Welcome to another Author Babble! This time I am joined by a good friend and author, A.V. Sanders! Her book, Percolation, Poetry, and Passion, was published this summer by Less Than Three Press and has fantastic success so far! She's been gracious enough to stop by and chat with us in today's blog. Make sure to also read my review of Simon and Beckett's adventure on Wednesday.
Let's dive right in and talk about your story first.
Hi, Eliza! Thank you for inviting me along on one of your Adventures today—it's an honor to be here!
Q: What inspired the story?
AV: Well, usually, I make an effort to not write about anything too connected with my real life. But, with this story, I decided to join together lots of my favorite things: the San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans, art, environmentalism, astrology, astronomy—all sorts of things. Because of this, I feel a lot of genuine love and deep caring for these scenes and characters got put into this story. For example, on the book cover, there's a brightly lit bridge that the silhouetted men are looking out upon. That is the Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco to Oakland. People are familiar with the Golden Gate Bridge, but I wanted to share the other bridge for maybe an unexpected reason: art. It has the world's largest light art installation, 25,000 LEDs spanning nearly two miles. In the story, Beckett and Simon stop at a vista in the Oakland Hills, and it's a very special moment. Here's a quick glimpse of some of what this beautiful, dynamic artwork can do:
Q: Why a LGBTQ relationship?
AV: It's what I'm passionate about. People are always told to find passion in what they do. For me, it's supporting the gay community, and writing about love relationships between men is an expression of that.
Q: What was your favorite part about the process from idea conception to post-release date for Percolation, Poetry, and Passion?
AV: This being my debut publication, ALL of it has been exciting! Everything from the day I first got interest from Less Than Three Press, to the approval to create my own book cover. One huge moment was seeing my story listed and available for purchase online. Then it was really real. Amazing. I'm incredibly grateful to each and every reviewer, blogger, and reader who's taken time to get to know Simon and Beckett with me. <3
Your energy and enthusiasm is inspiring! As a fellow author, let's get talk about the mor analytical aspects of your writing process.
Q: Do you have any quirky writing routines or superstitious habits?
AV: I don't think I have any writing superstitions…? I think that's a good thing, I have enough problems! [laughs] When I write, I like to have my notebook handy and some EDM or trance music playing. I'm fairly certain that the number of cats in close proximity helps creativity too, no doubt [winks]—that could be a superstition, right? Other than that, I'm not too picky about where or how I get the words onto the page. Oo, one quirky thing I've been super pumped on lately is a waterproof pad of paper and pencil that suction cup to the shower wall. Since I get some of my best ideas in there, it's perfect!
So we know about AV the story teller and you've talked about AV the writer, how about AV the bookworm.
Q: If you were found reading a book on the sly, what genre would it be?
AV: [laughs] This is a cute question. Hmm…I don't really read anything I'm embarrassed of? Maybe something close would be an impulse-buy YA that I couldn't resist due to its hypnotizing, gorgeous cover art…