It gives me very great pleasure to introduce another new to me author, B.A. Smith, here on Linda’s Book Bag as Brianne stays in with me to tell me about one of her books.
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Staying in with B. A. Smith
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Brianne. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Hello Linda! I am so happy to be here with you today! I’m starting to feel like an actual celebrity!
(It’s all the paparazzi on the drive I think!)
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
I’ve brought along Spooning Leads to Forking: A Gay Teen Romance Novel since it’s the first book I’ve ever published and very near and dear to my heart. I’ve chosen this title because it took me almost 10 years to get up the nerve to publish it. It’s one of my proudest accomplishments to date! I wrote it during a time I was suffering from depression and writing was my only outlet and the only thing keeping me sane. It’s my hope this book will provide that same kind of escape for someone else.
(What a marvellous outcome from illness though – a novel – and I love the title!)
What can we expect from an evening in with Spooning Leads to Forking?
Spooning Leads to Forking is a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys, Dylan and Michael, who grow up in a small town and discover they’re gay. Many of the situations they find themselves in as they explore their relationship are riddled with awkwardness and the sort of banter you’d expect from teenagers with very few filters. They battle their own misconceptions about what it means to be gay while living in a community where gossip is the local currency and their families have their own set of problems. I wrote each character with unique traits and flaws that I believe will resonate with anyone who’s ever had an embarrassing moment (or several) with a crush.
(I think we’ve ALL had those moments Brianne. I know I have!)
What else have you brought along and why?
I’m a very visual and aural person, and I brought some music to share today! The first song is The Kiss by Karmina. It was my anthem for this story when I first wrote it back in 2009 and stopped me dead in my tracks at a Big Lots store in Tampa, FL. The music video features real-life couples that were considered taboo or faced some kind of hardship because of the person they were with. It’s a “love conquers all” message that I wanted to be a resounding theme in Spooning Leads to Forking regardless of race, gender, or orientation.
(Good for you, Brianne.)
The next song, funnily enough, is American Girl by Carrie Underwood. This song prompted an entire scene in the book written only a few weeks before I published the final manuscript. More specifically the lines:
Sixteen short years later,
She was falling for the senior football star.
Before you knew it he was dropping passes,
Skipping practice just to spend more time with her.
The coach said “Hey son, what’s your problem?
Tell me, have you lost your mind?”
Daddy said “You’ll lose your free ride to college.
Boy you better tell her goodbye”.
But now he’s wrapped around her finger,
She’s the center of his whole world.
And his heart belongs to that sweet little beautiful, wonderful, perfect all-American
Substitute the “she” for “he” and the song defines one of the main problems the boys face in their new relationship – they’re so completely wrapped up in each other that nothing else in the world matters!
(I think music can sometimes convey for us exactly what we want to say. How fascinating that it has had such an impact on your writing.)
Thank you so much, Brianne, for staying in with me to introduce Spooning Leads to Forking. I love the rationale behind the book and wish you every success.
Thank you so much for having me, Linda! It was wonderful getting to meet you and share a little bit of my heart with you and my readers through this book!
Spooning Leads to Forking
Dylan and Michael are two high school boys attempting to figure out their attraction to one another and happen to fall in love along the way. They explore their sexuality together through a series of games until they push their competition too far one day, and their game turns deadly.
Spooning Leads to Forking is a coming-of-age story about two teens coping with being gay while growing up in a small town like Gallant, MT.
Despite the challenges, they discover love through humor, family, mistakes and, ultimately, forgiveness.
Spooning Leads to Forking is available for purchase here.
About B.A. Smith
Brianne has been creating through a variety of artistic mediums which include drawing, graphic design, writing, dance, music, and performance art since a very young age. Her favorite genres include fantasy, adventure, drama, and unique romances – particularly LGBTQ.
She has been writing for about fifteen years and has posted her work in online writing communities such as fanfiction.net, fictionpress.com, and Archive of Our Own. She has a passion for unconventional romances not usually portrayed in mainstream media and tends to be ultra-realistic and detail-oriented in her writing. She has no reservations about jumping headfirst into awkward or uncomfortable subject matters.
Brianne is a native of Colorado and enjoys reading smut, playing video games, performing with her dance troupes, and lazing about with her two fur babies, Fraggle and Leroy Jenkins.