Transcript: 8. CD Rachels

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Lee: Welcome to episode #8 of the Low Angst Library podcast. Today, we have an interview with CD Rachels.

I’m your resident librarian Lee Blair. This library is your stop for all things light, fluffy, funny, sweet, spicy, and everything in between. I not only publish low angst, queer romances, but I am a voracious reader of them too.

I created this podcast because I wanted to talk to other authors who write romances with main characters on the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum so that I could learn what draws them to the lighter side of an angst, more about their books and their writing processes.

Welcome to the first regularly scheduled episode of the podcast. I’m so grateful for all of the support of the first seven episodes that I launched with the podcast last month. I’m really glad that those episodes are now out in the world because I’ve been sitting on those interviews forever. Well, this one too, which I’ll talk about. Those tech issues are solved and they’re out and I couldn’t be happier.

I released interviews with Ariella Zoelle, A.J. Truman, K.M. Neuhold, Charlie Novak, Jaclyn Quinn, and Isla Olsen. I also started with an episode where I introduced myself as the host to share my background as an author and as a reader, as well as the perspective that I’m bringing to this podcast. So if you haven’t checked out those episodes yet, I hope you go back and take a listen or head over to if you’d rather read the transcripts.

I am so glad that spring is here, y’all. I moved in December and my new place has a backyard and raised beds. Oh my god. And all sorts of space for gardening. It’s my first time being able to garden and I have seriously gone all in. I’ve attended a bunch of free classes at a local nursery, and I’ve got all these really big plans for vegetables and fruits and flowers.

I’ve also learned that my allergies are a bit more present than I realized. Or that there’s something at my new home that triggers them in a way I haven’t experienced before. So I’m sure I’ll be well acquainted with seasonal allergy meds because nothing’s stopping me from gardening and sitting my sweet ass outside to work on my books.

Moving to a big city also means access to all sorts of cool activities and classes. And I’m starting an introductory ceramics class tonight, and I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. So if you have any tips for a ceramics newbie like myself with the wheel or hand building, throw them my way @LowAngstLibrary on Instagram, Facebook or TikTok. I’m sure I could use all the tips you’ve got.

I’ve also been getting refocused on writing. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to finish a really fun project that’ll be announced soon. I can’t wait to share it with you. So that’s what’s been going on with me. I really hope that whatever season it is in whatever part of the world you’re in, it’s off to a great start.

I’m really excited to share my interview with CD Rachels. We talked about how he started with National Novel Writing Month, making the most of his debut year, and the importance of diverse representation in books.

CD Rachels has been coming up with stories since he was little. At first, it was all about superheroes and pocket monsters, but his genre of choice has expanded since puberty. He’s been consuming young adult gay fiction since he was a teen, but within the past five years, moved up to the big leagues of gay adult romance. In 2020 during quarantine, he burned through more male-male romance books than he ever had in the previous 29 years combined. He lives in New York city with the love of his life and works in health insurance.

Before we jump into this awesome interview with CD, I wanted to share a note about timing. This interview was recorded about five months ago and due to many tech issues, I was delayed in launching this podcast. So when we start talking about CD’s upcoming projects, know that the timing is a bit off. So I’ve recorded a brief update at the end to share about what’s been going on with his books as of now, April 2023.

And for those of you who’ve listened to the first episodes and this one, this is the last interview that was recorded back then. So moving forward, everything will be very fresh.

All right, onto the interview.

CD Rachels, Char, thank you so much for hanging out with me today in the Low Angst Library. I’m so happy you’re here.

CD: Hi Lee, good afternoon from the East Coast. It’s very great to be here.

Lee: And good morning from the West Coast. Time zones are so weird.

I really like to start off by jumping right in and asking guests what got you into writing books and writing romance specifically?

CD: Well, I think I’ve always really wanted to write or make my own stories ever since I was a little kid. And I like the romance genre. It was- I hop around genres a lot. Young adult and then of course after puberty I got really into romance. And in 2020, I read so many romance books. So many on my Kindle Unlimited. And I was like, I was like, I like this genre a lot, but I want to write this genre.

Lee: That’s amazing. So you got that idea in 2020, and right now it’s- We’re nearing the end of 2022. So you went from wanting to read, to having several books out all in less than two years? That’s amazing.

CD: Yeah, it happened very quickly.

Lee: Did you write anything before romance, like in any other genres or short stories or anything?

