My Interview with Bella Leone
My bestie and critique group sister Bella Leone will have her first story published by Torquere Press as part of their 2011 Charity Sips release benefitting the It Gets Better Project. As one of the story's betas and a fan, I wanted to give y'all a chance to get to know a little about Bella and her story "Happy Hour."
After a light, flirtatious conversation about what makes a good beer; Bodie invites Eli back to his place to try some real brews. After a few tries of different beers, our boys are loosened up and in confession mode. All the embarrassing tidbits come out, making for fun and silliness. Surfer Bodie shares a secret and comes out of the music closet, to the ginger cowboy’s delight. Heavy petting ensues then Eli leaves with the promise of more.
Q: Your story Happy Hour will be released tomorrow. Does it all still seem a little unreal?
A: If by unreal you mean that at any moment my cat will lick my face and I'll wake with a start tangled in my sheets. then yes. I really don't feel like it's real yet, not in the least.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Happy Hour?
A: I came up with Eli, my main character, first while watching coverage of the royal wedding and someone caught Prince Harry handing a toy from his pocket to a young flower girl. I knew right then I had to write an adorable ginger boy. From there it just bloomed. The plot evolved from watching my husband get hit on at the liquor store as he looked for a new brew and a beautiful, tall man tried to help him/hit on him while I hid around the corner loving every minute of it. Somehow it all melted together into Happy Hour.
|Happy belated b'day to Prince Harry :)|
Q: Eli and Bodie meet in the beer section of the grocery store and bond during a private beer tasting. Are you a beer snob? Do you have a favorite beer?
A: I knew very little about beer when I started this story. It was pretty cool to watch a documentary on how beer is made. *Yay History Channel!* I make a mean pumpkin ale bread. I do have a favorite, Frambois Lambic, it's raspberry flavored and it's ambrosia! If you've never had one, I highly encourage all to partake!
Q: Any plans to continue Eli and Bodie's story?
A: That is so tempting... What should I have their next adventure be?
[I say Eli & Bodie Go To Oktoberfest! *evil grin*]
Q: What other stories are you working on?
A: Currently, I'm working on a story set in Canada at a prestigious hockey academy. It's more of a romantic dramedy. I've opened up an old romance, my NaNo '09 as well. I'm mentally preparing for NaNo '11 too! I'm extremely excited to start NaNo-ing!
Q: Last question. Your story, as well as the other Sips released tomorrow, will raise money for the It Gets Better Project. If you were making an It Gets Better video, what would you say to LGBT kids watching it?
A: Bullying isn't just a kid problem sadly. It can hurt to be told that you being you isn't okay or isn't good enough. Trust me when I say that no one decides your worth, but you. I'm glad I didn't give up and I'm glad I can help others realize the truth that it does get better. It gets so much better.
Thanks to Bella for the interview. Be sure to buy lots of Charity Sips tomorrow to benefit a great cause!
In 2008, Torquere Press’ fantastic authors decided to support a charity with an annual short story collection called our Charity Sip blitz. In the past three years, we’ve donated more than $13,000.00 to charitable organizations that support GLBT causes.
For 2011, Torquere’s authors have chosen the theme “Getting Better” in honor of the It Gets Better project, which helps LGBT youth understand that life as an openly queer adult is not only possible, but happening for millions of people, worldwide. More than thirty authors have written short fiction pieces and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to this year’s charitable organization. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors’ donations completely.
This year, we’re also pleased to announce that our distribution partner, Rainbow eBooks, has agreed to be the title sponsor of our Sip collection, and will be our sole distributor outside of the Torquere Books website.
Please support our sponsor by visiting them at www.rainbowebooks.com. Torquere Press and our authors truly believe we can make a difference by donating to organizations that promote awareness and equality. If you’d like to help, please support the Charity Sip Blitz and enjoy some great romance today! Available September 17, 2011 at www.torquerebooks.com and www.rainbowebooks.com.