Most authors will tell you that a book often develops from the tiniest spark of inspiration. Maybe it’s an event, maybe a person, or maybe even a dream. Sometimes a character can come from something as small as an image online, or the scent of a special cologne or a song.
One of the heroes in Artist’s Touch, Wally, came from a chance meeting a bar in Philly.
I had driven up to the city (an eight-hour drive) for a Green Day concert at Liacouris Center at Temple University. I was meeting a friend I hadn’t seen in fifteen years—she was driving down from Buffalo. We had the most amazing time at the concert (my passionate love for Green Day is well known) and before we went back to the hotel, we decided to stop at a bar and wind down with a drink.
Being a college town, and dollar beer night, we were the oldies at the bar, and no way I was drinking that cheap stuff. They had Bass Ale on tap, so I ordered that, and my friend ordered a screwdriver. We sat at the bar—the only seats in the packed place. The college kids were receptive to us and we settled in to gab about the concert.
Authors are people watchers, and I was observing the bartender. He was maybe a little older than the college kids, but not much. Cute as could be. Longish, sandy-colored hair that curled a bit. Big, bright smile that truly did light up the place. And he was super nice. Maybe it was the tips, maybe it was the fact we ordered premium drinks, but the time we spent in that bar was fun. I even took a few photos of him. He had a wholesome charm about him. My friend nicknamed him Wally.
I later wondered what he was doing bartending—was he working his way through school? What were his ambitions? His fears? Was he lonely? Was he a writer, too?
And ta-da…he became the character Wally in Artist’s Touch.
It’s kind of fun to immortalize someone that you barely know, give them traits they may or may not have, and imagine a whole past and future for them. Being a writer really rocks! Wally definitely gets a new life in Artist’s Touch—one that I enjoyed creating for him.
Every starlet wants master painter Kenon Alavi to do her portrait…and more. But Kenon prefers firm to soft and sates his desires with the boyfriends of the women he paints, enjoying the diversity of many lovers but shunning any attachments.
Wallace Harte’s English degree isn’t helping him and working at a bar is the closest he’s gotten to being the Second Coming of Faulkner. Something’s gotta give soon, or he’ll be out on the street.
Kenon zeroes in on the bartender at an art exhibition, intending to add him to his long list of conquests, but Wally bolts, initiating a heated game of cat and mouse. Kenon delights in the game until he discovers what Wally is writing. Feeling betrayed, Kenon swears off all entanglements until he reads Wally’s story and discovers true love is sometimes between the pages and not the sheets.
Inside Scoop: This book contains hot, sexy scenes of M/M interaction of an artistic nature. Who knew having your portrait painted could be so hot?
A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
I’d love to giveaway an ebook of Artist’s Touch, along with a swag pack, to one person who comments with an answer to the question: have you ever fantasized about a particular bartender? Tell me one thing about him that drew you to him/her. Contest ends 3/9 11:59PM EDT.
Kerry writes about love in its many forms, and enjoys exploring the dynamics of relationships. She lives in suburbia, but is making plans to escape to the ocean and NYC, as both places hold a piece of her heart.
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