Hello, lovely people of Caraway Carter’s blog! This is the first of eleven stops on the Blog Tour for JOCK 3—Back Off! That’s My Jock. This is the big COVER REVEAL! Are you excited? I am! I received this cover in MAY and shared it with those in my fan group on Facebook: The Wade Brigade. If you are not on Facebook, I’m sorry. I do intend on setting up a newsletter with Mail Chimp but haven’t figured it out yet. JOCK 3 comes out August 26th and you can pre-order it HERE! (add link when I get one.)
So here it is… drumroll please….
I think it’s my favorite cover. This one and the original cover of Names Can Never Hurt Me.
Caraway said I could do what ever I wanted on my post for his Wednesday Walkabout, so for this blog (as well as the ones to follow) I thought I would do some interview questions, about 5 on each blog, between me and my characters. Does that sound different? I hope it turns out well. For Caraway, I DID pick 5 questions off of his list. So let’s get right to it….
Doug: Hey. My name is Doug Archer and I will be asking the questions for this interview. I am the main character in Wade Kelly’s latest book, Back Off! That’s My Jock. For my first question, I was wondering about the color of the cover. Is that related in any way to my actions in the book?
Wade: *blushes* Um, yes. Although, I was also thinking about the time of year in which the book is set. All the JOCK novels so far have been in the fall. The first was sort of white with some burgundy on Ellis’s shirt. The second had darkened to a orange hue. For the third I thought to go with red, but it also helped that you were angry in much of the book. Emotionally, I think red was a good choice. For the last book in the series (book #4), I’m thinking of going more yellow.
Doug: Cool. I was actually full of rage at times in Back Off! That’s My Jock. If the punching bag at McDaniel College could speak, it would have been screaming! Second question: Is my character based on someone you know? Or have you written other characters based on people you know?
Wade: Your character is based extremely loosely on my friend Doug, and he was excited I used his name. But even though he is “in” the book, I have to put a disclaimer that Doug in the book is a fictional character based off of my imagination with some similar traits. As far other characters, I’d have to say yes. Lance in JOCK 2 is an actual person in my life and does work at Birdie’s Café, but the character profile is out of my head. Rob McAvoy in the JOCK Series is based on my interpretation of someone I know, and Grant Adams in Bankers’ Hours was based on a guy I saw at my bank. I didn’t know him, I just saw him and was inspired to write a character.
Doug: Thanks. I’m probably much cooler in real life anyway! *chuckles* Next question: Have you ever signed or responded to something and mistakenly used you pen name?
Wade: Yes! It did not go well! Back when I was using a different name before Wade Kelly, I sent an e-mail to a person in a church I was attending at the time from my pseudonym’s email address. She then asked me, “Who’s Linda Reilly? Is that your pen name?” I made up a lie that was horrendous and completely unbelievable. She didn’t question is at the time, but then 5 moths later I was basically kicked out of that church for writing a gay romance novel. From then on, I was much more careful, yet it still happened again. I sent an email from my real name to a fan in a time when I wasn’t sharing my name with anyone. Now, there are lots of people who know my real name and some have even visited my house. But word of warning, be careful about email if you don’t want people to know!
Doug: Oh, wow! I hope it all ended well if you had to leave.
Wade: It sort of did, until I trusted the wrong person and it kind of happened again, only I’m still going to that church. My friends there haven’t excommunicated me. But that’s another terribly long story.
Doug: Then we’ll get back on track with the interview. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Wade: I worked in the deli at Super Fresh MANY years ago. I didn’t care for my boss and I thought it was rather dirty to work there. IDK. I’ve had seven different jobs before I became an author, but I think the deli was my least favorite.
Doug: So, tell me, who’s the most famous person you’ve met?
Wade: Well, I got within 5 feet of Darren Criss and got his autograph after seeing him in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He was so nice. I also got an autograph from pitcher, Mike Mussina way back when he pitched for the Orioles. I said, “Thank you.” and he said, “You’re welcome.” And lastly, earlier this year I screamed a little too loud when I met Kage Alan for the first time. That was so fun! To end this interview, may I ask you a question?
Wade: Do you have a favorite literary character?
Doug: Even though my best friend Chris a bigger reader than I am, I’d have to say Huckleberry Finn. He was tough and adventurous and didn’t shrink away from a fight. And he was brave. Not to sound arrogant, but I’d like to think I have the same qualities.
Wade: Thank you, Douglas Archer for joining me on Caraway’s blog. For more fun, please check out my blog stops on the following blogs:
As for the giveaways… I, Wade Kelly, will be giving away one GRAND PRIZE (items listed below) and three runner up prizes of a $10 gift card for Amazon. All you need to do is leave a comment. ALL comments are logged for a chance at the prizes. BUT, ONLY those who leave a comment on ALL ELEVEN BLOG STOPS will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Last time I think there were 15 people in the Grand Prize drawing.
Note: If we’ve never chatted and you aren’t on Facebook, it is a good idea to leave an e-mail address because I need to know how to reach you. If I can’t, and I reply to your comment on the blog post that you’ve won but don’t hear from you, I have to give the prize to the next person on my list. Each comment gets you a chance in the drawing. If you leave one on each, that is eleven entries PLUS you are listed in the Grand Prize drawing. For a reminder if the rules, and where I’m stopping next, visit my blog post HERE.
Grand Prize includes all of the following:
1. One of my famous spoons in the colors of your choice (If you already have one, I’ll send something else.)
2. One signed paperback from my back list (Not counting JOCK 3)
3. An e-book copy of JOCK 4, when it comes out. (Not under contract yet)
4. An AUDIOBOOK of your choice. (Promo code)
5. And last, but not least, a soccer jersey for the player of your choice from the players in JOCK 3. AWAY OR HOME Jersey. (I’ll list them on my website along with pictures of the jerseys. They come in adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, & 4XL)
So there you go. If you have any questions, please let me know. Comment here or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wade Kelly lives and writes in conservative, small-town America on the east coast where it’s not easy to live free and open in one’s beliefs. Wade writes passionately about controversial issues and strives to make a difference by making people think. Wade does not have a background in writing or philosophy, but still draws from personal experience to ponder contentious subjects on paper. There is a lot of pain in the world and people need hope. When not writing, she is thinking about writing, and more than likely scribbling ideas on sticky notes in the car while playing “taxi driver” for her children. She likes snakes, can’t spell, and has a tendency to make people cry.
Be sure to stop by next week, when we get back to our regular interviews, when I chat with Brandon Witt.