Title: Imposter in Zebra-stripes Briefs (The Seattle Chronicles #2)
Author Name & Publisher: C.C. Dado (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2015 – 72 pgs
When recent college graduate Nathan Harris makes a life-changing move out from under his mother’s thumb and into his own place, he is determined to take some risks. He is tired of not being good enough, tired of allowing his fears to control him.
What he thought would be an exciting adventure ends up being one jaw-dropping mishap of embarrassment after another, leaving him with a life he doesn’t even recognize anymore.
His once boring, lonely existence has been replaced by a brownstone filled with colorful friends, a rough around the edges, tattooed bad boy best friend, and a stripper for a boyfriend who’s not even sure he’s gay.
This started off really well. Nathan is an interesting character, Josh and Brandon are a great couple, and the across-the-hall neighbours arrangement adds a great Friends-style vibe. Even David as a reluctant substitute stripper worked for me. The hesitant start to David and Nathan’s relationship, with all its awkward fumbling, was tender and very sweet.
Unfortunately, the book ends before the story does. Just when I found myself getting past the slightly clunky language and enjoying the story – the author threw in the ubiquitous m/m plot device (hospital emergency prompts HEA) and the book ended.
I didn’t really feel that anything had resolved by the end – I’m not sure we were really given much of Nathan and David’s story at all. I feel a little cheated. These were great characters in a great setting! Maybe we’ll see them grow in a sequel, but I like to know I’m reading an installment in a series before I start the series.
Ding…. He heard his phone go off again as he was grabbing an orange from the fridge. Nathan set the orange on the counter and pulled his phone out of his pocket.
Maybe I’m jumping the gun here. What are you into?
Nathan wasn’t quite sure how to answer that. He leaned back against the kitchen counter and stared at the keypad for a second before responding. Guys?
Ding…. I’m literally shaking my head at you right now….
Ding…. Josh instantly followed up his last text. I meant what turns you on about a guy. Eyes? A nice ass? I need to know what I’m working with here.
Nathan felt like the entire world could see his words as he typed his response. I think men’s feet are sexy.
Ding… Josh responded, apparently not fazed at all by Nathan’s answer. All right then, let’s start at the toes and work our way up.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I write 80% of my books on my iPhone. I have my day career and a family, so I save every idea, scene, or one liner that pops into my head as I go about my day into my phone. Once I have a pretty full story I will move it to my home office and polish it.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
That’s a tough one. I think it’s a tie between Elliot from Meet-cute, who is incredibly self deprecating and Nathan from imposter, since he shares my constant anxiety. I’m just a big bag of fun. It’s cathartic for me in a way to write my issues from another’s perspective.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Painter (canvas not houses) 🙂
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
The rules of grammar (still learning as I go)
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
No, I’m very happy with what I created. Is it perfect? Probably not, but I will learn from it either way.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
Lately it has been an individual from the previous story that stands out to me, like they need their own story.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I just signed a contract for the follow on book in the Seattle Chronicles, ‘Say it with Ink’.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in the Pacific Northwest, and yes I believe my environment influences my writing. My community is openminded, forward thinking and positive. It’s all I’ve ever known.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Romance is my only genre. I have tried reading others but nothing really caught on.
10) Do you have any vices?
Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc? Coffee, coffee, coffee… I’m trying to kick it now, and it isn’t pretty.
I write painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing never happens to me.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave since I’m a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a cherry of anxiety on top. I read and write to relax my mind and I love getting lost in someone else’s story, even if it is only for a little while.