Please welcome Jackie Keswick, author of Job Hunt, a new M/M romantic suspense. She was kind enough to join us today and answer some questions about herself and of course her new novel.
Tell us about the main characters. Who are Jack and Gareth?
Jack Horwood is an ace hacker who hunts pimps in his spare time. Not the sort of information you put on your CV and take to a job interview, but his past serving first in the army and then with MI6 doesn't exactly lend itself to cheerful discussion either. To Jack, being a hacker is something he takes pride in. He grew up on the streets until Rio Palmer offered him a safe place to stay and taught him his way around a computer. As Jack would say, "It was either hacking bank accounts or trading blow jobs for food. I'm sure you can appreciate the moral dilemma."
Jack's never had anything resembling a family until he joined the army and met Gareth Flynn. He must have fallen pretty hard, but he never let on. Not even when he walked away five years later to keep the others safe. And he'd never in his wildest dreams expected to bump into Gareth Flynn... during his job interview of all things!
To say that Gareth Flynn was stunned when Jack's CV landed on his desk would be an understatement, especially since he'd just spent the last eighteen months trying to find the annoying brat to offer him a job!
Even when they still served together, Gareth had thought that Jack needed a keeper, or at the very least a leash, and time doesn't seem to have changed the way Jack worked. He still ignored rules he considered stupid, mainlined coffee as if it was a proscribed substance and got so caught up in his crusades that he forgot to eat and sleep. For someone like Gareth, who has turned looking after people into an art form, Jack's the ultimate challenge. That he's also stubborn as a mule, vulnerable as a porcupine and way hotter than the chillies he likes is a bonus.
What are some interesting things you learned while writing/researching Job Hunt?
Simpson's-in-the-Strand, one of the oldest restaurants in London, has been serving food for 185 years and lists Sherlock Holmes as one of its most famous patrons. It also offers the grandest English breakfast you can imagine. It's called the Ten Deadly Sins and comprises Cumberland sausage, streaky and back bacon, Stornoway black pudding, fried mushrooms, baked tomato & egg (fried, poached or scrambled), liver, fried bread, bubble & squeak and baked beans. Just the right pick-me-up after a night out celebrating (or hunting pimps.)
Is there anything you’d like to tell your readers about Job Hunt?
Nico and Daniel will be fine? Also pronounced as: damaged people are dangerous because they know how to survive. They're also some of the strongest people around. Even if they feel broken rather than strong half the time.
What must you have handy for a productive writing session?
The right music.
If you could have any literary character over for dinner, whom would you invite and what would you serve?
That's the trickiest question! I've been thinking about this quite seriously all morning and have finally decided that one guest wouldn't cut it. It would need to be a garden party. A grand one.
What’s your favorite TV show or movie?
I gave up TV four years ago when we moved house, so I'm not at all up to date. I watch the odd DVD when I'm doing the ironing and my go-to TV series when I'm feeling blue and need cheering up is The Beiderbecke Affair. It's simply superb. More recently, the Danish/Swedish crime series The Bridge kept me guessing.
What’s your go to comfort food?
Cheese and garlic mashed potatoes. And red wine.
Where can readers find you online?
Since I work there, too... probably all the usual places at one time or another: website, Twitter, tumblr, Facebook, Goodreads... though my focus tends to shift. Right now, my favourite is Twitter. It's nice to chat when I'm in need of a bit of a break while working. Tumblr is lovely when I need inspiration. Just learning my way around Goodreads.
Publication Date: May 13, 2015
Genres: LGBT, M/M, Romance, Suspense
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You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he's too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right? When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining's corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn't include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn. Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.
About Jackie Keswick