Title: Steps to You (Fear #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Toni Griffin (Mischief Corner Books)
Publication Date & Length: September 26, 2015 – 55,000 Words
Is there something in life that you’re afraid of, like heart pounding, shortness of breath, Jesus Christ I’m going to pass out, scared? For Leo Harris that something is heights.
Why his nosy sister would gift him with a pass for the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is anybody’s guess, let alone expect Leo to make it through in one piece. If it wasn’t for the kindness of a sexy stranger he meets at orientation, Leo doubts he would have been able to step one foot onto the mammoth structure.
Ryan Anderson’s known as a workaholic, as he has no reason not to be, that all changes in one day when he meets Leo. Ryan quickly falls head over heels as he sets out to make Leo his.
Leo leaned against the brick wall, desperately trying to gather his courage. All he needed to do was cross the street and enter the building opposite. Leo had never considered doing something like this in his life. Hell, he wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for the gift voucher his nosy sister and her equally pain-in-the-ass husband had given him.
“You need to get out of the house more, live a little,” his sister had berated him as he’d stared down at the piece of paper in his hands, unsure exactly what he was feeling.
“I get out plenty,” Leo tried defending himself.
“No you don’t, and you know it. You may physically leave the premises to go to work and do your grocery shopping, but you never go out and have any fun.” Teresa sighed, and Leo really felt the urge to clip her across the back of the head. “You don’t go out clubbing, very rarely go to restaurants, and you refuse point-blank to start a profile on a dating website.”
There was no way Leo was putting himself out there at the mercy of all those desperate men who were just looking for a quick hook-up. He was sure that scattered in amongst all those horny fellas, he might find one or two that seriously wanted a relationship, but he wasn’t willing to wade through all the toads in order to get to his prince charming. If the man existed—and that was a big if as far as Leo was concerned—he doubted they were fated to meet through an online dating service.
“Teresa, I like my life. I’m happy.” Once again he tried to placate his sister, to no avail. Just because she was happily married with two-point-three children didn’t mean everyone else had to be.
“No, Leo, you’re not.” Teresa waved her hand in his face when Leo started to object again. “I know you and I love you. Please just do this for me.” She fluttered her lashes at Leo.
He heaved a sigh, knowing he would give in to her, just like he always did. As annoying and meddling as his sister could be, he did love her dearly and couldn’t imagine a world without her in it. The snickering from across the room was not lost on Leo, but he decided to ignore Blake.
After all, the man was just as bad as Leo when it came to giving into to Teresa’s demands.
Leo looked down once again at the piece of paper. “Seriously?”
Teresa laughed at him. “You’re going to love it.”
Somehow he doubted that.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I write in my living room, sitting in a large white leather recliner. There’s a matching recliner on my right and a matching three seater couch on the left. I have another three seater couch (Not matching) on the right. A wooden coffee table takes up residence in the middle of the floor with the Television against the wall opposite.
You’ll either find me writing there or out on my balcony, sitting at a glass top outdoor table. The view overlooks the end of Darwin City. There are massive trees, buildings and the ocean.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I think I relate a little bit to a number of my characters, Brian from Unexpected Mate, Holland Brothers book 1 would probably be the closest. He has my love of cooking, hatred of coffee and yearning for friends and family.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I’d spend more time with my daughter while trying not to give in to the voices in my head.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
There are so many things I’ve learned that I wish I knew when I started. English was never my greatest subject at school, I’m a maths girl. Thankfully my editors make my writing legible.
I’m still learning new things every day. Anything that will help in the process is always welcome.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
I actually did this with the Holland Brothers. When I received the rights back to my stories I went back and edited them and added more content as I wasn’t completely happy with what I had written the first time. The characters obviously had more to tell me as well as I added, 17k, 19k, 25k & nearly 50k to the four books respectively. I’m much happier with the stories now and don’t plan to go back and change anything else.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
Some are based on life experiences; some are just ideas that pop into my head. It might be something that I’ve seen or someone has said that I think might make an awesome story. Other times I have to sit down and brainstorm to figure out what I’m going to write.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
Up next for me, I have two stories in the editing stages, Fire Rains Down, no release date yet and A Bear’s Bear. – Smokey Mountain Bears 3. Due out late October in the next Mischief Corner Books Anthology, Travels Through the Scarlet Equinox. As for writing itself, I’m about to start work on a surprise short story for my readers before I head back to my favourite small town in north Queensland and visit with the Atherton Pack again.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. The majority of my stories are set in Australia. I love showing off my country and all it has to offer.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Fantasy. When I started reading as a young adult I devoured the Harry Potter books and then moved on to series by Raymond E Feist and David Eddings. These books will always hold a special place in my heart as they made me love the written word.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Not really, no. I’m a rather boring person that way.
Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated English with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.
Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.
Feel free to drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.