Author Name: Pene Henson
Book Name: Into the Blue
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Tai Talagi and Ollie Birkstrom have been inseparable since they met as kids surfing the North Shore. Now they live with their best friends in a pulled-together family, sharing life and the saltwater in their veins. Tai’s spent years setting aside his feelings for Ollie, but when Ollie’s pro surfing aspirations come to fruition, their steady world shifts. Is the relationship worth risking everything for a chance at something terrifying and beautiful and altogether new?
Pages or Words: 236 pages, 72,600 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Across from them, one of the Brazilians plays guitar. Ollie doesn’t recognize the song even when a couple of others sing along. The beach is wider and the sand finer than on the North Shore, but every beach is a little like home. Ollie misses the Blue House; he misses the surf and the palms and the shoreline he knows so well. He misses Jaime and Sunny and Hannah. Still, though he’s as far from home as he’s ever been, Ollie’s comfortable. These are his people, too. He leans back on his arms and looks up into the dark.
He’s watched the night sky since he was a little kid, but down here in the Southern Hemisphere he doesn’t recognize the hundreds upon hundreds of stars. The Southern Cross is up there. Ollie tries to orient himself.
Tai shifts toward him, then looks up and follows Ollie’s gaze. The warmth of Tai’s body settles into Ollie’s heart, grounds him. Ollie leans into him a little, and their arms brush to the elbow. The contact simmers in the air between them.
Unexpectedly, Ollie knows what he wants. “Come back to the hotel,” he says quietly to Tai. He pitches his voice low. It hums across the tiny space between them. No one else can hear him over the pounding surf and the sound of the music. It’s easy to be bold in the dark of a beach where Ollie’s never been before. He’s shocked by that same boldness.
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INTERVIEW WITH PENE HENSON
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Pene Henson, author of Into the Blue.
Hi Pene, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
I struggle to want my characters to experience conflict. I love them so much I just want them happy all the time. But once it’s worked out in my head, those conflict scenes are not difficult to write. I think action and sex scenes are tricky because it seems like it’s all about working out what arm and leg is where and how that works physically but without the emotion beneath every movement there’s nothing there.
- What do you think makes a good story?
A strong sense of the reality and humanity of its characters, kindness to those characters and someone to root for.
- Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?
Well this is my first published novel. So far the only people who’ve read it are various wonderful editors and my wife. Oh, my son read the first couple of pages and pronounced them “pretty good.” He’s not sure they’re a “sizzling start” but he’s happy with them.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
As of now I’ve written two. This one and a second one which is in the process of editing. It’s easy to feel like this is my favourite as the second has some flaws I need to work out.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love playing soccer, very poorly, and watching my older son play very well. I also like bush walks with the family, looking at gorgeous open spaces and views and cooking (which has been sadly neglected while writing).
Meet the author:
Pene Henson has gone from British boarding schools to New York City law firms. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is an intellectual property lawyer and published poet who is deeply immersed in the city’s LGBTQIA community. She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and gazing at the ocean with her gorgeous wife and two unexpectedly exceptional sons. Into the Blue is her first novel.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/penewrites/?fref=ts
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764284-into-the-blue
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Colleen M. Good
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