Friday, September 19, 2014

Author Interview: Kade Boehme gets deep with Jodi.

We are very happy to welcome Kade Boehme to the Smoocher’s Voice blog today. Kade’s latest books, Keep Swimming and Going Under, are available at Amazon books.


Kade Boehme is a southern boy without the charm, but all the sass. Currently residing in New York City, he lives off of ramen noodles and too much booze.

He is the epitome of dorkdom, only watching TV when Rachel Maddow or one of his sports teams is on. Most of his free time is spent dancing, arguing politics or with his nose in a book. He is also a hardcore Britney Spears fangirl and has an addiction to glitter.

It was after writing a short story about boys who loved each other for a less than reputable adult website that he found his true calling, and hopefully a bit more class.

He hopes to write about all the romance that he personally finds himself allergic to but that others can fall in love with. He maintains that life is real and the stories should be, as well.

Visit Kade at

I had the pleasure to meet and hang out with Kade when he attended RainbowCon 2014 this past spring. It was great to have the opportunity to listen to his insights about writing and character development.

Jodi:       Thank you, Kade, for taking the time to answer some questions. Tell us a little about yourself and what inspired you to become an author.

Kade:      Thank you guys for having me! As far as why I became an author, I think I've always written. I wrote a 70k word novel at 14 (which will NEVER see the light of day) and I've written over 50 short stories of ill-repute. Heh. Anywho. But I always wanted to give them HEAs, so when I read my first romance with a gay pairing back in ‘05 or ’06, I was like SHUT UP! I can get this published? Obviously I sat on the idea for a while, tinkering with my short stories until I felt ready to go for a full-length novel (lord knows the last one didn't turn out so well, haha). So, wow... long way around to say I've been a writer since I was ten and Harriet the Spy convinced me I could do it, even if I just had a notebook.

Jodi:       You have a variety of books published. Although they are all in the m/m genre, the focus of each book is very different. Do you have a favorite book or character?

Kade:      Wow. That's a tough question. Characters, Gavin or Gianni, maybe even Kyle from Keep Swimming. Favorite books? Oy. The dream to write that just fell together quickly and out of nowhere would #1 be Trouble & the Wallflower. That one will always be special to me. As will Gangster Country. And of course my baby is Don't Trust the Cut. Oy. Good question, haha.

Jodi:       Are your characters based on real people or are they complete fiction?

Kade:      Most often, they're completely fictional, though I have been known to throw in a cameo of a real friend of mine, just for shits'n'giggles.

Jodi:       No matter how serious the subject matter of your books is, there always seems to be an element of humor incorporated into the story. Do you feel humor is essential to include to offset the angst?

Kade:      God yes. I'm a snarky, giggly bitch and my therapist says the reason I'm so fucking perky is because I use humor to cope. No shit. So I think readers use it to cope with the heavy material as well, so trying to balance it keeps the entire book from feeling maudlin and like a stress-fest.

Jodi:       What was your inspiration for Trouble and the Wallflower?

Kade:      A friend sent me a couple of picspiration photos and I was like “Oh, two bottoms. How funny.” Then I heard a Britney Spears song that just made Gavin come alive. I finished the whole process in two weeks. Every detail just popped in my head. It was effing insane, but that seems to happen more often than not for me.

Jodi:       Davy and Gavin are perfectly flawed and well developed, but the minor characters, specifically Sean and Devon, are intriguing also. Do you have any plans to expand on the minor characters from this book?

Kade:      If the ship has not sailed, I'd love to pop back into that world. I have some outlines for the other guys.

Jodi:       Don’t Trust the Cut is one of my favorite books. [Check out my review.] The plot and characters are intense. What was your inspiration for this book?

Kade:      I was actually getting over a “Trip to Canada” myself then, for the same reasons as Tucker. This was my way of focusing some of my energy on something positive, what turned out to be my first full-length novel and my first contract with a publisher.

Jodi:       Did you have to do research on bipolar disorder and cutting for this book?

Kade:      Well... I was a cutter because of untreated bipolar disorder. (Yes, that's what that is on my arms for those who meet me at conventions. This avoids that awkward question and my awkward glare.) So, I took from personal experience a lot here.

Jodi:       Let’s talk about Keep Swimming. It is interesting that Health works as an offshore driller. What inspired you to choose that profession?

Kade:      Well, I grew up in the Florida Panhandle (we eventually moved after Hurricane Ivan). Several of my friends from high school's greatest aspiration was to hit the rigs. I have family members on the rigs. It felt like the right fit for Heath. He was a southern boy who loves the sea and is down for hard work. Plus, there was something a little sexy about him being a roughneck, haha.

Jodi:       In this book, as well as Wood, Screws & Nails, one of the main characters has not openly admitted to being gay until he was older. Why have you chosen to explore that aspect of sexuality in your characters?

Kade:      Because it's reality. Less so, I think, for my generation, but people who were teens in the ‘90s still have that AIDS generation stigma to being gay. There's something in giving them a voice. I've heard from many closeted or recently out gay men over 30, mostly after the release of Wide Awake, and it's breathtaking how much love those recently out men, the older men, give me for writing “their” story. It's probably the most humbling experience about writing, thus far.

Jodi:       Tell us a little about Heath and why he is afraid to open about his sexuality at work?

