We are delighted to have Pene Henson, the author of Into the Blue with us today, she has popped in for a quick Q & A. You can also read a short excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Hi Pene, welcome to Sinfully. Could you tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
When Ollie and Tai first meet, as grommets on Hawaii’s North Shore, Ollie lopes across the sand and accuses Tai of cutting him off on the wave. Tai’s thirteen and sure of himself, he never cuts people off. But in the face of Ollie’s long-limbed self-confidence and ease with his board Tai forgets to answer much. They spend the rest of the day admiring one another’s surfing and then, once they start talking, they never ever stop.
Have you ever had writer’s block? How did you overcome it?
I don’t really call it writer’s block and it doesn’t happen often because I have so little time to write. But I do find I grind to a halt sometimes. I stick there for days thinking I’ve lost the ability to write. But then I realise there’s some hole in the story, or a characterization that I haven’t really thought through. Once it’s all sorted the words come back. Thank goodness.
What book you’ve written would you like to see made into a movie?
Oh this one. I can’t imagine it would be anything but a super-cheesy surfers in love movie. But I want that movie, and the ocean and the settings and the feel of that universe all around me. It would be gorgeous. And highly unlikely. But worth the dream.
Do you work on an outline or plot or just let the story takes you where it wants to go?
I start with an outline, definitely. I like knowing where I’m going so the scenes can fit with a purpose. But the outline is pretty rough, not filled out, and leaves me a lot of room for little details and big plot points within the outline.
Rapid fire questions:
1 – Favorite meal: stir fried tofu with ginger
2 – Favorite color: yellow
3 – Favorite ice cream flavor: lemon sorbet
Into the Blue
Published ~ 7th July 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary NA M/M Romance
Tai Talagi and Ollie Birkstrom have been inseparable since they met as kids surfing the North Shore. Now they live with their best friends in a pulled-together family, sharing life and the saltwater in their veins. Tai’s spent years setting aside his feelings for Ollie, but when Ollie’s pro surfing aspirations come to fruition, their steady world shifts. Is the relationship worth risking everything for a chance at something terrifying and beautiful and altogether new?
Across from them, one of the Brazilians plays guitar. Ollie doesn’t recognize the song even when a couple of others sing along. The beach is wider and the sand finer than on the North Shore, but every beach is a little like home. Ollie misses the Blue House; he misses the surf and the palms and the shoreline he knows so well. He misses Jaime and Sunny and Hannah. Still, though he’s as far from home as he’s ever been, Ollie’s comfortable. These are his people, too. He leans back on his arms and looks up into the dark.
He’s watched the night sky since he was a little kid, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere he doesn’t recognize the hundreds upon hundreds of stars. The Southern Cross is up there. Ollie tries to orient himself.
Tai shifts toward him, then looks up and follows Ollie’s gaze. The warmth of Tai’s body settles into Ollie’s heart, grounds him. Ollie leans into him a little, and their arms brush to the elbow. The contact simmers in the air between them.
Unexpectedly, Ollie knows what he wants. “Come back to the hotel,” he says quietly to Tai. He pitches his voice low. It hums across the tiny space between them. No one else can hear him over the pounding surf and the sound of the music. It’s easy to be bold in the dark of a beach where Ollie’s never been before. He’s shocked by that same boldness.
Connect with the Author
Pene Henson has gone from British boarding schools to New York City law firms. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is an intellectual property lawyer and published poet who is deeply immersed in the city’s LGBTQIA community. She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and gazing at the ocean with her gorgeous wife and two unexpectedly exceptional sons. Into the Blue is her first novel.
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