Before I had a chance to shut the front door, the sound of Brady choking on his own vomit pierced my eardrums. I was in our bedroom within seconds to witness him take what ended up being his last breath. Immediately I rolled him to his side to help him clear his airway. He flopped onto his back.
Abdominal thrusts. I slapped his face and shouted his name.
I followed the directions the dispatcher gave me on speakerphone, putting my effort into every motion as tears ran down my face.
“The paramedics are on their way. Do you hear the sirens yet?”
“Yes,” I said as I used my full weight to come down on Brady’s torso, trying to dislodge whatever particle had stopped all air from moving in and out of his lungs.
Nothing helped. He just stared up at me with glazed-over eyes and refused to breathe.
“Goddammit. Don’t you dare leave me like this!”
I blankly watched as the paramedics swarmed into the bedroom, shooing me away so they could assess Brady’s condition, and I saw the grim looks on their faces when they realized what had really happened. The frenzied activity ceased, and their demeanor changed the second they found the syringe, spoon, and lighter.
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Posy was kind enough to answer a few questions for me.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably about a year ago. I was in the middle of working on edits for two novels and a short story while also trying to promote Fusion and Spark. I still worked part time teaching, but nearly every other moment that wasn’t devoted to my family was spent in my office working on some aspect of a story. That was also the same time I realized I would never again try to release four novels and a novella in four months.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m about to show my dork, so be prepared. ;) I love karaoke. Every weekend for a few years, my best friend and I would head out to sing. We got to be great friends with the bartender, the DJ, and many of the singers, and I loved the dorky atmosphere we created, even though some people took karaoke way too seriously. But sitting there watching people go up to sing and putting themselves out there, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if a bartender fell for one of the singers, someone he’d previously gone to school with and thought was not only out of his league but also that he judged a little. Four minutes on stage isn’t much to judge someone, so I wondered what would happen if the bartender thought the singer had this perfect life, when in reality, it had just gone to hell.
So the book was inspired by my time at karaoke, but very little of the story actually takes place in a bar, even if music is a focus of the book. Instead, I follow these two men through family drama, higher education, the rise and fall of fame, and scary symptoms that take time to understand, diagnose, and come to term with.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure if it’s my style, but I love writing about families. Whether we want to be or not, we’re all affected by our family of origin, no matter how that family looks or if we have contact with them still. I tend to pull family dynamics into everything, which any good family therapist would do. ;) I also pepper my stories with snark and humor, but there’s a heck of a lot more drama and heartfail in there. There always seems to be some medical under- or over-tone to my stories as well, whether they be physical or mental health. Considering I have five chronic medical diagnoses, some I’ve had since I was a toddler, I don’t know life without medical conditions, so it comes out.
Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.
Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and loyal Brony, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.
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