#Spotlight Terrance - A Short Story (UNDER GROUND #0.8) Alice Rachel + Author Interview
Please help welcome author, Alice Rachel, to MM Book Escape with her latest release, Terrance, a short story in her Under Ground series. We have a wonderful interview, plus an excerpt for you to read, also, the author is donating 100% of all sales revenue from "Terrence: A Short Story" to The Ally Coalition, so please take a look and consider this great book.
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
The first story I wrote was a retelling of The Landlady by Roald Dahl. It was for my English class in high school.
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
I have a full time job, so I write when I find the time. But I try not to go too long without writing because it can be hard to get back to it and it's easy to get distracted with other activities.
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
My books all come from the same series, so my process now is a bit different than it was for the first book. Because I know all the characters so well, I start with a playlist. Then I write each chapter as they come to me without an outline. I only have a general idea of what I want to discuss in the book. I let it all flow. I do research too. I do have inspirational pictures too, but I already know what my characters look like unless they are completely new to the series.
Where did the desire to write LGBTQIA+ stories come from?
My series include a lot of different characters of different ethnicities, cultures, and orientations. YA is getting more diverse, but it's not exactly there just yet.
How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
I watch videos, documentaries, and read books. And for the rest, I just pull all the emotions from within me and lay them down on the paper.
What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?
The hardest is the marketing for the books. The creative process demands work, but not many authors enjoy the marketing part of publishing.
How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
"I write YA Dystopian Romance. It's set in New York State after some serious climate change led to a war that almost destroyed the country. Most couples in the series aren't allowed to date for various reasons, so it's all pretty much forbidden romance."
But honestly, I hate talking about my books unless I really know the person.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family can't read my books because the books are written in English and they only speak French.
My niece who is American seems to like my books, though.
Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.
I am working on a short story in the series featuring two girls promised to two different boys, but the two girls end up falling in love, which is absolutely forbidden in the society they live in. Once again, my series presents a lot of couples caught in forbidden relationships.
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?
Just write what you want to write about. If following an outline doesn't work for you, just write the scenes you want to read first. Don't follow trends. Don't write for money.
If you could travel forward or backward in time, where would you go and why?
Both ideas are incredibly scary! Maybe I would want to travel to Roman times when people didn't make such a big deal about sexuality.
We’ve all got a little voyeurism in us right? If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter (does not need to be sexual) between two characters, not your own, who would they be?
I would want to see what a day in the lives of Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood is like.
If I were snooping around your kitchen and looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I find?
I need to go grocery shopping, so it's fairly empty. You'd find some lettuce and tomatoes, ravioli, and some kiwis. That's pretty much all I have left right now.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
Teleportation. Traveling anywhere whenever I want.
If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
I would probably trade with Kayla or Narumi. They are both strong in different ways, and really cool.
If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing, where would you go and what would the environment be like?
Definitely a cabin by a lake. That's always been my dream!
What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?
Coffee and books.
What internet site do you surf to the most?
Youtube. I am so addicted!
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three author guests be and why?
Amelie Nothomb because she fascinates me.
Stephen King because well...Stephen King!!!!!
CP Patrick (Author of Dear Ancestors and The Truth About Awiti) because she's a beautiful person. She's so wise and everything she writes and says teaches me so much. I really look up to her, and she's a real model to me.
When you got your very first manuscript acceptance letter, what was your initial reaction and who was the first person you told?
I'm actually self-published. ;-)
Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am really honored. :-)
about the book
Bullying is nothing new to Terrence Young. The teasing and harassment are constant. His family is less than understanding as well. To them, Terrence chose to be gay and complicate their lives. Their little rejections sting and cut him deeply.
But when the Deviance Act is passed, Terrence's life takes a turn for the worse overnight. Under the new law, a mere look, a simple touch, or a small kiss in public could mean death. Terrence attempts to hide his orientation to survive. That is until a gang attacks him in a bar and Chase Martinez interferes.
Chase is gorgeous, kind-hearted, and he's a rebel in the Underground—all qualities that attract Terrence so much there is no stopping the fall. Loving Chase might be dangerous, but Terrence is done living in fear and letting others dictate what is right for him.
He moved fast and pushed me hard against the wall, with one hand flat against my chest. Then he swept the area with one quick glance before he pressed his lips against mine, harsh and demanding. I should have pushed him back, but I'd been craving his touch since he'd walked up my front steps. And his mouth against mine felt way too good. Death be damned if it meant having Chase's warm body flush against mine like this.
His lips melted over mine, warm though wet from the rain, while his tongue softly parted my mouth. No one had ever kissed me the way he did, like he was worshiping me. He raised his hand to my jaw and wrapped his fingers gently around my neck. I was turning into a puddle at his feet, and he didn't stop until I forced myself to push him back. I regained my senses, and reality slapped me in the face. Chase had put us both in a dangerous position, and I couldn't let him do that again.
"We can't kiss in broad daylight like that."
"Don't let them kill my mood," he said with a lopsided grin, and it took all I had to walk past him and make my way under his arm. He grabbed my wrist, but I shook him away.
"I'm not gonna put your life in danger, Chase. Let's just go buy that present for Tina."
"You coming to my place afterward?" he asked.
The hint of hope in his voice took me aback. I nodded, and a genuine smile flashed on his face. He pulled me to him again before I could react, and he wrapped his arms tightly around my waist. A devilish glint shone in his blue eyes before he whispered dirty words in my ear. The flush on my face rose fast, and I couldn't quiet the tiny squeal escaping my throat.
Chase laughed against me. "Eres tan lindo cuando te pones colorodo, Querido."
"What does that mean?"
He winked but never answered my question.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series "Under Ground."
Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs.
Alice loves talking to readers, so send her a message...
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES CAN BE FOUND HERE ➝
Recommended Reading Order:
1 - Under Ground - Book 1
2 - Chi: A Short Story 1
3 - William: A Short Story 1
4 - Losing Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella
5 - Willow: A Short Story 1
6 - Standing Ground - Book 2
7 - Akio: A Short Story
8 - Cecilia and Tyreese: A Short Story
9 - Holding Ground: A Stephen Richards Novella 2
10 - Chi: A Short Story 2
11 - Willow: A Short Story 2
12- Terrence: A Short Story