CD: Um, no. Honestly, my preteen fanfiction was all romance based one way or the other, but we don’t need to talk about what I wrote as a teenager. We don’t need to talk about that.

Lee: As far as we’re concerned, that lives in a black hole on the internet, right? It doesn’t exist.

CD: Oh, yeah. Yeah, absolutely.

Lee: So, since this is a low angst podcast, I would love to know, what does low angst mean to you?

CD: That’s a good question ’cause I actually think it’s very relative. Just like humor is. Because I’ve talked to many readers and writers and fans of books that I like as well. Some people are just not phased by the story. Some people say, oh, this is so angsty, and they’ll be talking about the same book. So I think it’s relative. Lower angst is less, I guess less generally tearful, sad, distressing moments if I had to put a definition on it. But again, it’s relative.

Lee: I think that’s a really good point. The people that I’ve interviewed so far for this podcast, it’s even varied from author to author. And humor is a really good way to connect that. And I think it’s the same thing with spice to some people. A book can be like super, super spicy and hot and to other people it’s like, eh, it’s fine.

CD: Yeah, exactly. Yeah.

Lee: Yeah. So what drew you to writing low angst stories specifically?

CD: Uh, I don’t think anything drew me into it. Maybe just the fact that. I don’t feel as much joy of putting out that kind of story. At least not regularly. That’s probably my answer. I don’t feel the joy in writing that. I can see the appeal and reading it sometimes, but that’s, that’s, just not me. So I’m thinking just I write books that I want to read. Absolutely. That’s, that’s the answer to that.

Lee: That’s a great way to do it. And that seems to be the advice- Like when I started writing years ago, that was one of the first things, first pieces of advice I got was write the books you want to read because you’re going to have a lot more fun when you’re writing the rough draft, the revision, the next revision, the next revision. All of those steps for sure.

CD: Yeah, exactly. Exactly.

Lee: So when it comes to your reading habits, what angst levels do you typically read?

CD: Um, I tend to gravitate toward low to minimal angst like I, like I mentioned. But now my taste has – My taste used to be not chaotic, but it was just like grab whatever book I see on Kindle. Now I’ve honed in on a select few authors and they tend to say, stay in the same range of pretty low angst, heavy on the humor as a general rule.

Lee: That’s great.

So as I’ve talked to authors, I have found that sometimes when people are in drafting mode, they cannot read other people’s work because it can be, they’re worried about accidentally, you know, internalizing or absorbing tone. Whereas other people like to just always read either in what they’re writing to keep that vibe going or in a completely different genre, but just needing that creative input. So when it comes to you and your drafting, do you read while you’re writing?

CD: Yeah. I like to, I like to read while I’m writing, but not from any intention other than I just like reading and romance is my genre of choice. So it’s never like, oh, I’m writing this thing, so I got to read this. No, it’s just, whatever’s in my TBR, whatever I fancy today, I’ll read it when I have time. But naturally when I’m writing, when I’m drafting. I don’t have as much reading time. But even when I’m not drafting. I’ll just do other things instead of reading sometimes. So the answer is no preference. Just read whatever I like.

Lee: Nice. I’m kind of the same way. I’m a mood reader and I like to read while I’m writing, because it. It sort of fuels my creativity in a way. Like it just kind of keeps me reminded, it reminds me of what I’m there to do a little bit.

CD: Yeah.

Lee: So from your reading, do you have any low angst book recommendations?

CD: I mean, it’s probably redundant to say your books.

Lee: Oh, thank you. That’s so nice.

CD: Um, yeah, the hockey series of James and Finley are really, are really low angst and they’re some of my inspirations who got me sucked into this genre. Because everyone, I think everyone’s, book lovers have thought of like a reading rut where it’s like none of these books are capturing my attention, but they’re series really grabbed my attention. So, and they’re very successful, popular, big fan base. So. That one, your books, my books, that those are my recommendations.

Lee: I love it. They do have really great books too. And I love your series, which we’re going to talk about pretty soon. We’re gonna jump into talking about a bit of your writing. But it’s just nice when you’re right, like when you find those books that just can kind of pull you out of a slump. I love that.

CD: Yup.

Lee: So moving into talking about your writing. Can you tell me about your writing process? I love learning about the quirks of each writer I talk to.

