella for Frankie and Brady, because they are screaming in my head that they need their story told.
ST: I am so happy to hear that because I fell in love with Brady and Frankie! They do need a story of their own. Oops, sorry to interrupt.
TW: This has been such a fun process, and I have learned SO much about how to write from these three talented friends of mine. I almost hate to leave Atlanta behind, but Flagstaff calls and that makes my creative juices flow.
ST: Hmmm. Flagstaff…..more stories perhaps? Another secret for another day.
TW: Thanks to everyone who’s read City Knight, and it’s on sale for $0.99 for everyone on Amazon and ARe.
Please, leave a comment, and you can have your choice of any book in the series in a drawing especially for Melanie’s blog. She’s been so wonderful about reading all 20 of the books and reviewing them, and Marcus and Benjamin have her in a big hug for liking them. They have no words, and neither do I!
ST: Aww, shucks. *hugs back* Plus you mentioned Doc Savage. I remember seeing plenty of those paperpacks on my dad’s shelf near his chair. Oh that did bring back the memories. Thanks for the great guest post and wonderful stories, Tom.
TW: Thanks all! Remember to leave a comment and win!
Here are the books in the City Knight series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the men and their relationships and the events that occur: