Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Sex in C Major By Matthew J. Metzger #interview #giveawy

Welcome all!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Matthew J. Metzger, author of
Sex in C Major.

Hi Matt, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

Hi, and thanks for having me!

I'm British, first and foremost, and I mostly write books set in the same British working-class background that I come from. Pie and peas, terraced houses, yer bird's well fit, and all that. I'm not the kind of guy you'd want living next door to look at me, I'm all tattoos and piercings and a permanent scowl. But that's just my face! I'm generally a bit friendlier than I look. A bit.

I was dragged up as a not-very-good-at-it girl but it turns out I'm trans. I've had girlfriends and boyfriends, but it turns out I'm aroace, too! I'm mad as a box of frogs, both in the fun way and in the not-so-fun way. I'm currently living near Leeds, crunching numbers by day and writing books by night.

And most importantly, I'm owned by my enormous fluffy cat!

So, what have you written?

I started out in queer YA, where I have gay (The Suicidal Peanut, Private, The Italian Word for Kisses), bi (Vivaldi in the Dark and its sequels, The Devil's Trill Sonata and Rhapsody on a Theme) and trans (Spy Stuff) young adult novels. I have another trans one, a sweet romance in a muay Thai club, out in September this year as well.

I moved over into adult romance somewhere along the line, and now I flit between the two. I currently have gay (Thicker Than Bone) and trans (What It Looks Like) adult romances available, with my latest release (Sex in C Major) fitting into the asexual, aromantic and trans categories.

And I just signed a contract for a fantasy novel that retells The Little Mermaid through a trans lens, so I'm even beginning to stray out of my contemporary box!

All my books focus on relationships, and I don't see that changing any time soon. That's where my fascination lies, in how people tick and how they make each other tick. So with Private, I was looking primarily at familial relationships and how they influence who we are and can be vital to our sense of self. In Thicker Than Bone, I was exploring how two brothers with the same basic emotional functions and triggers could turn out so incredibly differently based on their beliefs. With Sex in C Major, I'm poking how sexual relationships overlap with both platonic and romantic relationships, and how aromantic or asexual people can operate within relationships that appear to be romantic or sexual.

Where can we buy or see them?

All my available books are on my website, broken down by identity or category (adult or young adult). I also have a Goodreads page, which links out to the Amazon pages. So far, all of my books are available in both ebook and paperback, something I love because I love a physical book.

(Also for those insane-slash-kind enough, I run a Patreon to raise funds for my final transition surgery, and Patrons of all levels get exclusive sneak peeks at what I'm working on, so if you want to see things waaaay in advance, it's over here.)

I'm mainly stalkable on Twitter, though I exist on Facebook occasionally as well!

What genre are your books?

They're always queer fiction, so at least one (and usually both or more) of the main characters is either not straight or not cisgender. And until Sex in C Major, they were always romance of some description. And until the last contract I signed on 13th May, they were always contemporary. Now I'm edging out of my boxes a little bit, but generally? Generally, I'm a queer contemporary romance writer.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I'm hoping to branch out, essentially, both in terms of business and creativity. So, business-wise, I'd like to expand into different publishing houses and put more eggs in more baskets, so to speak. I love the guys I publish with currently, JMS Books have always looked after me and they really work with you rather than you having to battle through them to get your book published like you do with some houses! But I'm always aware that I run a big business risk by sitting in one place so much, so I've started to branch out again. My next two releases are with Finch Books, the Totally Bound young adult imprint, and Ninestar Press.

Creativity-wise, I'm looking at maybe edging out of my contemporary box. I have a fantasy novel  coming out with Ninestar Press soon, Walking on Water. It's a transgender retelling of The Little Mermaid and I decided to stick with the historical-style fantasy setting for it to flex my fingers a little on the keys. It was a lot of fun, and so far everyone who's seen it has liked it, so maybe I'll dust off my old steampunk and sci-fi drafts and creep into the SFF world a little more.

What are you working on at the minute?

I'm currently writing a pair of romance novels, Tea and Coffee. They're very much sweet romance, quite the opposite to Sex in C Major. They tell the evolving relationship of John, a behemoth of a man with a soft spot as wide as he is, and his definitely-in-charge boyfriend, Chris, and it's essentially about the difference between what other people see and what you really are. Sneak peeks and deleted scenes are currently all over my

After that, who knows! 2017 sees me expanding back outwards into other publishing houses so I'm feeling the pressure a little bit to follow up with them and keep writing. I've also strayed into fantasy, so we'll see if that ends up going anywhere in the long term too.


Title: Sex in C Major
Author: Matthew J. Metzger
Release Date: May 27th 2017
Genre: GLBT, BDSM, Interracial Romance


Stefan has ... fantasies.

He knows chasing those fantasies is only going to end in disaster, but he can't seem to stop his self-destructive spiral. He’s a transgender man struggling to come to terms with the intersection of his identity and his sexual fantasies as a submissive. He needs someone to take control before he loses it completely.

Daz can take control. He can teach Stefan everything there is to know about sex and submission, but for some reason, he can't get inside Stefan's head. Daz can stop Stefan’s self-destruction but not the fear that fuels it.

Stefan needs to know who he is before he can accept what he is. And it's Yannis -- Daz's aromantic, asexual, stern, and sarcastic partner -- who has the answer.

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Other people wanted vanilla sex and dating out of a hookup in a gay bar. But Stefan wanted— this. He wanted to jump from nothing to Daz bending him over the end of the bed and fucking him like he was nothing but a sex doll.

What was he doing?

And yet he kept walking, step by step by step towards the house. A jogger had to go around him; a car hooted angrily as he walked out in front of it. He didn’t care. The house was calling. The man inside was calling. The promise of his fantasies becoming real was calling.

And it was terrifying and stupid and utterly crazy… but Stefan just couldn’t say no.

At exactly eight fifteen, the terror enough to make him throw up and the arousal so intense he could barely walk, Stefan knocked on the door.


A key in a lock.

Then the door was jerked open, and a hand fisted in Stefan’s coat and hauled him inside.

“Upstairs,” Daz said, slamming the door. “Now. Nobody sees you.”

Stefan scrambled to obey, almost running up the stairs, still in his coat and shoes. He was shoved back into the small bedroom from the night before, and the door slammed behind them.

“Strip,” Daz said.

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About the Author

Matthew J. Metzger is a twenty-something British author of queer novels, primarily focusing on relationships, be they familial, platonic, sexual or romantic. He was dragged up in London, but currently lives in West Yorkshire, where he carves out a living in an office crunching numbers before going home to write books at night. Matthew particularly writes working-class queer life, and queer people who exist outside of the standard M/M romance fare written by and for well-educated, middle-class sensibilities. There be nasty words ahead, children. Better buckle up.

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