Hi Ya’ll! Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing C.B. Lee, author of Seven Tears at High Tide.Hi C.B., thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello, thank you for interviewing me today, I’m quite honored to be here. I’m C.B., I’m grew up in California and I’m very passionate about writing, hiking, and traveling. I’m a first generation Asian American and I’m happy to be introducing some characters whose backgrounds are like my own. My first novel is Seven Tears at High Tide, a love story between Kevin and Morgan, who meet because of Kevin’s magical wish for a summer love and then have to deal with some complex choices when summer is over.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
The hardest for me is probably any type of angst or very heavy emotional scenes; particularly because I do write with emotion. I draw a lot on personal experiences to write, and I have to put myself directly into what the character is feeling, so often times my own mood will be directly affected. It’s really difficult if I’m not up for feeling that way, but I try my best.
What do you think makes a good story?
Emotion, definitely. I think good characters and an interesting plot will get you quite a bit of a ways but I think how all of it comes together and makes you feel is the best part.
Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?
This is my first novel! I’m looking forward to what readers might say in the future.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Seven Tears is my first novel, so it has to be my favorite for now. We’ll see as time goes by if that title will go to any of my other works.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love traveling, particularly hiking and backpacking and rock climbing! It’s not an everyday type activity, at least the traveling far bit, but I’m lucky to live in an area that’s abundant in beautiful scenery, whether I feel like heading up into the mountains, or to the sea, or to the desert. Some of my favorite hikes are along the coastal bluffs— catching the sunset as it falls below the horizon, dipping below the waves, canyons and cliffs catching fire with color. Or I might enjoy heading up in the mountains, with the constant sound of bubbling brooks coursing along rocks, streams full of fresh rainwater from the season, damp leaves on the trail, a cool wind at my back and a view of the city below.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Now for a little about the book!
Author Name: C.B. Lee
Book Name: Seven Tears at High Tide
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Pages or Words: 234 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Lee Cover Design by C.B. Messer Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
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This was a lovely story about young love, broken hearts, and hope.
Kevin remembered an old folk Lore Story his mom told him about Seven Tears on the High Tide and in desperation he crys into the sea and makes his wish for Love for the summer, to hold hands, to not hide, to do things he enjoys. A seal shows up and makes him smile then soon after a young boy appears on his doorstep confessing he is his boyfriend.
Everything about this story is charming, from the characters, storyline to the romance. It is very sweet and clean,magical and very funny, with a touch of suspense near the end. I absolutely adored Morgan. He is naive, sweet and confident i himself. I loved that the author put in that he was a bit chubby faced and not a six pack body image and still very confident.
If you like sweet romances, Young adult stories, charming characters, and selkies you must read this one!
A little more Seven Tears at High Tide They wander into the house, wipe their wet feet on the welcome mat, climb up the stairs and giggle as they pass Ann’s bedroom. She’s dancing with her headphones on, oblivious to the open door, swaying to the beat. In Kevin’s bedroom, he quickly scrounges up some clean shirts and shorts. “Here, you can wear this,” he says, handing an outfit to Morgan and then ducking into his bathroom to change. He peels off the wetsuit and hangs it up in his shower, then leans his surfboard carefully against the wall, eyeing the crack. He’ll have to fix it tomorrow. When he returns, Morgan is holding onto the wet board shorts, wearing the outfit Kevin gave him. He looks curiously at the rock collection prominently displayed on Kevin’s bookshelf. “These are beautiful,” he says. “Here, I’ll take that,” Kevin says, holding out his hand for the bedraggled board shorts to hang in his shower. He’s certain now that they’re the ones from the lifeguard’s lost and found. Kevin’s starting to worry that Morgan doesn’t have any other clothes, but he doesn’t know how to bring it up. Money can be a touchy subject. Morgan holds Kevin’s favorite specimen, a piece of green olivine on basalt. Kevin once almost convinced Ann it was an avocado roll—it certainly looks like one, bright green speckled with sesame seeds, wrapped in dark seaweed. “That’s from Mexico. My family went on vacation to Baja last year, and I got that out of an old volcano.” He tries his best to describe the sweltering heat and the excitement of finding geodes and cracking them open with a hammer. Morgan listens in rapt silence as Kevin talks about the find and tilts the olivine so it catches the light. He sets it back in its spot behind its label, slowly so as not to disturb the other specimens, and Kevin is quietly pleased with Morgan’s careful appreciation. “I changed my mind,” Kevin blurts out. “About what?” “I do want this to be a date. For us, to do that,” he says, blushing. “I like you. A lot.” Morgan’s face breaks into a bright, happy smile. “And what do we do differently, for this to be a date?” Kevin can feel the heat on his cheeks. “We can hold hands, if you like. Um, or kiss, if you want to. But we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I’m fine just hanging out and watching a movie with you.” Morgan tilts his head and steps closer. “I want to,” he says, not specifying what, but Kevin knows immediately. It’s just the quickest brush of lips, but Kevin feels it all the way to his toes. A warm curl of excitement blooms throughout his body, and Morgan’s mouth is warm and wet against his. It’s not like any kiss he’s had, chaste and sweet and over in a second, and yet his heart is still pounding after Morgan leans back. He’s close enough for Kevin to be able to count the eyelashes dark against his cheek. Morgan ducks his head and asks, “Was that okay?” Kevin’s a little dazed, but he finds his voice. “Yeah. Yeah, that was great.”
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Meet C. B. Lee: B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber and pinniped enthusiast based in California. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Seven Tears At High Tide is a first novel.
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