Please join us in welcoming Carrie Pack to Sinfully today. She has popped in for a quick Q & A on the tour, celebrating the release of her new book In the Present Tense.
Hi, Carrie, thank you popping in for a quick chat, can you tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
I’m a part-time college professor and writer living in Florida. In the Present Tense is my second novel. Thanks so much for having me!
Tell us about your book.
In the Present Tense is the story of Miles Lawson, who wakes up one morning to find he has time traveled. As he tries to unravel the mystery of his condition, he pulls his ex-boyfriend Adam back into his life, which alienates his wife, Ana. The more he learns, the tougher it gets to go back to the way things were, and he struggles to find balance.
How difficult was it to get into the main character’s head?
I wouldn’t say it was difficult, but early on I changed it from just Miles’s point of view to alternating points of view between him, Ana and Adam. It was tough to write this story from one perspective because all three of them have a journey to go through and to have told it from just Miles’s perspective would have taken away from that.
Is this book a standalone or do you plan on visiting it again?
Right now it’s a standalone, but I have a sequel brewing in my brain. There is definitely more story to tell, but it’s in the very early draft stages right now.
Why did you choose to write M/M stories?
Well, for this particular book, my character is bisexual, and he starts off married to a woman, so it’s not entirely M/M. But I chose a bisexual main character for a variety of reasons. One of them was because there aren’t a lot of male bisexual heroes out there, and I wanted to write one. But there’s also an underlying love story between two men, and it’s the driving force behind the action.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’ve always loved time travel stories, so it’s largely inspired by that. But I also have a fascination with psychology and psychiatry, so those are themes as well. I tend to draw my inspiration from my favorite genres and then layer on personal experience and imagination as needed.
In The Present Tense
Published ~ 19 May 2016
Genre ~ Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time traveling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?
Miles sat there and tried to make out shapes and colors in the dark room as he searched his brain for a memory of anything.
Nothing looked familiar. His desk, his drum set, the sheets—all gone. Not one thing looked the way it had when he'd fallen asleep, and Ana certainly hadn't been in his bed.
He tried to replay the previous day's events, but everything seemed fuzzy, like a fogged bathroom mirror that he couldn't wipe clean.
Why was everything so fuzzy?
Last night... What happened last night?
Adam had come over and they were watching TV together, and Adam had given him a small stuffed giraffe because Miles was scared about having surgery. He reached for his left arm, expecting to find the cast that had been there for the last two months, but it wasn't there. His heart began to beat so loudly he glanced over at Ana to make sure she was still asleep.
Unable to determine what had happened to his cast, Miles resumed his tally of the previous evening's chain of events. At around ten-thirty, his mom said Adam had to leave because they had to get up early to go to the hospital. He had taken his pain meds and gone to sleep with the phantom of Adam's goodnight kiss on his cheek. He'd been happy.
He'd gotten a text from Ana earlier in the evening, but she was only wishing him luck with the surgery. She hadn't come over. In fact, as far as Miles knew, Ana had been several hours away in her dorm room.
So how had she gotten into his bedroom? And who had changed his sheets?
He threw off the covers and stood up, noticing he was only wearing a tight-fitting pair of boxer briefs instead of his usual basketball shorts.
He looked around the room for anything familiar, but it was still dark out, and all he could see were shadows and vague shapes. On the dresser opposite the bed, he found a few framed photos. Squinting to see without turning on a light, Miles studied the images carefully.
As his eyes focused, he recognized a couple of the photos. One was from last year's prom: Adam wearing that ridiculous corsage Miles had bought him, Ana being dipped by her date, David, as all four of them smiled widely in front of a cheesy faux tropical scene. One of the frames held a collage of photos of his and Ana's friends. He recognized Adam, Lucky, Antonio, Dahlia and Brienne. But the last one, the largest of all the photos, was of him and Ana—her in a flowing white dress and him in a black suit, both wearing broad smiles and flanked by Miles's parents and a woman Miles had only seen once: Julia Espinosa, Ana's mother.
A loud clatter echoed through the bedroom as the frame hit the edge of the dresser and fell to the hardwood floor. This wasn't his room, and he didn't remember that photo being taken.
"Go back to sleep," Ana mumbled, her voice muffled by the pillow.
"Ana," he whispered, risking her full anger, but unable to stop himself, "we're married."
"Thanks for the update. Now go back to sleep before I divorce your dumb ass."
He dropped to the floor on his knees, barely even noticing the sharp pain of bare skin hitting the hard surface.
Married. To Ana?
What the hell had happened?
Connect with Carrie Pack
Carrie Pack is the author of Designs On You and a part-time college professor who recently left her job in marketing to actively pursue her writing career. Carrie lives in Florida, which she fondly calls America’s Wang, with her husband and four cats.
Rafflecopter Prize: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press Gift Card, 5 First Prizes: eCopy of In The Present Tense by Carrie Pack
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