Thirst Trap (Author Interview)

Thirst Trap looks like a great gay/bi romance book.  Any change this will be turned into a series?  

Honestly, no. I think I’ve have had to say everything I needed to say about these characters in this book. They have a complete story arc in this book, and I don’t leave much left to be tied up. I think dragging it out would be a complete waste of my time and yours.

Can you tell us a little about the four main characters?

Dillion is dealing with his brother’s death. It was so sudden, and he feels like he shouldn’t be tied down. He’s terrified if he lets people in that they will also go away. He also is trying to be a writer, but he’s still stuck on his brother’s death. He doesn’t want to disappoint people.

Jessie is dealing with his boyfriend’s suicide. He wants to be the party goer, but he hates that his boyfriend isn’t there. He doesn’t want to be the most broken of the friend group. He’s also dealing with his dad and his broken relationship. He wants a close relationship with his father, but he’s had a wall up against him.

Ivan is dealing with being in an abusive relationship. He was an orphan, and he’s trying to find a forever home. He thinks it’s with his boyfriend, but he learns that it’s not it. He’s continued to be beaten down and belittled. He wants to know he can have a constant in his life with people around him.

Leo is dealing with his marriage falling apart. He has always been about people talking about their emotions, but he won’t show his own. He’s also trying to keep a happy ending for his father because his mother died, and he thinks his happy marriage would be his marriage.    

What will readers get out of your book?

Being able to move on from tragedy. I also think that we should be able be open to people when we’re hurting. I think we should be able to be vulnerable especially with our closest friends. I think that’s the major theme of this novel.

What inspired you when writing Thirst Trap?   

My friends and my life in Chicago. I wrote a novel called Letters, and it was my life moving to Chicago and me coming out. I’ve been through so much since I wrote that novel, and I wanted to continue that with Thirst Trap. It’s about the beautiful humans I’ve met along the way.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve been writing my whole life. I’ve been writing short stories since I was eight. I don’t think I decided to be a writer. It was something that I just have been doing my whole life.

When writing Thirst Trap did anything stand out as particularly challenging?   

I didn’t want it to be too close to my friends. I wanted to be able have creative freedoms without worrying about my friends looking bad.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Honestly, I’m hanging out with my fiancé and my friends. I’m also a bartender, so I’m in that huge culture. I also binge watching a bunch of tv shows and be lazy. My fiancé and I do movie marathons at the theatre.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Amazon. I’ve gotten the award-winning trilogy High School Queens. You can also find me selling my ass and novels on Instagram: Zacharyryanbooks.