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Title: Love is Found
Series: Only If Series #1
Author: R. Paone
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Release Date: November 16, 2015
“Love is Found” is the moving story about coming-of-age in suburban New York and discovering the broad concept of sexuality and love.
Based on true events of love, the story’s protagonist, Robert, finds himself thrown into the realization that upon entering graduate school he is beginning a new chapter in his adult life. Comfortable with being gay, he yearns for love but dwells on the ideal of being alone while being consumed by the world of academia. Upon starting a new job he meets a coworker, whom he begins an unlikely relationship with considering this man identifies as straight.
When sex is introduced and emotions run amok, the routine of Robert’s life is thrown into chaos with unexpected outcomes. Little does he know if his heart can survive the overwhelming desire and how this man will alter the course of his life just not now, but for the next decade.
The first novel in the debut “Only If…” series by R.Paone introduces the heartbreaking portrait of one young man finding love in all the wrong places while exploring themes of one’s sexual identity, passion, and nostalgia.
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What inspired you to start writing?
The inspiration behind writing this story specifically came after a bunch of things started happening in my life in the summer of 2014. Memories, thoughts, the idea of being nostalgic made me want to start writing about I went through. Regardless it was a good or bad experience. I know this probably sounds vague to someone who doesn’t know me! Yes, this is a novel based on true events! I am inspired from personal experiences of the last ten years and the relationships I have had. Constructing characters from moments in your life is really prolific especially after you’ve written it and are reading it for the first time. Trust me!
How long have you been writing?
I started outlining this novel over a year and a half ago. I had been writing poetry at least since the beginning of high school which was over 15 years ago! I had some stuff published while I was there but that was about it. This will be my first full-length novel that I have written.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
I handwrite everything. I will handwrite ideas and concepts out first. I will then write out each chapter and then type it up after and edit as I go along. I know that probably takes a lot of time but if you remain on top of things you can get everything done in time. I have notebooks upon notebooks of rough drafts that have made its way into the book.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Certainly. Writer’s block is inevitable. When it happens, I generally will pick up a book and read to get my mind back on track and focus on someone else’s creativity. It helps. Patti Smith’s “M Train” was one that I just finished very quickly and it motivated me to keep writing these last couple weeks when I felt like I was in a slump.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Virgina Woolf. Her work has standed the test of time in the world of fiction. I have read pretty much every novel of hers. “Mrs. Dalloway” will remain one of my favorite stories of all time.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Constructive feedback. Where would we be without an outside source of critcism? It’s needed if you are expected to go any farther in your story. It helps you move forward in the right direction.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
Since some of my characters have been based off of elements of people I have met in the past, there are characters that are solely based out of my mind. I take the elements of the plot outline and how, let’s say, the protognist will be affected. There has to be characters with both good and bad qualities in order for the main character to learn anything from the main story arc. I also think it helps the reader develop a closer relationship with the protagonist. Someone will look at the plot and say, “that has happened to me” but also say they could possibly relate to the character.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
This is going to sound odd but it was the same years ago when I wrote poetry. I would come up with the title of the story first and then the characters and general plot came after. Not the most traditional, I know!
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
Oh boy. There is going to be more in the series! This is only Book #1…
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
I am working on “Only If” Book #2 and outlining a thriller of sorts. That’s all I can say right now. I won’t be writing that book until the “Only If” Series is complete. I am going to say that will be out by end of 2016 is everything stays on track. Fingers crossed.
What are you reading now?
“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara. It is one of the most difficult novels I have read. It is really intense but very engaging. I recommend it highly to everyone even though the subject matter is definitely not for everyone.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
“In the Cut” from Susanna Moore is one of the most brutal and real novels I have ever read. I would love to meet her eventually and discuss this book! I think I maybe have read it over fifty times. It has inspired me to be raw and real with emotions that the characters are experiencing especially when it comes to sexuality. “The Whiteness of Bones” was another great ones written by her. Recently when I first starting writing this story, Meredith Wild gave me some great words of wisdom that I still try to follow now. I definitely think speaking with the writing community, authors need to keep in touch with each other. The support is there and everyone is there to help one another out. It’s a very welcoming environment and experience so far.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
Music speaks volumes. “Love is Found” was inspired by a Sade song.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Gosh, only recently. A friend asked me how it felt to be a writer. I think that was the moment when I thought of myself as a person who writes aka writer.
Describe your writing space.
I go to this local cafe down the street from my apartment in Brooklyn. I will usually be there all day if I stay there when I know I have a chapter completed and I want to type it up. I think I get more done when I am not sitting at home since I think there one can be the most distracted by everything! If I decide to stay home and write, my room is super simple and I have my desk set up with my laptop and several notebooks.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
I was really concerned in the beginning because I felt pretty vulnerable writing about such personal subject matter. After awhile a lot of my friends said I should feel courageous and proud of what I have completed.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
I will usually write in the AM or on the weekend when I have a entirely off day. It goes by fast when I am in writing mode and on a mission!
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Having a photographic memory and using it in my stories when I am detailing personal experiences into fiction. It is kind of crazy to remember details of conversations with people I have had in the past right down to the clothing they were wearing, for example, ten years ago.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I like to take advantage of the decent fall weather here in NYC and go running as much as I can in my sparetime. I live across the street from a movie theater so that is dangerous in itself. I am also have a really big fan of the horror film genre so you will usually find me watching a movie at home in my downtime.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
It is one of the most cathatric experiences I have undertook. I am glad I did this because it was therauptic to some of things that transpired in 2014. I have learned to cope with loss and love while using it to my advantage with my writing.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written and released two short novellas preceding this full length novel, “A Prologue” and “Days Before You Came”. Both of those pieces gave readers a teaser of the full length book. They are all my favorites, what can I say? It’s hard to decide!
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
Here and there. I actually look to my close group of friends for support and feedback.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a tornado chaser as a child!
How do you do research for your books?
I look to memories of mine and what the concept of nostalgia means to me.
R.Paone started on this writing journey in June, 2014. From events that were beyond his control, he decided to start this new path in his life before my 30th birthday. It has been quite the journey mapping out this story arc. He has learned so much writing a novel in that it has been therapeutic and also eye opening as it evolves. He hopes everyone will enjoy what is to come from the “ONLY IF” series as I want this to be something anyone could reach for and say “that could happen to me.” Stay tuned! Three fun facts about him is: he live in NYC, has a vast horror movie collection and has a great appreciation for Enya.
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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rpaoneauthor
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In the Series:
Only If: A Prologue
Only If: Days Before You Came
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