Author Name: K.E. Belledonne
Book Name: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
Release Date: June 23, 2016
When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?
Pages or Words: 53,000 words, 188 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Rom Com
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she’s judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can’t. I’m never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You’re being dramatic.”
“I’ve got too many things buzzing in my head. There’s too many things I’m going to forget to do.”
“I thought that’s why you had that damn app, so you don’t have to remember anything; it’s all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn’t just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you’re never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It’s just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what’s going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It’s the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I’ll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don’t want you to just ‘live with it,’ Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don’t want you to just ‘live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You’re going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we’ll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik’s nerves; he was getting on Erik’s nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing K.E. Belledonne, author of Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist.
Hi Kat, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
Love scenes, definitely. I joke that I really need to get some of those desk-size artist mannequins, just so I can use them to figure out where everyone’s limbs are.
It’s not the content or the feel of the love scene, it’s the complicated logistics of them that make them difficult!
- What do you think makes a good story?
I think what makes a good story is different for everyone. For me, it’s characters I can relate to and a big spectrum of emotion. To read a serious book that’s serious and dark all the time is really boring to me. A story that has dark and serious moments, but also light and silly moments is what I look for in a good book.
- Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?
I hear from readers from time to time, and I would love to hear from more of them! I always am thrilled to get a message – someone was moved my book enough to take time out of their day to send me a note about it? That’s amazing!
Generally, they are notes about how they were affected by certain scenes. The one I have printed out and hung on my wall is from the first person who sent me a note to whom I can find no connection from me to him. (He didn’t review an Advance Reader Copy, he isn’t one of the commenters on any of the blogs I stopped at on my book tour, he didn’t win it on Goodreads, etc) He said he’s a gay man, and he found my story uplifting, and he thanked me for writing it.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written three or four books now, and I’ve got several half-books languishing in my folder. My favorite is always the one I’m just starting. By the time a book gets to print, I’m over-exposed to it. I’m fiercely proud of it, I love it, but I’ve read through it so many times, I need a break from it. I love all my books, though.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Right now, I’m really into gardening. We’re planning a beautiful English garden for our front yard, and we’ve been amassing plants and trees for a few weeks, and we’re just about ready to start laying them out and getting them in the ground.
Meet the author:
K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
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Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/kebelledonne
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
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