As a writer, I often take my inspiration from the scenery around me. This is true of my third book, New York Nights. I had the good fortune of spending some time in New York when I was a teenager. A vibrant city, full of life, and adventure, New York is the perfect backdrop for a steamy, erotic tale. I wanted to create a novel with not only an intriguing back story, but characters that, even through their flaws, appealed to the reader. The dark undercurrent that runs throughout the novel draws the reader along to discover the surprise waiting at the end.
The wrongly accused young man, Dante Hughes, finds an ally in Gaige Castile. Mr. Castile, a very ruthless and strictly business attorney, takes on Dante’s case. Gaige sees in Dante, a reflection of his former, undisciplined and indulged self. The two men embark on a journey of self discovery, the revealing of long supressed secrets, and the liberation of caged passions that draw them closer together. As the novel progresses, both men are faced with their weaknesses, and learn to draw on their strengths. However, like many stories, this one won’t end as the reader suspects it will.
Of all the books, short stories, poems and papers I have written through the years of perfecting my craft, New York Nights was one of my favorites. The reader will empathize with both Dante, and Gaige as they struggle through the imperfections common to us all. Each one of us has a skeleton or two hidden in our proverbial closet. When theatened with the exposure of dark desires and sins, most will fight to prevent disclosure of our trangressions. Gaige divulges his dark secrets in small bits and pieces to his new lover, and that opening of the soul is the catalyst that draws them both together.