We are thrilled to have Ashley John with us today at Sinfully, and hope you will join us in welcoming him here for his first visit. His new book Boss was released on Wednesday 15th July and he’s popped in to chat about his characters and just why he loves imperfect characters so much. Check out what he has to say, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win an e-book form his back catalogue.
Why I Love Imperfect Characters
I love imperfect characters! I love characters with flaws! I love characters you hate one second and love the next! Why? Because to me, they’re real. When I’m writing, I always find myself gravitating to these types of characters and I can’t help myself. No matter how lovely and sweet I try and make them, I scratch the surface and that imperfection comes out. The more tortured and conflicted a character, the better for me. I think we’ve all read those books where you can feel how much the author loves their characters, and that’s great, but you can sense how afraid they are to give them any flaws.
In my new release, BOSS (out now!), Ezra and Joshua are they are both imperfect to the point where you want to bang their heads together. Throughout the book, they show that they can be selfish, greedy and ignorant (they have good qualities too). They are infuriating and exhausting but I think that’s what makes them interesting. You can stare at a painting for hours and still not see all of the little details. For me, I see my characters as humans and I see humans as flawed.
I’ve always found it fascinating that the same person can be viewed many different ways, depending on who the viewer is. Imagine your worst enemy, or somebody you don’t like. Somebody is going to love that person. Now imagine somebody you love. Somebody is probably going to hate that person. Monsters can be loved and angels can be hated, and isn’t that wonderful?
Our flaws give us all that third dimension and it makes us interesting. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we were all the same shade of beige?
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Published ~ 15th July 2015
After years of travelling the world using his trust fund, college-dropout Joshua Silverton returns to London to discover two shocking truths; his estranged and wealthy father has been dead for over a year and he left his fortune to a total stranger. Joshua soon meets the man who stole his inheritance and even though he expects to hate Ezra Steele, he can’t ignore the strange attraction he suddenly feels towards him.
Bill Silverton saved Ezra Steele from his troubled past when he signed Silverton Tower over to him on his deathbed. Ezra now has the house, the business, the cars, the money and a different man in his bed every night. It’s a life he wants to cling to, so when Bill’s gorgeous son unexpectedly turns up and demands he hand everything back, his life is turned upside down in more ways than one.
A need to finally prove himself to his dead father forces Joshua to challenge Ezra but will he be able to ignore the attraction in order to be ruthless? Ezra tries to keep his enemies close by getting Joshua into his bed but as history catches up with him, he is forced to face himself. They are both running from their past, so in a battle between head and heart, Joshua and Ezra must choose what is more important – money or each other.
This is a standalone gay romance novel (no cliffhanger). Contains steamy sex between a tattooed traveller and a sexy CEO
Meet Ashley John
Ashley John lives in the North of England with his fiancé Reece, and his cat Jeremy. Ashley is a lover of love and a lover of life, and that's why he writes Romance novels. He's a sucker for gripping love story. His characters are fighters, strong and complex, and they'll do anything to get the happy endings they deserve (and there are usually a lot of tears and heartache along the way!). Ashley is best known for his best selling George & Harvey series and The Surf Bay Series. When Ashley isn't writing, he uses his creativity to paint and draw, and when he's not being creative, he's usually taking a nap.
Ashley John is gifting to one lucky reader an E-book of BOSS. All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.