Author Name: Posy Roberts
Book Name: Silver Scars
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Posy was kind enough to be interviewed by me:
Thanks for hosting me today. I’m excited to be here to talk about my new book, Silver Scars.
Do you know about Driveway Moments? In the US, our National Public Radio, a talk radio station, has coined this phrase for those times when you have already driven into your driveway and have essentially parked but you’re not done listening to a story on the radio. A Driveway Moment is where you sit, allowing the car to run while your heart and soul gets filled up or you laugh at a great story or inform yourself on recent news.
In my story, Silver Scars, my characters Gil and Keith joke about having Driveway Moments with each other, but rather than a news show, it’s their conversations with each other that keep their butts planted in their seats. That’s an option with having a hands-free phone system in the car. We didn’t get this technology until a few years ago, and what I didn’t realize I’d appreciate about it was how much I loved listening to my husband’s rich voice come through my car’s speaker system as I drove and we talked.
I used to teach a few night classes, and I always seemed to call my husband before I took off for home. We had many a driveway moment, sometimes with him peeking out the window at me. I only had a few steps to get to him, but the intimacy of the moment, his voice surrounding me in the car, always disappeared when I got inside.
Gil and Keith live 1,500 miles apart, and after a passionate start in person, part of their relationship occurs through technology: cell phones, computers, hands-free sound systems. For Gil, who suffers from PTSD and anxiety, this helps him slowly deal with his issues in a more controlled manner. I think it also allows for both Gil and Keith to experience intimacy in new ways.
Sometimes not being face-to-face gives us a chance to show our best side or perhaps show sides of ourselves we’re too afraid to reveal when we have to look someone in the eye. I’ve made some great friends through technology over the years. When my sister lived in Alaska then Germany then Idaho then Germany again, it was our way of staying in touch, and I’m grateful we had it.
Thankfully Gil and Keith don’t have to contend with all those miles between them forever. But getting together after essentially having an online relationship with intimate Driveway Moments is different than a relationship with snoring and messes that can’t be X’d out of. But I think all those technology-based conversations make their in-person relationship all the sweeter.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with online relationships. Tell me all.
Thank you for the thoughts about Driveway Moments. I’ve had enough of them myself, and I can absolutely relate.
A bomb destroyed high-powered lawyer Gil Lemieux’s seemingly perfect life, and PTSD has ruled every decision since the explosion that left him scarred inside and outside. Moving home with his mom is meant to be a temporary measure, just like proofreading for a medical institution is only meant to be a stopgap. But two years after taking on the wrong court case, he’s still living in fear.
Keith Kramer might be based 1,500 miles away from Gil, but their shared work brings them together—a chance meeting that’s life-changing. Gil is drawn to Keith’s good looks and intelligence, but it’s his innate understanding that Gil is more than the scars on his skin that is truly attractive. He’s everything Gil used to be and more. It blows Gil’s mind that his attraction might be returned.
Only doubt could widen the distance between them. Keith’s hopefulness, borne out of surviving some tough challenges of his own, isn’t enough to bridge the distance alone. Gil will need to believe he has as much to offer as Keith if they’re to build a life together.
Pages or Words: 86,700 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
About the author:
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether these characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/posyroberts11
Facebook Author Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/757618490928296/
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6550149.Posy_Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Tour Dates & Stops: June 22 – 26, 2015
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