What is the title of your book?
Straight Boy Roommate
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I can’t remember when I first had the idea for Straight Boy Roommate. It’s always been a situation that I’ve found interesting and exciting – sharing a room with a straight guy. I shared rooms twice at Uni; and remember having all sorts of fantasies about how things might develop. Sadly, I was seriously disappointed both times; nothing at all happened, and I didn’t even fancy either of my roommates anyway!
I must have filed away some of those fantasies though, and I was able to bring them out of storage when I started writing the book. At first, I was going to make the narrator a closeted guy, who spent most of the story pretending he was straight, but I decided it would be much more interesting if the narrator told his roommate that he was gay from the start.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s a difficult one. All four of the main characters in the book are about 18 years old, and I don’t know any film actors who look 18. When I get the call from Hollywood, I’ll suggest that they look for some unknowns!
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Straight Boy Roommate is the story of a young, British student’s first, extraordinary, sex-filled weekend at University.
What is the longer synopsis of your book?
Tom isn’t expecting much from his first term at University, but then he bumps into Dan – literally; and his life is turned upside down. Dan is everything that Tom isn’t; confident, uninhibited, outspoken… and very straight. But Dan seems keen to room-share, and Tom’s definitely up for that!
Tom has no idea what’s in store for him, though, as the sexual tension rises between him and Dan. What’s Dan thinking? How far might he go? Tom’s weekend gets wilder and wilder, and then gets complicated. Why is Dan telling people they’re a couple? What is Tom going to do about Ryan; sexy Ryan with the floppy fringe, who turns up out of the blue? And what the hell is wrong with James?
It’s a novel about self-discovery, sex and, ultimately, love.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Straight Boy Roommate is published by my wonderful publishers, Bold Strokes Books.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It was actually a very long process. The book started out as a short story. There were only two characters, and they didn’t even have names at that stage. I was going to leave it there, but some of the people who read it had other ideas, and pushed me into writing more.
So, I re-wrote the original story slightly, and turned it into Chapter 1 of Straight Boy Roommate. Two more characters began to form and the plot gradually developed, but I didn’t know how it was going to end until very late in the process. It took eighteen months in total, but most of that was thinking time, not writing time.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Mainly, it was the people who read the original short story and clamoured for more. It seems that the main focus of the story – sharing a room with an uninhibited, sex-obsessed straight boy – is one that really works for a lot of guys. It’s very flattering to have people telling you how hot your story is, and how much they want another chapter. It’s very hard to resist that kind of pressure!
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Lots of sex, a little bit of fetish, a sex toy and a video camera. What more could anyone want?