CD: That’s that’s a very good question. Um, basically I started this journey. It’s a really funny story. I started with NaNoWriMo, which is the National Novel Writing Month, and I had no intention of becoming an author. I was just bored. I was like, I’m just going to do the NaNoWriMo challenge. And I did some math and it was like, the challenge is 50,000 words by the end of November, roughly 1600 words a day on average. I was like, all right. Bet. So I just did it. That’s what I did. And unlike a lot of people, I’m just in the point in my life where nothing was stopping me from keep going. Accelerated. Keep going, accelerated, edited it, publish.

I’m at the point in my life where there was nothing to stop me. And now, as you can probably guess, I’m so entrenched in this life that I don’t think I could stop, even if I wanted to. I’m fortunate in that. That’s the answer. That’s the writing process. Just sit down and write.

Lee: That’s amazing because when you think about it, how many people have you met in your life where they’ve said, oh my gosh, I would love to write a book. That is the thing that I want to do before I die. And so many people don’t do that. And to just say, hey, NaNoWriMo, I’m just going to do it. And oh my God, I wrote 50,000 words. That’s incredible.

CD: Right. Yeah, it was surprising to me, but the fact was you can write whatever you want, but getting those- You know as well as I do that, writing is like, what, 30% of the process. You know as well as I do that the meat and potatoes comes afterward. The headache comes afterward.

Lee: So true. The drafting is like The whimsical part. Like, ooh, look at all these new ideas.

CD: Yeah, exactly. Yeah.

Lee: Where do you find some of your inspiration for the books and characters you’ve created?

CD: Um, it’s funny that you ask that because a lot of people have agreed with me because I’ve mentioned it online on the forums and stuff. That’s sometimes I’ll just see people on the streets, strangers, maybe even acquaintances and friends. I think to myself, what if there’s a, what if I write a story about a character based on this first person. Just random strangers, people on the street. Like, oh, that pizza delivery man. Let me write a story about that person. Just come up with a background.

But to answer your question, absolutely. That my first series that I’m finishing up in a matter of weeks now. I gave a copy of my book to my best friend and she was like, this is just your life. This is just our lives. I was like, yeah. Yeah, it is. So, yeah, inspiration from my own life. Pretty much.

Lee: That’s great. That’s nice that you can find that inspiration from people and it’s always just going to be there.

CD: Right. Yeah.

Lee: Out of all of the books that you’ve written so far, which is seriously incredible that you have done this many so fast. What have been your favorite book or characters to write?

CD: That’s a tough one. I think a lot of authors will say, oh, they’re all my babies. But I will say probably the closest to my heart is probably Wei from The Strings We Play because he’s like a musician. He’s an adult. So I’m so far removed from college. All the other kids are college. And he’s like, he’s like an artsy musical adult. So so far he’s the closest to my heart, but I really do put a little bit of myself in every single one of my characters. So that the answer is Wei from book three.

Lee: That’s such a great story. I love it. I love the whole series. So with this, you’ve got, you know, a trope kind of at the heart of your series. Artists and athletes. So that’s an opposites attract, nerd/jock trope. Those seem to be tropes you enjoy. What are some of your favorite other tropes to read and write?

CD: One of my favorite ones, which I wrote that in the free novella, The Games We Love, um, it’s falling in love via text message slash email slash messenger with someone that you don’t, obviously, you don’t know them, so, or yeah, you don’t know them, so you’re just messaging. And in that story, that’s my favorite trope because it really speaks to the person I am who just loves emotions. And falling in love via emotions is very, it’s very powerful. It resonates with me. And most importantly, I get to write that chapter where the two characters realize it’s each other. And then they freak out. That is my favorite part.

Lee: I love that trope too. Okay, now I got to ask. Do you know a succinct way to phrase that trope? Because I cannot for the life of me figure it out. I talked to, I think it was Isla Olsen who said this in an interview in one of the other episodes I’ve done, I think she called Online love or online romance. I don’t- I love that. What do you call it though?

CD: That’s a little- That’s accurate. I was going to say you’ve got mail, but that’s accurate. The way I call it is falling in love via email slash messenger, which is very wordy. And so that works to online love, you’ve got mail, those work.

Lee: It’s tough because I feel like that’s a really popular trope. I mean, uh, we both love that. That’s absolutely one of my favorites too. And I see a lot of people in like books or in Facebook groups, like M/M Book Rec asking that, but it feels it’s the one trope that doesn’t have a universally accepted, you know, language to be able to recommend it or ask for it.

