Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters.
A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting whole worlds where he can live out whatever fantasy he chooses.
A gay man himself, McCormack focuses on gay male characters, adding to the immense body of literature that chooses to represent and advocate gay men’s presence in media. His body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they’re getting into.
So tell us about Tight End, your latest steamy gay romance.
It’s about a tight end *wink wink nudge nudge* who, after getting death threats from an anti-gay serial killer, the FBI hires an agent to act as an undercover bodyguard to protect him. Both guys hate each other. The FBI agent Bryce thinks that the football player Tad is a total prick, and Tad isn’t thrilled about having a babysitter follow him around all the time. But they both are attracted to each other, and despite their better judgement, start screwing around.
You’ve given away books in the past for free. Do you think it works as a marketing tool and why?
Eh. Who knows? I think with most things in publishing, a lot of success is about luck. I’ve given away some books for free and had success. Some not so much. What translates into sales later, who knows? I do think it’s a good way of finding new readers. Will they actually read your other work later? *shrugs*
What do you love most about the writing process?
I like feeling that burning desire within characters. I want to feel how much they want something to my very core. That excites me. If they have a passionate desire for something, then so do I. Nothing beats that part. The rest is just work. It can be fun work at times, but it’s still work.
How has your writing evolved since your first book?
I write my first book was when I was fifteen, and back then, I outlined everything from beginning to end. After reading several “how to write a novel” type books, I thought that’s how books had to be written. It was more about hitting all the right notes at all the right times than anything else. Today, while I will outline occasionally, I tend to be a lot more flexible, and I’ll write a book without even considering the idea very much if I want to. So I’d say I’m a lot less structured about it. Don’t feel as much like there’s a “right way” of going about it.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
Not really. I guess action is harder just when you have a lot going on, but it’s also my favorite because action keeps things interesting. It’s not easy juggling several things at once, but I think writing would be awfully boring if you didn’t have to work at it.
What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?
I think they’re very clearly Devon McCormack books. While I’ll write to meet a genre’s expectations, that’s about the only thing I do. I’m willing to take any story in any direction that I feel like it needs to go, and I’m not big on censoring myself. That said, I think romances are supposed to have HEAs in the same way mysteries are supposed to end with the crime being solved, but outside of general expectations like that, anything goes.
What’s the one thing that has really surprised you since you started writing?
That people are willing to pay for it.
Is there a message in Tight End that you hope readers grasp?
Yes. But I wrote a book so that people could grasp it, so I prefer to let it speak for itself. Most of my books have a very similar theme, though, and they’re about judging books by their covers and discovering that what’s on the inside is so much more.
One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.
Oh, I eat anything! Oh my God. I have to live at the gym just to keep everything where it belongs.
You’re known for having a particular sort of humor in your social media presence. How would you describe it?
I just say whatever comes into my stupid, pervy brain. Initially when I started out writing books, I saw a lot of people just doing self-promotion, and I got bored with all that. Or trying to keep up appearances to please people, and then I just started posting whatever I wanted to. It’s usually wildly inappropriate stuff. That’s the most fun. I don’t think I can say any of it hear based on y’all’s guidelines.
What are some jobs you’ve held? Have any of them impacted your writing? How?
I worked at a bookstore for a long time, and that definitely gave me exposure to books and interesting characters.
Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
I went to GRL this year. It was a lot of fun. I got to connect with a lot of authors and readers, which is always nice. I’ll definitely be doing that again next year. I’ll also be at RT this year.
Have you ever written a scene where it has reduced you to tears?
I cry at pretty much anything when I’m writing. It doesn’t even have to be funny. It can be a joke. It can be a playful situation. I think I don’t cry a lot in life, so I make up for it when I’m writing.
Is there a character you feel especially connected to? Why?
Kid from Clipped. He’s lived a hard life and he’s a fighter. He doesn’t give up even when those around him do. I respect that.
“I don’t need a fucking babysitter.”
Out and proud NFL star tight end Tad Roarke has success, money, and fame. Just about everything. Except a good reputation. After being outed by the media as a promiscuous cheat, sponsors are dropping him left and right. To make matters worse, he’s been targeted as the next victim of an anti-gay celebrity serial killer. The FBI works with his team to protect him, assigning Agent Bryce Finnegan as his undercover bodyguard. But Tad doesn’t like Bryce from the get-go. The fed thinks he’s a spoiled brat. Maybe he’s right. Regardless, Tad doesn’t plan on proving him wrong, and he’ll do anything to make Bryce’s job even more difficult. Still, as much as he hates him, he can’t deny the guy’s hot as hell…and he wouldn’t mind passing a few balls around with him in the sheets.
“I don’t get paid enough for this.”
Agent Bryce Finnegan is no stranger to undercover work. With a background in busting drug cartels, he’s used to his life being on the line. He’s not used to putting up with spoiled rich kids who don’t realize how good they have it. When he meets Tad Roarke, he expects him to be a jerk. And he’s right. But the more time he spends with him, the more he realizes that all Tad’s attitude is little more than bravado. He’s not an asshole, and the media has twisted more than a few facts to tarnish Tad’s reputation. Now Bryce isn’t just worried about protecting this guy from a serial killer, but about falling in love in the process.
Tight End is a stand-alone gay romance with a HEA and no cliffhanger.