Please join us in welcoming Dev Bentham to Sinfully as we celebrate the release of her new novel Whistle Blower which releases tomorrow 5th February.
Using the Bits
There’s something I think all writers do which amuses the hell out of me in my own work— little things from RL creeping into my stories. It might be something I read that ends up on a character’s shelf or a conversation I find myself it which morphs a few days later into the subject of a convo between my characters. In an example from Whistle Blower, I took a touristy trip to New York to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It was a great trip and it turned out to be his last, so I’m very glad we went.
While we were there, we went to the Pterosaurs exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. It was fascinating and I got to geek out completely over flying dinosaurs, some with amazing head crests that look like sails. So of course, when Ben found himself in New York with a free afternoon, he headed right to the Pterosaurs exhibit. I mean, who wouldn’t?
Some funny RL moments have come from the way that my own life sneaks into my stories. After reading one of my books where I gave a character something from my life, a friend told that she’d always thought I was using “real imagination” when I wrote my books, but now she knew where it all came from. That cracked me up. I’ll admit to a checkered romantic past, but beyond a few details here and there, believe me, this ain’t autobiography.
Whistle Blower does have some authenticity, though. I do live up here in Northern Wisconsin (although Ben’s resort is imaginary) and I did enjoy those flying reptiles. Characters in contemporary romance live in the same world we do. And we all have moments worth putting in a story. So if you were going to pick one thing from your life this last week that would enrich a character, what would it be? It’s okay to use your “real imagination” to answer.
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 5th February 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Money can’t buy happiness. Jacob Nussbaum knows this better than anyone. He's a corporate lawyer deep inside a huge New York firm, where he works overtime, sacrifices any chance at a personal life, and has been selling his soul for years. With a secretary as his only friend, he trudges on, until his whole world is blown apart by a manila envelope of photos—evidence that one of the firm’s partners is the dirtiest lawyer in one hell of a filthy business.
In search of the truth, Jacob travels to a small northern Wisconsin fishing resort. There he meets Ben Anderson, a brutally lonely man, who knocks him off his feet. Ben prompts Jacob to reevaluate his life. He’s a dozen years older than Jacob, still recovering from the death of his long time love, and doesn’t want to leave anyone a widower. But a jaded New Yorker on a soul-searching mission might be just the man to convince the grieving Ben that it's never too late to begin again.
Meet Dev Bentham
Dev Bentham writes soulful m/m romance. Her characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know what they are missing, but whose lives are transformed by true love. email: DevBentham@yahoo.com
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