Title: Take Your Pick
Author Name: Missy Welsh
Publication Date & Length: October 9, 2015 – 45 pgs
Peter Kim has been in love with his five best friends since junior high. Now attending college, they share a house, but none of them know how Pete really feels.
Until the five of them come home early to find Pete masturbating while watching a video of them all on vacation near a river last summer.
Devastated and embarrassed, Pete is sure they’ll kick him out come morning. Accepting him as the only gay one among them is one thing, but knowing he lusts after them? All of them? They couldn’t possibly accept that.
But when Pete wakes up the next morning, he’s shocked to discover his housemates have a proposition for him. He’ll choose one of them each day, and they promise to do whatever he wants—including sex—for a full twelve hours.
And, yeah, they’re serious.
Ok, when reading this I had to keep saying to myself “it is only a book” because seriously, the odds of this ever really happening in real life are slim to none. Yes we all know it is fiction and just a book, but sometimes we can’t help but think “seriously”? Pete is in love with his five best friends, they all catch him masturbating and then come up with this “brilliant” idea. It was really far fetch but it was a fun book to read. I didn’t feel any connections with any of the characters and I didn’t feel the sparks between the characters but it was a good, fast, entertaining read.
I watched them pile into the behemoth Devon’s mom had loaned for tonight’s trip up to Cleveland. They all looked good in their club clothes. Nothing flashy or too tight, but I’d spread some fashion sense around and they’d believed me every time. Not a single girl would be able to resist my boys.
Of course, there would be plenty of boys who’d be unable to resist them either.
Just like me.
I waved as they drove off, equal parts relieved and lonely. I didn’t want to let them go without me, but I had been wound way too tight lately. I had on one other piece of clothing—the tightest pair of briefs I owned—just to help mask the boner I kept springing every time I’d been near them for the past three days.
Something had to give, and it was going to happen in a gush of orgasmic heat all over my fist.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I write in about a five-foot square area of my bedroom that has a tiny desk, office chair, and three small tables that kind of turns the space into a corner desk. It’s also a mess. I mean, and organized mess—I know where everything is!—but to the casual observer, it’s not pretty. There’s a cat in a box too. She used to sit on me, but now she has a box. It’s a compromise.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Every main character has something in common with me. I think that’s true for most fiction authors. One of my favorite quotes for how completely relatable it is boils down to writing being easy because you just have to sit down and open a vein. No big deal, I’m just giving you a piece of myself to scrutinize. I’m sure I’ll be fine. Anyway, the one character and his experiences in the story who I can relate to the most is Malcolm Small from My Summer of Wes.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
Cry a lot. Assuming, of course, that you mean if I was somehow prevented from ever writing again. Though I’m not sure how anyone could stop me. Even stranded on an island without paper, I’d spend all day “writing” in my mind. Probably go bonkers real darn fast entertaining the coconuts, but I’d still make up stories all day long.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known beforehand?
How much marketing I’d have to do. Being social is really difficult for me. Having most of it be online is somewhat easier, but still a struggle. I’m not good at it. Thankfully, people like Will at Pride Promotions are available to help make connections that scare the ever-loving bejeezus out of me, while people like you prepare questions so I don’t have to do this all on my own. (Thank you!)
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
Nope. I’m happy with it.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I get a lot of inspiration from photographs, songs, artwork. Those things might spark an initial idea—like the photograph that inspired Take Your Pick, which was five young men, half-naked, soaking wet, grinning at someone I couldn’t see. Then I start to run with questions about who the people are, where they are, why they’re doing whatever it is, what they want. Running with those usually spawns new questions, fleshing out a rough outline or even a whole plot. If I get stuck, I tend to return to asking questions as a brainstorming session, keeping what works and pitching what doesn’t.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m working on my first Romantic Suspense story, a subgenre I love to read but never tried to write. I think I can do it justice at this point in my writing career. I’m also finishing up a Sci-fi Romance which is, in fact, one of my first loves. The world-building slows down my (already slow) writing pace, so this one’s taken a while to get on the page. They will, most likely, come out sometime in 2016.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Northeast Ohio. I know it influences the location for most of my stories. This is the place I’m most familiar with, these are the seasons I know, the speech patterns I use myself. It’s one less thing I have to research.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I got into reading Romantic Suspense novels from my mom because that was the Harlequin Book Club subgenre she enjoyed most. I’ve been reading them a long time and they’re still my favorite because of the action and adventure. That’s definitely something I will never experience in my own boring life, so it’s the escape I like the most.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Oh, I need my chocolate and I can spend a couple days in the shoe department quite happily, but I’d say my biggest vice is carbs. I went to college near the Wonder Bread factory and baking day was a reason to flop down on the grass and just breathe deeply. Irresistible! My favorite bakery is the Great Harvest Bread Company, and I’ve managed to limit myself to visiting only on special occasions. (Real special, not like, “it’s Tuesday” special.)
Missy Welsh stares into space a lot, has conversations with cats, takes notes while people-watching, records conversations (not the ones with cats), named her laptop Norbert and her phone Pushkin, has backups of her backups’ backups, faints at the sight of a misused semi-colon, and will often ask socially unacceptable questions of strangers. Basically, she’s a writer.