Thank you so much for stopping by today’s author spotlight with Richard Taylor Pearson. Today we will learn a little bit about Richard as an author and get a sneak peak into his newest book The Role. Please leave any questions you might have for the author in the comments section. You can also reach out to Richard at the links following the interview. I have included affiliate links in the post if you are inspired to buy the book and support the author and my blogging endeavors.
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The Role by Richard Taylor Pearson
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First off, I want to thank 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?
What publisher is this book being published by?
What is the publication date?
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Richard Taylor Pearson is a triple threat: author, actor, and attorney. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he appeared in many plays and musicals. After graduating from Rhodes College, Richard went on to obtain a law degree from Rutgers School of Law. While he works as an attorney by day, his nights and weekends are spent writing novels and performing in theatrical events all over New York City. Richard lives in Jersey City with his brilliant husband, Brian, and their amazing daughter, Natalie.
Can you give the readers a brief summary of your latest book?
Mason Burroughs is an actor on the verge of giving up after being turned away at audition after audition. But his life changes when he bumps into Kevin Caldwell, an old crush from acting school. Kevin helps Mason land a role that could make him the next Broadway star. However, as rehearsals begin, Mason learns that there’s a lot more drama than just what’s on stage. With a personal trainer claiming he can mold his body to resemble a Greek statue, an underhanded understudy waiting in the wings to replace him, a megalomaniacal director, and Kevin hellbent on breaking up Mason and his boyfriend, Mason must choose how much he is willing to sacrifice to make his Broadway dream a reality.
What genre does it fall in?
Will you share a few words about your latest book, other than the usual blurb?
Actors often say they’d sell their soul for a part. Mason is asked to make a similar deal for his Broadway dream!
Give us a little insight into your main characters! Who are they?
Mason is literally typecast as “The Boy next door” not only because he has that look, but because everything about him comes across that way. He’s the nice guy who plays the sexless best friend, and while he always tells himself he should be happy just to be on stage, he can never quite manage to do that.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
No, but if people really love it, I do have a companion book in mind.
Tell us a little bit about your writing style. When and where is your favorite time/place to write?
My absolute favorite time to write is between 10:00 AM and noon. It’s like the two hours a day that my brain works the best! As for where, I write the most from my little home office, but my favorite place to write is probably in a coffee shop.
What sort of book do you enjoy reading in your free time? What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Husky by Justin Sayre – I adored it!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
No, I started off really wanting to be an actor. However, I took some fiction classes in college and adored it. I was recently out, so all my stories were VERY focused on that, so I became “the Gay fiction writer” at my college. After that, I continued to write while I auditioned and performed, but it wasn’t until I was unemployed that I started to really dig into writing. I have a strange job, in that I’m an attorney who never goes to court. I mainly work on reviewing legal documents related to the buying and selling of real estate. It allows me to work from home, which is a real luxury for a writer!
What does your writing process look like?
Now that I have a baby daughter, it isn’t quite as uniform as it once was, but before she was born I used to read for 30-45 minutes before ever sitting down to write. I felt like that helped me get in the right rhythm. After that, generally I write until I hit my word goal for the day. It used to be 1,500 words per day, but now I am shooting for 500.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
Being gay myself certainly had a lot to do with it, but as my best friend said of me at my wedding “No one loves “love” more than Richard.” It’s always been something I’ve wanted to hear about and live in. The best stories, whether they are operas, plays, musicals, movies, or books, are always love stories.
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?
Definitely! I’m pretty sure the worse thing in my pantry is “Fruity Pebbles.” What’s worse is, I usually don’t eat them in the morning. I usually eat a tiny bowl of them as a snack without milk. It’s how I can make a box last!
Thank you so much for answering my questions. I think my readers will enjoy learning more about you! Good luck in your future writing!