Lisa: We’re so pleased to have author T.C. Orton stopping by TNA today to celebrate the release of his new book, Seeing Red: Interlude. Welcome, T.C.! Let’s start by having you tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
T.C.: I dislike mushrooms
Lisa: What’s your favorite scene in something you’ve read, and what makes it a fave?
T.C.: Can comics count? (I read comics more than novels) There’s a scene in Buffy S9 where she’s dreaming about Spike and Angel, and things get a little homoerotic. Buffy ships it
Lisa: If you could spend some real-life time with one of the characters in the book, who would you choose and why?
T.C.: Willow, cos she’s Willow
Lisa: On the flipside, which character would you probably least get along with? Why?
T.C.: Dawn… cos she’s Dawn.
Lisa: Let’s take off your author cap and put on your reader cap for a moment: what do you look for in a book, what sort of protagonists do you love, and do you have a favorite genre/sub-genre?
T.C.: I’m really into contemporary/urban fantasy/paranormal. Think The Mortal Instruments, The Midnighters, etc. I enjoy a varied group of young adults going up against supernatural forces, the more leading gay characters I see in those roles (where their sexuality is only a fraction of the plot) the better.
Lisa: What are your least and most favorite things about being an author?
T.C.: Favorite – The people I’ve made contact with. The thrill of praise. The enlightenment. Least – The pressure. The never knowing if what I’m doing is what I should be doing. The pain of a failed release. Etc etc etc
Lisa: Have you ever written a line, paragraph, or passage, and thought, “Darn, that’s pretty amazing, even if I do say so myself”? What was it?
T.C.: Possibly. Though, if I copy and paste it here, I’ll surely regret it later.
Lisa: What’s the one genre/sub-genre you haven’t written yet, but would love to? What’s kept you from it so far?
T.C.: I’m working on my own YA fiction (with a leading gay protagonist) because that’s what I read. All my stuff so far has been explicit LGBT content, but I don’t actually read that and seldom enjoy it. I’m glad to be doing a plot-driven (not romantically driven) story next.
Lisa: Let’s talk tropes: do you have a few favorites that you enjoy both writing and reading? If so, what are they and what makes them your faves?
T.C.: Honestly, no. My favorite thing to do is subvert expectations.
Lisa: If you could choose one of your books to be adapted for the silver screen, which would you choose? Why do you think it would translate well to film?
T.C.: Again, the YA I’m currently working on is where my passion is right now, and it was conceptualized in my mind as a TV show. (It wouldn’t do well as a movie)
Lisa: What’s the one book you’ve read in your lifetime that you wish you’d written? Why did this particular book leave such a lasting impact on you?
T.C.: The Mortal Instruments – it was the first book I read featuring a gay character in a world that didn’t revolve around him being gay.
Lisa: If I were to interview one of your MCs, what would they say about you?
T.C.: For Interlude? Isaac is mostly me (but he’s way hotter), I doubt he’d have much to say :’)
Lisa: If you won the lottery, what’s the first completely self-indulgent thing you’d do?
T.C.: Buy a mansion
Lisa: Let’s pretend you’re taking a road trip, and you can choose any three of your characters to go with you. First, who would you want on the ride-along, and why them? Second, who would be most likely to:
T.C.: *Have to hit every rest stop bathroom – Kyle
*Whine about how long it’s taking to get where you’re going – Kyle
*Break wind with the windows rolled up – Kyle
*Flip incessantly through songs on their music app – Kyle
I might as well just answer Kyle :’)
Lisa: If you could sit down to dinner with any author, past or present, who would you choose, and why? What are some things you’d want to chat about?
T.C.: Honestly, I’m not interested in the old greats or looking to get philosophical. I’d want a bite to eat with J.K. and we could chat about how she created such a fantastical yet lived-in world.
Lisa: If you were stranded on a desert island, what are three things you’d absolutely have to have?
T.C.: Can I answer a KFC?
Lisa: If you had to choose between becoming a superhero or supervillain, which would you choose?
Lisa: What would your superpower be?
T.C.: I’d settle for any of the classics – telekinesis, super strength, superspeed, telepathy, invisibility, etc
Lisa: If James Corden invited you to Carpool Karaoke, what song(s) would you sing with him?
T.C.: I’d decline
Lisa: If you could be any animal in the world, what would you choose? Why?
T.C.: A human because video games
Lisa: If you could travel back in time, with all your years of experience and wisdom intact, what advice would you give to your teenage self?
T.C.: I wouldn’t wanna change anything, but I’d definitely give myself a pep talk. Stay strong, keep going, etc
Lisa: If you were to sit down and write your autobiography today, what would the title be?
T.C.: Kentucky fried Craig: 12 pieces of bukkake
Lisa: Star Trek, Star Wars, both or neither?
T.C.: Star Wars – never watched Trek.
Lisa: If you could be any fictional character in the history of literature, who would you like to be?
T.C.: Anyone gifted with eternal youth without having to suffer for it
Lisa: It’s the zombie apocalypse. It’s up to you and 5 other uninfected humans to save what’s left of humanity. Which fictional characters would you want on your team, and why?
T.C.: Buffy Summers (obviously), Alec Lightwood, then add 3 hot and potentially gay superheroes in the mix
About the Book
Title: Seeing Red: Interlude
Author: T.C. Orton
Genre: Gay Fantasy
Release Date: 12.19.17
Cover Design: TC Orton
Purchase Links: AMAZON US || AMAZON UK
Blurb: The prequel to the sequel. Seeing Red: Interlude bridges the gap between the final numbered chapter of Seeing Red: Scorched and the epilogue that follows it.
Christmas has arrived. Isaac and Kyle are under constant surveillance from the newly formed Princes’ Guard at Moss, Aiden and Troy’s request. Their nest has been pulled in different directions, leaving the two of them alone at a time usually spent with family. Kyle sees that Isaac is struggling with his separation from Moss and decides to introduce him to a new aspect of the ‘Paranorm’ world. Meanwhile, the consequences of Isaac’s actions a year prior begin to manifest in an unexpected form, which puts himself – and everyone around him – in harm’s way once more.
* This is the sequel to Seeing Red: Scorched and shouldn’t be read as a standalone
His large tattooed arms were crossing his massive chest, poking out of a black t-shirt tight enough to show every crease and line that made up his abs and pecs. His hair was a wavy mess of dark brown, flowing in the breeze of the open door. His red eyes were glistening, wide, and aimed right at me with what I hoped was affection emitting from them. However, out of everything; every feature, every core-shaking detail, what I’d missed the most was the intensity of his presence.
When Moss looked at me, nothing else existed.
“Don’t cry,” his words came out cold and direct, as always.
“I wasn’t going to cry!” I stomped my feet and raised a hand to wipe a tear away before it could fall.
“You’re doing it.” He stepped forward.
“Yeah, well, I have a hangover, I’m emotional.” I stepped forward.
“You’re always emotional.”
“You’re always an asshole.”
We met in the center of the room; our bodies nearly touching, our eyes luminous, our veins pulsing.
“You okay?” he asked as he towered over me with a blank expression.
“Things are looking up,” I replied with a smile.
About the Author
Born January 6th 1993, T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.
T. C. has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.