Title: When Adam Fell
Author: Pat Henshaw
Release Date: February 24th 2016
Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
When his lover Jason’s drug addiction spiraled out of control, TV celebrity chef and cookbook author Adam de Leon walked away from him. Adam also abandoned his renowned restaurant in San Francisco to start a small bistro in the Sierra Foothills.
Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his addictions. What’s more, he begs Adam to take him back and says he’s ready for their happily ever after.
Adam has enough on his plate with problems plaguing the opening of his restaurant. And now he’s having a hard time deciding which to follow—his head or his heart.
**AUTHOR INTERVIEW with PAT HENSHAW**
Q: What genres do you enjoy writing in?
I’m most comfortable writing contemporary gay romances, and I have no idea why. When I began as a book reviewer, I read mostly mysteries, so I tried my hand at those. But I never felt comfortable writing them—at least not as comfortable as I feel now writing contemporary gay romances.
Q: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
A: I do a lot of research while writing each book. For this, I not only researched how to set up a restaurant, including business codes in California to menu planning, but I also looked for and found a number of ways in which addicts have kicked their habits. Deciding which pieces of my research to use and which to lose has been the hardest part in writing each of the books.
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing your book?
A: I love the freedom to pick and choose since each choice fleshes out the characters and aids in making them believable. I enjoy the limitless act of creation that must occur to weave a story from nothing.
Q: What cultural value do you see in writing?
A: I want my books to give gay men a new image of themselves as people who are loveable and who can freely express their love. I think this is valuable culturally because it makes our society richer and ultimately better. I believe in inclusion and not in exclusion.
Q: What is your favorite positive saying?
A: I can do this. When I was a teacher, I’d tell my students that every time they told themselves that they couldn’t do something, they were right—they wouldn’t be able to do whatever it was. Until a person gives him/herself the right to success, he/she will never be able to do it.
About the author
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.
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