Monday, March 2, 2015

An Interview with A.M. Arthur * The Truth As He Knows It * MMromance #Giveaway

The Truth As He Knows It by A.M. Arthur

An Interview with A.M. Arthur

Welcome to the Wild Side! What made you want to write this particular book? 

The Truth As He Knows It was born from a photograph. I stumbled over it online, probably Tumblr or Facebook, and the image grabbed me. It was of two young men embracing in such a way that I knew one of them was having a terrible day. And I wanted to know why? I wanted to meet these two guys and find out what their story was. I also really like writing characters in this New Adult age range (early twenties) who are still figuring out themselves and their goals. Plus I like angsty, hurt-comfort stories, so this was a no-brainer of a project.

Do your characters ever take over your writing and make the story go somewhere you didn't originally have in mind? 

Definitely. I start every novel with character biographies, so that I have an idea of who my heroes are, what they’ve done in the past, and what their relationships are in terms of friends and family. But those notes don’t always define the characters as they meet their romantic partner and begin to grown and change.

One of the biggest surprises for me in The Truth As He Knows It was how stinking stubborn Shane is. I mean, I knew he was stubborn, but when he is challenged, he digs his heels in and holds his ground, no matter what. A few times I wanted to smack him for his actions and words.

Will you write more about these characters?

I doubt they’ll get another solo novel, but both Shane and Noel will appear in Perspectives #2, The World As He Sees It, which features Noel’s best friend Tristan. And there’s a very good chance they’ll make appearances in Perspectives #3. Beyond that, no idea.

If your book were made into a movie what actors would star in it?  

With the right shade of brown hair and facial scruff, I think Alex Pettyfer could make a good Shane. He’s got the cheekbones. And for Noel, possibly Scott Eastwood. Yum.

Best line you ever wrote? 

What I think is my best line was actually edited out of the book because of trademark issues, so I can share it here! Yay! It’s actually taken out of an upcoming Carina Press release, but here you go:

"Let's finish this shower. You can play with my cock later."
            "Play, huh?" He squeezed gently. "Does that mean I get to Bedazzle it?"
            James made a face of mock horror. "Hell no. The only two inanimate objects that are allowed that up close and personal with my dick are condoms and cock rings."

Love it! How do you celebrate a new book?

It might sound weird, but I don’t anymore. I try my best to stay away from the computer on release day, so I’m not constantly refreshing my Amazon rank. Sometimes I’ll go shopping and buy myself something nice. Mostly I am thankful, each time a new book releases, for all of my amazing readers.

Do you have advice for other writers or would-be writers? Your book is not your baby. Full stop. Would you put your baby up for sale on Amazon? No. Then don’t treat your book like some precious little jewel that everyone must love and adore. A book, once placed up for sale, is a product. Not every single person who tries a product is going to love it. You’ll get back reviews. You’ll get great reviews. Don’t read them. Put your book out there, then work on the next one. 

Author Bio:

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone's throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland.  She's been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.  She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn't been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. 

                When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder.  She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Where to find A.M. Arthur:

Contact her at with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (, as well as on Twitter (, Tumblr (, and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur's work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor


Perspectives, Book 1

Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.

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Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance

“I want to see you again,” Shane said.

Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”

Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”
“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”

“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”

“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”

Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”

“About thirty hours.”

“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”

“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”

“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”
“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”

He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”

“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”


Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.

“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome, cowboy.”

Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.

Pages or Words: 83,000 words, 255 pages

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