Welcome to the Life on Pause blog tour! Follow along as I stop off at several blogs this week to learn more about this small town m/m romance, which follows a nerdy museum worker and a high school choir teacher as they watch way too much sci-fi on Netflix, wear ridiculous historical costumes, and fall in love.
Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a $20 Riptide Publishing gift card!
About Life on Pause
Niles Longfellow is a nerd, and not the trendy type of nerd, either. He wears a historically accurate homesteader costume to work every day, has a total of one friend, and doesn’t know how to talk to guys. So when he gets a flat tire and the hottest hipster ever stops to help him, all Niles can think is that he’s wearing his stupid cowboy getup. Normally, Niles feels invisible to other men, but he’d take that invisibility any day over Rusty Adams seeing him in suede and fringe.
Rusty moved to Bison Hills to help his sister raise her daughter, and nothing is more important to him than that. He’s also fresh off a breakup, and isn’t prepared for anything complicated. But then he meets Niles. Rusty sees Niles as more than a clumsy, insecure guy in a costume. He sees a man who is funny, quirky, and unexpected.
Nothing about their connection is simple, though, especially the lies and insecurities between them. Niles doesn’t know if he can trust Rusty with his heart, and when Rusty’s sister decides to move away, Rusty doesn’t know if he can stay behind.
Available now from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/life-on-pause
About Erin McLellan
Erin McLellan writes contemporary romance, often set in the South or Midwest—particularly Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas—with characters that are complex, good-hearted, and sometimes a little quirky. Erin likes her stories to have a sexy spark and a happily ever after.
Erin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Oklahoma. She has always enjoyed writing, but becoming a librarian and meeting enthusiastic romance readers helped her find her own writing passion. Now Erin cheerfully writes romance with characters across the LGBTQIA spectrum. A former public librarian, she still enjoys being surrounded by books and readers, but Erin hopes to find her stories on the shelves as well.
Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska with her husband, and spends her time dreaming up love stories set in the Great Plains. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows.
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Inspiration for Life on Pause
A lot of time when I’m writing, I don’t have a clear inspiration for the beginning of a story. I might have an idea about a plot point or, more often, setting inspiration. While planning Life on Pause, I had this tiny seed of an idea that blossomed into the character of Niles. But after floundering with the story in my head for quite a while, right when I was ready to table the character until later, I had a spark of inspiration that ignited my imagination and ultimately made this story come to be.
Something you should know about me: I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of wearing historical clothing to work, especially in places that embrace a mix of kitsch and history. I’ve always wanted to write a character who works somewhere in which it’s a requirement to wear historical clothing.
Niles, one of the main characters in Life on Pause, is a nerdy, silly, awkward guy. Really, he’s the dork of my heart, and when he fell, half-formed, into my head, I knew he was the guy. He was my historical clothing guy.
So I had this seed of an idea—a nerdy millennial who wears a historical costume everyday. From there I needed to determine where he worked: a living history homestead museum. What his costume would look like: chaps, wool trousers, vest, bandana, lawman hat. How he’d approach his costume: with meticulous, grudging care.
Once I had all of that in hand, I needed a jumping off point, and was at a loss. That is, until a good friend gave me the spark I needed.
In 2015, I was working at a public library in the Houston, Texas area, and we were doing a book event with a historical fiction author. Her book was set in 1900, and a fellow librarian was asked to wear a historical costume to the event.
She wore a historically accurate wool dress with a high collar, reminiscent of the clothes women wore in rural America at the time, and looked awesome. Needless to say, no one was mistaking her for wearing modern clothing. The only problem was that she forgot a change of clothes for after the event. As she left the library that evening, she told me how paranoid she was that she would get pulled over, or get a flat tire, or run into any situation where someone removed from the library event would see her in her long, high-collared prairie dress before she’d be able to explain.
It then hit me how funny that could be as a meet-cute. It was like a spark, and I held onto the idea until I was able to write Life on Pause. In the first scenes of the book, Niles forgets a change of clothes for after work, so he is still in his homesteader garb. Then he gets flat tire. Rusty, the other main character, stops to help, much to Niles’s mortification.
Now, when you read Life on Pause, you’ll know the inspiration behind Niles and Rusty’s meet-cute, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.