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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Dylan Madrid


Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

My name is Dylan Madrid. I live in the city of Denver, but I grew up in California. I am a full-time writer and a part-time teacher. When I'm not writing novels I instruct college courses in writing and the arts. Writing is my greatest passion, especially when I'm able to tell a wonderful love story.  I write young adult and literary fiction under my own name (David-Matthew Barnes) and romance and suspense novels under Dylan Madrid. To avoid confusion, everyone calls me DM.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Love in the Shadows is a romantic spy thriller.  The book is about Quintin Pearson, an American living in London, who 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.

Are you a parent?

Not yet. However, my partner and I have started the groundwork to adopt in the very near future.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

I think every character I create is an extension of me in some way, even if only a small one. They all come from me, from my experiences in life, from people I meet, conversations I have or overhear. Certainly, some characters hit closer to home. In Love in the Shadows, I identified most with the character of Reed. He’s very certain about what he wants and he goes after it. With that said, my novels are not very autobiographical. However, I am very inspired by place. I love exploring and going to new cities and then writing about them. It’s a challenge sometimes to recreate the true essence of a place on the page, but I embrace it. It makes me work harder as a writer, but I want my novels to feel as authentic as possible for my readers.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

There’s nothing like a good love story. And I feel there are not enough of them. I want my novels to remind readers that true love still exists in this world. There is beauty and tenderness in two people meeting, discovering a mutual attraction, and falling madly in love. Happily-ever-afters are possible if you find your soul mate. My novels are about that search and connection between two characters—the realization they’re meant for each other.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I took Italian classes at a local church while writing Love in the Shadows to incorporate authentic Italian sayings into the dialogue spoken by Luca and his family members.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

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.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and the entire Nancy Drew series.

Is there a genre that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I would really like to write a historical novel. Most likely it would be set in the 1960s. I’m fascinated with that era.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

With every character I create, I feel an affinity for them grow deeper throughout the creative process. However, some such as Myrtle Brubaker in Mind Fields, Louisa Russo in Love in the Shadows, and Penelope Ashford in Backstrokes, end up stealing my heart.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

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.

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

I’m currently writing a new novel, a gay romance called Backstrokes, about a classical pianist and a lifeguard falling in love. Backstrokes will be available in June from my publisher Bold Strokes Books.

After that I will be working on The Star Killer, the first in a five-book series centering around the life and loves of a Chicago-based investigative journalist named Jennifer Hawkins.

What book are you reading now?

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.

What is in your to read pile?

I’m really looking forward to reading Alex Marwood’s novel The Wicked Girls.




Love in the Shadows 
Dylan Madrid

Genre: LGBT/Romance/Suspense/
Thriller/Spy/Espionage

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

Date of Publication:  January 14, 2014

ISBN: 978-1602829817
ASIN:

Number of pages: 192
Word Count: 50,000


Book Description:

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

About the Author:

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.







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