I’m really pleased to be hosting Kris Ripper today and as part of the tour I get to share some goodies with you!
Sometimes all it takes is meeting one person to turn your world upside down. Will Derrie likes girls but he isn’t honest with them; he wants kinky sex and lots of it. When Hugh offers to dominate him, no sex required, Will realizes it might not be so easy to separate the two.
Sometimes all it takes is a new angle on an old idea to change everything you thought you wanted. Hugh Reynolds holds the world at arm’s length. He lives alone, works alone, and he thinks he’s as happy as he’ll ever be. But Will gets under his skin and once he’s gone, Hugh realizes he doesn’t want to go it alone forever.
Sometimes all it takes is a random encounter to open your mind (and your heart). Truman Jennings hits on a cute guy at a conference and he’s smitten by the end of their first date. Hugh’s not the kindest or the easiest boyfriend Truman’s ever had, but he brings one thing to their relationship that no one else could: kinky, adventurous, sweetly submissive Will.
Sometimes you can’t find the right man till you find the wrong one. Three men. Three sides to love, and intimacy, and laughter. Three people who didn’t know what they were looking for…until they found it in each other.
I thought (having read the book) that I’d do my usual schtick and tell you why you should read it. Then I had a better idea. Let Kris do it instead. Kris wrote it and conceived these great characters, why not let Kris tell us how it came about?
The Accidental Romance
I once wrote a book called The Scientific Method.
It wasn’t a romance novel. I didn’t intend for it to be a romance novel. I’d written it (and revised it, and redrafted it, and revised that) because I couldn’t get the characters out of my head. The dynamic was something I’d never written quite the same way, or read in other books.
In fact, at the time I published it, I didn’t think there was any real romance in it. Oh, there was a whole lot of tension, yes, but I didn’t see the deep abiding romantic love that draws people to romance in novels and film.
Until I wrote book two, which featured one of the gentlemen from the first book and a new love interest. Book two had romance, sure. What surprised me, however, was that in book two the lingering tension, all that delicious dynamic I’d loved playing with so much in The Scientific Method, seemed to spark something…deeper. Something…other. Something, well, romantic.
And the romance? Wasn’t just between two characters. It was between three.
Catalysts is the book that should have been. It is ultimately the story of three men on different paths, seeking different things out of life, who end up tentatively exploring something none of them expected.
Will Derrie just wants to be normal, to get off on normal things, to not screw up all of his relationships because he can’t figure out how to want what everyone else seems to want. Hugh Reynolds thinks he can help Will without falling for him, without risking himself, because he knows absolutely that love isn’t in the cards for him. And Truman Jennings really only asks a man on a date; he has no idea he’ll end up involved in the most complex, intense relationship of his life. And that it includes all three of them.
I didn’t sit down one day and think to myself, I want to write a kinky polyamorous romance novel. I sat down one day, looked at my books, and realize I already had written that, I’d just done it in such a way that it seemed accidental.
Maybe it was.
But the story deserved a lot better than its main arc, its main love, being something of a side note. Once I realized I’d managed to bury the lede, I knew I had to rework the books into one longer, more intricate, significantly more clear novel. A romance novel, in fact. (I can hear the raucous laughter of the people who tried to convince me, over my strenuous objections, The Scientific Method was romance. Many “I told you so”s are in my future. And they’ll be right – ish.)
This book is a surprise. Bear in mind I’d drafted and redrafted a couple of times before I published it, and now I’ve redrafted it again. You’d think words I’ve been over so very (very) many times couldn’t still surprise me, but these did. I found little pockets of humor I’d never stumbled on to before. I pulled out crystal clear threads of intimacy and played with the dialogue until I could hear the voices better than I ever had.
Catalysts is a love story very much about surprise and intention and surrender. Perhaps especially about surrender. It’s not just about surrendering to your lover (or lovers); sometimes it’s far harder to surrender to the unexpected and trust that it will take you where you need to go.
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About Kris Ripper
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
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