Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love.
He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). He is also a Rainbow Award Winner for both Caregiver and Raining Men. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.”
Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”
CC: Where do you write?
RRR: I have an office with a window facing Seattle’s Lake Union and, on clear days, the Cascade Mountains in the distance. It’s very inspirational. It’s where I write every day—no coffee shops for me! I need quiet.
CC: Why do you write?
RRR: Because I couldn’t bear not to. I’ve been a storyteller since I was a little kid. Writing, making up fictional lives and circumstances is like breathing to me; it’s constitutional so much more than a career choice.
CC: If you could meet one author to have dinner with, living or dead, who would it be?
RRR: I would not want to have dinner with a dead author. That would spoil my appetite. But dinner with Stephen King would be lovely. He seems like such a genuine person and I’d love to relax with him and discuss craft, inspirations, and being so damn prolific.
CC: Have you written characters that are someone you know?
RRR: All the time. I think many of my characters, in one form or another, are various aspects of myself. My most autobiographical books are BLINK and CAREGIVER.
CC: Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
RRR: I’ve met minimalist composer Philip Glass and Lily Tomlin, although not at the same time! I was completely star struck because I am huge fans of both of them.
Rick has a new book, DINNER AT JACK’S, released October 3rd.
BLURB for Dinner at Jack’s
Personal chef Beau St. Clair, recently divorced from his cheating husband, has returned to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds. Jack Rogers lives with his mother Maisie in that same small town, angry at and frightened of the world. Jack has a gap in his memory that hides something he dares not face, and he’s probably suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Maisie, seeking relief from her housebound and often surly son, hires Beau to cook for Jack, hoping the change might help bring Jack, once a handsome and vibrant attorney, back to his former self. But can a new face and comfort food compensate for the terror lurking in Jack’s past?
Slowly, the two men begin a dance of revelation and healing. Food and compassion build a bridge between Beau and Jack, a bridge that might lead to love.
But will Jack’s demons allow it? Jack’s history harbors secrets that could just as easily rip them apart as bring them together.
Next week is GRL 2016 and the last of the GRL Wednesday Walkabouts, be sure to come back and learn about Aisling Mancy.