Today I welcome C.B. Lee
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I'm left handed. I hear apparently it's an indicator of creativity, but growing up for me it just meant I would get pencil lead smudged all over my hand as I write. I also once tried to teach myself how to juggle and didn't get very far, and because I used oranges instead of actual balls whenever I smell oranges I am reminded of my clumsiness.
I once was chased by a cow across a field in Scotland. I was backpacking and hiking the length of Hadrian's wall and the trail would cut across fields; you simply had to go over the fence where indicated, hike across the field, go over the next fence and so on. There was this massive cow that made this fearsome noise and I ran, much to the amusement of my friends, who were not afraid of cows.
My bio says I love hiking, and that's descriptive but I also include climbing in that which most people might not think of. It's strenuous but I enjoy the sense of accomplishment when finishing either a trail or getting to a certain elevation. And the sense of teamwork when you summit with who you're with is incomparable, you just feel incredible and love everyone so much. The highest I've climbed is a peak in the Andes that came to 18,000 feet. That particular summit was hard won; there was a storm on the way and we had to rush, my friends and I miscalculated how much food we'd eat and on the last day of the journey had one potato and a bar of chocolate to split between four. The view at the top was incredible, though, and we were so high up I swear I could see the curve of the earth on the horizon.
2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Alaska. I've made plans to go before but I've never gotten around to it; I'd love to take the time and do it over the course of six months or so, spend a good summer and the fall to see the vastness of their state parks, to climb Denali, to lick few glaciers, kayak, hike, swim, so much more. I'd love to stay and see the Northern Lights as well.
3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
Water. I drink so much of it. I'll probably finish at least three glasses while eating an entire meal in a restaurant. I have a ton of favorite foods and many favorite restaurants, but if I had to pick one restaurant, it would be this amazing place in my parent's hometown. I'd order: marinated beef in an onion pancake roll, juicy pork and shrimp dumplings, the kind made with soup inside so when you bite it the broth will ooze right into your mouth, savory fried turnip cake, fried leek and mushroom dumplings, and some wide egg noodles tossed in a light hoisin sauce topped with crispy duck.
5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
I hope to finish my next novel!
6. What do you like to read?
Almost everything; if I find a summary that's intriguing I'll take a chance on it. I'm rather partial to fantasy and science fiction within the young adult genre as well as the adult genre but I'm open to reading anything that piques my interest.
7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Fun, engaging summary, diverse characters and diverse authors.
8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
Food printers for the masses. NASA already has one that will print pizza for astronauts; now I'd love to see that available for us common folk. How many times have you seen a photo on some food blog and just wished you could eat it?
9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
Romance is definitely taking the time to learn what your partner loves and is passionate about, the kinds of things they would appreciate, and incorporate those into the time you spend together. Also creating time out of a busy schedule to spend together is quite romantic, too. It's not just flowers and candlelit dinners to me, I think that generic stuff only goes so far, because it applies to almost everyone! Flowers are generally appreciated, but if you take the time to find out a person's favorite flower or something that has significance to them, that's special.
10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
Absolutely! My next novel is about a girl who comes from a superhero family yet hasn't displayed any powers yet, and she's striving to prove herself. She takes a mysterious job alongside her high school crush and the two of them uncover a plot that may reveal some startling truths about the world's system of heroes and villains.
Author Name: C.B. Lee Book Name: Seven Tears at High Tide Release Date: October 15, 2015
Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
Pages: 234 pages Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Young Adult
They wander into the house, wipe their wet feet on the welcome mat, climb up the stairs and giggle as they pass Ann’s bedroom. She’s dancing with her headphones on, oblivious to the open door, swaying to the beat. In Kevin’s bedroom, he quickly scrounges up some clean shirts and shorts. “Here, you can wear this,” he says, handing an outfit to Morgan and then ducking into his bathroom to change. He peels off the wetsuit and hangs it up in his shower, then leans his surfboard carefully against the wall, eyeing the crack. He’ll have to fix it tomorrow. When he returns, Morgan is holding onto the wet board shorts, wearing the outfit Kevin gave him. He looks curiously at the rock collection prominently displayed on Kevin’s bookshelf. “These are beautiful,” he says. “Here, I’ll take that,” Kevin says, holding out his hand for the bedraggled board shorts to hang in his shower. He’s certain now that they’re the ones from the lifeguard’s lost and found. Kevin’s starting to worry that Morgan doesn’t have any other clothes, but he doesn’t know how to bring it up. Money can be a touchy subject. Morgan holds Kevin’s favorite specimen, a piece of green olivine on basalt. Kevin once almost convinced Ann it was an avocado roll—it certainly looks like one, bright green speckled with sesame seeds, wrapped in dark seaweed. “That’s from Mexico. My family went on vacation to Baja last year, and I got that out of an old volcano.” He tries his best to describe the sweltering heat and the excitement of finding geodes and cracking them open with a hammer. Morgan listens in rapt silence as Kevin talks about the find and tilts the olivine so it catches the light. He sets it back in its spot behind its label, slowly so as not to disturb the other specimens, and Kevin is quietly pleased with Morgan's careful appreciation. “I changed my mind,” Kevin blurts out. “About what?” “I do want this to be a date. For us, to do that,” he says, blushing. “I like you. A lot.” Morgan’s face breaks into a bright, happy smile. “And what do we do differently, for this to be a date?” Kevin can feel the heat on his cheeks. “We can hold hands, if you like. Um, or kiss, if you want to. But we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I’m fine just hanging out and watching a movie with you.” Morgan tilts his head and steps closer. “I want to,” he says, not specifying what, but Kevin knows immediately. It’s just the quickest brush of lips, but Kevin feels it all the way to his toes. A warm curl of excitement blooms throughout his body, and Morgan’s mouth is warm and wet against his. It’s not like any kiss he’s had, chaste and sweet and over in a second, and yet his heart is still pounding after Morgan leans back. He’s close enough for Kevin to be able to count the eyelashes dark against his cheek. Morgan ducks his head and asks, “Was that okay?” Kevin's a little dazed, but he finds his voice. “Yeah. Yeah, that was great.”
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C. B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber and pinniped enthusiast based in California. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Seven Tears At High Tide is a first novel. Connect with C.B. at cb-lee.com, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/authorcblee, on Twitter @author_cblee, and on Goodreads at Goodreads.com/cb-lee. Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25837167-seven-tears-at-high-tide Publisher: Interlude Press Cover Artist: C.B. Lee Cover Design by C.B. Messer
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