Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing K.E. Belledonne author of Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist.
Hi Kat, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Character interview with Daniel, from Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
1) What’s your job like?
- I’m a stained glass artist. My job is awesome and I recognize that I’m really lucky to be able to do something I really love as my ‘job’. I’m lucky enough to be able to design and build a series of windows for a house restoration, which just so cool.
- I also run a cooperative shop with a bunch of my friends; we each have our own thing we love to do, and we’re really lucky that we are doing pretty well, sales-wise. We’ve got some knitting, some teas and herbal things, some woodwork – it’s just a really cool spot.
2) Would you rather be respected or feared? Why?
- I would definitely rather be respected. I don’t like the idea that anyone would ever be afraid of me – that’s just not cool with me.
3) What’s your favorite book?
- Don’t laugh, but it’s Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare. I read it in 5th grade, and it’s been my favorite ever since. This kid and his father build a cabin in the northern wilderness, back before the revolutionary war. The kid has to stay there and take care of the cabin and the crops, and survive the winter on his own while his dad goes back south to bring back his mother and sisters. It just blew my mind when I read it.
4) If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
- Somewhere sunny, hot, with plenty of iced drinks and deserted beaches. Clothing optional – and with no phones, no computers, no nothing.
5) Tell us a bit about yourself.
- My name’s Daniel. I’m 24 years old. I do stained glass, I do some jewelry-making. I’ve always wanted to get a real forge and be a blacksmith and make swords or something. I like to play Boggle, and cook Italian food and long walks on the beach. My fiance’s named Erik. He’s an archaeologist, and even though he says it’s really not that exciting, I still think that’s the coolest job ever. He studies vikings and stuff, and he works at a university and he teaches these kids – and he’s just amazing at it.
Thanks again & Congrats on your new release!
Book Name: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
Release Date: June 23, 2016
When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?
Pages or Words: 53,000 words, 188 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Rom Com
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she’s judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can’t. I’m never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You’re being dramatic.”
“I’ve got too many things buzzing in my head. There’s too many things I’m going to forget to do.”
“I thought that’s why you had that damn app, so you don’t have to remember anything; it’s all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn’t just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you’re never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It’s just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what’s going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It’s the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I’ll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don’t want you to just ‘live with it,’ Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don’t want you to just ‘live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You’re going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we’ll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik’s nerves; he was getting on Erik’s nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?
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Meet the author:
K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/kebelledonne
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
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