CD: It’s a lengthy one for sure.

Lee: But it’s so good. You’re right, that moment, especially if they are like contentious in person and they can be themselves online. So good.

So you are about to release the final and fourth book in your Artists and Athletes series, The Roles We Own, what pulled you in or drew you to writing a series focused on opposites attract and like jock/artist?

CD: To be honest. I have no idea. The theme came after I finished book one. It was literally after I finished book one, I was like, what do I call this series? That was literally what happened. The more realistic answer is that I had an idea of a story of a guy who was very shy. I was like, oh, he’s popular and I had to come up with a reason. I was like, he’s a soccer player. That was literally, I was like, because the other character is, is out and proud. And he’s, he’s an artsy kid.

And in case you weren’t aware, like artsy thing, that’s my jam. I took so many art classes in college. I did a bunch of like music, art, you name it. That’s what my life is all about. So I drew inspiration from there for sure. And then just that first book evolved. And by the end of it, I was like, I guess this is the dichotomy I’m going for. ‘Cause I kinda want to pivot into music as well eventually. So I was like, okay, well that’s a form of art. I was like, why don’t we just make all the athletes fall in love with artists. Why don’t I just call it Artists and Athletes and boom, the series was born.

Lee: I love that. Did you have an idea when you were writing the first book that you wanted it to be a series or did that idea of writing multiple books develop after you already wrote the first one?

CD: I definitely wanted it to be a series, but the question of who is going to be with whom wasn’t clear until like, I think the book was already done and I started book two. I wanted it to be a series. I was setting up a series. Yeah, for sure.

Lee: It’s fun when those things just kind of come together in terms of the who’s going to be with who.

Did you draw from your own college experiences for the setting or any of the specific stories in the series?

CD: Oh, yeah. As I mentioned before, a hundred percent. My best friend laughs at me. She’s like, this book is just our lives. And I was like, yeah. I wrote it and I sold it. And she was like, that’s great. Like that’s, that’s the thing with this first series. Maybe it’s just cause I was starting out, but I, I low balled it as far as ambition goes, because I just took a setting in a world and characters and scenarios that I already lived through. And then I just wrote about it. Obviously I fictionalized. But not enough. My best friend was like, oh, this is. She was like, it’s obvious. It’s so obvious. What. And I think that was good because it was my first series. You know that that ambition was low. Cause it was just like, get the process.

Um, and I’ll tell you right now. The next series that I’m working on right now. I told you privately that I’m banging my head against the wall. Cause it’s, it’s a life that I have nothing to do with. It has nothing to do. Yeah.

Lee: So we have talked about that series and then you also have your Formula One racing series coming up, right?

CD: That’s That’s the one I was referring to Yeah, the one I was referring to. Yeah.

Lee: Got it. Got it. Got it. Okay. Because I know you’re working on the other little bit of a secret, secret project.

CD: Other things, other things.

Lee: So the new series that you’re working on being Formula One, as you talked about. So your first series, you pulled a lot of your real life from that to kind of help inspire this new one is a complete departure. And can you talk a little bit about that process of developing the world and why you wanted to set with Formula One racing and just kind of what the series is about.

CD: Well, the why is because Formula One is interesting and a lot of fans, mostly female, a lot of men too, we really liked the drivers. We really, really like the drivers, but to answer your first part of your question, it’s, it’s, difficult. It’s a departure and it’s difficult and I’ve like whined about it many times to you over the past month or so about writing this book. Yeah.

Lee: It is a really hard when you’re trying to research a whole new world and you want it to be authentic. And that’s something that we’ve talked about too, is wanting that level of authenticity. So if someone is familiar with that world because they’re a fan of it, you, you don’t want to pull them out of the story for them being like, well, that’s not how that that’s done or that’s not a word or terminology that would be used. It’s really difficult.

CD: Wow. Yeah.

Lee: But it’s worth it. It’s going to be greRight. It.

CD: I am. Right. I don’t know if I should mention this, but there’s a there’s author who wrote, who wrote many, many books. So this author is very successful in our genre. But they were talking about a certain, I’m going to say a video game franchise. And it’s very clear that they don’t know anything about this video game. A real world video game franchise. And I was laughing so hard and it did take me out of the story. It didn’t remove my enjoyment, but I was laughing ’cause I was like, you don’t know how to play this game. I know how to play this game. But I’m not going to let anybody- I’m not going to say the details of that ’cause I don’t wanna throw shade at people for no reason.

