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Author Spotlight: Romancing the Geek

By On Jul 23 2014, 9:00 am

Get What You Need by Jeanette GreyI’ve never made any secret of the fact that I love a good geeky hero. Sure, geeks can be portrayed as ungainly and unbearably awkward on TV sometimes, but they have so much potential. They’re smart. They’re witty. They’re passionate about what they do.

And most importantly, they’re layered.

Perhaps my favorite thing about a really good, compelling geeky hero is the mixture of confidence and insecurity. This is a sweeping generalization, but I tend to think of geeks as being masters of their fields. They’ve always been good at their chosen areas of expertise, and when they’re in their domain, they own the playing field. Take them out of that comfort zone, though? Instant vulnerability as they’re forced to contend with things they can’t control.

Take a social situation, for example. While there’s nothing saying a geek can’t have a rich social life, buried at the heart of every one of them, I like to imagine there’s a kernel of the kid who didn’t get picked for the kickball team back in second grade. Being different from their peers has always set them apart, and it informs everything they do, even as relatively well-adjusted adults.

Greg London, the hero of my new book, Get What You Need, is a geek, through and through. He’s a graduate student in engineering, and he typifies this confident/insecure dichotomy. He’s always been good at school work, and he’s thrown himself into his studies with abandon. Anyone on the outside who looks at him would see a successful, driven young man. His housemate, undergraduate jock Marshall Sulkowski sure does.

But when Marsh comes onto him, Greg is paralyzed by that part of him that’s still a seven year-old boy with glasses, desperate not to be the last person chosen for a team in gym class. He thinks he’s boring, and that the glasses Marsh frankly finds dead sexy are ugly and unsightly on him. His unwillingness to believe that attractive, self-assured, popular Marsh could really want a relationship with him is one of the things that sets them off on a rocky trajectory together.

Throw in the fact that he’s a work-a-holic with communication issues?

Well, let’s just say that it’s a damn good thing Marsh sees what a brilliant, amazing person lives inside this geek.

And it turns out that Marsh is just the man to help bring that geek out of his shell and show him he’s deserving of love, sex, happiness, and so much more. Read more…

Inspiration and Temptation

By On Jun 18 2013, 7:00 am

My writing is usually inspired by my dreams. I’ll wake up with an idea for a character or plot twist, and frantically write it down before it vanishes. But in the case of my new release, Poison in the Blood, I was inspired by a poem. “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti is a cautionary tale [...]

On Good Girls and Bad Girls

By On Mar 12 2013, 9:00 am

If you’ve ever watched a bad movie or a mediocre TV show, you know the drill. Female characters fall into one of two categories: good girls and bad girls. Virgins and whores. It’s a fact of fiction that’s been going on for decades now. And it’s wrong. Just plain wrong. The fact of the matter [...]

Knowing the Ropes: BDSM in the Real World

By On Feb 27 2013, 8:22 am

The world of BDSM is often portrayed in books and movies as an exotic one, far removed from the ordinary world of careers and grad school and doing the laundry. Often it takes place in a glossy world where everyone is richer, thinner, and more glamorous than you and slaves can serve their masters’ every [...]

Super Kink!

By On Jan 30 2013, 4:47 pm

Super kink! He’s super-kinky! Super-charged Calvin Davis smells like lightning and his eyes give off sparks when he gets excited. Poor guy. His powers make it kind of hard to get laid. Unless, of course he’s with a hooded, immobilized submissive with a taste for electrical play. Originally titled The Shocking Adventures of Super Dom, [...]

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