Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing M. LeAnne Phoenix author of The Covenant.
Hi LeAnne, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
- What is the most satisfying thing about being a writer?
Knowing that the voices in my head are real and that I’m not crazy. (Laughs) Actually, I think it’s when you hear someone talking about your story and they get the little things you weren’t sure came through as well as you’d like. That makes it for me—when it comes to the readers. Personally, it’s reading over your work and realizing that it really IS a solid story. I think when I can read them and enjoy them after writing them, it’s such a feeling of accomplishment!
- Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you hadn’t originally planned?
Yes. All of my books have done that at some point. I think it’s a good sign most of the time. COVENANT did it with the ending. It took a complete u-turn on my planned ending and rewrote itself. BOOK TWO decided to veer as well, but I won’t tell you what it did. Yeah, I just teased you.
- How did you celebrate the release of your book?
I plan on celebrating it by working on book two. Haha! Nah, actually, I plan on going on vacation to spend all day and night writing! Or doing whatever I want! Maybe I’ll go see a movie!
- How did you come up with the idea for this book?
It started out as a “oh, I want to do NaNoWriMo! That sounds like a challenge! I want to start fresh! I don’t want to do a book I’ve started! Oh, hey… I can use this short I wrote in college. I always meant to give it a real life.” So I started taking it apart and filling in the cracks. I gave the characters new names. I hated one of the old ones, and I already have a character by the same name as one of them, so they HAD to change. Then I remembered the premise of the original short story: take an event out of your life and fictionalize it. I decided then, that very moment, that I was going to keep to the assignment: this story was going to include much of my own life. It was going to be me, if I was a boy, with a happy ending. Now, it’s not ALL me. It’d be a very boring story if it was, but I do have much of my life in costume on the page.
- Have you ever written naked?
I’m not sure what this pertains to? If it’s about actual nudity, no. Tanktop and underwear is about as close as I get to it. If it’s a metaphor, then yes, I’ve done that. Some of that I’ve done in COVENANT.
Author Name: M. LeAnne Phoenix
Book Name: The Covenant
Series: Covenant Series
Release Date: January 15, 2016
When love is forbidden, who can you trust?
Seventeen year old David has been best friends with Jonathan for as long as he can remember, but the day he sees the pastor’s daughter press a soft kiss to Jonathan’s cheek everything changes. Overcome by jealousy, his explosive reaction reveals a deeper connection that sends their relationship spiraling down into dangerous territory.
When their clandestine love is discovered, they have nowhere to turn for help. The brutal circumstances of their parting test David and Jonathan’s covenant to each other in unimaginable ways. Forced to face their fears, it is in their darkest moments that the two young men discover that the courage, hope, and strength they need to to fight for their love, has been the foundation of their covenant all along.
Pages or Words: 280 pages, 71,000 words
Categories: Gay fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Poetry, Romance
David opened his locker to get out his Biology, History, and Music History books and shoved them into his backpack, swallowing hard against the lump in his throat. Jonathan’s comforting hand lit on David’s side as he came to lean on the locker to the right of David’s own, holding up in one paint-besmeared hand, a small piece of black cardboard. On it, David saw symbols, ones he thought might be Greek. Remembering the foreign exchange student from Thessaloniki shared Jonathan’s sixth period art class, he smiled and turned to his boyfriend as he took the proffered gift.
“What does it say?” David couldn’t help but smile at the joy lighting Jonathan’s eyes. “This has to be something that Kallias helped you make—”
“You aren’t wrong,” Jonathan interjected. “That is Greek writing and Kallias even taught me how to say it.”
“Enlighten me, please!” David rasped, focusing wholly on Jonathan’s gift. “Say it and then tell me what it means.”
“If I say it right, it’s agape menomou—”
David furrowed his brow, repeating, “A guppy man oh moo?”
Jonathan slid down the locker in a giggle. “Noooo! I must have said it wrong because your face… oh my gosh, your face!”
Blushing and biting his lower lip, David sank down to his haunches in front of Jonathan. “Then say it again, slower, and tell me what it means!”
Jonathan looked around, and seeing no-one in their locker bank, leaned up to whisper the Greek in his ear, the sounds slower… thicker. “Agape menomou means O love of my heart.”
Buy the book:
CoolDudes is: http://www.cooldudespublishing.com/the-covenant/
Meet the author:
M. LeAnne Phoenix would tell you that the worst time of her life was the two years that she attempted to take off from writing. If you asked her to explain exactly why she did such a thing, you would most likely get the mad attempt to arch an eyebrow like her dad and then a shake of the head as she told you it was unlucky to speak of such things. Suffice it to say, it will never happen again!
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas in the mid-1970’s, Ms. Phoenix was young and wild (and even free!) during the crazy wondrous decade known as the 1980’s and the even crazier but now grungy decade of the 1990’s. Music is second only to the muses that live and breathe to fill her mind with beautiful men, and music always helps them to tell their stories. She is never without her iPod or her computer no matter where she goes, although, she does like to hike and take pictures of the sky and the moon, and even the occasional shot of the sun through the branches of a tree.
An avid cat lover, Ms. Phoenix has been owned by many throughout her life, though her current owner is one Lily-Rose, who really would like for her to step away from the keyboard and pay her some attention! After all, hasn’t she earned it?
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: www.goodreads.com/mleannephoenix
Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis
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