Lee: I feel the same way when I read books that involve like public relations or social media work because my day job is communications. So a lot of those I’ve found over the years, a lot of time, the representation of that career, I’m like, ehhh, that’s not so accurate. Or archaeology. And sometimes I’m like, oh, this is so Indiana Jones. That’s not how it works.

CD: Right. I think in- And hopefully people forgive me with my Formula One type racing universe. In fiction, we allow a certain, you can bend the rules to the real world. But in my mind, I was like, you’re going to use a real life franchise. Like interview a ten-year-old for like five minutes. I’m sorry. I was- that’s just, it was just funny to me.

Lee: So one thing that you and I have talked about periodically is how important it is to you to have Asian representation not only in your stories, but like on your covers. Such as in The Strings We Play. And you’ve already talked about Wei. So that’s book three in your Artists and Athletes series. Can you talk a little bit more about representation and why that’s meaningful and important for you?

CD: Yeah. Um, anyone who will talk about representation, you know, minority communities or marginalized communities. It’s important because, you know, these are the books I consume and I’ll feel more like attached to the main characters. Anytime you read a book and you, you’re trying to get the, you to sympathize for the main characters. And I feel like I could sympathize more if there’s a character who’s similar to me ethnically. That’s one of the things. I can’t expect every book to be like that, but literally every book has been the opposite of that and it was absurd. And I’m reading so many books in 2020 and 2021 and literally none of them were even close to me ethnically. And I was like, this is a problem.

I didn’t seek out- I didn’t start writing to solve quote-unquote this problem. But I was like, hey, it’s my universe, my rules, my covers. Let’s mitigate this so that people like me don’t have that problem. That’s what representation is. People put it out there so that the next generation doesn’t have to deal with that issue as much.

Lee: That’s a really great point. And I’ve seen that being in your Facebook reader group and seeing comments on your social media and things that people are commenting and saying, thank you for this. I’m finally seeing myself or someone similar to me in the cover and in these books. And it’s, I imagine it must be nice to get that reader validation too.

CD: For sure. For sure. It means a lot to me and it’s whatever I, whoever I want on the cover, you know, the main character. If they happen to be Asian, that’s great too. If they’re not, that’s my choice as well.

Lee: Yeah. And yeah, that’s what I like about being an indie author. And I don’t know if you feel the same way, but that we have that flexibility to choose which characters go on the cover, who goes in our book, what representation we have, how we want to explore that representation. And it’s nice to have that control and be able to be creative and honest in those ways.

CD: Yeah, absolutely.

Lee: Nice. So we’ve talked a bit about this, or I’ve mentioned a couple of times, like you have put out so many books, which is incredible. So you started, you got the idea in 2020 that you wanted to start writing romance. Your, if I’m correct, your first book in this series came out in February of this year, right? Okay. So by the time you had your one-year publiversary, you will have five books out. So can you talk to me about how it’s been as your debut year? It’s exciting.

CD: I always tell people five and a half ’cause I love, anyone who’s read the novella. I love the novella.

Lee: It’s so good. I love it too.

CD: ‘Cause Artists and Athletes is 4.5 books. I don’t care what I anyone- Sorry. That’s 4.5 books. It’s a weird number. I’m sorry. But yeah, one year into it. It’s insane. There’s I keep- A lot of people can fall into the trap of saying, oh, there’s so much I haven’t done yet. I don’t have all the readers that all these other authors do, but I look at all the stuff I’ve done and I’m like, wow. Like I did that. I put that out there. It’s jarring. It’s crazy. And if, if you told me a year ago, I would have thought you were insane. I was like, what writing, you, a year ago? Yeah, I started, I wrote the first book in November of 2021.

Lee: Wow. So, wow. That’s less than a year ago. That’s incredible. So you’re very prolific. How do you feel your process has evolved. Like, do you feel like it was kind of an initial flurry to get things out, or do you feel like this is a comfortable pace for you as a creator?

CD: Yeah. It’s like the more I learn, the more I realize the less I know. Isn’t that the truth of life? Because yeah, it’s not that I’m not doing, I’m doing a lot, but there’s so much more I could be doing. The better you get at it, the more you realize you’re not, you have a lot to learn and a lot to go. But this is- I’m fortunate in my life right now that this is the pace that I’m going at and I’ve made those connections. So fingers crossed I’m able to to churn out the quality product that I want to at a pace that I don’t think is too slow or too fast.

