Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Br0th3rly was one of a few stories I was inspired to write that had one thing in common – one or more of the protagonists were famous on the Internet. The inspiration for the geeky world is easy to explain, as I am a geek myself. I have been reading and writing blogs for over a decade, I am active on a few social media sites, and I follow quite a few Internet celebrities.
The idea of brothers who aren’t really related has been with me for a while. I’ve seen a few stories like these, even Charlaine Harris has one of her main characters fall with her step brother, but I wanted to explore something that starts earlier and that’s in an even grayer area. Tristan fell in love with his brother before finding out they weren’t related. I wanted to explore the anguish, pain, and extreme guilt a feeling like this could yield in a teenager.
How did you come up with the title?
Oh, Br0th3rly just game to me, quite early on. That doesn’t always happen to me, sometimes I go crazy trying to find a good title. It first started as the name Tristan used for his blog and then I quickly realized it would work wonders as book title.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Tristan is obsessed with his love for his brother Trevor, but he’s equally obsessed with what would happen if his secret is ever discovered. He’s very young, only 22, so the angst, guilt, and pain are still quite powerful and the only way he knows to handle it all is to stay away from Trevor at all costs. It was sometimes really hard to write his story and not feel like I had to stop and give him a hug or something. Another difficult thing was to stay in that crazy loop of fear and love that goes on and on in his head and then put it on paper.
Do characters and stories just pop into your head, or do you take your time thinking about them?
Some of them, yes. Sometimes I get a clear picture of a character, and then he starts talking. Other times, it’s a character interaction, like a dialogue, or characters doing something together. Other times, it’s a setting. Whatever comes first, I usually take my time getting to know the characters or places or situations, and as I discover them, they tell me their story. Once I have a full picture, I can start sharing that story.
Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
I do write quite often, but not always what I want. My work implies a lot of writing, and I try to work on my stories every day. It doesn’t always work, but I do try. It’s rare that I don’t write for weeks, but it happens. I feel very restless when that happens.
If I had my way, I would spend a few hours every day writing. I am still planning on getting there sometime in the future :)
What are your writing and personal goals for 2016 and beyond?
Write more, publish more, do my best to get all these crazy stories out of my head and onto paper :D Maybe attend a few more author events this year. So far, I have Euro Pride Con confirmed, and I am pretty sure I’ll be at the next UK Meet.
When is your next book coming out, and what’s it about?
My next release that I know for sure will happen at the established date is A Touch of Paradise. This is a short story (well, I tried to keep it short, but it almost got to be too long for the Mix ‘n’ Match anthology from Wayward Ink Publishing) and will be released in March. Those of you who’ve read Encore might think the title sounds familiar. You wouldn’t be wrong, as this is a follow up to my short called A Touch of Glamour.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
Right now I am working on the third and final book in the Bad Blood vampire trilogy. The Fall of Darkness is the title of this final instalment and I am still holding out hope I will manage to release it in February. Here’s a little excerpt that I hope you’ll enjoy”
I drank my second fruity cocktail and gave myself permission to dance. If there was one thing Anthony and I were great at when we were together, that was dancing. He knew how and when to lead and it felt as if we were in perfect sync each time. It had been a perfect match from our very first dance in the middle of the street in La Valletta. So we twisted and turned and laughed and sang along to the songs we really loved, while the waiters kept bringing us more drinks.
We were both high on alcohol and dancing when he grabbed my hand and pulled me upstairs. I followed him without ever stopping to think and crashed on his huge couch. He went to the fridge and brought me a fresh bag of blood, already drinking from his. I knew my mourning had also meant a poor blood diet, so I took what was offered and drank it with gusto. When the late supper or early breakfast was done, we took turns drinking straight from a champagne bottle.
“This was fun,” I said, my tone as surprised as I felt.
“You could at least pretend not to be that surprised.” He slouched, half-leaning on my shoulder and mock-pouted.
I bumped my shoulder into his, pushing him away. “Can you really blame me?”
“I can try, but I know I’d fail,” Anthony said. He turned to face me and reached for the bottle. I felt like playing games so I snatched it away from him. A second later, his eyes shining in the dark, he was pinning me down and grabbing the bottle. He took another sip and threw it on the floor.
Do you get emails asking why characters didn’t get together and whether you’re going to write more about them?
I did get private messages asking me if I’d write more about the Craving Stains characters. Most of my other releases are series and people do expect me to write more :) I’ve seen quite a few people who think the next book in the Famous on the Internet series will again be about Trevor and Tristan. I believe that shows they are so connected with the characters, they don’t want to let them go just yet.
While I do try to take readers’ suggestions into consideration, I usually write the stories as they come to me and hope the world will love them. That’s not to say that I don’t get inspired by what readers come up with, even if sometimes it might be a while until I get to writing that specific story.
If you were able to quit your day job and write full time, would you, and why/why not?
Hmm, I don’t think so :) My day job involves writing. Well, it’s not really a writer, I am a freelance writer and I also am a PR consultant / Book promoter at EyesOnBooks. I love both those aspects of my work and I don’t think I’d want to give them up, but I’d love to be able to focus more on EOB and writing in the future.
Author: Alina Popescu
Series: Famous on the Internet, Book One
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, M/M Romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Start your journey through the new techie/geeky gay romance series by Alina Popescu—Famous on the Internet—with the first book, Br0th3rly.
Fighting his relentless love for Trevor, the guy he was raised to consider his brother, has been Tristan’s mission in life.
To distance himself from Trevor, even after discovering they weren’t really related, he left for college at sixteen. Moving into the city, building a new life, and running an anonymous blog about what he considers sick, twisted feelings might make Tristan famous on the Internet, but it isn’t enough to get over his obsession. Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.
When commitment-phobe Trevor announces he’s got a serious boyfriend during one of Tristan’s rare visits home, the adoring kid brother will be forced to run once again. This time, however, Trevor doesn’t stand back and watch him leave.
Instead, he follows him, making it nigh on impossible for Tristan to keep his love a secret for much longer.
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About the author
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com