We’re very excited to have Roan Parrish, author of two of our favorite gay romance books guest post.
If you haven’t read the gay romance book, Middle of Somewhere, you should. See our review. And, the sequel, Out of Nowhere, is equally amazing. These two books are related and each follow a new M/M couple.
I don’t have much experience picking the brains of the people I’ve hated. Mostly, I don’t want to spend a moment longer with them than absolutely necessary. But I do spend a lot of time wondering why they are the way they are. What are their struggles, their deepest desires, their greatest shames? What are they proud of? Who do they love? If that sounds like an enlightened and generous exercise in radical empathy, I feel honor-bound to clarify that it’s more like an intellectual tic—a way of metaphorically forcing my fists into my pockets instead of their faces.
If you read IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, the first in this series, odds are good that you loathed Colin Mulligan, Daniel’s brother, with the fire of a thousand suns. Good. You were supposed to. I did too. Because Colin is a nightmare who makes Daniel’s life miserable. But though I didn’t have Colin’s story in mind when I outlined IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE, the more horrible Colin was the more I wanted to figure out what made him tick.
OUT OF NOWHERE is Colin’s side of the story and it was my way of seeing if I could answer those questions. I wanted to make Colin accessible, understandable—but I didn’t want to let him off the hook. There are no excuses here. No big reveals about how his treatment of people wasn’t actually that bad because SECRET! Just a story about the ways that sometimes we act badly and we hurt people a lot. Sometimes the people we hurt are the ones closest to us. Sometimes we find love, and it’s wonderful, and it still doesn’t repair the damage that we’ve done. But sometimes it’s enough to remind us that we want to try and do better.