Quintin Pearson, an American living in London, has spent the last two years working as a magazine staff writer and nursing a broken heart. Craving a change in his quiet life, Quintin accepts an invitation to an exclusive party hosted by Regina Bremington, the U.S. ambassador’s glamorous wife. At the party, terror takes over when the electricity suddenly goes out and the ambassador is assassinated.
In the safety of a dark bedroom, Quintin meets a mysterious stranger named Luca, an Italian spy. Even though the two men can’t see each other, a spark is ignited that soon becomes a mutual lust. Within days, Luca arranges for them to meet again at a remote seaside town in Belgium. There, Luca confesses his true identity and convinces Quintin they must team up to bring the ambassador’s killer to justice.
Love in the Shadows was inspired by a dream I had and a song of the same title.
Original Version of the song by E.G. Daily: http://youtu.be/O6aMrwMqumE
New Version of the song by Circuit 21: http://youtu.be/-zF-aet-rPo
~ Bewitching BT
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
Love in the Shadows was equally inspired by a dream I had and the song of the same title recorded by E.G. Daily and Circuit 21.
3. Your all time favorite book?
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg.
4. What made you pick that one above all others?
It’s hilarious, poignant, and beautifully written. I first read the novel when I was ten years old. By the end of the first page I knew I wanted to be a writer.
5. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Writing is a wonderful part of my life, but it does take a considerable commitment of time and energy. Aside from the actual writing, there’s much more work required of authors including the editing process and marketing. However, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Writing is my passion.
Once my work was published and readers took notice of it, my life did change. I realized the power of the written word. When something we create as artists connects with another person, we understand the importance and purpose of what we do.
6. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m often traveling to literary festivals and writing conferences to talk about my work, meet readers, and instruct writing workshops. For fun I love watching classic movies. I’m a big fan of film noir. I also love playing board games, reading a good book, or just spending time with my family and friends.
7. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I’ve been on the receiving end of both types of review – the glorious and the awful. As long as a review is helpful and not mean-spirited, I think they have value. I have noticed a new trend of author-bashing happening amongst writers who post negative reviews for the sake of bettering their own sales. Anytime someone publically dismisses your art, it makes you wonder if they truly respect and realize the amount of work that goes into writing a novel. However, I don’t write novels for critics. I write them for readers.
8. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Love in the Shadows is the first book in a planned trilogy.
The second book, The Beautiful Lie, is being written now. In it, Quintin finds himself drawn into the life of Colette Marchand, the unfaithful wife of a French diplomat who’s convinced her Spanish lover is an assassin who’s been hired to kill her.
The third book in the series will be titled The Edge of Desire.
9. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I’m currently writing my third novel, a gay romance called Backstrokes, about a classical pianist and a lifeguard falling in love.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
For this world to know peace.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
Anything by Dorothy Parker.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Although, I also love chai tea.
5. Favorite season?
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
Early morning. Just before sunrise. It reminds me of all the possibilities of the day ahead.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
I was a boy scout for one day. When I realized the girl scouts were upstairs in the same building and they were making macaroni necklaces, I asked if I could be excused and join them instead. Clearly, they were having more fun.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
I just finished reading Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Growing up, she was my muse. A lot of my friends were really into Madonna, but not me. Cyndi Lauper showed the world it was okay to be different, that creativity should be valued and respected and revered. I adore her. To this day, I’m greatly inspired by her commitment to be her and no one else. Individuality wasn’t exactly the cool thing in the early 80s, but she did exactly what she wanted. She busted her ass to become successful and she never gave up. In the book she talks about one of her favorite personal sayings: “In the darkest place, shed the brightest light.” I take those words to heart. They are words to write and live by.
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
Other than books and my favorite films, I collect anything related to I Love Lucy.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Either cobalt blue or white. I especially love the combination of the two.
12. Drama or comedy?
This is tough because I love elements of both. However, if I had to pick, I would go with drama.
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
14. Cats or dogs?
I have and love both.
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Definitely dinner by candlelight. I’m a true romantic.
About the Author & Links:
Dylan Madrid is the author of the novels Mind Fields, Love in the Shadows, and Backstrokes. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he’s not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.