Five Secrets From Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae
Bio: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry, is published by Torquere Press. The first novel, Starling, was released September 2014; its sequel, Doves, is scheduled for January 2015. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller focused on themes of sex, gender, desire and mourning. Erin McRae is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. You can find them on the web.
Hi Erin and Racheline, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about Starling or you, but will after today!
1) Every restaurant mentioned in Starling, regardless of city, exists. Although we don't name any of them, at least one of us has been to each one of them. We will confirm or deny to readers who want to take a guess, but in general are keeping them to ourselves.
2) While the characters and events in Starling are entirely fictional and in no way represent anyone living or dead, Starling is filled with pop-culture references. Some are overt, like Paul's love of The West Wing. Many are much sneakier, and we encourage our readers to hunt for the Easter eggs.
3) Much of Starling involves events that happen on the Internet. To that end, several of our characters have Twitter presences and are already tweeting. More are coming soon. For now people can visit @JAlexCook, @PaulMarionKeane, and @TheShowYouHate, but be warned: their language may not be as PG as ours.
4) While Todd, a pet cat in the book, is based on a real cat Beau, a dog also known as Divorce Dog, has no real world analog.
5) Astoundingly, Starling was written and edited in 13 cities and 5 countries, most of which never even appear in the story. They include New York City; Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Zurich; Milan; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Seattle; Rochester, NY; Columbus, OH; London; Berlin; and Rome.
When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.
Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair with a polyamorous co-star and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends -- and even the paparazzi! -- quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.
But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.
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