In our Spotlight: John Wiley’s Rooftops! (author guest post and giveaway)


Title: Rooftops
Author: John Wiley
Publisher: Wayward ink Publishing

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have John Wiley here today to talk about his latest release Rooftops and his sequel, Wake Me Up. Welcome, John. Can you tell us what inspired the story?

When I set out to write Rooftops, I never intended on making it into a series. However, after self-publishing it, I had several questions about when a sequel would be available, that people wanted to know what happened next. Revisiting these characters was hard for me to do. I don’t have a definite reason why this was, and I hope that when I revisit them in the third book I’ll find it easier to find their voices again than I did in the sequel, which will be called Wake Me Up.

The intent of this blog post is to tell you as much about the sequel as I can, without giving away anything that happens in Rooftops. Where Rooftops takes place between Ohio (I know the exact city, but for some reason have never come out and said exactly where in Ohio it takes place) and Los Angeles, Wake Me Up takes place between Los Angeles and New York City. The characters in Los Angeles deal with picking up the pieces of his/her/their lives after the events of Rooftops have occurred. There are issues of depression that are touched on, and I hope that I made those feelings of hopelessness come through in the story.

One of my favorite parts of the LA storyline in Wake Me Up is that it works to redeem a character from Rooftops that came off as a sort of villain. Personally, I like to believe that there is good to everyone, and that there are two sides to every story. I really hope that I have accomplished making this character feel human and that even though s/he made a mistake in Rooftops, s/he isn’t a bad person.

The NYC portion of the story follows two couples, and how the two relationships go in two different directions. Just because you think something is happily ever after doesn’t mean there won’t be a few hiccups along the way. Or maybe some happily ever after’s don’t last as long as others.

I know this is vague, I’m just trying my best to explain the story without giving anything away

Rooftops is more about finding out what your goals in life really are. Erick wanted money, Rhys wanted fame, and Joey wanted love. Wake Me Up is about what these characters do to achieve their dreams. And just because they think those are their goals in life, life could have other plans for them.

One of the things that I like in Wake Me Up, is that there is a twist that you (hopefully) don’t see coming, and that it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, setting up the third book.


Its summer and three friends from Ohio graduate college, ready to start making their way in the real world.

Rhys; the eternal optimist who wants to be an actor and moves to Los Angeles.

Erick; the career man, seeking money and position who moves with him.

And Joey; the aspiring artist, who for the love of his girlfriend, Cheryl, stays behind in Ohio.

While attempting to follow their dreams each must face their share of personal and professional obstacles. Each is tested. Will they lose sight of themselves?

Will old friendships fall apart and new friendships form?

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, New Adult
Length: Novel

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About the author

JOHN WILEY is currently a barista that hates coffee, but is really good at making it. When not writing, he likes to expose his cat to as many Christmas movies as possible. Just like his life, his biography is a work in progress.


By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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