Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and M. Caspian, the authors of FALLOUT. We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our processes, anything we can think about actually, and even giving you guys a sneak peek or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? Check out the details at the bottom of the post to see what you can win!
Today, Lisa talks about love and romance:
So, the other day somebody asked me what I write. And I said Romance. But that’s not exactly true, is it? I write love stories, I think, but that’s often very different than romance. Love is an abiding connection between people, whether they’re still in your life or not. Romance is something you see on movies, with late night picnics on in rooftop gardens, and tea lights in mason jars. Love is bigger than a gesture. Love is dirty socks and remembering whose turn it is to put petrol in the car, and making room in your life for another person. Love is a smile, and a touch, and your elbows knocking together as you cook dinner in a tiny kitchen.
In FALLOUT, our two MCs, Jack and Bastian, are in love. They never doubt that. They do, though, sometimes doubt that they’ll be together forever. In the years they’ve been together, they’ve also drifted apart. Circumstances have changed. Bastian has a spinal injury that require constant monitoring. His quality of life isn’t the same as it was. And Jack is responsible for that injury. Both of them are secretly wondering what’s still holding their relationship together: love or guilt. Or maybe just habit.
I think that FALLOUT is very much a story about the strength of love, but it’s not romance. There’s nothing sweet about the nightmarish world that Jack and Bastian find themselves in when a natural disaster hits, but it’s love that stops either of them from giving up. It’s love that makes them do things--sometimes terrible things--that they never before thought possible. And it’s also love that engenders the spark of hope that keeps both of them fighting, even when circumstances force them apart.
Love isn’t always pretty, but it’s enduring.
High-school boyfriends Jack Haldane and Bastian Wade thought everything would be perfect once they reunited at college, putting disapproving parents and small-town attitudes firmly in the past. Now Jack’s on track for a PhD scholarship and a career as a researcher, and Bastian . . . well, living inside a broken body and trailing along in Jack’s shadow didn’t feature in his lofty teenage ambitions. A weekend camping trip back home offers a chance for them to reconnect, but an ugly confrontation with the local motorcycle gang is only the start of their problems. When disaster occurs and the world unravels, will Bastian and Jack manage to hold on to each other, or fall further apart as they try to survive?
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