Lee: That’s great. It’s nice to find that and to have that pace from the beginning too. Oh, wonderful.

What’s the transition been like from going to reader to an author and reader?

CD: Big one is less time for reading. That’s, that’s the biggest one is less time for reading. Um, I’m trying to think what other. Maybe it’s because I have less time for reading, but my reading has changed a lot because I now, I hone in on what I want to read. And I think I’m reading more books now and I’m reading at a faster pace, but I still am more discriminant with the books I read because it’s like- Now it’s not just randomly grabbing in the genre. Now it’s which author do I like? Who am I willing to spend time and money on? Is this a series I like? I have to just be a little more like thoughtful about what I pick to read.

Lee: Yeah, that’s a great point. And it seems too, as you create or read more like your tastes get refined and you’re able to articulate. I found that too. Like when I started reading romance and then over the years, like moving into MM, what I read sort of narrows down because I find those pieces are so exciting.

So what can readers get excited about in terms of upcoming projects?

CD: Ah, well, you mentioned January is my I call it my motor sports racing. And everyone will see why. It’s a Formula One type of world and get ready for it. So it’s different. There’s a lot of things the same, but a lot of things are different. It’s a lot of out of my wheelhouse, but the good news is that I’ve been talking about it since like May. I’ve been planning in my mind. I was like, I kind of want to do a book like that in May. But now this book is a hundred percent coming out.

Everything is- All the pieces are falling together. I booked everyone I need. That book is out on January 16. And if you look really closely at my Amazon page, you can find it. But that’s the big one. Of course in less than four weeks, Artists and Athletes book 4, The Roles We Own, is out. And then after that, it’s, it’s less than two months later, the new series is out.

Lee: Wow. That’s incredible.

CD: Yeah.

Lee: What a great new start to a new year.

CD: Absolutely.

Lee: And I would love to know, just kind of summing everything that we’ve talked about up. What can readers expect from a CD Rachels story?

CD: What can you expect? Happily ever after, usually some artsy guys, a lot of humor. Well, low angst, definitely low angst, but these should not be difficult to read. That was one of the big things going into it. And I tell my my friends who have read it, they agree with me. It shouldn’t take you that long to read my books. And I think that’s a strength. I don’t think that’s a weakness in the product that I’m putting out. Um, shouldn’t take you a really long time or be very difficult. Not that there’s anything wrong with very long books or books that take a lot of time. But I don’t think that you’ll take that much time to read my books. You could probably get ready to quickly come banging on like a day, a day or two. Someone read two of them in a day once. All right. Yeah.

Lee: What’s the best way for readers to learn more about you and your stories and get in touch with you?

CD: Awesome. Awesome. So, uh, talk to me on my Facebook group, the CD Rachels chill discourse room. Talk to me on Instagram @CDRachels. Um, those are the big ones. You can private message me. I’m probably going to reply ’cause I’m procrastinating on writing my next book and I’ll just take any reason to not write. Well.

Lee: Great. I’ll add those links to the show notes. Thank you so much for being here. It was great to talk with you and I can’t wait for your new series.

CD: Lovely. Thank you so much and I appreciate being on here and. I’ll talk to you again, whenever you’d like.

Lee: Awesome. Thank you.

CD: All right, thanks.

Lee: I had so much fun chatting with CD. He will be attending the Gay Romance Lit Retreat in October for the first time and registration is now open for that fabulous reader-focused event if you would like to join us.

As I mentioned earlier, I want to give an update on CD’s books since of the info in the interview is a bit outdated. Since we talked, he released The Roles We Own, which completes his Artists and Athletes series. He’s also released a first two books in his new Formula Q series, both the Drive to Thrive and Drive to Feel Alive are available. Now, book three, Drive Back to You, will be out on June 12 of this year. I’ve got a link to his Amazon page in the show notes.

Thank you so much for joining me in the Low Angst Library. I hope you enjoyed this interview.

Is there an author of low angst queer romance that you’d like me to talk to? There’s a link in the show notes and on with a guest suggestion form. If you’re an author writing low angst queer romance, there’s a self-suggestion form in the show notes and on the website as well.

A major goal of mine with this podcast is to have guests writing main characters in romance novels who represent identities all over the queer spectrum. And your guest suggestions will help me with that.

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