Thank you so much for stopping by today’s author spotlight with Summer Devon. Today we will learn a little bit about Summer as an author and get a sneak peak into her newest book The Professor and the Smuggler. Please leave any questions you might have for the author in the comments section. You can also reach out to Summer at the links following the interview. I have included affiliate links in the post for The Professor and the Smuggler if you are inspired to buy the book and support the author and my blogging endeavors.
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The Professor and the Smuggler by Summer Devon
Purchase links: Amazon
First off, I want to thank Summer for taking the time to answer these questions for me. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comment section below!
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
What is the title of your newest or upcoming book?
The Professor and the Smuggler
What publisher is this book being published by?
Self Published (with Bonnie Dee)
What is the publication date?
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Summer Devon is the alter ego of Kate Rothwell who also writes under her own name. Summer writes romances of all sorts, including some historical m/m books with Bonnie Dee. She has published with Kensington, Samhain, Simon and Schuster, Ellora’s Cave, Total-e-bound, Liquid Silver, Loose Id, Carina Publishing and on her own.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of The Professor and the Smuggler?
A grumpy smuggler meets a bumbling professor and treasure is found. An explorer at heart, former university professor Phillip Singleton’s adventures have only taken place in his imagination—until recently. Exploring the Cornish coast to research a travel book, he encounters a living example of a pirate archetype. Dark-haired, black-bearded Carne Treleaven might have been hewn from the very rock his name describes, and Phillip is eager to discover more. Carne has little patience for the awkward, dreamy professor, an outsider who must be steered away from local secrets. He agrees to serve as a guide to seaside caves where smugglers once operated only to keep Phillip away from more recent activity. As personalities clash, secrets unfold, and riches are revealed, the two polar opposites find the point where their similarities lay. Carne’s old beliefs are shattered by his attraction to a man and he must decide if he’s willing to take a huge step outside his familiar life and into a brand new world.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about The Professor and the Smuggler, other than the usual blurb?
We love the contrast of a serious, single-minded man with a happy go-lucky sort of gentleman. And it was fun researching the Cornish coast, and ancient automobiles.
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Philip has had his heart broken and has decided falling in love is too dangerous for a man with interest in other men. Carne must protect his village and, even though he’s perplexed and ruffled by the stranger, he doggedly does his job of showing the man the less secret places in his village. He is only slightly alarmed by the peculiar attraction and connection he experiences with the newcomer.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
Anywhere I can! I recently indulged in a treadmill desk and I love it.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
I’m reading Lb Gregg’s With This Bling. I love her books. I also love KJ Charles. I’m catching up on her backlist. AND I have a Kade Boehme I want to read.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
I was a reporter for years and enjoyed it. I’ve also been an artists’ model, a service manager, and a daycare worker.
What does your writing process look like?
Since many of my books lately are co-written, it’s fairly straightforward. Bonnie Dee and I agree on basic plot, basic character traits and backstory, then trade the stories back and forth. Whoever initiated the story idea tends to be a bit more in charge, but generally speaking, we don’t disagree about the stories.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
I love writing historicals and romance. (I’ve written quite a few m/f as Kate Rothwell) I also have some Summer Devon m/m paranormals. The reason I write them is simple: I love to read them. I won’t write a genre I don’t enjoy reading. I’ve written about the fact that it’s easier to write m/m historical than m/f historical in some ways (men could spend time together and were barred from being alone with women) and harder in others (the fact that gay sex was considered immoral and was illegal raised the stakes, but that can’t be the only conflict in the story). I’m still fascinated by that world.
One last questions…totally unrelated to books! I am a passionate foodie. Is there one thing in your pantry that you would be horrified for people to know that you eat?
Does way too many cookies count? Not my fault! My husband bakes cookies to relax.
Thank you so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!