What happens when your two favorite authors decide to write a book together? Well that's easy... a lot of awesomeness ensues. It happened to me just recently: the wonderful Leta Blake and the ever-amazing Indra Vaughn, both among my favorite M/M fiction authors, decided to write Vespertine, in which the worlds of priests and rock stars collide.
Can a priest and a rock star obey love's call?
Seventeen years ago, Jasper Hendricks and Nicholas Blumfeld's childhood friendship turned into a secret, blissful love affair. They spent several idyllic months together until Jasper's calling to the Catholic priesthood became impossible to ignore. Left floundering, Nicky followed his own trajectory into rock stardom, but he never stopped looking back.
Today, Jasper pushes boundaries as an out, gay priest, working hard to help vulnerable LGBTQ youth. He's determined to bring change to the church and the world. Respected, admired, and settled in his skin, Jasper has long ignored his loneliness.
As Nico Blue, guitarist and songwriter for the band Vespertine, Nicky owns the hearts of millions. He and his bandmates have toured the world, lighting their fans on fire with their music. Numbed by drugs and fueled by simmering anger, Nicky feels completely alone. When Vespertine is forced to get sober, Nicky returns home to where it all started.
Jasper and Nicky's careers have ruled their lives since they parted as teens. When they come face to face again, they must choose between the past's lingering ghosts or the promise of a new future.
When I thought about interviewing two such interesting authors, it quickly became clear that the best results would be achieved if I just removed myself from the equation, which is precisely what I ended up doing. I let Indra and Leta interview each other in a very casual, lighthearted chat. And so, chatterview was born, a cross between a chat and interview. Here it is in full.
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Hah! So at this point, Indra asked Leta about her research on rock stars... which was extensive, let me tell you. However, Leta's answer about the things she found, details of Marilyn Manson's memoirs in particular, was too horrendous for anyone's eyes, including my own. I mean, I adore the music, I'm a huge fan, but the person behind it should have be institutionalized long ago. If the curiosity gets the better of you (and you're over 18), email me, Leta or Indra and we'll be happy to send you that particular screenshot. Otherwise, I'd rather you keep your lunches, my dears.
On we go...