Sophie Bonaste’s Death Gets A Boyfriend
When I first read the blurb for this book I wanted to read it right away. Of course I had to wait until it came out. Darn those release dates not being when I want them to be. Now that Death Gets A Boyfriend is out, I am excited to read it. I had a chance to interview Sophie and talk about how evil Death really is. After the interview read all about this great book and read an excerpt that will make you want more. At the very bottom be sure to enter for a chance to win one of two copies of the book.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning! I am very excited to have you here today Sophie. Where did the idea for Death, reaper of souls, getting a boyfriend come from?
Sophie Bonase: The inspiration for Death came from work actually. My nickname at work is the Grim Reaper. (Long story, don’t ask.) But on a slow day at work, I had the thought that asked what if Death really wasn’t a scary guy. What if he was just a sweet, quirky guy like me? And if he was so nice, then why couldn’t he have a boyfriend? After all, everyone, even the bringer of Death, deserves love.
ACS: I do like the idea of everyone deserving love. But now I’m curious where your nickname came from. Hmm…Was it strange writing about a guy that took souls for a living?
SB: Not really. After all, my Death isn’t like other Deaths. He is so sweet, it was just like writing any other character. There were some difficult parts to write, regarding him killing people, but there are always tricky parts to writing every character.
ACS: I bet those hard to write parts make them wonderful to read. Any plans on writing Satan a story of his own?
SB: Well, Satan actually isn’t in this story to begin with. While Death does have a boss, it, shockingly, isn’t Satan. But I’m not telling you who it is, so you will just have to read it to find out. As for a sequel, I don’t have one planned at the moment, but anything is possible.
ACS: Aww, no spoilers?! But now I’m even more eager to read this book to find out who Death’s boss is. Death has been portrayed in books, movies, art, and so many places. What is your favorite depiction of “Death”?
SB: There are just so many. But I think my favorite is from the original Twilight Zone episode “Nothing in the Dark.” Robert Redford portrays Death as an ordinary human with an extraordinary power. It was one of the inspirations for having my Death be a lovable human, as opposed to a scary being draped all in black.
ACS: Those original Twilight Zone episodes were amazing. If given the choice between being Death or Satan for a day, which would you choose?
SB: Well, since Death is based off myself, I would have to say Death. But Satan would probably have more power, so it’s a tough call.
ACS: A tough call indeed. Thank you so much for joining me today. It was a pleasure having you!
Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.
Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth it.
I am Death.
Well, that’s one of my names anyway. I’m also known as the Grim Reaper, the Angel of Death, Azreal, and the list goes on. Some people have even called me Satan, but I would like to say right now, that’s a lie. I am not Satan. I know Satan. He’s not as bad of a guy as you would think. Sure he can get a little violent if you get out of hand, but as long as you stay on his good side, you’ll be fine.
And there I go getting off track again. You’ll have to forgive me. I’m not very good at staying focused. I guess that comes from the fact that I can jump around the world at an alarmingly fast rate. Thankfully that’s not very hard. Well, at least not for me. I guess, in the human population, that’s a skill many people want for some reason. I don’t know why, though, considering how scattered it makes your brain. It really does. That’s why I try to avoid using that skill. Causes headaches.
Anyway, this is a story about me. Don’t worry, though. It’s not too gruesome or anything like that. This is a story about how I fell in love. Yes, I know that’s kind of hard to believe. Death falling in love. Believe me, it shocked the hell out of me too. (No pun intended.) But it’s true. After thousands of years in existence, I finally found someone whom I wanted to spend my time with.
Sophie Bonaste is a novelist who never set out to be a novelist. As a child, she wanted to a Broadway actress and spent her childhood in numerous productions. But when adulthood set in and reality took over, Sophie chose to give up the theatre for a steady paycheck and instead turned to writing as a creative outlet. She stumbled into the M/M genre through fanfiction and never looked back. Sophie is quite happy with her change in artistic expression and doesn’t plan to stop writing for a long time.
A self-proclaimed nerd, Sophie is an avid fan of all things Star Wars and Harry Potter. (Sophie is a member of the Slytherin house, for those who were wondering.) Sophie also spends many hours watching and re-watching nerdy television shows. When she is not obsessing over the latest and greatest in nerdy entertainment, Sophie can be found screaming at her television during American football games. (Go Pack Go!) Sophie currently lives in Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from her childhood town of The Middle of Nowhere.
Sophie loves to hear from readers! You can reach her by e-mail at email@example.com, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SophieBonaste or on Facebook as Sophie Bonaste. You can also check out updates on Sophie’s writing and other musings on her website at sophiebonaste.blogspot.com.
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