Deep Under isn’t the first story I wrote, but it’s the first one I published – my initial foray into the exciting but frightening new world of self publishing. It arrived without much fanfare. I didn’t know anything about marketing. I had no mailing list or fan base. I didn’t even have a Twitter account or FB page. I’d read some other M/M stories, but I’d never talked to another M/M author or M/M reader.
Despite all that, it sold some copies, and in the two years since then, I’ve been contacted by readers who wanted more Jack and Maddox, which is why I wrote Back Under. I wanted to give my two alphas the epilogue I probably should’ve included in the initial manuscript. In fact, “too short” is an almost-universal complaint about Deep Under, but I’ve been gratified to learn that there are readers who love Jack and Maddox as much as I do.
Here’s a funny story about Deep Under: it was almost called Blue Steel. Luckily, a friend who’s a little more culturally hip than I am tipped me off that most people would think of Zoolandia when they heard that phrase. My SO confirmed, and I went back to the drawing board for a new title.
The new title was better in multiple ways, being ripe for riffing, so in addition to Back Under, expect to see All the Way Under coming out in August (it’ll be free here on my site and will be announced in my newsletter). In All the Way Under, Jack and Maddox are going to have fun with sounding.