Let's start with you telling us a little bit about yourself, Jerry.
I'm a native of Chicago, but I've always felt that San Francisco/Pacific Northwest is my spiritual home, which is one of the reasons many of my books mention San Francisco/and or other California locations.
What would people be most surprised to learn about you?
People are always surprised to learn that I have a great interest in the paranormal and also past lives. I actually had a past life regression done and found out a connection with Titanic and also WWII.
When did you start writing, is it something you've always been interested in, or did it develop later in life?
I've been writing stories since childhood, but it actually wasn't until I started working at Borders Books that the ideas for my novels began to take shape.
Has it been everything you thought it would be or not?
It actually has been everything I hoped it would be, it's taken a lot of hard work and dedication. I admit there are times when I would like to give up, but then I get an email from a fan who read my book and is eager to read more, then I realize that it's all worth it.
How did it feel when you realized that your very first book was going to be published?
The day that Dreamspinner Press sent me the contract to publish The Saint of San Francisco was one of the happiest moments of my life.The first thing I did after signing the contract was to go out with a friend to celebrate.
What's your favorite part of writing a book?
I would have to say that I enjoy bringing the characters to life. I always give them written biographies before I start, and by the end go the story I feel as if I know each one of them personally.
Do you get time to read for pleasure? If so, which books do you enjoy?
I always have a stack of books next to me to read. I always try to read something from several genres: Literature, fiction, history, and even some science fiction.
Are there any other genres you'd be interested in writing?
I confess that I've always wanted to try my hand at writing Science fiction/fantasy. I have written one already. A young earth man ends up in another galaxy and becomes involved in an interplanetary battle of good and evil.
Please tell us a little about your most recent release.
This is a story about a young man who falls in love with a top country-western singer. To tell the truth, I originally wrote the story with a twist. You know the classic story of the hero who gets the guy and they go off into the sunset at the end. Those story always include another guy who gets left in the dust by one of the characters, and I wanted this guy to win, just once.
Alas, the editor believed that the reader would become too confused about who is supposed to love who. So Fair In Love became the story you have today.
What can we look forward to in the future from you?
I just signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for a novel set on board the Ill-fated Titanic. It involves the romance between a first class passenger and a steward from steerage.
I'm also working on another book about a young man who is being forced to choose between two men, and in the end an Act of God leads him to make the correct choice.
Anything you want to say to your readers?
I want first to thank all of my readers for choosing one of my books. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them and bringing the characters to life.
Jerry's most recent releases:
Fair in Love
Travis McAllan is one of America’s top country music stars—loved by fans, he lives the dreamed-of life of a country boy who has made it. The lifestyle of a star, however, comes at a cost, and Travis keeps his sexuality a secret until he meets Geoff Randsell. The attraction is immediate and jolts Travis from his life of pretense.
Geoff has a secret of his own—he’s in a rocky relationship, and he’s not impressed by Hollywood glitz. When he falls for Travis, Geoff is swept off his feet, and he is both dazzled by and apprehensive about the celebrity lifestyle of private planes, mansions, and travel.
When a photographer sells a picture of Travis and Geoff to the tabloids, their courtship and private world comes under fire. Travis must risk his music career to be with the man he loves, and Geoff has to make the difficult choice to accept a life in the public eye.
In the face of increasing pressure, Travis and Geoff must stay true to themselves to get to the altar and say “I do.”
To purge Benjamin of his desire to join the Army, his father, a senior British diplomat, entrusts him with a mission to Tsar Nicholas II’s headquarters. On the way to Russia, Benjamin encounters Sergei Breselov, an officer in the Imperial Army, lying wounded in a field hospital. He persuades the authorities to let him escort Sergei to Petrograd, but their trip is halted when their train is attacked by deserting soldiers. Sergei and Benjamin must band together to survive and make their own way to the capitol.
The handsome Sergei Breselov stirs something in Benjamin, and to his surprise, his feelings are returned. Despite the forbidden nature of their association, their bond tightens as Sergei heals, and they are again thrust into the thick of war as the revolution rages around them, threatening to topple the Russian court forever.
The Rosary and the Badge
Jeremy Haniver has finally started his new life in San Francisco, where he has a job working in a Castro coffee shop and a boyfriend, police officer Mark Caparelli, to watch out for him. After solving the mystery surrounding the death of a young sailor, Jeremy and Mark are ready to lay off the adventure for awhile. But trouble has a way of finding Jeremy no matter how hard Mark tries to keep him out of it.
When Jeremy unwittingly bids on a piece of jewelry stolen from the sunken ship Empress of Ireland, trouble comes calling — literally. First Jeremy receives bizarre threatening phone calls demanding the object’s return. Next, around town he starts seeing a stranger — the jewelry’s “owner”? Then Jeremy finds himself being held prisoner — and it’s up to Mark to find him and free him before it’s too late.
Excerpt for Fair in Love:
“Geoff, I want you to meet Arnie. He’s a model and an aspiring country singer.” Lu beamed, but Geoff didn’t get to say hello before Arnie turned to Travis and began gushing, pumping Travis’s hand.
“Oh my God, Travis McAllan, you’re my absolute favorite singer. It’s such a great honor to meet you.” Geoff and Lu were apparently forgotten.
Travis smiled faintly and then stepped back. “Whoah there, Arnie, are you trying to pump for water? It’s nice to meet you too.”
Geoff leaned close to Lu and whispered, “Maybe you should get Arnie another drink.” Lu nodded and grabbed Arnie once again.
“There’ll be plenty of time for autographs later,” she said. “Let’s get something from the table.” They walked away, but it was clear Arnie was disappointed he hadn’t gotten to spend more time talking to Travis.
Geoff and Travis surveyed the offerings on the table, and finally Travis said, “Let’s go somewhere for coffee or a drink. I don’t want any of this.” He made his way toward one of the backstage doors, and Geoff followed him.
“This is your party. You can’t leave just like that….” Geoff was excited by the prospect of being with Travis, but this was a charity event, and it might not look so good if one of the guests of honor left. Travis didn’t seem to care. He smiled and waved it all away.
“My brothers can handle the crowd.” Travis led Geoff off the backstage area, down a narrow hallway, and into a dressing room. He shut the door on the noise, and they were alone. Travis removed his cowboy hat, giving Geoff a glimpse of his handsome face, curly black hair, and awkward smile. They were standing so close their hands touched, and neither was surprised when the kiss happened.