Blake Santerre: Interview & Giveaway
Congratulations to COREY, who won the e-book giveaway of Doing Valentine! Thanks to all who entered!
On Top Down Under would like to welcome Blake Santerre, author of the brand new Doing Valentine, published by Spunk Books on June 18, 2014. The story is short, at around 42 pages, but it packs a lot in those few pages. Blake has kindly offered an e-copy of Doing Valentine to one lucky person who comments on this post. The giveaway will from Thursday, July 24th through Saturday, July 26th. The winner will be chosen at random on midnight (US/EDT) on the 26th and will be notified via email. Good luck!
You can find Cindi’s review of Doing Valentine here.
Cindi: Thanks for joining us today, Blake.
Blake: I am delighted to be here. I always enjoy spending quality time with my readers! If anyone wants to get in touch, they can reach me via Facebook at facebook.com/blakesanterre
Cindi: In Doing Valentine, Dash and Ivan “Valentine” Vaughan are (to the public) as different as night and day. Both popular radio personalities, Dash is openly gay where Ivan’s public persona is that of a sexist ladies man. They are forced together to do a charity radio event and things heat up behind the scenes (with a little help from a matchmaker). What would you like to tell us about these guys and their story?
Blake: Macy Cohen, the matchmaker, certainly seems to have her work cut out for her – because these guys really are very different.
But it turns out all she needs is to give Dash a gentle shove in the right direction before Ivan’s public persona starts unraveling and sparks begin to fly.
The two men actually have more in common than it first appears. Neither of them is shallow – there are hints at the pain in both their pasts; and they both share the need to find that special someone.
Cindi: After reading Doing Valentine I can personally say you write sex scenes well. What inspired you to write gay erotica? Will there be similar stories in the future?
Blake: Gay erotica was a spur of the moment experiment. I literally woke up one day and wondered if it was something I could do.
I am the kind of guy who will try his hand at all things creative – from playing diverse musical instruments to exploring different fine arts (like painting, sculpture and cartooning); and from joinery to cooking.
One day, I considered writing an erotic short story and thought, ‘Why not?’
Doing Valentine has been so much fun and so successful that there will definitely be more gay erotica from my laptop to your e-reader.
Cindi: What are you working on now? Works in progress?
Blake: I won’t give away too much but there’s a seriously sexy story in the works involving a divine rock idol and the man he has loved for years…
This new short story is a little longer, so you’ll have more to get your teeth into!
OTDU: We look forward to it. Again, thank you for stopping by to chat with us. It’s been a pleasure.
Blake Santerre is a semi-retired Canadian architect who lives with his Airedale, Hemingway, in a renovated historic property in rural Tasmania. There, he bushwalks, breeds alpacas, and, of course, writes. His passion du jour is learning to play the harp. Blake says that while he needs considerable practice, it is hard to make this instrument sound bad. He is not sure that Hemingway agrees!