Saturday, May 23, 2015

Day and Knight by: Dirk Greyson w/ Interview

Title: Day and Knight
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Day and Knight (Book 1)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Adventure
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 4 2015
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for field work, and scuttling an attack gives his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!
Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.
But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission.  One that might include each other.

“Look. If last night was some huge drunken mistake for you, then fine. I can deal with that. But I don’t think we do things when we’re drunk that we wouldn’t do when we’re sober. The alcohol lowers our inhibitions so we end up doing what we really want to do. So deny away and hide behind some fa├žade that you were drunk and all that, if you want.”
“I didn’t say that. God. You jump to the worst conclusions, and for the record, you can stop trying to analyze me. I’ve had a ton of people do that over the last few years, and they got nowhere, so what makes you think you’ll get any farther than the professionals? If you want to know something, then ask, and if I don’t want to answer, I’ll tell you to fuck off.”
“Okay. Are you gay?” Day asked.
“Fuck off,” Knight answered.
“Why were all kinds of professionals trying to analyze you?”
“Fuck off. Are you gay?”
“Fuck off.” Two could play that game.
“Okay. I think we’ve gotten the picture that neither of us wants to talk about all this shit.”
“We sure as hell don’t. But one thing we can both agree on is that after last night, whatever we want to call ourselves, there’s something about each of us that we both need to figure the hell out.”
“Fuck off and amen,” Knight answered and closed his eyes. “This fucking conversation is making my head hurt.”
“No. I think the fucking conversation actually happened last night, and if I’m remembering correctly, there wasn’t a lot of actual conversation going on.” Day shifted slightly. “Regardless of what we feel and how uncomfortable we are, we do need to talk this out.”
“Fine,” Knight breathed. “But not when we’re hungover.” He put his arm over his eyes, refusing to look at anything. “We need to be sober for that. So lie down and help me keep the damned room from spinning for a while, and then we can leave this cabin so maybe I can jump over one of the railings, because I think I’m going to die and that will make the whole damn thing a hell of a lot less painful.”
Day smacked his arm. “Fuck off,” he said with surprising gentleness, and then he settled and the room grew quiet.
It took a while, but the room stopped moving, except for the rocking of the ship that he couldn’t do anything about, and slowly he felt more and more human. Eventually he got up and went into the bathroom for some more water and decided that taking a shower might make him feel better.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book?  
One of my favorite characters of all time is Miss Havisham from Dicken’s Great Expectations.  She’s a full realized, twisted, warped character that only Dickens could create.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?  
I want to travel to Australia.  I got to go there for business some years ago and really loved what little I was able to see.  So I have promised my partner that I would take him.

Does travel play in the writing of your books?  
Absolutely.  A change in venue is incredibly inspirational and eventually my trips end up in my stories at some point.  Whenever I go on vacation, I get a boost in inspiration and drive. 

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day? 
I write during the day.  I get up with my partner and start my day, hoping I can be done working by the time he gets home from work. 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?  
The dreaded middle.  Starting the book really flows and I generally go like crazy.  When I get to the middle and there are lots of decisions to make, it gets more difficult and that’s when character fatigue sets in and I find it hard to write and the excuses start to form in my mind.  Once I get past that, I dash to the end of the story. 

Where do you research for your books?  
The internet is wonderful.  But I also have a great fan base and a number of other authors and friends with varied experiences, so I am able to ask questions and get plenty of information. 

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?  
There is no formula.   For me inspiration comes from all over and that’s all I really need to start a story.  Once I’m excited about an idea, the rest seems to flow.  

Dirk is very much an outside kind of man.  He loves travel and seeing new things.  Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades.  He has a Master’s Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job.  But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he's built.  Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.  

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