But first, a little about the book:
The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.
Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.
Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.
But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?
...Sounds AMAZIN', right? IT IS!!!! Anyway…without further ado (and before I totally embarrass myself): FOUR QUESTIONS (ya'll know I cheat, so yes, more than four) for ALEXIS HALL...
("accidentally"? Wow...gotta love those happy accidents! :) )
AJH: GLITTERLAND, to me, is kind of just a love story. Sorry, as you can tell, I’m not very good at selling things. It’s kind of about stuff I’m interested in which, peculiarly, seem to be bipolar depression and Essex, so I’ve clearly gone for a niche there. More broadly, it’s kind of an opposites-attract thing, since it’s essentially about two very different people from very different worlds who sort of come together in defiance of all probability, expectations and basic common sense.
AJH: I really enjoy my reviewing over Dear Author, but I do try to keep it apart from my writing. I know it’s a little bit controversial but I genuinely believe reading and writing are separate skillsets. I did make a very conscious decision not to touch GLBT books at DA, firstly because Jane’s very concerned about conflicts of interest and I very much respect that, but also because I, too, wanted to keep a wall between those two aspects of my internet life.
AJH: I think what basically made me “go there” was kind of a concatenation of circumstances. I’ve always really liked those kinds of paranormal series where you have a central heroine who systematically shags her way around the entire supernatural community of whatever setting you’re in. And when I saw Riptide had a call for lesbian fiction, I thought it would be really interesting to try and do a gay version of that.
AJH: Thank you so much for having me, I’ve really enjoyed chatting, and you’re always welcome to ask me questions. Although maybe not 40 at once ;)
Alexis Hall will be starting his official GLITTERLAND BLOG TOUR on Monday, August 26th. Click HERE for details!
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