Interview and Giveaway: Empty Nests by Ada Maria Soto

Neither James nor Gabe has ever had a real relationship. They might make a connection if they can get past their differences—and their fears.

At age fourteen, James Maron decided to prove he wasn’t gay despite vast evidence to the contrary. Now at thirty-two, he’s getting ready to send his son to college and wondering what he’s supposed to do next. Outside his son, his life consists of an IT job he hates and watching telenovelas with the women in his apartment building.

Gabriel Juarez is the CFO of a technology giant. He has looks, charm, fantastic wealth, a workaholic personality, and a string of boyfriends who only stick around because he’s too busy to tell them to leave.

A bad laptop/projector interface causes James and Gabe’s paths to cross. Friends, family, and coworkers jump to match Gabe with a nice guy, and James with anyone. But are they too different? Everyone will have to tread very carefully to keep things from ending before they start.

Molly: Is there a character in your books that you can’t stand? (Antagonist for example) And what makes them someone you don’t like?
Ada Maria: I like most all of my characters. There isn’t really an antagonist except self-doubt and fear. There is one character called Simon who gets mentioned in Empty Nests but doesn’t show up until Bowerbirds. He was written to be a rich asshole but at the same time he was kinda fun to write.
Molly: Are there misconceptions people have about your genre?
Ada Maria: It’s romance. People assume it’s all nineteen year olds locked in towers with heaving bosoms and sex in the first thirty pages. There is some of that around but I don’t think as much as people think. I’ve taken to telling people I write Relationship Novels instead of Romance Novels. No nineteen year olds falling in love at first sight. More overworked thirty year olds making awkward conversation at parties they don’t really want to be at.
Molly: Is there message in your novel that you hope readers grasp?
Ada Maria: That being a parent is hard. Being a single parent is worse. Being poor sucks. But no matter how dedicated you are to someone or something else you need to take a moment to consider your own happiness and health.
Molly: How has your writing evolved since your first book? (If this is your first book, how do you hope it evolves?)
Ada Maria: I hope it gets better. I hope I’m able to bring a more visual style and greater poetry to it.
Molly: One food you don’t care if you never eat it again.
Ada Maria: Broccoli. There’s nothing wrong with it it’s just not interesting and always gets cold so fast.

“So,” Dylan started as he scraped the last of the noodles from his plate. “Remember that conversation we were having about the new AP English teacher?”

“If you pull a piece of paper out of your pocket right now, I will never forgive you.”

Dylan grinned and pulled a tightly folded piece of paper from his pocket. “Saturday after next, if you want, you have a date.”

James was pretty sure teenagers were not supposed to be as hung-up on their father’s love life as Dylan was. “No. No, I do not.”

Dylan pushed over a printout from his school’s faculty webpage. There was a phone number handwritten at the bottom. “Thirty-five, no kids. He likes music.” Dylan had highlighted that line. “You like music, he likes music. He said he’d love to take you to see a band he likes.”

“Goddammit, Dylan! I do not need you setting me up with strangers.”

“He’s not a stranger, he’s the school’s AP English teacher, and I wouldn’t have to if you’d get out of the house once in a while. Seriously, Dad, I’m out of here in less than a year. I don’t want you moping around this place alone. I worry about you turning into a crazy old cat lady.”

About Ada Maria:
Ada Maria Soto is a born and raised Californian, Mexican-American/WASP, currently living as an expat in New Zealand. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Theater Directing at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which she attended in a fit of stubbornness. She got a Master’s degree in Film and TV Producing from the University of Auckland in New Zealand which she applied to on a manic whim. Nine years later she’s still in Auckland with a partner, kid, and mortgage.

She has dysgraphia and phonological dyslexia which can lead to some interesting typos.

She is a sports fan dedicated to the Oakland A’s, San Jose Sharks, Auckland Blues, USA Eagles, New Zealand All Blacks, New Zealand Black Caps, and the Chennai Super Kings.

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