On writing Asher and why he’s my favorite
Hi! It’s great to be here today and have a chance to talk about the book and Asher, who without a doubt, has been with me the longest of all my characters. He evolved from a motorcycle riding bounty hunter in a Vampire the Masquerade game to the character you see today. And the great thing about him is, he’s still evolving. I don’t think it’s the fact that he talks the loudest that makes me love him most, though he is the most vocal of my characters, I think what truly makes him my favorite is that he’s a mix of some very special people that I have known in my life. I can’t write hurtful scenes with him without crying or recalling the memories that inspired those moments in the book. Nor can I see him laugh and learn and grow without feeling pride in him. If one were to ask if I had hoped for a character in one of my stories, I would say that I hope that Asher learns to love himself as much as those around him love him. I’d also say that I hope that one day he’s able to share the wonderful personality that he keeps buried, because he is truly remarkable, loyal, dynamic and soft-heartened when he peels back his shell.
I love that he always keeps me guessing. The way he responds to situations and other characters has, at times, left me with my fingers frozen over the keys and my mouth hanging open, mentally going ‘tell me he did not just say (or do) that.’ He can be brash and arrogant, but more often than not that’s part of his shell. Shock ‘em and they’ll give you a wide berth. Most times it works, fortunately for Asher, it didn’t work with Conner.
Even back in the days when I was writing Asher as a complete badass, he still found ways to surprise me with the things he’d do and the kindnesses he would show particular people. I remember him watching out for a group of younger people who were also living on the streets, giving up the only coat he had to a homeless woman, even going so far as to brave a snow storm one night for a friend who needed him. The foundation for growth in Guitars and Cages really lay in all those smaller pieces over the years.
Guitars and Cages by Layla Dorine
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Genre: gay fiction, urban drama, contemporary, M/M fiction
Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.
When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.
When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.
Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.
Don’t miss the Wayward Ink Publishing Tickle Me Pink Sale – 25% off all list prices!
About the author
LAYLA DORINE lives among the sprawling prairies of Midwestern America, in a house with more cats than people. She loves hiking, fishing, swimming, martial arts, camping out, photography, cooking, and dabbling with several artistic mediums. In addition, she loves to travel and visit museums, historic, and haunted places.
Layla got hooked on writing as a child, starting with poetry and then branching out, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Hard times, troubled times, the lives of her characters are never easy, but then what life is? The story is in the struggle, the journey, the triumphs and the falls. She writes about artists, musicians, loners, drifters, dreamers, hippies, bikers, truckers, hunters and all the other folks that she’s met and fallen in love with over the years. Sometimes she writes urban romance and sometimes its aliens crash landing near a roadside bar. When she isn’t writing, or wandering somewhere outdoors, she can often be found curled up with a good book and a kitty on her lap.
Prize: $20 WIP Gift Card and 1 ebook copy of Guitars and Cages