I’m interviewing DP Denman, author of M/M contemporary romance “Skin Deep”. Enjoy the interview.
Please tell us about yourself.
I am a purveyor of fantasy. I tell gripping stories of men who are saved by love and give them the happy ending many people don’t get in real life. In between, I have a full-time job that pays the bills and am a determined LGBTQI* rights activist. In short, I’m a workaholic.
Tell us about your book.
Skin Deep is about a kid who is trying to find himself but it’s nothing like your typical coming of age story. Liam has had a hard life full of rejection and abuse and unlike many with that past he lived to see something better. Unfortunately, leaving the past behind doesn’t mean it disappears and he’s learning how difficult it can be to start over even when it’s with his own personal knight in shining armor.
What inspired you to write Skin Deep?
Skin Deep is the continuation of the book Saving Liam. It’s a series that tells a story thousands of teens have in common but very few of the rest of us hear. Liam came from an average middle class home and lived an average middle class life until the day his father caught him having sex with another boy. Two days later, he was a homeless kid living on the street fending for himself with nothing but a backpack full of clothes and a few dollars in his pocket.
He was rescued from the miserable cold and hunger by a predator and that’s where the story begins. He’s off the street but his life is no less a nightmare and things are getting worse by the day.
Liam is a fictional character but his story isn’t fiction. It’s reality for thousands of kids in the US and Canada every year and people need to hear it.
How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?
I spend close to 40 hours a week on my writing career. At least half of that is writing and editing.
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
I’d love to meet Stephen King somewhere in passing and thank him for teaching me to embrace the creepy and twisted, though I’m sure he hears that all the time. There’s an entire generation of writers with an affinity for tales about things that skitter across the floor in the dark because of authors like him.
I’d have loved to meet Shakespeare and talk to the guy behind such amazing tales of drama and whit that we’re still talking about them…and borrowing from them.
I would love to sit down with Tess Gerritsen over coffee and talk to her about what it was like to conquer a male dominated genre as an openly female writer.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished book three of the Saving Liam series and am putting together notes for book 4.
About the Book
Author: DP Denman
Genre: M/M contemporary romance
Liam Newman escaped an abusive past to start a new life with Justin, the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, the old life refuses to stay buried. When a fan of his porn star persona appears, he’s forced to reinvent himself in a surprising new career. Will it give him the new start he craves or lead him deeper into the life he’s trying to leave behind?
DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.
In her spare time she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.
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