Kade:      I knew drilling was a slightly conservative job. So I asked my cousin (who works as an engineer on an oil platform in the Gulf) what it'd be like if one of the guys came out to them. First he asked if I meant on his particular rig or in general. I went with his particular rig, thinking, hey at least I'll have a model for Heath's work environment. He asked me “You know on a boat, when they drop off the trash and sharks just come out of nowhere and fuck it up?” I nodded yes. “There you go. There was one boy they thought was queer. They called him shark bait.” So, yeah... Heath couldn't be out on that rig.

Jodi:       When Heath and Cary get together it is hot, but neither man is looking for a relationship. They have a magnetism that keeps them getting together. Tell us a little about Cary and his fears of getting involved with Heath.

Kade:      Well, first he's got to worry about Gus. He's a daddy, and he doesn't just want to have a revolving door of guys for Gus to get attached to, only to have them disappear. Then there's the fact he got royally screwed by Marshall. I mean, that sucked. It'd be hard to trust after that, plus the fact Heath makes no bones about the fact he doesn't want kids and he's a closet case. Whether they have hot sex or not, for Cary that's a lot of effing baggage.

Jodi:       Tell us why Heath’s pause during the confrontation is so significant?

Kade:      Because it's that awful moment when you want them to say “No, of course I'd never do anything to hurt you.” But Heath had to think on how far he would have gone. Now, of course, we know he wouldn't have done it, but it was just that moment that Cary needed Heath to not be afraid for even just a split second. No better way to scare off someone who's insecure about something than to act insecure yourself.

Jodi:       In Going Under, Kyle, who is Heath’s best friend and business partner, is a bit jealous of the relationship between Heath and Cary. Kyle has been burned by past relationships, especially by men who are closeted. Yet, he takes a chance on Eddy. Why?

Kade: I think it was just really hot sex at first, but in the end, I think it was hard for him to see someone go through what Eddy was going through. And Eddy saying, “Don't give up on me...” That was probably the first time one of these “closet cases” had ever ASKED him to stay, and for more than sex.

Jodi:       Tell us a little about Eddy’s inner struggle with admitting he is gay.

Kade: I think, honestly, he knew. He was gay, always wanted to be out, but after SO MANY negative consequences of being gay, he just was afraid. I don't think it was weakness, in his case, so much as that the world had just beaten all the hope out of him.

Jodi:       Do you think his situation is typical today?

Kade: I think it's way less common than it once was. It's definitely gotten better. I'm sure it does happen still and people still have that fear, but kids don't seem to seek parental approval as much as say someone in the 60s, nor do we get married or any of that stuff as early, so the pressure isn't quite as heavy to have babies and marry right out of high school. Many parents teach their kids to focus on career, being able to support themselves before popping out kids; therefore, people are closer to 30 when marrying age comes around and by then... fuck it? What'll they do? Take away your house that they don't pay for? We've just gotten more independent and less traditional, as far as most gay men I've met. I can count on one hand the guys I know who were closeted a long time or who married, and the majority of those men are over 35.

Jodi:       There is a surprising twist to this story regarding Kyle’s and Eddy’s pasts. Without giving away any secrets, was there something that inspired you to delve into that situation?

Kade: Actually, someone told me a similar story (without our gay little twist) and I was like “How powerful.” To realize that in doing that, the bullied became the bully. You just never know what someone else is going through.

Jodi:       Is there a moral or lesson you want people to take away from your books?

Kade:      Love, the real, lasting kind, isn't always easy. Forgive, respect, give second chances. Life's short and beautiful and not all of us find our Person.

Jodi:       What projects do you have coming up next?

Kade:      Allison Cassatta and I wrote two novels together, Teaching Professor Grayson (out November 1 from Dreamspinner Press) and We Found Love (also from Dreamspinner Press, coming in Jan/Feb 2015). There will be a third book in the Keep Swimming series sometime in the spring :)

Going Under
-         exclusively on Amazon Books

     Ex Coast Guardian Kyle Bevins is a joker, a friend, and unlucky in love. His friends know he’s a good guy to turn to if for nothing other than a much needed laugh, but he rarely heeds his own advice. He’s content as the new co-owner of his friend’s charter fishing company in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but he’s missing the companionship of having a significant other and tired of the old hookups. 

     Eddy Jiminez is unlucky, period. He’s been dealt most every negative consequence of being gay. He’s also an ex-con, so he figured he’d play it safe, keep working hard and trying to forget that it was men he craved. But when he meets Kyle, he can’t stop going back for more, but tired of the lies and hurting, he doesn't want to give Kyle up. 

     Kyle would do anything to keep Eddy from drowning again, so he decides to see him safely into the big world of being Out but a past connection may ruin everything. Will there be a second chance for both of them, or will their relationship go under?

Keep Swimming
-        exclusively on Amazon Books

After his partner dumped him with a pregnant surrogate four years ago, Cary Whitmore was forced to play single parent while starting up a new business. With the dog bakery now semi-successful and his son healthy, Cary thinks he may be ready to date again.

Heath Cummings is trying his damnedest to get his charter boat service off the ground and dreams of one day soon being able to quit his job as an offshore driller. Paying off his dream requires making it through a couple more years, which means being open about his sexuality isn't in the cards just yet.

When the two take their flirting to the next level, Cary wonders if he can handle another guy who might take off, while Heath has to decide if he can risk his dream of a laid back life—and giving up his long-held and much enjoyed bachelor status while taking on a child when being a father was never on his to-do list. Will they sink, or will they keep swimming?

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